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Reading: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel



to keep from thinking things i shouldn’t be thinking about, i usually resign myself to reading. a habit i have which despite heartaches and heartbreaks still made me think and believe in happy ever afters.

this book, like water for chocolate by laura esquivel is a fresh read from historical romances, vampire stories and mysteries that i was used to reading. it is witty and funny with all the exaggerated stories and descriptions. the mexican tradition for family and women is also very informative and enlightening. i felt quite lucky not be under any of those strict traditions they have and to have an understanding Mama. the book not only told of a love story, it was also about war, food and sex during the Mexican Revolution. I have a great sympathy for the Mexicans and I have always tried to practice the little Spanish i knew from college. This book really warmed my heart and palette at a time when i needed it. Simply again, it made me realize that love knows no tradition, pride, norms nor time. Love will wait, it will never fade.
My favorite line from the book would be about the matches Dr. John Brown talked about. I think he is also my favorite character in the book.
“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle would be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. For a moment we are dazzled by an intense emotion. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. That fire, in short, is its food. If one doesn’t find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted.

*Dr. John Brown – Like Water for Chocolate”



the book was made into a movie and i hope i can find a copy and watch it soon.

soy desaparicida!

yeah i’m lost.. constantly these days.. july 7 is like a lifetime ago.. it felt like a different world that i’m moving in right now.. back then, my only worry is how not to make another late in coming to the office because i already have 3 and i’m only allowed five during my probi period. then came the interview and like a whirlwind, i moved into another dimension.. where i thought i belonged.. and then i wasn’t even sure.

i guess the expectation was just too much or i was just into a lot of stress that i wasn’t able to try harder. still the learnings i’ve got from here is valuable and i know that the training will be put into good use later on.

Struggling with the Probi Stat..

being new at my job gave me the probationary status. for the next 6 months starting from the date i was hired, i am not allowed to make absences, except for 5 emergencies. this is why i have put my travelling shoes and flops to rest. 6 months is not that long, and there are always the weekends for me to use up.

a lot of my friends tell me that work is just that.. but how can we sustain our travels, hobbies and activities if we got no money right? not to mention that my mom is having a hard time budgeting the least i send for teloy. argh! the single-working-long distance-mom issues!

the corporate world have not much appeal to me but it’s paying me decently and i’m starting to like what i do here. so the sudden invite from a government agency to interview me was really shocking. i am very much interested in the job opening there, but i am torn, what if i didnt make it in the interview, and what if they wouldn’t really hire me? going to the interview would mean, not going to work for a day, and if they invite me once again, that will be another absence. i don’t want my performace to suffer but I’m hoping to get to a right decision here.