The busy season is over and my weekend is little by little going back to normal. For the past couple of months I spent my weekend working or if not working I was thinking about my work and the deadlines. Well, I gues that was how I was welcomed back by external audit. All work and less pay… eer play makes dormboy a workaholic! After April 30th, the last filing day of tax returns here in Doha, I felt a little bit relieved. Although the relief was not fully maximized as fiscal clients began the day after the end of April, still I was glad that all things went well.
During my zombie mode at work, I keep thinking how’s my blog was doing. May nagbabasa pa kaya sa nasulat ko. I guess there is but not that much as I don’t have updates lately. I didn’t have a descent blogpost during the busy season. In fact I thought I lost my touch in writing. I also had lesser time to visit the blogs of other bloggers I used to read. Sometimes if I do back reading in their blog, tinatamad na ako maglagay ng comments. Some of the bloggers I follow are also on hiatus mode just like me while others were blessed to have the liberty of time and ample topics to write about. I am expecting to be back on track and read some updates from these bloggers.
Aside from blogging, there are other things which I miss doing. Travels and photography top my list. Eto yung mga gustong gusto kong gawin na di ko magawa.
Summer time is the perfect time to go out and visit new places. I remember May last year when I got the chance to visit Bacolod to attend my closed friend’s wedding. I brought along with me my backpack and laptop and went to see the Mansion and other ancestral houses in nearby cities of Bacolod. That was the trip which I enjoyed most maybe because I felt relaxed and traveled by my lonesome. I took public transport without any itinerary in place. Kung saan ako mapadpad then go. Go with the flow lang.
Going back to all my trips across our country, I became a witness how beautiful our country is. All the memories and photos I took remind me to become an ambassador of promoting our country to other nationalities. Each time I got the chance to have a chat with my officemates from other countries, I always encourage them to go to Philippines and don’t stay too long in Manila, rather go to islands and provinces.
I have an officemate named Mike who was just hired a couple of months ago. He is an Egyptian who worked in an audit firm in Kuwait. He asked me if I am Filipino. I was proud to say yes. He had good words to Filipinos and to our country. He even like Filipinos because of our attitude and for our hygiene. For him, malinis at maalaga sa katawan ang mga Filipino. He said he traveled numerous times to Philippines and visited the places like Clark, Bulacan, Palawan, Bohol, Boracay and Davao. I was surprised how he got the chance to visit those places. He said he worked with SGV (the biggest audit firm in our country). He took that opportunity to visit the places he mentioned. Now he is planning to take a week vacation in August to have nightdiving in Bohol. (Talo pa ako, buti pa sya uuwi ng Pinas.) I think given the chance if he will choose what nationality he wants to become, he will prefer to become a Filipino. By the way he is six-foot-four and just all Filipinos – he is a basketball fanatic.
It actually feels great to hear great things about our country from other nationalities. While we Filipinos see the bad things about our nation, there are foreigners who love and cherish their experience in our country.
I miss taking shots. The irony is, I got my dream SLR but I don’t have the time to use it. There are limited places to take some shots here in Doha and blame it to lack of travels during the past months. The thing is I enjoyed taking shots when I travel. Having no travel time means no new photos to share. What I like most is adding stories to my photos. I enjoy most of the time blogging about a picture either making a short narratives or fictitious story about it. I guess that’s what my habit is.
Before masaya na rin ako sa pictures na makuha ko using my reliable point and shoot digicam. I was even proud to capture great shots using digicam na akala ng iba kuha ng SLR. I think things will be changed now. I gave to my sister my digicam so I need to practice using my SLR. Maybe i will start from taking ordinary shots in preparation to extraordinary shots.
I know plunging to this new hobby will take more time. Being busy lessen my desire to take shots and enjoy the joy of taking shots. As much as I want to go out and take shots, mainit naman sa labas. Hassle pa ang maghintay ng susundo sa akin to go out and do photowalk. Right now I still don’t have the exact plan how will I start taking shots. Hopefully little by little I could do it.
There are other things which I miss to do. Sabi nga nila, sometimes your passion to things might fade away but eventually magbabalik din yung desire to the things you love to do. I always have this feeling na kulang lagi ang weekend sa Doha because I couldn’t do the things I miss doing. Two days are not enough. This is a challenge for me on how I could manage my time at maisingit ang mga bagay na gusto kong gawin sa schedule ko.