I do not know if there is still going to be any improvement with my handwriting, as I have been writing this way since I was in high school. But the good thing with this challenge is, after years of using keyboards when writing, it makes me reunite with my love for handwriting, and now I can write without my hands hurting and shaking. I need to improve my cursive because it sucks big time. I want to make beautiful calligraphy, too.
I do not do challenges much because most of the time, I am inept. But this time, I know I can rock this challenge, plus I want to see how much my handwriting will improve in a period of one month, that is, if there are still improvements needed with it. I will post my daily challenges here and in my Instagram account.
Always the question my mama asks, and always I tell her they areimportant stuff I need. She would tell me then that I am carrying bricks inside my bag, and yes, it feels like I have the whole house inside my bag. After wrecking five bag handles, I would not even start denying it.
So, what is inside my bag? After the decluttering done last night, here are some of the stuff stuffed inside it.
This is a craze in the bullet journal community where I am a member. Everyone is recommending this because this does not bleed or ghost through their Moleskine or Leuchtturm1917 (another hype which I cannot understand and will write about later), so the curious George in me wants to try it because it sounds fancy. Artist pen. Chos! Even if my drawing skills are limited to doodles of butterflies and flowers, but if drawn by a fancy pen, I will be happy with it. I am always happy with my doodles, teehee!
So, off I went to National Bookstore and asked the staff if they have Faber Castell PITT artist pen in black with a smug expression on my face because, hey, not everyone knows that. Or so I think. :-p But when I had it in my hands, meh. The body is just made of plastic, like my Faber Castell Broadpens. I was expecting something fancy. I tried them, and meh. I was not impressed with the ink quality. It writes just likeUnipen Technical Fineliners, but the latter is waaaaay much better and cheaper. One PITT artist pen costs 109 pesos!
So, I just opted to buy two Pilot Drawing Pens in 0.2 and 0.3 to compensate my disappointment with PITT. Just because something is a hype does that mean that it is good already. Maybe, for some it is the best already since they have limited pen choices, but next time, I would rather test and try it myself before jumping into their bandwagon.
Took me 1.5 hours to get home from Makati to Shaw Blvd., my goodness! I walked all the way to Ayala EDSA because there were no buses at Ayala Avenue, only to know that there were also no buses along EDSA, northbound and southbound! I did not want to ride the MRT; just seeing how long the queues were was already making me dizzy. There were colorum vans and cabs going to Ortigas for 100/pax, whaaaat?! They were getting 500-700 pesos per trip. Very easy money. I was so tempted to ride one, but no. I would rather take a cab, and after 30 minutes of being lost where to get a ride, I walked towards McKinley Road to grab a cab. Unfortunately, cab drivers were sooo picky. Grrr! 😤 After another 30 minutes, I successfully hailed a cab and in less than 10 minutes, I finally got home. Commuting since yesterday has been soooo stressful – physically and financially. I already spent a week’s worth of my transportation budget just today. 😠
It is only Tuesday. We still have three days more to sacrifice.
November 18 – Wednesday
Apparently, not only the roads being closed and the trains stopping their operations whenever there are APEC leaders and delegates passing by or within the area, some parts of the malls in the business district are off limits to the people whenever an APEC diety is shopping! Wow. I walked from the office going to Ayala MRT station, passing through the interconnecting malls along the way, but we were told by some mall guards to take a different direction because a VIP is shopping. 😒
When I got to the train station, I was happy because there were only a handful of people buying their tickets for the train. I hurriedly stood in the queue, and when I was about to pay my ticket, the ticket sellers put out the “Closed” signs. What? The PA informed their “valued passengers, as part of the security measures implemented during the APEC, we are stopping train operations whenever APEC delegates are passing EDSA.” That went on for more than 30 minutes. Soon, the whole station were filled with people, and there I was, still standing, waiting, tired, hungry, sweating, and I just wanted to get mad with frustration.
So, for the first time after almost two years, I took the MRT again, and it was not a very good experience, too. To add insult to the injury, I saw a few buses on traffic-free EDSA while I was going down to the crowded platform. Oh dear. 😒
I say both private cars and public buses cause the traffic. Last night, it took me an effin’ hour to ride a bus at the Ayala-EDSA bus stop. Buses were not able to load and unload passengers at the bus stop because private cars were in the yellow lanes. At the same time, there were public buses almost parking diagonally to pick up passengers and occupying two lanes. Nakakapikon. I say, the efforts made to solve the issue of the worsening traffic in the metro is futile if there is no self discipline. If people are needed to be told, reminded, reprimanded EVERY DAMN TIME to observe traffic rules, what can the HPG and the MMDA do about it? The moment they just turn their backs to attend to another traffic case, the other lanes turn into chaos. Ironic, the people who are complaining about these traffic issues are the same ones who cannot follow the traffic rules. You only get what you give.
People just want to blame everything to the government. They think they are the ones aggrevated of the situation, and the people in the authority are not doing anything to solve this problem. No, you are wrong. They are doing things to solve this problem, but they also need your cooperation. Every one thinks every one is wrong, but himself. They like to play the blame game all the time, not even asking themselves what they have done to contribute to the solution of this problem.
What is so hard in following rules? Why is it so hard to follow rules?