Being Almost Creepy and Admittedly Enthusiastic

I was riding the jeepney on the way home. It passed by my high school and I was boggled by the sight of a huge pile of donations in the front lobby. Now, it was easy enough to spot the pile as the lobby could be easily seen from outside but really, it’s still kind of mind boggling. You’d only really appreciate it when you see it firsthand. I wanted to take a picture but I was on the jeepney and I thought they might find it creepy if I did. Because you know. There were students there and there I would have been, an outsider (an alumna, but still an outsider!), taking pictures. Creepy, right? Maybe I can try again tomorrow, haha. I’ll ask permission and all that.

There’s a grocery between my house and my high school so I took the time to look at the prices of the things that I’m planning to donate. If all goes well, I’ll have stuff ready for delivery by tomorrow night. I still find all this pretty exciting, if you can’t tell. 😀 I’m just really hoping that all this help will be able to get to the devastated areas soon. I also hope the government gets its act together because even if we’ve got a lot to give but there’s no way to get them to the people they’re supposed to be for, then we’ve still got nothing.

Meanwhile, in more personal news, I got a letter today! 😀 Finally! I have been waiting for this letter for a while now and now it’s here!

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I have received three letters in total for last month’s National Letter Writing Day after sending some of my own. Pretty cool. ❤ Ah, to write letters again. How I’ve missed doing it. Will write more letters soon. ❤

A Relevant Question Gets an Awesome Answer

Earlier this morning, I was asking myself,

“What could I actually do to help?”

The situation down in Tacloban has gotten really bad and I really, really just wanted to do something, to help out in any way that I can. Many avenues have opened up in the past days. There are so many ways to reach out and help and organizations have become more and more creative with how they plan to contribute in their own way. My favorite was how the local food community is going to support the Red Cross where you pretty much get to stuff your face for a cause, haha. I’ll probably find myself in at least one of the places involved in this this weekend but aside from that, I wanted to do more.

I don’t really have enough funds to give a sizable monetary donation though that is the easiest route and reposting information for donations and such just doesn’t seem enough. I really wanted to do donations the old fashioned way: gathering old clothes and other necessities and taking them somewhere they are being gathered to then be distributed to the people who need them. Doing this used to be easier since I only had to take my donations to school and the school would take care of everything else. I actually live very near my old schools so it would be easy enough to drop off donations. I was planning to head on off to one of them today to ask for information on how to go about it, but then I opened my Facebook earlier this morning and found a very interesting post in my high school batch’s group page.

It was a call for us to come together and do something for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Twenty hours and some comments later and it looks like this is really going to happen. My high school batch is going to be uniting to help out and it just gives me the happiest feeling somehow.

It’s just somehow easier to do something like this as a group, especially with friends. You toss around ideas and get excited and start working together. I really do hope this pushes through because it’s just nice to do something helpful for others while doing it with other people who want to help out too.

I’ll keep you guys posted. 🙂

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to help the Typhoon Yolanda victims, lists of organizations you can contact can be found here and here

The Smallness

I was asked during my job interview,

“Why do you want this job?”

It was a job interview so of course I made sure to give a good, eloquent answer. I forgot what it was I said exactly but somewhere around admitting that I wanted a less stressful working environment, I also said,

“I want to do something that isn’t just about making money.”

Which I think I really managed to get in this job that I could not be more grateful for. Sure, the work can be often tedious and boring at the same time, and there are times when you get caught up in the monotony of it all that you can get kind of frustrated, but there are moments when you are reminded of how there is more to it than that.

How what little work I do within the confines of my little office actually contributes to a bigger picture, a movement that actually works toward a greater good.

And I shouldn’t forget that and get lost in the little mundane tasks that could distract me with their seeming smallness and insignificance.

I’m in a good place with good people and I am doing good for others, no matter how small, and I should never lose sight of that.

Reuniting with English and Loving It

I’ve actually changed jobs last August. Almost the same tasks and responsibilities but a new company with a different set of values and work ethic. The biggest difference though was the language.

Before, I used to work for a Korean company and while English was used as the language to communicate, it wasn’t a language that they were most comfortable in using. Korean was still predominant in the work place and since I didn’t speak it, I mostly had to contend with spoken and written English that needed some decoding. I often even had to do a lot of editing and I acted as an English teacher for my boss whose English was only at the basic level for the most part.

Imagine the joy and wonder I felt while I was being interviewed for my current job. I now work for an Irish group and I don’t think I’ve gotten used to  how well they not only speak English but also how well they write it. I pick up memos and letters and can’t help the feelings of fondness and affection I get when I read what they have to say and how perfectly eloquent they are. Then they speak to me and I adore how I have to be more aware of what I say and how I am also learning to speak English better.

Just one of the joys of this new job I have.

Tumblr Gives Me IDEAS

Tumblr has succeeded in swallowing me up. It’s awful, haha. However, I was able to find some cool stuff, like a list of historical documentaries, writing prompts, a post about introversion and this really cool mix of Gangnam Style. I also get to answer memes, though not often. I don’t have that many followers to be interested enough in giving me prompts, I guess. Elise responded to one, though, and I answered it! It’s about the three people that I think are awesome. I thought I’d post it here too:

Soooo late, I’m sorry. D: Anyway! This post is in answer to this meme, which I posted  some days ago. You put in Prussia and that means I have to list 3 People That I Think Are Awesome.

