lifehack: set quarterly goals instead of new year’s resolution

2017

i think i read this somewhere sa facebook. na imbes na #balikalindog2017 ang gawin, dapat #3PoundsIn3Months na lang. it makes the target more concrete and more doable.

kaya ngayon, feeling ko kailangan ko ng konting ‘retreat’ para makapag-reflect at isip kung ano ba ang mga targets ko this year.

as i type this, meron akong naalalang video ni Bud Brown, taking on a 30-day challenge to learn a new language. (i think he knows 10 languages!) he’s trying to learn Mandarin. ako naman, i want to learn Morse Code. i learned a few letters from Ham Whisperer but hardly made progress when it came to Lesson 3. 😦 and i’m sad and put it off for some time. maybe if i focus on it, i’d be better.

anyway, that’s one. perhaps. but i’m not sure. di lang naman kasi personal goal lang naisip kong target-in. pati na din siguro sa trabaho… i’m getting the “why am i still doing this?” vibe again and i don’t like that. kaya kailangang mag-isip ng pakulo. 😀

weight goals? hmmm… parang ayoko na. though i’m getting tired more easily day by day. kailangan na talaga maging mas active. hmmm… what activity could i do? and when should i do it? suggestions? Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

silantro at UP town center

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waiting outside is perfect time for chismisan.

alam niyo naman ang mga biglaang lakad diba? sila yung madalas na natutuloy. that’s exactly what happened yesterday lunch time. just as i sat in front of my PC and fired up messenger, a college friend asked me if i was free for early lunch. she said she had convinced another friend whom we’ve never met for such a long time and thought they’d want additional company. naturally, i said yes since i was missing them both too.

i walked to UP Town Center (yes, it may be a 30 minute walk but it’s not that difficult or boring. unhealthy, maybe, but not boring.) and met abi on the elevator to the 3rd floor. as we approached, we saw how long the waiting line was outside and saw jean. she said we were #12 on the list. so, take note… lunch isn’t the best time to go here. at least the waiters took our orders even before we got a table.

after 30 minutes or so, we finally got seated and in 10 minutes, our food was ready. and i wasn’t prepared for how much food my 2 girl friends ordered! way too much! or maybe i was just having a ‘weak’ day that day… haha!

i ordered a burrito and paired it with a beer. they ordered paella, nachos, quesadillas, and chicken/beef skewers. (of course these aren’t the exact names of the items. just check their menu. :D) i ate 2/3 of my burrito plus some of the things they ordered. and no wonder people queue up for this place… the food was really good. and you could have your choice of dip/sauce… have it mild, tangy, or spicy.

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i took the picture early so we don’t look PG. di pa na-serve yung ibang food! 😀

anyway, after a long chat and lots of belly rubbing, we each had to go back to our jobs. and it was fun making chismis and catching up on friends. i wish we could do that more often. maybe 2017 is the year i make that a resolution: more friend meetups. not just during occasions like birthdays or holidays. just a “hey, how have you been?” meetups.

be brave for 2017

2016 has just been battering all of us. “us” meaning filipinos in general. whether you’re part of the ’16 million’ or a ‘yellowtard’, 2016 has hit us hard. and my fearless forecast is that it won’t let up into 2017. and i’m speaking to myself on a personal level.

so for 2017, i’m telling myself to be brave… be brave to stand my ground, be brave to try something new, be brave to accept things i can’t change. it may apply to you too (see? puwede nako sumulat ng horoscope column. kung kaya ni Mocha, kaya ko din!!! HAHAHAHA!)

seriously though, 9 days through the year, it’s already been tough. but i have to be brave. take the punches for now. maybe when patience has run out, or the grace of temperance gives out, it could be the beginning of a different year.

little mix’s new song is one for the ‘getting over’ playlist!

i’m not sure but i have this thing about breakup anthems and songs that aren’t sappy — yung tipong imbes na magbabad sa lungkot, ang reaction mo is, “akala mo kung sino ka!?”

heard this on the way to work this morning and i knew i had another one for my playlist: it’s Little Mix’s “Shout Out to My Ex”.

some other songs i’ve loved are by Hepburn, Blaque, and Fiona Apple and they pretty much were my anthems for a long time… in high school and college. pero wala naman ako naging ex. hahaha! feel good lang kasi specially after being turned down. ang saya lang.

of course, i like wallowing in pity din minsan. i love RXTMR’s valentine’s special that are just “saksak-puso, tulo ang dugo” kind of songs. the songs that cut really REALLY deep.

any songs you like recently?

one “oops!” for VP Leni

of course, here’s the political commentary of a pseudo-political analyst again on the internetz: good sentiment, wrong execution.

i hope this resignation came from the ‘media’ team and not her personally. i get it. i mean i understand why you would be upset if people asked you to not join the meetings anymore. but being dramatic about it, crying out “huhuhu!” in public just wasn’t to my liking.

