Gathered Thoughts

Quarter-life Crisis, Anyone?

This year, I’ll be turning 3…  As in three years in my very first full-time job right after college! 😐

So kids, enjoy your “school” life while you still can. SERIOUSLY!

Don’t get me wrong.  I “loved” my job…  I love the building where I have my job…  I love the people I work with in my job…  But that’s exactly it.  It’s a “job” — it’s NOT a CAREER.  Paaak!

I can already feel it…  Sooner or later, I have to say hello to “career.”  For the past few weeks, my sedentary lifestyle’s been taking a toll on me and my health.  Oh no, I don’t blame my job for it.  No, not entirely for there are other factors.  But a part of it?  Yeah.  I’ll stop here before I even say something stupid but for now, I’ll be holding on…  I’ll be holding on until this so-called quarter-life crisis is over.

But I think the thing that bothers me most is whenever I ask myself the question “What do I want to do with my life?” and then I’ll always end up with nothing to say to myself…  *facepalm*

Anyway, I recently posted this as my status on Facebook:

“What do I want to do with my life?!  That is the question.

By the time I’m 25, I should have a CAREER already and not just a job.  And that’s only 3 years from now…  Fuuudge! :|”

CAREER.  It’s not just the question, it’s the operative word.  So what “career” do I want exactly?


CAREER-in ang pagiging “future” wife ni Reed?  Ay, masyadong ambisyosa! Pero buti alam ko diba?!  Harharhar.

Law school, perhaps?  But I’ll only be doing it for the sake of having an “Atty.” before my name, so FAIL!  It’s. not. my. calling.

A career in WRITING?  Hmm…  an interesting option but I’m still not so sure.  Writing is my hobb-eeyyy…  but making it as something I do for a living?  PRESSURE!!! 😦

Siiigh.  I think part of this “quarter-life crisis” is my older sisters.  ‘Cause you know, they all have established careers and the pressure is so on — ON ME!  But just so you know, it’s not them.  It’s ME — again!  Si bunso talaga oh! =))  I’ve already accepted the fact that I’m the odd one out among my sisters.  It’s a looong story so if you want further explanation, just click here.  Hahaha!

Like I said, I’m giving myself THREE MORE YEARS to decide…  Wala lang, kasi 25 sounds sooo…  sooo…  So “employment gods,” hear me!  Hear me, please!!!

Hay nakoowww.  Honestly, I’d rather be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ultimate alalay than be where I am NOW.  Sino ba naman kasi ang nag-imbento pa ng quarter-life crisis eh!  Tsk.

How are you dealing with your very own quarter-life crisis?
Share your thoughts, please! 

Marked on the Calendar, Reviews, The World (TRAVEL)

Planners Here, Planners There, Planners Everywhere!

One of the things I love about the Christmas Season is none other than the different PLANNERS offered by most establishments here in the Philippines!!! 😛  Mapa-bakeshop, bookstore, coffee shop, clothing store, kahit nga yata si manang sa suking tindahan…  halos lahat may offered na na planner tuwing sasapit ang PaskoTama ba?  Hahaha!

Anyway, I’ve been really planning on making a post about planners (now that’s a lot of “plan” in one sentence!)  since last week but luckily, made this “job” easier for me! 😉  This week, they’ve rounded up a list of the Top 25 Planners of 2012.  You can check it out here.

Three of my planners actually made it to the list!  Namely the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2012 Planner, Papemelroti 2012 Planner, and Belle du Jour 2012 Power Planner!  Yay!!!

But I think the more important troubling point here is…  WHY THE HECK DO I NEED not just one, not just two, but THREE FREAKIN’ PLANNERS , you may ask?!  Okay, let me defend myself. 😀

First, I’m very O.C.  And not just any O.C.  As in the serious kind of O.C.  Some of you may be shocked to know this, but I actually have O.C.D. or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!  Oo, yung “disorder” kind.  But no biggie.  I’ve been living with my O.C.D. self for more than a decade now (I started showing symptoms when I was in fifth grade) and I’ve learned how to “manage” my life with it.  Yun nga lang, sometimes it can be really tiring…  time-consuming…  and yes, sometimes it requires THREE PLANNERS!  Wahahahaha!

Moving on…

The Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2012 Planner

I just got mine (in bamboo) last week, and that’s actually my seventh Starbucks planner.  Ever since I had my hands on my very first Starbucks planner, wala pang taon akong naskiskip!  So yeah, blame it on “tradition” kuno!  Hehe.  But seriously, if you’re a natural coffee drinker anyway (who just happens to choose Starbucks), then spending moolah shouldn’t really be an issue.

So for those complaining about how pricey these planners cost…  kayo ah!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  Obviously, you’re just going to Starbucks just. so. you. can. get. the. planner. 😐  Puh-lease.  I don’t mean to sound rude or anything, but I’ve been drinking Starbucks ever since I was in sixth grade.  Hence, may planner man o wala, nag-staStarbucks talaga ako.  Kaya kung nagrereklamo kayo, edi ‘wag niyong buuin yung stickers!  Ganun lang kasimple!  Case closed.  Tapos!

O siya, peace on earth na ulit!  Hehehe. 🙂

Papemelroti 2012 Planner

I just started using Papemelroti’s handy-dandy planner this year (2011), but I’m still not sure whether or not I’m going to buy one for next year!  But c’mon, at P19.75 each + its adorable designs + convenience (it doesn’t take too much space inside my bag!) — and not to mention that it’s eco-friendly since it’s made of recycled paper, THIS IS DEFINITELY A STEAL!  Okay, fine.  I’m getting the princess-y one!  Heehee.

Belle du Jour 2012 Power Planner

2012 will be my first year to use a Belle du Jour (BDJ) planner, and the only thing that made up my mind is next year’s theme: TRAVEL!  As you can see on the picture…  Oh it’s travel-inspired, alright! ♥  PLUS it doesn’t hurt that it has tons and tons of coupons that can score me discounts ALL YEAR ROUND!  ‘Nuff said.

So…  Starbucks planner? CHECK!  But you see, my Starbucks planner is my “home planner” — meaning, it always stays at home.  I don’t know.  Maybe because I write more personal stuff in it?  Harharhar.  Now it’s just down to what gets to be my “bag planner.”  Papemelroti’s or BDJ’s?  I need mooore convincing.

Thoughts, please? 🙂 😉 😀

How about you?  What’s going to be your 2012 planner?
Sound off in the comments section below!