Things I’m Grateful For: Feel Good Friday Edition

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I just read an article from Mashable about Patrick Stewart’s Heartfelt Response to Domestic Violence. Linking to it is the tumblr post of Heather Skye, the girl who asked Sir Patrick Stewart the question.

For some reason, I was all tears when I was reading both posts. Not just the teary eyed type but tears actually flowed. I don’t know why I was deeply affected, I didn’t know any of them personally nor was I a victim of domestic violence.

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The Last (wo)Man Standing

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“The only thing constant is CHANGE.”

I always believed in this saying and this helped me a lot in coping with life changes. For the coming months, I have yet to adapt to another change. Having been with the company for more than 9 years and having stayed in the same project for that period, I was able to build friendships and close relationships with my colleagues. I’m used to people leaving – either by resigning or by rolling off to a different project. But not with people close to me.

For the past several years, I’ve seen some of my friends leave this project, mostly leaving the company for good. Last year, one of my closest friends was rolled off. It was challenging at first, not just work-wise but also in sustaining our friendship. We had to fit in lunch or dinner into our differing schedules. It was difficult but we started to get used to it and move on with our lives.

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DP: Ready, Set Go

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This is my first time to actually join in the Daily Prompt challenges. I’ve always seen it but didn’t have the nerve to join in. But today is going to be different. I’m posting an entry in 10 minutes. Including the photo upload time. Can I do it? I only have 7 mins left!ย I’m always rushing, so I think I can.

Like this morning, I was rushing to work again. I’m waaaay early than our 9am time in. Hey, It’s only 7am but I’m walking fast. Really Fast.

Brisk Walking: That's my style :)

Brisk Walking: That’s my style ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I pondered. Why am I always rushing when I can sometimes chill and take in the moment. So I looked around me. There are a lot of people walking. The morning rush, they say. But these are mostly call center employees that are just about to go home. Then I saw the trees and the buildings. I love this area where I work. It can really be refreshing in the mornings. I just needed to look and take notice.

Eastwood

Eastwood

And so, I decided to take it slow today. Chill and Relax. That will be my mantra for today. So I’m enjoying a cup of hot choco before I start my work day.

My Hot Choco

My Hot Choco

And that’s the end of my 10 minutes. I even had 17 seconds left. Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Step Closer

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One of my dreams is to become a pre-school teacher. That’s why whenever there’s an opportunity to help in Yui’s playgroup, I do not hesitate to help out. One time I was a teacher assistant and tried my best to help out everyone and not just focus on Yui. It was challenging so I really appreciate all those teachers that can teach their children together with other children in a class.

For the Christmas program, Yui’s teacher reached out to me to teach the ballet girls one of their dances for the program. Wow, teaching pre-school girls and dancing. Two of the things I like. Cool!

Last Saturday, I tried out the steps with Yui and taught her the dance. It was fun trying it out with her and seeing that the steps are doable.

Today was the first day of our practice at the center and it was a good experience to be teaching something to little kids even if it is just a dance. I’m still so far from that dream but today I was a step closer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wake Me Up When September Ends

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That Green Day song has been playing over and over in my head the past month. If I could just curl up in my bed and let the days pass, I would have done that. But no, we must face life’s challenges and work’s stressful moments head on. One of the most visible impact of how busy I was at work last September was the lack of activity in this blog. A lot of things happened and despite the delay, I would still like to revisit how exciting and exhilarating September was for me.

Cebu

I’ve been to Cebu twice in one month. On the first week of September, I was there for a year end outing with the team and also to meet the new people that will be joining our team. The first visit was just plain fun. Now the second one, at the last week of September, was all work. I was leaving the office at 11 pm earliest and even had to work at the hotel until the wee hours of the morning. That’s how toxic it was.

But of course, I would still prefer to remember the happy moments despite how so long ago it seem to be.

Costa De Leticia

Costa De Leticia at night. Peaceful and Pretty.

New faces

New faces. New team. New fun!

