Over Easter Break: Philippines, Assessments, and A hint of Cough Syrup

As the title above indicates, this post is mostly about my trip back home, the assessments I have to face now, and cough syrup because I am currently sick – which is unusual because I was fine before I arrived back in Chester.

Philippines. Ah yes, home. It was such an amazing feeling to be back home – even for only 10 days. I enjoyed it so much that it was devastating to leave again. Home was still the same, nothing much changed. A couple of new restaurants and hang out places opened up inside our favourite commercial place (BF Homes, Paranaque City). It is packed with restaurants and café’s, tea hubs and juice bars left and right that it is impossible to choose where to go to first. It’s probably a good idea to list all of them and visit each one like a bucket list – that’s how commercial it is, and people (from the south) love it!

So when I went back home, I met up with friends during my first 5 days. Different group of friends for each day, it was fun and exhausting at the same time – not exhausted by the people, but of the travel. Driving around and doing physical activities tire me out quickly (no surprise there, haha). Then my last days during my stay, my family and I went to Subic! We always visit Subic but it never gets old. It’s a nice place to relax and it’s like home. Funny thing about the stay there, I’ve been driving for almost 3 years but never have I gotten in trouble or got a violation, HOWEVER – I got my FIRST EVER violation in Subic, the policeman probably felt bad about me having to line up and pay for a violation I clearly did not know about, so he just gave me a warning. OF ALL THE PLACE I COULD GET A VIOLATION, I could’ve gotten something from Makati where it’s a strict city discipline, but then again traffic laws in Subic are not the same as the traffic laws in the city.

So that was my trip back home. I felt so sad while flying back to Chester. It was a heavy feeling, leaving everyone you love and everything you know for the second time. The first time was exciting because you had no idea whatsoever what was going to happen and what was out there, but now that you’ve gotten that experience, it’s just heavy to leave.

Now onto Assessments. I have two assessments due on April 28 and 29, I think. One presentation on the 27th. Two reaction papers on May, I think. I’m not even keeping track of my deadlines, that’s how much of a student I am. Ha, mom would be so proud (sarcasm). BUT I would like to argue that I’m not really a typical good student. I don’t like working HARD. I like to work when inspired to do so, motivated to actually come up with words and do the work. If you force something, it would all feel so fake and bull. So I am doing it while I’m somewhat motivated. I keep waking up early ever since I arrived to why not take advantage of it.

I went into town to get some books for my International and Global Marketing module. Books on japanese culture because it was difficult to find journal articles and academic reviews on them when it’s so general. While I was walking, some gardeners (I’m assuming), were working on the lawn of the Chester Cathedral. The smell of the freshly cut grass reminded me about the present. Reminded me about the things that inspire me. Little things that do inspire me – which is why I am writing now. If you haven’t noticed already, I have a pattern in writing for my blog – I only do it when I have something to share. Most of the time, I just lack the inspiration to do so these past few months.

I guess that’s it for today, this has become one lengthy post and I wouldn’t want anyone to die of boredom (if anyone is actually reading this – terribly sorry)

What’s a post without a video from Youtube. Enjoy!

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Song 28 or 29: King For a Day

I know this is a bit heavy than what I usually post on my infinite playlist, but the lyrics of this particular song is just good that I had to consider it.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a music that I liked, so here it is. And Kellin Quinn’s voice is – well impossible to even comprehend how he does it – but amazing and beautiful as well.

Cheers!

“I’m tired of begging for the things that I want, I’m over sleeping like a dog on the floor”

Two Large Cups Of Coffee And Titles Like FOB Songs

This is a random post.

I’ve had a total of four large cups of coffee (size reference: Starbucks’ sizes, only my large cup is a Grande size, Venti is just, I don’t even know if it is normal people large or big foot size large – if that made sense) in a span of three days because of all the assessments. However, as my title implies, I’ve had two large cups on my first day in an attempt to finish at least half of the work load – miserably failed.

