Midnight Thoughts 04: Silver Lining

Disclaimer: I m pretty sleepy already but I wanted to post something. Forgive me if there are grammar errrors. Might correct them tomorrow morning.

Another day ended and a new day unfolds. The past few days had been an emotional roller coaster ride and it drained me mentally. Work, for me, is no longer fun since Covid-19 happened. I missed being busy at this time of the year when I was supposed to be preparing for our company summer outing and team building. Instead, they were replaced by chaos and toxicity, I (almost) cannot take it anymore.

For me to get rid of the negativity, I choose to look forward to when all of this will end. I look forward to long drives with my friends, to birthday parties we have to celebrate, to company events we need to participate in, and to go home to my family at our hometown.

Also, what keeps me sane is to remain thankful for what I have right now as most people are now lacking resources and are being deprived of means to survive. Plus, I am still able to get by through the help of some people who are still appreciative in the midst of this pandemic.

Hmmm. There are so many things we really really really miss to do. All of this however, is temporary. I kept praying to God that He continuously help all of us to end this war.

I am praying for everyone’s health and safety wherever you are. You are included in my prayers.

Jhen

How I Started To Love Writing

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Let me share to you how I started to love writing. Ever since grade school, English has always been my favorite subject. I believe my mother influenced me to love it because as far as I can remember (well, based on my mom’s story), even before I started going to school, she made me read books already. She always makes sure that all that I have written are in perfect grammar, she corrects me if I pronounced words incorrectly, and she always sees to it that I can converse well in English.

But in all honesty, I did not love writing right away. We had this daily required journal or diary in grade school. I dreaded it so much that I repeat the same entry every single day: “Dear Diary, I woke up at 5:30 AM today. I took a bath then I wore my clothes. After that, I ate my breakfast and then brush my teeth…..and so on.” Basically a morning routine that I believe my teacher was so sick of reading, she can close her eyes while putting check marks on it. Hahaha, I wonder if she can still remember me.

Anyway, so how did I love writing? It started in high school – the teenage years. You know, the “teenage emotions” which fuel every decision you make in life – the choices that would make you who you are today. I started to keep a personal diary where I jot down entries of how my day went, my secrets, funny things that happened in school, frustrations, basically anything. Unbeknownst to me, my daily diary helped me to practice my writing skills (and improve it) which also made my grades in English pretty high.

The fuel that started the fire. I did not make a big deal out of writing until my 2nd year High School English teacher, Ms. Selfa Aventura, personally called my attention. (I do not know if she knows how grateful I am to her or if she still remembers me.) She did a one on one with me and told me, “I have read your essays in our exams. You are a really good writer. If you want to improve more or to write more, I encourage you to join the school paper.”

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Day 04: My Dream Job | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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If you have read my Day 03 entry yesterday, I once dreamed of being a dentist but it all changed growing up. My career as an HR Practitioner is already fulfilling and a dream come true for me but there is always a passion inside me that is waiting to ignite some fire – to teach.

I am never used to speaking in public but whenever I am given the opportunity to do some lectures at work (trainings, seminars, orientations), I would most likely volunteer – as long as I have studied and know what I am teaching by heart. This is the primary reason why I took up a Master’s Degree – to teach future HR professionals in shaping organizations’ most valuable assets – human resources.

They say teaching is a very demanding yet fulfilling job. It can be emotionally draining at times dealing with diverse individuals, making dynamic ways to make teaching a fun learning experience to learners, and the struggle to keep up with the changing trends. As you know, anything under the sun can become obsolete.

Despite the struggles, I still find the beauty of teaching – in sharing knowledge, ideas, and thoughts to others. Why? Because of the following reasons:

Teaching can transform lives. Students do not only learn academically but also through you, they can also learn emotionally – to handle responsibilities, to grow up exploring new things, and to discover their potentials which may contribute to society.

Teaching can unleash undiscovered skills and talents. Teachers are often expected to give various methods of teaching. Gone are the days that students focus on the ordinary lecture sessions. They are more engaged when they are entertained. Thus, teaching makes you bring out your creative juices that you did not know you have.

Continuous learning. Learning does not stop when you teach. Our constantly changing world drives us to keep up with it. Thus, doing research, seeking opportunities to grow and learn, and to develop professionally make teaching more fruitful for yourself and for students.

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Day 03: 20 Facts About Me | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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Hmmm… Twenty facts about me? This kind of question is always difficult to answer on the spot as everything I know about me suddenly turns into a blank page. I am an HR practitioner and my job includes interviewing job applicants. I usually ask them, “Tell me something about yourself that is not written here in your resume… something that’s interesting about you that you would like me to know.” And now that I am asked of the same question, I now understand why sometimes my interviewees take a lot of time to think about what they want to share. Oops!