the ‘break-up’ text was definitely douchey. pero having it all over social media was… a bit tacky. also, the official statement regarding the plan to “steal the Vice-Presidency” was very, very inappropriate imho. sana yung pag-resign na lang ang na-cover sa statement. medyo nakaka-irita yung ganung dating na, “oh look, i’m being oppressed!” i thought she could have done better.

then again, there’s the counter-argument: if we don’t warn them now, it could happen just like *that* and the Marcoses will be back in power once more. which i will not consider to be just a hunch. i mean they’ve been successful in launching a campaign for Bong Bong for the VP, filed a protest, and successfully had Marcos Sr. “honored” at the LNMB. what else could be next but to snatch the VP post?

i entertain myself with conspiracy theories but always take them to be more fiction than fact. but these things, these events… they’re too coincidental and all too familiar of the workings of a Marcos. and i hate it.

how could the VP have warned us in a more appropriate way? i don’t know. but all i feel is that her resignation ‘letter’ wasn’t the right place for it.

84th PARA Anniversary experience

di na ako gaanong nakakalabas-labas tuwing weekends. usually, it’s about doing chores and staying at home or preparing for the coming week. R&R sa mall is actually no R&R for me. magbabantay pa ng bata, gagastos sa pagkain sa labas. and kung sa malayo-layong lugar naman, traffic tires me out. buti sana kung maluwag ang kalsada. masaya ang joyride… kung walang traffic.

last sunday, i gave myself a treat and went out to the PARA Anniversary in Marikina. i told A that i was going and she generously let me.

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actually, my purpose was just to take a little peep as i have never attended one. photos during the event seemed to show that it was a hell lot of fun. another reason was to register my radio during the amnesty granted by the NTC at the event. sayang ang matitipid.

i went straight to the amnesty booth to get my radio registered and while waiting, i met people from DX3C. a pity i didn’t remember their callsigns but i’d really love to hear them when i stay in DU3 during the christmas break.

i digress. so after registration, i was told to claim my modified license on thursday. so off i went to look at the booths in the event. and GRABE… i was drooling over all the little things i saw. parang batang nasa candy store ang feeling!!! batang walang pera. huhuhuhu

i heard may raffle during the event sa mga nagregister. umasa naman ako manalo. sabi ko baka may awa ang Diyos sa akin na walang kwarta. but alas, dumating ang alas-5, umuwi akong luhaan.

di naman nasayang ang paghihintay ko, though. during the afternoon, a session was set for morse code or “CW” in ham speak. novices were taught 10 letters and asked to transcribe at around 8 letters per minute. the proficient-level hams had a contest and they were transcribing at 25 words per minute! what does that sound like? watch here:

amazing diba? i think i’m making this a life goal… i actually implicitly put this in my 100 Dreams list because to be a Class A ham, you need to pass the 5 wpm exam.

during the last moments of the event, i chanced upon Sherwin, a “batchmate” at the PARA seminar and passed the exams as DY1ZBV! i was so relieved to have met someone i knew in the event. he went with his clubmates from DX1CI (COMPASS Inc.) and that’s when i realized what i was missing: the camaraderie. i was a “lone wolf” and ham radio wasn’t as much fun when you keep to yourself and just listen. you have to learn how to interact with other people… and THAT is what i have to learn too.

so maybe now that my son is a bit older, i can be more active in the hobby and perhaps join a club. (DX1M seems to be quite inactive and its members too spread out) we’ll see.

i wore black today

it’s being dubbed as “Black Friday” coinciding with the traditional black friday in the US. However, it’s a different kind of black friday in the philippines.

yes, i’m anti-Marcos. but at the same time, i’m keeping my ears open to those who want Marcos buried at LNMB.

may have decided that the supreme court could have been a beacon of light for this kind of dilemma. that it has failed the people of the country and the countless victims of martial law.

i, on the other hand, am not too quick to draw that conclusion. i still (begrudgingly) agree with the decision because of the reasons cited in the ponente. however, the part i cannot accept in the decision is the reasoning that Marcos is “just a human who erred”.

putting salt in boss’ coffee instead of sugar is erring like a human. putting cyanide makes you a murderer. repeating it every time the boss is replaced makes you a psychopath.

yes, TECHNICALLY, he can be buried. but is it the right thing to do?

the problem with the law, it talks of legality but not morality. what may be legal could be morally wrong e.g. slavery in days past. and it is indeed beyond the supreme court to decide what is “right” vs. what is legal.

what i really want now is for the president to listen to the people protesting, because it is in his hands now. perhaps if we can convince him that the healing he was hoping for only exacerbated the pain of martial law.

so that is why i wore black today. i’m not protesting the supreme court decision. i’m protesting that Tatay Digong would listen to us, and not just the elite and those to whom he is indebted to.