The Sunday Currently Vol. 7

Reading

I just started reading Demian by Hermann Hesse. I found out about it because I’ve watching a lot of BTS-related videos lately. Some of its passages are read throughout the trailer videos for their Wings album and those got me intrigued.

Writing

Aside from this post, nothing. Ug, I need to write more often or journal.

Listening

Citizen’s entire discography on Spotify. Stoked for their upcoming album! Listen to them here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0znuUIjvP0LXEslfaq0Nor

Thinking

“How do I recover from this sickness as soon as possible?”

Smelling

Cheese flavor from the chips that I’m currently eating

Hoping

To get some rest soon

Wearing

Shorts and sky blue shirt

Loving

Sleep

Wanting

To feel genuinely happy and stress-free

Needing

A break, maybe?

Feeling

I feel like shit. I know this is because I treated my body like shit for the past few weeks.

Clicking

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 6

Reading

English lyrics/ translation for BTS’ songs especially those off of their latest album, “Love Yourself: Her”

Writing

This Currently post but aside fron that nothing. I’ve been putting off writing on my journal for days now. Ihdk why.

Listening

Jung Sewoon – Never Mind (a.k.a. the Tsundere song)

Thinking

Wow, uhm, about a lot of things. The future, purpose/ passion vs. practical, the “right” path, etc. The most recurring thought this week though goes to: “Is going back home really giving up?”

Smelling

DURIAN! Hahahahaha. My lil bro brought some from home and I almost ate it all in one sitting. #HelloHighblood sana yun buti napigilan ko.

Hoping

Every time I feel like this, all I’m hoping for is some clarity. To be in the eye of the storm, even if it’s just for a short time.

Wearing

Black leggings and yellow shirt. Glasses. Hair in haphazard bun, as always.

Loving

Slow KPOP songs

Wanting

To feel genuinely happy and stress-free

Needing

A break, maybe?

Feeling

Body – tired. Mind – exhausted.

Clicking

Opened tabs with BTS lyrics for each of my favorite songs.

  • Save Me
  • Butterfly
  • Dimple
  • Run
  • EPILOGUE: Young Forever
  • MIC DROP

The Sunday Currently Vol. 5

Hello! The “Currently” series is now back on it’s regular programming.

Reading

I actually  just finished reading Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith so right now I’m reading Abbey Sy’s round-up post on her blog.

Writing

Well, this volume and also my daily report for our HQ.

Listening

Lately, I’ve been more into KPOP (BTS specifically) so I’ve been adding songs to my playlist on Spotify. It’s constantly on repeat right now.

Thinking

About what arrangement would work best for my sort-of bullet journal/ planner

Smelling

Honestly, nothing.

Hoping

Really hoping that my brother’s going to pay me back within the next week since I have a passport appointment coming up. Also, hoping for that appointment to go well.

Wearing

Old family reunion shirt and pambahay shorts as per usual. Oh, and eyeglasses.

Loving

There are a lot of things that I love currently. Here are some of them:

Music

Others

  • #Girlboss Radio podcast
  • New Philipps earphones
  • YayCam! Retro app
  • Funny BTS English interview videos

Wanting

Wanna One and Jung Sewoon’s debut albums to arrive faster than the ETA

Needing

Some genuine alone time – free from constant checks, social media and the invisible hand of work

Feeling

I have not processed what I’m feeling right now. Maybe sleepy?

Clicking

Emails

A moment of silence for the exhausted

“I’m not growing up
I’m just burning out
And I stepped in line
to walk amongst the dead”

Burnout, Green Day

Work has been hard lately and at times I feel like the world is punishing me. Being an introvert, the biggest struggle that has been recurring in my life after graduation is the fact that the line between work hours and personal time is blurred. I get that people development not only happens when you and your colleagues are at the workplace; that it also needs to happen outside of it. But for me, giving away most of my time to other people sucks the life out of my own self.

I do understand and accept the fact that I am part of a start-up company that is growing and that I need to be hands-on, I also know that I need to pause even for just a bit – for myself, for my soul. After all, I am not (and no human is) capable of working like a dog for days on end without crashing, dead-tired.

The reasons above are probably the reason why pockets of silence and moments of pause are so precious to me these days. In the stage of life that I’m currently living in, these have become rare and welcomed surprises that saved me from burning out.

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siesta
quiet afternoon in bed

 

Junior standing: 5 tips after two years of #Adulting

Hi! This is Frau and I am now into my third year as a member of the “real world” where adult things (uy, pun intended) happen. I don’t have a lot of experience yet but who’s to say I’m not qualified to give my own advices? No one! So, read on and hopefully some, if not all, helps you in one way or another. 🙂

 

Me when asked “y u give advice?”

