Day 7 - One story of a memory you have.
Yesterday marked the end of this 7-day challenge, but my day was so hectic that I had no time to post. Today I turn 22 (yay)! It’s only fitting that the memory I share be related to this day.
It’s the first time that my birthday isn’t during a school year since our classes resume in August this year. I was never one to have big celebrations anyway. The last time I had/hosted a big birthday party was when I was six. Still, my lovely friends always find a way to make the day special.
In 2010, i celebrated by 18th birthday. Because I didn’t have a debut party, my family decided to spend my birthday weekend at a resort in Batangas instead. When I got to school on the day itself, I was in for a surprise: at tambayan hung a banner saying “UP Binkee”—my friends had “renamed” our org for the day!
They’d spent the morning decorating the place for me. It was the first time anyone had ever tried to surprise me on my birthday. I love these people.
After 18, you sort of stop counting; birthdays start to matter less and celebrations become smaller and smaller…but I’ll always be thankful for these people.
Day 6 - Two things you want.
I have yet to perfect my lifestyle so that I give equal (or at least fair) attention to my studies, my loved ones, my hobbies, and my other life pursuits. Every now and then, a feeling of dread washes over me when I realize that I’m getting older and older each day without achieving anything of significance. For now, law school serves as a convenient excuse for pushing everything else back. I just hope I won’t regret my choices in the future.
I’ve never had (and probably never will have) my own room. Sometimes I just crave to have a corner where I can go my own way without having to answer to anyone. Perhaps someday I can pimp my study to turn it into a personal Shangri-La.
Day 5 - Three things you miss.
The simplicity of childhood
Our younger years were simpler primarily because adults shielded us from many of the realities that had to be dealt with. Now that we’re older, we’ve turned into adults ourselves and we begin to realize how difficult it is to fight through life. I guess it’s more accurate to call it ignorance rather than simplicity.
The greater purchasing power of the Peso
Generally speaking, we live much better now than we did when I was younger. We can afford to have parts of the house repaired and to travel more often. From my part-time income I can purchase things of my own. Every now and then, though, I remember when things cost much less. When I was in gradeschool, the minimum fare was only PHP4.00. Now it has doubled by more than twice. The exchange rate was in the 30s. Numerous reports say the PH economy is on the up and up. Maybe we’ll get those rates back someday.
Bigger, louder, and happier family gatherings
The year-end holidays were a special delight in the past because they gave us a reason to doll the whole house up, dress nicely, and make noise that the neighbors have to forgive. Now, many of our relatives have migrated to different parts of the globe and the parties get thinner, quieter, and more routine each year.
Day 4 - Four things you wish you could say, but might never.
There’s probably a good reason for my avoidance of saying these things. Because I sometimes prefer to be indirect, I’ll answer this one through images.
When it comes to employment-related things:
Whenever I’m around the entitled:
Whenever I’m around anyone to whom this applies:
Whenever I’m offered whitening products/ programs:
(Ugh Filipino standards of beauty.)
Day 3 - Five songs you like.
This should have been yesterday’s post but power’s just been restored after the 36-hour outage. I can’t take it upon myself to choose a favorite song (or even a group of favorites) so I chose 5 non-musical/Disney tracks I really like and listed them here in alphabetical order:
Around You - Ingrid Michaelson
And I must be losing my mind
Maybe I have been hopelessly blind to your beaauty.
And you have a sweet sinful smile
I’m in trouble
Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone
(I think this is the most romantic instrumental track of all time.)
Dia de Enero - Shakira
La misma vida a decantar la sal que sobra del mar
Manta Rays - Ludo
You’ve haunted me in colors
I’ve never seen
Uncharted - Sara Bareilles
I’m already out of foolproof ideas, so don’t ask me how
To get started, it’s all uncharted
3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2014 ad campaign photographed by Vincent Van De Wijngaard
Day 2 - Six things you love.
I hold books in high regard; my whole family does. Growing up, we were only allowed to splurge on books—at any time of the year! We owned neither Gameboys nor PlayStations but we had (and still have) tremendous amounts of books. I particularly lean towards mystery novels and historical fiction, but I occasionally explore other genres too. I hope to have a library in my future home. Hehe.
Plays and musicals are possibly my biggest expense every year. I watch adaptations by both student and professional casts. One of the things on my bucket list is to see a Broadway musical live, which will admittedly take years—assuming I’ll ever earn enough to afford the trip. Movie-musicals are also a delight.
Learning history and facts only through books is very lacking—not to mention painfully dull—for me. Add pictures, videos, interviews, and dramatic narration, and voila! I am transported to that place and time.
4. Period Films
Whenever I can’t find new movies I want to watch, I go for period films. The scenery, the language, and the costumes are gorgeous. It’s just difficult to find copies of older films sometimes.
Cheese makes every dish better. Cheese goes with everything. Cheese is love.
I have an affinity to Garfield because of our similar disposition and outlook, plus our love for lasagna. I almost always order lasagna when I’m in an Italian restaurant or whenever it’s available.
7. Hidden Object/ Escape Games
Hidden object games feel close to home (see previous post). Most of the time, they involve elements of mystery and they include mini-games and puzzles. They are mentally stimulating and visually appealing.