Delayed year ender

Year 2 and this time, I finally achieved compiling daily videos throughout the year. As much as I had fun taking them, the editing process was a whole different story. I was afraid my computer will just give up and crash. I almost gave up halfway through but we are no quitters, right?

My 2017 wasn’t boring, hence this upbeat video.

Enjoy watching. Don’t blink or you’ll miss. Happy 2018.

 

Now time to fast for the year.

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Finito

This is the continuation of the entry I did five-six months ago (click here), where I sum up all the highlights of each month. I’ve been big on keeping notes of all the things I went through this year. I took daily videos, kept weekly notes throughout the year, and now this entry. I feel like I truly lived my 2017 and kept each day intact. No loopholes.

That being said, here’s how my months looked like.

July

I was still on a high from my Coldplay concert and a week after, I found out that I won two tickets to see the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg!! Days before the concert, I got another email saying they are giving me two more tickets. I was never lucky with raffles and for the first time ever, I won. But… Yes, the big “but”. 

Global Citizen Festival coincides with the G-20 event and the city wasn’t as safe as it was at the moment. My paranoid Filipino parents thought it was wise and best to stay at home. They even told us, “You already watched Coldplay and there’s a telecast!”. And because I am an obedient daughter aka I’m living under their roof and paying no bills, I gave in. G-20 was chaotic and I’m actually glad I stayed at home…. I realized this a day after.

It wasn’t all about missed opportunities though. I got my acceptance letter at the university where I am studying right now! I saw their email while on the train in Berlin, on our way home to Hamburg. I was with my Mom when I got the email and we were already having such a good day, just the two of us. The acceptance letter is the cherry on top of the cake.

It’s rare to have a personal time with my mom and this is a trip I’ll always cherish. Hope we could do this again in 2018.

August

I passed my German test which means, I am officially bilingual. I also finished my German classes and busied myself passing all the necessary documents to my university. It was such a stressful process because of the delayed release of my results but everything worked out in the end.

I also had more time hanging out with friends. Great timing too since it was summer and I can enjoy going out without freezing!

Abbie also pushed me to ride the rollercoaster when we went to Hamburger Dome. and I pushed her riding the high seesaw thing. True friendship.  We spent most of our money riding on all these other unnecessary rides but nevertheless, got the most fun out of it. It was a great day.

September

I started uni and recorded my first day here.

October

UNI kept me busy and the first few weeks were a struggle. I had to make so much effort in picking up information on all ten seminars while working on a presentation about a media theory that I have to do in German! I always underestimate myself though. I give myself less credit so when I was finally done with my presentation, waves of realization hit me. I am already where I’m supposed to be. God gave me the skills and I have to stop worrying. With a little time, I already accomplished a lot. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

And so the pressure went away. And away it went.

Another highlight of my month is seeing my second favorite band ever: Phoenix. I watched them four-five years ago back in Manila and the moment I learned about them coming to Hamburg, I immediately made plans. I was ready to go alone but fortunately, my previous German teacher now friend learned about my plans and decided to join me. She’s cool as hell.

November

My Mom had her operation, my church kept me as well busy, I was beginning to enjoy UNI and I had my first German interview at a big production company…

and I got accepted!

December

It was a spiritually fulfilling month for me as I end the year celebrating with my church family and our growing youth group. The church’s youth group is a baby amongst three hyperactive, willing-to-serve children of God. Seeing it grow in front of my eyes brought such a warm feeling and I know, this is what God intends for us, for me to do. I can’t wait to see it flourish in 2018.

2017 is another character building moment, leading up to the core of my being : serving Him.

I can’t serve God if I don’t recognize the gravity of His love, thus my 2014.

I can’t serve God if I’m impatient, my 2015 journey.

I can’t serve God if I have other idols, my 2016.

And I can’t serve God if I’m not selfless, my 2017.

See, my year is all about giving time, effort, and putting the needs of others above my own. I learned how to serve without grudges. I thank God for the opportunity especially at home to serve my parents willingly. With service comes understanding too and wisdom from God is truly a gift.

