Headlines for Friday:

Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated. Covey quadrants - Q1 & Q3: urgent, Q1 & Q2: important
AXWork on reading paper
AXBake cookies
AXWork on reading paper some more
AXMerienda with Steve
AXDinner with Mike and Alice McGuffin + friends
AXWork on reading paper some more
AXPlay with Rails

1. Girl!: 00:43

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I play around with Ruby on Rails, and what do I do?

Build one webapp to keep track of what's in my fridge, and another webapp to keep track of what's in my closet.

I'm going to do it in _pink_, too... ;)

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Random Japanese sentence: 猫は鳥めがけて飛び跳ねた。 The cat sprang at the bird.

2. Thank you: 00:57

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My deepest thanks go to all those who have written with such warm words of encouragement and support. From people I have never met to family and friends I miss, from all over the world - thank you, thank you so very, very much. I don't know what I could've done to deserve such love, but I hope to spend the rest of my life repaying the world. And to all who would have immediately written an encouraging note or given me a hug had they read my blog, thank you as well.

In darkness, distant lights shine clearly.

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Random Japanese sentence: じゃあ、ネコの世話は誰がするの。 Who will take care of your cat then?

3. Imagining my future: 01:08

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Richi: Thank you for that long, well-thought reflection on being in another country. =) Thanks to your insights, I don't feel so much in limbo any more.

Happiness is knowing that I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.

When the fear of goodbyes clouds my vision of the future, friends, remind me that I don't have to know where I will be decades from now. All I have to know is that at each step, I am following my heart, my mind, and my conscience. Remind me not to feel guilty about my home nor to be afraid of becoming part of the brain drain. If I live for something greater than myself, then I belong to the world and not just to my country.

If my path leads back to the Philippines, I will strive to do my best there. If my path keeps me here in Canada for a while, then I will be fully here, not anxiously awaiting my return. Life will take me where I need to be.

I am here to learn as much as I can and to do whatever I can. If I am to live here, even just for a while, I want to live for something greater than myself. I want to be part of my community, wherever that may be. I want to make a difference.

And even in this country, there are things I can do...

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Random Japanese sentence: 強盗は屋根からあの邸宅に入ったに違いない。 The cat burglar must have entered the mansion from the roof.