Hi, I'm Rowhe, and this is my public diary. Join me as I blog daily and try to see how much of life makes more sense after 365 days.


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Aug 27, 2014
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Day 345 of figuring things out

Date today

August 24, 2014.

20 days left. I know what I’m going to do with this blog. *dance dance*

Highlight(s) of the day

I’m on a post-workout high. Yes. I worked out. *flex flex*

Also, I went on a shopping trip for black flats. I ended up buying flats, skirts, and opaque tights. BUT, the flats were on sale so everything i bought was within the budget I set. YAAAY!

Lesson of the day

It’s difficult keeping secrets from people for other people.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. New shoes

I needed flats because the ankle that got sprained a few years ago has been acting up a lot lately. I needed black flats because really, black goes with everything. 

That and having to stand for the entirety of a 2 hour class in heels can be taxing. 

2. Cheap clothes

I barely ever buy clothes just because I can’t justify spending on something I can make for much cheaper. Today was different. The skirts were cheaper than what I would spend on fabric alone. 

3. Someone to vent to

I forgot just how good it felt to be able to tell people things, especially now that I can’t.

Whatever else I have to say

It makes sense why being a secret keeper can be a lucrative business. 


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Aug 26, 2014
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Day 344 of figuring things out

Date today

August 23. 

21 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Dinner with the siblings, their lifelong mates, and their offspring. And oh, The Boyfriend was present as well. We aren’t much of a selfie family, so we didn’t take photos of ourselves, and I don’t have photos. 

The food was good though, you can take my word for it. 

After dinner, The Boyfriend and I went to watch Rurouni Kenshin. I wasn’t allowed to watch anime when I was a kid, so I walked into that movie theatre without a clue about what to expect. 

I walked out of the theatre, more than two hours later, kind of wondering what was supposed to happen. The Boyfriend said it stayed true to the anime to a fault. Eh. You might enjoy it, if you grew up with it. I don’t know. 

Lesson of the day

It doesn’t happen often, being able to imagine yourself with someone for the long run. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Cake and Ice cream

We have tons now. TONS.  

Great people think alike, and everyone in my family thought bringing dessert to dinner was a great idea. 

Seriously, come over to my house and I’ll serve you dessert. 

2. Ayala Triangle Park

The one park where dog-owners and dogs convene. This is the best place to go for people who want dogs but aren’t allowed to own them. 

Yes, i’m talking about me. 

3. Muesli

I’ve been tossing that stuff into almost everything dairy-based. I’m probably going to choose a different pack though; one with less exotic dried fruit. I find it strange when they’re all rehydrated. 

Whatever else I have to say

Yes, I feel like life is beginning to work out in a really good way. 


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Aug 25, 2014
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Day 343 of figuring things out

Date today

August 22. The holiday yesterday threw everyone off track. Haha.

22 days to go. Hey look at that.

Highlight(s) of the day

I stayed home, basically, and worked on stuff for my cousin’s dress. I also started watching game of thrones. This pretty much sums up what my day has been:

Lesson of the day

Game of Thrones is a good series. 

I stayed away from Game of Thrones for no good reason until several people wouldn’t get off my case for not watching.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Holidays

Not so much because they’re a break – they aren’t – but because they give me even more time to work on all things that aren’t teaching related.

2. Painting

I think I inherited the ability from my mother. The entire process, from colour mixing to putting my signature, is incredibly cathartic. 

3. Earphones

Okay, so there is a considerable amount of moaning that comes out of Game of Thrones, and such sounds make for awkward situations when parents are around. 

Earphones eliminate the awkward.

Whatever else I have to say

Tomorrow we’re celebrating my brother’s 43rd birthday. 


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Aug 24, 2014
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Day 342 of figuring things out

Date today

August 21. Today is Ninoy Aquino day in the Philippines. 

23 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Wow today was really good. Had lunch with The Boyfriend at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza, where the SO made me try honey with chilli flakes. That stuff is pretty good! 

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After that we met up with The Foster Brother. At some point I brought them to Tutto Domani. I like how they both really enjoyed it there, and I like that my two favourite men in the world get along. 

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Lesson of the day

You have to learn that there are some people whose words should be taken only as a grain of salt. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Peace of mind

The 20s is possibly the most confusing decade of everyone’s lives. Or so I think. I’ll let you know how I feel when I’m in my 30s. 

Lately though things have been less confusing. It hasn’t been so much figuring things out as it has been trying to motivate myself to get things done.

