My iBooks Collection

My iBooks Collection
My iBooks Collection: Some of my favorite books!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mi Libros En Español Que Me Ayuda Practicar Mi Español

I will need to have actual conversations in Spanish before I learn how to Speak and Listen, naturally. But I guess learning how to Read and Write in Spanish is a good start for me in learning a third language. 

I'm still a beginner but it amazes me when I skim through a page and read words in Spanish that I can actually understand what was written. I may not be able to interpret them word per word but the context clues already build images in my head. I think that's how reading a heavy material works anyway. We read using context clues. 

It feels so exciting! I haven't been excited like this for many weeks now. Probably because I haven't really had set myself personal goals as of late. I've been taking my Babbel courses but some days it tires me because it feels completely just studying and just that. But reading books in Spanish is more than just studying the language but the stories I read, it makes me feel so alive. 

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. " - Dead Poet's Society

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Si Quieres Recoger Miel, No Des Puntapies A La Colmena

If you want honey, don't kick over the beehive.

The first chapter in the book of Cómo Ganar Amigos e Influir Sobre Las Personas por Dale Carnegie.

The book suggest that the reader create notes per chapter so as to create memory retention of the information you get from the book.

I'll try to do this in hopes that the things I will learn from the book will help me in my life. I've had this book since 2012 but I haven't really had the heart to really use it as a bible. Well here it goes..

Chapter 1 basically says that the human reaction when you criticize or find fault in a person is that they will only defend and justify their behavior. Most people will never admit they are wrong because in their own eyes what they are doing is what is right. "If you want honey, don't kick over the beehive."

I would believe this, usually... because that normally happens a lot. But then I also know there are other people who always beat themselves for blaming themselves for everything that goes wrong. I believe in psychology it's called the locus of control. Do we believe that situations are caused by external factors? or Do we believe that situations are caused by internal factors (which is ourselves).

The chapter basically says "Don't condemn, criticize or complain."


I guess I have to make a blog post about this now because knowing my personality this is something I always do. I have a straightforward personality and I don't sugarcoat or pacify or beat around the bush when I want to say something. Which reminds me what I've read from the Paris Hilton diary I got, Paris' says.. "If you can't say anything nice.. say it to somebody you trust."

OR... maybe we should just stick to the old cliche that says "If you can't say anything nice, don't say it at all."

I remember a colleague and a professor telling me that I am very good at pointing out mistakes or finding how to improve a certain service or system. To these colleagues and to my professor, this was a good skill... but I guess it also just comes out natural for me?

The challenge I have to give myself now is to learn how to be situational. To identify which comments will actually have a say in making things better, or maybe the rest of the time.. I'll just keep a private note to myself.

If you want to gather honey, don't kick the beehive.

There you go.  It's kinda like the saying, "You get more bees with honey than vinegar."

To be fair to myself, I believe I had already applied this whenever I am making a complaint with customer services. The younger me, would write an angry letter, make a mad phone call or go to the service office agitated and annoyed. I would sometimes get things my way, but in the end I know that I just pissed both of us off. But the more mature me, already found the trick of getting things your way without leaving a bad note. "Ask really really nice." Such basic knowledge that was taught to us as a child until we grew up and was influenced by society.

I would ask nice. Sometimes beg for help. And I would also really come out helpless. The truth is, it really IS under the other person's decision or control whether or not they would help me (or the customer). Sometimes I just give our a big *sigh* because I know that the way "things work" won't allow things to happen as I would have expected it to be. But most of the time, I end the complaint satisfied and happy. I also always try to make sure I express my gratitude and greet the person behind that computer, phone or counter. They're just doing their job after all.

I guess in that situation I know I have applied what I have learned from this book years ago. But now I think I need to bring it a little step further and apply it to my family, friends and even at work.

"Don't criticize, condemn and complain."

God, personal development is really a continuous learning for improvement. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cómo gana amigos e influir sobre las personas.

I got the Spanish version of one of my favorite books "How to make friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie.

I figured that I haven't finished re-reading it because I always feel like I prefer finishing my Spanish lessons. So I realized that maybe I can hit two birds with one stone by reading the Spanish version of the book. I'll be able to read the book again and develop my Spanish vocabulary. Sure it will probably take me a long time to finish this one but heck... two birds.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


My ultimate travel goal this year is to visit Canada.

I think it's also the best time to go to Canada this 2017 because they're also celebrating their 150th Anniversary of Confederation. I wanna go celebrate Canada Day in Canada this year. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Calling it a night...

So... I didn't do the groceries today. I also did not work out. But I watched Moana, and I guess that can sum up the day as something worth while.