And even though 2017 is another trying moment for me and my family, especially with my Dad having a brain stroke and my Mama having her operation, I still consider these as a blessing because it was a family’s wake up call. I experienced disappointments too but kept my eyes focused on the Lord. I learned how to just lay it all down and offer the littlest of what I have… and yet God decided (and continue) to shower me with the biggest of what He has. What can I say? I serve an awesome God. 🙂

I am starting my 2018 with a big heart and I can’t wait to do what I’m called for. Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Frohe Weihnachten

I’m playing Coldplay’s Christmas Light while typing this entry and I feel all loved up inside since Christmas is my favorite celebration.

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For me, Christmas means home. I always look forward to this day because when I was still in the Philippines, I always come and visit my family, if I have a visa. Now that I’m finally settled here in Hamburg, I don’t have to go through the stress of visa application and working my ass off just to buy plane tickets. I don’t have to worry at all because I am home and boy, did I have a wonderful celebration.

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The setup

I took care of our Christmas table this year and printed Christmas menu for everyone’s entertainment.

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Private jokes here and there

Filipino celebration means having food that will last for weeks. This year’s a little different since we didn’t do the traditional Filipino feast and went the other Asian route: Hotpot!

That was a new, fun experience. Our pot wasn’t boiling at first and it was a test of patience. Small arguments happened because hello, hangry people. We almost gave up and took the big pot in the kitchen so that we can do the normal boiling. Only to find out that we’re just doing it wrong. Haha! We brought the pot back to the table and finished all the food we shoved in our pot. Everyone needed tea afterward.

After dinner came the main source of entertainment: Karaoke. Filipino Christmas parties would be incomplete without it. We sang our voices away until the clock strikes 12. I was mostly looking forward to it because….

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Overflowing gifts!! I was fixing our tree hours before our dinner and got super duper excited arranging all the gifts. I am proud to share that I controlled myself and didn’t shake the boxes which belonged to me.

We did our yearly exchange gift and unwrapped our other gifts afterward. My best gift this year was something from my mom’s, particularly because of its backstory.

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Me wondering what could that gift be

My family imposed that we should all have our Christmas wish list so everyone would get what they wanted. They said that’s generally how Germans are and it would be nice (and actually more practical) to adapt it. I made my own list and asked my mom to buy me an ink for my printer. Three days before Christmas, I saw that my mom gave my brother a new, huge comforter. On top of it, my brother forgot to do his wishlist so this was a surprise. Because I was P-E-T-T-Y, I told my mom that I don’t want an ink anymore. I want to be surprised! That’s it. That’s my wish. I wanted to be like…

It could be anything though and that was the beauty of it. Fast forward to Christmas night, I got my gift last and saw this huge box. I opened it and then..

It was a printer. Haha. But wait there’s more…. I can not only print, but also scan and copy! A student’s dream. Hahaha

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Family, however, still remains my most favorite present every year. Aside from our annual family photo, these photos below mean a lot to me since my younger brother joined our celebration for the first time ever and didn’t lock himself up in his room. His presence was felt and he even made something for dinner. I am glad that his annoying teenage phase is over and I am praying that it’ll be the end of it.

And since here in Germany, we celebrate Christmas officially for two days (the 26th is the 2nd Christmas Day), my greeting would still be on time. And not to use the cliché caption, I’ll just use another language….

Von unserer Familie zu euch wünsche ich euch eine frohe Weihnachten! Lass uns alle an den echten Sinn des Weihnachtfestes errinnern, die Geburt Jesus. Thank you Jesus for the gift of family ❤

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What’s on your list?

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It seems like I’m unconsciously forming this habit of posting entries every two weeks… not that everyone aka my random viewers mind. In case that you really care, here’s what I’ve been currently up to.

Reading

Reference materials for my Hausarbeit. My next step is to start writing, which I should be doing now but will wait for the christmas break to do it. Or, will probably start next year and cram.

Listening

to a random video my brother is watching.

