Hustling until the last day

It’s the last day of the term and I should be celebrating but I am just trying to catch my breath.  I just went on a challenge akin to amazing race.  Today is the submission for both my Operations Management group project and Management Accounting final paper and I was scrambling up to the last minute.  I finished all my part in the group project last night and worked on my case study until 2 am this morning and it wasn’t complete yet.  I had to verify the costs and data and go through everything for final edit.  When I went to the classroom to submit my paper,surprise, my professor is no longer there.  He told us that he will be there from 9 am to 12 noon.  I got there at 11:45 but he left already.  So I started bugging my classmates in our viber group chat and asked where’s our professor.  One classmate said that she just left the classroom and he was still there.  So I called another classmate to ask for his mobile number. It turned out our professor is already at another building already so I ran as fast as I can to meet him there.  He told me to just wait in the entrance but there are two entrances.   When I got there, he’s not around.  So I checked the lobby and the other entrance and he’s still not there.  I called him again, his voice is so soft I can barely hear him or maybe it’s the signal.  After few seconds I finally saw him, he’s not in the good mood.   I was worried he might deduct points from my paper but then I decided to just not think about it at all.  I gave my best anyway.

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So yeah I am still that girl who crams despite getting all stressed out every time the term is nearing its end but what can I do?  Life is just so crazy!  Work has always been so demanding of my time, then there’s a couple of business trips and tons of paper works after those trips (to be fair, I was able to sneak in a few hours to explore the place).

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This week has been a crazy one for me.   I got sick on Monday and had to miss the office Christmas party, that broke my heart but I had no choice.  Went back to office on Tuesday afternoon to a table littered with paper works and a couple of gifts 🙂 Then we had to practice for our dance routine for the college Christmas party on Thursday, so I had to juggle my usual work load, back logs, practice and school requirements.  I only completed my blogs on the day it was due, I didn’t attend a class that night ( I missed another Christmas party lol).  Then came Thursday when you can barely talk to me, the good thing is we won first place in the Santa’s Got Talent competition!!!!   So at least my few hours of practice didn’t go to waste.  Friday is another super crazy day.  Paper works during the day with another Christmas party with some scholars then 7 pm onward was it was heck of a night.  Finished my Operations Management project (at least my part) and  (almost) my final paper for Management Accounting.  The night turned into morning. I finally went to bed by 2:30 am and up by 7 am to go school to edit, polish and finally submit my paper.   What a week, what a life!   I am actually used to this lifestyle 🙂  I am tired but I happy.

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Today I will enjoy my lunch, buy a book, go home early and sleep to my heart’s content.  I deserve it.

I hope to get good grades but I don’t want to obsess over it.  I gave my best and survived the term with 9 units, that alone is an accomplishment.

I just realized when I was practicing for our dance that I should really try to balance my life no matter impossible it may seem.  Only a few people know that I love dancing and it’s my favorite form of exercise (but I am not really that good lol).  This week I decided to join some of my office mates in their dance performance despite me not knowing a single dance step.  I may be so mentally and physically exhausted but when I dance it releases my stress and forgot my concerns for a while because I have to focus on the choreography if I don’t want to make a mess in the actual presentation.  The party came and instead of getting all nervous for dancing in front of almost a hundred people I just decided to enjoy the experience.  I have this awesome strategy every time I present in front of people, I call it the audience cancelling ability, where I just go through my presentation and pretend that no one is around, like I forgot they are even there.  That’s what I did during the dance and it worked.  I enjoyed it and ignore the audience especially when I was making the wrong moves lol.

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The key take away from this crazy period of my life?

  •  Do as much as you can without killing yourself, you’ll be surprised at what you are capable of doing. Just don’t stretch yourself too thin.
  • Don’t ever forget to indulge in something you love every once in a while. It could be good book , a massage or a date with your special someone and don’t let all this stuff overwhelm you.  Take charge, be in control.  It’s alright to get lost in the moment for a while but not okay to lose sight of who you are while you are so busy going after your dreams and fulfilling your responsibilities.
  • Take care of your health.  When you are surviving on a 5 hours of sleep, all stressed out and tired all the time your immune system crashes down.  Be sure to eat healthy, sneak in power naps and be a good kid and take your vitamins.
  • Don’t ignore your loved ones.  It’s hard I know but check in with them once in a while. They will understand, they are also busy with their lives.  Just let them know you didn’t forget about them.  You don’t want them to forget  you, do you?
  • Meditation and prayer is so important. It kept me sane, grounded and reminded me what really matters in life.

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And next term I bet I will do this all again.

Au revoir. A plus tard.

Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation

Tom Cruise still got it.  He may not  be young anymore but he still can deliver and proves it in his latest movie, Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation. The fifth installment in his very successful franchise.  Jeremy Renner reprises his role as IMF agent William Brandt  and Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn.  Ving Rhames returns as Luther Stickell. Rebecca Fergusson joined the team as Ilsa Faust.

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After four year, Ethan Hunt is back, with crazier stunts.

