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October 20, 2014

I'm on Instagram!



Ain't that good news? :) Now we can all catch up with each other wherever we may be! I'll just be at @wanderrlily if you need me. Or do give me a tweet at @wanderrlily (I did change my username)! I'll be there most of the time. See ya! :)


September 22, 2014

Update + The Happy List!

6 AM duty with the girls...aren't we cute? Hehehe ^^ 

HELLO BLOGOSPHERE! How are you all doing? Man, I know it has been such a SUPER DUPER LONG time since you've last seen my thoughts and my face floating around the internet! Hence, the picture. Teehee! I believe I've have missed almost three months of blogging action and fun...ugh. The way things work have been different since I landed the job. I've also noticed that time has begun to go fast since then. I feel like all I ever do now is go to work, go home, eat and sleep and back to work again. It's like the sun just let the moon take over for five minutes and it's morning again.  

But anyway, though I haven't been updating my blog, I really haven't been away. I've always been sneaking around your blogs and checking once in a while. :) I hope you don't find that creepy. Hehe. I know I have a lot of catching up to do, as well as catch up especially with all the bucketlists I've started. Hahah! Go figure! I haven't yet planned my daily posts but let's all leave that for tomorrow. Haha! Who knows what I'll have up in my sleeve? For the meantime, I hope you enjoy this happy list! xx


THE HAPPY LIST

1. The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack! Even though I haven't watched the movie and (honestly) cannot get through the book, this soundtrack totally is my jam! :)
2. Seeing the ocean. Memories written all over the waves...
3. Food. You can't argue with me on that.
4. Hilarious and random moments at work.
5. Walking by the river at 5 in the morning. Often when I start office at 6, I arrive at the city ten to fifteen minutes after 5, giving me time to walk a few minutes to work, passing by the Iloilo River and admiring the lights reflecting in the water. And sometimes I even catch the sunrise which is always breathtaking. :)
6. This Coca - cola commercial. I dropped a tear watching this. Okay maybe three. Okay fine, I cried!
7. Christmas songs playing from afar. It's the -ber months here in the Philippines which means the start of the Christmas season - that usually lasts up until January!
8. Getting a letter from the past via futureme.org. I decided to run though my loads of email today (mostly nonsense) and saw that my email from my 20-year old self had arrived talking about my love life! Ha! Gotta thank my younger self for that. :)
9.  Books! I recently bought The Enchantress of the Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series, fell in love and wanted to buy the whole thing - all six books! It's my first novel of such genre and I can't wait till I read more from Michael Scott. Also dying to read the Inkheart series... ^^ 
10. Watching a movie alone. A few weeks ago, I watched If I Stay at the cinema. Add that I was the ONLY ONE sitting in the row on the left side which really completed the scene! Hahah! But anyway it was a really cool and exciting experience. The only downside was that I wasn't able to really cry it out, so I gulped my tears, if you know what I mean. Next time I'm watching a tear-jerker, I'm going to lock myself in my room.

Cheers to today! Ciao!
May 30, 2014

Daily Diaries 03: Surprise surprise!

Hello y'all! TGIF! How have you been this week? The weather here has been pretty gloomy lately and it usually rains in the afternoon...which shouldn't be the case because IT IS SUMMER! And it's kind of scary how time flies so fast. It's feel like last month I just got into college, and then here I am now, out of it and into the real world. And speaking of time, it's a day before June! Cray cray! I apologize for the lack of posts this week. Life happened. :) I'm just glad Kate hosts this wonderful link-up! This week has been pretty a-ma-zing and I can't wait to share it to you!


Monday. I went to the interview at S Hotel that I mentioned previously. I thought they were going to interview me, but instead the manager (who was very nice) gave me an essay type of test with five questions to answer. It was quick and I was then dismissed. I then met with my brother after his enrollment and had some snacks (ahem pizza) before going home.

Tuesday. It rained in the afternoon (that's what my diary says). So instead of slouching in front of the computer, I managed to do some writing and read some blogs in the evening. It was a nice day. :)

Wednesday. Another interview was scheduled for today at M Hotel. It was a really hot afternoon when I came in, but a few minutes later, it started to rain really hard. Oh, dear weather. In there, I met Marvie and Jenny who were also called in. I met the hotel's manager and he was very nice. After the interview, I planned to stop by the mall and eat something because my stomach was growling. It was perfect timing because I saw two of my college mates in line at the cashier, so I had a little chat with them and went home after a few donuts.