Thinking

of my Christmas wishlist. I actually wrote down a couple of things and sent the list to my older brother, to which he replied, “Do you want me to buy everything?”. They were basically cheap and just personal necessities. His reply got me thinking, should I wish for something special? A bag, shoes, shirt, perhaps? But then again, I don’t need those. I don’t want them. 

My younger brother asked about it too, and told him he can just go and buy me a colored ink for my printer. “Eine Tinte? Heh?”, my baffled brother replied. I mean, should I wish for something else then? Should Christmas gifts have to be extravagant?

This is personally not a big of a deal but since my list is questioned, I am pressured to think and write one. If it were up to me, I would just write a list of the things I do not want to receive, namely shoes, clothes, jewelry, fancy bag. That wouldn’t be such a bad idea, aint it?

Buying/Shopping

gifts for Christmas. This is what I really like to do.

Loving

the nightly boardgames at home. From Chess to Dama to Quiz Nights.

Hating

how these boardgames bring out the nasty competitiveness in the family. In the middle of our games, there’ll always be bullying, shouting, arguing, etc etc. My father had to act as the referee all the time. Don’t worry though, the competitiveness ends when the game ends. Still, our game gets serious.

Starting

Black Mirror. I’m three seasons late

Tried

a Swiss cheese fondue. Me and my small group had dinner last Tuesday at our prayer group’s leader’s house. She wanted to do something special and prepared a lovely cheese fondue for us first timers. Being the Asian that I am, I asked for meat. No shame!

Looking forward to

  1. the christmas break in two weeks! I can finally sleep and hopefully, run!!!!

   2. Tomorrow’s buffet! We are celebrating my Papa’s 60th birthday and it’s our tradition to spend it at a buffet. Haha

I wish I could write more of what I’ve been up to but I’ve got an early start tomorrow and should be sleeping right now. So, see you in two weeks…. which is Christmas!!!!

 

Stuffed

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When I say stuffed, this has not only to do how much I’ve been stuffing my self lately with food but also how packed my schedule was and actually, will be from now on. There’s so much on my plate right now but I honestly don’t feel burdened by it. I can say I’m very fulfilled.

Among other things, here’s what I’m currently in and up to.

Listening

Bethel Music. Been playing Ever Be a couple of times now because it’s true, His praise will ever be on my lips.

Watching

Der Tatortreiniger. The 20-minute episodes are good for pre-sleep/Deutschverbesserung activity.

Catching up on

Mr. Robot Season 3. Hello Elliot, you sexy hacker

Reading

Follow Me!. I’m reading this for my baby thesis.

Drinking

Green tea. I’m relying on it after eating so much today.

Learning

old tricks from my previous job. I’m so glad I paid attention to our programming department back in Solar since I’m doing the similar job here in Hamburg. It pays to be a curious cat!

Feeling

Bloated. I  ran for twenty minutes yesterday and I walked half of it. I felt so heavy! Haha. The last time I ran was two weeks ago and I clearly remembered that I walked half of it too. I kinda lost my running habits ever since UNI started plus winter ain’t a good motivator. The holiday’s coming so I’m gonna let go until then.

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Attended

Bethel Youth’s Worship Night. My prayer group leader and friend invited me to this Worship Night in her church but she wasn’t able to join me ’cause of Thanksgiving. Nonetheless, I went and experienced first-hand a very lively worship night headed by the African community. Let me share one powerful statement from the Pastor,

“We are living like lambs even though we are created to roar like a lion.”

Updated

my Ello account. In case you’re on it, follow me by clicking here.

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Discovered

My sleeping habits. I recently started working in a production company (an answered prayer!) which is at least an hour away from where I live. I even have to take a regional train going there! But Lord, I’m not complaining.

This also means that I have to wake up early and avoid staying up late. This is never a big problem of mine since I’m often asleep before midnight. The only thing is, I am always sleepy when I get home after a long day. I am already in bed around 8-9pm and find myself waking up after midnight! I counted the hours and figured that my body got so used to the 6-7 sleeping hours. Knowing my sleeping routine well, I can now adjust so I could wake up on time.

