I know it’s still too early to tell where my “chosen” career will take me, but I’m glad to share with you that I don’t regret fighting for it and eventually experiencing it full-time.
To tell you the truth, my aptitude test in high school actually “advised” me to take Communication Arts (or those related to it) in college. But since I was still a clueless 15-year-old back then, I ignored the test result and decided to take a different “route,” listening to others’ opinions about where they saw my personality fit. Hence, my never-ending “defense” during job interviews that ask me why I’m applying in print media (yes, the chosen career path) when my background deals with Foreign Service/International Relations and History.
But hey, that’s already water under the bridge. And please, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I regret taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs in college and History in graduate school. NOT AT ALL. If anything, I’m still thankful that I was given the chance to “pursue” those courses because I learned A LOT of other things, albeit very different, from them. Besides, I met some of the best and interesting people during those years (hello, college and graduate school friends!!!). But I guess when you’re really passionate about something, nothing can ever stop you — not even degrees and diplomas.
So in between finishing articles/blog entries/writeups, perfecting my copy-editing skills, commuting my way to events, interviewing celebrities, assisting in photo shoots, and most of all, meeting deadlines, I feel lucky that I still get to smile at the end of every work day. Sure, it still gets stressful at times, especially when my multitasking skills are put to the test (meet deadline this, meet deadline that), but you know, no job is really easy — not even the ones you’re starting to fall in love with. I didn’t say that my current work is easy peasy. In fact, it’s actually a combination of stress and happiness. Hahaha! Why? Because the good thing about it is there are different tasks at hand, so there’s really no room for boredom. One day I’m working on an article, the next day I’m on my way to a hotel or mall to do something that’s still work-related. Everyday’s a new day. Calling it “the daily grind” isn’t really the right way to describe it.
I’m not saying, though, that this is already the career I see myself doing for the rest of my life. Like I said, it’s still a bit early to tell where this’ll take me. And the rest of my life? Pressure much!!! All I know is that if you’re reading this and you’re someone who’s still in high school and still have yet to decide on what you want to do in life, I say think about it really, really, really hard. And when you’re ready to make a decision, make sure that that’s what you’re really passionate about. ”Passionate” in the sense that it’s something you’ll still enjoy doing even for free! But if you think that you’re like me — someone who realized what she wanted to do “later” in her college life — well, being another cautionary tale isn’t as bad as you think.
If I may say so, today’s world has been more “encouraging.” As The Holstee Manifesto put it, “if you don’t like your job, quit.“ Just make sure that you have a back-up plan. I’m not encouraging you to be unemployed — trust me, it sucked, sucks, and will forever suck. Anyway, we know of doctors being business practitioners, lawyers being novelists (chick lit at that!), even corporate executives being professional bloggers. So there’s really NO EXCUSE to let go of what you want to be doing — as opposed to what you should be doing! Take me as an example (but whether you see it as something good or bad is completely up to you! Haha!). I should be working for the government or an embassy, and yet I’ve always wanted to be in print media — so here I am, finally part of an editorial team. Heehee.
Of course I’m still open to practicing my default fields, but for now I’m just enjoying my chosen field. I may still have a looong waaay to gooo but at the end of the day, what’s important is I feel like I’m in the right place. So when work doesn’t really feel like “work” anymore, alam naaa! Try your very best to hold on to it and be better at it Every. Waking. Day.
Because when that happens, that’s when stress will be finally replaced by BLISS. And for us who need to work to live, work to feel self-worth, or just WORK in the broadest sense of the word, shouldn’t that be more than enough?
…Iron Man, that is!
That’s right, I’m talking about The Avengers. (Spoiler alert for those who still haven’t watched the movie!)
