A Recap of 2007

This is how my 2007 went in terms of my 101-in-1001 list.

7. level up Ragnarok priestess to 99/70
I’ve decided that I won’t do this anymore since the Philippine Ragnarok Online Community pretty much sucks now no matter how they try to revive it.  Too many bots and too little people who actually play.  I don’t really want to waste my money on this even if I totally enjoy playing.  I think I’ll spend my money on something more beneficial… and maybe morally uplifting.

9. learn to decently play the brass flute and perform 3 pieces
I started relearning to play the flute last December.  So far, I know 5 notes: F, E flat, C, D, and B flat.  I tried playing Mary Had a Little Lamb but I think I’m not ready yet.  Got to keep practicing!  And I think that sooner or later, I have to find a teacher who can help with the scales and more advanced stuff.

16. learn to bake: COOKIES!
Yes, I have finally learned how to bake cookies.  My new boyfriend Steve taught me.  We made really rich and stroke-inducing cookies.  It’s actually really easy.  I thought it would be rocket science or something.  But all you have to do is measure the ingredients, mix them all together, put on the pan and bake them!  I’m going to try baking cookies on my own one of these days.

20. learn to type with proper fingers
I’m happy to say that I finally can type without always looking at the keyboard!  Woot woot!  But I’m still at 40 wpm on the average.  I’ll keep practicing.

29. no junk food, candies and sweets for 3 months
It was really hard at first but I must say that it was a very effective diet plan.  I felt cleaner, lighter and freer.

32. learn about Greenpeace, join and be active

No success here.  They were at the mall again a few months back and I still didn’t sign up.  I feel bad about myself.

33. be a Habitat for Humanity volunteer
I tried contacting them through their website but no one has tried to get in touch with me.  I even filled out that volunteer form but still nothing.  Their office here in Cebu is really out of my way so I can’t just go there when I so please.  Hohum.

38. have an inventory of the clothes I have and donate those that I will never ever wear
Yes! Finally did this!  I thought this would never get done.  And amazingly, my sister’s clothes got sorted too.  I thought that we would be naked after the whole thing but fortunately, we still had some clothes left to wear.  And you won’t believe how much clothing we gave away to our relatives.  I totally forgot to take pictures because this goal slipped my mind. We were busy cleaning up the whole room, too.

76. walk 100 miles
This is going at a snail’s pace because 1) I am lazy, 2) School keeps me up at night sometimes and 3) I keep getting cough and colds.  I wonder when I’ll be able to finish this.

83. buy Php 300 Smart load using my own money
I don’t really use my Smart sim that much so maybe that’s why I never made an effort to spend my money on load.  I did start using Sun Cellular last December.  And I did buy Php300 Sun load with my own money. I guess I’m crossing this off then.  This is not even a technicality. I’m going to have to buy my Sun load with my own money every month.

I really hope that 2008 will be a more productive, focused and aware year for me.  I’m still getting the hang of this.

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Keyboarding Class

I took a keyboarding class last semester (which ended three weeks ago).  I was pretty surprised that I was one of the great students in class.  Hahaha!  Feeler!  But seriously, everyone else in our class sucked.  I was the second fastest typist in class.  And I am proud of myself.

I AM NOW a sort of TOUCH TYPIST.

I’m not as fast and as accurate as I wish I would be but I guess I have improved a whole lot.  And that makes me really proud of myself.  Weeeeee!

Ice cream here I Come!!!

Yey!!!!

Three months or specifically 95 days of no sweets is officially over!!!!!!

Review: Sophie’s World (English translation)

Sophie’s World is a novel on philosophy by Jostein Gaarder, a writer from Norway and a former philosophy teacher. It is a thick book, over 400 pages, filled with philosophical lessons between a young girl and an old philosopher. The book I’m reviewing is the English translation by Paulette Moller.

That one day when Sophie Amundsen came home from school was a day that changed her life forever. That was the day when she received her introduction to philosophy and her first big brown envelope that contained her first philosophy lesson. The questions “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” stirred Sophie out of her everyday living and made her aware of the world on an entirely different level. Strange things began happening to her like she would receive postcards from a major in Lebanon, postcards which are actually birthday greetings for his daughter Hilde and a video tape that was recorded in Athens, the way it exactly was a thousand years ago.

I read the book three times before I actually finished it. I thought that the book was just plain boring but I realized that I was approaching it in a very wrong way. Sophie’s World is, in its truest sense, a fiction novel with bits of historical truths embedded here and there. Though the philosophy lessons were an interesting twist to the whole book concept, in the end, it was more interesting to know how Sophie and Alberto Knox, the philosopher, were connected to Hilde and Major Albert Knag. I read it the fourth time using this approach and I just couldn’t put down the book. The conversations between Sophie and Alberto were really engaging and I picked up a few nuggets of wisdom along the way. One of my favorite lines in the whole book is this one by Alberto Knox: “Life is both sad and solemn. We are let into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other – and wander together for a brief moment. Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.”

The book is such an interesting read even if it took me four tries to finish it. Anyone who feels like they are stuck in the rabbit’s fur, uninterested to know what is going on beyond themselves and their comfort zone should consider reading this. In a way, it is a pusher. It makes you want to get up on your feet, sharpen your senses and just see the whole world in a different way. Just like how Alberto did with Sophie.

Whew!

I finally did it. After so much hesitation, I finally submitted a volunteer form to Habitat for Humanity Philippines. It is such a relief that I finally did it. Now all I have to do is wait for their call.

I know why I put this off for so long. I was scared of the commitment needed and the responsibility I would have if I took the “job.” But I couldn’t let that stop me, right? So I am so glad I did it.

 

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

It’s Not so Freezing After All!

Weeeee! For the first time in my life, I took a bath in the rain AT NIGHT! Weeeeee!!!! My younger sister and I went out of the house at around 7 PM and enjoyed the rain! It was so fun. But I was a bit scared of the lightning because just the other night, Oprah did a segment on miraculous survival stories. Two of the guests were these boys who got hit by lightning. But aside from that, we had fun. I had a lot of fun!

Here are some pictures taken by our other sister who couldn’t join us.

 

 

 

Yey! So yeah. The day ends on a happy note. And I am one goal closer to accomplishing all the things I plan to do. It has been so cool! But not that freezing. The weather was just perfect. And amazingly, my sinuses are not acting up.

Peace!