Let’s Get Physical!

What is your favorite way to get physical exercise?

Dancing!

Least favorite?

House Chores!

What form of exercise have you always wanted to try?

Yoga!

This entry is in response to The Daily Post's Topic#221:
What is your favorite way to get exercise?

Useless Strength (for now)

What is a strength you have that you haven’t used?

What is a strength you have that you haven’t used? Recently? Maybe a secret skill, or perhaps an ability that only surfaces under tough times?

I think the topic for today’s The Daily Post pushes an author to really shove modesty aside. But not to totally give myself out (because secret skills are kept secret for a reason. haha), I am giving the most obvious (and safe?) answer.

A strength that I have battled five years to acquire is my Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering.

Now, it’s just useless.
All the Mathematics… Chemistry… Physics… all down the drain.
Don’t even get me started with my Engineering Science courses. They were all tough courses but I all loved them. The bittersweet challenges and the continuous growth of the mind (literally, I felt my brain swelling) just got me going all those years. And I kept thinking, “I can’t wait to do this for the rest of my life!”

However, when I graduated, the real world intimidated me and I started to panic. Instead of scouring the job market for something I was passionate about, I took the first job that offered comfortable income and benefits. The next thing I remember, it’s three years after and I am in a career totally different from what I was trained for.

I tried to fight it as first. I enrolled for a post graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering(MSE). But as school work was getting heavier, so was the work load. And getting to classes was becoming impossible. It was just like two different worlds. I had a hard time studying for something totally not related to what I am doing for more than 40 hours a week.

So I learned how to accept it. I decided to choose one for now. I filed for leave of absence at school and changed my focus to work. I am in a confused phase until now and not knowing how to clear all the confusion. I am just going with the flow of life for now, keeping the faith and my MSE knowledge in my back pocket. We’ll never know when I’ll get to use it again but I am always ready to show it off anytime (of course, with a lot of dusting first. haha).


Do-Anything-You-Want Day!

quoting The Daily Post:

Topic #212:

If you could spend a day doing anything you wanted, what would you do?

This is a very easy question for me.

If I could spend a day doing ANYTHING I wanted, I would want to spend it with my family.
It does not matter what activity we would be doing or where we would be doing it, as long as we are together having a laugh.

I know… so emo… but I can’t help it.
I have less than a week left to spend at home and already I am holding back tears.
Back to reality. Back to work.

(Okay. Deep breaths. Compose yourself.)

Anyway, this family bonding time would be so much funner if we are visiting a place we’ve all never been before. And just to put the day dreaming into full mode, I would like for us to wake up in a gorgeous hotel room and order a room service breakfast while watching TV and figuring out what to do for the day. Then we would just explore the tourist spots of the place; take lots of pictures; eat lots of local dishes; and then finally end the day by watching a movie or a concert or any musical show.

(Okay. End of day dream. Wake up.)


Luxury the Musical (or the other way around?)

The Question

quoting The Daily Post:

Topic #211:

What’s one “luxury” you refuse to live without?

The Background

Hmm.. I wonder, what’s with the double quotations on the word: luxury?

It made me think…
(Please indulge me and let me over think this.)
… and came to believe that this question is best answered if we can establish the definition of “luxury”. Well, for sure, it means a thing expensive. But just so to be sure, I searched good-‘ol Google.

Here are just a couple of definitions I’ve researched.

From www.thefreedictionary.com:
1. Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
2. Something expensive or hard to obtain.

From ardictionary.com:
A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes.

So it made me think deeper…
… All these definitions are subjective!
One thing may be a luxury in one place or person but not for another.
So for my answer, I decided to limit the definition of luxury to just: “something inessential but is expensive everywhere and to anyone” (I’m ditching the “for pleasure and comfort” part because that is also subjective and just makes it all the more confusing).

The Answer

A “luxury” I refuse to live without, as of the moment, are expensive tickets for musicals!

I’m just crazy for musical theater!
They are my stress relievers, my happiness, and my salvation.
It just amazes me how heartfelt words, stories, and life lessons can be relayed through wonderful music.

I got introduced to musical theater for free when I was in the fifth grade (if I can remember correctly). My mother’s co-worker gave us front-row tickets to a local company staging Les Miserables. And it just changed me. My love for music was heightened from karaoke-ish to operatic!

But as I was growing up and free tickets became harder to come by, I realized how expensive it is to watch these shows. Not that I’m complaining. I believe that every penny is well spent and well deserved. That is why, until today, I have been planning and saving up for every musical show. Because just as that orchestra is starting to play, the lights are dimming and the curtains are rising, seating in that orchestra center seat for two hours might as well be a fluffy cloud in the skies of Neverland.

Go watch and indulge in a musical… and be inspired! Enjoy!


The late and lazy entry | What’s the best idea you’ve ever had?

Okay. Two days down the “Post a Day Challenge” for myself and I already failed.
Not that I forgot. Not that I got lazy.
Well, maybe a little lazy… but more of uninterested.

