Suzuki

Today, I got my new car. 🙂 It’s a Suzuki Ertiga.

Technically it’s my family’s car, but, well, yeah. 

Ironically, I don’t have a driver’s license yet, which is why I dragged my dad to the dealer so that he could be the one to drive it home. It’ll be two weeks more before I can apply for my license, which should give me enough time to practice before the test. I’m both excited and anxious about it; I hope I don’t flunk it.

Gratitude list

  • Suzuki
  • Summer: the only thing missing is the beach. I am a beach girl and the lack of funds for even a day trip to the beach (car payments) is bery frustrating. What I AM thankful for now is the time that summer gives me to read.
  • Sticker: the first sticker we got for our car was the village sticker, and this works in my favor because it means I don’t have to leave my student permit with the guard at the gate every time I enter the village. The next sticker is the one for school.
  • Student permit: I can practice driving. 🙂

Rest

To relax to rest to read to rejuvenate to restore to revel to reflect.

Inasmuch as summer is a time for bacation and beach trips and road trips and hanging out with friends and family, I relish summer mostly for the time I get to rest. 11 months of 24/7 work (because a teacher works 24/7; yes, I dream of work also huhu) means we need some rest, too.

We’ve got one more week before we go back to work and I intend to spend the remaining days just resting and reflecting.

Gratitude list

  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rainbows: I made a rainbow poem inspired by the red pants I wore today.

Quiet

Just like naps, I think some quiet time is good for the body and soul.

Gratitude list:

  • Quicktime: I need to view an old project of a former student and Quicktime was the default player.
  • Queso: okay I really wanted to include cheese because I had leftover four-cheese burger today, so I’m using a foreign language translation of the word. 

Pork buns

Gratitude list time 😊

  • PORK BUNS BY TIM HO WAN ARE THE BESSSSSSTTTTTTT

 

Yummeh pork buns are yummeh

 

  • Philippines: My country may be messed up, but I still love it. We are crazy and young as a democratic nation, so all these political pains are expected. But you know what, atthe heart of it all, my fellow countrymen are kind and generous and compassionate. (Now about discipline… Um…)
  • Potato Corner Flavored Fries: Every month I get salty-food cravings, and one of the few that can satisfy these would be the barbecue flavored french fries of Potato Corner. Eez juz guuuuuud
  • Phil: Okay there’s this noon time series that my mom loves to watch (forgot the title), and the lead guy is Brazilian-Japanese model-turned-actor Daniel Matsunaga AND HE IS JUST DREAMY. Cheesy, but still dreamy. And his character’s name is Phil. 😍

photo from a googled site

Online

I am a millenial, and I am addicted to my phone.

Well, okay, not really. I’m close to it, though.

In any case, the past few days have seen me glued to my phone reading and responding and reposting stories and articles and opinions about that rape joke that presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte uttered last week. I won’t post links lest I be accused of curating what I want visitors to this blog will see. Google it and you’ll find a lot of netizens both in full rage mode against the guy and his supporters still, well, supporting him. 

My main beef with the guy is his morals. I cannot stand to have a national leader who will demean women like me just because that’s “who he is.” He will no longer be who he is if he assumes the oresidency; he will be assuming the role of every single Filipino in this country. He will be representing us if he wins, and therefore he has a lot more responsibility now to the nation as a candidate. As such, he should shape himself up for the job. 

I got into an online discussion with one of his supporters–a colleague of mine from my previous workplace. He condemned the joke, but retained support because of Duterte’s political will. I agreed with him that the candidate was tough, but I still disagree with his use of his machismo and his misogyny.

There were a lot of other comments online that were really misinformed, and this is what ABSOLUTELY frustrates me to no end. We have Information at our fingertips, yet people still react anyway without being informed. They don’t bother to do research or even READ. They don’t bother to listen or communicate PROPERLY. We have the tools at our hands, but sadly, the majority of its users do not use it responsibly.

