I have a soft spot for the Philippine Madrigal Singers because of my brother. When I was still in UP, he would ask me every November if Philippine Madrigal would hold a Handel’s Messiah performance. I don’t think they ever did during my stay in UP but this memory of my brother has stayed with me since. The Philippine Madrigal is a busy bunch. I follow its Facebook page and the choir is always touring somewhere out of the country. So when I saw that they’ll be performing at UP College of Music, I didn’t want to pass up the chance. Plus, it’s only P500! It was a real treat to watch them. They’re a fascinating group, really world-class! I’m glad I got to watch them. I hope the Madz hold more performances here in the country.
If there’s one feel-good moment during my birthdays, it’s the fact that my favorite executive always greets me. It never fails. He always remembers my birthday and sends me an SMS. This year is no different. Nakakatuwa lang. 😀
Another year has passed and I am grateful. My life is blessed. I am blessed. And here are the 36 things I am most grateful for the last 12 months. 1. Good health of my parents 2. A good steady job, a job that I really love 3. Good friends 4. A steady raket 5. A safe place of my own 6. The chance to give back to others 7. Songs on my Spotify playlist 8. Shanghai, Caramoan, Hong Kong, Dumaguete, Macau, and Bohol 9. A part-time maid that does household chores once a week. 10. Ateneo de Manila University 11. My promotion to assistant manager 12. Being able to file important petitions 13. A place I can go home to every weekend 14. Being able to buy my favorite Kate Spade items 15. Staying thin without any effort 16. My laptop 17. My iPhone 18. Online chats with friends 19. A mini-reunion with high school friends 20. Physical books 21. Bruno Mars and Wicked 22. The Walking Dead, The Mindy Project, and Psych 23. A dream of second chances 24. Boudoir shoot 25. The chance to blog again 26. A trip to the National Museum and Walk This Way 27. The chance to be generous to people even when they don’t reciprocate 28. Living a few blocks from the office 29. Trust and confidence of my bosses 30. My support group 31. Philippine Madrigal Singers’ Panorama 32. Relatively good health, which I still need to work on 33. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram 34. Regular communication with my brothers 35. Seeing my niece 36. Better judgment of people I am grateful. This has been a terrific year! #thankyoumoreplease
I was talking to a colleague when she said, “You know naman na pareho tayong passionate about branding and social media.” That stopped me in my tracks and I really had to think about it. I’m not passionate about branding. I’m not passionate about social media. I’m not passionate about digital. Yes, even though my work revolves around branding, social media, and digital, I am not passionate about these topics. * collective gasps * I like anything digital, that’s true. I am fascinated with digital. But I don’t think of digital as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Those who are close to me know that I see digital is a double-edged sword. It can be used for both good and bad. Sometimes, I kid my friends (only I’m half-kidding) that it can be the mark of the beast. You know the tale we told as kids where you will be tracked because you have a microchip embedded in your skin? That’s what I think about wearables, smart phones and Google. Hahahaha! 🙂 But what am I passionate about? I’m passionate about learning. Obvious ba? Kaya nga ako laging nag-aaral, eh! I love learning new things, whether it’s about social psychology, current affairs, or anything under the sun. I like knowing things that’s why my TV is mostly glued on CNN. This is why I’m always online because I get to read a lot of articles. That’s why I’m going back to reading again. This is why I love traveling because I get to learn about new cultures and see new places. As I do my research, I also get to know what makes a place and its people tick. This is also the reason why I’m fascinated with digital because it’s constantly evolving. There’s always something new to learn. How about you? What are you passionate about?
Amy Tan, the author of Joy Luck Club is coming to Manila. She will join the Philippine Literary Festial 2014, happening on Oct. 23 to 25 at Raffles Makati. Amy Tan was once my favorite author. I read Joy Luck Club after watching the movie version. I moved to The Hundred Secret Senses and then The Kitchen God’s Wife, etc. If you’d like to have your Amy Tan books signed though, you can only do it if you bought them during the event. I read in Jessica Zafra’s blog post that only books bought at the venue will be signed. So for us people who have been fans of Amy Tan for the last 20 years or so, tough luck for us. Anyhoo, this is still worth checking out so if you’d like to know more about Philippine Literary Festival 2014, visit the website.
The very real problem of working as a digital palengkera is that you have to be online most of the time. I spend about 12 hours a day online, whether in front of my laptop or using my iPhone. Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed two major challenges: 1) it’s harder to write and 2) it’s much more difficult to read books. Just recently, I submitted an academic paper (an ACADEMIC paper!) for one of my subjects in my Master’s. The paper came back with a lot of notes and edits because I made several grammatical errors. I was really embarrassed. Not only is it my favorite class, my prof is also my favorite. And I’ve always taken pride of the fact that I’m a journalism graduate and I work in corporate communication so this was really embarrassing for me. So, I resolved to do better next time. Digital really killed my writing skills. 🙁 Another personal issue is my love for reading. I bought a Kindle in 2009 and I had no problem switching from reading physical books to digital books. During the first year of buying my Kindle, I noticed that I read more books. I could finish a novel in three days. Then, I started working as a digital palengkera. I started to have less time for reading books. Sure, I still read a lot but mostly online articles. And reading was more for work rather than pleasure. I don’t even remember reading a book for pleasure last year. That’s how bad it was. So I resolved to start reading again. Fortunately, I sold my Kindle and I haven’t replaced it yet. So I’m forced to read physical books again. So I bought two books from Fully Booked: Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir “Hard Choices” and Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.” I’ve about five chapters done with the memoir but I managed to finish “Gone Girl in three days. Yes, three days! Mabilis talaga ako magbasa. So I felt good that I’m able to finish a novel again so I bought more books.
I finished Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?” in just a day, thanks to the long weekend. “Why We Broke Up?” is a novel of Daniel Handler, the author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Yes, he’s Lemony Snicket. I’m halfway done with this. So far, I’m happy with returning to reading and rewiring my brain. I still find it a bit difficult to stay glued to my books as I keep switching from reading to surfing. But I’m getting the hang of it.