The past few days, I have been thinking about what I will share and I still have not come up with a good list so I am randomly typing in right now any fact about me that I could think of.

  1. Japanese food. I have been craving for Japanese food since this morning. I love this cuisine especially Ramen, Sushi (California Maki is my favorite), Katsudon, Gyoza, Ebi Tempura, Chicken/Pork Karaage, name it! Before, the sight of these food made me cringe, but when my boyfriend introduced me to and  made me try this cuisine, I loved it since then.

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  1. I love chocolates, dark ones. A Kitkat dark chocolate is always a go-to purchase whenever I am craving for it. I also love ice cream. Any flavor will do as long as it’s ice creeeeeeaaaaam.
  1. I suffer from severe menstrual cramps every month and my only remedy (aside from hot compress and pain reliever – only when it is too painful) and comfort are dark chocolates and gummy bears.

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  1. I love splurging on skin care and hair care (CGM) products. Whenever I have the money to splurge, I always go to Watson’s and purchase skin care products. Not that I have clear and beautiful skin, I just like how it feels to have a skin that is well taken care of. Also, I purchase a lot of hair care products because I have naturally stubborn curly hair. I just discovered the Curly Girl Method and I am trying my best to consistently follow it. Girls who are strictly following it makes me envious of how good their curls are. — This item gave me an idea to share my skin care and hair care routine, soon!

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  1. This is a secret I have been keeping ever since. My childhood nickname is “Epew”. I entirely blame my elder brother for giving me this nickname because when he was around 1 or 2 years old, he cannot pronounce my real name (Jennifer) right and said “Epew” instead. Haha. I only started revealing this after I graduated college – when I was mature enough to face this truth. But only those who are close to me can call me this nickname. Just because. If you call me Epew, I could hate you all I want. Hahaha!
  1. The one item I always bring with me when I go out (aside from money and phone) is an umbrella. It is a habit since grade school. I guess this is because my mom let me get used to it. (I got it from my momma!) She always tells me you will never know when the sun strikes hot or when the rain pours.

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  1. I love collecting notebooks and colored pens. I believe they are my prized collection.
  1. The first job I wanted as a kid was to become a dentist. It was because my parents always bring us to the dentist and I admire the dentist so much, I wanted to be like her. What made me like her were the treats she gave after being so behave during check-ups.
  1. There is always a story your barkada speaks of you. Mine in particular is when I once fell off a tricycle. We were on our way to my best friend’s house after we were done with our research from the City Library. I was seated at the back of the tricycle, eating Nova (snack food) while having a conversation with my friend when suddenly, the driver drove past a broken part of the road (with a puddle of water) which made all of us lose control and I went straight to and literally lied down the puddle of water. I was stunned for a few seconds and cried so hard; I did not know what to do. I did not cry because I was hurt but because I knew my mom would scold me. Years after that incident, my friends always tease me for falling down a sikad. Hahahaha no hard feelings though. For me, it is always actually a funny thing to recall.
  1. I do not know how to swim. Again, I lied to a lot of friends before that I knew how to swim. Sorry! But honestly, I love going to the beach, snorkel, island hopping, among others – as long as there is a life vest and someone near me willing to assist and pull me anytime, I am okay.

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  1. My favorite color is blue – all shades.

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Day 02: Quote I Live By | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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We all have a quote we live by but mine is not necessarily a quote but a Bible verse. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents have influenced me to always read the Bible, have my daily personal devotional, and always put God as the center of everything.

In everything that I do, be it a simple or a complex situation, I have always set my mind and heart with my life verse:

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This verse has always been an uplifting reminder to me that God is the only One that makes things possible as He leads, guides, and directs me to the right path. He is the one that supplies me with strength to endure whatever circumstances and trials that come my way.

I first encountered this Bible verse as a memory verse in Sunday school but I never really understood its context heartily until our church’s Youth Camp in 2011 which has this exact Bible verse as its theme. In that camp I have learned that Apostle Paul is saying in verse Phil. 4:12 (KJV), “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”, that we shall know how it is to be in need and how it is to have plenty – we shall know how to be contented in any situation – whether we are in need or in abundance.

It is a realization that when we do not get our desires or goals, we must not allow these circumstances or disappointments to cause us to turn away from God or to lose faith in Him. Most often, these are the times when our faith is tested and revealed. The whole point of this verse is that being contented can be felt and revealed in situations after we have learned to let things have its way (according to God’s will) when things don’t always go our way (personal desires).

