The Sunday Currently: Volume 5

June Rogue

Reading

I’m sad to say that I have not progressed with Smaller and Smaller Circles at all, but only because I had an incredibly busy week. I think I bit off more than I could chew, but I still am grateful for all the opportunities that came my way. I promise to pick up the book this week.

I finally finished the June issue of Rogue, and I’m still trying to figure out if I still like the magazine or not. I really miss the fascinating features of before, and while the stories now are still fascinating, they’re a little snooty for my taste. My copy of The Escapist came in the mail yesterday. People from Monocle, slow down! I still haven’t started on my July-August issue! I appreciate it, though, because it means it’s not running late.

Writing

My daily deliverables for WhenInManila.com. I’m happy that it’s the end of the month because that means I met my quota! The last weekend of the month is always the most stressful since I have to catch up with my delayed stories. But that will soon change because I formally filed my resignation at my PR job on Friday. I will work-full time for WhenInManila.com as the business development director. On my last Sunday Currently, I posted the lyrics to Wicked‘s “For Good,” and I wrote that it plays a significant role in what I was going through. I used the lyrics as my resignation letter. Yes, I am the guy that used the lyrics to a (Tony-award winning) musical to leave a company.

Listening

Today I planned on staying home to finish Stranger Things, do the groceries, and get a haircut, but my WIM co-admin Anj gave me a ticket to Selena Gomez’s concert. What else is there to do but go? I went with my co-admins Sky and Sam and had a blast. Madonna set my standards for concert performances, but Gomez comes close. The baby-faced crooner is sexy with her breathy vocals and provocative outfits, but she has a child-like energy that brightened the arena, especially during her closing number “I Want You to Know.” It felt a bit off-putting to be around so many teenage girls (the men’s restroom was literally empty), though. I never felt so old in my life.

Watching

I watched Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin, this hilarious comedy of errors about a Filipina who’s about to get married to an American. It could have gone wrong, especially when you portray a young woman who’s looking for an American husband, but Tuesday Vargas plays Cookie with so much ease and sincerity that it doesn’t come off as offensive. Such a good film.

I also started watching Stranger Things, the Netflix series about a young boy’s disappearance and how it connects to a government conspiracy, and it’s so good. It’s an homage to ’80s horror movies, and even if I haven’t seen many of them, I still love this series. Winona Ryder plays the boy’s mom, and her seemingly downward spiral towards delirium is perfection. I planned on finishing it today but it might be a good idea to savor the show.

Selena Gomez

Thinking

That I’m #ultrablessed (I was #superblessed last week). On my way home tonight, I once again thought that my cup runneth over. Yes, there are still things that I want, like a fitter body, a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a Macbook, but I am grateful for what I have, and that everything is falling into place.

Human Nature

Smelling

The fragrant mixture of Human Nature’s coffee body scrub and lotion in powder love. My skin feels silky after using the coffee body scrub, and I am absolutely in love with powder love, which smells like fresh laundry. I went to Human Nature this week and got the body scrub and lotion, plus my favorite citrus burst hand sanitizer, the night moisturizer, the detoxifying mask + scrub, and the soap in clean cotton. The soap is supposed to complement the lotion, so I’m excited to use it, too.

Wishing

That I will make the right decision. I’m a little sad to go because we just moved into a new office and I super love my team, but I cannot let this opportunity go. My co-admin Pau wrote this wonderful piece about going out of your comfort zone, and it’s the push I need.

Hoping

That everything will go well in the near future.

Loving

How productive I was this week. I was exhausted, but I know this will pay off.

Wanting

To learn more about marketing and sales. If I’m going to do this job for WhenInManila.com, I want to do it well.

Needing

To take care of my body more. I understand that there’s tons of things to do but I prioritize sleep because I won’t be able to function the next day if I don’t get enough rest. Besides my usual routine of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating, I will have to take extra measures to take care of my body, like watching what I eat. Yes, vanity may play a role in it, but it’s more of maximizing my body so I can do whatever I want. I can’t go traveling if I’m easily tired.

Feeling

Bittersweet.

Clicking

Nine non-threatening leadership strategies for women. What a cleverly-written article. It starts off as serious then subtly escalates to crazy. At first I had to reread some parts to make sure if the writer was serious.

The Sunday Currently was originally created by SiddaThornton. Carina Santos inspired me to do it.

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