Wake Up Call

For some reason/s I have yet to discover, I thought of starting a daily journal through this wordpress account. Maybe because I noticed that I have such an app on my phone but I’m rarely using it, or maybe I just want to practice writing coherent thoughts on a daily basis, and so on. I have yet to think a solid reason lol. 

Anyhoo, this was a so so day for me at work because I already finished the required tasks. There were 2 seminars I’m interested to listen to today, the IMF presentation on the World Economic Outlook and the seminar on Global and Domestic Value Chains in Asia (brown bag). I just passed by the IMF seminar because there were a lot of people and just thought of studying the readings my boss gave me. It was 10:30am and the brown bag one is at 12:30 noon so I thought of working for a few hours first before “goofing (intellectually) from work” through seminars. 

The brown bag was quite interesting. It was fun listening to a talk with all concepts familiar to you. “Yeah, I did that, ohh I know how to measure that etc.” It was 100% relevant to what I’m doing. The data I’ve been producing were used in the analysis through decompositions and my most favorite part is the inclusion of the job  growth effects. 

Then it hit me. I think this seminar was sort of a wake-up call to appreciate and be passionate about work since I found the trade sector as something just required of me to do because it’s my job. Doing something macro makes me feel that I’m not contributing something to society. Producing input-output tables is not exactly socially relevant. But with that seminar, having job growth included made me think,  “may silbi naman tong ginagawa ko.”

I want to learn and love the trade sector the same way I learned and loved Political Science (my undergrad degree). I didn’t like it at first but became passionate with it especially because of the quantitative pol. analysis subject where I learned to use R programming and the political economy subject which made me take up masters in economics. I can say that trade and I is on the getting-to-know-each-other phase and I hope that the time we invest on each other is/will be worthwhile. 

Also, I also want to remember that on this day, Aika and I went again for merienda in the caf for the first time in a long time. To be honest, I didn’t know why we stopped eating and going there lol. She ordered egg salad sandwich and mine was chicken salad sandwich. 

Another thing to remember and ponder on: I stumbled upon Aika as I was going home, she came from yoga and I began to think of joining her again. I always think of joining her but I am lazy and I want to jog/run than stay in a stationary place. Lels. But I guess I just need to start doing it so I can make it a habit. I badly need exercise, for your info. Hahaha. 

Wow, this is long.  Ang daldal ko. Hahaha kbye! 

Nina 😛✌️


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