Monday, August 22, 2011

Farewell Facebook

Due to some unprecedented events that occurred last evening, I have decided to emancipate myself from the world we call Facebook. Yes, it's Facebook or FB for short. I think everybody knows it. Who doesn't? Well, most probably, everyone has it. But yeah, to refresh our minds, Facebook is a social networking site that (please refer to the image below, this you will find in the Facebook Homepage)

I've been a Facebook user since 2008 (for further info: my account got hacked in 2009, I deleted it and made a new one, which I'm using up until now). Facebook has become my online repository of memories imprinted in pictures and thoughts put into words. It has also enabled me to connect and re-connect with old classmates, teachers, colleagues, friends, family, and relatives. For three years already, I've been an active user (even more active now that I have 24/7 internet connection here in Korea). And as time goes by, I've become so comfortable with Facebook that it just felt natural to write whatever it is that's in my mind, be it good or bad. Besides, it's MY account. Hello, freedom of expression! But that's where the problem comes in. There were times that I got really, really angry with other people that I just posted spur-of-the-moment thoughts/emotional cries, only to realize at the end of the day (with the help of my parents - Yes, my parents do have their own facebook account! And parents will be parents even online...which is a good thing though) that posting in that kind of way doesn't show maturity or even decency. 

We can't also deny the fact that Facebook has become a platform for self-glorification. I don't want to generalize but sometimes people post pictures and shout-outs to make an impression that they're having the grandest times of their lives. I admit I'm one of them. And it feels like cloud nine when there are many hits in the Like button and compliments are just everywhere. But there comes a time that one just becomes tired of all those stuff, that all he wants is to savor all the good things happening in his life without letting other people know.

I have become so preoccupied with the so called "online life" that I sometimes forget to focus on the real life. Obviously, there are many things that I can do instead of sitting in front of my laptop for hours, posting stuff in my facebook, and browsing other people's account. One can say it's just a matter of self-control. Yes, self-control indeed! But when you're already stuck in that situation, which can be compared to addiction, it's definitely hard to control yourself or to even escape from the loop. So before it's too late, I'll be doing what must be done - to shut myself off from Facebook and get a life, a real one. It's a drastic solution and it is definitely hard but I'll be taking it one step at a time.

For now, I'll be clicking the Deactivate button and hopefully it will last for one or two weeks. And from there, we'll see what will happen next. I can re-activate it again while maintaining a schedule of when-to-browse or move to the next level of getting rid of it completely.

Twitter account was also deactivated but I'll be keeping this blog. There is a rather much more personal feeling or sentimental value in blogging than it being a social networking medium.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday Funday at Herb Hillz

After a grueling week of laboratory works and reporting, finally I got to reward myself with a trip to Herb Hillz Park! From Downtown Daegu, we rode the Geub haeng 2 bus. The trip should only take about 40 minutes but due to traffic, it took us more than an hour. On our way, we saw a sign stating that Herb Hillz is 1km away, but since we didn't know where the bus stop is specifically, we just estimated the distance. We thought maybe 2 more stops to go but suddenly many people were already getting off the bus. We asked one lady where the Herb Hillz bus stop is and she said we're already there. Asking questions definitely helps.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Boyfriend blazer please?

Yes, I am currently into boyfriend blazers!

A boyfriend blazer has a different cut from the usual, sharp tailored ones. It doesn't hug the body instead it gives a roomy space for other clothing layered beneath it. It is a chic and stylish piece. I totally love how it transforms a simple outfit into a sophisticated, classy look (the picture below is a perfect example) or the other way around, giving a cool laid-back vibe to a somewhat formal attire.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Made it

Finally, I'm done with my presentation! Thank you so much God! Even if I only had two hours of sleep, hadn't eaten breakfast, and couldn't help but feel nervous before my 10am presentation, I still made it. It's all because of God. To You be the glory.

I really am blessed.

And it's nice to know that I got a pat on the back from my professor and senior. Hopefully I'll also do well in my next presentation.

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Year's Eve

I want to watch this now, but still, I need to wait 
until December

So you went out for a slice of pizza, right? And you may have just ran into the one. 
You know what's that called? 
SERENDIPITY. You don't mess with serendipity. 

Hard times

I can't help it, I told myself I wouldn't be writing here until I'm done with my presentation, but then here I am. My presentation will be in a few days, on Tuesday to be exact. And I haven't started yet making the powerpoint slides. I still need to read some journals. Grrrr! And I'm stuck with it. I've been reading since Wednesday, but I haven't moved on with the first journal. That always happens to me. And now, I hate reading journals - those long, scientific articles, which will make your nose bleed for the fact that they contain very, very, VERY technical terms. (pause, inhale, exhale) Well, I suppose you will say, You're in the Sciences, so expect to encounter those scientific journals. Yes, I know, I know. Actually it's amazing to be able to learn the recent studies and advances in my field, but sometimes I just feel so fed up, I'm having information overload already! Haaay, the life of a graduate student, the life of a future scientist. Well, there are also those times that I ask myself, Will you be a good scientist? Do you really want to be a scientist in the first place? Do you? There are times that I can confidently answer with a yes, but there are also times that I think of my other dream. You probably know it already if you've read  my old posts. And if I continue discussing my other dream, it will be another one of my never ending ramblings. So I'll just spare you with it.

Other things happening in my life:
I registered for the August swimming lessons even if I'm the only foreigner in our class. I was expecting to have the same swimming instructor but to my surprise there's a new one. I wanted to back out, but I was already there so I just continued. But as of now, I'm not having a good performance. Freestyle is still difficult for me. Back float while kicking is also hard. WHY IS EVERYTHING SO HARD?!? 

New haircut, Aztec Healing Clay, and Empties

Hi everyone! Just a little update. I've never gotten a haircut since I left the Philippines last July. It's been 7 months alrea...