It turns out that gulping down two large cups of coffee does not contribute to productivity! Now beware or be aware you guys. I do believe that it helps productivity as it gives you energy, but as the old saying goes – too much of anything is never good. So in the hopes of getting my energy up and productivity up, I ended up so energized I almost palpitated at times. It was almost as if I injected ADHD into my veins or I took drugs. I couldn’t stay put, my thoughts was going flying away into a million different directions that I cannot focus on the task at hand. I ended up wasting most of my time trying so hard to stay put.

So it was 8 in the morning, I had stayed up all night but the energy is still there and the only way to get rid of with was to do a physical activity. I went to the library – from my house to the library it would take up about 10 minutes walk – and searched for more materials to finish my paper. It’s my fourth day now of attempting to finish ONE PAPER. I am almost done though, it only took me four cups of coffee and a whole lot of reading.

So the lesson? Take drugs instead. HAHAHA, NO I AM KIDDING!

The lesson is to try and avoid procrastinating. Avoiding procrastination to me is such an obstacle I feel the need to create a special rehabilitation group for procrastinators (or does it exist?) Well, that and avoid using coffee to get productive. The best way to be productive I guess is to STOP BEING A LAZY BUM, KASH.

That’s all I wanted to randomly share. It’s a good experience too because I’ve never had trouble procrastinating before – weirdly, and in a sense that only makes sense to me right now (or if it makes sense to any one else, you are not alone).

Yeah, bye for now. Leaving you once again with another song. My go to channel for relaxing while studying: The Vibe Guide (https://www.youtube.com/user/thvbgd)

Cold Nights, Food Cravings, Concerts

November.

The start of November was good, although it became really cold and really dark quickly over the past few weeks. It’s probably because reports say that UK is expecting a ‘harsh winter’ and it’s becoming colder every single day. It’s usually hard to go to class in the morning because it’s freezing that even my thickest jacket can’t keep me warm. Yet I still see some locals wearing cargo shorts – for guys, and skirts or dresses for girls. How do they even do it? They get sick though. Some even for a few weeks and yet they still like to dress as if they are not affected by the cold. I mean c’mon you don’t have to pretend.

So people in class have been coughing and sneezing, and I hate it. I can feel the sickness creeping up my body. Luckily, I haven’t been sick here yet, despite the weather.

To top it off, I’ve been craving filipino food for the past few days! I haven’t had chicken adobo for 2 months now. I miss sinigang and kare-kare. I can try making those here but Chester has very limited filipino products, very rare even. It’s not a filipino dish if it’s not complete. I’ve been missing the flavours that filipino dishes have. The playfulness of different flavours in your mouth. Ugh, why.

On the brighter side, I’m going to a concert! Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour 2014. Awesome.

The line up (I don’t know the particular order, though):

State Champs

The Story So Far

Candy Hearts

Only Rivals

New Found Glory (Main Act)

I am also trying to get tickets to Reading or Leeds festival! I hope the line up for those festivals are as awesome as last year. I would spend a lot on either one of the festival.

I guess that’s all for tonight. I’ll leave you with NFG and let’s go old school.

Day 11 and 12: Bruises, Cuts, and First Aid Kits

The title would seem like I have been in a bad situation. However, I was not. I’ll explain it in parts.

Bruises:

I think I’ve mentioned that I joined Volleyball Society here in Chester (yey sports!) and as a result of not being in shape and of not playing the sport for years, I got slight bruises on my arm. The taster was not harsh and not really intense, but what is up with the ball? It was inflated to be like a basketball or something, and I have the type of body that bruise easily.

Cuts:

Being away from home is tough; being away from home with people who KNOWS how to cook is tougher. You might say, oh you could just buy or take out food from restaurants and grocery stores. I would love to do that, not because I do not know how to cook but I sometimes get lazy, BUT it is costly. People tell me not to convert the currency here to the currency back home, but during the first few days – and it might take me weeks – it’s like I’m doing it by habit. And boy, is it expensive here.

So while I was cutting some veggies and meat, I accidentally cut myself. Fortunately, it’s quite small and nothing serious.

