You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce

This is a quick one, just want to let it out and hopefully this would put me back on track.

It’s Friday already and I should be happy, weekend is here and I can rest, that’s the idea but the truth is there is just so much to do and so little time. I sometimes find myself overwhelmed with my very challenging job, my studies and personal life.  I don’t want to spend all my days doing things that I have to and not being able to dedicate some time doing what I love, like reading, writing or simply spending some time with loved ones.  I know that it is all up to me, whether I feel exhausted by the all these things or just keep on going and stay positive despite the craziness.  I wanted this anyway, I chose to pursue MBA knowing that it will require hours and hours of reading and studying not to mention all the extra work it entails.  On the plus side, I always have something to do and I like it.  Being busy doesn’t always mean that you don’t get bored, I do sometimes, or rather I become restless and tedious.  I find myself losing concentration especially when I am doing paper works that requires keen attention, same when I am doing analysis for case study.  I am like a kid with ADHD sometimes.  I get bored and would search the web for anything interesting, most of the time I would search One Piece fan fiction ( I am so addicted to this manga and it is my stress buster). Most of the time, I would work non-stop and will not notice the passing of time and its already 6 pm, I can leave the office but I will usually stay for another hour to catch up on the paper works, unless I have class.  On my way way, I would feel so exhausted and would ask myself  ” is this really what you want?” “are you happy?” and it would make me think about my ultimate goals in life and I’ll tell myself yes, this is want I want, yes this makes me happy but I wouldn’t mind some diversion every now and then, which will make me think of my non-existent love life and made me realize that I should also put some time and effort on that area of my life.  All in all, I am happy but gets restless once in a while and would think of profound things that would make me question my life decisions and directions.  I just need to balance the my work, study and life.  Prioritize things and make each moment counts.  I just miss reading and writing, I miss talking to my soul, I miss getting into my deepest desires and dreams. I want to live a life, not merely existing, I want excitement and surprises (only good ones please!)

I just need to remind myself that I own my life, I am in charge and whether I end up happy and fulfilled or not is all up to me.    And this came into mind

beyonce hours

Yup, I have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.  Yes, she doesn’t commute or do household chores but l have to stop making excuses for my self if I really want to make it, if I really want to leave a mark and do great things. I don’ have to compare myself with her, she is a woman of her own and so am I.  I can be super busy but look fab doing it.   Better yet I should tell this myself, you have the same amount of hours in a day as every single person you admire and only you get to choose what to do with those hours. Whenever I feel overwhelmed and exhausted I would  tell this to my self.

Now I feel better, so much better. I just need to slap some sense into my crazy self.   Paper works, reports, term papers here I am!!!

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My Puerto Princesa Experience

Back to work and got swamped with so much paper works that piled up while I am away and more paper works brought home for our latest steering committee meeting, not to mention my study related papers and case studies.   Before I lose my self in the chaos of work and everything else that needs my attention. I would like to stay still for a moment and remember what a beautiful paradise Puerto Princesa is.  I promised that I will chronicle my stay there and the best time to do is now, when it is still fresh in my mind.

It was a business trip with leisure on the side.  The 10th ERDT Conference was co-located with an international conference and the venue was at the Hotel Centro in Puerto Princesa, Palawan where we were also billeted.  We arrived at the Puerto Princesa Airport at around 11:30 am and went straight to the hotel .PP airport

I got high expectations with the hotel and was a bit disappointed but eventually got used to it and it was not really that bad it just that last year we stayed in a five star hotel and I can’t help but compare.  The staff are nice and accommodating so that’s a plus.  On our first day we ate lunch at Max’s restaurant at the nearest mall, I was kind of disappointed cause I was hoping to dine in a local restaurant but we are so hungry so we settled.

The first day was spent travelling and shopping at nearby souvenir shops. This a typical Filipino trait, buying “pasalubong” for family and friends. You’ll notice that almost everyone’s first question once they get to their destination is “where are the pasalubong center/souvenir shops”.  I bought some freshwater pearls earrings and bracelets for my mom, sisters and bffs.  I also bought cashew nuts (my favorite) and some danggit (dried fish) and dried squid (another favorite).  The hotel has a pool so we took advantage of it and went for a swim

The second day was all business.  I was at the registration area in the morning and assisting participants.  In the afternoon, I attended the Steering Committee Meeting that lasted for almost 5 hours.  My head was about to explode when the meeting ended.  There’s so much to do and just thinking about it makes me dizzy.  We rest for a while and went out for a dinner.  We went to Badjao Seafood Restaurant which is probably 30-40 minutes drive from the hotel but it was worth the time and effort.  SAM_1402

The food was amazing, everything’s fresh and tastes great.  I loved the crabs, shrimps, fishes, everything.  I was so full that I felt like I have to carry my stomach while walking back to the car.  There’s also a guy who played the piano and he is really good, he played the most romantic songs in the world.  The ambiance is also fantastic, very rustic but with a touch of elegance.  The restaurant is surrounded by mangroves and the air’s fresh. The view would must have been great during day time. I loved that place and my wish to eat in a local restaurant was granted.