Now that we’re talking about sleeping, guess this has to do for now. Have a great week!

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The dark, cold days are back and even though winter is such a gloomy season, there are a couple of things happening around me that put me in such a festive mood. Which is kinda great as well since the holiday is just around the corner. And before I get ahead of myself, here are the things that I’m currently up to.

Tried

Cucina d’Elisa. My friend, Abbie, and I went to this fancy Italian restaurant to celebrate her birthday and we definitely got our money’s worth. They also gave a generous serving of cheese and this is why I recommend this place. Cheese = Homerun.

Watched

Thor: Ragnarok/Tag der Entscheidung. Marvel is going to the more-comedy-less-action direction and I don’t know how to feel about this. Nonetheless, Thor was great and hella (pun-intended for those who have seen Thor) entertaining.

Attended/Facilitated

Our church’s 3rd Youth Group Session. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of our session today but I’m just really thankful that God gave us/me this opportunity to serve Him again and again. The cup indeed overflows.

Into

Stickers. I want to fill my laptop with stickers! PS: if you’re my friend who reads this, you know now what you can give me for Christmas.

Reading

Ich kann nicht schlafen. I have to finish this before I work on my baby thesis for this semester.

Learning

Html, CSS, Metadaten. I have atleast three programming-heavy classes and I need all the help I could get. That being said, I have to check tomorrow’s HTML practice.

Waiting

for my e-bay package. I bought a new RAM in the hopes of speeding up my computer since it is a more practical decision instead of buying a Mac. But then.

Wishing

a MacBook Pro. I’m just in love with the touch pad! It’s, of course, expensive and knowing my stingy self, I don’t know if I can shell out the amount once I have saved it. Let’s seeeee

Hoping

to get back to my running routine. I haven’t been running for the past two months as regularly as before and I feel myself getting thinner (because of UNI) and sometimes heavier (because of stress eating). Basically, unhealthy habits. I haven’t even done a long run since I only do short 20-30 minutes run at the moment. I should really get back to my good running habits else I can’t run the marathon next year.

Preparing

for my Wednesday presentation. This one I have to do with my Filipino friend/classmate and after this, I don’t have to worry about any presentations this semester since I AM DONE! Yaas. Well except this 5-minute presentation in English but still, I AM DONE. I could put all my energy into writing my baby thesis.

Thankful for

an answered prayer. I got hired by a production company this week! I am really excited to start working in three weeks cause when I visited the office for an interview, all my pent-up passion started overflowing. It is when I truly realized that being in the TV/creative industry is what I wanted to do. I thought I lost this passion when I quit my job a few years back and again, this whole German thing but once I stepped into this familiar surrounding, I knew I was home again. Even simply seeing the videotapes, equipment and editing bay gave me so much joy. I’m actually more inspired to finish my German degree! I’m just gonna power through for the next three years as easily as possible, without putting pressure on myself… all while working in a place where I really see myself in the future. Win-win!!

I just want to give thanks to my Father in Heaven for making all of these possible. I’m just happy to have a Lord who rightfully deserves all the praise and glory because of who He is and yet honors the desires of my heart as well. One of the reasons why I continue to walk in the path He showed me even though it gets really tough at most. Our God is an awesome God!

Looking forward to

the new episodes of my series. 

Ready

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This website lacks consistency and in as much as I’m a firm believer of  uniformity, I sometimes break my self-regulated rules. Here’s what I’m up to these days aka back to my Sunday Currently format.

Watching

The new season of The Voice of Germany. This was actually the first German series I watched when I got here and I’m watching it this time with a better German knowledge. Wohoooo

Listening

Dua Lipa’s New Rules. I’m late to the party!

Reading

Some German communication theory I need for tomorrow.

Learning

How to build a website. We’re expected to build a website by the end of the second semester for my IT class. I’m gonna survive this by watching youtube tutorials. Gotta do what you gotta do.

Hearing

This man singing Feuerwehr.

Preparing

For presentations this week.  1. Tomorrow for my Media Theory class  and 2.  on Wednesday for my Communication & Presentation seminar. Both in German.

