I did not even realize how summer can quickly pass.
Summer classes make summer vacation non-existent. Alright, maybe that is an exaggeration, but really, I did not even feel the length of summer this year because of classes.
I am tired.
On some days, I find myself staring at the ceiling and think to myself, how wonderful it would be to just lie in bed and catch up on sleep I have lost. Most days however, I find myself to be thankful.
A lot has happened over the course of summer; it has been very eventful. There was the YFL Conference in Lucban— it was so… awe-inspiring. It was my first time to attend a conference and the wait was absolutely worth it. There were preparations for WKC, and I am infinitely honored and privileged to be able to help, even though I couldn’t come in person. Also, my sisters came home and we checked-in at a hotel to have some family bonding— it was wonderful.
It is almost the end of summer classes now.
I do not know what to make of it; one thing for sure, however, is that the regular semester is fast approaching. I am turning into a junior this year. Everything is happening too fast.
Through it all, I guess, I am just really thankful. My heart is full of gratitude for the Lord. His love is… just amazing.
Happy Summer Days came to pass and will still come.
I’ve gone to my fair share of camps.
There are the Youthcamps in YFL; there was that camp in second year for our feast day (Which by the way was surprisingly enjoyable) and finally there was that camp at Mendiola with our sister school in high school. It rained so we never actually got to sleep outside, so instead, we camped inside the gymnasium.
So far, those are the kinds of camping I have experienced. This week’s experience has been unique.
I looked for a gift for my best friend with my other best friend yesterday and she was so surprised to hear that we were sleeping over at the wake of my grandfather. Yes, you read that right.
My grandfather died just last Wednesday and it changed the whole course of the week for everyone, and of course, admittedly our lives… but I will not dwell on that (at least, not yet)
For the past nights, we’ve been taking turns in spending the night at our grandfather’s side. Last Thursday night, my parents, sister, aunt and I were the ones who slept over, and just last night, Friday, it was us, the kids, who slept over (cousin sleepovers have always been impromptu)
It is always freaking cold, and the blankets are warm enough. We’ve done nothing but eat, talk, looking at the coffin, sleep, eat, talk and sleep. No one might ever believe us, but it gets very tiring.
Today is the last day of the wake.
Tomorrow is the funeral.
And some thoughts that raced through my mind is that, I wonder why we have never ever camped out with my grandparents before, you know, when my grandfather was still alive?
Eternal rest grant upon him, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen.
Shoes off, a brook bubbling in the background
Clouds pass and the birds sing a little off-key
And I think of you.
I think of you, and how you can’t carry a tune
And the song you wrote I never really heard
I should have listened closer
To the things you always told me
How I lay on a field of grass
I will never hear your words again.” —Eva and I :)
The first week of holiday break is over.
Christmas is upon us, it is the 24th of December!! I am genuinely excited.
(Misa de Gallo, taken from mindanews.com)
As part of Christmas tradition, Ate Net and I attended Misa de Gallo for nine consecutive mornings without a miss.
There is a certain wonderful feeling when you complete the novena masses; most people say that if you do complete it, you can have a wish or prayer granted. God grants prayers every single moment, though. Still, a heart full of faith, love and devotion for Jesus and the Lord is the most important thing when attending mass, and of course, in being a child of God.
What is Christmas?
The priest asked this during the homily of the last Sunday of Advent, and it did get me thinking. What struck me the most was what he said: that Christmas was about regular people who dared to follow God’s will— who said yes and let Him take over. Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zachariah— they were all ordinary people and they let God take over.
Also, is that Christmas is all about God’s faithfulness and love for everyone; the fulfillment of His promise in Jesus Christ.
Such a wondrous season, Christmas is!
At the end of the novena masses, I reflected on what prayer I would have wanted to be granted, but right now, I don’t really know. I just pray that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and that its true spirit remains in their hearts. No matter what prayer I have in my heart, known or unknown— my Father knows it more than I.
Start the countdown to Christmas!
It was a small event.
For our civic welfare training service (CWTS) in school, we serve as assistants of teachers at a daycare center somewhere in Quezon City, and yesterday, the kids and their teacher had their Christmas Party.
(Kids from ESCOPA 3)
The venue was at Jollibee and there were only three of us in our group. We interacted with the kids, took pictures and eventually huddled at the very back, talking among ourselves and playing truth-or-truth.
Actually, this was Christmas Party Part 1 for them because there’s another Christmas party for the kids (for the other class) today.
I adore children. I would definitely like to be a mother someday (someday in the distant future) Most of my dull moments at home usually become godmother moments when I take care of my goddaughter, but that’s different altogether because she’s a baby. These kids we take care of are 3-4 years old, so you can only imagine.
(The kids playing ‘Jollibee says’)
No matter, I still find them adorable all the same. Although, they do drive us crazy most of the time, it just feels good to bond with the kids and get to know them— and even teach ‘em a few things in life. And at the end of the day when they wave goodbye calling your name? Priceless.
(Jollibee with Lea)
Of course, since it was a children’s Christmas Party at Jollibee, one should already expect the star (or bee) to be there. Kids flocked to him wanting to have a picture with the life-sized and discolored bumble bee, even my close friend Lea couldn’t resist a photo opportunity with him.
