2019 Randomly Today Vol. 2

Hollah! Today is June’s last working day. It’s been a long week for me, so here I am squeezing in a Randomly Today entry. ūüôā

Reading

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling for the second time and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. I’ve also been reading some articles about how to prepare for the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) and law schools’ entrance exams.

Watching

Lucifer on Netflix. I’m¬†planning to watch the last episode of Season 3 on my way home later to kill traffic time.

Writing

a study plan and schedule as preparation for the PhiLSAT and law aptitude/admission exams (LAE’s).

Thinking

of how am I going home if it rains hard when I log out. Please, no. ūüė¶

Wanting

a good and long sleep tonight. The weather is just too friendly for that.

Wearing

a white Harry Potter fan shirt! I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!

Needing

to go back to the gym and resume working out! I feel really¬†bloated. I haven’t visited the gym for a month now — talk about wasting a month of membership fee. Next week’s probably good for a come back. But first, I gotta fix my sched.

Feeling

full! Lunch earlier was really heavy, so heavy that I might actually skip dinner and finally get a well-deserved zzzz…

 

That’s all for today’s random life update. Hope everything’s been going well with you! xx

Randomly Today series¬†is inspired by¬†siddarhornton‚Äės¬†The Sunday Currently.

 

A Lighthouse from Above

Allow me to make this post as tribute to my grandmother who passed away last June 7, Friday.
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Nagudungan Hill, Calayan Islands, Cagayan | Photo by Claudine Faylogna

Call me lucky. I was able to meet my grandmothers from both sides. I remember my¬†Nang Tura and my¬†Tang Choy, my dad’s parents, visiting our place almost every year when I was still young despite the four to six hours of boat ride and ten to twelve hours of bus run. It was more feasible for them to pay a visit in the Metro than having us leave school and work (for my parents back then) to go to our province in Calayan Islands, Cagayan since¬†boat¬†trip schedule¬†isn’t regular. Trips depend on the wind and waves’ friendliness.

I was supposed to wait for the regular operations of the recently inaugurated airport so I can finally visit my parents’ hometown without any unexpected extension of stay.¬†But I guess Nang Tura couldn’t wait for that anymore.

I was at the office when I read my Mom’s message at our family group chat. We immediately booked a bus ride going to Cagayan to catch the earliest boat trip we could hop into. While on our way, it still didn’t sink in to me yet. I just thought,¬†Nang’s already old, and what happened is actually inevitable for all of us. But as I have seen the shoreline of North’s paradise, things were slowly settling in.

Last Christmas, she was with us, singing. Last New Year’s eve, she was with us, dancing. I just never thought that last Christmas and New year’s eve would actually be her¬†last.

Upon reaching my Auntie’s house (which is just within my Dad’s family’s compound) where my¬†Nang lies for her wake, I felt all the regrets a granddaughter could feel. I wish I had spent more time with her. I wish I had told her more stories. I wish I had made plans earlier to visit her in the province from time to time. But none of these wishes matter now, because they will now remain to be just wishes. Regrets, rather.

On another note, I am thankful that we got to spend her last Christmas and New Year’s eve together. I am glad that she was still able to meet Errol. I am¬†happy that she was able to see us, her granddaughters, grow. I am just grateful that she was able to live a good and content life, and see how wonderful the world is for 76 years.

It’s been three weeks. And I swear that reality came into a hard hit when they opened her case during the final blessing, because I know that’s the last time that I’m ever gonna see her.¬†But as I type this, I hear her laugh, and I imagine her smile. And although I’m never gonna hear that sound ever again, I suppose she’s doing¬†well from the lighthouse, probably enjoying a cone of ice cream or a glass of iced tea — her favorites, looking over us as we wait to see her on the other side when the time comes.

We will miss you, Nang Tura. May you rest in the peace that you have always deserved.

Heaven Sent

I wrote this poem as a gift to a friend/colleague/boss.

Their story is truly inspiring, so I made an art out of it.

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Can I go home?

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They said when you’re down,

When behind every smile is a frown,

Take a quick drive and you will reach

A special nook by the beach;

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Family Matters

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August 10, 2016, Wednesday

18 of #100HappyThings

It was my parents’ 24th wedding anniversary. One more year and they’re already turning¬†silver!

19 of #100HappyThings

It was my¬†Jarrah‘s¬†23rd birthday. We’ve been best friends since second year high school and we’ve had each other’s family as an extension. ūüôā

20 of #100HappyThings

We prepared a¬†surprise baby shower¬†for one of my officemates,¬†Krystal,¬†who is already eight months pregnant.¬†It’s a girl, folks! She’s expected to give birth¬†this September so yep, so excited for a new baby girl in the¬†Inquirer¬†fam!

21 of #100HappyThings

It was¬†the birthday of my uncle who passed away just recently. Tito Yeng¬†used to stay with us at home, perhaps about a year or so. He was a good¬†music mentor and he had really been a good uncle to us. We really do miss him, especially our jamming moments. I know he’s already happy up there though. I know¬†God‘s taking care of him. ūüôā

August 12, Friday

22 of #100HappyThings

It’s my parents’ 31st anniversary as a couple since they got together back when they were still in high school! Yep, they’re one of those¬†lucky couples who’ve found¬†love in their high school sweethearts.

August 14, Friday

23 of #100HappyThings

We were in¬†Laguna Bel-air the whole day doing¬†BCBP¬†stuff. It was a bonding moment with the BCBP fam and whew! I’m gonna see them again on the 29th!

Thank¬†God for the families that He had given me. I’m beyond blessed to have these people in my life.