Waiting

for a call. I had a job interview this week and I really have a good feeling about this. Waiting part is always the hardest.

Hoping

for stress-free school week. Like I’ve said, I’ve got to present tomorrow and I just really want to finish it once and for all. I just hope I would be able to do it well.

Enjoying

my parents’ company. We’re all watching The Voice in our living room and it feels like “home” again since everyone’s nusy these past couple of weeks.

Discovered

A new board game, Colt Express. All thanks to my friends from language school! IMG_0227Looking

for a restaurant for my friend’s birthday dinner.

hi, Abbie! I hope you’re reading this after November 1. Haha

Praying for

my mom’s operation on Friday. Keep her in your prayers too 🙂

Looking forward to

This week’s movie date with my friends (we’re watching IT in German whaat), Friday’s hangout/moveout with my church friends and a work-free weekend!

So far, this is what I’ve been up to or basically, what I can remember as of this moment. So much has happened. Anyway, I’m gonna sleep early and run tomorrow. I want to be completely ready for my presentation. It was honestly such a pain in the a. I’ll let you know how it goes. Have a great week!

 

 

 

My internet-free week

I am typing this entry while sitting at my neighbor’s couch because well, you’ve read it already: I am having an obligatory internet-free week. By obligatory I mean, our router gave up and our service provider shamefully decides to delay repair. I mean come on, sending repair after a week?

I can actually bear a week without internet but we had an official holiday this week— which could have been nicely spent watching movies and series. My seminars/assignments/pdfs are all online which also gave me such a hassle. The only good thing I can get out of this situation is the fact that my little brother finally had a break. He’s a computer addict, he needs it.

I cannot do my usual sunday post since I don’t have the luxury of typing a detailed entry but let me share three photos:

 

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I saw Phoenix again after three years!!!!!!! I’m having an awesome fan year. Coldplay and Phoenix in a span of four months.

 

 

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Thomas Mars did his usual crowdsurfing and it took me awhile to react when he passed in front of me. He never gets old.

 

 

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That was one packed month and it flew quickly.

 

I believe I’m overextending my stay at my neighbor’s place so I have to slowly finish everything I’m doing online. See you next time!

My head full of dreams

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My (relatively) bum days are finally over! I would call this week that passed an adjustment period and at the same time, making the most out of the free time I have. As usual, let me round up my week’s highlights.

Movie of the Week

Isch kandidiere. It was a recommendation from someone in my class and I surprisingly enjoyed watching it. Quite timely too since today (Sunday, September 24) is Germany’s national election. Here’s the trailer :

and speaking of elections…

Most appalling

Germany’s far right party AfD (Alternative fur Deutschland), got 13,5 percent of predicted votes… which basically translates to racism. I can’t believe we live in a world where we normalize and tolerate racism. These 13,5% never learned from the Nazis and the same way that some Filipinos never learned from Martial Law. History is being rewritten and heading to destruction.

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New beginnings

Balik-aral. I love to learn but I’m not really the studying type. Yet this is where I’m heading in my new home I call Hamburg.

The strangest

Dreaming in German. Two straight weeks of dreaming in German and each time, I felt like I was watching German movies I often watch.  This is, of course, a good sign of fluency (according to people and unscientific internet articles) but on the other hand, the language is following me even in my sleep!! I have to work a lot on my communication skills and I look forward to speaking the language without hesitation and fumbling through my vocabulary.

 

Chikas of the weeks

Kylie Jenner is pregnant! Popoy found her Basha-g!!  Why am I shouting?!!

Most Productive Day

Friday. No, I didn’t have a Friday-night-out but I stayed in (as always) and fixed important documents. I also applied to five-six different jobs, printed materials for our children’s church and edited a video for my brother’s girlfriend. Yes, all in one whole day!

The *2nd-cheesiest video I’ve ever edited

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It’s a given that I’m the go-to person when someone in the family needs a video presentation or photoshop problems or general computer questions etc etc. My brother asked me to make a video for his gf’s birthday last Friday and worked with some of the photos/videos he gave me. It was honestly a cringey process since that’s my Kuya!!! Haha.  I was just laughing in between. The photo above is a screenshot since that’s invasion of privacy but believe me when I tell you, it’s hella cheese.

