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 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!

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.

 

 

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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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In comparison to my previous active weeks, these past 7 days have been on the slow spectrum… but only when it comes to my running routine. This running break  allowed me to focus on other important things : reviewing my growing German vocabulary, listening to German radio, and updating my Music library. Besides these, here’s a glimpse of how the last week of January and the first week of February looked like.

Best Day

Friday.  My classmate, Janeen, had her farewell party which ended until midnight. It was… amazing. For a minute I felt like I was back in the company of my friends in the Philippines. Although we are still learning our way with German, our language deficiency never became a barrier to have deep conversations about our cultural differences, our present life in Germany, and our unclear but optimistic future.

Best Activity

Sleeping. I took several naps over the weekend and for the first time in a long time, I woke up late than normal. I kinda missed taking naps.

Artist of the Week

John Mayer. I saw on the news that he’s having a World Tour starting in the US, which triggered me to listen to his songs. His first album, in my opinion, is still his best. His new single, Love on the Weekend, is on the other hand,  definitely catchy.

Series of the Week

Westworld. I’m late to the party but still I came! Such a shame that we have to wait until 2018 before the new season… There’s always waiting when it comes to these good series.

German Word of the Week

Erklärungsnot : the difficulty in explaining something. Erklärung means explanation and Not means emergency. Put them together and you got “Explanation Emergency”. This is the beauty of the German language; they have their own vocabulary which has no distinct and equivalent English translation.

German Phrase of the Week

“Du hast nicht alle Tassen im Schrank ” (You don’t have any cups in the cupboard) Weird translation but it basically means, you’ve got a loose screw.

Realization of the Week

Self-worth.

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.

The Sunday Currently : Remember

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I knew right from the start that starting a new chapter abroad will be difficult and trying to say the least. However, one can never be too prepared for the weight of the challenges that came along with it. I found myself getting lost; forgetting who I was because I was too preoccupied with observing how people behave, how things work , how to adapt, and the whole idea of adjustment. I was swimming too far from the shore, desperate to reach my goal (or whatever is out there), to the point of drowning.. until I just stopped, floated for a bit, and focused my sight on something that I have unfortunately neglected : the Lighthouse which has been guiding me all along.

I remember once again why I am here and who I really am for.

Reading

Greg’s Tagebuch von Idioten umzingelt. I decided to read more to build my German vocabulary, eventhough reading a whole chapter takes me atleast day. I have to start somewhere, right?

Listening

to Joshua Radin’s Everything will be alright. Fitting.

Watching

my usual series (The Mindy Project, You’re the Worst, HTGWM, AHS: Roanoke, Modern Family) plus two German programs : Supertalent and The Voice of Germany!

Praying

For my family’s relationships.

Hoping

for the sun to come out this week. I used to hate the weather back in the Philippines but now I miss it. It’s true when they say you never know what you got until it’s gone.

Needing

an appointment to the Hautartz ’cause my acne problems are very stressful.

Looking forward to

the answer to the most important question of the year : WHO DIED ON THE WALKING DEAD? My money’s on Glenn and Abraham.

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Feeling

contented and grateful.