Saturday, March 31, 2007

Yesterday, I graduated from Ateneo. Wow. The graduation ceremony was fun, even though it was 3 hours long (thankfully not 4!).

The day started early with the baccalaureate mass. Mom, Char and I went together - reminiscent of the time we took the UPCAT! The mass was in Filipino so I didn't appreciate it very much. During the Lord's Prayer, mom didn't want to hold the hand of her seatmate cause he kept on sneezing hahaha Besides, she says holding hands was already outlawed.

Practice afterwards was dragging. At one point, almost the whole of SOH left (we weren't dismissed yet) - some students were called back while others ran away and hid when they noticed that they were being asked to return.. We ended after 12 so Pinky and I just drove thru McDo and proceeded to the parlor (Indigo). Pinks still had to have her hair done and both of us had our makeup done there. Yes, before graduating, I had to face the curlash yet again haha We were delighted to see Bam and Ericka at the same parlor!

I'm so happy I got to sit beside Pinky and Bianca. Sadly Ronnel was seated at the last seat of the row in front of us :(

Our commencement speaker Emily Altomonte-Abrera, Chairman of McCann Worldgroup, gave a very relevant speech on "The Problems of Success." Or something that sounded like that. She challenged us not to fear failure since success only comes after a lot of failure (and vice versa). Of course she had to mention Coke while we were all so thirsty. She was excellent, we were clapping for a long time after she spoke.

We were the third to the last course to be called so it was a loooong wait. At the end of it all, we were just happy that we survived. I think that's the last time I'll see many of my batchmates in a long long time. Others, I'll still see during the Celadon ball this Monday :) Don't forget to RSVP if you're going! Batchmates, go na, last na rin, FREE pa! :)

Nainggit ako sa picture ni Glenn with the other debaters - cause a lot of them are in SOSS too... 6 out of 7 Celadon executebs are in SOM/SOSE! haha The angels are in SOM too, except for KLee I think but she's in SOSE anyway. Yeah grad would've been more fun with them but it was fun nonetheless.

My parents, grandfather and I ate at Circles. Raffy Ignacio, Sharms, Ging and even Rudy Ang were having dinner there also. Since we were reserved for the second seating, we got to take some pictures around the lobby while waiting for them to clear the tables.

CONGRATULATIONS ATENEO 2007 :) Congrats Leloy, Luis, Pao, and Ronnel especially :) Congratulations also to everyone's parents! :)

Armed with an Ateneo diploma, who needs super powers?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Please pray for Justin Ong, who recently died due to a car crash. This is the third death in the 2006 batch of Xavier School, Greenhills. Howell Yao, Dec 2006. Thomas O., Feb 2007. Justin Ong, Mar 2007. Let us pray for their eternal repose, and for the safety of their batchmates still with us today.

That was a message a friend sent via YM. Creepy stuff huh? That's my brother's batch. They were born in the year of the dragon pa naman! Although shoti was too excited - he was born before the Chinese New Year.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Yey for regularized body clocks. Summer sleeps for 4 hours then she has to go to the toilet as soon as she wakes up. She's a darling. Much more active than she was when we first took her home.

The last few college-related activites...
March 26 - dinner with Fr. Joey
March 28 - Blue Roast
March 30 - Graduation
April 2 - Celadon Ball

It feels weird to be leaving Ateneo. I don't remember very much how I felt when I left ICA. Anyway, I was fixing some stuff and found my offline diary haha... Let's take a peek at the days gone by (some excerpts):

"Grad practices were really boring. They insisted that we sit and stand up at the same time."

"KatPu, Aidz, Son, CharLao, Diane and I went to have lunch at Jollibee Katipunan where we bumped into Theresa. Then we went to McDonalds to have dessert. So lunch done, we headed over to Ateneo - Xavier Hall to reserve our slots." -- wow, I don't even remember this anymore. Has it been this long?

"I'm officially a college student, I've deleted mIRC, I've made a lot of new friends - well, acquaintances whose names I keep forgetting. Still my mind is troubled."

"Earl is a Xaverian in my English block." hahahaha

"What else have I been up to? I joined 3 orgs: Celadon, BlueRep and AJMA. Celadon's interview was fun. BlueRep...well, I went to that 1st GA last Friday then the workshop yesterday (and I'm going to the one tomorrow). Talent night is this Saturday. Celadon GA is this Friday. I just had my AJMA interview today and I'm glad (sorta) to say I passed. The 1st GA's on July 25 at the Cov Courts."

"Got my first zero in college! Filipino of course..."

"Wow I'm almost writing regularly! It's just because I don't really have much to do in college." bwhahahaha

"Friendster is an online community that connects people." really now? I write the most mundane things.

I haven't written in my offline journal since February this year and I can feel my handwriting slowly deteriorating LOL. At least I can type fast :D

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I feel re-born.

Not because of any spiritual exercises but because... Internet's back! And just to illustrate how bored I was, I taught Summer how to sit before eating (semi-reliably), I finished Blood Ties (the Queen Mary/Elizabeth novel I mentioned), and I also watched until the 17th episode of Heroes already (Mic recommended I wait until April 20+ to watch the 18th so I don't get too impatient).

