Sunday, November 2, 2014

On Writing, Writer's Block, and Renewals



Ahoy!

And as much as I want to say "I've brung sexy back," there's really no coming back to speak of. And no sexy either. That is if you 73 bot readers are actual human beings who lurk around this space. Anyhoo, I have some catching up to do, with whom, I don't really know. With what, well, this blog.

Let's try something new-ish wherein I type the first thing that comes to mind and hit POST without really thinking what I put out onine.

Lezzgo.

I have come to terms that I really have nothing interesting to say (or share) and that I will never be a niche blogger. So what do I do with this place? I'll keep it around as an avenue to keep my own voice, in the most cliche meaning of that term possible. I write for a living (shocking as that may sound to you), and inasmuch as I churn out thousands and thousands of words everyday, I feel like what I produce really isn't my voice, not my own.

For my day job, I have to sound preppy, engaging, professional, and corporate when I write. For my part time jobs, I have to sound authoritative yet friendly, like I actually know what I am talking about (confession: sometimes I don't, but it's not something research couldn't make me feel that I am already the boss in what I am writing about). Sometimes when I go home, drained from all the writing (and copy writing) I did throughout the day, I don't even know how to write on my daily log (diary if you're sappy and sixteen; journal if you are a pretentious wannabe novelist). Do I write like I am reporting my day's events or do I make it sound as exciting as I can? Do I go all existentialist and ponder the meaning of my existence?

Because Google is my only friend, I found a tip somewhere that says writing shouldn't be difficult if you treat it more like a job, something you have to do, rather than an art form. If you treat writing like laying one stone at a time to build a whole wall, then that's how you overcome your Writer's Block (no pun intended). But how do you separate the trash from what's exactly fit to share?

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Today, my domain registration for www.maraisms.com got renewed. It says I can use my domain for a full year again. I asked myself, "a full year of what, exactly?" As you can actually see, I haven't written anything here (or went to yoga) since April. But maybe that's why renewals are made possible: so I can have another year to try.

So, what have you been up to lately?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

My Bikram Yoga Manila Makati Experience


 
Last Christmas, all I wanted was time to find a workout routine that I could stick to. I've tried running, one class of Crossfit, and cycling. However, admittedly, I never had a commitment to live a healthy lifestyle - may it be through clean eating or a regular workout routine. But like all previous Fat Kids Inside, all it took for me was, NO, not debilitating bullying (please, I embrace my inner Mindy Lahiri), but an Epic Flu of 2014.

It took a lot of convincing from my friends to finally get me to step into a Bikram Yoga studio. In 2013, the night I was supposed to go to my first class, I got gastroenteritis. True story! But I finally caved and had my first hot yoga class last February.

A real woman does not workout and brag, but come on, surviving a room at 40 degrees Celsius is no mean feat when the only goal for first timers is to stay inside the studio!


I liked my first session a lot that I enrolled for a full month's class right then and there, only to be derailed by said Flu of 2014. Long story short, it took me more than two weeks before I went back for my second class. But as you can see, my commitment to Bikram Yoga is unparalleled compared to my other Life Choices that I've finally made it Facebook official as of press time.


So how's my Bikram Yoga Manila experience, you might ask?


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Movie (not-so) Review - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 
It's been a while since I've seen a movie that compels me to write much less give my opinion about it in public. I've seen so many movies for the past years that watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier feels like I was just watching another token Marvel Movie. I wasn't expecting to get any feels given that the first Captain America made me fall asleep (sorry, Lyra!). But for some reason, Captain America: The Winter Solider hit a nerve I never thought was there.

Yeah, really.

SPOILERS UNDER THE CUT



Monday, March 24, 2014

January - February - and Some March Reading List Roundup

Eating alone, classical music on iPod, book. I have taken introversion (or basic pretentiousness) to new heights.

After I have disclosed my embarrassing 2013 Book List, not only have I come to peace that I am not missing the zeitgeist of my generation if I don't read 50 Shades of Grey, I have also reprimanded myself to know better. You see, I will never prove BBC wrong, that I am thrice as well read as they expected, if I don't start reading the classics. Classics, that I enjoy. I also don't want to miss out on inside jokes and references anymore. So with that, I am proud to say that for the first quarter of 2014, I have:

  • Not done any re-reads
  • Read four could-be-considered classics
  • Only listened to two audiobooks
  • Expanded my reading list to comic books and graphic novels

and in effect stayed true to my reading goals.

Of course, there's no use reading books if you don't talk about or eloquently discuss it. But through my Road to Self Discovery, I have found out that over analyzing a book so I can write about it is one of my greatest deterrents from actually just writing about it. It must be the Yoga, but this year, I say "Fuck it. I just want to read books and tell you how I feel about it." #GoodToBeBad




Friday, February 28, 2014

My 2014 Goals: I Firmly Resolve That I am Up to No Good

Not my actual goals. Source.

So it took me a while to come up with my resolutions for the new year because I don't want to be caught up in the sentiments of turning a new leaf and making new goals. I also want to examine myself first to know what I want to accomplish for 2014 because really, at the end of it all, it's all about what makes you happy, right?


Do I really want to lose weight by doing workout plans or crash diets that do not make me happy? No.
Do I want to get ahead in the rat race regardless if I take a route that does not feed my passion? Definitely not.
Do I want to join the bandwagon and dream of New York and Paris even if I have no genuine interest to travel there yet? Nope.
Do I really want to save up for a designer handbag? Why?

After reading Kelly McGonigal's TED Talks transcript saying that "People come up with resolutions that don’t reflect what matters most to them, and that makes them almost guaranteed to fail," I have resolved first and foremost to fail-proof my year, as much as I can, by Doing Things That Makes Me Happy. Kelly goes on to say "The best resolutions are ones that strengthen something you already are, but you may not have been fully investing in." 

I hear ya, Kelly. So for 2014, I resolve for my goals to answer these three prerequisites before I pursue them. 
Because, come on, knowing your music is a noble goal, but if you're not going to aim to write for Rolling Stone, there's really no point.

What makes me happy? 
What am I good at that I haven't been fully investing in?
At the end of 2014 — on January 1st, 2015, looking backwards — what am I seriously going to be grateful that you did?



So what do I firmly resolve to do this 2014?



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