Bullet Journaling and Loving It!

June 8th, 2017

I haven’t completely grasped yet the idea of developing a bullet journal. However, there are various resources online to help me achieve just that.

Anyway, I first heard of bullet journal from my good friend Marj. I then made a little research and was amazed how it’s done and what magic it brings to our often chaotic life. A bullet journal is actually a notebook system, except that it is used for the purpose of organizing (thoughts, ideas, schedule among other things). It was a brainchild of Ryder Caroll – a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY.

If you type these two words on Google, you’ll be surprised at the magnitude of things it can do. First thing you’ll probably read online is that “bullet journaling” lives at the intersection between mindfulness and productivity. A system that adapts to your life every single day.  It’s so useful as it combines two elements that you need every day. Being present and making yourself more engaged and fruitful.

Last night, I just found my way writing the first few pages of my journal. June isn’t yet too late to start. Am so excited that I was able to do my 2017 calendar on Page 1, followed by a bullet list on the next page. With a little creativity, I’m sure I will be able to maintain this up to the very last page. Maybe it’s also a great idea to switch from diary writing to bullet journaling. We’ll see!

Here are a few of my doodles. =)

 

 

 

Notes From a Diarist

April 17th, 2017

Are you a “journal” type of person? I mean, do you keep a notebook where you write your thoughts every now and then?

Last week, I bought a large organizer-box supposedly to de-clutter my belongings, but then, it was able to accommodate only my “notebooks,” and I thought to myself I’ve been documenting my life all these years?

Poring through the contents made me smile. The words I wrote were quite unique and yet the same in a sense. The act itself is like returning to that certain phase in your life where you get to experience the same emotion or condition. Those dark and sardonic periods, those sweet moments, etcetera.

According to writer Diana Abu-Jaber: “…reading old journal and outline notes helps to see what richly layered beings we are…” and that we “recognize odd currents in our work, repeating words and images, patterns, as if we were each embedded with private themes, symbols that could help unlock the mysteries of our existence.”

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Jaber also likes keeping a journal. Just like me, and you, maybe. It helps make plain to her what intimacy and daring, what shamelessness is part of being a person.

Diarist?

By the way, here’s how Google defines what a diarist is:

Yaz.

Plain and simple. A diarist is any person who writes a diary or private journal.

Why write a journal or diary?

Personally, I write to remind myself that I am a human being — I have my own weaknesses and strengths. When faced with challenges, I can always be reminded that I’ve gone through several trials and nothing can bring me down — except for my self. You only get defeated when you allow yourself so. It also helps that you have your successes and joys recorded there. Our lives are interspersed with gems of insight and knowledge. Journaling is a smart way of getting the most useful lessons. Writing a diary is so much fun for me, even at this time when technology has definitely changed the game.

Try it. You might just find diary writing as exciting.

 

Para Sa Akin Ito

April 12th, 2017

 Para sa mga Nanay
(tula ni Jun Lisondra, c. 2009)

