Hello 2013 + 30th

My wonderful partner-in-crime & I on Christmas Eve wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

At long last I get to write again!

I do not wish to change a thing in 2012, otherwise I would be a completely different person. What I have learned is that life is not going to stop just because our world has come to a complete halt. I am thankful the most for the way I’ve changed, cause we got bigger even bigger than we thought I could be. Even if I can’t see the people who changed me, I give them my thanks because I grew so much and I could never done it without all of them. I am sure that in 2013 we will endure pain and fear. We cannot run from that human emotion. But I am also more than positive that 2013 brings great moments and experiences for us all! More adventures to us all in 2013 everybody ♥

I know setting up goals at the beginning of the year are hard to keep up with but it doesn’t mean we don’t have to try! My goals for this year:

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Another Comeback Entry

AN ENTRY FINALLY! It’s actually a real update because apparently I haven’t had a WordPress life and it’s almost been a month.

What’s been keeping away from blogging and updating my other internet account is because I’ve been accepted in a Medical Transcription company and I’m currently undergoing a very rigorous training. Hopefully, my performance in the training so far is satisfactory and will definitely merit in the near future if I do get absorbed by the company. The whole thing is a mix of actual work and training with the Medical Transcription theories plus laboratory exercises from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. At first I was really hesitant about working during this shift but turns out it was alright and I ended up adjusting to the idea of starting and finishing work in the dark. Meeting new people is great too and it makes the dreary workplace less lonely and boring. So far I haven’t made a major stumble in a social situation there… unless you count the time I accidentally hit a switch under my table and all the computers the other trainees (while transcribing) were using shut off suddenly and it took a while for the IT guys to fix it. Whoopsies~

What I like best about the night shift is walking in the early cold misty mornings lately now that it’s almost December and mornings lately have been so cold and so beautiful. It feels like everything is shrouded with morning dew. Little happy thoughts to officially start my day 🙂

As a student and as icky as it sounds, I actually love doing health care documentation and reports, especially the nursing history for our case presentations in the hospitals I’ve been to. Medical transcription is a good opportunity for an alternative career in healthcare and yes, I can’t lie that it can be dreary and tedious and I’m still working on how to make things more exciting for me n the training. The training surprisingly gives a good reflection and evaluation on your basic know how in English and medical related stuff. My comprehension skills mixing both my foundations for English grammar and medical knowledge has been put the test since my first day and the results are actually quite accurate. Need to work on a LOT of my grammar misses!

Times like this made me realize again you really don’t need to like everything; you just need to comprehend it. It’s all about a good mix of theories and how you just want to work, do what you want, and using your intuition. That’s necessary but if you’re not really trained with your weapons, you’ll never be a master. I swear I learned this after receiving the results and encountering tricky exam questions on English grammar. You can’t just say “pwede na ito” just like that especially with this business. The de rigueur of Medical Transcription will drive you crazy at some point. The MT Book of Style has become the bane of the existence at this point.

What I miss actually is the daily routine I’ve developed with my flexible schedule as I neighborhood nurse. Obviously I could have a “day off” anytime plus internet access 24/7 and spending time with P and the rest of my friends. However, this new routine I have doesn’t scare me a bit and the idea of getting a proper day job eventually excites me. This semi-work, semi-training thing I’m currently involved in is giving a good perspective on a full-time work prospect in the not-so-far future.

Cheers to another productive week for me! 🙂

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Happy Teachers’ Day to You

I’ve just recently found out that it’s World Teacher’s Day today and it just made me instantly look back on my life when I was a student, where my life revolved primarily around academics and teachers. From what I remember, I’ve read something like this back in high school that the mediocre teacher simple tells, the good teacher explains, the great teacher challenges and the unforgettable teacher inspires (or something like that). For sure, I’ve encountered all of these types of teachers and I’m thankful for each one of them, even the ones I hated so much.

Despite the horrors of classroom sessions with your least favorite educators and the mediocre ones, there was that teacher, the unforgettable teacher.  I believe everyone meets an unforgettable character in a teacher, at some point in our student lives. At the time that you are interfacing with your most unforgettable teacher, you haven’t the slightest inkling that someday they’d have an impact on you because of the trials and tribulations connected with learning in the classroom. God knows I’ve had my shares of trials and tribulations inside the classroom setting as a student. It was probably a sort of blessing in disguise that I did poorly on my second year in my math subjects and I was required to do some summer remedial classes to save my average. Through this unfortunate circumstance, I met Sir M.

