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!!!!

 

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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 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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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!

 

 

Word game

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I usually do a rundown of my week’s highs and lows but now I’m gonna do it a little differently. So here are the eight words that resonated to me during the past two weeks.

Delay

They say Germans place a high value on punctuality but don’t believe everything you hear. Punctuality is relative. Case in point: My German test result was two weeks delayed, which almost cost me my place at the university. If this happened in the Philippines, I would’ve just shrugged it off since tardiness is in our nature but this is Germany. Who knew the word “late” exist in their crazy bureaucracy?

Worship

Good thing I have a God who doesn’t have the word delay in His book. I considered it as a last roadblock in order for me to be in that place of fully trusting God’s timing of things. I received my test results after my time of worship and good things really happen when you just praise His name. It is you declaring that whatever happens, He will remain who He says He is.

Goodness

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

In layman’s terms : kill them with kindness. When people hurt/shame/bully you, do not retaliate. Don’t fight fire with fire. Instead, turn the other cheek. Keep doing good. Show them love. But don’t forget to stand up for yourself. Hold your ground and do it gently. Do it with love. Don’t stop doing good. It doesn’t make you a coward.

Release

Now release the anger, the frustration, the hurt, the disappointments. It doesn’t belong to you. Get a trusted friend you can rant to, I’m lucky I have two.

Family

Coming from a close-knit family, my core values are obviously family-centered. In as much as I rank my family as a top priority (other than God which btw doesn’t belong to any rank since He’s above everything haha), they can also be my biggest source of heartbreak. But then again at the end of the day, balibaligtarin ko man ang mundo, family is family.

Downer

The weather this week has been depressing, which also affected my mood. I just didn’t want to move at all and just watch dark movies on the internet. I turned to chocolates and chips. I didn’t even run and “blamed” it on my knee problems/pulled muscle, even though I know I could push myself and just run slower. Thank goodness this was just a one-week phase. I am assuming this feeling will creep up again since you know, winter’s coming.

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Crushed

I’m glad I can finally laugh about how silly I was for imagining the what ifs since now it’s clear, this is definitely not the one for me. Thanks for the butterflies though. The scenarios in my head were fun till it lasted.

Petiks

noun. ( PEH-teeks). Definition: [a] Doing nothing or resting when one is supposed to be busy working.

Example:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

De-stress

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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.

 

 

Hashtag Blessedt

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Patience does reap rewards and I’m harvesting my labor this week… or in millenial/Drake’s term, “I’m way up I feel blessed”. Here’s why:

Highlight of the week

I got an admissions offer at a German university for a German degree!! After one long year of learning a difficult language and fighting the German bureaucracy, I got a positive answer and the degree I actually wanted. I’m studying another BA; it wasn’t exactly what I planned but this is the direction where God is pointing me so I’ll be an obedient daughter and follow. I’m honestly excited about the prospect of studying a German degree even though it entails more hardwork. My next step is to enroll until next week and wait for the start of the semester in October. I only have two months to enjoy my freedom as a half-bum. Haha!

Most memorable and shortest trip

A day trip to Berlin with my Ma. I accompanied my Ma to Berlin to fix her passport and I think, it was one of those rare occasions where I truly spend an ample time with my Mama without thinking of my Papa and two brothers. I was glad to be able to help her out with her documents which made her look back at the instances with her mom, my grandmother. Turns out, I was doing exactly the same things she was doing for her mom. History does repeat itself… which reminds me to be more loving towards my parents so I could experience the same love from my future children. Sounds selfish, but it really cycles back. At the end of our trip, I received the email from the university (see above) and it was a good way to close our day.

Biggest Revelation

Visions and prophecy. This is very personal so I’ll just leave it that.

Kilig of the week

I will try to be very vauge/secretive because the subject ‘might’ stalk me and read this entry. Either way, I’m gonna put this here to remind myself of how good this day was. See, when you just let God move in His own time and in His own way, everything is just…. smooth. It all falls into place.

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Book of the Week/Month

Veronika beschlossen zu sterben (Paulo Coelho). I’ve been reading German books to amp up my vocabulary and reading skills. I find Paulo Coelho’s translated books lighter to understand. I’m now on my third Paulo Coelho book (Die Hexe von Portabello) and hope it’s interesting as the last one.

Showcase/Bragging

I can now cook Lumpiang Shanghai! This move to Hamburg is bringing out my future housewife skills… or my inner Monica.

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Favorite scene on GOT

Nymeria : K bye

Arya:

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Playlist of the Week

Phoenix-Ti Amo Tour 2017. They will be having a concert on September in Hamburg & hell yeah I’ll be there. 2017 is a good year for my “fan” self. I’ve already been to Phoenix’ concert in Manila but now that they have a new album, I should definitely witness it!