I found the topic lame.

“What’s the best idea you’ve ever had?”

quoting The Daily Post:

Topic #209:

What’s the best idea you’ve ever had, that you never did anything about?

Is it too late to do something now?

I think knowing if an idea is even a bit good would require doing something about it to see the results.
So if one had not done anything about it, how would you know that it’s the “best”?

Anyway, that’s just how I see things.
But I finally decided to give in and just go with it for post-a-day’s sake.

Here goes…

Going through quarter-life crisis just makes you bust with all this ideas.
Ideas that you think will make you rich, successful, or just plain happy.
This hazy phase of your life will just plain make you think of all the things that you may do to make an impact on the world (idealistic, as one may say). And through mine, I have thought of everything– from starting a business (environment-friendly and socially responsible company that will change the face of Materials Science and Engineering) to starting a band (Winning Grammy’s Best New Artist, Tony’s Best Musical Score, Emmy’s Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score), and Oscar’s Best Original Soundtrack).

However, the best idea (I think) I have ever had was producing for Sarah Geronimo and Sandara Park. Way before they both achieved their current star status and way back when people were thinking they were jologs and baduy, I have always believed that they were really talented. And I was always telling my sisters that if I had the money, I would do something to make those two famous.

Fortunately for them and unfortunately for me, others have also seen their talent and went on ahead and helped made them famous. I believe they totally deserve every fame and fortune they got.

P.S. I'm always on the lookout, though, for the next great artist (until I have dough)!

Tattoo or Taboo?

Hmm… I find this a very tricky question.

When I was younger (as in a kid till about end of college), I never understood why people need to hurt themselves to place something permanent on their skin. And you might not even like it in a couple of years! So I would have answered a big NO back then.

I was not some kind of a goody-two-shoes.
Okay, I was (a bit).
But not about tattoos.

I was (and still am) a huge fan of a lot of people who have tattoos and actually admire its beauty on their skin. I just don’t know, I really found them painful and unnecessary.

Don’t judge me yet.

Lately, I have been craving for a tattoo!
The obsession began with the show Meteor Garden. The Taiwanese Shan Cai played by Barbie Xu had this tattoo on the back of her neck. I really wanted a similar one.

At first, it was just wishful thinking (like, if-ever-I-would-have-to-get-a-tattoo type of thought). Then when I started working, I saw this beautiful tattoo of Maxene Magalona on her arm, which said “Daddy’s girl” in french.

I am a huge fan of the musical, Rent, for more than 7 years now. I’m possessed by it. I’m glad that I knew Rent because it really is one of the main pillars that has been holding me up, making me survive living alone in a city miles away from home. Actually, four words from this musical really will stick to a fanatic:

So when I learned of Maxene’s tattoo, it struck me. A similar tattoo would be a really great tribute to the musical and what it had done to help me go through. Except for “Daddy’s Girl”, “No day but today” will be placed instead.

So what’s stopping me?
1. Money. Getting a decent (and safe) tattoo done is not cheap. I mean, I could save up for one but it’s not really at the top of my priority list right now.
2. Location. I still have not decided where I want to put the tattoo.
3. House. Not home. As in the TV Show (House, M.D.)! I saw this episode where a death row convict had to be scanned using an MRI to be diagnosed. Normally, MRI is not a painful procedure but since the patient have lots of tattoos, the MRI (being a huge magnet) will suck the heavy metals from the inks. I have seen the episode in the past and was not bothered by it. But recently, I have been confined in the hospital and had undergone different tests. So remembering it freaked me out!

But, hey! I’m still thinking of getting myself one as a birthday present.
No day but today, right? 😛


Desired things

Let me share another poem I learned from my mom.
It is called Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

This one is probably my mom’s favorite (next is Footprints on the Sand, I guess) because she always have copies of this poem at home and at work.

When I was younger, I recall seeing this poem under the glass of her table top in her old office. I never read it at that time because it was printed on a cheesy art paper with old script font and flowers in the border (sooo not appealing to me). Plus, it seemed pretty boring because it was looooong (well, for a 10-yr old anyway).

Now that I am working, my mom helps me go through the ups and downs (especially the downs… the many many downs.). And every time I get depressed and think of quitting or doing something impulsive, I just talk to my mom.

She is like a hot beverage that soothes all the raging emotions.

Her advices and “words of wisdom” always makes me think straight and logical… helps me be pragmatic.

Most importantly, she makes me stay humble… she makes me come down from cloud nine.

When I finally read this poem, it made me think that maybe this is where she gets all this advices and outlook in life (aside from the best selling Holy Bible, of course).

So for everyone who are new to the “real world” or maybe already caught in the complicated web of life, read this carefully because it might just change you. Or at least, it might give you a new perspective in life.

Enjoy! 🙂

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Desiderata (n.) Anything desired; that of which the lack is felt; a want generally felt and acknowledge.

Ma, thanks again!
Hope this helps everyone prepping for the impending "bonus" season. :P