*The cheesiest video I’ve ever edited was the one I made for my ex ten thousand years ago (jk in highschool) and I used Windows Movie Maker with Daniel Bedingfield’s If you’re not the one as the background.

Kilig of the week

I watched this proposal video today before I went to church and wow! This is really the goal. Someday, I’m gonna find someone who loves God first and we’re gonna honor Him together. It has always been a part of my non-negotiables but being single for quite a longggg time makes you think of changing some just to accommodate what’s available. Hahaha but I thank God for convicting me every time and telling me to wait. If this happened to her, it’s gonna happen to me. Besides, who’s in a hurry? #grabstissueandcry #ikidddd

Why am I suddenly getting so emotional? Okay back to highlights

Most relaxed day

Saturday. The German family I babysit for is on a vacation which means, I finally have a free Saturday!! I went to hang out with my friend Abbie, went grocery shopping, prepared materials for the kids’ church, and sang songs from the 90s. It was a fun, chill day.

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It was also a white-shirt-day

1st Highlight of the Week

My university’s orientation week. Check out my previous posts. 😉

2nd Highlight of the Week

Children’s Church and Church’s Potluck. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve Him through my new home church! The years I spent serving for the toddler’s ministry back in the Philippines make so much sense now that I’m helping out with the children’s liturgy. Our church also had this annual potluck event and the turnout was really great! Blessed to have fruitful fellowships over the years.

3rd Highlight of the Week

As I’ve said, I had a very productive Friday. I was finally able to finish editing my two months delayed video from July aka Coldplay concert. I actually started editing it last month and left it hanging. I was in the work-mood so I breezed through the editing process, and here it is! Enjoy the short video.

What I’m looking forward to this coming week

PHOENIX CONCERT! My voice is ready.

I’m gonna go back now to listening to the news… or watching a something on Netflix. Let’s see. Till next Sunday!

 

 

First Day High: Reality

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Day 1 done! Now let’s compare how my first-day-of-UNI expectations are met.

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REALITY

I didn’t arrive at the campus thirty minutes earlier but in a pure German fashion: on time. Thanks and no thanks to Google Map, I was able to find the right direction to my campus but wasn’t a shortcut. My classmates and I walked to the station after orientation, and they were able to show me the shorter route.

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REALITY

Exactly what I expected.

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REALITY

I didn’t have a headache but I put so much effort into staying awake between talks. I was just sleepy the whole morning. We were divided into small groups after the morning talks and met the people I’ll be with the whole semester. Man, they speak really fast. I do however understand them but when everyone’s speaking at the same pace and at the same time, I’m just out there close to shutting down, trying hard to pick up every information. But hey, it’s just the first day. I will get used to this setting. Kopf Hoch!

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REALITY

I didn’t feel any pressure after today since I concentrated on understanding everything. I only know that some of my classes will be highly graded on participation so I really should start working on my skillzzz. I have to deliberately use the language even at home since normally, I just talk to my brother in German (that’s basically his first language) and a few sentences with my family. That’s why as soon as I got home, I was just speaking in German non-stop to my parents’ surprise. I also didn’t speak any English today which is an accomplishment! But wait, do writing this entry and texting a friend count?

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REALITY

I talked to a couple of new people today but I’m not sure if we are friends-friends. Here’s a good news, however : THERE IS A FILIPINO IN MY CLASS! I repeat: I HAVE A FILIPINO CLASSMATE. He grew up in Germany, which means he can’t really speak in Tagalog, but I’ll still take it!! Ah, God really loves me.

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REALITY

I just followed where everyone went.

Generally speaking, today was good despite the difficulties. Somehow it’s a good thing since I’ve painted a picture of what to expect instead of being there with an I’ll-wing-it attitude. I will get used to this new environment and it would be a personal achievement if my language skills are fully integrated to a university level…. without me dozing off in between.