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summer’s end

Wow. I haven’t been really writing (blogging) lately. After the thesis, I just didn’t feel like blogging for a while. I basically spent much of my time playing a game—Luna Online. It got me hooked for a while (about two months) before the novelty wore off. I mean, I still like playing, but the leveling speed isn’t fast at my current level.  My character requires sixteen (yes, 1-6) hours to level up, so I figured I shouldn’t play too often now. I just feel so…. tired and useless when I play all day.

Which reminds me the purpose of this entry. Well, I just got a job—an apprenticeship in an architectural firm in Pasig. It’s a small firm, around 10 employees/summer interns; and the office is small and cozy. I feel quite excited for work (although the stipend disappointed me), since the firm focuses on residential projects. I’ve always wanted to start working on residentials. XD

I was a little depressed earlier today when my aunt called. She wanted me to meet a friend/acquaintance of her, who was involved in construction/architecture, or something like that. My aunt said that the firm was a big one, but they had foreign contacts (German, Chinese, etc.), so she figured it would be a good opportunity for me. Sadly, I had to reject that offer since I already said “yes” for my new work. The principal architect had mentioned that many had applied for their firm, but none (so far) had taken up their offer of apprenticeship. I didn’t want to disappoint the architect by backing out of my “promise” to show up next week Thursday. Besides, the principal already introduced me to the staff, who all seem nice. Another reason why I rejected the offer was that I didn’t want to end up like my sister, who had difficulty (perhaps hesitant would be a better word) in resigning from her work because her (previous) boss was an acquaintance of our aunt. I know my aunt means well, but I don’t want to end up staying in a company where I’m not satisfied or happy with what I do. But anyway, I did explain to my aunt why I don’t want to even try meeting up with her friend, and she’s fine with that. I simply told her that I’m just starting out, so I want to gain experience in the small firm. If I don’t like it, then that’s the time I’ll take on her offer (if it still stands by then XD).

So, technically, since I’m to start next week Thursday (because I’ll  be away for camp on Monday till Wednesday), there’s no vacation for me anymore. The only vacation trip that I’ll be taking would be next week’s Powercamp, and after that I’ll prolly be working nonstop. Weekends are reserved for rest and choir rehearsal. Maybe I should really put my Starbucks planner to good use and get myself (and my life) organized.

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shopping at shopwiki

I have been an online shopper for, what, two years? Mind you, I don’t shop very often… just once or twice a year. And I shop at only one website anyway.  But when I came across the Shopwiki website a few minutes ago, I find their website quite interesting. It’s not at all the same with the website where I buy my stuff. Shopwiki has a clean and no-nonsense webpage design (which I appreciate, considering I prefer minimalistic designs); it loads quickly because of it. And oh~ so many photos of the items being sold. And so many available items! Books, clothes, arts and crafts, music, among others. =) There are even DVDS of Japanese animés and manga boxed sets!

Being the art-enthusiast that I am, I immediately clicked on the Arts and Crafts section, and saw a selection of items on Ink Art (under Drawing category). I suddenly remembered the time when I tried Chinese brush painting at a summer class a few years back. Although I’m not very good at it, I still hope to get myself a set of brush and ink (and the appropriate paper to go along with that). Soon. Just…. not at the moment. Hahaha. I am trying to hold on to my New Year’s resolution of not spending on things I do not need right now. Perhaps when I find a job after graduation. XD I’ll just add a brush and ink set to my wishlist for 2010!

The Knit Scarves also happened to catch my eye. There are some items showing actual knitted items and books on how to knit. I remember I’ve tried knitting for a time when I was younger, but alas, I couldn’t get past a single chain. Not that I was bad at it that I decided to stop. The Internet had yet to exist when I tried my hand on it, therefore I had very limited resources on how to learn to do it properly. I’m thinking of trying it again this year, primarily because I wanted to make my own scarf (and perhaps some for my family and friends too–if I can). It’s quite rare for someone who lives in the city–like me–to find a really nice and comfy scarf in malls. But then again, should I fail to make a decent scarf, there’s always Shopwiki. Ooooh~ I see a nice, blue scarf from Forzieri. Tsk. I hope I can someday shop online and not worry about custom duties whatnot. XD

I find Shopwiki (on overall) a really nice place to shop online–the items link to the seller’s website, in case the buyer would like to see more information and photos of a specific item. There are even pages dedicated for guides in buying specific items, like Digital Cameras. I think this is the first time I’ve seen an online shopping site have that kind of feature. Browsing through the page on cameras and accessories, I just remembered to include a camera tripod for my wishlist. And a Nikon DSLR. It is a wishlist anyway.

Things/items are categorized properly, and searches can be made using keywords (that’s in case you don’t know in which category the item you want belongs to). The prices of items are shown according to several sellers’ offers, so the buyer can proceed to whichever seller has the lowest price for the item. If I were the Becky Bloomwood sort of shopaholic, plus a Luke Brandon partner, I just might go online shopping right now.

Photowalk photos

Photos I had taken during yesterday’s worldwide photowalk are uploaded in my Flickr account. A select few are in my multiply account. ^.^v

cravings.

I’ve had cravings for cookies since the other day, but I only had time to bake them today because I’d gone to the dentist yesterday. XD For some reason, ever since I learned how to bake, I’ve never craved for Chips Ahoy or other types of cookies being sold in the supermarkets. haha.

I made chocolate chip cookies, but I used coffee-mocha extract instead of vanilla. The first and the last batch of cookies came out great, the rest were… well, softer. I knew I should’ve left them in the oven longer than usual. >.< But at least I didn’t burn anything. The last time I baked, most cookies were inedible. XD

shopaholic and baby.

I just finished reading Shopaholic and Baby. As always, Shopaholic is fun to read. The shopping sprees, the house-hunting, the crazy celebrity obstetrician, and the company crises contributed well to the plot. Luke’s reason for staying with Becky was quite touching. The way he looks at and accepts Becky’s shopaholic-ness is so cute. I hope there’ll be more Shopaholic books to be published. hahaha.