Sunday, March 30, 2008

It's been one year since graduation.

Since then, what have I been up to? I've been blogging less, obviously, but that doesn't mean there's less to blog about.

I didn't get to go to London but I did quite a bit of traveling.

Locally - we went to Dos Palmas (Palawan), Taal Volcano and San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga. I also had a month in the field at Antipolo for work.

Outside the Philippines, I got to go to Europe for the first time. Exquisite France, marvelous Rome, intriguing Vatican, magical Monaco, scenic Switzerland, quaint Austria, gentle Germany and memorable Netherlands. I'll be back, count on it. Then there was my Dragon 100 tour at Henan, China. That trip gave me unforgettable memories and priceless friends. So I was very much excited to meet up again with them in HK last November. I was also given the opportunity to see the Singapore Dragons when I had to attend a training for work. Singapore was another first for me.

Definitely another big change that happened since graduation is being employed.

Most of the things I've handled were exciting in their own way. And so different from each other. Had to speak with retirees and make the children of employees happy, had a crash course on how expensive healthy eating is and have spent time with the kids in our Gawad Kalinga villages. Diverse, much?

Stress, yeah sure, that's there. But not the horror-story stress that some people would expect. Did you know that there are two kinds of stress? Distress and eustress. In a nutshell, not having any kind of stress is bad too. Golden mean, everything in moderation.

I've almost been with the company for 10 months. 2 more months until the first year ends. Time flies so quickly. Before I know it I'll be old and gray.

Am I happy as a clam? Can I imagine myself having similar experiences in the coming months, maybe years? For now, I think so.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Did you know that...

St. Patrick's Day is generally celebrated on March 17. But the date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on March 14. March 17 will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160.

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Patrick%27s_Day
Historical. Unfortunately, I find out about this after the fact. Whatever. Everyday is a reason to celebrate life. ~*~

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I ran yesterday but the nike+ device stalled towards the end of my run so the data wasn't captured. Anyway, that was about a 50min session. Running 10 and walking 1. It's intimidating to think that a 42.2km distance will probably take me 7.5 hours to complete.

Yesterday, a finance team prepared an easter activity with the GK kids. It was really fun to see them paint the eggs and then go on a hunt afterwards. I'm still figuring out how to make the program more sustainable, without taking the fun away.

Between work and running, guess one could say that I've been busy. I've also been reading in my spare time. The last book I finished was Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada and currently I'm halfway done with The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

But I have yet to find something that will spur the same passion I had for Celadon...

3 years or forever.