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I had a pretty so-so week. Monday we applied for National ID cos they held an on-site registration at our condo. Love that we didn’t have to go to a different venue and PhilSys is really working hard to get everyone registered. 

I woke up a bit early for this so I was groggy the whole time we’re waiting in line. Good thing there were chairs. I fell asleep while seated and even dreamt that I was already finished with the registration. And then the staff directed me to the next station which is a PGH blood donation drive by the pool. I looked to my side and true enough there was a tent by the pool marked with PGH and the logo of Red Cross. Then I snapped out of it and realized I was dreaming haha. Good thing I don’t sleep walk? What I thought was a white tent is actually a gazebo with brown roof tiles hahaha.

I have many hopes for this National ID system but I know it’s gonna take a lot of time and effort to really see it bear fruit. It always frustrates me how scattered and inconsistent our data is across government offices. If they could setup a centralized portal where we could easily pull up and update our information that would be great. Then again, that’s just wishful thinking for now. Baby steps, ika nga. Pero cha-cha lol. Hopefully we’ll get there.

I’ve finished reading Verity by Coleen Hoover and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s my fastest read this year so that’s new! You can read my thoughts about it here (along with another book): 

I took a leave last Friday to accompany my husband to his passport renewal appointment at SM Aura. It’s my first time driving there and I missed the exit that’s supposed to lead us to the parking entrance by the side. But thank God for Waze, we were able to circle around McKinley Hill and back to SM Aura in time.

We also passed by the newly built Kalayaan bridge and while it’s amazing how quickly we got transported from Pasig to BGC, the bottlenecks on Pasig side are godawful. I’m thankful we don’t live along these main roads. It’s been 1 year and 8 months that we’re working from home and I always forget how dreadful commuting is over here. How come our lives aren’t back to normal and yet traffic is?

I don’t remember the last time I was at SM Aura. But I do remember when it was fairly new and had the vibes of an upscale mall. But now? It’s like SM North EDSA Annex, an extension that’s surprisingly too crowded for an area that supposedly gets less foot traffic lol. Definitely not upscale.

HR announced that we’ll get our 13th month pay along with our salaries so I’ve also been obsessively refreshing my banking app that day. It didn’t help that we usually get our salary days in advance which means Friday is already late for a Monday payout haha. Historically (and I keep tabs), if swelday falls on Monday it gets credited Thursday the week before. We’ve been spoiled.

Oh well, they did finally get to crediting it, albeit on time, much to my dismay HAHAHA. And just like that the excitement’s dead. Especially after looking at my withholding tax. Hay.

I don’t have much planned for my 13th month pay so most of it went to ATRAM global funds. I’ve been maintaining my global UITF portfolio ever since I learned it earns at least 20% pa. I thought it was too good to be true, specially when our local stock market can’t even maintain a 6% pa growth. But heck it only shows how fucked up the Philippine economy is. I opened a SeedBox PH account and pulled out my funds from GInvest to focus on just one platform. SeedBox has more products available. So yeah, hopefully it grows. This is what excites me now haha.

I still don’t know what to do for my birthday. It’s the one day I’m allowed to enjoy myself and let everyone know so it’s gotta be grand right? Hahahah charot. It’s the only day in a year I could justify telling my boss to give me a break lol (not that he wouldn’t on a different day, my boss is cool). But now that everyone’s learned to be more assertive of their personal time (ie. selfish char), I suddenly don’t know how to make it more special. Personally I just want to buy myself an Apple Pencil, eat good sushi, watch a movie, and get a full body massage.

Ah this has gone too lengthy, but finally, I’d like to ponder on this verse I placed at the end of my vlog:

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21

Oftentimes we get too caught up planning our lives, leaving God’s will out of the equation. Only when everything falls (and it does) do we scramble back to him and let him take over. Somehow surrendering is easier when you have nothing to lose. Isn’t it insulting that we’ve placed God as a contingency plan instead of following his lead? Why do we take his mercy and forgiveness for granted?

To be honest, I still struggle a lot with letting God lead my life completely, specially on abundant seasons. But I just realized how there’s an immeasurable peace that comes with full surrender, specially to the maximally great being that is God.

So yeah, let’s not forget to put God first, as in truly first. I noticed that our society is past putting money on the top of our priorities after realizing it’s not a real measure of success. Now it’s turned to a more dangerous idol, our selves (and k-pop char). As for Christians, may our success be based on our obedience to God and his will, after all we are his creations and we serve his purpose. Only his judgment matters.