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This week started with a promise of a big thing by Friday. So in preparation, I vowed to make it a happy week, and not open a single page of exam reviewer. Sooo... 

How to prepare for a big day

Step 1. Declare the week a free week, and do only the “want” activities rather than the “needs”.

And at the same time, engage in a new game like Temple Run 2. But even doing so, you would only get a 400K score maximum because you’re that mind-body uncoordinated. Yes, even virtually. 

Step 2. Actually prepare for the big day. Gather the necessary papers, contact people who can help. 

Step 3. Add to happiness by claiming all unclaimed deal vouchers before the month ends.

Step 4. Very late dinner date with friends. Gamble the chance of taking the last mrt trip from an unfamiliar station. The sheer joy of catching up on the last train would bring euphoria and a hint of good luck that might just last the whole week. 

Step 5. Get on the big day with a full lunch from a favorite burger joint. Because burgers are the first favorite food to find. 

Then come Friday, life turned on its irony button right at my face. The big day arrived with all my papers ready and in-hand, and the big day was cancelled. And there's no date set yet. 

A lesson learned is not to actually prepare for big days. Because big days tend to be overrated.

Pitch Perrrfect

I watched Pitch Perfect last Saturday. Then I watched it the second time.

And the third time. 

And the fourth. Well, just the parts I love but still.. 

I loved it. In its entirety. 

Aside from the grand Bella performance, here's my favorite part:

You're one of those a cappella girls. I'm one of those a cappella boys, and we're gonna have a ca-children. It's inevitable.
You're really drunk right now. I don't think you're gonna remember any of this. 
No, I'm not drunk at all. You're just blurry.

You okay? Yeah? Yeah. You almost fell over? 
No, she didn't. You know, I could.
Can you pass a sobriety test right now?
Can you stand up straight?
See how I come right back?
And I come right back.
Right. Wow.
Can I get you a drink?
It sounds great.
I'm gonna get you a drink.
Go for it.
I think you need to get on this level.

I think the whole scene is honest and cute and just adorable. I have not felt kilig in a movie for a long time, and this scene brought my faith back. 

Hello, stranger

It was the first time I saw her. We both have common friends, and we didn't really talk to each other until..

She said that day, she saw her boyfriend cheat on her, and she plans to make his life miserable by dumping him days before his board exam.

And I've known her for just an hour over tinola and flavored tanduay ice. And that was the most personal thing a stranger said to me. And I have nothing to add.

What was the most personal thing you told a stranger?

Or like me, are you one of those who keep every thing deep inside until the chance present itself out, and you find yourself belting your heart on a crazed videoke shout-song, or binging on cheetos and a bucket of ice cream, or like this real time-ly, writing a blog post on a quiet Saturday night of how the week went, right or wrong, because there's something about writing, that is maybe as therapeutic as telling a stranger the day's secret.