Anyway, let’s get this done and over with! Even before I watched the movie, I already prepared myself for some major EYE CANDY! Pagsamahin mo ba naman ang dalawang CHRIS — Evans at Hemsworth — sa isang pelikula! Deymn! Wala na yatang mas iinit pa sa napakainit na summer na ‘to!!! @_@
If only the “Avengers” were in a contest, I’d probably award them with these:
Best Biceps: THOR
Oh my guulaaay! Ilang kilong gulay ba ang kinailangang kainin ni Chris Hemsworth para magka-braso ng ganun?! I seriously couldn’t keep my eyes off of his arms whenever he had his close-ups! Yes, Thor‘s biceps > Thor‘s blue eyes and blond hair! Chris H., pa-huuug nga!!!
Best (Upper) Body: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Hay Chris Evans! Oo na, ikaw na! IKAW NA ANG MAS SEXY SA’KIN! Kaasar, much!!! =))
Best Lines: IRON MAN
From being his usual “genius, playboy, billionaire” self, to his anti-kiss statement (more on that later), I think the outcome of the movie did quite very well thanks to Robert Downey, Jr.‘s witty lines! Plus, I think he’s the “best” Avenger (and I’m NOT being biased here! Haha!)
Best Temper: THE HULK
Whaaat? I know that’s sooo obvious… but I just can’t CAN’T include him! Besides, Mark Ruffalo‘s a-okay in his own way (well, just don’t compare him to Evans and Hemsworth and we’re good!) AND I love the color green! ’Nuff said.
Hahaha, okay! For all my men readers, I apologize. The things you just read were meant for my fellow lady readers! (Ain’t that right, girls? I swear, you’ll totally get me once you watch the actual movie!)
Moving on, I have to admit that I ain’t a genuine The Avengers fan. So let’s not get into all those comic book stuff and Comic-Con conventions and whatnot! My knowledge of The Avengers is only limited to its Hollywood version, so to all die-hard followers out there, chillax! This post is purely for fun! Or as they say in showbiz, purely for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES only!!!
But overall, I can say that the movie was good! Maybe not THAT great (*cough*FIGHT SCENES*cough*), but it’s worth your money nonetheless. I actually plan on watching it again with my girlfriend Val!
Ooh, before I forget, S.H.I.E.L.D’s very own Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and Black Widow weren’t bad at all! So those are more “things” to look forward to!
Now going back to Iron Man‘s anti-kiss statement, THAT scene was actually one of my favorites! Laugh out loud kung laugh out loud talaga!
“Please tell me nobody kissed me!” -Iron Man to Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor (you have to watch the movie to relate! Hahaha!)
Seriously, WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO KISS CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, AND THOR???
Okay, maybe not The Hulk…
But when we’re only talking about Chris AND Chris, to answer that question… NOT ME!
By all means, please replace “nobody” with “EVERYBODY!” Diba? Wahahahaha!
Lemme know what you think once you watch The Avengers.
The Avengers is now shown in Philippine cinemas.
It all started with a link — a “tweeted” link, actually. After that, I practically waited ONE week before I decided to post something about my entry’s focus for this day. You know, just to make sure that what I feel is legit… After all, “it” happened oh so fast — thanks to my friend Jeselle!!!
Oh yes, I needed ONE week to really convince myself that I’m indeed a fan of, none other than, One Direction (or 1D for short)
But I have to be honest. The first time I saw their music video on a local music channel, the first thing I thought of was:
“A boyband? In the year 2012?! Oh not again…”
And then I kept hearing their songs almost everywhere. Nada.
And then I found out that they’re British. Oh-kaaay… but still not enough.
And then Jesselle finally sent me something on Twitter, telling me that the link she provided reminded her of me since I love everything British…
I watched it… found them very charming… and then realized that they were the same people on THAT music video I didn’t give much attention to the first time I saw it…
After pressing “replay” a few more times, watching related videos here and there, and basically spending more time on YouTube than expected (almost 6 hours!), I stumbled upon THAT music video again. But unlike before, my eyes were finally glued to the screen, my ears were finally listening rather than hearing, and overall, I just saw “What Makes You Beautiful” in a whole new light:
That’s when it hit me. I finally got the so-called “Direction Infection” — which usually affects younger people. But hey, Jesselle and I can be the “exception” to this “infection!” =))
And of course, just like Ronan Keating (Boyzone) and Nicky Byrne (Westlife) from the nineties, I also have my eyes on a particular 1D member: HARRY STYLES. ♥
Watch the following video to know why Harr-eh‘s oh sooo “lovely” to me! Gaaah~
To prove that I’m far from being “cured” of this “infection” (not that I want to be anytime soon!), I bought 1D‘s debut album in less than 24 hours of being “infected.” Haha!
