Author Wednesday: From Hyper to Hypo by Yay Padua-Olmedo

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Author Wednesday
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We’re privileged to have as a guest blogger today, Ms. Yay Padua-Olmedo, author of Going Up?, an OMF Lit original. Here she shares her thoughts on how to make the most of your Christmas break


Most of us spend most of our days in hyper-mode, driven especially by our love affair with the internet, particularly Facebook and other internet distractions — on top of other things we do to either make a living or prevent our brains from going kaput  especially if you’re a baby boomer like me.

I’ve eagerly looked forward to this Christmas holiday break to just take it easy after a term (I teach Marketing) of hyper-gray-matter calisthenics. Enough already with doing lectures, checking exams and term papers, and regularly meeting with hard-core marketing students who never seem to sleep because they need to defend our school’s honor as two-time champion in a forthcoming prestigious marketing competition.

So I’ve set my mind on these: Some creature comforts like a facial or a massage. I haven’t watched a movie in ages — so why not go with my girl friends, then have unhurried coffee or tea time, and make that better, please, with hefty laughter and espresso gelato to make it a worthwhile guilt trip.

I’m not even planning on shopping! I got smart and bought everything I needed to give this Christmas at the recent Manila International Book Fair. So that’s one task I will never struggle with in days to come.

But here’s the best part: Christmas break means curling up in bed with a good book while your stereo plays worshipful songs. I don’t care what time of day it is, with no appointments and meetings to keep, I intend to revisit C.S. Lewis’ Narnia; and be lost again, like a little girl in a world where good triumphs and evil is vanquished. And I’ve saved up a budget for some more Joel Rosenberg books which have definitely hyped my end-of-days passion for evangelism.

Last but not the least: I’m taking the time to connect personally with people who matter in my life. Family or class reunions don’t excite me. In fact I tend to get lost in them. Because a lot of times, reunions become just noisy gatherings — for drinking, singing and dancing, eating. Unless we take these occasions to interact one-on-one, we become just bystanders and onlookers; and that to me is just waste of time.

At this point in my life where some of my contemporaries have already gone to be with the Lord, I’ve decided — holiday or no holiday — to make my everyday count so that others may know that Jesus loves them..


Yay Padua-Olmedo is the author of the OMF Lit original title Going Up, Making Right Choices at Work, which talks about trying to make your mark in the corporate world with integrity and professionalism.

She believes that her purpose as a Christian is to become salt and light where God has placed her. Aside from teaching Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Southville Foreign University in Las Pinas City, Philippines, she conducts seminars and writes inspirational materials.

  1. Liz says:

    “a lot of times, reunions become just noisy gatherings — for drinking, singing and dancing, eating. Unless we take these occasions to interact one-on-one, we become just bystanders and onlookers; and that to me is just waste of time.” I totally agree with this. It’s funny how the season becomes just an excuse for one get-together after another, as if the rest of the year is not available. We can learn to appreciate the day-to-day rather than the big-time celebrations. How I would love to have one Christmas season with just the people who are close to my heart.

    • yay olmedo says:

      Totally agree! It’s as if people bottle up everything for two or three weeks of endless partying, only to find themselves exhausted and—and their pockets emptier—in the process. That’s why we have 365 days in a year. A day at a time. Making each day count. Reaching out to someone today. Saying “I love you,” to your husband and kids when you wake up. Chewing nuggets from the Word. Reaching out to someone who needs prayer. Daily deeds for our daily needs. The Lord provides daily as He provides food for the raven. So I’ve learned not to be pressured by “do this, do that” this Christmas. What’s important is that our loved ones see us behaving like the Messiah who now manifests Himself through us. Merry Christmas.

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