Multitasking is never my thing (Calculus book lying unnoticed on my lap)

Listening to: Mamma Mia, revived by A*Teens

Reading: Introduction to Calculus (topic: limits and continuity)

Mood: sleepy but my mind is spinning like crazy

Drinking: Silk Chocolate soymilk (random trivia: Silk is the brand of soymilk that Starbucks uses.)

Downloading: More Regina Spektor Songs

Surfing the Internet must be a form of indirect art. I spent almost the whole day today (no classes today, due to Faculty Day in school. I so love Ateneo.) scouring the Net for anything of interest to me. Link after link after link – in the world of Cyberspace, the stuff you learn, see, hear, and discover is limitless. And just today, I have discovered dozens of interesting sites and blogs – and consequently bookmarked on my page. I have more than 400 bookmarks now.

Here are some of the sites I found recently:

1. A Juicy Firefox Add-on

2. Blog of a creative innovator

3. – self-explanatory

4. Time, Attention, and Creative Work

5. A Site dedicated to everything GOOD

6. Tons and tons and tons of articles from all the online news and book sources you can imagine, all in one site.



9. A blog dedicated to hilarious fail moments.

10. Have some Morning Coffee every morning

I am so psyched for Celadon’s Leadership Development Program tomorrow, even though my parents still are too paranoid to allow me to stay overnight with fellow Celadoneans inside the campus. I don’t mind though, since I will still go back to the venue Sunday morning, in time for the next activities. Too bad I won’t be able to bond and share stories with prospective new friends while lying on thin blankets late into the night and waking up with aching backs the next morning. I do hope I will get along well with the other participants, seeing as I do not know most of the people who joined the program! Thank goodness I know most of the Executive Board members – the reason I am not quite nervous about what will happen the next two days.

The first week of second semester is exhilarating – so much has happened in just four days, I cannot keep up! Well, keeping a record of everything, that is. As much as I want to write all the details of the past four days of insipid and interesting professors, new friends, lessons learned, funny moments, there is simply no time to write them all. I managed to type down the highlights on my iPod touch last night though, because I do not want to risk forgetting. Every moment of life is a life worth living, after all.

Start of Something New

I have exactly 29 and a half hours left before I begin a new beginning in my freshman year of college. I have a busier schedule than last semester, but I have a more realistic wake-up time now, given that my earliest class is at 7:30AM, compared to a 6:30AM call time for running class.

My Class Schedule


I am more than ready for brand new professors, Chemistry, Introduction to Poetry, tennis, five days of Applied Calculus for Business, more org activities, and building stronger friendships. What I am not ready for is the prospect of having more group works and projects, especially ones involving skits and plays. I am already suspecting that this would be the case in my Lit 14 class (Intro to Poetry). *Sighs* If only I can act and speak well, think on my feet, and have a lot of guts inside me. Then again, I CAN have all those skills, I just have to have more faith in my abilities.

This second semester, I resolve to:

– Make more friends and stay connected with old ones.

– Become more active in Ateneo Debate Society, in spite of being intimidated by all the really good speakers and the close-to-nil chance of becoming a serious debater. I only aim to improve my public speaking skills, and this may be my way of doing it.

– Get enough sleep. But then again, papers, projects, groupworks and exams will start piling up soon enough – and I carry the motto AMDG (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, and also, Ang Matutulog Di Gragraduate) Ha ha. I will still try though. Sleep is essential. *winks*

– Hang around the Celadon Room more.

– Speak up!

– Stop caring about what others think.

– Go to mass once in a while.

– Take risks and challenge myself.

– Continue caring for and helping people in whatever way I can.

– Get straight A’s. (Hey, anybody can dream big.)

– Take more pictures.

– Believe in thyself.

– Keep in touch with my high school friends.

– Be happy in everything I do.

– Practice carrying conversations well.

– Practice speaking English fluently.

– Manage my time well.

– Stick to my hundred-peso food budget every day.

– Make plenty of new friends, and become closer with old ones.

– Learn to love all the people around me.

And lastly,

Live college life one day at a time. :)

What I love about college is that what happens one day will be so different from the next. I always look forward to going to school every morning with the thought of new lessons to learn, people to meet (who might become potential friends), stories to share, countless activities to join. Not to mention hunting for new dishes to try out for lunch! Of course, the occasional pop quizzes, droning professors’ voices, and frustrating math problems are inevitable, but that is all part of the colorful, challenging, crazy college world, and I love every shade that comes with.

“Live is not about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Stumbling upon KC Concepcion

While waiting in my parents’ office today, I was flipping through a back issue of Metro Magazine where KC Concepcion is the cover model. KC, 21, is one of my many role models. She is one of the most stunning girls I have ever seen. She is true to herself and to the public eye, where she has been thrust upon because of her megastar mom, handsome biological dad, and a senator stepdad.

KC is such a bright young girl who has seen the world, studied in France, and currently has a successful career. I secretly wish I could be like her.

Anyway, I have found out that she has been keeping a blog. Typing “kc concepcion blog” on the Google search bar, I found it in less than 30 seconds!

Her posts are so amusing. She’s really candid, sweet, and spontaneous in her writing. She’s so down-to-earth, too, and she is not afraid of being herself.

Here is one of the many beautiful things I have picked up from her blog:

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

Look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true.

Think only of the best,
work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

Forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

Live in the faith that

the whole world is on your side

so long as you are true

to the best that is in you!”

– Christian D. Larson

One lesson I have picked up from KC is that we all need to do something crazy once in a while, get out of our comfort zones, and do whatever it takes to be really alive! After all, we are all here to experience what life has to offer, and it up to us on how we will make the most out of it.

Thinking about it, what new, interesting stuff have I done lately?

Here’s a couple:

– Two days ago, I volunteered for the Philippine Schools Debate Championships at the Ateneo (I so missed my school after almost a month of not seeing it!). What I did not expect is to arrive at 8AM sharp but discovering that volunteers will not be needed until 2 in the afternoon for just one round of debates! We waited 6 long hours for a job that requires ushering high school debaters around and distributing score sheets and other materials. It was worth it though. I volunteered because of the people I get to meet and make friends with. For some reason, being around different people makes me happy. I was glad I was able to get to know more and spend time with my fellow ADS (Ateneo Debate Society) members that day. 6 hours of waiting was not all that bad.

– I got our pet dog to sit and shake hands with me! Because of my mother’s somewhat ridiculous obsessiveness over our (stray) pet dog, she managed to teach Hokie (Fookien for “Lucky”) some fun doggie tricks, like sit, shake hands. And yes, Hokie only understands “sit” when spoken in Fookien and will only oblige when food is being dangled in front of her face as a reward.

– There is another crazy thing I did today, which would be better left unsaid. After all, a girl has to have some secrets, too. *winks*

What have YOU done lately?

Now I am off to bed. Registration is tomorrow, I need to wake up at seven, I have 5 and a half hours left of sleep, and I still haven’t finished reading Brida. Sigh, if only time stood still and let this girl catch up on her reading before sembreak ends and another grueling term starts all over again. Not that I am complaining, though. I am excited with everything about the second term, except for three things: plays, skits, and group works. *prays that her Introduction to Poetry professor would use old-fashioned teaching methods and would not assign us projects requiring a script and a video camera.*