Plot Twist

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I was actually having a tip-top week. I bought concert tickets for my second-favorite band, Phoenix, caught up with my teacher (whom I should start calling my friend now), had two group dinner with my language friends, worked productively, managed to lessen my social media habits, and had an afternoon with my church community. But life sometimes surprises you with plot twists which leave you wondering, where the hell did that come from? In my case… Saturday night.

I had to gather all my strength to be able to get out of bed since I have to do something exciting at my home church. By God’s grace, Sunday turned out well but as I am typing this now, the strange feeling is starting to creep in. Before it gets any worse, let me remind myself of how, in general, tip-top this week was.

Activity of the Week

International Pigging out. I must have tasted over five different cuisines this week: Peruvian, Brazilian, Korean (which is not new), Mediterranean, Japanese (also not new) and Indian. Being surrounded by ‘international’ friends do have its perks since if it were up to my habits, I’ll stick to the usuals.

Highlight # 1

Phoenix Tickets: Check!. It’s already set in stone. Now I’m just gonna count the days.

Highlight # 2

The supposed grill turned kitchen cookout.

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Someone once told me that when you’re in a church community, you’ll gain pounds since all we do is eat, eat, eat. I’ve been to three-four different communities and all I can say is, this is one of the reasons why I run.

Highlight # 3

That one night that changed this week’s mood. As disheartening as this may be, it rightfully deserves this spot. I am trying to see the good in every situation and what follows are the results:

Lesson # 1

Embrace the bad sides. I’m painstakingly optimistic and it’s gonna take a lot from me to go on a day with black clouds hovering above my head. Life throws curveballs and I have to embrace it— and all the emotions that come with it. It is what makes me human. I allowed myself to feel shame, anger, pity, and disappointment all in one go. BUT..

Lesson # 2

…God’s grace is always available. We are not meant to stay and sulk. We have to get up and kick it out. Personally, I run and pick a preaching. The preaching I listened today hit home unintentionally, which I’m 100% sure is God’s doing. One should only learn to admit that he can’t really do anything better in a dark situation other than to run to God. The problems won’t magically disappear yet there is peace in knowing that God is looking after you and His grace is within reach.

Lesson # 3

Set aside your concerns and glorify God. The moment I stepped inside His home, I am no longer present but His spirit. It was definitely a hard work today but the moment I magnified God, everything just seems insignificant.

Rewarding moment of the Week

The posters we’ve been working hard for a couple of months have been set up! My babies ❤

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Best Deal

GOT leak. I’m all for spoilers and actually read the plot leak a couple of weeks back BUT watching the episode still gave me chillzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Pun included

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Favorite GOT scene

Tormund and the Hound. I’m gonna be nice and leave it at that. #spoilernospoiler

Song of the Night

Listening to this song while ending this post. See you next week!

 

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De-stress

HIMALAYANMOUNTAINS

I’m deliberately taking a short break from my lazy, movie-marathon Sunday since I feel my eyes watering and my back aching. I honestly want to get this post over and done with so I can go back to my comfort place before a new, long week starts again.

Episode of the Week

The Spoils of War, obv.

Unpopular opinion: As much as Dany is a badass, I don’t appreciate her as much as I did back in Seasons 1-4. More so Jon bending the knee and them having an incestuous romance. Nope, I’m not for it. Also #TeamYgritte4eva

Band of the Week

Two Door Cinema Club. I’m a creature of habit and I’m trying to break it when it comes to music. I would want to explore more choices however I still go back to the bands I listen to… that I haven’t listened in awhile. That does not count as exploring, doesn’t it?

New German Movie

Es war einmal in Deutschland. My previous language school holds a monthly movie event and I get to go to these events eventhough I no longer study German there. It’s a good way to discover movies and learn at the same time. I surprisingly find German movies enjoyable and I stopped watching international dubbed movies. Better to watch it in its original form. I consider so far Lola Rennt as my favorite German film but I like discovering new German films— and this monthly event definitely helps.

In case you’re my German blog reader, I recommend this film too. Es geht eigentlich um das zweite Weltkrieg, doch es ist interessant und auch lustig als ich erwartete.