I know, I know. I’m already too old for this kind of stuff… but as One Direction “sang” it,
And I don’t plan on doing anything about it, but simply ENJOY it while I’m
still already not-so-young and not-so-beautiful. Wahahahaha! Heard enough of IT? Okay, great!
The Royal Wedding. The Starbucks planner. Manny Pacquiao‘s fights. The latest iPhone. One thing they ALL have in common? They’ve all been the hype at one point in time.
I just recently contemplated whether or not to get an iPhone. But the thing is, I’m really “practical” when it comes to gadgets. Most of my gadgets and I have very looong “relationships.” My laptop has been with me for almost four years. My iPod for two years. My phone for almost four years as well. And my Globe number? For SEVEN YEARS (and counting; I’m actually aiming for a decade!!!) And yes, they’re all in PERFECT CONDITION. I know, right? Kung boyfriend lang sana sila, engaged or kasal na sana ako ngayon! Wahahahaha!
Going back to my iPhone dilemma, the thought of getting one just randomly popped into mind one day… Why? Sure you can blame it on the hype once again. Sure you can you say that Steve Jobs has been inspiring me from the moment I read his authorized biography (speaking of which, I still owe you a book review — but that’s another blog entry.) But the thing that bothered me most was when my friend told me that it all comes down to my “PURPOSE,” and the only words I had in return were “REED JOBS.” Toink! Toink!! Toink!!! If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll notice that I’ve been OBSESSED with the “Prince of Apple” for quite some time now — hence the answer = the purpose. I didn’t even care about the hype nor the functions of the iPhone. Heck, I didn’t even bother about the model — 3G S, 4, or 4S! The only thing that mattered to me was my “hallucination” that if I purchased ANY Apple product, I’d instantly have some sort of connection with the Apple Prince!!! Waahhh — another round of baliw-baliwan madness! I seriously need to see a shrink NOW! Hahaha!
But then again, I’m thankful for that conversation I had with my friend. Because if it weren’t for him, I would’ve taken my still-functional phone for granted. That’s right.
Unfortunately, I really “overwork” my gadgets to the point that I DON’T replace them until they give up on me. Besides, I realized that when you’re going to “level up,” might as well live up to it. Ganito lang ‘yan eh. Naka-iPhone ka nga, nag-jeejeep ka naman. Naka-designer bag ka nga, ang daanan mo naman palagi ay prone to snatchers. Yadda, yadda, yadda. You get the picture. I’d rather work on my parking skills first (and save up for GAS!), and put aside some moolah for my upcoming travels! Yebah!!!
So for now, the iPhone CAN wait.
Bottomline is, instead of “giving in” to whatever hype, think of your “PURPOSE” first — and contemplate whether or not your purpose is PRACTICAL, ETHICAL, and sometimes, like in my “Reed Jobs” case, LOGICAL! =)) And to quote my favorite blogger, Patty Laurel:
Life experiences are priceless. You can never ever put a price tag on these precious moments. Whether it’s a mid-afternoon conversation about unconditional love with your lola, the most amazing chocolate cake with hot caramel sauce baked by your tita, or seeing Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night up close and personal… kung ang pinag-uusapan ay experience, something that involves the five senses… GO! DO IT! Taste it, feel it, see it, listen to it, smell it! Do not stop yourself from trying something new or from rediscovering something old. Ang kotse nabubulok, ang iPad nalalaos. But memories will live forever! Oh yeah, sounds very Hallmarky! “
Yeah, what Patty Laurel said. Besides, sigurado naman akong magkakaron ng iPhone 10S eh, so what’s with the hurry? In the works na nga ang iPhone 5 eh! HA HA HA
Definitely hyped “down,”
Mika Jobs — este, Chiong pala!
