Author: Layla

That Uno: How I got it, and how you can get it, too.

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Academia / Graduate School / Productivity

“All my life I’ve stumbled, yet up here I am, just perfect. Perfect as I’ll ever be.”–Marie Digby, “Spell”. Let’s get this clear–I am posting this with absolutely no intention of bragging, but I’ve promised myself that if I get better grades than those I received in my first year of graduate school, I would share how I did it. So, here I am. To be honest, I am still in a state of disbelief. […]

Me, academia, my wallet, and spending habits

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Academia / Graduate School

I am no stranger to shelling out my money in the pursuit of learning, apart from paying my tuition fees. After all, when I was still studying law, I spent thousands of pesos buying law textbooks. I spend almost a thousand pesos a week–no exaggeration–in photocopying cases to read for grueling, soul-crushing)] recitations. In graduate school, there are no cases or textbooks to read–at least, for now. If there are any, it’s a rare instance, […]

2020 can kiss my a**. Or maybe not.

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Academia / Something personal

Well, that’s quite a title. Sorry for that mouthful. It hasn’t been the best of years for everyone. A lot of people lost their jobs, their loved ones due to the goddamned pandemic, poor governance*, not to mention the way George Floyd was killed–I CAN GO ON ALL NIGHT. I won’t mince words. I really hated 2020. It felt like going back to 2016 when my mental health was in The Worst Shape Ever, and […]

Yes, you can teach this girl new tricks.

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Academia / Graduate School / Life Lately / Productivity / Something personal

NB: This pic was taken a year ago. I haven’t been to the UP Diliman campus since the Enhanced Community Quarantine was announced in March. So yeah, I miss my university. While I’m enrolled right now, attending classes on Zoom is a different ballgame. I know this feature picture is totally irrelevant to the current blog topic, but this university has given me a new lease on life, and it has given my confidence back. […]

Sorry, I just couldn’t shake this off.

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Life Lately / Mental Health / Something personal

Trigger warning: suicide. A few weeks ago, my work friends and I encountered huge traffic on our way home, which was an understatement. We checked in on Waze, to see what was going on. And we found out that someone committed suicide somewhere near where we live. It made me think about a lot of things. First off, about the person who committed suicide. Of course, I don’t know him or her, but I can […]

The Life-Changing Magic of Having Everything You Need On Your Desk

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Graduate School / Life Lately / Productivity / Something personal

I usually prepare my room for a life change every year (well, almost every year). Going back to school, or just plain needing a change, my room’s layout gets revamped. And while I acknowledge that it is very labour intensive and er, dusty, the results are totally worth the muscle pain and allergic rhinitis. Tidying up also involves my desk, and I make sure I have everything I need within reach, so it’ll save me time […]