Struggles with Spectacles

It’s been a while since I last published an article for my Fab Five list (formerly known as 5 things). Today, I decided to talk about something that is very close to my heart (or eyes if I’m being specific). Remember last month when I talk about my journey to wearing glasses? Well, I’m going to have a follow-up of that article. You see, I’m wearing spectacles for 2 months now. I know that’s a pretty much short period of time, but I already learned a lot about the struggles of people with glasses. I understand that there are much more you can think of right now, but this is my top 5 struggles and these are the things that I experienced personally.

1. My glasses keeps on falling down on my nose

You know, for people who are not THAT gifted in the nose department (which I’m a proud member of) this is a real struggle, I’m telling ya. Just an itty bitty change in the angle my head is balanced, the glasses will fall and becomes misaligned with my eyes. Sometimes, I’m thinking of investing in a robot whose only function is to “PUT BACK IVY’S GLASSES ALIGNED WITH HER EYES”. LOL!

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2. The glasses fogs up whenever I drink something hot

I’m sure I’m not the only one who experiences this, but why the heck did someone NOT tell me about this before?! LOL! I almost had a panic attack when I put my face over a hot bowl of soup (I’m smelling it, okay?) and the fog just devoured my glasses! WOAH! Zero Visibility Alert! I was ready to push any emergency button we had at that time. LOL! But seriously, it freaked me out a little bit. Also, I’m a very sweaty person (especially in my face’s T-zone) in the middle of this very hot country so it happens to me all the time now, and I must tell you I’m not very happy about it.

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3.  Friends were doubtful if your glasses were real or you’re just trying to achieve the “nerdy” look

Just 3 weeks ago, I went out with my group of friends from college and every single one of them asked me if what I’m wearing is a prescription glasses. Some even tried my glasses on. Maybe they had this doubt that my glasses were only a part of my outfit for that day. Actually, that’s the first time that they saw me with something in my eyes so I bet they were actually surprised. I’m guessing that this will be the exact same situation when my other friends see me.

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4. Trying to lie down with your eyeglasses on

This has only become my problem because I love reading in bed or lie down while watching TV. Sometimes, I had to adjust my position based on my glasses’ liking and needs. LOL! If not, I’ll suffer a mini heart attack when I feel it might snap in two, therefore, leaving me with no other glasses to use.

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5. You do not look like yourself without your spectacles

It’s a good morning. You just woke up from your deep slumber when you pass by your mirror hanging on the wall and then you suddenly broke out into singing Disney’s Mulan song “Whoooo is that giiiiiirl I seeeee? Staring straight back at me. Why is my reflection someone I don’t knowwww?” LOL! Even though I’m only wearing mine for 2 months, I can barely recognize my face without my glasses. I’m thinking of it as a certain sort of a shield (from where, I really don’t know). It’s like my face is so bare without it now and to think that I lived 23 years of my life before wearing one. Weird, right?

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GIF Credit: giphy.com

There you go guys, these are my top 5 struggles. I guess I just have to accept that eyeglasses are part of my life now and try to live harmoniously with it. LOL! Maybe, one of these days I’ll try to wear contacts but it’s better to take it one step at a time. If you’re wearing one, what other problems can you add to this list? Make sure to share it on the comments! 🙂

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GIF Credit: the gif princess of Tumblr

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Thoughts on a Dark Night

So, last night we experienced a power blackout. It lasted for more than an hour. I believe it’s because of the thinning electricity supply in our country that we have to endure these rotating brownouts. With no internet and TV to keep me entertained and busy, I went to bed early. While I’m lying in bed surrounded by darkness and waiting for the sleep bug to bite me, my mind wandered to places and I have these certain realizations.

There’s still light amidst the dark

This thought donned on me while I am staring at a candle that we lit and placed on the floor. The whole house was dark but there is still that one tiny candle to give off the right amount of light. It flickers in the dark like hope flickers in our hearts when the world seems like this big, scary place. I think it also serves as a symbol that however rough the roads are ahead before you reach your destination, there’s still that silver lining to look forward to.

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Sometimes we just need to be quiet with our own thoughts

When the lights went off, it suddenly seems like the world stopped revolving. I cannot hear the familiar sound of the refrigerator, the TV and my own laptop. It’s like your security blanket has been stripped off of you because you are no longer connected to the things you’re familiar with. Relating it to our world today, it seems like life is all about being connected to social media and the internet. I realized it is also good to be unplugged sometimes so that you will have this time to evaluate yourself and your thoughts.

It’s good to sleep early

Admit it, I’m not the only one that’s a late sleeper here. LOL! I always convince myself to practice a better sleeping habit but I always end up sleeping in the same time which is super late or should I say, super early in the morning. I know that it is very important to have your sleep in proper time but with all this technology around me, I can’t help but tire myself of just surfing the net till the wee hours of morning. I miss sleeping early and waking up feeling very energized the morning after.

