May 17, 2013 by Karess | No Comments | Filed in Musings
I’m spending my weekend at my hometown. My high school friends and I had a reunion of sorts because one of them is getting married next year.
On the way to my high school best friend’s house, I was feeling very nostalgic. Passing by the old roads I used to go to, I was shocked and in awe at how everything seemed to be different, yet still the same.
I passed by an old grocery store that I used to buy from when I was little. Everything about it did not change—the store layout, what they were selling, even how the store smelled—remained exactly as it was eleven years ago. What used to be a grocery store in front is now a row of different stores.
I’m excited how the rest of my weekend would turn out.
May 16, 2013 by Karess | No Comments | Filed in Musings
The election’s over, and I’m glad it is. I’m thankful that this one was relatively peaceful and orderly. Most of the tweets and Facebook posts I saw showed people being happy about how fast the whole voting process was. Good job, COMELEC!
COMELEC’s Precinct Finder wasn’t working the night before and the morning of May 13th. I think everyone was cramming, trying to check their precincts at the last minute, myself included. I’m reminded of one of the quotes I often hear on the job: you only look for the information you need at the time you need it. Lesson learned: it pays to check early.
I didn’t know how long it took for me to fall in line, get my form, and submit my ballot—all I know is, it was fast. It took longer for me to wait for the voting to start. My friend M and I arrived at our precinct way before the actual voting began, and it was a fun wait. It helps to have fun BEIs (Board of Election Inspectors).
Here’s a bunch of photos I took to document my experience:
I took part in the first official automated elections only three years ago. I never got around wanting to do so when I turned eighteen—I was too cynical then to care. I’m so grateful that I’m part of a church that encourages its members to take an active part in our nation. I made a decision when I was twenty-four to register myself for the coming elections that year—and I never regretted it. I even have the selfies to prove it.
Same pose, different election day
Truth be told, I’m excited about how this year’s elections will unfold. I pray that our newly-elected leaders would be excellent and in every way. I’m grateful that I got to exercise my duty as a Filipino to vote.
Tags: Election 2013, halalan 2013
May 13, 2013 by Karess | No Comments | Filed in Happiness
I chanced upon an old LiveJournal meme from years ago, and I’m posting it here for you all to see.
What are the things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play? What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list and post it on your journal.
Gaaaah what a cutie. Image from http://drdietright.com
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Tags: destressors, downtime, rest
May 12, 2013 by Karess | No Comments | Filed in Relationships
Thank you, Mommy, for your unconditional love.
Thanks for teaching me how to pray, read, write, add, subtract, and appreciate the little things. Thanks for reading stories to me when I was little. Thanks for being supportive of my career, in spite of your fears of me not living a comfortable life. And guess what, I am. Thank God for His grace!
Thanks for being my #1 fan. And asking me to send you my articles. I’d tell you to go online, but (I’d imagine) you’d shake your head and insist I send them to you via snail mail. I’ll dedicate my first book to you.
Thanks for always asking about my relationship status every time we talk on the phone. That makes me laugh, every time. I get a kick out of that. At the same time, I know you’re concerned, and that makes me thankful, too.
Twelve years of being apart won’t change the fact that I love you.
Genetics plays a huge role, as you can see
Tags: mother's day, mothers day 2013
May 12, 2013 by Karess | No Comments | Filed in Musings
I was reading through one of the websites I occasionally visit when I came across this blog post, about an NBA player named Muggsy Bogues.
Take note that I am not into sports. I know nothing about basketball. Heck, I didn’t even know who Mr. Bogues was.
However, the blog post struck a chord in me. I’ll spare you the details and have you click the link above to know what I mean.
What an awesome God I have. Indeed, He uses everything to speak to me and remind me of His great, unfathomable love.
Tags: Act Like a Man, blog, Muggsy Bogues, NBA