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!

 

 

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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.

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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

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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!

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If my life is a TV series, I would compare this second week of the year to an episode after a premiere or even following a full-packed episode. A filler episode, to put it simply. Not too interesting but not bland, maybe even relevant to the plot yet we have to wait. So even though this week was just a-okay, I still am listing down the highs and/or lows that occured.

Longest Distance

13.74 km in 1:30:04. I’m impressed with my performance despite the heavy rain and strong winds. I would’ve wanted to go on but I had a hard time breathing towards the end. The reason could probably the weather or dehydration. I must really bring the proper gear soon. I just have to find the perfect Fanny pack.

Movie of the Week

La la Land. I felt hollow and satisfied both at the same time. I also noticed that I’m very inclined to liking movies who would just torture you in the end. Call me a masochist, sure,  but only with my movie preferences.

Also, who would’ve guessedthat Ryan Gosling could sing, dance, and play the piano?!?

German Sentence of the Week

Das gehört zum guten Ton. Most applicable when I want to be more than courteous.

German Word of the Week

ausflippen (v.) to go nuts; to flip out. I should’ve known this sooner and the translation is very obvious.

The busiest

My Saturday. Errands plus working until the wee hours of the morning. PS: I’m writing this entry while I’m at my babysitting job.

Most Disappointing

The inconsistency. I always go by the mantra, “Consistency over Intensity”. I’d rather have and be a person who’s always consistent rather than choosing to be high on emotions in one go.

Food of the Week

Pabellon Criollo.

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Reis, Rindfleisch (sorry I forgot the English term), Fried Bananas and Black Beans.

I got invited by my two Latino friends to a Spanish Restaurant last Thursday. Two minutes after sitting down in the resto, I felt like I was transported to Narcos. Everyone was speaking in Spanish! When the waiter approached our table, I had to pretend for two minutes that I understood their conversation; just for the heck of it. Besides, all I need were Si, Por Favor, and Gracias. I would’ve wanted to say Plato o Plomo/ Si Patron / Hijo de P*ta but that will be obviously inappropriate.

Food was great although it was too big for me. It was also a win-win situation for me because….

Most fulfilling

…. I get to check one item off my 2017 to-do list! I promised myself to eat 10 different delicacies from 10 different countries (excluding Asian because duh). So first check, a Venezuelan dish. 9 to go.

The worst

The big pimple that appeared on my right cheek. I exactly know the reason why so I only have myself to blame. Someone please remind me to stop eating chips for dinner/dessert and to stop overthinking at night.

The best

My two friends back home. This distance is bringing a different perspective between me and my friends. I was sure before that I’ll be keeping them in my life till the end but now just further affirms it.

Sunday’s best

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I’m in the mood to make everything new so now, I’m starting a different weekly format featuring the superlatives of my week. Let’s see how well I’m going to fare in this category.

Most interesting

Meeting a stranger and having a great time.

Most shocking

A death of a lead character in Sherlock Season 4. I can see a trend happening and they’re all taking master tips from GRR Martin.

The cutest

My two classmates. I’m playing Matchmaker between the two and hopefully next week will bring results.

Best German word

Der Regisseur. I like how it rolls off my tongue

Best German sentence

Das ist Schnee von gestern. A friend translated it for me and it meant, all water under the bridge. It’s peculiar how it was translated but it’s German, what’s more to expect.

The craziest

The weather this weekend in Hamburg. It was hard to walk and I’m glad I stayed at home.

Most played song

Alanis Morisette’s Ironic. I must have played it for more

The longest

13, 12 km running distance. I’m finally getting my running endurance back and exceeded my personal expectations. However, I think I should be getting a new and proper running shoes (the whole getup) because otherwise, my body will give up on me. Important factor to consider : the weather.

The most unexpected

Saying Yes to something I would normally say No to.

The best

A sunday-morning talk with my Mom. I am appreciating more and more all the times I’m spending alone with my mother. The women in the family should always stick together.