Advice 1: You do you – there’s no point in trying to keep up with what is the “uso” if it doesn’t genuinely resonate with you and your identity. For example, I like listening to pop punk and to KPOP, too. It might seem like a weird combination of genres to some people but I don’t care, what matters is I enjoy both. So, guys, please…

read the books you like

listen to the music you like

do things that you like

try things that you’d like to try

Advice 2: Don’t be afraid to seek help when things get tough. I’m guilty of trying to do everything alone and keeping everything in for as long as I can. I did that for the last 21 years so why can’t I continue doing it, right? Well, my friends, I realized I can’t carry on with that habit because a. it’s not good for my mental health and b. I don’t know all the answers and other do. But for this point, I’m not just talking about mental struggles but all kinds of struggle. Feeling down lately? Talk to a friend, family member or a therapist (if you can afford one). Don’t know how to solve a problem at work? Ask a senior or a mentor. You get the idea! You can’t always do things alone and oftentimes, you don’t have to.

Advice 3: If you want relationships to work, put in the effort needed. To be honest, I’m not good at chatting people up online or even texting just to catch up so I reaaaaally need to work on this till now. Good thing my friends are quite low maintenance so they don’t always need to be constantly hanging out (hi friends, sorry for this and promise I’ll be better #peace). They say the people you are five years ago may not be the same people you are close with now but, if you work on maintaining communication, hanging out and whatnot, then who’s to say it won’t be a lasting bond?

Advice 4: Fail forward. We cannot always expect to do everything right but what we can be sure of is we will fail at some point. When these failures happen, one thing to remember is to stop wallowing in the failure part and start thinking about the learning. How you will apply what you learned from that experience so it won’t happen again? Or at least the next time it happens, you know what to do. Accept the fact that you failed – own it – but keep in mind that that failure has given you an insight on what you can do to move forward.

Advice 5: You don’t always have to be ON. Okay, okay, I know we live in the digital age and everything is on the Internet. But you know what, as much as I love the online world and everything it offers, it’s exhausting (or at least to me, it is). Constant scrolling through mobile apps is now everyone’s go-to exercise. Communication has become so convenient that people sometimes have no regard about personal space/ time and they expect everyone to be, too. I even feel like sending an SMS has become obsolete because hello, Frau, y u not uses Messenger just like everyone?

Guys, sometimes we need to unplug and notice the things happening in our immediate surroundings. Get in touch with the real world (don’t get philosophical with me on this) or if you’re not the type of person who needs time off, respect those who do.


So yeah, those are my tips for you millennials and non-millennials. Apply what you can and discard what you cannot. Welcome to the real world! #

So, what do you do?

Nobody gets what I do – or at least nobody over the age of 40. Whenever my parents, uncles, aunts and other relatives always ask me what I do or what my job is exactly, I can’t always give them a definite answer ’cause I can’t simplify it. One thing, though, that I’m sure about my job is that I’m into it.

Why do I like my job? It’s unlikely for a young professional to like their job, right?

Well, first off, I have flexible hours. I am not a morning person, I am a night owl in a world that wants everyone to operate like larks. So, I’m thankful that I can work till one in the morning and wake up at ten. My energy spikes at midnight can be utilized to do work.

Second, there’s not seniority. Sure, there are older people at our company but we treat each other equally. I can call 30 year-old workmates by their first name and newbies can call me by name – so not “Pinoy” of us.

Another reason is career growth. I always get told by my parents to switch jobs – go work for the government or a big corporation. I know they’re just looking out for me and they mean well, but I always give them a “NO”. I don’t want to work in a corporate setting and wait for years just to move up the management ladder. If I work hard and always do my best, I help can run two locations and that’s a big deal.

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I’m thankful that I have a job that challenges me everyday. Being one of the very few people running the back end operations of our company and sort-of managing one of our locations is no joke. Not a lot of companies would trust 21 year-olds with this kind of responsibility so I feel very lucky.

The future freaks me out (yes, that’s a MCS reference) but it also excites me. Here’s to being better and going bigger! #

The Day-off Currently Vol. 1

Hello! Before you get on with the post, just a little head’s up for future “Currently” posts. I have work on Sundays so I usually am too tired to write so I’m changing things up. Posts of this kind are now called “The Day-off Currently” ‘cause my days off are more interesting. That’s it.

Reading

I just finished a fiction book called The Hating Game so as of the moment I’m not reading anything. BUT! I have a pending book on my list, the one I talked about in the last edition (see, I forgot about it).

Writing

My end of the month report for February. I sound like a legit adult doing office work, don’t I? HAHAHAHAHA. Also, trying to remember what events and happenings I have this March since I have to put them up in my planner or else, I forget about them.

Listening

Currently playing Taeyeon’s first full-length album “My Voice”. She’s a KPOP singer and member of SNSD.

Thinking

Nothing in particular. Exactly at this moment, it’s: “What happened to We Are The In Crowd?”

Smelling

The lingering smell of white onion from the dinner I cooked earlier

Wishing

For continuous sunny days and strength when storms roll in

Hoping

To get a long vacation soon (away from life, maybe?)

Wearing

Grey sort-of cropped top and blue workout (?) shorts

Loving

The music video for Taeyeon’s single, “Fine”. Check it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHXUM-6a3dU

Wanting

Sensible sandals that I can wear to work or to ganaps

Needing

Enough drive to pursue passion projects

Feeling

Post-exercise bliss

Clicking

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