The film started with the team in a middle of a mission.  That said mission gave us the most intense stunt of the movie with Hunt hanging off the side of a plane.  That was a very drastic move on Hunt’s side but they were able to get the “package” and he got out of it alive.  Everyone’s happy right? Apparently not everyone, some people are very displeased with the IMF’s methods.

In Rogue Nation, Ethan Hunt and his team faced their biggest challenge yet, IMF has been shut down while in middle of a very special mission.  A mission that no one else is taking seriously.  Hunt find out about the Syndicate, a rogue version of CIA, Mossad, MI6 (and all those super secret agencies), more specifically an anti-IMF.  The Syndicate wreaked havoc all over the world without anyone suspecting that those events are related in any way.  Hunt, after finding that IMF has been shut down, went on a rogue mission, determined to stop the syndicate no matter what.  The rest of the team won’t let him dismantle the Syndicate on his own and became rouge agents as well.

Ilsa Faust is a very interesting character, is wasn’t clear whose side is she on.  She seemed determined to help Hunt but also follows order from someone else all the while playing the disavowed agent of MI6.  I especially like that Fergusson has a lot of screen time making badass moves. Ilsa is a tough chick through and through.  The knife fight with the Bone Doctor is what impresses me the most.  I cringed at every thrust and was at the edge of my seat the whole time.  That is the ultimate fight scene of the movie for me.  I am sick of watching action movies where women are treated like accessories than actual human beings.   I am tired of overly sexualised women in movies, like their only use is to be beautiful and sexy.  I specially hate it when a women in an action movie is just running from the enemy while the male protagonist is protecting her.  I hate it when they scream all throughout the scene, I am like “give the woman a gun already”.

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So badass. She showed us how to pull off a very daring dress while carrying a very sophisticated gun.

It’s nice to see Hunt and Stickell working together, they have a long history and their respect and admiration for each other is very apparent. I  expected more action for Rhames but it seemed like they gave the limelight to Pegg (not that I mind)  I adore Benji Dunn, he is funny without trying too hard.  His expertise maybe in the technical stuff but he can hold his own in the field.  I was actually surprised at his fight scenes. He is a breath of fresh air.  William Brandt was not involved in a lot of action scenes, he is actually the one who is being rational and trying to save the lives of the rest of the team.  I was expecting to see Brandt be in the midst of chaos.

And of course how can I not write about Ethan Hunt, who made me so into espionage/spy movies ever since I saw the first MI movie.  He is a freaking badass, we all know that but every installment he shows something new.  I appreciate the fact that they did not make him like a typical spy/agent who is a ladies man.   He is the type who commits to a woman. Ghost Protocol just broke my heart. It was amazing but painful to watch Ethan say goodbye to his estrange wife, it almost made me cry.

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This scene got me so worried for Tom Cruise. He can totally ruin his knees.

In Rogue Nation, he was so determined to finish the mission on his own to keep his friends safe. The stunts that he did are just freaking amazing.  I wonder how will they top the stunts they did in this movie.  The plane stunt was just the appetizer.  The plane stunt was so dangerous but so is the motorcycle chase.   The fight scene at the backstage of the opera was just as exciting.  I have to say Ilsa is really a badass, I like the way she propped the gun when she was setting up to assassinate the chancellor.

How they captured Lane was anticlimactic though.  They spin us so hard the whole time so the expectation was so high.  I expected an epic showdown between Hunt and Lane and was disappointed.  I have to admit though that the glass tunnel was very clever and that they gave Lane a dose of his own medicine is really wicked.

The movie was a blast.  So intense.  There is really no down time at all.  I was like,”hey slow down, let me catch my breathe”.

This is not a review at all. Just trying to write down my thoughts while I was watching the movie last night. Awesome installment but the first MI movie is still my most favorite.

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Being the discrete romantic that I am, I was hoping to see a glimpse of Julia.  Their story just made me so sad.  They can’t be together because  of Ethan’s job.  He has to stay away from her to keep her safe.

Broken hearted (a bit)

Just got my heart broken by a sad news. I know this sounds silly and you’ll probably laugh at me but, well, here goes.  The sad news is Adam Levine is officially off the market. What a way to start the week.  Isn’t it enough that I have to endure two hours of standing and queuing on my commute to the work? I also have to find out that my dear Adam is married to a Victoria’s Secret Angel!!  I know that this is very possible, they got engaged last year but I was thinking that they’ll break up and Adam will move on to another emaciated, anorexic super model (bitter much?!?).  I am not really sad, more like a combo of surprised, disappointed and yes a bit sad.  I am crazy I know, its not as if I stand a chance and it’s not as if he knew I ever existed just that there are millions of women out there who went gaga over him.  Wow! there goes my ultimate crush (he bumped Tom Cruise from that spot several years ago).  I have to move on and I  am actually thinking of someone to go crazy over but I can’t think of anyone else right now.  It will probably take time (sounds like a woman who just been dumped) but I’ll surely find someone else.  Bye Adam.  My crush will go on but you’re married and you’re hot-o-meter just dropped by several degrees.  Eric Bana sounds good, he’s always been my crush since Troy and so does Nikolai Coster Waldau and I could go on thinking about hot guys but I have to stop and get some work done.

Those eyes, they just suck me in and I’m drowning