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Got my life in check. A tearful adieu.

It’s been four months since I wrote something on the though ladder. The last time I wrote here, the NBA season had ended and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for their first NBA title in forty years. Thus, another year in which my team the Houston Rockets fell short of the goal. Afterwards, I came into a decision to get myself in check about where I would go with my own life.
During that period, I went on a Twitter hiatus and a semi-hiatus on Facebook and Instagram. I tried to find something I can do to work for a living. It took me an extra five weeks from the time I went on hiatus to find that call in life. Then on the last week of July, I finally found it. It had been 16 months since the time I finished my college education to finally find something to look forward to. I finally got off the dreaded unemployment line. It was a scene of euphoria that came through me during that time. Because, I accomplished my goal to get myself in check and get going.
I found my reason to wake up every single morning and give out my small yet humble share to society. It was also an opportunity to meet new people from my colleagues to the clients we encounter on a daily basis. A chance to learn something new with every single day I get into the office and hone my craft. I found a place where I can make a living and start saving for the future. The best part about the new opportunity is that I didn’t need to go far from home to get to the work place. Along the way, I gained experience. Good and bad. I grew up even in the smallest of ways with every single task that was given. I formed bonds with my colleagues, where every single one is a part of the family. It was something I looked forward every single day I head out from home.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. I had to make one of the most difficult decisions in my life. It was time for me to go. It was a moment that completely broke my heart. I did my very best to try and make things work. However, certain circumstances and situations led me into that fateful decision. It was all for the best. On the last day of the pursuit, there was still signs of heartbreak, but there was also the sense of relief that a huge weight has been lifted on my shoulders.
It was not the storybook ending I tried working hard for. But I will always be thankful for the company of the family I got to be with for the journey. Thankful for the experience I gained along the way. All of the simple joys and tough stretches of life at the office.
So a pursuit has come to an end. Another pursuit will soon begin. It will be a daunting challenge to try and get myself going again. Yet, I’m taking everything in a positive life and a step at a time. I’ll always keep the faith and some day, just like the first time. It will fall into place.

Albertus Magnus Building, memories and legends were made.

Yesterday, I returned to UST once again. It’s been more than a week since my last visit. But, there was a good reason to come back. It was more than just a plain visit, but it was to coach the Quiz Bee team which I was a part of the past two years and won multiple competitions along the way. It felt great to be on the other side of the fence. Of coaching and motivating the team, and not competing to put up a good fight. After spending the afternoon there, I went home tired yet thankful of the opportunity that was given to me today. Little did I know that something was brewing along my beloved college.

Today, I got the news on social media from one of my mentors, that CTHM will start holding classes on the new Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building (otherwise known as the Thomasian Alumni Center) on Thursday. It will be leaving the Albertus Magnus Building which has been it’s home since it’s inception in 2006. The new building will primarily host the Office of Alumni Relations. It will also house every college/faculty-level alumni organizations. But what will the building bring to CTHM? It will give the college new classrooms and facilities that will cater to the needs of the college and it is fully air-conditioned. One side note of the upcoming move, the CTHM offices will still remain at the Albertus Magnus Building. I haven’t personally gone into the new building in my last visit. But I’m hopeful I will be able to come inside, the next time I come back.

On a personal note, there is always that sign of envy that I never got to experience having a class inside the new building as I just graduated. But it was indeed a measure of right timing. We may never experience the vibe of the new building as students. Perhaps on a jokeful thought, the move could cut-off the college from “civilization” of the UST campus. As majority of the buildings of other colleges are closely attached to one another. Despite the envy of it all, at least we were able to come out last March with flying colors and that’s the most important thing of it all. At the end of the day, it’s for the good of the college moving forward.

Then again, a lot of mine as well as others memories of their college life were made inside the Albertus Magnus Building. From every class to spending a moment at the cafeteria or the fenced area. From the ultra cool language lab to the consultation room and faculty room where I once trained whenever I compete. From events/exhibits done inside the building to having my OJT at the travel bureau inside the building and plenty other experiences in this building that molded me into who I am today.

The nostalgia of the Albertus Magnus will always be there for me. Whenever I or anyone else who belongs in CTHM step their foot inside the building, we will have that feeling of how it was inside it. Every success and failure that was made here. From the beginning until the end of our collegiate journeys.

It will be an exciting time for the college with the move into the spanking new building. As the current generation of students will now make their own legends and memories inside it. As an alumnus, I’m optimistic with all the changes that are coming along. I hope for the best.

Alas, I will always remember the Albertus Magnus Building as a second home for the four years of my Thomasian journey.

Godspeed, Albertus Magnus 
K-Smoove

P.S. If I get called to coach the team again, where would I go?