What's Up Lately?



What's Up Lately? How have you been?

The Holy Week in the Philippines is a huge event. Shops are closed on Good Friday. Everyone seemed to have left the capital, away on a beach vacation somewhere  in one of the 7500 islands or touring in another country for a week long break, others are on a pilgrimage somewhere visiting 14 churches while the rest of us are on house arrest  err staycation. 

The afternoon in the suburbs is dead silent except for our neighbor's roosters who seem to tirelessly belt out karaoke tunes nonstop. Here's wishing that my baby daughter's nap time is undisturbed by its constant crowing.


Currently reading:   Le Jour Ou J'ai Appris à Vivre  par Laurent  Gounelle
                                (The Day I Learned to Live)
It's about a French Man living in San Francisco told by a stranger that he is going to die soon and how this changes his life.

Currently drinking: Kapeng Barako or barako coffee with beans grown and roasted in Batangas, Philippines

Currently enjoying: The scent of sampaguita flowers my daughter picked from the garden.

Currently watching:  I just started watching a local film, Heneral Luna, based on a true story of an arrogant and fiery tempered general who was betrayed by the very Filipino Government that he fought for during the American Colonization of the Philippines in 1899. He was assassinated by politicians to protect their own personal interests and ambitions. Heartbreaking, I can't bring myself to finish watching it.


Currently feeling:
Awakened. (like someone just slapped me, awakened). My laptop died on me this week while working on a friend's project. I'm afraid it can't function well with the drafting programs I have been using.  I was depressed when my laptop crashed. It was the only thing that allowed me to practice Interior Design.  With it gone, it made me question whether its demise and my constant delay of finishing drafting works are manifestations of an actual lack of passion in this domain. It's still a big question mark.  I think in my head  practicing design in my home country I fear may not lead me to where I want to be in this field.  Yes, it did shake my core and I'm currently lost career-wise while being here. 

Currently contemplating and reflecting:
Living a Life with Intention. I have been reading a lot of articles about mindfulness and living with intention on a day to day basis and I am moved by it.  

Here are some interesting links about the topic:

5 Steps Toward Living with Intention

I'm spending this Holy Week answering important questions while profoundly thinking about my answers and what I need to do.

Currently celebrating:
Our 10-year wedding anniversary today.  Wow! I still can't believe we got married a decade ago. :)) 

What about you? What are you currently reading, watching and zzzzinking about?
What are your Easter Plans?
Love & Light,
Arni

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8 comments

  1. Congrats on the big anniversary :)
    It is Good Friday in my town too, since my city is the only predominantly Catholic one in the country. People usually take flowers to the graves of their loved ones today, and then eggs, ham and presents from the Easter Bunny on Sunday :)

    I've finished translating Pierce Brown's MORNING STAR and now I'm doing Marie Lu's ROSE SOCIETY and then of to Tahereh Mafi's SHATTER ME trilogy :)

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    1. Thank you so much. We didn't do anything but I have learned to appreciate and be happy in doing the most mundane activity. Thankful.
      It's very interesting to learn how Easter is celebrated there, I had no idea but I think it's a good opportunity to remember loved ones and enjoy thsee treats. Awesome, you're a busy bee , Dezzy. I will check out those novels now.

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  2. Wow you are reading a French book. I wish I know how to speak French, I just think it's a beautiful language. I did try to learn from Berlitz but I wasn't able to push through it because of the expensive rate. Sad. :(

    Anyway, I loved Heneral Luna, definitely one of the best pinoy films I've ever seen in my life.

    Thanks for sharing the links about mindfulness. I read a few books about it, but as always, the application part is the hardest. I'm still working on it.

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

    I am currently reading a "tween" book, Cress hahaha... But I am so restless and distracted by the Internet, I couldn't get myself to finish it. But now that I am officially out of job, I'd definitely get back on my reading.

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    1. Thanks so much Marge. Heneral Luna was really well done. John Arcilla was really very impressive and so were the other actors. Mon Confiado was so good in his Aguinaldo role same with Nonie Buencamino in his, they both made my blood boil :) I finally got to finish the film and it made me research a lot afterwards about what really happened with Antonio Luna's unsolved case. It took me quite a while to get over it. :) I'm still a work in progress with the mindfulness thing. I am there with you with regards to internet distractions. Thanks to baby afternoon nap times, I get to read a bit. I will check out Cress.

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  3. Happy 10 year anniversary! The book you are currently reading sounds like a good one!

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry :) It is, I'm sure I would have finished it by now if it weren't for the headaches lol. I realized I have to pause reading due to new vocab overload causing brain fatigue lol.

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  4. Being mindful is definitely something I need to work on. Good for you!

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    1. While reading about mindfulness , I realized, I'm still a work in progress. Baby steps, we'll get there.

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