Random Thoughts

Love and Misadventure

( Definitely this piece is not by Lang Leave. But I do love her works! Thus the title of this short article ūüôā )

 

” If something in life is hurting you, you must change it, even though the change may hurt you more. “

This one is easier said than done. I bet there are a lot of times when you tell yourself to let go and move on. Change your situation. Get out from the ” love pit “. There’s been countless times that you have imagined yourself without that person and think you can get through it. You want it to end because it’s hurting you but then when you get the courage to do so you’ll feel weak and scared that change may hurt even more. It’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel that way. But don’t allow yourself to stay in that position for so long, help yourself to find the courage to break free. Yes, it may hurt more but it will be worth it. You’re worth it.

 

” I love the ones who stay in my life and make me happier. I also love the ones who left my life and made me stronger.”¬†

Love, something so powerful and yet so deadly, but Love we must spread. Yes, no one is exempted. Love should be given to all, even to those who have hurt us. They may have caused us pain and loneliness but it sure made us stronger. And we must thank those who have made us stronger  as they made us know ourselves better.

 

” Too often, the only escape is sleep.”¬†

Why not, right? I guess it’s also the only escape that won’t cost anything. So you’re saving your self from self destructing and over spending. Besides, not every one should know on how close you are from drowning. So sleep, it’s free.

” A Strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying all night. “

I’m not saying that it’s not gonna be obvious that you did cry all night though, but at least smile and pretend all is well. Smile like you were never hurting. That whatever pain you’re feeling was washed away by all those tears. Just smile and I assure you it will somehow make you feel better. Wake up, SMILE, and tell yourself ” Everything’s okay”.

 

 

Random thought : missing christmas

Belated Merry Christmas!! The year is almost ending and yet I have this feeling I won’t even notice it. This is what you get when you’re in a place where the usual holidays you enjoy are not being celebrated.

Back home, when the ‘ber’ months starts, streets are filled with colorful christmas lights and star shaped christmas decor that we call PAROL. Families put up their best christmas trees. Carolers,both kids and adults, sings christmas songs from house to house. Street food vendors serve christmas foods such as puto bumbong and bibingka. Ooooh! I could still remember how good it smells.

These are the few things I miss (big time)!! Along with planning the menu for our noche buena and medya noche (im not sure if I spelled it right) with my mom. I miss the fun in joining the holiday rush and the fulfillment I feel after preparing that perfect meal in our christmas table. I miss the fireworks and the sound of the trumpets kids blow when the clock strikes twelve. I miss how joyful everyone feels and how giving everyone is. Oooh! The joy of giving and recieving.

Now, Christmas day is just another regular work day. 😓

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Our only reminder of Christmas.

Random Thought: A Little of Doha

They say you have to love what you have. Well, in my case, I have to love where I am.

Where I am right now may not be my first choice to experience being an expat. Admit it, most of us wants to be in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia or somewhere colder ( and poshier) than HOME. But hey, it ain’t bad here at all! Doha is not just all dessert, sand storm, camels ( I’d like to ride one soonest) and extreme weather. It may not be as open as Dubai but Doha still offers entertainment (places to go to and activities to do) that makes your stay worthwhile and helps kill homesickness. Its rich culture makes the place interesting. One just needs to know where to look. It may not be much for some but these places we have been to made us a happy expat.

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Random thought : Living life as an expat

I’ve always wanted to work outside my native country to have a greener pasture. I know it’s a cliche but it’s the truth. Sadly, from where I came from, earning big means leaving your family and your life.

So now I am starting a new job in Doha. Things are not as bad as I thought. I found out that I can adjust easily to new people. Seems like I’m getting to know myself a little better. This and a lot other reason why so far I am loving my expat life.

But it’s not all good though. Homesickness creeps in from time to time. There’s culture differences that I need to deal and get used to. And adjust to this 40ish degree celsius climate that welcomes me every time I step out from our building door.

To all the expat out there, how did you adapt?

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Happy 1 year of blogging!

I’m happy indeed! I started blogging just for fun and to kill boredom. And to love what I hate, writing! Yes, I hated writing since my grade school years. It felt like torture every time we were ask to write an essay in english class. I used to feel insecure every time I look at my friend’s paper and she’s already half way through, while I am still constructing my first sentence. Urgh!

It’s different now. WordPress has become my medium to hate writing a little less. Now I get excited the moment I open my blog and click on add new post. I’m loving how I am able to share my thoughts and travel experiences (mostly) through writing or blogging. I love that feeling of accomplishment every time I click on that publish button and that little high when some fellow bloggers like my¬†post.

My English may not be flawless and my audience is minimal (for now), but this will not stop me from writing more.

So cheers for more years with wordpress!!

Ramdom Thought: What!?! Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat?

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat

Saw this post from a friend’s profile in Facebook. I thought it was just a hoax and did not pay too much attention. But hours later, netizens went crazy and everyone went ballistic. The news became viral!!

