"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

so this is how it feels

"A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity
'til he has tasted adversity."

--Sa'di (Musharrif-uddin)

i learned of my lolo's death. i had to make up my mind whether to go home to my mindanao for the wake and the burial or to stay put here in metro manila and just bear my sadness alone.

i considered my father's wisdom and followed his advice; i had to forego traveling.

i experienced a storm and saw the chaos it brought.

i had to endure 5 days and 5 nights of stone age living in the dorm because it took until yesterday before we got our power connection back.

last night, i did not leave the lab until past midnight. i was able to sleep at about 1 o'clock.

today, i woke up early. today, i defended my thesis. i did well. i think i'll be going to sleep with a contented heart and big smile on my face.

thesis my quest... thesis done... thesis it! :)
one of my intro slides

thank you, everyone, for seeing me through!


  1. thanks so much. sa support, sa pagsabot, sa pagdamay, sa needed distraction (travels, laag, boondoggling activities), sa prayers, sa morale boosts, sa pakonsensiya, sa mga pahinumdom, sa concern, sa pakatawa, sa tanan tanan.

  2. congrats!

    this definitely is another milestone in the life of the caterpillar.

    what's the next step?

  3. sada_haniko, salamat kaayo! you encouraged me... and you still continue to.

    a sick boy, thanks. next step? forward.

  4. Sorry to hear about the passing of your lolo . On the other hand, I’m glad you were already able to defend your thesis. What about some celebratory activity? Kainan na!!!

  5. clerihew, mickoy, and Abaniko, thanks thanks. :D

    celebratory activity? hmmmm... i had one last saturday, will have another one this wed. :)


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