Taken at: Gozum Residence in Marikina City, Philippines

Final stretch! The exam will be this Saturday!





Taken at: Palma Hall, University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Philippines

It’s our fourth class session and we were asked to introduce ourselves with the five required sentences:

안녕하세요! <greeting>

조드예요. <my name>

필리핀 사람이에요. <where I’m from>

회사원이에요. <what I do for a living>

반갑습니다! <closing greeting>

I am happy how most of the things are suddenly so clear to me now! Looking forward to next week’s class!



When I got back to the office this week, I was welcomed by a new event, a workshop. I totally forgot that I enrolled in this Corporate Finance Course. Well, I think that I better grab the opportunity for training. It was supposed to be me and my colleague but she was not available at the time.

What I liked about the training is the feeling that I was back in school. I was learning again. The hard part was remember what I learned in accounting class. I definitely needed a review of some sort. I was finding my way in the dark and I could only remember snippets of my previous courses in accounting. Good thing, though, the lecturer was very knowledgeable about the subject. I feel like you can ask him any question and he can make you understand the concept. That and a lot of anecdotes related to the concept. That’s how experienced he is at the subject. We need more people like that.

Also, it was fun working with numbers again. I used a calculator! And I used more critical thinking than ever before. That activity made up for almost half a year of unjustified work load. That sounds a bit harsh but I wasn’t so sure when I’d be using my skills again.

Anyway, we had a case study and it was literally like college. I was dumb struck. Well, so were my groupmates. I was unsure of how to proceed because I wasn’t prepared for it. It was a fun session and I hope I could participate in the next. But, lo and behold, I have to be in Cebu for the whole of next week. I’ll look for more workshops like this in the future.

Science: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

It’s my first nonfiction book of the year!

Gulp is a compilation of articles pertaining to the alimentary canal or, better known as, the digestive system – from chewing, to swallowing to other weird things like eating internal organs and eating backward. It is definitely a very intellectually stimulating book because you get to discover trivial stuff about your body.

However, I feel like some articles become word vomit and they immediately transfer to one thought process to another. You get a feeling that some of the stories weren’t even finished and then here comes another one.

Mary Roach was supposed to be a funny writer. It does show in the book sometimes. But you are also plagued with a lot of information that you forget to notice the humor she was supposed to be giving you.


Things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do.

Who wouldn’t remember such lines from a famous Maroon 5 song? And, if you must ask, it’s the story of my life lately. It is really crazy with A and volleyball and school and work. These are the four things that are the center of my life right now.  The roller coaster has begun, some of the loops have been experienced and I am still up for a lot in the future.

Lately, I have been overwhelmed with all that’s happening between A and me. The mini fight we had about me not being a priority turned out to be a good one. He talked about being sorry that I was feeling that way and that I’d be a priority if he wanted to. He talked about thinking more about his decisions and that he’d make up for what just happened. It was true. Instead of me almost always suggesting things we do, he, instead, took the lead on our activities. He invited me to watch him play in a league. He dropped by the house every now and then. He’s making life a little more easier toe bear because with him I know that I would always have a shoulder to lean on to.

We’re still on the phase of getting to know each other. But, I really want us to achieve that relationship status. Maybe, not just right now because he’s trying to figure out the kinks of a same-sex relationship. I, too, am trying to figure it out since I have never been in one. So, it’s a learning process for both of us. And, I have been learning a lot these past few weeks.

School took a toll on me these past two weeks because it’s my final exam and the submission of both our problem set and project. I am a bit flustered with all the school work that I needed to do. I have almost forgot how it is to study. I was so stressed the last two weeks and that I was a bit depressed with my exam because I wasn’t at all happy with what I’ve done. I just hope that I did enough good to merit an acceptable grade and I really promise to do better in the next classes.


Ugh Friday

I did not go to work today because I am not confident enough that I can answer my exam given the amount of studying I did. I am still a but flustered by the mishap that is being under the weather last Tuesday and Wednesday. How could I have focused then? In a way, I screwed myself.

I tried salvaging the remaining time I have. I woke up at 8 AM and started studying. The sad part was that no matter how hard I tried, no amount of information was being retained in my brain. I don’t know why. I do think that I still have enough space left but like a broken flash drive, nothing can be written on it.

By lunch time, I made my way to Katipunan because I will be meeting Erwin and Clinton for lunch. I just wanted to get out of the house, be with people I want and try to forget about the chaos that is this exam. We had a good time having lunch at Kenny Roger’s Roasters in Katipunan. And, after lunch, we decided to stay until the time I need to leave for UP. I went back to ‘studying’ then; however, I lost all the will, motivation and mood to study so I resorted to just listening to music, occasionally browsing through my notes and staring blankly at a far away cloud.

I felt that some kind of mishap is about to happen so I suggested that we watch a movie after I take the exam. I feel like I would be needing a pick-me-up to avoid being depressed because of the exam.

So, how did I do?

It was the longest 2-item exam of my life. I was dumbfounded with some of the questions but I do think that I was able to generate the regression models. There were just items that I didn’t know what to do so I resorted to reading the Help of the statistical software we were using. I tried to make logic from what I know and from what I can see in my formula sheet. I tried to stay calm but I just couldn’t. I felt like I was going to break down at any given moment. I may be exaggerating thing but studying is one of the things I know that I am good at but given this exam, that record may have been awfully tainted.

When I went out of the room, I received a message that the movie won’t push through. Great. The thing I am looking forward to cheering me up suddenly becomes unavailable.  So, I asked for friends who will be available to hang out at that time. And then I get a confirmation from one of my high school friends. We just stayed at a local McDonald’s branch until past midnight.

I don’t know but I feel really depressed right now and I don’t know why. I might as well sleep this off.

Study Thursday

Last night, I could not handle myself and slept earlier than I should probably have. It was a good thing that I woke up in the wee hour of the morning. It was just in time that he came home from the volleyball game. It’s nice that he remembered to bid me good night and good luck with my studying.


I studied again when I woke up but I couldn’t bear the sleepiness and went back to sleep at 4:30 AM and woke up again 2 hours after. I had a slow pace in preparing for work because it’s like I didn’t want to to go to work today. I am still not prepared for my exam tomorrow and I won’t have enough time to study. But, heck, I did go to work and I was almost late. The traffic at C5 was horrendous and I do not have any idea as to what caused it.

At the office, I focused more on studying rather than working. I did have my occasional tasks and worked on some of my projects.

Formula sheet