First Week Back in the City

Hello, hello, hello again World! Happy New Year to one and all. I am definitely back in the city of dreams – Manila and finally I am back to having WiFi at home which only means one thing – Hello again Online World! For this week I had all the time in the world to make a fresh start for the year ahead. I arrived on Monday this week and found our boarding house in a mess. Thankfully enrollment in my College does not start until Wednesday so I had time to clean. Seeing a once super messy room turn out organized and shiny after definitely made me feel accomplished.

I finally got the chance to go out and watch a movie. I finally got to see My Bebe Love starring my favorite love team – AlDub. As per the reviews I have been reading before I went to the cinemas to watch, I did not get my hopes up with regards to the story. I also knew the movie would be a giant commercial for all the brand sponsors that the movie has. So I did not bat an eye at the blatant advertisements that was incorporated in the script. I had high hopes though for the ‘kilig’ scenes of the couple but I got a bit disappointed. Yes, there were a lot of kilig scenes but most of them, if not all, were scenes that I already had a sneak peak to because of the many BTS pictures of the shoot that went viral during their taping days. I actually found only one scene between Alden and Maine which I personally did not have a picture of and that scene only lasted for a few seconds. I guess seeing those BTS pictures took the kilig out of the scenes shown in the movie. I also had high hopes for the ending but it was a scene that I have already seen during one of the KS episodes and just like those BTS photos, it took all of the kilig away. I still liked the movie though – it was a good way to de-stress. I also saw another movie, Haunted Mansion. I really wanted to watch either Buy Now, Die Later or Star Wars but the former was no longer showing and the latter had late showing schedules. I could not wait for 9pm just so I could watch a movie. It was scary outside. Haha. Actually, the real reason was because I did not want to spend several hundreds for a taxi to take me home. It would be hard to find a jeepney going to UP from SM North at 11pm.

As for our enrollment for this semester, unlike most of the UP undergrads our College did not need pre-rogs and stuff such as long lines just to get a slot. Most of the classes are distributed per block and the College even enlists our classes for us – convenient, right? In half a day, you’re already finished with enrollment. The problem lies only if you are an irregular student and you decide to take back subjects for that semester. You’d have to wait for the slots to be assigned on the day of the enrollment. But still, unlike the undergrads, our enrollment takes only about 2 days at most to finish plus we do not have to wake up at 2am just to fall in line to get subject slots. (Yes, this happens in Undergrad. Just read Overheard. You’d see.) That includes all the delays that one might experience during the enrollment process. That’s still relatively shorter than the average time period that you can get enrolled if you’re taking an undergraduate degree. You’d be lucky if you get to pay your tuition a day after your assigned enrollment date. If you’re able to pay on the same day as you started to enroll, then people would kill for your luck, except during your first year, first sem. (Just an expression. Not really happening, as far as I know.) So compared to others, I was lucky. I finished before 12 noon on Wednesday. I had all the time therefore to binge on TV series and movies.

I finished up to the latest episode of the Bones series this week. Talk about binge. I really love this series. It’s both comical and intelligent. The perfect collaboration of themes for people like me to remain hooked to the story. Even though I am such a fan, I hate how the writer ended their fall finale episode. They paralyzed Hodgins! That was after they blew him and Aubrey up with a pipe bomb made by a bunch of kids. I’d be less resentful if Hodgins got paralyzed because of a bomb made by a mad-man like Pelant was but nope. Just two psycho kids who had irks with authority figures took his whole life and the future plans that he has with Angela away in an instant. I really hope Angela and Hodgins do not regret their decision to stay in the Jeffersonian instead of moving to Paris. Ugh, why writer! Why?

I also got the latest updates on the Mangas that I have been following recently namely, Shokugeki no Soma, Skip Beat and Assassination Classroom. Like always, each chapter is bitin! But that only makes me look forward to the next one’s release.

Basically, all I did for the week was, aside from enrollment, to re-live the perks of being in the city and having access to all the opportunities possible especially on the internet. I missed this for the past 3 weeks I have been away from this privilege. Tomorrow, it’s the start of the new semester. We already have an assignment even if we haven’t even met our teacher yet. Oh, what the heck! I got to finish that assignment last night anyway due to the abundance of the free time that I STILL have. After this week, say hello to less free times again. I can’t really say that I am excited to start the new semester but at least for now I can say that I am willing to give it a try. I’ve decided to just receive whatever life throws at me with a smile on my face. Good or bad, an experience is an experience and that is what makes you grow as a person. This is the last day of the semester break. I am determined to make the most out of it.

For our weekly sum-up, here’s my Sunday and the Week Recently recap of the week prior:

Best Read:
All The Places To Go…How Will You Know? by John Ortberg. I’m still two chapters in but it’s definitely an eye-opener. I hope I get the time to finish it by the end of the week before the real work comes in. Hopefully, this will help me on my quest to a more exciting and more fulfilling life ahead.

Best Written:
The last two chapters of my recent novel ‘Until Then’. Most of the characters are actually based on the KS of EB. You’d definitely notice it especially with the character names if you’re a fan. I decided to write the ending first because that part is clearer to me in structure. Also, it will provide me with the motive to finish this novel, finally. It would be a waste if I did not see this through, right? Seeing that I already spent so many hours writing the ending. I would not be able to post that if I don’t write the body. So, I guess it was a good decision to start with the ending first.

LSS of the Week:
Ako’y Mahalin by Maricris Garcia, the main theme of the Afternoon series Destiny Rose. Recently, I’ve become hooked with this series as the main protagonist, a transgender played by Ken Chan (Who is by the way, a straight guy and not at all gay in anyway <– hey! It rhymed.) is just too beautiful. Also, the song is very singable (if there’s such a word)I really love it.

Thought for the Week:
Close your eyes, take the leap.

Wished for the week to have been:
This week is more than what I could ask for. I won’t ask for it to be anything more or less.

OOTW (Outfit of the Week):
Shorts and shirts since I’m mostly at home. Pants and blouses only when I went out.

The feeling that this year will hold a lot of new opportunities for me. Deep inside, I know for a fact that this year will be THE YEAR, at least for me.

Wanted to:
Write the second chapter of my novel. I was writing the end chapters and finished it yesterday so I want to start with the second chapter now. It’s still a working progress especially since it’s the first time that I am writing a full-Tagalog novel. It’s harder since my usual medium is English but I’m up for the challenge. Like I said, take that leap. It’s time that I get out of my comfort zone.

Needed to:
Set my priorities straight. I need to fully know what are the things in my life that I need to change for this year so that I can work on them one by one. I’m still sorting them out as of the moment.

Alive. Especially after I finished the last two chapters of my novel. I always knew I loved to write but it was different this time. Maybe because I finally have a goal in mind. I’m definitely more passionate now compared before when I did not have a definite goal set out. I’m loving this feeling and I hope this will see me through until the end.

Hoping Next Week to be:
More awesome than this week was. I am truly looking forward to more exciting and more fulfilling days, weeks and months ahead.


I wonder then, what would next week be like? Happy weekend everyone!


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