2.  Good coffee

It was just one of those days where I just couldn’t stay awake for long. The caramel latte at Tutto was good enough to keep me awake for a bit. 

The boys had brewed coffees and they both said those were good too.

3. Furry creatures

In general, I like furry creatures. I’ve owned white mice, a dog, a kitten (long story, this one). There’s just something about them that makes me automatically want a cuddle. 

Whatever else I have to say

Today was a good day. :) I think it’s going to be one of my favourite days for awhile. 


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Aug 23, 2014
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Day 341 of figuring things out

Date today

August 21, 2014

24 days to go.

Highlight(s) of the day

Ate dinner in one of the parks with The Boyfriend. The biggest success of this adventure was zero mosquito bites for either of us. Yay! 

I also spent a good amount of time looking at typefaces from different eras. 

Lesson of the day

Creative thinking, not just the artistic type, is spurred by a change in routine. 

Once you’re out of your comfort zone, you’re forced to think differently from how you usually think.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Good weather 

It was cool enough to eat outdoors tonight, and it wasn’t really that humid. 

2. Good ice cream

We went to Poco Deli for dessert. We were both pretty stuffed so we decided to split a single serving of their bourbon walnut ice cream. That is really good stuff right there.

3. An unremarkable day

While having an eventful day is great, sometimes having an ordinary day with nothing big happening is fine too. Days like this give me time to think about how life has been lately. 

This year has been more eventful than I could have ever imagined, and it’s not close to being over. 

Whatever else I have to say

There are several things I’d like to do. Maybe I really will renew this 365 blogging thing, but with less of an existential crisis theme, and more of a do something with myself theme. 


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Aug 22, 2014
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Day 340 of figuring things out

Date today

August 19, 2014

25 days to go

Highlight(s) of the day

I did bank rounds and did a bit of grocery shopping. I bought yoghurt for my muesli. Let’s see how this attempt at healthy living goes. 

Lesson of the day

You can’t have a proper workout without water.

I took it for granted, that the gulp of water I’d take in between sets. Today the gym, for one reason or other, ran out of water. I was getting dehydrated in the middle of my work out and had to go back home. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Foldable umbrellas

Crazy weather. I left before 2 p.m. and the sun was out, the skies were blue, and I was sweating buckets. By 3 p.m. the skies were dark. By 3:20 there was a really strong downpour, and the streets were half flooded at some points. 

Anyway, I was on my way back home at the time the downpour started, thankfully I had my umbrella nestled at the bottom of my bag.

2. Sales in groceries

You don’t appreciate them until you’re the one spending for your purchase. Two loaves of bread for the price of one!

I’d coupon if that was a thing here.

3. Canvas tote bags

The city I live in imposed a no plastic policy, so everyone’s back to packing with paper bags. I usually don’t mind, but as I mentioned earlier, it started raining cats and dogs, so my paper bags were rendered completely useless.

Guess who conveniently had a canvas tote bag on her. 

Whatever else I have to say

Another weird thing happened. This decent looking guy approached me asking for Php 50. I asked why he needed it, and he was being really shady about it. It was strange and off.

Ugh.


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Aug 21, 2014
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Day 339 of figuring things out

Date today

August 18, 2014.

26 days to go. I remember how big of a deal it was to me to have reached Day 25. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Today was busy but fulfilling.

On top of that I got free lunch.

On top of that I discovered dumping a convenience store’s large vanilla soft serve into my black coffee made for a really good drink. Screw Starbucks. 

On top of that I spent about two hours with office friends to celebrate the birthday of one of our other officemates. The birthday celebrant has actually been a good friend since I was about 14 years old.

On top of all of that, I had a really long phone conversation with my sister in Dubai. I miss her a lot.

Lesson of the day

A misinterpretation of someone else’s words is mostly my fault. What I thought they meant by what they said doesn’t necessarily mean that was indeed the message they wanted to come across. 

I have to stop blaming my angst on what I thought people meant. 

Three things i’m thankful for

1. Sounding boards

I recently realised I think best when bouncing ideas off of people and seeing how they react. I think I drive people nuts doing this, but I swear, ever since I started talking to people about ideas, my mind has been more alive than ever.

2. Getting out more

I think I’ve habitually mentioned how saying yes more often has definitely affected may life in a good way. 

I realised this way I get to interact with people more and build a network. I didn’t use to think having a network of contacts was that important, but after I actually did start building my own network, I see how many more career opportunities come up in my life.

