Eureka moment: I am Chihiro, Spirited Away

I am the kind of person who watches movies. Who really watches them not because I am bored, not because I got nothing to do. I really think that it is necessary for my well-being. Don’t get me wrong, I am not necessarily a movie buff. I just watch movies. I say that a lot and I claim still that I am not a movie buff *ahem* Watching movies just helps me think, helps me reflect, helps me understand myself more, helps me understand other people more. It is really fascinating. You should try watching movies, you know, really watch them.

Studio Ghibli films are just my type of movie that I know will come in handy in the future because its productions, though animated (and if films are animated, they are usually for kids), is filled with so much umm feels. Emotion. Let me skip topic and let us talk about this all-time favorite Studio Ghibli film of mine — Spirited Away.


I hadn’t known then how strikingly familiar this film would be to me in the next few years.

A month ago, I decided to leave a place I considered a home and friends I have considered a family. It was not an easy decision to make but in order to grow, I needed to. It also has long been a toxic place for me where I felt my growth as a professional was restraint and I cannot live in a place where learning is void, I just can’t. I will hold myself responsible if I did not do well in this life God gave me. In this life, I get only one shot, and I will make the most out of it. Now, I am back in my hometown with a heavy heart and a bad case of sepanx (separation anxiety). I like what I am doing now, I feel like this is a job meant for a BS DevCom graduate but.

But I miss my people. I kept checking up on them via social media networks. I stayed connected through chats and text messages. I am in my hometown but my heart, I think I left it in Baguio. I am not present, I am not living in the moment at all because half the time my mind goes back to the friends that I left. I know they have their own lives to live and I have my own as well but.

I think it is time again, to decide to let go and let God.

I see some parallels in my life that is also in Spirited Away. Chihiro had a whole new family in the Spirit world. No matter how weird they were, it was the place that Chihiro felt she was most herself. She became friends with No-Face, she saved the Onsen from that stinky Kamisama. She became an instant heroine in the Onsen earning favor from the witch that governed the place. Even the Kamisama favored Chihiro. Chihiro spent her whole time running away from a place that loved her. Chihiro became another — Sen. She loved being Sen but there was always Haku to remind her of her true name, to remind her of her goal — to free her parents and finally come back home.

I love the whole character development (from scaredy cat Chihiro to a brave and kind Chihiro) but let me skip to the part where it was time for goodbye. I relate to that moment. That part where Chihiro was sad to go and leave Haku behind. She was afraid that she will forget Haku but then again Zeniba, the twin-witch said to her that “Once you meet someone, you never really forget them.”


What baffled me that first time I watched Spirited Away was that last part when Haku told Chihiro to run towards the cave (which was some sort of portal to the mortal world) and no matter what, she must not look back. I felt like there was significance to that scene because it was full of close-ups etc, you really can feel the effort of the production to build up the emotion in that scene. Chihiro even stopped and almost turned back to check on Haku but she just shook her head and began running again towards the cave.


But I understand now. To truly be able to return to the mortal world, Chihiro must erase all feelings of wanting to go back to the Spirit World. She will just have to keep on moving forward. I think that applies to me as well. No matter how hard, moving forward is a part of life. You will just have to hold on to that faith that we never truly forget a person we already met so we can have peace that even if we don’t look back (for now), the love that was shared is not make-believe, it was real. I think that is a bond that is hard to forget. Maybe the mind will, but the heart will not. In the last part, where Chihiro and her parents finally returned to their own world, you may notice that Chihiro did glance back. She glanced back when she knew it was safe to look back. It was okay because she has returned home.

My worry is that, in my travel to my own Spirit World, I may miss some great moments that are happening in my reality now. I think I should try to live in the present more. I should try being open to new friends, new work, new environment.

So that’s about it. That is my eureka moment. That I am Chihiro and I was spirited away.


Eureka moment: I am Chihiro, Spirited Away

Nasaan ka na work? What is da meaning of layp?

Eto na naman ako. Nagsisimula ng panibagong blog.