Thursday. I was starting to read Anna and the French Kiss that afternoon when S Hotel called, informing me of another set of interview for the next day. Yay! That evening, I judged a pageant for boys-dressed-as-girls called 'Beautiful Papa'. I honestly enjoyed every minute of the show! I truly admire their guts and they were really brave in joining since not all guys would dress up as girls and strut their stuff on stage like nobody's business in public, right? It was a really fun night! I went to bed at midnight thinking about the interview the next day, and praying to God that may what's best for me hire me first.

Friday. So I wore a red blouse I bought two weeks ago for the first time, wore no stockings (because I always always wear stockings), and hoped for the best. When I arrived at S Hotel, I met a girl from the same school as mine but on a different location. We talked about our trainings and stuff. Then the Manager arrived and interviewed her first. While she was being interviewed, I kept looking at the front desk and there were the staff, especially this really friendly biperson who kept smiling at me and wishing me goodluck. I guess it worked because when it was finally my turn, I was immediately hired! On the outside, while Maam was discussing work schedule and meals, I was like...


But on the inside, I was all like...

 
OMG OMG OMG I HAVE A JOB YAAAAAAAAAYYAYYYY! THANK YOU LORD!!!!!!

I beg you not to imagine me doing what the little girl does 'coz that would be embarrassing! Hahah! I am just giddy happy that I met this month's goal - to have a job! So after that, I met with the owner then proceeded with the hotel tour. I felt at ease and at home since Maam R (who was my guide and supervisor) and I both graduated from the same school and course. Lucky me! She introduced me to everyone and they were all very friendly and accommodating and I just hope they'll stay like that. I have never had any hotel experience before and I still have a lot to learn. I feel excited and just nervous for my first day of work but you know what they say - baby steps = big leap. YAY ME! :))

How did your week go?

Daily Diaries with Diaries of an Essex Girl
May 25, 2014

Daily Diaries 02: Books, A Wedding and Youtube


Here come another summary of my week! Let's get to it! :)

Sunday, May 18. I got invited to be an usherette to a wedding on Saturday. Exciting! But what do I wear? 

Monday, May 19. I forgot what happened that day. Dang my short-term memory.

Tuesday, May 20. My brother and I grilled some pork for breakfast. After which, I watched some clips from a Korean reality show called We Got Married featuring my ever favorite YongSeo couple! That afternoon, I watched some youtube videos and made myself a pimiento sandwich and ice cold coffee! Yum!

Wednesday, May 21. I saw this One-Line-A-Day type of diary from Rachel and thought this might be a great idea to help me recall my day with the help of a sentence. I wanted to buy one for myself too, but there are about a couple of slightly used little notebooks in front of me so I thought why not improvise? ;) I do hope I get to the habit of doing this everyday so I can actually fill a diary for the first time! Haha! That morning, a friend texted me asking if I could be judge for a local competition, and I said yes! That afternoon, I slept with an alarm set for 30 minutes and felt refreshed and active. So I started the book Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen and downloaded a heap of YA novels that evening! Well, that was a lot. Haha!

Thursday, May 22. I dedicated the whole morning and afternoon to finishing the novel I started the day before and it was really good! Scary and disgusting, but really good! Tess Gerritsen really is the queen of medical thrillers! I clearly cannot understand medical jargon but I loved it!

Friday, May 23. I went to the city with Mom today to settle her transactions. Before going home, we searched Pop Shop for something that I can wear to the wedding which is tomorrow! Mom tried showing me a couple of dresses but they weren't really my type (and I'm not a dress-person) so I finally decided to wear that outfit I wear for my interviews. Haha! We had a really good time anyway. :)

Saturday, May 24. Today is the wedding. It was a small event with only family, close friends and work colleagues. During the program, I was made to join the game where single ladies would gather and the bride would throw the bouquet. But instead of that, we were made to pick flowers with ribbons tied to them. The one with the shortest ribbon is the 'lucky girl'. Alas, I had the shortest ribbon. Haha! After that, I was instructed to turn back and all the single guys were each made to put a shoe for me to choose from. I'm glad it was a kid's shoe I chose! LOL! That afternoon, I got a call from S Hotel informing me of an interview on Monday! Just when I thought no one else would call back, they did!

Sunday, May 25. We attended our relatives' thanksgiving party for her three children: one for passing the board exam, one for her 25th birthday, and one for her homecoming. It was a bright and sunny morning when we went there. En route, I got a call from M Hotel informing me of another interview schedule which is now for their Travel Agency. Of course, I was excited! Hopefully, this will really be it! The afternoon skies were brumous - thank goodness it did not rain. We went home before dark, just in time to see the setting sun from our back porch.


