Friday, May 27, 2011

Solitude & Living Life

Outside, everyone is enjoying the night. It's the annual student festival. And it means drinking and partying until they get tired. Whilst me, I'm having a different celebration. I'm all alone, lying here in my bed, listening to good old songs. Oh solitude, I have always longed for you.

In a new world where I am into right now, it seems like every moment should be spent working. Working, working, working. And I must say I am tired already. Dead tired. Damn tired. But I have no choice. And I have no one to blame but myself. I was the one who wanted this. I was the one who dreamed of this. I suddenly remember the line Be careful what you wish for 'cause you might just get it all. You might just get it all and then some you don't want. Yeah right! I am spending my days and nights in the laboratory. Six days a week, thirteen to fifteen hours a day. I barely get enough sleep. I just wonder, how are they (the Koreans) able to live a life like that? The word 'work' is at the top, and the word 'rest' is at the extreme end. And it will soon disappear. I am sure of that.

I miss those days working in IRRI. It's a serious and challenging job but the thing is, I enjoyed every bit of it. There's enthusiasm and excellence. There was a burning desire. Passion. And the people are the best colleagues I've ever had. Everything is balanced. Eight hours of work, a leisure time after work, enough and great sleep, and the excitement that comes in the morning knowing that I'll be once again going to work.

Then I realized, looking back is a good thing but one must not forget the present. And although my present might not have been exactly the way I wanted it to be, I think that I should still be thankful for not everyone can have an opportunity like this.  And of course, that  I should just make the best of it. Live life with passion and enthusiasm!

Monday, May 16, 2011

the ZARA encounter

If there's one store that I really like or in my top list, that would be ZARA. And fortunately I found a store in downtown Daegu. Happiness! I can still remember my first ZARA encounter. And this happened last year as I was looking for a coat for my stay here in South Korea. Well, even before that, I can say that I'm already an enthusiast for a long time because I often find myself browsing its website. I adore it's classic yet timeless appeal. It's simple yet elegant in its own way. Sophistication has many facets and I think ZARA is able to bring out the sophisticated style in one way or another. Everything is lovely and just right.
ZARA shop in Daegu

I'm proud to say that the first thing I ever bought in Zara in the Philippines, my favorite coat, is also one of my best buys.  It fits me well and it was of great use when I arrived here (hello winter season!). And I got it one sale! I couldn't be any happier!

With my new discovery, the Zara store here in Daegu, I'm hoping to be able to dig its finest treasures. More encounters to come perhaps. =)






Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Walk in Jungang Park

Sundays are my favorite because during these days I get to have a break from the laboratory, (have the luxury to) wake up late in the morning, attend mass, and go to some places. It's wonderfully different from my routinary weekdays and Saturdays.



















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