I’ve spoken my piece about that guy on Facebook, and I will not repeat it here anymore. All I can say now is that whoever wins had better deserve the trust of the people and had better to do a hell of a job keeping this country moving forward.

Gratitude list

  • Om: I finally got to go back to the mat yesterday after almost a week of no yoga. I caught up with the challenge and did some Om chants to calm my mind and my whole being after reading through the hate online (so toxic huhu).
  • Openness: not many people are open to other people’s point of view. People don’t realize that you can still listen to others’ opinions and not have to change your own views. What irks me though, is if their views are wrong, like in the case of Duterte’s supporters who respond to indignant cries of people over the “joke” with “LOOK AT THE CONTEXT OF THE JOKE.” And we go, THERE IS NO FRIKKIN CONTEXT IN THE WORLD THAT JUSTIFIES RAPE JOKES!!! Besides, we weren’t even questioning the narrative behind the incident that brought that statement out; we were indignant over the thinking that it’s okay to crack jokes about raping somebody because no harm was meant, they were just words, they were said in the heat of anger yada yada. NO. Rape jokes are NEVER okay. NEVER.
  • Om: I need to chant Om again.

Naps

…are the best.

That is all.

— 

Gratitude list

  • Naps: when you’re tired and just need a quick recharge, NAPS.
  • Noney: my SO has to remind me that I have no money (“noney”) so that I wouldn’t spend noney on stuff I don’t really need. Having noney is kinda cool (when you’re just stuck at home and can mooch stuff off your parents’ fridge haha) because you’re forced to make better decisions about expenditures. You’re forced to become a grown up and be responsible. And, yes, this can also suck, but right now I choose to see it as a way to help me grow more responsible.

Moms

One of my closest college friends is giving birth in a couple of weeks and we threw a surprise baby shower for her today. The event was a success; we had good food, good company, and good games (one of which was eating Nutella off a diaper).

Conversation turned to the process of giving birth and motherhood once we finished the program. Those who were moms gave their two cents while the rest of us singletons just cringed whenever someone mentioned the word vagina in the context of givig birth (e.g. “feels like a bowling ball coming out of your vagina;” “You mean you’re going to video the whole thing and see your own sister’s vagina?”)

One of the guests commented that parenting was a scam when she heard how much baby stuff cost. All of us laughed and I guess partly agreed, too. However, none of us laughed when the moms started talking about raising their kids (currently toddlers) into kind, respectful, and responsible people.

Every time my friends talk about their kids’ antics or achievements, I can’t help but feel proud of the kids, but I also am proud of my friends for being great moms who aren’t afraid to discipline their children when needed or teach them to be compassionate. I remember my own mom and think of how much trouble I must have caused when I was a kid myself, and instantly I feel guilty. My SO sometimes talks about his mom raising him and his two brothers while the dad works overseas; I am amazed that one woman can raise three wonderful human beings mostly on her own.

With Mother’s Day coming up in less than a month, I plan on doing something a little bit more special for my mom this year. Don’t tell her; it’s going to be a surprise. 🙂

Gratitude list

  • Moms
  • Money: I have a new car! Ish. Coming. No more dealing with the heat and rain while commuting. New problem? Parking and motorcycle drivers. But that’s a bridge I’ll cross when I get my license.
  • Meals: I eat regularly even though soemtimes I don’t like the food laid in front of me. That’s a whole lot more than most of my countrymen who sometimes don’t have money to buy even a piece of pandesal (bread).
  • Mornings: Today I woke up feeling excited. I had a disagreement with SO last night, which we also resolved immediately, so waking up today was better than usual because I knew I’d get to see him today.
  • Metro Manila traffic: Okay I absolutely hate traffic in the metro, but because of this, I come to appreciate my life in the province even more. Having grown up a city girl, the move AWAY from the city was crushing, but now I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So… Thank you, Metro Manila, for helping me realize and constantly reminding me that I live in Vacationland.