Well that was one of my longest daily diary posts yet! We'd love to know how your week went, too! 
(Were kind of nosy like that!) Join us at Daily Diaries!

Daily Diaries with Diaries of an Essex Girl

Here's another Priscilla Ahn song! Enjoy! :)
May 24, 2014

The Reading List

Hello you guys! How are you doing? This week has been quite gloomy. Nevertheless, I was still in good spirits and managed to be productive! Hooray for the abundance of happy hormones in my being! Hahah! I kept up with my 24 in 2014 reading challenge where I'm obviously behind now. I'm currently 200 pages towards the end of my eighth book so, yay! This week, I busied myself with watching youtube music/movie videos, reading and downloading ebooks among others. So I want to share to you some of the ebooks I've downloaded (all from epubbud) and download links, too! ;) I hope you enjoy!


1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is what I am currently into! It's my first read from Jenny Han and I am loving it! This novel tells the story of Lara Jean, a teenage girl who wrote letters to her crushes and kept them in a hatbox her late mother gave her. One day, her letters were accidentally sent to all her crushes addresses. I'm getting to the good part nowAs she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. I'm quite excited for the ending. :)

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I saw this book at the bookstore and I was intrigued by the title. Haha. Anyway, the book tells the life of Anna (duh) who was was shipped to Paris for boarding school, leaving her job, bestfriend and crush in Atlanta. In Paris, she meets Etienne St. Clair who is an epitome of a man who has it all - including a girlfriend. I believe Anna develops a crush on him and who know what happens next? It had a lot of positive reviews in Goodreads (almost all are five stars!) so I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it too!

3. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
While reading the plot of the novel, I was reminded of my twin cousins who once swapped schools, and mainly the movie Parent Trap who switched places for their family to be whole again. Now here's a novel about switching places! According to the plot, there's two Sloane Jacobs. The only difference is that one has the second name Emily, and the other one has Devon. When the two met at Montreal, they decided to switch places for the summer and discover that convincing people you're someone else might be more difficult than being yourself. Now speaking of summer, I'm sure this'll be a delightful treat for the season!

4. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I know this one is a really good book because, guys...David Levithan! Nick and Norah's adventure to love starts with the pretend-to-be-my-girlfriend-for-five-minutes request and a kiss. Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. I can't wait to read it!

5. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer Smith
Just reading the synopsis makes me want to dig into this book immediately! It tells the story of Lucy and Owen who met when they got stuck inside an elevator of a NYC apartment. After they were rescued, they spend the night wandering around Manhattan. At the end of the night, they go separate ways and eventually get into a long-distance relationship and keeps in touch with emails and postcards. One day, they meet again. What happens next? Well, we will have to read in order to know! 

Now here's a treat! A charming Priscila Ahn song to fill your day with calmness! :)


Which of these novels have you read?
May 20, 2014

Reasons why I buy stuff


Who loves shopping? We all do, don't we? Though sometimes I kind of prefer the type we usually call window-shopping. But you don't own anything from going window-shopping, so let's go back to shopping - as in really buying stuff. When I have extra money, I often immediately think of what I'm going to buy with it on impulse. What's supposed to be a whole lot of savings is spent instead on notebooks, trinkets, shoes, bags and other things that we don't often need. So here, without further ado, I have listed some of the reasons why I - and most probably some of the reasons why also you - buy stuff.

1. I really like them - I am a total notebook and perfume junkie! Often after school, we would pass by a mall and go inside the bookstore. I would go straight to where they would display the notebooks and my love for them just becomes stronger. Lol. What I love the most is when they're sold for not higher than a hundred pesos ($2)! I would immediately grab 'em and pay at the cashier (especially that I have a bookstore card, I'd want to earn points!) Phew! Imagine if that was what would happen everyday! During the last few months of college, my friend noticed this habit and she tried her best to lure me away from the notebooks. But nice try, though. Hahah!



2. The packaging is cute. I'm a really visual person and at the age of 21, I still can't resist the cuteness of things. This totally applies to perfumes! Did you also think that 'Hmm this must smell nice 'cause it's in a nice bottle'. I did too! Haha. It's either they have a really cute packaging or I like those words they put at the back of the bottles. I have one in particular that says 'It happens the way it does in your dream. He asks you out and you simply gleam! Crazy butterflies resume on cloud nine. Amidst a scent so vibrant and so fine'. It smells good too! :)

3. They're ON SALE! If you are a true-blooded-cross-my-heart-hope-to-die shopaholic, then you can't resist a sale! I don't usually go to Sales, though. There are a lot of people (duh) and your money can never be safe in there. But I went to a sale once and brought a shirt with my cousin, that ended up as my favorite shirt until now. Hehehe.

