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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.

 

 

The Sunday Currently : Stuffed

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Luigi’s Italian Restaurant at Landungsbrucke

Time does fly; the -BER months have arrived. I’m pretty sure I’ll be hearing Christmas songs this early (Jose Mari Chan, to be exact) if only I’m in the PH. We, Filipinos, have been accustomed to this early Christmas habit. I opened this discussion up to my Mom and learned that the festivities here begin on the 1st of December (the first Advent); starting before that will be too ridiculous. So, I guess it’s time to make new traditions and welcome them with enthusiasm.

Here are the other things I’m currently up to.

Reading

I just finished the book “The 100-year old man who flew out of the window and disappeared” and I never read a novel as funny as this one. I’ll be watching the movie adaptation in a bit.

Listening

The ticking of the keyboard while I’m typing this.

Watching

Jadine’s Till I Met You. ❤ I hope I could start Narcos 2 and finally finish Mr. Robot 2. Somehow I’ve got less time for series—which is better for my social relationship!

Praying

For more quiet time and a home church.

Hoping

for a good week and as always, provision.

Needing

more sun for my running. Good weather, please!!

Looking forward to

my Mom’s birthday this week. We are planning a big surprise! I hope I can write it afterwards.

Feeling

bloated from all the eating I’ve done for the past two days.

What have you been up to these days? Any early Christmas traditions you want to share?

 

The Sunday Currently: Contentment

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Today’s supposedly a lazy Sunday but  I’m figuring some productive things to do today rather than lie all day in bed. My mother told me to just relax but I’m itching to do otherwise. I am quite surprised myself how active I am since I got here. Now here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

Reading

NOTHING! Do my German reference books count?

Listening

The Coffeehouse Playlist on Spotify. Lost Boy by Ruth B is currently playing.

Writing

This. My last entry was three months ago!

Watching

GMA’s Encantadia! I ironically watch more Filipino program now that I’m living abroad. I seldom watch teleseryes (except OTWOL) back in the PH and more US Series. Now, I’ve got no time to watch my US series 😦 I’m so late on Stranger Things and Mr. Robot Season 2!!!! I hope I’d find the time to catch up on those soon before The Walking Dead comes back this September!!

Praying

For our everyday guidance especially that Europe (and the word in general) has gone nuts lately.

Hoping

for our daily provision—never in lack, always enough.

Needing

more time to catch up on my series.

Looking forward to

a family vacation. I just hope that my parents get to relax from work. Hopefully, it’ll happen soon.

Feeling

very, very contented.

I hope you’re all having a great Sunday! Cheers wherever you are ❤

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The Sunday Currently : Apathetic

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It’s been awhile since the last TSC entry! Just to change things a bit,  I thought that maybe I’d also include a word that best describes my feeling for the week.This week’s magic word is.. as you can see.. apathetic.  The reason is self-evident; no need to expound ’cause I wouldn’t stay true to my apathy.

Reading

The book of Psalms.

Listening

Beyonce’s Lemonade. I’ve been listening to Bey’s album for weeks now.

Writing

This and my schedule for the coming week. I need to seriously get things organized and do more important things other than browsing the internet.

Watching

Game of Thrones! Yaaaaas

Praying

For clarity, wisdom, and the finality of my visa.

Hoping

to write my visa journey.

Needing

my good habits back.

Looking forward to

my 27th birthday.

Feeling

out of touch.

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The Sunday Currently : Jesus wins.

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Prague. March 2015.

You’ve probably seen several (some heated) exchange surfacing online re Pacman and the LGBT community. Much has been said and to be honest, these types of reactions shouldn’t come as a surprise. This happens time and time again (i.e SCOTUS). There’s judgement on both sides, offense, pity, “we are all going to hell” statements, clash of beliefs, and basically a competition of who’s better than other. Again, this shouldn’t be a surprise. This is how the world operates. As a Christian, I stand strong with my beliefs but I would never tolerate the hatred, the judgement, and most importantly, taking the Bible/Word out of context. This is why we need to read the Bible. This is why we need Jesus… and basically, as human, we need to learn how it is to truly love others. No one is above others as well as no sin is greater. In the Bible, lahat yan pantay-pantay.  And guess what? We are all sinners and we all fall short of the glory of God. But good news, Jesus died for all of our sins (past, present, future). Better news : Jesus loves us just as we are. Finally, the best news : In the end, Jesus wins… and Jesus is love. 

Reading

2 Samuel along with Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.

Listening

to Hillsong Worship playlist on Spotify for nth time. My playlist are very monotonous, hehe.

Writing

on my budget tracker. I wanted to manage my finances well for this year and in preparation for my family’s future plans.

Taking

Fish oil supplements. I can see my face clearing up so I guess this works!

Watching

American Crime Story, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, and Better Call Saul. All my series went back!

Praying

for world peace. Legit.

