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Photo Journal # 3: May 12, 2014 (Monday)

This is a typical, age-old routine for me… studying. I used to believe that I study for the sake of grades. After uni, however, I continue my habit of learning new facts, concepts; basically, groping for any wisdom from anything I can get my hands on. Due to comprehensive exams coming up this Saturday, linguistic concepts packed my day. I’m a person though who does not want to read books, notes related to the subjects I’m taking up. Up to this day; neuroscience, neuroeducation, psychology, history and chemistry dominated my list of most preferred subjects. So, every time I receive the grace of free whiles, I grab books about them and read like a mad scientist.

A black and white shot for an age-old routine!

A black and white shot for an age-old routine!

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Photo Journal #1: May 10, 2014 (Saturday)

There’s actually a reason why I always chose to stay in South Cotabato for a short while and never for two weeks or so. You see, I didn’t (not anymore) like the past. As I kept on burying my past, I realized how totally unfair it is for these persons whom I decided to totally shut off from my past. It dawned on me that abruptly closing relationships and forcing myself to forget about people from my past (although, they didn’t hurt me in any way) do not heal. Part of healing is facing the cause squarely. Certainly, thinking about persons in the past as actors on a movie that one can just easily remove at the click of remote button isn’t tying the strings at all. It’ll just worsen the wound, instead of healing it.

So when one my former college classmates texted me to come to the reunion, I said yes and decided to leave Davao to meet up. It turned out great. We in fact, discussed teaching experiences and activities we currently engage ourselves on. And although some consumed the conversations and yacked about random things; I didn’t regret coming to this college reunion at all…

A giant pail of water

A giant pail of water

This photo was taken at Paraiso Verde, Koronadal City, Philippines at exactly 3:40 p.m.

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Bucket List Success # 3: Volunteer in the Church

I joined the Commentators and Lectors Ministry (CLM) of Sta. Ana Shrine Parish, Davao city last November 2013. It was the best decision I made two years after leaving the ministry in South Cotabato because in some way, volunteering did help me in coping with depression. Now, I’m enormously grateful and happy. The first phase involved attending the monthly general meetings. After completing the required general meeting sessions, I was recommended for weekday mass reading and was assigned as lector for the 12 noon Monday mass for two months. Finally, I was promoted and allowed to serve during Sunday masses.

If I could give only give one advice to those battling with depression,  that would be, “serve God and you would never go hungry and thirsty.”

 

During my Monday mass schedule "A life lived for God leaves a lasting legacy."

During my Monday mass schedule
“A life lived for God leaves a lasting legacy.”

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Bucket List Success # 2: Delivered Two Postcards to Russia and Germany Through Postcrossing

Finally sent postcards through postcrossing to Russia and Germany. Only three postcards to go before ticking the item off my bucket list. Yapooo!

Postcards for Margot (Germany) and Inna (Russia)

Postcards for Margot (Germany) and Inna (Russia)

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Bucket List Success # 1: Sent a Letter to a Soldier

Before leaving my cove in Davao city to be with my family for a stint and somehow a break from the on and off brownouts in the city that disturbed my study schedule for my “dreaded” comprehensive exams (wishing they were just short blackouts but no, so…), I ensured that this letter’s delivered to the chosen soldier.

Letter to a Soldier

To be honest, while still scribbling and figuring out how to perfectly phrase my thoughts, tears just simply tickled down my cheeks (oooo, cheesy phrase)

Excerpt from the letter

Excerpt from the letter

Although, he’s not related to me in any way, I believe that he and his fellow soldiers deserve a simple pat on the back for their service and sacrifice for the country.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”  ― Anaïs Nin

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
― Anaïs Nin

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My Bucket List

Works of Mercy

1. Feed 1,000 or more people (1,000 Manna from Heaven)

2. Visit 1,000 or more sick people (1,000 Touch from the Great Doctor)

3. Give 1,000 or more Thank you and Praise Notes   (1,000 Notes from God)

4. Commit writing to a death row prisoner for a year (A warrant of release)

5. Send a letter to a soldier

Places

1. Visit Surigao

2. Visit Chocolate Hills

3. Visit Cebu

4. Visit Vigan

5. Visit Palawan

6. Visit Hong Kong Disneyland

7. Go to Jerusalem

8. Visit Eiffel tower and Louvre

9. Visit any country in Africa except Egypt

10. Attend New Year’s Eve at Times Square

11. Visit Statue of Liberty

12. Visit Egypt

12. Tour Germany and Switzerland

13. Visit Vatican city

14. Cruise

15. Visit United Nations in New York

Skills

1. Play the piano

2. Speak French/Converse in pure French

3. Publish a Book

4. Speak at any TEDX event

5. Present research in an international forum

6. Get PhD

7. Study Abroad

8. Publish three researches

9. Complete an online class

10. Drive

Others

1. Eat at a fine French restaurant

  1. Own a Speech/Language Center

3. Study in a coffee shop (seriously, I haven’t experienced this one!)

4. Write a letter to myself and open it again after 10 years

5. Read the 100 books of all time

6. Stroll around a park alone

7. Write a bucket list blog

8. Buy someone lunch

9. Start a vlog

10. Revamp my wardrobe

11. Write my autobiography

12. Volunteer in the church

  1. Write a blog post at least once a week

14. Volunteer in an organization

15. Leave a copy of my three favorite books and a CD in a public place with a “free, hope you enjoy it” note.

16. Go camping

17. Attend a circus show

18. Ride a cable car

19. Send 5 postcards through postcrossing

20. Send a bouquet and a box of chocolates to a lady. (O.O)

21. Take 365 photos in a year ( one shot each day)

So far this is my list and I already started working toward ticking each item off.

If you have creative and fun activities to suggest, please share them below. 😀

-Kayla, the Theoxenophile

 

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