When I first attempted to watch Moana about a month ago, I didn't finish it. The story didn't attract me in the beginning, much like how "Brave" was. But then, after listening to the song "How Far I'll Go" multiple times, I kinda got used to it and the song is really nice.

I keep on watching the Oscar performance of the voice behind Moana. It was marvellous.

It kinda strikes a personal note. Somehow, deep inside me, I feel like I should be doing more. I should get out of the "reef" of this island. I think it's basically one of the reasons why I always want to be on the go.

A week ago I blogged about hitting life on a wall and living on a plateau. I'm also turning 30 this year and I think that's also one of the reasons why I feel like something new should happen in my life by now. So here I am asking myself... "How Far Will I Go?". 

As mentioned in my previous post, I went back home. My home feels like.. well.. home. I grew up in this house and I don't think I would want my family to sell this in the future. The only thing that is bothering me is the accumulation of things throughout the years. Thirty years of my life. Thirty years of things.

Anyway, I should not be focusing too much in renovating our home. I should be focusing more on the kind of life I want to accomplish. I'll deal with cleaning my room later. XD. ... like.. years later.. ha!

Actually, I can count how many times I have attempted to redecorate and change my room throughout the years... It's my tiny personal man cave.

Moving forward, I keep talking about my room that's because it's really distracting me right now. It's so hard to focus and plan your future when your room is not as tidy as you want it to be.

Right now, I'm just going to organize my thoughts.

I actually want to focus on making my travel plans possible. Last November & December, when I went to the United States, that was actually a spontaneous decision. I was at first afraid of what I was going to do in the USA for two months but then it actually went pretty well and I was able to visit a lot of people and a lot of places. In fact, some of my days in some states were so limited.

My room is still a mess... but things gotta get moving. Need to invest on experiences and make those travel plans happen. Cleaning my room can come afterwards (gotta keep telling myself this).

 The comforting part is that at least it's not as messy as my sister's! Heh...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Things To Do:

This week, I plan to be a hermit.

I went back home and I plan to stay here for a few days locked in my room.

Although there are some errands I have to do, like...

1) Take a passport photo for my visitor visa application
2) Photocopy information page of my passport
3) Print Travel History and Purpose of Travel (if there's no ink, buy ink).
4) Buy Light Bulb for my room.
5) Groceries.

I should be doing this today (Tuesday), but I'm feeling kinda lazy and my head does not want to think of anything responsible right now. I don't know what's wrong with me lately. It's like I'm depressed but I don't know why I'm depressed for. It's making me unhappy. I need to focus and appreciate the little things. Maybe I should just go to the grocery store later... Not in a hurry but at least I can walk around and also pass by the church to do some meditation and say a little prayer.

I will only allow myself to be like this today. By tomorrow, I should work on some things related with my work.

1) March 3, project deadline.
2) March 3, future plans. - Project Based Learning and PRC Accreditation for CPD Units.

I just realized that my teaching license will expire this year. There's a new law now when you're renewing your professional licenses. I have to collect 45 Continuing Professional Development points. I have to pay a lot of money (again) for getting certificates and processing government papers are really expensive. There are so many payments you need to do and then going to the office itself would also cost you money. I have to read well on these procedures so that I also wont waste my time going back and forth to the government office.

What's more annoying is that if you process your application "late", you also have to pay additional late renewal fee. What gives? I'm not sure if I should be renewing my professional licenses anymore. I mean.. I already have my master's degree. =D

My other professional license (psychometrician) will expire NEXT year. That has a more complicated procedure. The jobs I have for now doesn't really require me to have a professional license. So I am not really sure if I should be renewing mine.

Anyway we'll see..

For now, I will Study Spanish or catch up with my iBooks and do some readings.

Later, I will do the groceries.

Tonight, I'll probably make a draft for my project deadline requirements and future plans.

I feel like I want to eat chocolates but I'm on a diet. (maybe this trying hard to diet is the reason for my depression then?). But every time I do buy and eat something sweet, I end up feeling the guilt of eating sweets AND spending money. Ay caramba! I'll play my wiifit later as well and check out how much weight I've lost (or gained!).

Thursday, February 23, 2017


I need to focus on my life goals.

Even if I am done already with my graduate school, I can't afford any distraction AGAIN. Need to focus on the things I should do.

- Focus on my work

- Study Spanish
- Summer Vacation to Canada
- ( What else? )

What.. that's it? ... that's my life goal?

- Lose weight ( Go to the Gym and exercise often)


Ok so what should I do today?

Right now... there's no assignment for me to finish at work..

I guess I have to just go to Babbel and study for my Spanish.