I spent the holidays in Japan three years in a row: in 2006, 2007, and 2008. I was very homesick during those days but thanks to my friends, I was able to celebrate Christmases, New Years and birthdays Pinoy-style in Japan.
This year, I’m not looking forward to these major events but I’m looking forward to summer 2013. Why? Because this year, I’ll be spending the holidays away from my family, again. This year, I’ll be spending the holidays in a Catholic country. I’m happy that I get to have another unique experience but I can’t really shake the homesickness off.
See you again soon, Mexico… but I still need to hear from the embassy about my visa!
I was employed in a staffing company before coming to Japan. Because of that, I was assigned from one company to another. I did C++ for a few months, then Java, and so on. It was hard, yet exciting to adjust to a new project, new work environment, new office mates. I got used to it and I would have to say, I liked it. These past few weeks, I’m afraid I’m slowly losing my motivation to go to work. I wanted to just be in my bed just watching a movie from a lcd dlp projector that I wish to have. OK, you can say that I’m just lazy. But I think I need something new. Not a new job, but maybe a new hobby? A few minutes ago, I’ve reactivated my Postcrossing account. At least I’ll have something to look forward to aside from Christmas. ^^
The photo above best describes how I feel at this moment. It must be the stress I feel at work and in my daily life. I have to look on the bright side. After all, God has always been good to me.
So, today is my birthday! However, this might be a sign of aging because I don’t feel excited at all. Instead, I feel so sick, thanks to the flu that I got a few days before I came back from the Philippines. I wanted to go to church and attend mass. I wanted to at least buy a cake. But I’ve got muscle pains all over and I’m still half-deaf. I wanted to do some work (yes, tasks from my current job) but my it feels like my nose is as big as my head. Got nothing else to do but lie down the whole morning and afternoon, take medications, but I still feel so sick. One birthday wish is to feel better tomorrow as I have heaps of task to face off!
Anyway, all ramblings aside, I thank God for giving me another birthday! And I thank God for everything that I’ve been through, for all the blessings He gave me. I look forward to more blessings and grace, so that I could become a better person, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend, a better mother, the list goes on. God is good all the time so I know He has plans for me that I still need to experience.
Thank you to those who have remembered and posted their greetings. Happy Birthday to me!
Got to borrow the photo of the cake I bought for Shaynna’s birthday last October.
I think I have been a software developer far too long. I’ve been thinking quite a lot lately what I want to do five years from now. Clearly, I don’t see myself still a programmer. Should I continue being in IT, either I become more technically skilled, or manage people. A colleague who is much younger than I am has already started doing what she wants to become a year from now, less technical but more on administration job. In most if not all cases, management people are paid much more than the people who get their hands dirty. Now, when shall I start? I’ve done few small steps, including reading self-help books. I do feel that I need to become aggressive, be more confident. But easier said than done.
Ten years since I got out of the university, yet I still have nothing to call something my own. Being the family’s sole breadwinner is no joke at all. I always have my hands full, putting mysef last. But I know someday that I will have those things that I often look so dreamily in the internet. One of those “things” is a real-estate property. A condominium unit in a big city and a house with a huge lawn close to my hometown would be great! My parents preferred old-looking furniture, with all the flower engravings on it but I prefer to fill my dream house with comfortable and contemporary furniture. White tiles with earth-colored tapestries should go well together. Decorating her own house is every woman’s dream, I suppose.
I like to keep things even if they don’t appear to be very important. Before I left home to attend a university in Cebu, all my high school stuffs were intact. My notebooks and textbooks were all in my cabinet. Even those post-its and notes given to me by my classmates during retreats. I was told that all my stuff were put in a box when our house got renovated. I also thought that my younger cousins borrowed some of my books as references for school project. But I was wrong. All my stuff were neglected as all of my textbooks only served as homes to bookworms. If internet was as common and accessible as it is today, I would have tried to sell textbooks online. If nobody wanted to buy, I would have just posted it somewhere and give it for free. I’m just sad that most of my stuff didn’t remain useful as they were to me years ago.
I’ve always dreamt of buying a car. It’s not really just for the sake of having one or something because honestly, I still cannot afford to buy one. I want just wish for an air-conditioned vehicle for my daughter. Her school is about an hour jeepney ride from our house. On the way home, she usually falls asleep and it’s impossible to be in a comfortable position. She often gets sick, mostly cough and colds due to air pollution. With this wish in mind, I often visit car companies websites. Car sales must really be low because the Pay Light, Pay Low promo of Toyota Philippines is back. Normally, they require 30% downpayment. Now, for an innova, they only require about PHP80,000, with free LTO registration, without Chattel Mortgage Fee. You don’t have to search through car insurance companies because this amount already includes insurance! I wish I had PHP80,000 right now.
I often talk about Toyota here, I wish I could get something from them!