Now the only cat I love ( i’m more of a dog lover ), turns out to be a british school girl and not an anthropomorphic cat. What a bomb! Part of my childhood became a lie! Hahaha..

Having said all these, should I now start questioning if kerokeropi is a frog? Is tweety bird a bird? Is pink panther’s a panther?

Is the mascot of the famous fast-food chain in the Philippines, Jollibee, a bee?

Random Thought: Signs of Depression

I’m no expert at this. I’ve never been professionally diagnosed as well. I’m no psychologist or psychiatrist/shrink. Nor have I sat and talked with one, though there was a time when I wanted to. I did some research to know the signs of depression and do a self check.

Here’s the result of my self check :

They say depressed people tend to watch rubbish tv more than the happy ones. Should I consider myself depressed now? Because I watch tv from the moment I wake up until there’s nothing more to watch.

Depressed people sleep a lot or have a hard time sleeping. I do the former. Lately, I’ve been sleeping a lot, skipping meals at times just to sleep even if I don’t feel the need to doze off.

Recently, I’ve been feeling helpless, hopeless for some reason. I feel like life is going nowhere.

Lastly, depressed individual eat a lot or don’t eat at all. Well, I do eat, at least I force myself to.

I’m not sure if these things prove that I’m depressed or just PMSing.

Do you at times feel the same?

My Recent Battle

I’m not referring to a bloody war or a battle with cancer or any other deadly disease there is. Recently, I have been battling with myself if I should quit my job at the hotel and continue working at home instead. There are a few ( or a lot ) reason why I’m in this battle. I’m not going to enumerate them all. After all, the hell you care, right? I’m just gonna bore you with my endless rants.

But maybe before this month ends, I will be submitting my resignation. So that means I still have, 27 days to think about it. I’ll keep you posted..or not.

But really, I’m just here to say a Happy New Year. A happy 2014.

 

 

Magnitude 7.2 and aftershocks still happening

An earthquake recently hit the Visayas region of the Philippines. The epicenter being in Bohol. I am from Cebu and I felt the shaking and moving of the ground. We were at Magnitude 7 as per the media. ¬†As it happened, me and my partner ¬†was on our way back to our house when I noticed the houses were slightly moving, then in a split second, the ground moved and the electricity post started to sway. ¬†My initial reaction was to find a spot where we can’t be reached by falling debris or worst an electric post made of concrete ( this is the best time to practice what was taught during emergency awareness lecture ). ¬†Our neighbors started to get out of their houses, most of them carrying their children. Panic was in our faces. ¬†Right after the earthquake, power was out leaving us clueless on the extent of damage of what just happened. ¬†It was torture not knowing what’s happening with those affected by the calamity and not knowing what to expect. ¬†As of this writing, we are still experiencing aftershocks, some of it are strong reaching to magnitude 4-5. ¬†We are still praying and is asking for all of you to do the same. That there will be no more lives lost, no more infrastructure that will be damaged and no more historical landmarks be destroyed.

Here are some of the church in Bohol and Cebu that were damaged.

The historic Sto. Nino Church in Cebu

The historic Sto. Nino Church in Cebu

One of the oldest church in Bohol
One of the oldest church in Bohol

Still an Old church in Bohol
Still an Old church in Bohol

It’s devastating to see these images of our church. We are deeply saddened by what happened. ¬†Images above are part of Bohol and Cebu’s rich history.

A message has circulated the social media saying ” God was so busy protecting our homes that he forgot his own”. ¬†Indeed true, there were close to zero reports ( as far as I know) ¬†that houses were damaged. ¬†With this, we are still thankful that many are safe.

On being LOOKED DOWN

An FB status went viral when a foreign woman said something offensive to the newly crowned Miss World 2013. But she did not only offend 1 person but a million. And I thought that gone are the days when racism is present. Sadly, there are still those that are insensitive, narrow-minded, naive, and who talks using their butts and not their brains.

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Yes, it is true. Filipinos go abroad and work as “maids”. This is not something that we want but we are proud. We are proud because this is a decent job and we do this to provide a better future for our families. But Filipinos can do the white collard jobs with excellence as well. Many Filipinos abroad are being recognize for their wonderful contribution to the organization where they belong, be it in an office or at the hospital where nurses are mostly Filipinos.

I remember one article written by a foreign national. It was quite a long article expressing his gratitude and love to the Philippines and the Filipinos. His work involves travelling around the world thus allowing him to see that in every country he visits, there is a Filipino worker. A Filipino worker who helps another country build that sky-high building, a Filipino who takes care of foreign people when they’re sick, a Filipino who prepares the food at their tables and looks after their children and a Filipino who helps entrepreneur’s with their business. The list of jobs a Filipino can do is endless.

So imagine the world without Filipino workers. These sky-high infrastructure will not be existing, hospitals will be out of nurses, offices will be empty and houses will be filthy as hell.

We know that there are still those who looked down on us. But before you open that stinky mouth or post a status which is for all to see, think hard (if you still have brains) and try browsing the net to see how many Filipinos are better than you.