Sunday Currently Vol. 3

I have two consecutive “Sunday Currently” blog posts. It only meant I have not been writing for a week. Where did the week go?  It is a good thing because it means I was busy. However, it is also a bad thing because I have not been consistent with my goal of writing more.   So here goes my week.

Currently missing

February is my parents’ birth month.  My mother’s birthday is a day after my father’s. Both parents are now in God’s embrace.

Currently working

I have been pitching in with cooking.  My aunt often does most of the cooking but I wanted to experiment on some recipes. The first one in the photo is a macaroni dish I made after I had leftover macaroni from cooking chicken macaroni soup.  On the right is a mango float but I used mango gelatin instead of mango because mangoes are expensive these days.

Currently learning

I have been updating my photo editing skills with creating snow and sparkles on an image using my friend’s photos in my file.  I am planning to do more because it is a lot of fun trying to create some scenes.

Currently planning 

I am planning on stuff I want to post on Instagram. I am currently enjoying this platform. I have been reading how to improve my feeds and I am quite amazed with the results.

Currently looking forward 

There are things I need to do and complete this week. I am positive that I can accomplish a lot this week. Let’s pray for that to happen!

How was your week?

The Sunday Currently Vol. 2

A week has passed and a lot has happened. I have yet to note them down on my journal. This is the second week of The Sunday Currently series.  ( In case you have not read the first one, you can check it out here.)

Currently organizing

I want to update this small website of mine to something that looks polished and current. I have been reading tips from other bloggers on how to do it right.  I am still in the planning stage and I am having information overload. I have to take down notes and update whatever it is that needs my immediate attention.

Currently anxious

The southern part of the Philippines has been experiencing inclement weather.  We live near the river and the water level has overflowed last week that we have elevated our things in the house in order to prepare for flooding. Thank God  we were spared. Homes from other parts of the city were not as fortunate as us. However, with the unpredictable weather, we kept our things elevated until forecast says that sunny days are coming.  Currently, the house is still in disarray.

Currently practicing

I am glad I had the time to do some art practice. I am on the process of getting my art out there. I want to be able to put out artworks that I can be proud of so I keep on practicing.

Currently watching

I am a TV series kind of person. I prefer watching TV series than movies.  I am catching up on Modern Family Season 8 episodes. I am also watching the current season of The Big Bang Theory, Scandal and Homeland.

Currently thankful

I am thankful for freebies. I got some digital freebies from Free Pretty Things For You! And indeed, they are pretty. I was able to create the graphics below.  One day, I will give back by offering some freebies myself based on my watercolor artwork. Check out the link in case you are interested.

That is all for this week. Tell me something new in your life this week.

The Sunday Currently Vol. 1

Stock photo by Freddy Castro

My friend, Grace, started this type of blog post that updates her readers about the things that are currently happening in her life. She gets her blog prompts from here. I am following her lead. This would help me keep up with one of  my plans for the year: write frequently.

Here’s my version:

Currently considering

My friend will be taking up an online entrepreneurship course and I was thinking of taking the course with her.  I am hesitant because the deadline for enrollment is next week  and I have not really thought this through yet. I might not be able to keep up with the schedule. I am also thinking of taking a free online course through edX.

Currently trying

I have gained inches and kilos the past year. I am trying to follow a workout schedule which I have been skipping since the start of the year. I have already plotted the schedule on my journal. I am done with day 1.  I have 38 days more to go before I change the schedule.

Currently collecting

Last week, I learned about this awesome site, Unsplash. It is a website where you can download beautiful stock photos for free. I got my title image for this post from there. I have downloaded 42 favorite images and I plan to update my files often.

Currently reading

I have 16 books to read for the year and I am still on my first book. I am reading Mia Alvar’s In the Country Stories. It is a book with different Filipino stories of struggles and realizations. It is a book which I wish I wrote.  I often find myself thinking, ” Why can’t I write like this?”

Currently happy

Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title by winning the Australian Open finals against Rafael Nadal just a few minutes ago.  I am a Federer fan although I stopped watching tennis after my father died. No one will explain the game for me anymore.  Around this time of the year, I used to talk about tennis based on these reminders from Facebook.

