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Sunday, July 12, 2009 @ 1:36 PM

mood: a bit lethargic [I'm kinda sick.]
listening to: Never Could Have Been Worse - Tsuneo Imahori

"By a man's fingernails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the calluses of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt-cuffs, by his movements-- by each of these things a man's calling is plainly revealed. That all united should fail to enlighten the competent enquirer in any case is almost inconceivable."
~ Sherlock Holmes, 1887
I have a lot of school work nowadays.

I love it. I love it even though I look like a zombie now, with less to no appetite for almost any type of food, and of course sleep-deprived. No-- I wasn't being sarcastic at that. Humorous, yes. Not sarcastic.

I honestly like it when I'm busy with school work. The only downside is-- the schedules. But I will always find time for myself. [Like right now, for example.]

I'm taking a break from making 2 reports, both from Mrs. Maguad's class:
Filipino Psychology
Psychological Interview

The Fil.Psych report is a bit hard for me coz I have to translate a lot of Filipino texts to English coz our subject in the curriculum states that it must be learned in the English language. Unfortunately for me, the sources [books] are in Filipino.
For those who know me well, I'm having a hard time translating this in a textbook kinda way. You know how it is, right? The paper must be written in that context not in like a way that a teenager would just say whatever he wants.

It must be like this for example:
"Ito'y mga metodong subok na ang kakayahang lumikom ng impormasyon sa kulturang Pilipino at angkop sa pag-uugali at pang-araw-araw na pamumuhay ng mga Pilipino."
= These are reliable methods used in collecting information about the Filipino Culture, in relation to their behavior in their daily lives.

.. or something like that. [I'm still unsatisfied with my translation. Boo.]

..and not like this:
= These methods are reliable and can be used to get information about the Filipino Culture. It's related to their behavior and their everyday lives.

I remember our Department Head, Dr. Barron, told us to "write scholarly." [Or did she mean "scholastically? Ah, whatever.]

So yeah. I've been typing in Filipino for the past hours. I'm not done with it yet. Later, I'll try to finish them and then translate the whole thing. Again, for those who know me pretty well [in class], you know I tend to put a lot of info on my reports, ne? This time, I'll try to make it 4 pages tops. (With the usual all sides 0.50 margin, times new roman size 11, line spacing exactly 13pt, all spacing 0pt.)

So anyway, what other school stuff I have to worry about?
1. 2 quizzes on Dr. Barron's classes this week
2. our title defense on Friday for our Research in Psychology.. I still need to research a lot of stuff for it.. and make an intro.. shouldn't rely on groupmates..
3. visual aids for the two reports [that are on Tuesday and maybe Wednesday]
4. journal on our 3 fields of OJTs
5. my OJT sched
6. still no venue for the Acquaintance Party [which will be on the 27th]
7. pre-lims will start in 21, I think
8. have to transfer notes on my "serious notebook".. I write my notes on my scratch notebook.. I could freely use my "chicken-scratch handwriting there"..
9. look through the member profiles and record each member's birth dates in order to make a birthday section on one of the bulletin boards.. have to think of the designs for them too..

So there.

On a lighter note, ever since I made a facebook account, I became addicted to Pet Society [though I'm always broke there, I refuse to use the cheats], Typing Maniac [oh the adrenaline! lol], and Happy Farm [I like to plant, take care of 'em, and then harvest.. online that is]. I like Happy Farm better than Farm Town coz I understand it more. Sunshine Ranch is almost like a replica of Happy Farm but most of my friends use Happy Farm so... I haven't been on Barn Buddy. I wonder if that's fun too.

Moving on to the last thing I'd like to blog about. I found the book that I thought I'd never get a copy of! It's Tithe by Holly Black. There's always the sequels on the bookstores, but never the first one... Until the day that I found one at Fully Booked! I practically grabbed it, thinking 'no way...'. =D I might make a review after I finish it.

The book that I recently finished reading was Maximum Ride by James Patterson. Hooray for light reading! I loved it. I have to wait a while though before I buy the second book. I have a lot of expenses lately. Ah the anticipation.

puffed my cheeks
May took this shot when we ate at Pizza Hut. I look like a dork.

Oh yeah. One last thing: I'm gonna change my blog's layout soon. I just have to find a layout that suits my mood. I can't decide yet.

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I want to stop wondering "what-ifs".
I need to know "what is".