4. I don't want anyone else to have it or 'I'll surely find a place to wear it'. I may sound greedy at this point but don't we all feel that way sometimes, especially at a thrift store? We once held a garage sale at school where there were lots of really good dresses! I was made to fit one of it, and one of my teachers said it looked good on me. I was like 'Seriously?'. Then they told me that I should buy it but I declined. I had it going in my mind the whole evening, so the next day after seeing it for a few times, I was like 

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...and gimme the dress! Hahah!

3. I need them, or I just think that I do when I really don't. Like those times when I would buy accessories for one particular event. I would go with my friends, so of course I'd want to buy some for myself too. I don't really wear accessories on a daily basis, only my good ol' watch. So those accessories I would buy will just go hidden in the closet. Later, I'd see them inside and say 'I bought these?'. Lol!

6. Because I'm embarassed to just go out of a store without buying something. Sometimes I pick some products and the salesgirl/seller has her eyes on me that I'm just forced to buy it. Hahah. Happens everytime!

What makes you buy stuff?

May 19, 2014

10 Blog Ideas (for when you're out of ideas)

Having a blog and keeping it posted everyday can be hard especially when the creative juices don't come naturally, or are stuck. Sometimes, you squeeze them out but still you get nothing. So, I came up with this list for our reference when we want to blog but have nothing to blog about. One of these entails an adventure while some can be found and done right in your desk! I hope you enjoy!


1. Go someplace else or where your feet will take you. It can be at the park, at your own porch, at a corner at a coffee shop, or maybe even at the mall (or in the middle of a field!). Just make sure to find a spot where nobody can disturb you. Now get your pen and notebook, use your phone as timer and set it to 30 minutes or perhaps an hour or maybe not at all. Now go write everything that comes into your mind within that time! You can start with 'Today I am perched at the big old sycamore tree and am 10 meters above the ground.' Describe your surroundings, what you think about the little girl's cute outfit or a story on the scene unfolding before you. Be creative. You can even exaggerate it. But let's just don't name names.

2. Read a book. And yes, make a book review!

3. Look for old notebooks or those you used to doodle at years ago (if it's still there). Browse. Perhaps you can find a post idea right there and then. You found a few inspiring quotes in there? Share them! Found some pretty great doodles you did when you were in college? We'd love to see them!

4. Do a DIY and share it to us!

5. Maybe you can tell us why you love this particular author, your opinion on a quote, a list of your favorite hobbies, or a list of things you adore about your favorite book/movie character! The list could go on...

6. Was there a moment where you felt very proud of yourself to have accomplished something? It doesn't matter if it's small thing. And don't you say that it's JUST a small deed because I'm sure it took you a lot of courage to do that. ;)

7. Remember the line 'If your eyes could speak, what would they say?' from The Book Thief? Do exactly that! What does it look like outside your window? Or what is the current state of your desk? Show. Don't tell. :)

8. Tell us about your favorite spot in town, or at home. Make a list of the things you love to do in there. Don't forget the photos!

9. List down reasons why you love yourself and why you are worthy of loving. After this, get your favorite drink and feel good about yourself. :)

10. Draw something that represents YOU. It can be a flower, a cloud, the sun, water, or ANYTHING that you think best describes you. Below that, write a detailed description of why you likened that thing to yourself. Now have your mom, sister, best buddy, anyone or maybe all of them to do the same thing - to draw a thing that they think is like you or represents you. Don't forget to let them write 'why' too. You'll be amazed at how these people see you and how wonderful you are to them. :)

How/where do you get your blog ideas?

May 17, 2014

Daily Diaries 01: Applications, Interviews and Starbucks


Hello! How is everyone? And how is your week? :) Well mine has been totally great and quite a lot has happened. Here is a lowdown on how it went.

Saturday - I have been thinking of starting to write another novel. I like starting novels but sooner or later I can't just figure out how to finish them or how to run the whole story. Anyway, I found the perfect topic and I hope I do finish it! Haha.

Sunday - Spent Mother's Day with the family at home!

Monday - I was supposed to go job-hunting at the city but I woke up to a mild fever. Thank goodness it wasn't that bad. I also printed A DOZEN of resumes. No kidding! I started taking the job search VERY seriously.