July, 2015 litrato bago ang pag-martsa. Ako, kasama ang mama ko (naka-pulang damit) at ang supportive auntie at uncle ko na galing pang Cebu.

Ako ay isang kakasablay lamang na iska. Where am I now? a. Call center munaaaa gaman naman lagi pag fresh grads b. Nasa isang malaking company, iska e, malamang may trabaho na yan, the first Monday after grad! c. Ayun, nasa America na ata, umo-OTWOL lang ang peg, follow your american dream… 

Eh. Pwede gang may none of the above? Thug life kasi ako sa ngayon. Haha okay, that’s an exaggeration. Actually, I am waiting for a call for my contract signing *fingers crossed* but currently, I take on editing and writing jobs, in short self-employed ako sa ngayon. Well, there’s that pero full time katulong muna ako sa bahay namin haha! I am happy to be helping my family while semi supporting myself through these editing jobs. 

With my devcom friends hart hart

I am kinda feeling the pressure though, since last week pa. My friends are already pursuing their media careers, some are teaching already in big universities. Yung iba nasa DOST, DAP…other government agencies pa. Yung iba nagvo-volunteer, pumupunta sa kung san-san. Samantalang yung iba, nasa final interviews na nila. Swerte nila kasi pinapansin agad ang kanilang resume sent online huhu.

I can’t say I have not felt a twinge of jealousy because I have. But I trust God when He says, He will not forsake me, that He made me a life of purpose. So ayun. Gora pa rin ako with life naman. Praying helps!

I have this habit na tuwing may tatawag saking possible job, I grab my bible/devotional/or any christian book at naghahanap ng word galing kay God. Advice kumbaga. I dunno, I think I’m searching for…His assurance na eto na yun! Eto na yung pinakahihintay kong work.

One day ang nabuklat ko sa isang Daily Bread book na devotional is about John 19:28-30 wherein Jesus said that He was thirsty…after that the will of God was fulfilled. Grabe patak patak na luha ko non kasi I can’t say I have been the best child ni Lord. I was so dry, my prayer life was little to non-existent. Pero ang ginawa ni Jesus to fulfill God’s will ay ang mauhaw pa sa God the Father. Eh ayun. Taliwas ako e. Lumalapit lang ako kay Lord tuwing may kailangan lang ako which is very wrong. So ayun, na enlighten ako, para gang may angels’ chorus sa background going “hwaaaaaaaa”.

Corny ko.
Bottomline talaga e wala pakong trabaho penge namang trabaho jan. Haha just kidding.

I also want to say na oo andaming trabaho na tumawag sakin na willing na tanggapin ako right then and there pero a. Pabebe ako? b. Tinatamad lang c. Baba ng sweldo, hindi worth it?

Actually again, wala sa options. Yes. Yung mga trabahong tumawag sakin wala naman sa options ko kasi I’d rather work for a low paying job na gusto ko ang environment at worthwhile ang ginagawa ko dun such as NGOs na nagko-contribute sa nationbuilding. Kaysa naman sa trabahong high-paying as in 💵💵💵 wooo, pero in the long run naman, alam kong it will suck my soul out, suck my idealistic outlook. Yung maitatanong mo habang nagta-type ka sa harap ng mac computer desktop, crouched in your chair in a vast office, “Para saan ba tong ginagawa ko? Ano ang meaning ng layp?” Chas. You know what I mean.

So you, yes you, reading my post who is currently unemployed or stuck in a fork road just like me. It is so okay to take your time. Wag mong pansinin yung pamemresyur sayo ng magulang mo haha they only want the best for you anyways. Though I can understand na mayroon ding fresh grads na tipong may limang kapatid pang papaaralin at nakapangako kay inay ng house and lot, dre, I can understand the pressure. Just seek God okay. Also, I will be praying for an open heaven para sating mga naghihintay ng work opportunity. Ya’ll only have to believe in it and you shall receive in Jesus’s name!

That’s it for this first blog post.
Stay real, have faith! 😘👊

Signing out,

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Nasaan ka na work? What is da meaning of layp?