All posts tagged: the Sunday currently

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 23: When the earth repeatedly shakes

Worrying over “the” more important things in life

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The Sunday Currently, Vol. 22: Getting better

This week, I look at the things that I seem to be getting better at, such as relating to my kids, social networking, and blogging. On the other hand, I also see the things that I still need to get better at, such as recognizing my own shortcomings as a wife, parent, teacher, friend, and volunteer leader. I’m glad my God is a God of second chances and “His mercies never come to an end”; I could still get better every day. reading still the ebook copy of “How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps: Tame Your Vices, Nurture Their Virtues” by Patrick M. Quinn and Ken Roach. I’ve been distracted by so many activities lately that I haven’t really got the time to read. Nevertheless, the book’s making me own up to my issue with pride, and I’m now on the part where it teaches (me) how to handle it. I’m getting to know myself (and my daughters) better with the help of this book. writing emails. I get overwhelmed every time I …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 16: A week after my eldest officially became a teen

reading Sue Townsend’s The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year and Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul. Both are interesting reads and have been on my reading list for quite some time now. The first one’s purely for entertainment purposes although it’s not something that I would really recommend others to read; whereas, the latter is to equip me when it comes to blogging, especially now that I have subscribed to WordPress Premium Plan. And, yes, I would recommend Ruth Soukup’s books to anyone interested to learn more about blogging without selling their souls. 😉 writing stories randomly. As usual, there are lots of them in my drafts folder, and one even got accidentally published earlier, so I just went ahead and did the final edit. Now I’m wondering whether I should still write that love letter to my new teenager, who turned 13 last Sunday. What do you think? listening to Sesame Street songs. Well, they’re actually for my 10-year old daughter, who still couldn’t sleep even after I’ve read a …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 14: Definitely random thoughts

reading The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman. I’ve had this book for several months now, but it’s only recently that I have started reading it. To be honest, I have already collected so many parenting books in my mini libray at home and on Kindle app. I just need to sit down and READ each one. writing lists of articles to write and drafts to finalize. I think it’s high time I start making an editorial board for my blog too! listening to some of my favorite songs. Come to think of it, they all have words related to weather: Still by Hillsong United, Tuwing Umuulan by Regine Velasquez (and the Eraserheads), and Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. LOL. thinking I really ought to upgrade my WordPress plan from personal to premium very soon. I have started getting more invitations to place ads on my site, which means more opportunities to monetize this blog. The question, however, is whether I would be able to write more often and consistently to make it all worth it. …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 12: Getting artsy

I attended a free watercolor workshop yesterday at The Crafters Marketplace, courtesy of Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Crafters Marketplace itself, with Ian de Jesus as our instructor. It was a wonderful experience for me, and this morning, I started practicing my florals. There were times when I would get frustrated, but my husband was always quick to tell me that I’m doing a good job. However, before I continue with that, let me write something about this day first because I intend to keep my laptop shut this evening  until tomorrow, so I could just paint and spend time with the girls. (And yes, clear some of the mess I’ve made, too. reading the book “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. I’ve already seen the movie and I even have a copy of it on VCD; however, when I saw the book on sale at our village bookstore, I just got to have a copy of it too! I plan to watch the movie again once I’m done reading the novel. writing or rather, drafting articles for the …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 8: Reading as my sport

reading that is, finally finished reading Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf. I’m impressed by the amount of research she must have put into the book, particularly when it comes to the wolves, and how she used that information to weave a story, human characters, around it. It’s the first time I’ve read a novel authored by Picoult, though I have seen the movie My Sister’s Keeper several times, which was based on her novel of the same title. I wonder if all her stories involve family and court room drama… Anyway, it looks like I  have already graduated from reading John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon novels, and some of my new favorite authors/novelists now are Jodi Picoult, Amy Tan, and Tessa Afshar. listening to the sounds of the electric fan and air conditioning. (Remind me to turn off the electric fan later.) Really, when it’s late at night, these are the only sounds I’d hear unless a dog barks or some vehicle passes by. thinking about what I should have said to that rude Israeli that …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 7: Books, music, and more

reading Jodi Piccoult’s Lone Wolf. This book has intrigued me ever since I saw it on Book Sale. I’m glad I had a chance to go back to the same bookstore outlet earlier this week and it’s still there. writing a mental note of all the things that I need to do this week. As usual. Later, I’ll jot them down on paper, too (i.e., if I don’t fall asleep first). listening to the songs Madonna sang at her recent Rebel Heart Concert in Manila. Come to think of it, I used to be a huge Madonna fan. I grew up listening to her songs and knew most of them by heart. She’s a great singer, entertainer, but I made a choice to stop idolizing when I finally understood the meanings behind her songs, etc. thinking about all the answered prayers we had this past week, including reconciliation between my parents-in-law and sister-in-law. smelling the lasagna we had earlier at Almon Marina, Alabang Town Center. It smells heavenly despite its appalling appearance. It’s a far …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 5: First weekend in Laos

reading the titles and headlines of local magazines and newspapers in Vientiane, Laos. It’s a good thing many of them are in English (unlike in Bangkok, Thailand). writing key words down to help me remember some of the interesting things I’ve learned while traveling. listening for Filipino words that may be spoken around me. It’s interesting that although the people around me look vaguely Filipino, they speak a foreign language that are not even remotely familiar. thinking about what it’s like to stay here in Vientiane for at least a year or two, or maybe raise the girls here. It’s peaceful and quiet here, after all, and there are so many institutions where I can practice my profession either as an ESL teacher or PR professional. smelling the scent of wood every time I open the closet in our room wishing we’re experiencing the same weather back home, i.e., 19–24º C hoping to find a battery pack for my Nikon D5100 very soon. I have packed the whole thing, complete with charger and an SD …