Till next year, kiddos and Merry Christmas!
I still remember all of the sharp colors and the crowd.
How can I not? It just happened yesterday. Also, comparing before and after photos of Quezon Hall that day seems really interesting.
(Before Lantern Parade)
(During Lantern Parade)
What a sight to see! I am so glad I decided to finish this year’s Parade— even if I did feel like collapsing when the program ended. It was regrettable, though, that my camera ran out of battery just before the fireworks display started. Good thing my best friend was there to the rescue with her camera. We took pretty nice photos, although I cannot post them here because she has not uploaded yet.
It was a very hot afternoon when the Parade started, and I admit the hype was different when you were with the Lanterns instead of just watching from the sidewalk. Also, the Lantern right after us was owned by the College of Music; they were playing party music and it was just so fun because it kept people’s energy up, especially deep into the night.
(College of Fine Arts’ Koi Fish Lantern)
Out of all the Lanterns, my favorite would have to be the awesome Koi Fish which looked especially spectacular in the evening too. BUT OF COURSE, I cannot forget about the Lantern of our Home College:
Technically, I am not really sure if that’s the name of our Lantern but, I picked the name up from my friend Andi and it just stuck.
When my best friend and I were sitting at the amphitheater listening for the winners of the Lantern competition, imagine my shock when the emcees announced that OUR COLLEGE WON!!! I mean, it might have not looked as magnificent as the other Lanterns, (especially compared to College of Engineering’s transforming Jeepney and all the other College of Fine Arts Lanterns) but we won!
To cap off the night, the fireworks were just spectacular.
Ah, I hope I can watch next year’s too! Hihihi.
It has been such a long time since I took photos, just like how it has been a long time that I posted anything on my tumblog.
Looking at the archives, I have noticed that I posted absolutely nothing in November; I would guess that it has been that busy during that month. Adding to that, it has also been a long time since I wrote to my future husband.
Today, I brought my (my sister’s, really) camera to school.
Most of my friends use Canon cameras, but me? Well, my family in particular are avid fans of Nikon cameras. I absolutely love D80’s color.
(My friend Robby’s Ukulele)
(A row of empty chairs inside our Polsc 14 classroom)
I was always fond of taking pictures of objects. From all the pictures I have taken today, I would say my favorite would be the picture of the row of chairs— I do not know the reason for this, though.
Also, I am very fond of taking paparazzi photos. Hahaha! I just find it amusing to capture moments of other people without them knowing; do not get me wrong though, I am no stalker. If ever I take these kinds of photos, I make sure that it’s people I know and not strangers. (I also tell them I took their photos, hihi.)
(My friend Roxanne and her boyfriend)
(My friend Gabby who just bought food)
Tomorrow is the Lantern Parade and I am very excited. I never got the chance to finish last year’s parade, considering it was my first ever. This year, though, I am determined to be there from start to end until they launch fireworks. The added excitement is because of the fact that I will be bringing the camera again.
What a first post for December 2012, eh? This Christmas, I am determined to go back to updating my tumblr + writing letters to my future husband.
Although it has been a warm Christmas season so far, the spirit of it has not changed. I am still so very excited for everything that will be happening starting tomorrow. AH, CHRISTMAS!
Currently, this song is my last song syndrome.
It has no relation to my mood whatsoever, though. It is a very heavy love song, part of the soundtrack of Twilight, I’ve heard— but, I attach the song to a different book, perhaps one more to my own liking.
I have been reading a lot during the semester break. I’m trying to recall every book I have read, and so far I’ve loved every single one of them. Hahaha! Anyways, Why is ‘A Thousand Years’ my last song syndrome? Well, apart from the reason that I heard it from the debut or coming of age party of my close friend, I also link it to the last book in the Seven Realms Series— ‘The Crimson Crown’. It was a wonderful ending yes, but when my sister and I talked about it, I have finally admitted it to myself that it was a sad ending written as a happy ending, but I still do like it. A thousand year love finally came true in their descendants.
Also, I have been reading a lot of Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction— choosing between trends of vampires, angels, wolves, I would rather read post apocalyptic and dystopic novels; they are more to my liking. So far, into the break, I have read ‘Starters’ by Lissa Price, ‘Partials’ by Dan Wells, and just recently, ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu. Oh yes, like I said, I loved every single one of them. I won’t say anything more; I recommend for you to pick the books up if you are also a fan of dystopic fiction.
In other interesting news, semester break is almost finished— and it has been so full of unexpected things. My break has been so loaded, I thank God for every single day, even the ones I spend at home. Every time I flip through my planner, I am delighted and so very grateful to have been blessed by Lord for every moment. Going back to coming of age moments— debut— I present photos of my lovely friends!
(WFers, during Joyce’s 18th)
(TOTTIES, during my 18th)
In both photos, we sport our signature ‘jeje’ poses, also, for both groups of very close friends, we were almost complete— almost.
Thank You, Father, for good friends and family to spend life with. Hihihi. Oh, I almost forgot! It’s the 31st of October! Happy Halloween!