A Filipina thirtysomething grad student's blog with a side helping of geekery, food, books, music and beauty!

28/09/2019
by Layla
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Productive Fridays, satisfying car door slams, and much, much more.

Image credit here.

Image credit here.

 

Eurgh. Probably the best way to describe how I feel today is that I’m tired. Bone tired.

Today’s been a long day at work. But I’m pretty satisfied about how it turned out. I did three out of five tasks in my to-do list, I managed to study/prepare for my report that’s due after midterms, and I was able to get what I needed. #hellopaydaythankyou

I’m actually trying to keep this post a little more serious–at this moment, I’m taking stock of where I am emotionally and mentally.

Last year, I was a wreck. This year, medications notwithstanding, I could say that I’m in a better place. Oh yes, there are still days of agitation, stress, and dealing with toxic people, but I was able to cope. Without going into pieces, that is. I now have someone helping me with the minutiae of work, and I get along well with that colleague. Hopefully next year, I will have the confidence to apply for a promotion–and I will close my ears so as not to hear comments from naysayers. But not without training that colleague. I do hope he will be able to cope. Continue Reading →

22/09/2019
by Layla
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Life update number 2: A month into grad school, and a few important takeaways

Hi! Here I am, writing this post whilst sick. No worries, I’m feeling slightly better, but not yet in perfect working condition. So, I have taken the time to write this little update.

And tonight, whilst writing this entry, I realised that it’s been a month since I started graduate school. To use a cliche–time really does fly. And with that realisation, there are other things I have learned, too. Continue Reading →

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26/08/2019
by Layla
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A little life update + current favourites

Hola! Hope you are all doing well.

Here I am, a few weeks into graduate school. And to be honest, I felt a bit lost.

But here’s the tea–graduate school is a different ballgame from law school. For years, I’ve gotten used to having insults hurled by professors whenever they do not like my answer, or whenever I gave a wrong one. While the professor seemed dissatisfied, he didn’t say anything more and asked the same question to a classmate. Continue Reading →

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20/08/2019
by Layla
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A letter to the law school freshman.

I didn’t just study in coffee shops–sometimes I study at home, especially when I am skint!

Dear Law School Freshie,

I’m sitting here writing a letter to you, the law school freshman. There was a bit of mental see-sawing before I started to write this post.

First things first–I am not a law student.

Hear me out–I used to be one. Leaving law school was a difficult decision to make, yet, at the same time, the best one. It isn’t because the passion isn’t there anymore, but I needed to take that breather.

Anyway, here’s the tea: law school is a rollercoaster. Having been in it for years has helped me become a stronger person emotionally. I’m not scaring you off, but there are a few points I need to make. Continue Reading →

12/08/2019
by Layla
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Lost in UP: An adventure story

I have always come to the University of the Philippines to get my additional readings photocopied/springbound, because the print/bind shops there do it so well. There are only two places I know like the back of my hand: the Shopping Centre and the college I [now] belong to.

The Shopping Centre burnt down last year, so that’s one less place I remember. Anyway, I digress.

It was a grey July day that I went to the university’s campus on a mission. My to-do list:

  1. Drop a letter at the Institute of Environmental Science (an errand for my boss)-done
  2. -Submit physical and dental exam forms and x-ray film at the Health Services-done
  3. Submit medical certificate to SOLAIR-done

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10/08/2019
by Layla
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My July–catching up with you all

Hello! Hope you are all well.

July sped by, and it took my breath away–literally!

For some reason, this month had the record of me calling in sick a lot because of–you guessed it, asthma attacks. Oh, and high blood pressure, which shocked me. It’s a wake up call for me to eat more healthily and to exercise more!

This month was also a flurry of preparations–having those medical check-ups as part of a pre-enrolment requirement for uni–graduate school, that is (there will be more of that in a separate post); and getting my [messy] bedroom ready–making it conducive for studying.

And what a challenge that was! My room was in a bit of a mess (an understatement), and a lot of cleaning had to be done. Below are the Before pictures–look at them, absolute carnage! Continue Reading →

13/07/2019
by Layla
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I’m saying goodbye to law school. And it’s okay.

Yes, it actually is, despite the fact that writing this is the one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.

This was my usual set up two years ago–studying in coffee shops, at home, and in the school library. Sadly, the coffee shop where this pic was taken is no longer in operation.

For years, I had my game plan–study law with enough passion to make a candle burn; take the Bar after graduation, and (God willing) pass the Bar, take the oath (at one point, I could recite it in my sleep), and sign in the Roll of Attorneys in front of the Bar Confidant.

Sounds easy, right? No, not at all!

I won’t lie, I failed subjects too, but not without learning the lesson behind it. There were times when I’ve wondered what was the point of the Negotiable Instruments Law, or the law on Partnership–or whether one is solidarily or jointly liable for some unfullfilled obligations. These thoughts, however, were formed during one of my weaker moments.
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12/07/2019
by Layla
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I nearly forgot about this.

I’ve made it this far. Whew!

I’ve been working in this government office for six years now. Technically, it’s seven, but my contractual stint didn’t count as government service.

It’s been a rocky road so far, but I’m so glad I stuck it through. There were many times I’ve considered handing in my notice due to mental health reasons, but I didn’t. I’m still working here, and it’s unbelievable.

Thank you for that rollercoaster, PNRI. I love you.

29/06/2019
by Layla
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My glass skin dreams

As I am in my mid-thirties, I need to take better care of my skin, thus the incorporation of two anti-aging moisturisers s and facial wash in my skin care routine.

Recently however, i came across this article from Allure introducing a popular Korean trend, the glass skin, a fancy term for clear, luminous, seemingly transparent skin. Of course I was sold on that. Who doesn’t want a clear, dewy, and luminous skin? I wouldn’t be an exception.

The products pictured above aren’t all the products I use everyday for skincare. There are new products that I have just bought, and not yet used! I’m willing to share my skincare routine, though. Continue Reading →

12/06/2019
by Layla
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It’s Sinking In

Well, hello you.

Again, it’s been ages since I have written an update, and during that time, I wasn’t in a very good place mentally and emotionally. As well, I have been physically ill a lot, the heat being the main culprit.

There was another reason for the silence. I’ve applied for graduate school at the end of April; took the exam on the 11th of May.

Well, who look got in.

I had to give out my application number twice to the college secretary over the phone to make sure that I passed. The photo above was proof that I don’t need to pinch myself. I passed, oh dear Lord, I passed–and I even attended the orientation. Yes, I know I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me academically, but oh God, let me have a moment of giddiness.

Getting admitted into this state university isn’t something to be sneezed at—it is a big deal, considering that’s the uni nearly every Filipino wants to study in. I could apply for an appeal, but I applied for entry into another uni for my undergraduate degree and I got in it. In a way, things have gone full circle.

I really can’t wait till August. I’m so excited to start.

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