Most of the time, no one wants to be called “low” anything. But if there’s going to be an EXCEPTION, I think “low maintenance” will be our best bet!
And you betcha! I, Mikhaela Georgette, am a self-proclaimed low-maintenance girl!
Not convinced? Very well. Let me tell you why The Lady considers herself low maintenance for some reasons. Haha!
Let’s start with DOES NOT REQUIRE CONSTANT PAMPERING. First word: MAKEUP! Don’t get me wrong, I’m “interested” in makeup. But you know, I don’t really “love” it (obviously, I DIDN’T say “I love makeup” in the previous sentence) that I can practically live WITHOUT it. Call me a “late bloomer” or something, but it wasn’t until I was 18 and was about to graduate college that I actually started using it. But even now, my makeup routine will always be Pressed Powder. Blush. Lipgloss (or sometimes when I’m in the mood — Lipstick). Tapos! I don’t even use concealer or mascara. Sometimes, eyeshadow gets in the mix, but that’s mostly reserved for very special occasions. Yung tipong pang-debut or wedding! Heck, I didn’t even wear makeup during my first Junior-Senior prom! I don’t even wear makeup when I go to work — at least NOT everyday! Wahahahaha! Loser, much!
But anyway, the Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. rule every night before dozing off will. always. be. a. NON-NEGOTIABLE! And the occasional visit to your trusted derma is a must, too. But then again, I don’t even visit the derma that often! Ah basta! I-try niyo nalang, pwede ba?! Hehehe.
Now for the next word (or in this case, a phrase): PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION! Yebah! When it comes to “going places,” I actually call myself a “versatile passenger.” Yes, I drive. But I also commute! Be it a bus, jeep, taxi, LRT/MRT, at kahit padyak pa ‘yan, game ako diyan! As long as I get to and fro my destination SAFELY, walang arte-arte si Mikhaela Georgette noh! Kung pwede nga by horse, why not? Feeling prinsesa pa’ko kung magkataon!
Now let’s move on to ONE WHO IS GENUINELY HAPPY TO ENJOY THE COMPANY OF OTHERS. I guess being “someone who is easy to please” is included with this one! But then again, who needs “pleasing” when you’re lucky enough to have AWESOME PEOPLE (e.g. family and friends) to spend your time with? No need to spend moolah. Kahit simpleng kwentuhan lang, solve na’ko! Actually that’s one of my most favorite parts when I hang out with those dear to me… Yung tipong hindi mo na napapansin yung oras sa sobrang enjoy nilang kasama! At dahil diyan, *drama mode* I LOVE YOU MI FAMILIA Y MI AMIGOS! Thank God that we’re all “low maintenance” in our own unique ways! Mwah, mwah, mwah. ♥
But wait, I also have a NON-NEGOTIABLE with this one: “ME” TIME! Sometimes, you need to be alone… to reflect… to feel “independent” (if you aren’t already!)… and TO GENUINELY ENJOY THE COMPANY OF Hotties from Faraway Lands — ergo, MOVIES! Plus BOOKS and THE INTERNET! Seriously, I can watch a movie in a movie theater all by myself or sit in a quiet corner inside a coffee shop (or milk tea place) with a book in hand, and it’ll still be all good for meee! Thanks a lot to artistic licenses and whatnot. Hahaha!
Just a little DISCLAIMER, though. I may be one of the most low-maintenance girls you’ll ever meet… BUT I’m also one of the girls with the “HIGHEST STANDARDS” you’ll ever know! Paaak!
Having said that, paki turuan niyo na nga lang akong maging HIGH MAINTENANCE, please? HA HA HA =))