Thursday, November 26, 2009

Just want to share -- the ff. reflection is from "Our Daily Bread." Entitled "Discovery," it's super relevant on a personal level, in more ways than one!

It was written by Julie Ackerman Link. I found her on Facebook and was going to ask for her permission to post it but she sent me this link so...

Read it at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

5 months since my last post! Not really too busy - just preoccupied with other things :)

Work - quite a lot but not toxic (am I speaking too soon?). I'm supposed to go on a business trip next week but everything depends on the usual red tape (rather, red seal letter). I like the idea of asking myself "what does success look like for me today?" before the start of the day so I'm focused on delivering that one thing instead of trying to do a lot of small things but not finishing any of them. The last month sped by so quickly because of two back-to-back corporate events and then the whole Ondoy experience. Hope I get to accomplish a lot more this month... even though it's almost over already!

Work Out - believe it or not, I've been going to the gym regularly since April! My officemates tell me I look like I've lost weight so that's all good :) In reality, I didn't really lose weight but according to those hi-tech gizmos, I have less fat! :D *proud of self* it all started because of a wellness fair I led (yes, apparently my wellness interventions really work!) - I was able to get Fitness First to join and offer a pretty good deal to employees... so good that I decided to nibble and voila! Daph is now a gym-goer. I try to go twice a week and then I exercise a bit outside gym once a week. If anything, I feel healthier.

Outside Work - where do I start!!! So many things have changed and are about to change - and so very quickly too! A little bit daunting but definitely exciting... Stay tuned for a very detailed download coming soon ;)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just Watched: Slumdog Millionaire (I like!) and Angels & Demons (I liked the book version better)

Just read: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Both books were light reading. I'm presently collecting receipts from Fully Booked to get a discount card. Help me think this through - should I just go ahead and pay P700 for the discount card or continue to collect receipts? If I accumulate P15,000 worth of receipts, I technically have to spend P1,500 extra to get the card (because the card entitles bearer to 10% discount). Right now, I just need P6,609 more... This is complicated. I'll figure that out next time I decide to buy another book. But if you don't keep your receipts from Fully Booked - may I have them? ;)

Last weekend, I attended the Landmark Forum. Francis already took it 2 years ago but he decided to take it again with me.

Dry description: It's a philosophical discussion (Socratic inquiry) that helps participants examine how they view and consequently react to the world (perception as reality). It promises a transformation.

What I got:
1) Better relationships, particularly with my dad. I hope this lasts (and I'm confident it will).
2) The "possibility" of an extraordinary relationship with Francis. A possibility that is already real :)
3) More courage - to make decisions and speak up.
4) A deeply spiritual experience (although the forum is by no means a retreat).
5) A better understanding of the significance of Integrity.


The Landmark Forum is a 3 or 4 day adventure where you are literally locked in a room with 100+ strangers and forced to experience the passing moments. Each day is 12-14 hours long and the format is purely conversational (there is no physical activity). Sound good so far? Landmark Forum leaders give attendees promise of enlightenment, clarity and transformation by the end of the course—and they deliver! Landmark is a truly incredible spiritual growth platform that provides unique insight into the true nature of our thoughts and perceptions and overall is a very rewarding experience.

Would I encourage you to join? To be a participant, one must save up to afford the P25,000 fee. Ouch. However, remember that the Forum gave me access to priceless things. So I would encourage you to join - but in the end, it's your decision :)

How to join: Call 02-8976800, 09178218088, 09178218090

Monday, April 13, 2009

Just read: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I'm so glad. I was beginning to think that I'd never finish reading the book. Took me a good 3.5 months! And it was an interesting read - almost trivial if it weren't for the philosophical inserts. The book was written in 1877 but there are so many feelings, thoughts and actions that still hold true until today, that is, 130 so years since.

Allow me to share a few parts:

On marriage -
Only then did he understand clearly for the first time what he had not understood... He understood not only that she was close to him, but that he no longer knew where she ended and he began... he felt like a man who, having suddenly received a violent blow from behind, turns with vexation in a desire for revenge to find out who did it, and realizes that he has accidentally struck himself, that there is no one to be angry with and he must endure and ease the pain. -Part 5, XIV

On living for something -
...the innkeeper lives for his belly. That is clear and reasonable. None of us, as reasonable beings, can live otherwise...And suddenly the same (Fyodor) says it's bad to live for the belly and that one should live for the truth, for God, and I understand him...! And I and millions of people who lived ages ago and are living now...the poor in spirit and the wise men who have thought and written about it...- we're all agreed on this one thing: what we should live for and what is good. - Part 8, XII *emphases mine

At first, especially during the first few chapters, I was wondering why Leo Tolstoy is considered to be such a great writer. It is only after I finished reading the book that I understood. In the same way, perhaps, it is only after we finish our own books that we will understand :) For now, maybe it's enough not to understand but to agree on what we should live for and what is good.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Angkong (1928-2009)

Taken from a post dated April 2005:

Angkong: Do you love me? (Chinese)
Me: Of course!
Angkong: Really? (Chinese)
Me: Yea
Angkong: Why? Why do you love me?
Me: I dunno...
Angkong: Do you know that I love you? I love you very much (Chinese)
Do you know why?
Me: Why?
Angkong: Because you are my granddaughter (Chinese)

Di si gua e soon.

I was close to my grandfather... I was his princess. I remember him sitting on his big red reclinable chair and me sitting on the soft red rocking chair while examining the little trinkets in his wooden cart - vicks, tiger balm, his comb, the mirror, the fan...

Miss ko na sya.

