Monday, August 27, 2007

The Best Week of My 21st Year on Earth

August 20 - 26
The Best Week of My 21st Year on Earth

Soundtrack of the Week
  1. Papaya [PGKNB THEME]
  2. Crazy for You [MADONNA]
  3. Walang Kapalit [PASCUAL]
  4. It Must Have Been Love [ROXETTE]
  5. Si Volvieras a mí [GROBAN]
The Week in Bullets
  • We already taped the episode of 1 vs. 100. I did not make it through but I had the time of my life in that game show. Hell I would join it over and over again whether I win or not, if only for the experience! I actually lost but I was kind of “high” in the end. I was hunting celebrities to take pictures with them at the cafeteria! How high is that?! That is so not me.
  • I will pass the second Calculus exam with flying colors. If not for two items that my cramming brain overlooked I would ace that exam. Of course this is weird because this is the first time that I actually felt happy in a Math exam ever (I was smiling during the exam, imagine!) I only slept two hours the night before the exam because I was cramming and yet this.
  • On the other hand I think I will not fare well in the Political Science 186 exam. I had two weeks to review for it. I didn’t. That’s a good thing for me if I crammed the night before the exam. Neither did I. In short I was only armed with stock knowledge I had from lectures. Is this reversal of fortune for the two exams mentioned? This is so weird.
  • I will be employed once again starting September 1, 2007. Same old part-time call center stuff but this time 80% of the clients is from Mexico. My Spanish has been dormant for quite a while. It’s time to wake it up.
  • I had a gay person cut my hair in a Bench fix Salon before I went to tape the 1 vs. 100 episode. I told him: “Bahala ka na, basta magmukha lang akong tao ngayong araw na ito.” Mukha naman daw akong tao (Nanghihingi siguro ng tip.) I don’t know if I should be happy with the new haircut. It’s quite different from the usual barbero haircut that I get. But in fairness, hindi na ako mukhang taong-gubat. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • The average hours of sleep I had this week were 4 hours. I had three exams. I had the taping which was postponed several times. The week was very hectic but I enjoyed a lot. Definitely the best week of being 21.
  • I’ve met a lot of interesting people because of the 1 vs. 100 gig.
Since this is the second to the last weekly report before the New Year starts (My New Year starts September, don’t be weirded out...) I think I will just discuss the weirdness of the bitch we call life.

1. Life is a Bitch – True. However we should always remember that life is our bitch. We are the boss. We control it or at least we get the illusion that we are controlling it. That’s the way it should be.

2. Everything happens for a reason – This sounds like a cliché right? However there are weird occurrences in life that we can’t explain specially when it comes to making decisions. It’s as if our decisions are pre-programmed. They happen because they should happen and they will lead to something else, something that we don’t know about yet at the beginning but will become clear in the end. Of course in the end you marvel at the weirdness of it.

When I got a little exhausted studying Spanish a year ago I decided to buy a book-CD combo from Powerbooks using the money I saved during that time. I wasn’t working as a call center agent yet back then. I was torn between Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese. Both languages were available and I can’t decide which one to buy. Mandarin was the popular choice among the three personalities living in this body of mine and so I almost bought it. At the last minute I changed my mind and chose Portuguese instead. I got accepted as a Spanish agent in a call center a month after that. Three months later I was working for the Portuguese support team. It may have been pure coincidence but I can’t seem to shake off the feeling that I was drawn to buy that Portuguese book/CD because somehow life knew that I will land a Portuguese Support agent position in the near future.

Want a weirder example? Let’s look closer.

The day after passing the screening for 1 vs. 100 Pilipinas Game KNB sent me an SMS asking me to come to ABS-CBN for screening at 9 AM Saturday. I had an exam at exactly 9 AM Saturday in UPD. I was devastated. I’ve been waiting for that screening for two years already. A few hours later NDCC declared classes suspended. The exam was moved to another date. I was able to go to the screening as if the weather made it possible for me.

The 1 vs. 100 taping was moved Saturday (yesterday), the call time for which was 1 PM. Again, I was supposed to have an exam at 1 PM in UPD again. Last Friday I opted not to go to UPD anymore because of lack of sleep. I wanted to rest. Somehow I was drawn to come to my 3:00 – 4:00 class, a one-hour discussion class in Economics, the exam for which was the one scheduled at 1 PM Saturday. It was obviously a waste of money for the fare but I went. I found out that there is to be a LATE EXAM scheduled this coming Wednesday, a more difficult exam for those who have conflicts of schedule. I wouldn’t have known that if I didn’t come to that class. If I didn’t know that I would have spent the whole day studying for the 1 PM exam that I could opt to take on another date. If I studied all day I wouldn’t have been able to go to the meeting with my former supervisor who offered me the job starting September 1.

I know it’s weird but I am really amazed by this. It seems as if my life is in chaos but then everything just falls into place as if the path is already being cleared for me. All I have to do is walk though that path.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

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