¡Hola! Hoy en día, fui a los Archivos Nacionales y la Biblioteca. 😀
(Naks, kala mo naman ang galing! Google Translate lang po ‘yan! *bow*)
Anyway, for my so-called “thesis proposal,” my professor required me and my classmates to do some archival research — hence, the trip to the National Archives/Library! I started my day by doing “simple research” in school and then I met up with my classmate Aisha. To make the long story short, we were able to hold several ORIGINAL documents dating back to the 19th CENTURY! Here’s a sample:
The tricky part is, we have to TRANSCRIBE and TRANSLATE them! Afterwards, we have to SUMMARIZE them in at least five paragraphs! And did I mention that they’re ALL written in SPANISH? ¡Dios mío! I’ve had 12 units of Spanish in college but I don’t think that’s enough to finish what needs to be done! Just look at how incomprehensible the Spaniard’s handwriting is from the sample! Que Dios me ayude!
Moving on, I considered this as a blog-worthy experience because c’mon! It’s not everyday that you get to touch things that had been touched by people who are even older than your great grandparents! Diba? DIBA??? 😛
Plus, I kinda had my own little adventure! 😉 After the National Archives, my classmates and I parted ways and I went to the National Library ALONE to get some “recent” documents. When I finally took hold of what I need (oh please! I really hope it’s what I “need”), I stayed a little more and sat in a simple corner in the Library — ang loser ko lang tingnan kasi parang ako lang yung walang kasamang kilala dun! 😦 But anyway, I felt sooo “Ms. Independent” kaya keri lang! 😀 However, upon leaving, I don’t know what happened but it was as if my brain and my feet had an alliance because I just suddenly found myself walking along Jorge Bocobo St. and then toward Robinsons Place Ermita! Yeeessss, nakapaglakad ako ng mag-isa mula National Library hanggang RP! I KID YOU NOT!!! 🙂 So what I did was text my childhood friend Meeko and we did some catching up at Serenitea! Aaahh, the simple joy of drinking milk tea and talking with a good friend ♥
So that’s it! Today, I held documents that had witnessed history firsthand, had some “me” time, did some “exercise” (naglakad ako ng malayo, remember? Haha!), and met up with a good friend. I say this day is a SUCCESS!
I just hope my “thesis proposal” and my grades at the end of this term will be “successful” too… PLEASE PRAY FOR ME! Gracias mi amigos! 🙂