All these highlights aside, this week (and even the past two weeks) has been fulfilling. I can see all God’s plan in my life unfolding right before my eyes and all I have to do is let Him move. After all the waiting and the working, I’m reaping what I sowed for. I know that after the harvest comes another season of sowing, but I’ll gladly do it— no questions asked.

Hope you all have a great week!

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My social life was front and center this week. I’m slowly gaining back my social skills that took a break last year. It’s probably my subsconscious telling me that I’ve finally adjusted to where I am right now. Besides enjoying the company of the people around me, here’s how my week went.

The best

15,40 km with a 6:37 running pace. Every week is a surprise! I’m getting the proper mileage and my next step is to work on my running pace. Hopefully the weather cooperates ’cause I think I can do better when it’s warmer.

The worst

Sprains and knee pains. I said this last week and I’m saying it again : I got to get a proper gear. Tomorrow I’m going to a running specialist to check my form and the appropriate running shoes.

The best help

Running videos on Youtube. I’ve been running on my own accord and since my runs are becoming longer, being more aware of the overall principle is a must. I learned that I should be running atleast 25-30 miles (around 40 kms) per week and inject two days of strength training—-which I’m not very successful at. I also got to pinpoint the reason why my knees/legs hurt all the time especially after a long run and I only got myself to blame. Next step is to deliberately work on these extra but necessary workouts. Time, however, is going to be a problem.

The weirdest

My increase in appetite. Everyday has been a cheat day. I can use the carbo-loading excuse but who am I kidding?

The most interesting

Movie night courtesy of my language course. My language school holds a monthly movie event and last Wednesday, we watched a film based on a German fairytale, Das Kalte Herz. Before going to the theater, we had dinner together with our teacher. It was indeed a good way to relax after a torturing yourself with German grammar and vocabulary, plus the fact that I can have a school-free conversation with my cool teacher. The movie, on the other hand, was better than what we watched the last time. It was easier to understand too, or it could mean that my comprehension skills are getting better (I want to assume it’s the second reason, hopefully). That was a fun night, overall. I’m glad I came to join and did not listen to my tired body telling me to go home after class.

The most rewarding

My visit to the foreigner’s office. Last thursday, I went to the Auslanderbehorde to ask for questions regarding school and travelling. The last time I went there was 3-4 months ago and I remembered feeling  very anxious because back then, my German was very limited. I had to prepare sentences in advance and waited a minute before responding to the questions. Fast forward to Thursday, I went there and left as normal as possible. I was already sitting comfortable on the train when I thought to myself, “Wow. That was a breeze. I talked in German naturally.”  Looks like all the brain exercises are worth it. I’m in no way a good speaker but I’ll get there. Baby steps!

Playlist of the Week

This is Phoenix! I am a creature of habit and it shows to the artists I’m listening. I really should explore other bands and songs but it’s in my being to stick to what I’ve gotten used to. Thus, Phoenix.

Series of the Week

A series of unfortunate events. I’ve only started yesterday (Saturday) and I plan to finish it this week. I already counted three Meta references in three episodes. I hope it stops ’cause Meta only works once. I also could not get the image of Barney Stinson out of my head ’cause duh obviously.. Other than the fact that Robin (Colbie Smulders) is in it too. It’s entertaining, nonetheless. I heard they were picked up for another season!

Top app of the week

Facebook Messenger : Video Conference. I spent half of my Saturday talking to my friends and family back home using the Messenger’s new feature. Technology is amazing. I also told my friend, “This is why some long distance relationships work. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on things” I miss them everyday, no question, but I’m glad we have these digital ways.

Person of the Week

My Kuya’s new girlfriend. Kuya brought her today to meet my parents but only for a short while since she’s just here for a quick stopover before flying back to Norwary. I’m putting her in the spot because it’s interesting to meet a new person in my Kuya’s life. I don’t know if she’s going to stay longer. Guess we have to find out.

Best day of the Week

Friday. A lot happened this day and I’ll try to be as concise as possible.

First, my classmate from Pakistan showed a presentation about where he came from and it was an eye-opening experience. His village, Shimshal, gave me a different perspective from what I only know of Pakistan. I cannot exactly put into words how I felt after he finished his presentation but this : I’m grateful to be in a place where I get to learn different cultures first-hand and just right at the comforts of my seat. It’s like travelling free.

Next, my classmate from Chile had a going-away party but started late in the evening. I went with another classmate to have dinner before going together to the party. He cooked, I brought wine, and three hours later,we were lazy to go. After talking ourselves out, we got up, left, witnessed a brewing fight on the train, and took the wrong train. That’s why in the end, we became a shame to the German community and arrived at the party one hour late.

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Still we were there and it was really a pleasant night. I felt like myself again…when it comes to hanging out with friends and just having a good, undrunk time.  I’m enjoying my classes more because we’re becoming friendlier with one another. Looks like we’ve adjusted as a group as well!

There were, however, annoying things that happened this week but the good outweighs the bad. See you next Sunday!