-para sa mga nanay na natutulog sa gabi na mayroong pipino sa magkabilang mata
-para sa mga nanay na kayang sinupin ang lahat ng gamit sa bahay, at mabilis na maituturo ang kinalalagyan ng brief, remote control, stapler at nail cutter kapag ang mga ito ay nawala
-para sa mga nanay na kayang panatiliing maganda ang sarili habang natitiyak na natatapos ng mga anak ang kanilang school projects at assignments
-para sa mga nanay na kayang gumising nang maaga kahit kinagabihan ay napuyat sa pag-iyak sa kakapanuod ng Maala-ala Mo Kaya o pag-surf ng Facebook
-para sa mga nanay na nag-decide na burahin ang kanilang Friendster account
-para sa mga nanay na mahilig picturan ang sarili nang patagilid gamit ang cellphone (dahil ito ang pinakamatangos nilang angulo)
-para sa mga nanay na kayang mag-budget ng salapi, at alam na ang pagkain ay mas mataas na priority keysa sa mga bargain na Metro magazines
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung ano ang bagay na kulay ng kanilang cutex sa kamay at paa
-para sa mga nanay na mas nananalig sa sasabihin ng asawa keysa sa mga pagbabanta ng arawan at taunang horoscope
-para sa mga nanay na marunong manahi ng mga sirang damit at marunong mamili ng magandang damit sa mga ukay-ukay
-para sa mga nanay na nagtatrabaho ng 8-to-5 na hindi tinatamad sa pag-text upang tanungin kung naligo at kumain na ang mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na kayang iwasto ang kamalian ng asawa at may panahon upang alamin ang pinakabagong chismis ni Kris Aquino
-para sa mga nanay na hindi iniiwan nang nakasaksak ang plantsa
-para sa mga nanay na umiiyak at humahalkhak sa mga pelikula ni Nora, Vilma, Sharon at Ai-ai
-para sa mga nanay na nalulungkot kapag chinismis na bakla si Piolo Pascual at Sam Milby
-para sa mga nanay na kayang sayawin ang Build Me Up Butter Cup, at kayang mag-belt ng One Moment In Time kahit na nga ba napipiyok sa harap ng mikropono
-para sa mga nanay na kayang magluto ng kanin na hindi malata o tupok habang isinisingit ang pagbabasa kay Erica Jong
-para sa mga nanay alam ang masamang epekto ng carbohydrates, sweets, asin, vetsin at coca cola sa katawan
-para sa mga nanay na vegetarian at kayang magluto ng kaldereta, spaghetti at adobo, gamit lamang ang tofu
-para sa mga nanay na mas preferred magluto ng kanin sa agahan keysa mag-serve ng Payless instant noodles.
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung paano lutuin ang tinolang manok nang hindi gumagamit ng Knorr chicken cubes
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung saan patatamain at kung paano i-set ang bentelador nang hindi sipunin ang anak
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung paanong pahuhupain ang lagnat at kung paanong reremedyuhan ang baradong ilong ng anak
-para sa mga nanay na hindi nauubusan nang oras upang basahan ng children’s encyclopedia at kuwentuhan ng Adarna books ang mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung paanong papuputiin ang kuwelyo ng mga uniporme, at nakakaalalang painumin sa tamang oras ng vitamins ang mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung alin ang pinakamahusay na sabong panlaba, sabong pampaligo, at shampoo
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung saan mabibili ang pinakamagandang bargain
-para sa mga nanay ng mga tambay at valedictorian
-para sa mga nanay na kayang manapak ng mga nobyo ng kanilang anak, at paglutuan ito nang masarap na ulam pag naging manugang na
-para sa mga nanay na piniling mangibang bansa habang dinadaya ang sarili sa pag-convince na ginagawa nila iyon sa kanilang mga anak (matapos ay limang buwang mag-iiiyak dahil sa homesick)
-para sa mga nanay na parating nagbi-beat ng deadline habang natitiyak na maayos ang pananghalian at tulugan ng mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na nagtatrabaho sa NGO at pilit na pina-practice ang gender sensitivity, kahit na nga ba ang mga kaopisinang lalaki ay panay sexist at gender insensitive
-para sa mga nanay na umaastang tatay na rin, dahil ang asawa nila’y batugan at walang bayag
-para sa mga nanay na kayang tumungga ng red horse at manigarilyo kapag nalulumbay (at magalit sa anak kapag nalamang ito ay umiinom at naninigarilyo)
-para sa mga nanay na pinuputangina ang sariling anak upang ipahayag ang kaba, ang takot, ang galit dahil sa kapabayaan nito
-para sa mga nanay na hiniwalayan ang asawa, palamunin man o nambubugbog, dahil alam niyang mas makabubuti ito sa kanyang sarili at sa mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na kayang kausapin, iyakan at pagalitan ang Diyos, at isiping ang Lumikha ay walang kasarian
-para sa mga nanay ng welga at kalsadang gustong sapukin, sabunutan at sampalin si PGMA
-para sa mga nanay ng mga dinukot, nawawala, desaparacidos
-para sa mga nanay ng mga pinaslang
-para sa mga nanay ng mga naghahanap at naghahanap ng katarungan
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

  • Pasensya. Alam kong mahal na araw ngayon, pero nasa mothers day pa lang ako. This poem was written for me (and all mothers)  for Mothers Day celebration.