Some thoughts. The scarier bad guys are those who are sure that they're the good guys. Actually, I think majority of bad guys think they're good guys. Good defined in different ways of course so it's a question of good for whom/what? And those with nothing to lose are the strongest.

Elaine, Mic and Doggie visited yesterday - feels so nice to sit at the living room again and just talk about anything. Topics ranged from studying at the C room, eating techniques to dating norms (to open the door or not to open the door)... I don't laugh as much as I used to but they say I don't look so harried anymore. They look happy where they are too!

Ah the quest for happiness. I remember Pippin and how he wanted to be someone special... "Don't you see I want my life to be something more than long?" Will mine be something?

To Celadoneans and alumni (even non-Celadoneans): mark your calendars - the ball will be held on April 2 (Monday) at Valle Verde 6. Also, there's an AAA networking night on March 26. Everyone's so busy during the pre-grad break hahaha

I'm not quite sure what I'll do before I start working. Hmm I have an odd job for the last week of April and first week of May - just ask if you want a bit of extra income. I better sleep... the other day Summer woke me up at 4:30 to go to the potty (fancy word for garden) >_< but her body clock is better lately so hopefully she sleeps through the night already.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Words of wisdom from our friends, the Geeks Greeks.

Love And Marriage

One day, Plato asked his teacher, "What is love? How can I find it?" His teacher answered, "There is a vast wheat field in front.. Walk forward without turning back, and pick only one stalk. If you find the most magnificent stalk, then you have found love." Plato walked forward, and before long, he returned with empty hands, having picked nothing.

His teacher asked, "Why did you not pick any stalk?" Plato answered, "Because I could only pick once, and yet I could not turn back. I did find the most magnificent stalk, but did not know if there were any better ones ahead, so I did not pick it. As I walked further, the stalks that I saw were not as good as the earlier one, so! I did not pick any in the end. His teacher then said, "And that is LOVE."

On another day, Plato asked his teacher, "What is marriage? How can I find it?" His teacher answered, "There is a thriving forest in front. Walk forward without turning back, and chop down only one tree. If you find the tallest tree, then you have found marriage". Plato walked forward, and before long, He returned with a tree. The tree was not bad, and it was not tall either. It was only an ordinary tree, not the best but just a good tree. His teacher asked, "Why did you chop down such an ordinary tree?" Plato answered, "Because of my previous experience. I had walked through the field, but returned with empty hands. This time, I saw this tree, and I felt that it was the first good tree that I saw, so I chopped it down and brought it back. I did not want to miss the opportunity."

His teacher then said, "And that is MARRIAGE. You see son...Love is the most beautiful thing to happen to a person, its an opportunity but you don't realize its worth when you have it but only when its gone like the field of stalks. Marriage like the tree you chopped, it's a compromise; you pick the first best thing you see and learn to live a happy life with it."


Fast forward a couple thousand years... you know, they say that arranged marriages are the happiest marriages (Gupta & Singh, 1982). They are the people who learn to live a happy life with someone they expect nothing from. So from there, love, whatever it is, grows. There is also no mention of "exits." It's funny but accurate in my experience - I feel braver, bolder, more sure when no other options exist. If there's a way out, doubts will linger because there is a choice. Which means there is a chance of making the WRONG choice. Ah the dilemma of freedom (sir Bobby Gev's term).

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

So much has happened since my last post...

For one, we have a new Shih Tzu puppy! Her name is Summer, she's 7.5 weeks old. Right now, she's sleeping haha Sleep-eat-play, she really still is just a baby. I'll use what I learned in Cog to teach her a few tricks :D Yes, I don't have too many things to do :)

And I have to say it, forgive me for making this bold, CELADON WON COA ORG OF THE YEAR! I wasn't expecting one much less two distinctions... kaya tuloy, speechless... I gave a very lacking speech and I knock myself on the head whenever I think about it hahaha so here I'll say THANK YOU and CONGRATS to the executebs, to the managers and members for doing your part. Thank you COA, OSA, OAS and the administration for supporting our projects. Thank you P&G for teaching me a lot during my internship there, I look forward to learning a lot more soon. And THANK YOU to my mom, dad, shoti, angkong, uncles, aunts and cousins for putting up with all my Celadonspeak at home and during family gatherings.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, to all student leaders, student athletes, theses and organizations! Let's all keep doing our best and doing our share. You know, in the end, it's really about finding identity that matters. There are so many things that can be done but others can do those things better. So we have to know our own strengths, focus, develop and capitalize on them. What of our weaknesses or points for improvement? We have to be willing to learn from the field experts, as much as we'd like to be the best in everything haha And you know, I think Ateneo did a pretty good job of allowing me to discover what I'm good at and what I'm bad at.