First Aid Kits:

Also, I have stocked medicines, band aids, and sanitizers. It’s in my upbringing that we keep a stock of those things. Especially pain killers. Oh my, what would I do without them. Migraines are terrible, but since I’ve arrived here I rarely got them. Back home, I usually get that really really painful-one-side-of-your-brain type of migraine for at least 3 days.

I think that’s about every thing I wanted to share. I’m about to clean my room and do laundry for the rest of the day.

I’ll leave you with some..clean up music? Lol

Cheers!

1. Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend

2. Buddy Holly by Weezer

3. Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

4. Pour Some Sugar On Me (The Maine version)

and finally,

5. She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks

Day 10: Trying to keep on track

Second day of classes for the week. We had business dissertation earlier, and like any other module we have, it’s at ‘100mph’ as they call it. I’m still thinking of a topic or a certain area to research on. All I have so far is this: The viability of Coffee Shops (e.g. local, Starbucks, or Costa) in the UK against the viability of Coffee Shops in the Philippines.

I chose to do a comparison for the UK and the Philippines, basically because it’s where I am from. However, I wanted to do something even more specific right now. I just can’t get on the right track or the path that I wanted. I’m still thinking though, any ideas dear friends? I usually run to my guitar for creative thinking. Sadly enough, I wasn’t really capable of bringing my guitar with me – with my huge luggage and hand-carry bag (includes my heavy laptop, camera, and the sort).

Then in the evening, it’s weird for me that they start really late too, we had a taster for Volleyball. I was thinking of joining Swimming but then again, I thought of the weather and temperature here (still not used to it). Bench-warming the bench because – haha – I did not bring my trainers (rubber shoes), not that I had any because a-duh I like wearing my converse when playing. So, I still have to buy one if I really wanted to play.

Well, that’s all I can really share for tonight or in the other parts of the world, today.

I’ll leave you again with another lovely song (maybe I’ll do this out of habit, I don’t know).

Cheers!

Song #27: Last Hope

I’ve been obsessing with Paramore again lately. I came across posts, blogs, or articles wherein people are comparing Paramore’s new album from their old ones and how different it is, and the reason behind it.

In all honesty, I don’t mind that they changed. They still make great music and lyrics.

This is my current favorite from their 2013 self-titled album ‘Paramore’

I just love the meaning of this song.

Sometimes we just have to let things happen and fall into place and keep that small spark of hope. Keep hoping that things will be okay in the end, even if it doesn’t go your way.

Enjoy!

Truth: Song#26(!) Hurts Like Heaven

I struggle with the feeling that my life isn’t mine.

Most of the time I do. And it’s because of this one honest statement I saw from my news feed on Facebook:

You’re not really free until you are free from trying to please everybody.

I’m so glad that we have Music. It really has saved me ever since I was a kid.

Great bands, songs, and even the music videos.

Anyway, enjoy this one from Coldplay.

Cheers!

Song #25? Shot At The Night

I’m not really sure what song number we are at, cause I’m pretty sure that I’m feeling tipsy. Lucky for me I can still typer properly, AND there’s auto correct. But yeah, this song makes me want to lose control and do whatever I want to do with my life.

I somehow realized that those who have truly, honest-to-God happy life are the ones who don’t really care that they’re not earning billions, don’t really care if they planned properly – with contingency plans, I might add – for the future. Those who are really CONTENTED and happy are the ones who live life DAY TO DAY. Works to live. Just enough to get what they want and more than enough for what they need.

I’m probably drunk at this stage, and they say that most of the drunks tell the truth. So I don’t know what to make of that. I just know that I’m pretty happy and awesome at the moment.
I wish people – including me OF COURSE – would find that contentment and LIVE.

So here’s a totally chill song from The Killers, how I love them! Shot at the night. I only have one shot at this life, and from now on, I’m not going to miss the things that MAKES me happy.

Song #24: Best Day Of My Life

I’ve been listening to this song months ago. And I am so glad that American Authors are being introduced in more and more local radio stations in the Philippines. I’m really glad that they FINALLY recognize good music that is upbeat, cheery, and simply fun.

So here’s American Authors with Best Day of My Life – acoustic version.

The original version is great as well.
Cheers!