Metamorphosis

Image representing Steve Jobs as depicted in C...

Time flies fast as they say.  As of this writing, it will only be a few hours til the calendar month changes again since it would be the first day of June!

The past few months have been like a metamorphosis for me as I also went through changes especially in improving my life perspectives. And I know there are still a lot more to learn about everything which I continuously appreciate especially with myself.

It was like I rediscovered my innermost potentials that I kept on recalling a particular past interest way back in college and my past professional accomplishments from my previous job which I found both personally fulfilling. And I realize those things also became my source of inspiration and motivation to do better in every aspect of my life this year.

Yesterday, I received an email from Jobstreet. I was intrigued so I read it since it mentioned about Steve Jobs in their recent featured article. It’s great to know more about a person I admire especially when I previously read about his advice to find what you love. After learning about it, I kept asking that to myself for like countless times until it went off my mind for quite some time. There were even instances that I questioned if it also applies to me but still I tried looking.

And it’s only recently that I started realizing what Steve Jobs meant. It became much clearer to me what I learned from him through the latest article I read entitled “Steve Jobs : You’ve Got to Find What You Love!

After reading a brief background about his life from the past, I reflected again on the events in his life that he went through. I realized that I could somehow relate on the parts where I also felt like a beginner again and when I recalled the past experiences which led me to a direction I want to fulfill in my life.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

A Daughter’s Story

I used to hate my mom when I was little.

One of them was about our former neighbor (almost the same age as mine) who taunted me and made me wet using their hose. Another instance was when my younger sibling and I got into petty quarrels and I would tell her to scold him. But it turned out that I am reprimanded instead!

A pink tulip.

Only a couple of years have passed my hatred towards my mom moved to a 360 degree turn.

I got influenced by a good friend and former elementary classmate of mine who is really close with her mom. I never imagined that time will come I can also develop closeness with my mother as well whom my siblings and I fondly call our Mama.

I started thinking differently. Instead of bursting into negative emotions when she’s angered about silly mistakes, I would try to calm myself first. Then I will make the situation lighter by putting humor out of it to have a more positive environment. At times both of us would just find ourselves laughing them off.

What I especially like about our relationship as mother and daughter is that it also developed into friendship. We would hang out in a mall and watch the latest movie being shown in local cinemas.

There’s never a day that I would want to chit-chat with my mom about everything we like to talk about from the movies we watched, foreign and local popular celebrities alike, and even sharing life lessons which I greatly treasure. And I believe the things I learned from her also helped me become a stronger person every day.

We may have personality differences at times, still I am grateful for having a mom like her who never fails to reassure me that everything will be alright despite feelings of disappointments and failures from the past.

My mom is definitely not only a mother to me but my very best friend, my prayer warrior, and most of all my best encouragement booster. I also hope to treat her for an out of the country travel trip where we can bond more!

Vamps on Life and Friendship

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone (Photo credit: Mark Coggins)

Last weekend, my mom and I watched a comedy horror movie called Vamps top billed by Alicia Silverstone. Watching movies has been one of our usual mother-and-daughter bonding whenever we get the chance to go to a mall. We chose to watch this film thinking we are up for some laughs and who would not want that and then ignoring the possibility it might be horrific.

While watching the film, it turned out that we laughed at some scenes while some of them I found gross especially when vampires had to drink blood directly from a rat using a straw as if they are just drinking a tetra pack juice! (I even had with me a soda packed in a plastic cup with straw!)

Anyway, what I liked about this movie is that it tells about great friendship from the two modern day vampire ladies named Goody and Stacy. They were almost like sisters living in one roof and working together in the same company at night time. Since they are vampires, they can only go outside during evenings while Stacy also enrolled herself in a night class where she met her boyfriend! Conflict began when these ladies discovered that the father of Stacy’s boyfriend is a vampire hunter.

As scenes have progressed, I was especially touched on the closing parts of the movie especially when Goody had to seek help from Stacy’s future father-in-law to eliminate the person who was the reason why they became vampires.

Goody was really a great friend to have since doing it meant she also had to leave the life she lived for more than several decades in order to help her friend Stacy become human thereby continue the latter’s pregnancy from her boyfriend. (Who would have thought she can bear a child but according to the movie it was still possible since she was awakened as vamp during her 20s).

Just thinking about Goody’s character also made me wonder how it can be boring to have lived for so long. Still it was a good thing for her since this allowed her to witness the changing trends in fashion, people’s taste, latest technologies, iconic places she had been to which she find memorable, and most especially meeting a great friend like Stacy until she had to say goodbye. I cried in that particular scene since she fully embraced her fate to finally rest after living for more than a century.

Cooling Away this Summer

My mom and I recently went to a nearest mall in our place.  While staying at an appliance store in that mall, I was astonished to see quite a number of people flocking to a specific area only to find out that most customers inquired about purchasing an air conditioner!

Aparelho de ar condicionado

I must say that cooling machines like air conditioners, air coolers, digital and electric fans are very much in demand these days apparently because of the fever like temperature felt even inside a house.  Sometimes it can get very hot even in the evening until the early hours of the morning which I find odd since I thought that mornings should be much cooler.  This could be the reason a lot of people wanted to buy such air cooling machines to ease the summer heat.

My mom and I also joined the bandwagon and started asking a customer service personnel about some of the latest cooling appliances found in the market. Looking at those products, I noticed some physical improvements especially to the air coolers in contrast to the previous ones we had before.  I liked some of the redesigned ones which appear to have thinner body and not occupying too much space when placed in a specific area.

And then I saw an air-con like cooler which to me seems like a TV without a screen. I wondered if my skin would really feel some cold air from such appliance since the atmosphere is more different when in an air-conditioned mall than it is actually placed in a non-air-conditioned room. I was especially intrigued on an air cooler which emits a dew-like smoke effect as if I’m in a high altitude area. There is also a portable air-conditioner which to me is something new and I think a great thing to have but can be pricey.

razon's halo-halo

On the other hand, I noticed some refrigerators near the air conditioners which made me look back on my childhood days. I remember to have opened a refrigerator quite a few times for a couple of seconds just to let myself be cooled. And these days, I found myself enjoying lots of glasses drinking cold water to think that I am not the usual cold water drinker when it’s a fair weather.

This comes to mind that every person has his/her own way of passing a hot weather. Most would stay in a mall for a colder ambiance or some even opt to eat a cold dessert like Razon’s mouthwatering halo halo!