Fealty to Words

  • I finally finished reading the book, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I think it has been a year or more since I’ve started it. Lels.
  • I realized this morning that I should review basic economics and the use of  data analysis softwares I used before such as R, E-Views, Stata. This is because I recently applied to other job opportunities and I think I need to refresh myself on what’s written on my CV. Hehe.  
  • I read My Family’s Slave today and got teary eyed. The piece was beautifully written but I felt sad on how the life of  a person be controlled by others until her last day in the world. What was her purpose? Was it just to be a slave? I think the redemption part is kinda too late. This made me value and think more carefully about the choices I make and will be making in life. 

Nina 😛✌️


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 😛✌️


Chvrches Manila: Recover(ed) from this Night Sky\

I know this is late but I believe that my Chvrches experience should be documented. This is the first concert I attended to in my lifetime and I am so glad that it was Chvrches, my favorite band since 2012. November 26, 2014 @ Samsung Hall, SM Aura, one of the unforgettable days of my life.

Few days before the concert, Vybe Mnl announced that there will be a meet and greet, so I was really stoked when I heard it from Jill that weekend. I posted the mandatory photo with a caption, “Then I will never let you get away, never let you get away.” Of course from one of their newest song, Get Away. But, I think the caption was not that witty for Vybe Mnl, I guess since I didn’t win. Hahaha. Luckily, Jill won because of her brilliant caption on how she met Chvrches when they were still a front act in one of Passion Pit’s concerts. Cool. But the cooler thing is, the winners got plus ones for the meet and greet and behold you, dear reader, Jill picked me to be her plus one!

First things first, what’s our outfit for the concert?

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 So, we left the office at around 2pm, since the meet and greet is at 4pm. But before that, we had yoghvrt! Haha.


 While waiting for the meet and greet, we stayed at CBTL outdoors, and took some selfies. Lels.

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The wait took like forever but we gained some friends, the girl who was regrammed by Chvrches because of her nail polish and her boyfriend (Check IG!)  plus, Jill’s friend from Ateneo and his friend. While waiting in the line, I wrote a haiku and also took some stalker shots since people couldn’t take photos because there’s an official photographer:

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 HERE IT IS! THE PICTURE FROM THE MEET AND GREET (I gave them the haiku I wrote and Lauren was touched, she said, “Awww, thank you.” Hihihi. Fan girl moment! Aaaaaahhh):


After the meet and greet, we just grabbed some drinks from CBTL,. Yeah, we didn’t eat dinner because we want to secure a good spot. Here are some photos of Jill while waiting, haha. That’s how bored we were. Jill also grabbed a glass of beer while we were inside the waiting area just before the Samsung Hall. We also bought some merch shirts which was dun dun dun duuun, 1000 pesos each! For the love of Chvrches! Lels.

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As the bouncers opened the door for the hall, Jill immediately grabbed my hand and we ran inside, the line was totally forgotten. It was like we’re running for our lives. Indeed, we got a really good spot, so near. We were in the 2nd row, but we couldn’t take a picture of them three in one frame! #firstworldproblems HAHAHA



the duo who sang Rather Be

2nd front act

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Autotelics (?) Misteryoso!

Autotelics (?) Misteryoso!

And now, here comes, CHVRCHES!

The moment they went onstage, they sang We Sink, followed by Lies without talking to the audience. I was thinking whether Lauren is just shy or that’s just their style in concerts. However, after those 2 songs, they talked to us! Gaaaahhh. I was really happy that I got to see them perform live. Lauren Mayberry is such a good singer! Pitch perfect, flawless voice, I can’t even. Also, the audience were amazing because all of us sang along with Lauren and also Martin in every song. I think they really felt overwhelmed by the Filipino fans. I hope Chvrches will come back. This was really an unforgettable night. I love you, guys! Stay awesome! (sighs) Will I ever recover from this concert? Lels

















Sylvia, no one’s gonna tell you when enough’s enough

My interest in the reason behind Sylvia Plath’s death bothers me again after reading this article from Brainpickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/02/11/sylvia-palth-on-life-death-hope-happiness/). It’s just sad that she’s not seeing how ineffable her influence to many people, of course including me, even with a short existence in this world.

Why did you commit suicide, Sylvia? I want to be friends with you.

3 special things that happened today:

1. First HSRM regional dissemination was a success. Thank you, Cebu!

2. Ate the famous ensaymada in Marco Polo and had dinner in Casa Verde (which has a branch in UP Town Center, Quezon City). If you want affordable baby back ribs and steak, try this resto!

3. Talked to Izzy via Viber! HAHAHA (oha, special)


I am poor now

Today was the first time in a long time that I rode a bus to office because I want to be tipid for we have a recent financial crisis. This would largely affect my ate but being part of the family means I have to do something about it. That’s why I should be thrifty from now on.

As soon as I got into my desk, I found out that my cardigan was torn on the left shoulder side and I have no idea how the hell it happened. The whole day I was trying to keep to the world that torn side even though the weather was freaking hot, lels. Thank God it rained in the afternoon.

This day should be a busy day for our team because we have a lot of deadlines to meet but there’s brown bag which lasted a little over 2 hours and it sucked the shit/energy/ideas out of me. With this, there’s nothing i can do (write) in my draft…another lels.

So during the brown bag, I was sitting beside my boss, Kuya Val and we were talking about someone “controversial” in the office, at least because of her FB posts. We were just laughing half of the time since we were also listening but it seemed that the study being presented was still verifying their results and it’s qualitative. And I’m not that easily convinced if there are no numbers in the study.

In the afternoon, I told Gem about our family crisis and I was glad that she listened and sympathized with me. Because I was busy telling her the story in Family Mart, I forgot to pay for the Kleenex I bought but we were already walking away from the store. You would think that I shoplifted but hey, we went back and I paid for it. It’s just funny that the guard didn’t notice, maybe because it seems that I brought the tissue in the beginning.

After office hours, Jill and I hanged out at our fave place, CBTL where I also shared about my recent crisis and she was understanding enough to grasp my story. We also talked about our life plans, ambitions, dreams and goals (which I think are synonymous with each other) lels.

At the end of the day, I realized that I’ve excessively spent money today (ordered Chinese chicken salad and caramel latte in CBTL) that defeated my new principle in life because I’m poor now…lels.



I miss my long hair.

My hair right now is a mess. It’s in its not-so-short-but-not-long phase at the moment.

#longhair with cousins (Ate Vian and Hazel)

#longhair with friends from TLS-Univ!

#longhair with Tina and Sab

Dear hair, please grow faster. Hahaha!