Learning while doing home chores

In the past 2 months, I feel like I ran out of time for reading and learning — well, we can always learn from people we talk to or things we experience. But I meant learning from reading — and it makes me really frustrated.

In that two months I was handling two different activities so my schedule was a bit hectic. Usually I can squeeze in reading online news and other interesting sites such as the Harvard Business Review, Oprah and many others at work. But when I became really busy, I couldn’t quite concentrate on what I am reading so I just ended up bookmarking stuff and focus on my job.

After work, if I’m not out to have dinner with friends, I’m home talking to my loved ones over Gtalk/Yahoo Messenger or watching a good movie to unwind or doing some chores.

One Saturday a friend invited me over to the hotel where she checked in so we can catch up after her vacation in the Philippines. There I had the time to watch TV — I stopped watching TV since college — and realized how I missed it, the comfort of just sitting back and taking in information. Yes, I was watching news and documentaries instead of HBO.

Then and there, a thought hit me. Why not listen to online news and documentaries instead of music while doing home chores? So the following weekend while doing my weekend routine — cleaning my room, washing the dishes, washing my laundry, folding my clothes, ironing, etc. — I tuned in to Channel News Asia to catch up with the latest news or listen to documentaries.

There are setbacks though as sometimes you really have to see what is happening to understand what you are listening. So I position my computer in a way that I can easily glance at it or listen to TED talks.

I was happy to finish my chores with a bunch of new learning! When you are faced with the same predicament, hope this will work for you too 🙂

Little wonders

An inspiring song when you are feeling down. Life is indeed full of little wonders.

let it go,
let it roll right off your shoulder
don’t you know
the hardest part is over
let it in,
let your clarity define you
in the end
we will only just remember how it feels

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain

let it slide,
let your troubles fall behind you
let it shine
until you feel it all around you
and i don’t mind
if it’s me you need to turn to
we’ll get by,
it’s the heart that really matters in the end

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain

all of my regret
will wash away somehow
but i cannot forget
the way i feel right now

in these small hours
these little wonders
these twists & turns of fate
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away but these small hours
these small hours, still remain,
still remain
these little wonders
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away
but these small hours
these little wonders still remain

Faces of hope and courage

We all experience those moments when we feel so unhappy, lost, hopeless, discouraged, devastated — eaten up by negativities — and end up missing the good things that we could have had. There may be different reasons why we feel so, often because of things beyond our control,  but have we ever thought of it as simply stemming from our own self-centeredness? We are too occupied with creating the image we wanted ourselves to be perceived that we fail to recognize the great blessings we already have. These children will remind us of the gifts that we have and will give us more reasons to be happy and thankful of what life had showered.

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These children live in the Camillian Home for Children Living with Disabilities in Bangkok, Thailand. Their parents are incapable of raising them because of their disabilities. Learn more about the kids and give your donation, visit their website http://www.camillianhomelatkrabang.org/