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Suspense while suspended in the air

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In response to Daily Prompt’s Panic

I am not sure if it’s part of aging, but trust me when I tell you that I am beginning to get panicky and scared on air turbulences. I have been on plane rides for countless of times where during my younger days, it wouldn’t really bother me at all if the plane gets shaky, maybe then, partly it was because excitement was still in my system that it simmers down any anxiety or panic that I may have.

Recently, it’s a different story. Yes I love to travel, having been in the airline industry for more or less 10 years, but now, I tend to get taken aback when air packets disturb an otherwise smooth ride.

I was thinking long and hard of when was the last time I panicked and it came vividly through me that it was in my recent trip to Cebu, Philippines. Midway through the flight, it gotten shaky, abruptly that is, a split second of a snappy and sharp descent and back up again where it shook my entire system completely and then the plane got back to descending again where then my initial thoughts were, what’s happening, are we crashing? (funny as it may sound when I start recalling it but it was a totally different feeling at that moment in time). I held tightly on to the arm rest and even held on to my friend. I began thinking about those documentaries that I saw on plane crash (I guess it’s my inclination towards documentaries like this and mystery and thriller novels finally taking its toll on me). My friend even got a migraine from the sudden jolt that we experienced. I kept praying that time and grateful that we got safe to the destination. Phew! Talk about panic.

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Half Empty, Half Full

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Glass

I’ve perceived myself as a multi-tasker, I can somehow distribute my focus to doing different things at a time and ensure those get done. But lately, I am not sure if it’s part of aging or just the nature of changing, I tend to give out all my concentration to a singular task. Thus, the hiatus with blogging. Now I am back and I thought to kick-off my resume by slowly letting my brain juices work through thinking of instances where The Daily Prompt’s topic correlate. Hence, this post.

Glass….

I remember my final round of interview back in 2006 when I was fresh out of the university, where I applied and passed my supposedly first job / company (which I eventually turned down for something better), the director had asked a number of hypothetical questions, one being, how do I perceive a glass of water, which one would I prefer, half-empty or half-full. Hearing the question for the first time I found it odd. What’s the difference? Then I thought to myself, probably this is a trick question, that maybe I should focus on the positive side of things, empty or full? I answered with “half-full” and explained that I am comparing that to how I approach instances where I am being presented with challenges, should I treat it as something that will yield positive results in the end or consider it as a threat to my success. I know, I sounded like a trying hard applicant, pleasing her interviewer, haha!

But then, if you ask me now, what would I choose? I would choose half-empty. Life presents a lot of challenges and some of those, we traverse for the first time, without any prior experience. How we react to it and learn from it is usually a matter of trial and error. My “glass of life” is a gradually growing collection of good and bad experiences where I started out only hearing and reading life stories and yet now, I get to face some of those. I know that this glass would not ever be full because this world has a lot of pieces of stories and experiences that no one person can ever completely face. I guess it is a matter of learning from those and knowing how we can react and tread it the next time around. And that when that time comes where we have to carefully take a look at this glass, we will let out a grin, because we have made it through.

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“Fill Pill”

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Red Pill, Blue Pill.”

Funny how just a while ago, I saw an article about people leaning towards the healthier side of things when one gets to the age of 30. Ok, not hiding my age here anymore, I am in my 3-0. That article is indeed a factual one, as I personally feel that too – the need to stay healthy by pushing yourself to eat right, exercise regularly and in my case, take supplements. I lack fiber in my diet and as part of my daily routine now and as part of preventing all the previous sicknesssss, I now incorporate it – be it a pill or the natural way – greens and beans. This, in addition to all the others that I take – multivitamins, a spoonful of pure manuka honey first thing in the morning plus those that try to target my “weak” areas e.g. urinary tract supplements etc. So a pill that includes everything? Why not! I would probably go for it with the consideration, of course, that there would be no negative health side effects. 😛 And I hope this pill is customizable, depending on your nutritional need at the moment. Sounds nice right? 😀

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Tossed

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Three Coins in the Fountain.”

Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?

Not a fountain, but rather off into a pond. I was in Fuji Five Lake Kawaguchiko area specifically in Oshino Hakkai where I visited the eight ponds that it is famous for. In one of the lakes, that which fronts all of the other ponds if coming from the usual entrance, there is a pond nearby a fish restaurant where I saw coins submerged, sitting silently at the bottom. Gold, silver, bronze coins – with this scene, it is but evident that it is a wishing pond. So I made my one wish. One that I have been wishing for for the past three years. I am still waiting, as much as I wanted to answer this daily prompt’s question of “did it come true?”. Path could be less hazy now, so I am positive I am getting there.

Above is the small pond in Oshino Hakkai. You may find details of my trip there in this post. 🙂

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Inked

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tattoo….You?.”

Tattoo….You?

Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?

I don’t have a tattoo and I did not ever think of having one. But, recently, I wanted to. LOL. But just mere wanting though. Maybe one of those which wouldn’t ever materialize. If I may have one, an imaginary one may I say, I think it would either be a Mandala or map coordinates. Ok, since it’s imaginary, maybe let me just say I will have both of them tattooed on me. A Mandala which is usually a symbol of balance, of universe. Personal emphasis is on the manifestation of balance. I wanted my life to have its own balance, in any aspects of my life. And I think most of us opt to have. For the map, it would be coordinates of Manila. My hometown. Where I was born and knew most things about life. I have lived in couple of countries US for more than a year, Singapore for half a decade and I wanted to have an emblem that when I glimpse will bring smile to my face and floods me with memories, my most significant ones. Those of which are back home.

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Life Starts. Life Ends.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.”

At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

I find this DP topic amusing. lol. For a start, I never thought of me being immortal (although of course it is a childish wish analogous to having a flying power or teleporting skill). Well, that is from the time that my brain started to realize and rationalize things. A thinking mind that is. There were a lot of factors that I could say I know that life ends. Death of a beloved pet, death of a character even in cartoons. And even when young, the death of some relatives and attending of funerals, are as natural as life itself. So I guess, ever since, I know that death is a universal truth, a dogma and everyone has to go through it.

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Music Artist

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Practice Makes Perfect?.”

Tell us about a talent you’d love to have… but don’t.

Right when I saw this DP challenge, there is already only one that pops up in my mind… music! lol… I guess that talent for music would be one of my life’s greatest frustrations.. yeah I know, it’s not too late to learn it but then some people are just born with it right? They can sing so good or compose great and lasting songs. I’d love to be able to play musical instruments so good that I can make my own songs. I would want to be a violinist, a drummer or a keyboardist, or best of all have that superb singing voice that I can sing to the world with. Apparently, I can only sing in the shower, or in my room or in my head. lol. But but but.. I can dance! LOL… I guess close to this frustration for music, is my love for dancing. Ok yeah, just play that music on the radio and I will dance my heart out. haha. I am really a music lover and my day cannot pass without listening to good, soothing music or upbeat songs that could lighten up my day or give that mood I so need for work. And oh my, live music.. it’s one best  thing to give my mind peace. So yeah, salute to all the good musicians and artists out there that give this world beautiful music! I wish I could too, hmmm maybe soon? lol.

Speaking of singing in the shower….