Gifts

The bunnies recently acquired something that will add to the bunnies’ collection. And Daddy Bunny is the happiest. Super duper advance Happy Birthday, daddy B! ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Generations of Awesome

Three Generations of Awesome

Birthdays

We missed attending birthday parties and last September we experienced parties from both Jollibee and McDonald’s. The bunnies had a lot of fun on both parties and will reserve the verdict of which fast food chain throws the better party to ourselves ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wilber turns 1

Wilber turns ONE!

Deon turns 1

Deon turns ONE!

Basketball!

One of the highlights of my lowly September is the UAAP! I still can’t believe that my Tigers will be at the 2012 UAAP Finals! Too much excitement! Too much exclamation points! I bet you can feel the excitement in the air ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s gonna be Ateneo vs. UST in the finals, baybeh!

 

Well once I put things in perspective, September doesn’t seem so bad at all. Still, I’m just happy it’s over. Or, is it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

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This week’s photo challenge: Wrong, brings a lot of different perspective and approach from bloggers. I remembered this photo that I took from a memo plastered in elevators around the condo. It was sort of a facepalm moment for me as soon as I saw this.

Memo

 

Our condo administrators are notorious for posting memos with wrong grammar but this is just…WRONG. I’m not sure who erased that word in the memo but I hope it’s not the admin people. I mean, if you knew there’s something wrong with your memo, wouldn’t you reprint this and avoid embarrassment? Well, it can also be that they didn’t see anything off with this and just posted away.

Until now, I’m not sure if there is a Sunday mass, as there’s no further notice. Maybe, we’ll just be surprised. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Blogging Years

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This month marks my sixth year of blogging experience. I can’t believe I’ve been writing online for this long. Happy 6th to me! Yay! Anyway, I never really considered myself to be a hardcore blogger as I’ve been doing this on and off for the last six years. I’ve tried several blogging platforms already and looking back it seems that I’ve been making a new one for every stage in my life. My blogs seem to each have a theme and whenever I move on to a next stage, I create a new one. Now let’s look back at my blogging history and reminisce the good old days. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

BLOGSPOT:ย http://meleshia.blogspot.com/

The Bunnynose

I’ve started blogging in 2005 pala but since this site only has 2 entries (and a 3rd one to redirect to the new blog), I wouldn’t really consider this to be an official site. Through the links in the right navigation, you would see what kind of things I was into back in ’05. TipidPC, The Sims, and hey, Friendster! This was the gaming era.

 

LIVEJOURNAL:ย http://meleshia.livejournal.com

Livejournal

My LJ was “live” for 2 years and I would say this was my J-Pop, JDorama, anything Japanese addiction days. You would see posts mostly about Arashi, Hana Kimi, Hana Yori Dango and even other topics like travels, UAAP and some personal entries. This is also the site where the Tales of a Commuter series started. There are a lot of great memories from this site and it’s nice to revisit and read the entries once in a while but my all-time favorite post from LJ is the Geek Coffee incident. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

MULTIPLY:ย http://meleshia.multiply.com/journal

Preggy Mommy Bunny

Live from 2007 to 2009, I would say that pre-marriage and early family life is what this blog is all about. I’m happy to have chronicled these things for moments like this. I can reminisce all the exciting experiences in my short life like the time that I didn’t know how to work a coffee maker in Chicago, the big announcement of the upcoming addition to the family, Yui’s birth story (I still get overwhelmed everytime I read this), and the times that I started to exclusively pump and fill our freezer with pumped milk. Oh the joys!

 

WORDPRESS:ย https://thehoppymommybunny.wordpress.com/

And now we’re down to this. The Hoppy Mommy Bunny. The joys, pains, ups and downs of being a mother to Yui are in here. For 2 years now, this site has several adventures already including trips and travels of our family, reviews of food and places and most importantly, my life as a mommy bunny. It’s not easy experiencing these things and then blogging about it. There are always a lot of blog-worthy topics and experiences that I encounter daily and the biggest challenge is getting online and writing about it. It takes time and effort but as they always say, “No Pain, No Gain”. This blog still remains to be a non-profit, purely personal journal and I’m happy about it. As it seems that my role as a mommy bunny is in for a long haul, it looks like this blog will be live for quite some time.

I wonder what the next stage, next platform will be? ๐Ÿ™‚