Thursday, January 31, 2013

See you later!

I was never a victim of the first job dilemma. Even before passing the board exam, I knew I was headed to an audit firm. Three and a half years later, I sincerely feel grateful for my baseless, all gut feel decision to work in SGV.

It is too difficult to wrap everything up. Attempting to do so will just result into contradictions. There are good things, bad things and terrible things, even. But from where I stand right now, I embrace the good things, the bad things do not seem THAT bad, while what used to be "terrible" now seems "amusing".

My stay in SGV both feels like it all happened too fast and it's been forever. I matured professionally, that's for sure. But it was also more of a personal journey, figuring out what sustains you, sticking to what you prioritize and, the best part, crossing paths with amazing people.

ACE cluster  FAMILY as of January 10, 2013 

When I was reflecting on my decision to resign, I consciously did NOT consider the people I work with. Had I not done such, God knows I would never leave the firm. My clustermates aren't just officemates, they're like family to me. And hearing the kindest words they have for me during my despedida broke my heart into pieces. They made saying goodbye so difficult.

Tomorrow, I will be facing a new challenge. I remember being anxious during my first day in SGV. I'll still feel nervous tomorrow, for sure, but somehow I wouldn't be clueless. I have my first job to thank for that. :)

Farewell, SGV! Thank you for teaching me early on in life that happiness doesn't come with "easy" or "stress-free". There is happiness when there is meaning. (Thank you rin sa napakaraming tipid tips and wais na misis moves I had no choice but learn because of my "modest" salary.)

As for my clusterloves, see you later! Sabi nga ni Michael Jackson sa 'Rock with You', "YOU KNOW THAT LOVE SURVIVES". Cheers to growing separately, yet never growing apart! :))

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Geography of Bliss

I love to read as much as I love to write, so it is a bit weird that I haven't interlaced the two loves and written a book review. Other than not having enough adjectives in my vocabulary to accomplish such, I never felt capable of detaching myself from a book enough to write about it objectively. Reading a book has always been personal, an introspection.

But not writing a book review won't stop me from sharing a treasure when I've found one.

Like this one:

The Geography of Bliss via Google images
I remember walking along Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete, observing how simple life is at that place and asking my friends, 'Masaya kaya sila?. Having been to different places, especially Siquijor, Sagada and Cambodia, made me ask myself that question more often. This book was written to sort of answer that. I felt like I found a soulmate!


That is the point of this entry in 2 words. I want you to read it, indulge in it, question your principles, learn from it, take the journey, cry because you realize you are shallow, laugh because you know better. Read it and tell me how you feel about it. Or tell your friends. This book is a cup overflowing with insights, brutal truth, loneliness and, yes, bliss mixed with a teaspoon of the author's skepticism that also made it amusing. Oh, have I told you you SHOULD read it?

Money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.”- Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Let us start the year with overflowing positivity and spoonfuls of wisdom from a genius:

It's a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. 

So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we're faking them. 

And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it's joy we're looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. 

So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.- Neil Gaiman

Bravery and joy. I've been contemplating on and praying for so many things that would help me gear up and get ready for a challenge I am taking on very soon, only to find out that I can sum up everything in two words: bravery and joy. Mr Gaiman, you are, indeed, a genius.

This year's mantra. :)

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