Green Thumb in Training

April 12th, 2017

Sobrang init ng panahon ngayon. Pero kahit na saksakan ng init sa labas, madalas pa rin kaming mag-trip nitong bosing ko sa paghahalaman. Kung kelan makaisip, larga. Kung saan may magandang mga supply ng halaman, gora. Nakakatulong sa akin na ma-appreciate lalo ang iba’t ibang klase ng mga tanim at kung paano sila alagaan.

Sa ngayon, halimbawa – napuno ang aming rooftop ng sari-saring halaman. May namumulaklak, mayroong dapat nasa full sun, may ibang dapat nasa shade lang. Meron ding mga herbs, succulents at cacti gaya ng nabanggit ko sa aking previous posts.

Heto na sila! Enjoy!

adeniums! ang gaganda ng mga bulaklak nito. sobra

succulents and cacti =)

 

Roses na matitingkad ang kulay pag nasa full sun sila

herbs!

at iba pa!

Succulentophile!

March 21st, 2017


Barely a month has passed since I got converted into a cacti and succulents enthusiast. Well, sort of.

Am not a hardcore gardener. Never, in fact. Plants of whatever kind die in my hands so fast and so easily. And that is why I earned the title “brown thumb” courtesy of jowa. Whenever I touch a plant, he would follow suit and touch it as well for fear that it might suffer an untimely death. Familiar? Yeah, sounds funny but my hands are quite similar to the angel of death in a number of ways. I might have taken the title too seriously that it took me many years before I have overcome the fear of planting my own greens.

Recently though, I chanced upon pretty-looking, teeny-tiny potted plants in the market where I buy our weekly groceries and food supplies. At first, I only marveled at their sight. Cacti and succulents of many types and varieties. I tell you, the sight is enough a “budol-budol” in itself! Yung tipong pag tumitig ka pa ng matagal, itataya mo na lahat ng pamalengke mo at uuwi kang masaya kahit na wala pala kayong kakainin for the week. Just kidding. Shemps, I have enough sense naman to do that. To make the long story short, I shelled out around 30 percent of my grocery budget for them lovely plants! Whoa.

And jowa was like, “what did you just buy again this time?” Too bad, it only took hours or so and he was also converted into one. I had the last laugh, as usual. Nowadays, I’d catch him surfing the net for varieties, sun and nutrient requirements, soil types, acclimatizing, and many other infos needed to care for cacti and succulents. While I familiarize with the names and does potting, he’s the more hands-on. He knows what to use if we can’t buy cactus mix, for example. He knows which varieties should be more exposed to sun or which has more resilience to watering.

So, why are we hooked on these plants? First of all, succulents and cacti provide a lot of bang for your money. Their colors and textures are so strikingly beautiful. Wait, til you watch them all blossom and boast of their flowers. Second, these plants don’t really need too much attention or water. In short, hindi sila KSP. I have one succulent na tinatawag na stonecrop kasi kahit iwanan mo lang sya sa isang tabi, wag diligan at wag paarawan, keri lang. Tuloy ang buhay ng bakla. O ha, may pinagmanahan. Mana sya sa akin. Third, these plants are manageable because of their size. They can be placed in great containers that make them mobile.

Ayun. Nakakatuwa lang that we really strive to find time to do the things we want, amidst the challenge of both domestic and personal growth chuva requirements. Kung sabagay, lahat naman may lugar basta gugustuhin lang.

 

 

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