Author: Layla

Why Anne with an E is good for your soul

Main cast: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, RF Thompson, Lucas Jade Zumann, Dalmar Abuzeid, Dalila Bela, Joanna Douglas, Corinne Koslo Yes, I grew up reading the books, and I also watched the 1985 Kevin Sullivan production, and I loved it (well, only up to the sequel–sorry, not sorry). Every single bit of it. Anne Shirley stole my heart the moment she arrived in the Cuthbert home. A few years ago, when I read that there would be another reproduction of an Anne of Green Gables TV series, I WAS SO EXCITED, I could burst. Could they tell the story more accurately this time? Would we see Anne and Gilbert have a family, and see their children grow? Either way, I AM ALL FOR IT. Enter 2017, and I saw Anne with an E being fleshed out–initially, I found the beginning bleak as Anne’s future in Green Gables. A slightly grey landscape, a plainly furnished farmhouse made me wonder if my excitement was premature. But boy, I was wrong to be disappointed.

Looking for something? Researching for cases in the law library or online

Let me tell you a funny story. When I was a law freshman, I wasn’t so adept at looking for cases. I was lost, confused, and even more so if there’s only a date and those numbers after the date. Because the idea of hunting up for cases was so foreign to me back then. Thank heaven for kind upperclassmen! You might ask, don’t you have a subject called Legal Research? Well, yes we did, but it was all in theory. What did we know about shepardizing, and looking for the correct citation? Very little. How did we freshmen get around the library? Again, thank heaven for kind upperclassmen, and the harried librarians. These upperclassmen and librarians taught us lost freshers how to look for cases. And because I want to pay it forward, I want to share it with you guys, so you won’t be as lost as we were.

Quarantine Diaries 1: Of COVID-19, quarantine, and other disasters.

Hello! Yes, it’s been ages, and things have been so topsy turvy. The COVID-19 virus is now wreaking havoc, and when I say havoc, I would spell it in capitals. HAVOC. The greater Manila area, as well as the island of Luzon, is on lockdown. Classes (online and onsite) are suspended and save for a skeletal staff, work is also suspended.

All the important reading materials you’ll need in law school.

I promise, my desk isn’t as messy as the one pictured above. Hehe. We aren’t here to talk about desk aesthetics though, we’re here to talk about the reading materials you’ll need in your law school journey. This is going to be a long and bumpy ride but hang in there.So, first things first. Let’s start with books. See that little Bible-like book on top of the stack? That’s the codal, aka every law student’s Bible (sorry, Lord, didn’t mean any disrespect). A senior friend recommended that the codal should be read first before the annotated textbook, as it is important to get a grasp of the law.

I’m depressed, employed, and I go to grad school: How I (try to) make it work

NB: This blog post waited for a long time to be written. I wanted to see how well I would do in my first semester of graduate school. Admittedly, I expected to fail. But through hard work and loads of perseverance, and with loads of familial support, I did better than I expected. This entry is inspired by a Girlboss article I read over two years ago; it has helped me become a productive employee and student.  I have decided to put my own spin with regard to the aforementioned article, and at the same time, I would still like to integrate it to the things I have learned from it. I also suggest that the reader take the time to read the original article first before reading this one. More than three years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It was, in some odd way, a relief that I had that closure; for a long time since I was a teenager (and probably as far as my childhood), I knew that there was …

Cutting back on processed food: Lunchbox treats that use less or no processed food items

Personally, the thought of eating delicious food for lunch at the middle of the work day makes me look forward to lunchtime. Especially if so much care and thought was put in in preparing them. While I do occasionally enjoy cafeteria fare, I tend to make my own lunch meals. This started when the old office cafeteria served greasy (and expensive) fare. This resulted in a massive weight gain for me and a massive hole in the pocket. Haha. So, after careful evaluation, I decided on two remedies. Lose weight Make my own lunch, as often as possible.

A few of my favourite apps to help me study

Here I am, making an effort to be a little more active in this blog. 🙂 I’m back after preparing and slogging through midterms, and speaking of midterms–a lot of revising and swotting went on for the past two weeks. My birthday came and went without much notice, except a trip to this paper convention I’ve planned to go to since it was announced around March or April. Anyway, I’ve veered away from the subject matter! These apps have helped my study experience easier. From Dropbox to good ol’ Microsoft Word, I’m going to share it! 🙂

Productive Fridays, satisfying car door slams, and much, much more.

  Image credit here   Eurgh. Probably the best way to describe how I feel today is that I’m tired. Bone tired. Today’s been a long day at work. But I’m pretty satisfied about how it turned out. I did three out of five tasks in my to-do list, I managed to study/prepare for my report that’s due after midterms, and I was able to get what I needed. #hellopaydaythankyou I’m actually trying to keep this post a little more serious–at this moment, I’m taking stock of where I am emotionally and mentally. Last year, I was a wreck. This year, medications notwithstanding, I could say that I’m in a better place. Oh yes, there are still days of agitation, stress, and dealing with toxic people, but I was able to cope. Without going into pieces, that is. I now have someone helping me with the minutiae of work, and I get along well with that colleague. Hopefully next year, I will have the confidence to apply for a promotion–and I will close my ears …

Life update number 2: A month into grad school, and a few important takeaways

  Hi! Here I am, writing this post whilst sick. No worries, I’m feeling slightly better, but not yet in perfect working condition. So, I have taken the time to write this little update. And tonight, whilst writing this entry, I realised that it’s been a month since I started graduate school. To use a cliche–time really does fly. And with that realisation, there are other things I have learned, too.

A little life update + current favourites

Hola! Hope you are all doing well. Here I am, a few weeks into graduate school. And to be honest, I felt a bit lost. But here’s the tea–graduate school is a different ballgame from law school. For years, I’ve gotten used to having insults hurled by professors whenever they do not like my answer, or whenever I gave a wrong one. While the professor seemed dissatisfied, he didn’t say anything more and asked the same question to a classmate.