Hoping

for some news regarding my visa just so I could fix other plans.

Loving

NARCOS. I just binge-watched the show last week and staying up late was worth it!

Needing

a massage and a good, long sleep.

Looking forward to

the finale of OTWOL and the brunch with the jeje girls.

Feeling

tired and sore because of the chores I did this morning.

 

I hope you’ll have a wonderful, love-filled week and let me quote Ellen Degeneres,

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The Sunday Currently 9

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Bridesmaid bouquet at my cousin’s wedding last Sunday.

My longtime friend, Rebecca, recently passed the Board Exam & she’s now a full-pledged architect. Bex has been studying/working for 10 years and we rarely get to see her because she’s either reviewing or working on an architectural plan in a far area. Last night, we got together and celebrated this milestone. It feels so great to see all her hard work paying off & I’m sure that this is just the beginning of a far greater success.

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Sobrang kulit lang at ang galing nitong kaibigan ko. I know soon this will be a reality.

Today I woke up in her room and was caught off guard by what I saw in the midst of the architectural chaos.

I even notice these post-its scattered across her bedroom.

She told me she wrote those to remind her of God especially when she’s discouraged. What an inspiration!!! It was such a humbling experience to witness my friend declaring God’s Word and surrounding herself with it. Through my friend, I was gently reminded of the God we are all serving and it fortified the hope I have in my heart. Bonus din because God surprised me and showed that my friend is growing her faith in Christ. I’m so happy God surrounded me with friends who love God. ❤

Now since I got that one important thought out, here are the other things I’m currently into.

Reading

the book of Ruth and planning to start Gillian Flynn’s book.

Listening

to Hillsong Worship playlist on Spotify.

Writing

This and a sample e-mail draft to the Embassy.

Using

Snail facial mask from Korea + the additional meds for my face.

Watching

American Crime Story and the OJ Simpson docu on CNN. I can get easily fixated on a random topic and this month is all about OJ!

Praying

for my best friend’s application.

Hoping

for a love-filled week.

Loving

this weekend with my friends and the preaching I just heard today. According to the pastor, love is unconditional, sacrificial, and eternal. It is completely impossible for us to achieve this kind of love and only Jesus can love unconditionally, sacrificially, and eternally. Our part is to continue to abide in Jesus, to walk in faith and let Jesus teach us how to love others.

Needing

to lose the pounds. This is it.

Looking forward to

Coldplay’s Superbowl performance tomorrow!!!!!!!!! I’m sure they’re gonna kill it

Feeling

inspired, grateful, and sleepy.

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The Sunday Currently VIII

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Victory Bacoor’s Singles Getwaway. August 2015.

I have been limiting my use of social media for the past two months and I find myself backsliding to my habit of scrolling endlessly for hours. It’s either I don’t use my social networking sites or be very unproductive looking through every thing. I can’t seem to find a middle ground. Hopefully this week, I’ll be able to manage the time I spend online. #millenialproblems

Reading

the book of Deuteronomy. Hopefully, I get to read one of my new books simultaneously.

Listening

to the voice of my Chinese student. I shouldn’t be multi-tasking. Bad for work!

Writing

This. Wow, I wrote 8 entries already!

Using

Celeteque’s Alcohol-Free Moisturizer. It is doing wonders to my dry skin due to the anti-acne gels.

Watching

Adele’s carpool karaoke with James Corden. Adele is one hilarious woman! LOVE YOU ADELE

 Praying

for clarity this week.

Hoping

for the approval of my visa.

Loving

the fact that my meds are working. My face is starting to clear up!

Needing

to save money for my plane ticket (still)—-> Same entry a week ago; still appropriate. In addition, I need a bridesmaid gown for my cousin’s wedding at the end of this month.

Looking forward to

spend time with my family in Germany & our trip to Eat Bulaga this coming Saturday!

Feeling

anxious. Gotta shake this off through His word and prayers!

 

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The Sunday Currently 7

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Last day of the Simbang Gabi. 12/12/2015. 

This week  is nothing short of wonderful. I know it was only possible through the grace of God and just simply living every day through His perspective. I’m just genuinely happy and contented.

Reading

NUMBERS. I plan to diligently read the Bible in order this year.

Listening

Hillsong Young and Free playlist on Spotify.

Writing

This + cover letter  for a job prospect.

Praying

for the promises of God. In short, madami! 🙂

Hoping

that I will always remain hopeful,

Loving

the lunch, the road trip & the dinner I had with my friends yesterday.

Wanting

to watch Star Wars. Today is the day!

Needing

to save money for my plane ticket (still)

Looking forward to

my checkup with the derma. Lately, I’ve been so frustrated with my face! I’ve been having acne breakouts since last year huhu

Feeling

contented, peaceful, and slightly irritated only because of the acne breakouts.

PS: I’m watching Star Wars today! Finally! 

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