He told me that I should bring all the boys who come to see me to his room. And then he won't say anything. He'd just nod and I'd know if he approves or not. He's not going to say anything.

Angkong: If I die...
Me: Di pa, tagal pa noh
Angkong: If I die, will you cry? (Chinese)
Me: Of course
Angkong: Truly? (Chinese)
Me: Yes, a lot.

My grandfather, a really truly great man, died last Monday February 16, 2009. He was 82 and had lived an amazing life. As my cousin said, to live just 1/4 of the life he lived would already be something.

I'm glad I was able to say I love you and goodbye to my Angkong before he passed away. For this I have Francis to thank and I'm happy that I was able to introduce them to each other.

I kept my word Angkong, I cried. I'm so proud of being your granddaughter. Thank you for everything I enjoy, rest well now knowing that you have given your family more than enough. I won't forget you.

Gua ya tia di.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Watched World Without Thieves last Wednesday at Shangri-La Mall as part of the 2009 Spring Film Festival. It's a terrific film, a different kind of romantic film with just the right dose of action and even philosophy.

Couldn't read the subtitles the whole time because of the white background but this only happened twice or thrice.

If you haven't seen it, you can still catch it - for only P100.

Jan 25, Sunday
2:20-4:00 World Without Thieves

Jan 26, Monday
4:25-6:05 World Without Thieves

January 27, Tuesday
6:15-7:55 World Without Thieves

They're also showing other Chinese films. For the complete schedule and other details, go here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Watched Underworld last night... I didn't like it - maybe because the lead actress isn't Kate Beckinsale anymore or I've forgotten the first two movies or the story was just really flat and predictable. But I like the way they portray vampires - liked it a lot better than the Twilight movie's version of the bloodsucking immortals ;)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Still reading Anna Karenina... and Freakonomics and Outliers (alternating, depending on my mood). I'm afraid it's going to take me a while to finish any of the three books.
Just read: Firing Up Commitment during Organizational Change

Just watched (Friday night): The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Benjamin Button is a fantastic, amazing movie. It's about 3 hours long but I didn't notice the time fly by. The film pulls you in and makes you wonder if it could somehow be based on a true story. I won't spoil it ... go and watch.

This movie was based on a short story (of the same title) by F Scot Fitzgerald. A copy of which may be found at -- Watch the movie first before reading the text.


There is much to be happy about and everything to be thankful for :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Below is a survey I got from Ystacey. I think it's a good New Year's post :) Welcome 2009!

Where did you begin 2008?
- at the hospital (dengue)

What was your status by Valentine's day of 2008?
- single

Did you have to go to the hospital?
- see answer to first question. Also to visit angkong, Tep.

Did you have any encounters with the police?
- nope

Where did you go on vacation?
- Ilocos, HK, US

What did you purchase over $500?
- my first ever little black dress :)

Did you know anybody who got married?
- Yup! Attended weddings of Poe, Dave and Eloi

What sporting events did you attend?
- watched the UAAP Ateneo-La Salle games, P&G Tennis clinic, and P&G Basketball games
- supported the Milo Marathon & Run with Pringles participants
- joined the Robinsons Fit & Fun Buddy Run and UNICEF Walk

What concerts/shows did you go to?
- Hairspray, West Side Story, APO Hiking Society, The Company & Mitch Valdes, Chimelong circus (Guangzhou)

Where do you live now?
- still in my grandfather's house

Describe your birthday.
- simple dinner with parents at Tony Roma's
- chocolate cake from HR officemates, roses and plate from MS, flowers and cake from CYCLE, book from Fish

What's the one thing you thought you would never do but did?
- get to watch Wicked!

Any new additions to your family?
- yup, Coby

What was your best month?
- December I think

Who was your best drinking buddy?
- I like hanging out with Tanya and Tots the most when the CBD guys go drinking

Made new friends?
- Yup

Any regrets?
- some

What do you want to change in 2009?
- my being more open to trying new things

Overall, how would you rate this year?
- 6-7 over 10
- compared to the year before (when I was 21), it's a bit pale

Get a new job?
- nope

How old did you turn this year?
- 23

Did anything embarrassing?
- sure but nothing particularly memorable

Get married or divorced?
- nope

Be honest - did you watch American Idol?
- nope

Start a new hobby?
- nope

Are you happy to see 2008 go?
- well, looking forward to 2009

Drank Starbucks in 2008?
- yup! discovered classic hot chocolate with 1 ice cube

Been naughty or nice?
- I would say...naughty

What are you wishing for in 2009?
- something extraordinary

Lost someone?
- yup, taima

Cut class?
- nope

Was involved in something you'll never forget?
- Magsaysay scholars workshop, CYCLE, SUTA

Visited a different country?
- yup

Cooked a gross meal?
- nope

Lost something important to you?
- can't remember

Got a gift you adore?
- a letter and my Ateneo jacket

Tripped over a coffee table?
- nope

Dyed your hair?
- nope

Came close to losing your life?
- nope

Went to a party?
- lots in December :|

Read a great book?
- re-read Count of Monte Cristo

Saw one of your favorite bands/artists live?
- yup


Did you change at all this year?
- yup

Did you change your style?
- growing my hair

Were you in school?
- nope

Did you have a job?
- yup

Did you drive?
- haha driving school!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
- yup! Tep

Did you go on any vacations?
- yup

Would you change anything about yourself now?
- smaller eye bags ;)

2008: WRAP UP

Was 2008 a good year?
- yup

Do you think 2009 will top 2008?
- yup :) i know it will :)