Discovery of the Week

A new vietnamese restaurant. Prices are reasonable, atmosphere is good plus it is open on Sundays! A great advantage when you’re living in DE.

I-give-up moment of the week.

Die Hexe von Portabello (The witch from Portabello). I was almost at the end but I just gave up and read the ending online. Really not my taste. I’m reading a new one at the moment— a thriller. I had enough of romance.

Bible verse of the week

“The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.” Isaiah 60:22

I’m praying for a certain ‘mission’ in my life and reading this verse encourage me to the fullest.

Highlight of the week

Henri and Smilla. I’m babysitting these twins since last year and I’m seeing them slowly grow up. I saw them a lot this week (4 days in a row) and today I saw them swing alone for the first time. It was actually fulfilling… not until three minutes have passed and no one wants to go down the swing. Five minutes in and I saw them falling asleep. So much for the big-kid moments.

Other than these things, I also ran and my splinter got worse. The weather was also intolerable in Hamburg and I just paid 40 euros worth of medicines. Not a slow week, amirite? Now let me go back to my movies and chips.

 

 

67 thoughts while on a run

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One of my new running route

Running is a permanent fixture in my life and it plays an important part in my character-building. Other than its health benefits (weight loss, cardiovascular conditioning, heart benefits, energy, etc etc), running taught me how to persevere, be more disciplined, and trained my mind in achieving a certain goal. But let’s be honest, as much as I enjoy running, there are days when I really have to push myself to get out and run. Other times, my laziness gets the best of me. There are slow, satisfying, and disappointing runs— and I embrace all of them.

Back in the Philippines, I used to run with some of my friends but since I moved to Hamburg, I mostly run alone. My uncle occasionally joins me when time permits. I’ve actually been searching for a running group for weeks now, however it just doesn’t materialize. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to find people I can run with.

Since I’m always running on my own, I entertain myself just to keep it as tolerable as possible. To give you a clue how, let me openly share my private thoughts while I run.

  1. Okay Nike app, let’s begin.
  2. Huh. Weather’s looking good.
  3. Oops I forgot to stretch
  4. So quick stretching while I pick my playlist
  5. Here we go
  6. I’m feeling f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! Also, good song.
  7. *sings along*
  8. Where should I run now?
  9. Stick to the route
  10. Okay longer route
  11. My legs are werking
  12. Let me check myself real quick
  13. Oops stoplight. Make it green so I can run
  14. I can catch the next stop.
  15. Hmm whatever happened to this person and this person
  16. What’s my crush doing right now
  17. What should I eat after
  18. Okay take a right
  19. *Nike updates my course*
  20. Ugh have to do two more rounds
  21. Thirty minutes?!? I caaan’t
  22. Should I drink my water now?
  23. Ugh my colds
  24. Dog dog dog dog!
  25. Run slow so he won’t bite
  26. Old people. Say hi
  27. I see a stoplight. Yaaaas make it red make it red
  28. I’m tired
  29. No you can do this self
  30. *sings along*
  31. *groans*
  32. *spits*
  33. Ughhhh I’m so tired
  34. *Nike updates my course*
  35. Should I do one more round
  36. I should go home
  37. Home is so goddaamn far
  38. Wrong decision to take this route
  39. I can do this. I can do this.
  40. Just keep running.
  41. What will I do next week?
  42. *thinks of a person*
  43. I forgot to message my bestfriend
  44. I should leave my friend a voice message after
  45. Did someone text me?
  46. Or is that an e-mail
  47. I’m almost home
  48. Should I take a short-cut
  49. Nope I can do this
  50. I’m sweating!! This is nice
  51. Tissue tissue
  52. Ohhh nice house
  53. Ohhh good song
  54. *sing along*
  55. I hope no one can hear me
  56. Ugh why am I running again
  57. I just passed by my park
  58. *Nike updates my course*
  59. I’m not breaking my record. I should run home now.
  60. Should I walk?
  61. No just keep running
  62. I’m almost home.
  63. Okay just a little more.
  64. And we’re done.
  65. I’ll run longer next time.
  66. I’m feeling G-O-O-D!!
  67. *skips stretching*