Take a moment to listen to the sounds around you

Last night, I can hear the sounds that I don’t usually hear often. I heard the dogs barking outside, crickets chirping, and thunder rumbling in the distance. These are the sounds that I have taken for granted every night when we have electricity. When the dark surrounds you, you become aware of other things that sometimes mean little to you. You appreciate little things that you only notice only now. You start to wonder why you stop listening to nature’s sounds yet continue to hear from artificial sounds such as your TV and computer.

You can also see fascinating things in the dark

As I was staring in the ceiling last night, I saw a firefly. A FIREFLY! I haven’t seen one since I was a child. My smile immediately spread out my face while I saw Mr. Firefly shining its light for me. I remembered that the last time I hold one was a long time ago. We used to catch them and hold them for a little while and free them. I also thought that there are no fireflies in our place anymore because I haven’t seen one for years but there still are and they’re just waiting for the right moment to display their flashing butts. LOL!

I guess darkness and silence isn’t so bad especially if you use it to meditate on things that you are forgetting and taking for granted. I learned that once in a while we must disconnect to our own little bubble of technology and see the world as it is.

What are your latest thoughts on life? Share it to me!

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Things I learned during a Sale

I woke up early in the morning, ate breakfast, took a bath, changed into comfortable clothes and I’m good to go. I’m off to the mall with my whole family to take advantage of an ongoing sale to one of the country’s biggest mall chains. We set a time when we will leave so that we will arrive there just as the mall opened. We were at the mall for almost a whole day. Let me share to you the things that I learned while we were there.

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Photo Credit: Google Images

Be Early 

We arrived at the mall just 1 hour after it opened. We left the house with lots of time to spare but due to the ever-reliable traffic to be there just when you don’t need it most, it took longer travel time. Upon approaching the parking lot, we can already see a security guard holding a sign that says ‘FULL PARKING’ in big, bold letters. The thought that runs in my head during that time was “where to park? where to park? where to park?” over and over again. Good thing, my father was the one driving so he immediately drove us to the rooftop of the mall where there were a few slots left. If we took our time looking for available parking spaces on the other floors, we will certainly not be able to get out of our car.

It’s best to have company

If I’m not with my family yesterday, I don’t know if I’ll still go home sane. LOL! It’s a good thing if you have someone with you that not only provides you company but also look out for your things if you are busy choosing on-sale things. Also, you can ask for their honest opinion if you fit the dress that you want to buy. That situation happened to me and my family yesterday. Although, it has some disadvantages such as more chairs to get when getting your lunch (restaurants are also full!) but then it will be a less sucky experience if you’re not alone.

Have a lot of patience with you

When we arrived at the mall, I have to part with my family first to bring my laptop to a Service Center (there goes my baby!) outside the mall. After doing my business, I immediately went back. As I was finding my way to my family inside the department store, there is an elderly woman in front of me. She suddenly stopped walking forward, turned back and shouted to her granddaughter. She said in the loudest voice she can muster “What!? Are you not going to buy anything!? Don’t play games with me! I’m losing my patience with you!” She said it in Tagalog (our main dialect) but I translated it so you can understand it. All of the people near the area, including the ones in line in the cashier, turned their heads and just stared at the grandmother and her granddaughter was shocked as I was. So, to avoid these kinds of scenario, just prepare yourself for the worst and be a little bit more understanding with people, after all, you are there for the same reason.

You can find gold everywhere

Not literally, no. What I’m trying to say here is an application of the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. With so many available items on sale in the mall, you may be overwhelmed with it a bit. But not every person is the same, so maybe another person doesn’t like the color of a certain blouse but it is your favorite color so you get to buy it. Even though you arrived a little late and you thought that all of the good items are already bought, don’t worry because you can always find something that you like (just be early next time for more choices!). It is also a good time to buy things that you’re saving up for. Grab that opportunity!

Make a list

This is already a common tip even if you are only going to a grocery store. My mother made a list of the things that we need to buy the night before. I think it is the most practical way to save time when going on a sale. The moment you enter the mall, you already know where to go and what section of the mall you should be in. Also, it’s best to put the same things that you can buy in one section in your list so as to avoid going back to the place that you’ve been before. If you have company, like in my place my family, what we did is while me and my sister are trying on clothes for her graduation day, our parents are at the appliance section looking for a grill. It is a good thing to divide the list and go in your own way to save time and cover all the needed things you have to purchase.

 

We got out of the mall early evening and we still have to go to the airport to fetch my grandmother. When we got home, we are all so tired that we already went to bed but it’s definitely one of those fulfilling days because we were able to buy the things that we needed and with less time and less money spent. 🙂

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