Last Saturday, we watched 300 at Rockwell. It was a nice movie and I heard it's also the first blockbuster of the year. However, I am bothered by the underlying message it's trying to send... basically, it supports the concept of Hitler's Aryan race. No room for imperfection. If the movie setting were WWII, people will cry foul. Of course the winners are the ones who write history. I like how the Spartan queen was portrayed in the film. She was very regal. Yup I like her. Thank you doggie-la for dinner :)

I stayed two nights over at VV to sleep with Carrie while her family was away. As a 4 yr old, she's very eloquent. I guess it comes with being part of a relatively large family. It's interesting how kids always try to correct adults. We'll invert the deal or no deal actions and she'll get frustrated haha And Jacob will correct us when we say da-ya-per, it's supposed to be pronounced as die-per.

During my stay with her, she made me into a pony named Kimono while she was Mysteria, another pony who liked to race and win trophies. I love kids' imaginations. I used to do a lot of role playing with my cousins too. Yeah, we were princesses ;) But aside from being a pony, she also managed to turn me into a pig (she was a fairy this time) but she turned me back into Achi Kim before I left for school :p

And at school, the role playing continues haha Previously, they usually make me a BS Psychology major but now they decided that I look more SOMish and turned me into a BS Management student hihihi But I love being in AB Psych and I recognize that it's so much harder to have a BS course. Just the other day, we had the SOSS open house. It's rather sad that we didn't have an SOSS open house when we were freshies. So the different options and opportunities were discussed quite thoroughly and they can plan their academic workload better.

Looking back (and looking forward), I don't really make super informed decisions haha I trust too much... maybe I should be more cautious and inquisitive. I'm not uncritical but I don't always go the extra mile to review other options. Will work on that.

Friday, March 9, 2007

I'm hesitant to post particular names of people who helped me through college. I don't want to miss mentioning anyone :O So maybe I'll work with categories. Let's start with...

My family whose support has been a source of encouragement and stability. Without you, I would not have accomplished much and I would not even have my laptop (kababawan).
The unnamed barkada... even though we don't see each other, we rarely remember each other's birthdays, we aren't always sure what's happening in each other's lives, we're still a part of each other (yaaack cheesy... let's move on to greater heights...)
angels4lyf - we were the group that didn't really have a group but we took Journalism class by storm eh? That was back in high school. Most of us landed in Ateneo and I'll always remember the semester that gave us a common lunch time and our out-of-town trip. Thank you for the concern and trust and girlie fun. Thanks for always reminding me of my worth ;)
The QTs and our extended family (woof!). Now if any group really helped me through college, it's you guys... oo, kahit iniwan niyo ako :p I can't begin to express just how thankful I am for the opportunity to have met you. You forced me out of the house every once in a while, and I guess that's good for my health haha
Celadoneans awww my love, my life, my soul... teka, di pala Shakespeare class 'to. It's funny how I never meant to be active in the organization. But now I can't imagine not being a part of this wacky group. Whenever I enter the Celadon room, I know I'm in my home away from home. Thanks for listening to me and trusting in me with your concerns and stories. Special mention to the executebs - wheee I rest assured that we must've done something right!
My chatmates for giving me a virtual life that I can flaunt to people who think I don't have a life... well OK I don't really have a life but they don't have much of a virtual life either nyenye LOL
To COA for the sheer brilliance of the people who are part of it. For giving me a reason to be idealistic, for inspiring me to be more and do more (magis haha).
My fellow Psychology majors, for each being a little bit crazy. We all fell in love with our course and I know (psychic kasi ako) that our stat, biopsych, I/O, testing, expe, and thesis experience will always be something to remember. I'll special-mention four people: Anielle, BJ, Ronnel and Pinky... and Block C1 (kahit di ko kayo block hehehe).
To my classmates in various classes for dynamic discussions (only when applicable) that kept me awake. For the bonds we formed while ranting about unreasonable requirements and readings that never did make sense. Thanks especially to my groupmates for agreeing to go all the way to Makati for group meetings hehehe
My teachers for the new perspectives you gave me, for finding a way to bring complicated things down to the level of Daph. For challenging me to know why and how and, of course, why not?
Administrators and staff for patience and just being there, recognizing efforts and making an effort to make our stay in the university as comfortable and safe as possible. Thanks for remembering our welfare always.
Thanks also for the smiles. Kahit di tayo magkakilala / di na tayo nagkakilala, your smiles brighten up the day!
Shall I thank Ateneo? haha fine fine, thanks Ateneo ;) For allowing me to be an Atenean haha How's that for school spirit.

And I have a friend I want to thank... His name is Jesus...Jesus, Jesus, friend of mine! ;)

Oh OK He can be your friend too haha

Thursday, March 1, 2007

"You're free," sir told me, and that was it! I had my last exam this morning at 11am. Tomorrow will be the Psych conference and seniors send-off but I don't need to prepare anything for that.


After the film showing at the MVP Lobby, Glenn (Shakespeare in Performance prof) gave me the DVD (Midsummer Night's) since I was the only senior who bothered to still go to class. Nakakatouch. He even bought us Figaro! (bragging time: 8-time Palanca awardee yung prof namin! haha) And then when Niel showed me our bound thesis a while ago, she also gave me a senti letter. Then I felt sad so I texted Rio whose reply made me even more senti. Haha I guess many of us are feeling different kinds of senti...

Oohh read the latest Guidon - the article on intermarriages LOL