Whatever life throws at us, just learning how to be content in everything is what helps us through our journey in life while we are going through it and that in Christ, we can do all things. Wherever I or you may be at in your journey through life, always walk with the Lord. Never doubt that we are already victorious through Jesus Christ just as how the hymn goes, “He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign.”

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Carpe diem,
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Midnight Thoughts 03: Never Enough

Time check: it’s 12:48 AM and I am not sleepy yet. My surrounding is so quiet, lights are off, and everyone is asleep.

At this hour, I am thinking about the way I lived my life before this health crisis entered the scene. I wonder if I have lived it worthwhile or did I neglect the things I needed to be grateful for.

I realized that no matter how I thought I was doing good with my life, I fall short of too many things. I have not been productive enough, I was not the person I envisioned myself to be five years ago, I have not been very appreciative and thankful for the things that come my way, and I am not contributing enough to the society.

And I need to change it NOW.

This Covid-19 pandemic really has its own wonders of making people realize what we have been doing wrong when everything was normal.

Jhen

Day 01: My Blog Name | 30-Day Blog Challenge

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I know it’s the 26th of April and I am just starting the challenge for April when it’s almost month-end. Well, they say, it’s better late than never, right? I finally have the time to take a break since a lot is going on due to the current world’s crisis (Covid-19).

I started blogging circa 2007 (Tumblr days) and I have considered it as a place for me to let my feelings out – an online diary. I have tried several platforms – WordPress, Blogger (Blogspot), Tumblr, among others. I find it difficult to maintain a blog especially when I have too much going on at school and work. However, one of the silver lining of the current crisis for me is that I have realized that this is something I have always loved and that I made so much excuses of not pursuing this passion. I knew I have so much time to do this if I just didn’t let my laziness and procrastination get in the way.

So, I thank my friend, Little Misadvencha, for inspiring me to be back at it again.

For Day 01 of Little Misadvencha’s 30-day blog challenge, let’s get into the bits of this blog and why is it named the way it is named.

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Commonly Misused Words

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People who are close to me know that I have a knack of correcting misused or mispronounced words during a conversation. Not that I am a grammar Nazi of some sort but I think it just came from having English as my favorite subject in school and the love of writing.

Most often, we use words we thought were right and then we find out that it has a different meaning. Awkward, right? I sometimes get into the same kind of situation when I thought I used the right words just because it sounded right. That is why it helps to double check if we are using the appropriate words.

Last year, I participated in an integrated business communication course facilitated by our conglomerate’s L&D team. It made me refresh my vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Today, I thought of sharing with you some commonly misused words that I have learned and would come in handy when we make written communication at work.

Advice / Advise

Advice is a noun which means a guidance or recommendation. When used in a sentence: “She is asking for your advice.” Advise is a verb which means to inform or recommend. In a sentence, “Please advise her.”

Effect / Affect

Effect is a noun which means a result or consequence. When used in a sentence: “It is the effect of Global Warming.” Affect is a verb which means to cause something to happen. The verb affect means to have an effect on something. It can also be used to mean to have an impact on someone. In a sentence, “It affects her badly.”

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Little Misadvencha: The Ultimate 30-Day Blog Challenge

My friend, Cha Esper, influenced me to join her recently-launched 30-Day Blog Challenge for April 2020. See her original post HERE. I am taking on the challenge so that I can consistently update my blog. I guess one post per day won’t hurt plus it comes with a lot of advantages. Below is a peek of Cha’s 30-day blog challenge. You might want to join, too!

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Carpe diem,
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Midnight Thoughts 02: Fighting Inner War

Almost giving up. But when I give up, what will it cost?

Today, in the midst of uncertainty, God asks me, “What are you here for?” I was hesitant to answer. I am honestly not as strong as everyone else. I try not to take in and absorb any harsh, sarcastic words of falling short of my part – which already increases my anxiety. In effect, I wanted to distant myself from everyone as I thought my time and effort to are of no use.

However, as I am trying to sleep tonight, God spoke to me and He is saying that all of this is temporary. It is only Him who knows when this will end and that something better will take its place. He reminded me today that a lot of people did not give up yet – the frontliners.

God tells me that at this time, the more I am needed. If I allow myself to quit and allow all fear and negativity sink in, it will last forever – it will remind me for a lifetime how giving up costs much more.

Let us all do our part, pray, and work together to fight this virus.

Carpe diem,
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