The Mistake

I’ve always thought that I loved what I studied. International Relations (IR) seemed to be a degree that I was determined to finish with pride. I’ve been so wrong, and it took me two weeks of International Law (INTLLAW) *and a semi-covert day out in Ateneo* to find out what I really wanted. It’s true though, that I love to study. I love to read things that have existed for years, and yet never heard of until I’ve read them. I love that professors teach me things that explain why the world is the way it is. My mind is hungry, so hungry that I forgot that I’m made up of more than just a slab of gray matter. I’ve been so caught up in filling my mind that I’ve completely starved my soul. I realised it the hard way.

Studying INTLLAW changed how I did things. I study way in advance, TRY to finish all the materials needed for the day, then review what I’ve studied; I also have other Majors to deal with. I kept doing this routine, until one day, I just cracked. I broke down from the stress, a pressure that I thought I was totally used to. But the stress from my family meddled with my focus to study, and I couldn’t use academics to deviate my attention away from my family. I was completely bare to the emotional attack that I apparently set up for myself all these years without knowing. I had no armour; I was made of glass instead of the usual three-inch-thick-crocodile-skin. I questioned what I was doing, “Is this what I truly want? Getting an IR degree so that I could go back to where I grew up? Is IR what I would have picked at all?” And the answer is, no. Continue reading “The Mistake”

Getting My Mother to Read more Books

So, the Fully Booked Katipunan branch (Katipunan is where I live) has this 20% off sale because of its anniversary thing! The picture above is actually the Katipunan branch :D Anyway, I accompanied my mother to the bank, then she accompanied me to Fully Booked. I knew that there was going to be a 20% off sale, but little did I know that I would be buying something and that there would be a 40% off table full of old and unknown books! Not only are some books 40% off, some are even marked down to $1.21!

The first four books are my mom’s, and I am Number Four is mine. Amazingly enough, the first two books are $1.21 each and the next two are $2.42 each! Originally, these would sum up to be around $30! I mean $4.84 for four books is a long way from $30, so you could imagine how happy my mom was when she found these.

I am Number Four was originally $6.74, and I just had to pay $5.39. It isn’t much of a discount, but for a well-known, brand-new and straight out of the box book, it’s definitely a bargain! If you’re wondering why I didn’t buy the second and third one, don’t hahahaha! It’s a 10 day sale, so I’ll get them at the last day. So we paid around $10 for five books (Two weeks ago, I found a hardcover copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns for $2.89 at a pre-owned bookstore.) Continue reading “Getting My Mother to Read more Books”

The Books I Have Read and Am Going to Read

Books I have to read (I have tons of classics on my Kindle. I won’t list them down LOL):

[Physical] books I’ve read in the past 8 months:

It’s quite little if you ask me. Oh well, towel.

My Running Addiction

The Philippines has gained a new trend, and I think it’s a trend that’s here to stay. That is of course if the man who started it all will continue his legacy. Coach Rio, you truly are a man worth mentioning.

I got these bad boys (shoes above) from RIOVANA in Katipunan. We were initially just going to look for a book. We took a bit of a detour when I saw a tarpaulin of a football (not American football. That’s called handegg.) speciality store, Bootcamp Football Shop. I was taken aback when I saw a pair of boots that costs Php22k ($515). I put the boots back like they were made of crystals.

I exited the store and came across a lovely looking barbershop, Titan 22. I’ve always wanted to have my haircut in a classic barbershop, so I took the liberty in doing so.

Taguig branch

After my lengthily haircut, I went into the next store, RIOVANA. I was curious on how running was so popular here in the Philippines, so I snooped around.

I learned that there are different types of feet and there are special types of shoes that cater to them. There are also different ways a person can run. I apparently have a mild overpronation on my right foot, and the store guy told me that stability shoes would be suited for me, hence the shoes above.

I just recently jogged/walked 7km with these on, and I must say they are AMAZING. I never knew that I could go on for 7km, let alone 5km. Working out is just so refreshing, especially running.

I think people are addicted to running because of the culture behind it: the apparel, accessories, the events, the people who you meet and interact with. It’s like football culture, only it’s not. Heh?

I’ve been looking at the iPod Nano because it can track my progress without having to buy that thing that you have to out in your shoe. I’ve also been eyeing at a runner’s circle starter’s kit, but I’ll probably get it when I finally join a fun run or something.

Expect me to jog twice a day, everyday :D