  1. Misha Collins. Honestly, Tom Hiddleston was supposed to be put here in his place just for being probably the sweetest man, a talented actor and for being God of Tumblr, but then I remembered Misha Collins. Misha Collins is most popularly known as Castiel from Supernatural. He’s also known to be off the wall and really, really cool with his fans. He’s very eccentric and funny. He once tweeted in Filipino. He posts funny pictures about himself and sometimes involving the Supernatural cast. He’s just so goofy and a lot of fun. And then you find out he set up a non-profit organization to help out over at Haiti. Awesome person? YES.
  2. Jose Rizal. National Hero of the Philippines and this is still being debated on. I’m not here to defend him and tell you why I think he should really be the Philippines’ National Hero because honestly, I am not 100% convinced that he should be either. But I can’t help admiring this man. He’s an inspiration, the one considered the First Filipino. How I would love to have even just an iota of his brilliance and ambition. Have you seen his credentials and achievements? GAH.
  3. My Mom. Cliche answer, probably, but can you imagine what my Mom has been through, what she’s still going through? We lost Tatay three years ago and even before that she was the breadwinner of the family. On top of that, her job has been in trouble the past two years or so because her company hasn’t been doing too well. And then she’s putting Noel through Nursing school and she shouldered the expenses for my hospitalization and everything since I got sick two years ago, too. But she’s still smiling, she’s still cheerful. If I were in her place, I think I would have broken. Seriously. I don’t know how she does it. She’s just AWESOME.

I hope I get more responses to memes, haha. They’re really fun and I always need prompts to express myself, really.

And speaking of expressing myself, particularly through writing, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and basically what you’re supposed to do if you enter is you have to finish a 50,000-word novel in one month. Sounds pretty hardcore, right? Well, for me, who has barely written a real story in forever, it damn well is! I always hear about it year after year, but it’s only now that I feel the urge to actually give it a try. WHICH IS CRAZY because I have no plot, no ideas, no nothing. And what about time, right?? Ah, but a little, annoying voice in my head is saying all these are just excuses and are thus UNACCEPTABLE. So I don’t know, really. But I have to admit this is really nagging at me and so.

AAAAAAAH. /SPAZZES

(SOMEONE HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN ON TUMBLR TOO MUCH. SEE THE AFFECTION FOR ALL CAPS.)

Also related to writing. I am also getting this wicked urge to make notes. Like, take a pen and physically start writing on something. I wrote down my meds list for the next two weeks and that gave me an ungodly sort of glee that shouldn’t be possible over something as mundane as writing with a pen and paper. But there was glee. It was kind of embarrassing, haha. This reminds me of when I used to first write my fanfiction drafts longhand in my tiny, cramped, computer print-like handwriting before typing them all up in my old computer. Those were the days and this NaNoWriMo thing is giving me back that excitement. I’ll probably end up writing fanfiction again, which is kind of embarrassing for some reason. BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO. Maybe it’s embarrassing because by now you would think I have gone past the fanfiction “phase” by now. But no. That’s not quite happening. It’s kind of sad, you know? Here I am, wanting to write this novel or whatever, but alas, no original ideas come to mind…

Fandom and Tumblr, this is what you do to me. You give me crazy, exciting ideas and make me type in all caps.

I HOPE YOU’RE BOTH HAPPY.

This is What Happens When I Encounter Cheap Books and Stuff

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Behold my book sale haul! Admittedly, this haul could have been larger. Thank goodness for some self control and budget constraints! 😛

So, what’ve we got?

  1. Isabel Allende’s Zorro. I’ve been looking for this book forever probably because I love Antonio Banderas’ Mask of Zorro and I was also a fan of other incarnations of the story in anime and comic forms in the past. Isabel Allende’s also a writer that we were required to read back in high school and getting to read her House of the Spirits was actually one of the more enjoyable reading assignments I ever had to do for school. Put both these things together and I think I’ve got something cool to add to the To-Read List.
  2. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (screenplay). I love the film and Michael Fassbender (even before I knew his name!), so of course I couldn’t resist this one, especially given how badass the cover looks.
  3. Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia. Another one that I got because I loved the film version. Plus it was a book about a woman trying out recipes. There’s food involved. How in the world am I supposed to pass this up?
  4. George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.  I’m sensing a pattern here. I first got in contact with Pygmalion through the film version of My Fair Lady which is based on this play. I just thought it would be wicked cool to have it in my collection.
  5. Bob Gill’s Logo Mania. This one, meanwhile, is for Elise. It’s this really creatively-made book about how a graphic designer solved some designing problems. I thought Elise would enjoy and appreciate this, so I got it.

Of course, there were some books that didn’t quite make the cut for various reasons. They are the Jennifer’s Body graphic novel (I really wasn’t that into it at the end of the day, though it was probably pretty cool), Nina Garcia’s Black Book of Style (Still a bit pricey at P315. The rest of my books cost half or less than half of that) and Karen Jay Fowler’s The Jane Austen Book Club (Kind of the same reason as with the graphic novel).

And since I was in bookstores and also made my rounds in Japanese P88 stores, of course I got myself new pens, notebooks and other stuff. Because I can.

Pens! Post its! Cute notebooks (though those notebooks aren’t all bought recently)! A portable reading light! This cute protective sleeve thing for my Kindle! I also got more notebooks and a pencil case yesterday but no pictures, because I was lazy. Maybe some other time this week. I was supposed to write this entry about all my stuff here (including how I was in the bookstore and actually squealed over cute post its and tiny sticky tabs) but again, lazy. Anyway, it’s better that you’re spared my weird love for office supplies, haha.

You guys know what to get me for my birthday and Christmas. *hinthint*