I’ll just end the post here.

Share what is currently happening in your life. Leave a comment or link to your blog post.

10 Reasons Why We All Need Younger Friends

I am a Gen-Xer. They are millennials. Somehow, friendship blurred the generation gap.

Six months ago, I was new to a job and I found myself in a group of 20-somethings who are wise beyond their years. (Because they took me in as their friend! Ha! Kidding.) There were challenges to the job but it is easy to forget the struggles because I had these friends who always had my back. These friends are more than a decade younger than I am yet their maturity is something I want to turn into a pill so that I can just take a dose of anytime in order to breeze through adulthood effortlessly.  I think it is safe to say that I am keeping these friends and  I think you also need to find your own awesome squad like mine.

Here are the reasons why:

1. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. You know their triumphs and struggles because they know how to express them. They live in authenticity and never apologize for who they are.

2. They will make you feel younger. They radiate youthful exuberance and, like air, you inhale it and  fuel yourself with the energy that comes with it.

3. They see the world in a fresh perspective. I often wonder what I was doing when I was their age. I was just trying to eke through life then. They, on the other hand, have plans for their future while dancing to their own beat.

4. They are your backbones when you lose your own.  You will feel you can do anything when they are always there cheering you on. My voice cracked and my tears were in the brink of rolling down my cheeks out of stage fright when I was asked to give a speech. When the ordeal was over, they were there still cheering me on.

I remember that we traveled 128 kilometers to attend a wake of a colleague’s brother.

5. They love to eat.  And they say that people who love to eat are the best people. Most of our group photos involved eating! They are young so they do not struggle with weight woes.  I feel like I do not have to by association. (Ha! excuses, excuses)  My peers are now in the chapter of their lives where maladies, cholesterol, etc are slowly sprinkled into the conversation.

6. They are driven. They put in the hours when they need to and smiled their way through it.

7. They are multi-talented. Ask them to host an activity, sing, dance or write a last-minute report, they will do it.

8.  They make you feel like you belong to their group. Well, at least until I got carried away and exposed my age. I remember commenting about the time when the airport terminal fee was only Php20 (now it is Php150) during my first plane ride which we immediately realized that they were not even born then.  And there was a time when they had to ask me the name of Brad Pitt’s first wife. They are in the generation along with Selena Gomez, Lee Min Ho, hmm okay Darren Espanto while I belong to… hmm never mind. I should stop. Ha!

9. They are brave. One friend got married in her early 20’s which I think is not very common these days. ( Or is it just me who think so? )

10. They are camera-ready. You won’t forget memories because they are well-documented.  I swiped many of these photos from their social media accounts.  Thanks, Jumegs!

Today marks the 6th month since we became friends.  Happy monthsary!!! Stay strong! Lablab!

What are your plans for 2017?

I have the whole year (and a lifetime) ahead me and I have plans conjured up in mind so it is time to write them down. So far, this is what I am going to do  and I hope I will be about to write updates of my progress.

1. Read more. I have backlogs on reading but since this is not a race, I always take my time. These are 16 books in my list and I hope I will be able to read all of them before the year ends. 

2. Write frequently. I just have to keep on typing for the words to come out. I hope I can be mindful of the surroundings around me and be able to describe them vividly in words. Or, I can just write what is in my head.  I always think regular writing and reading can help me in avoiding Alzheimer’s, dementia and other diseases one day.  I also tried to do visual journaling. My friend, Grace, gave me this travel planner and stickers and I finally got to use them.

3. Do more artThis is what I missed most for the past five months. I painted once or twice and that was it.  Few days ago, my aunt asked me to repair the faded paint on a jar. I squeezed some acrylic paint more that what was needed so I decided to used the excess on a canvas that was meant for a wedding gift for my niece. She has not seen the painting. I do not know if she will like this. But I am happy with the result. This is the first time I painted something abstract. 

4. Do more cooking experiments. Every now and then, I cook the meals in the house like this grilled milkfish I am trying to prepare. There are dishes I wanted to try and I already list them down. I just have to pace them because what I wanted to cook are dishes that are loaded with calories. Yes, crispy pata is on the list.

5.  Make memories.

How about you? What are your plans for this year?