For as long as I can remember, I never liked math and as much as I tried to like it, I have trouble understanding it. Algebra was a particularly hard for me. I know the formulas and such but when the numbers get turned around or when the equations get more complex, I went blank and my grades suffered much to the dismay of my parents. Back then, it seemed like I accepted that inevitable way of the Universe that mathematics and I could never agree and I preferred to slack off in my Math subjects and filled my Math notebooks with drawings instead of equations.

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Doodle Your Troubles Away

Lift up my spirits. Some of the doodles I’ve been doing during that certain week filled with bad vibes and icky, terrible emotions. Cathartic, yes but far from high art, which I hope to achieve at some point. Still, there’s absolute joy and control I feel when doing something like this.

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The Island of Misfit Toys

♠ 2 weeks ago, our good friend Nicole surprised us with a sudden visit from the U.S and we were all terribly confused but so e static that she’s here with us again. At the same time, we all gathered together to celebrate Justine’s birthday and had a great early dinner together while we tried to catch up with what’s been happening at our lives apart. Favorite day in a long while for sure.

♠ Nicole sent us letters when she was still the U.S and along with them came a list of things we should do during her stay here. Nothing hard and nothing TOO crazy (just yet) but little things go a long way and make for good memories and future conversations.

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S.H Figuarts Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger

Itasa wa Tsuyosa! (Pain is Power!)

Could we just have a moment to appreciate the latest S.H Figuarts Akibarangers haul my boyfriend bought? As both fans of the unofficial sentai series, we both had that understanding that his toy collection would definitely not be complete without the wonderfully made pure action figure representation of the Akibarangers team. You really have to give it to Bandai for producing consistent and excellent quality figures through the S.H Figuarts toy line, putting emphasis fine sculpting and articulation without the expense of aesthetic quality. P hasn’t unboxed them yet since he’s still currently taking photos of his much latest Kotobukiya Bishoujo hauls, but I’ll definitely post some pictures soon. It will definitely be fun to pose these three for sure after all the whacked antics they did throughout the show (I miss it!). If you’re a fan of the series, I suggest you grab one now because it’s really worth the money. There’s lots of happy vibes for sure coming from the cute rainbow spastic colored box the figures come with.

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Getting Back on Track

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I think it’s probably obvious that my life has been out of balance since I haven’t blogged about anything in weeks! Honestly, I struggled with myself the past two weeks with depression and the feeling of being discouraged were both hard to deal with (a separate entry for this). I’m much better now although I am still working on gaining ‘balance’ with what I feel about the things I can and cannot control AND distinguishing which are those things.

After 2 weeks of tension and low spirits, I’ve decided to take control on the things—specifically tangible things—which I can improve on and one of them is my blog. Taking on this challenge of improving my blog made me realize I’ve become too resigned on the idea of ‘maintaining’ it and not on ‘improving’ it. Extending a bit of organization, extra effort, attention (especially on editing my contents—yikes!) and time on my digital home here in the blogosphere is a good place to start of taking responsibility of now.

My sidebar has been de-cluttered, added an ‘About Me’ page and changed the header. I’m actually fond of this layout since it’s easy on the eyes, the customization is a no-brainer and it doesn’t distract you from the contents. I’ve also changed my blog title from Girl Anachronism to Harder, Faster, Forever, After. This is from “Bionic” a song from Placebo, one of my favorite bands that I grew up listening to and their songs were practically on repeat every waking hour of my early teen years. Rediscovering songs sometimes make you realize the things you’ve forgotten along the way and that particular line echoed the mantra I’ve decided upon long ago and forgotten somehow, that I’ve decided to live every moment with terrible intensity. Clearly, I’ve caught myself in a tangle and perhaps unconsciously lived with and depended on defensive mechanisms and cliched facades for quite some time. Everything is not going to be straight and alright all at once, but I am willing to learn and feel more free once I shed off a false, provisional part of me that’s stifling. Working harder is not enough, I’ve realized but I also need to work smarter (that’s the tough part). Long process I think but at the end I want to become just acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted, learn from it and find my sense of balance again.

Cheers for today!

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