3. Talking to my sister

It’s been fun being able to talk to my sister as an adult, but it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. 

Whatever else I have to say

I have no work tomorrow. I think I’ll sleep in. 


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Aug 20, 2014
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Day 338 of figuring things out

Date today

August 17, 2014

27 days.

Highlight(s) of the day

I watched Aladdin while sewing a dress that my cousin came to fit. The design requires a lot of work and I wonder why I like doing this to myself, but it’s there now. At least I’m not trying to do it overnight anymore. 

I guess you could say it’s 75% done, at least.

Lesson of the day

You won’t always be liked by the same people. The preferences of people who once really liked your work may change. Just goes to show doing things for the sole purpose of pleasing people can’t work out for too long.

Three things I’m thankful for

1. My cousin likes her dress 

I’ve made lot of dresses, but it’s always a stressful nail-biting experience when a client comes over for the first time to see what the sketch looks like in real life. 

It’s always a huge relief when the client says “I like it!” 

2. Contact lenses

I bought contact lenses again today. I’m excited to use them when I head to the gym because having to worry about my glasses sliding off my sweat drenched face makes the work out even less fun. 

Same thing when I’m commuting on a hot day. I can’t look down without having to make sure one hand is holding my glasses in place.

3. Chocolate

Okay, so I have this thing about forgetting to eat while I work. That happened again today, and I’d forgotten to eat from the time I woke up and started working, to the time my cousin left our house late in the afternoon. 

I was dizzy by the time I realised I was supposed to have eaten at some point in the day, so I popped a few pieces of chocolate to keep me conscious until I could eat. 

I can really be foolish. 

Whatever else I have to say

I’m getting steam back into my designing and clothes making. I think this is a good side. 


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Aug 19, 2014
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Day 337 of figuring things out

Date today

August 16. 

28 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Mother is still frolicking about in Baguio, so I am still by my lonesome. Technically. 

Huge muck up at work and I spent most of my morning trying to sort things out while The Boyfriend patiently sat beside me. He stayed the entire day with me just so that I wouldn’t have to be by my lonesome. 

Tried out this place called Burger Avenue (it wasn’t worth it) and watched The Expendables 3. That movie is about as gratifying as a movie full of pointless explosions and ageing men can get. 

I liked it. 

Lesson of the day

You don’t really know your limit until you push yourself to test it. You also don’t know what works without trying. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Bits and bobs shops 

Those stores filled with things like coffee stirrers shaped like matchsticks, or coasters that look like small vinyl records. I can spend hours in shops like that. I can spend more money than I should too.

2. Shops that support cottage industries

To be honest, the Philippines is not the most conducive place for cottage industries. You can’t really just set up a shop to sell things you made at home because there are a bunch of fees and a lot of unexplained “necessities”. Unless you have the money to pay people to set up your registration and explain everything to you, or you have a background in business, it is difficult to do anything. 

Fortunately, non-chain shops that allow consignment and online stores have been cropping up, allowing people to sell without getting screwed over by all the red tape. 

3. The Boyfriend’s Patience

I wouldn’t have liked having to sit beside me while I was furiously typing away on my laptop, completely ignoring the world around me. I ruined half the day, but the entire time he was just trying to comfort me over the muck up. 

Whatever else I have to say

I can definitely write a self-help book full of quotes from my students. 


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Aug 18, 2014
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Day 336 of figuring things out

Date today

August 15.

29 days to go. 

Highlight(s) of the day

Tried Quiznos for the first time. They have really good sandwiches. 

The Boyfriend suddenly wound up in the same area and we had an impromptu hang out with his other friends. That was a really good thing too, because Mother left for Baguio today and has left me to fend for myself and forage.

Lesson of the day

There really is no logic in not doing something you are completely capable of doing just because you’ve never done it before. 

Three things I’m thankful for

1. Pocket money

Whilst I am completely capable of foraging when I must, I wasn’t in the mood to. So I bought dinner. 

This is where having disposable income comes in.

2.  A vacuum

Not the dirt sucking doohickey every home is supposed to have. I meant a person who’s willing to eat whatever food I have left over on my plate. Except when it malfunctions and says it’s full as well.

3. Bottomless drinks

I don’t really eat a lot, but I can drink my weight in Sunny D (props if you know that reference). 

I hate having to ration my drinks while eating. I’m not sure how healthy this is though because I can drink up to seven tall glasses of raspberry iced tea in one sitting. 

Whatever else I have to say

Nothing for today. I think I’m good for now.