Tuesday - A productive day! My friend and I went around every hotel in the city and submitted resume's. We made it through the tremendous hot weather and applied at nine hotels! I hoped that at least one would call me back. We ended the afternoon with a drink. I only had enough money for the ride home and my friend was really eager to get a drink and she was kind enough to treat me one! Nothing is as yummy as a FREE Chocolate Chip Cream Frapuccino! :) That night just right after dinner, I was sitting at the couch with my phone in hand when a hotel called! Well that was fast. I was like ooooooohhhhmmmyygooooossshhh. I was too startled that I quite forgot the name of the hotel, the time and the name of the caller. LOL.

Wednesday - Highlight of the day was when I received a text from D Hotel saying that I have to report the next day for an interview! Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh! :D

Thursday - The D Hotel interview came. I was quite nervous. I arrived at the hotel 15 minutes earlier. Later, I discovered that there were four of us to be interviewed. We were made to fill out an employment application form, then interviewed a little later. It was fast and did not last for five minutes, I guess. But what I was really curious about was the last interviewee who stayed there for more than 20 minutes. The others and I decided to wait for her at first to know what took her so long. But 30 minutes later, she was still inside reading or writing something, so we just went ahead. We thought maybe she got hired already. We were sad, but hey it's not the end of the world.

Friday - Another day, another interview. This time at M Hotel (the ones that called me on Tuesday). I came at 10 AM and learned that I was expected at 2:30 PM. Hahah! But Miss D interviewed me anyway. It was a LONG interview. It took us almost an hour, believe me! I was asked all sorts of questions starting from my whole bio-data, work preferences, etc. It was long but equally enjoying. I'm so glad that Miss D was very nice. I'm hoping I'd get an approval from ze boss. :)

Saturday - I had a fever in the middle of the morning. I'm wondering why these fevers keep coming. I also felt pain in my neck. So after lunch, I drank some paracetamol, prayed and slept until 3 PM. Later that afternoon, I felt better. Now here I am at 8:53 PM, at my desk, blogging.

At 9 PM I came upon the movie My Name Is Love. I had a really good night watching it!

Here is some upbeat music to brighten up your day! :)

How did your week go?
May 11, 2014

Summer Checklist

©Ivon DomingoA beach scene in one of the top summer destinations in the Philippines, BORACAY. 

What we've all been waiting for has finally come - SUMMER! T'is the season of bikinis, martinis, zucchinis...eh, and freedom from school chores! (But not your household chores. No no no.) Well it's been here since mid-April and the heat is outrageous! It even reached 36ÂșC in the past few weeks! I can feel myself sweat even if I'm just sitting here. Anyway, what are you planning to do this summer? If you still don't have the idea, I've listed some activities that'll make your summer the best and most productive summer evuuurrr!

1. Find a job. It's a relief that I don't have to worry about school anymore this coming semester, and the semester after that and after that because I'm a free bird! - at least from school. What I'm really itching to have now is a job. And I hope that I do get a job before the summer ends. *cross fingers

2. Hit the beach. Well you cant say that you really had a great summer if you did not go to the beach, can you? It's like the very essential part of every summer! Ha! So why don't we all start looking for a flattering piece of bikini (and maybe some nice cover-up if you're reserved like me. hehe) and strut the beach! Don't forget to let out that inner child in you and maybe build a sandcastle! 

3. Do something adventurous. And by adventurous, I mean something that you've never ever done before. You can choose between ziplining superman style, cliff diving (must be afraid of heights), white water rafting, rappelling, or whatever it is that'll let you exercise your vocal chords, if you know what I mean. If you get a little bruise of scrape here and there, worry not. It's all part of the experience and a little bruise is nothing compared to an experience, aye? And besides, who knows when you'll ever do that again. Perhaps the next day if you're feeling so adventurous. :)

4. Try new food. There's nothing like a new flavor to grace your palette! Search your city for places that are unfamiliar to you. I'm sure there are a lot that will make you say 'When was this here?' or 'Why did I not know about this place??' Now it's important that you avoid fast food this time and embrace fine dining. Of course, don't forget to bring company! It's always more fun when you're eating with a group, you know.


And speaking of food, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the mighty HALO-HALO - the Filipino's favorite summer dessert! It's a mixture of shaved ice, beans, jell-o, banana, coconut, tapioca, sweet potato and pretty much everything that you like! You can put in some caramel popcorn, or cheese curls, and don't forget the sugar, evap and chocolate syrup! And to top it all off, you're favorite scoop of ice cream, then mix mix mix! Maybe you'd say, 'Ew, seriously?', but try it! Experiment! You never know, right? *wink




5. Learn a new language. Maybe some of us aren't the type to go out there because of the hot weather. So to keep your summer enjoyable even at home, why not learn a new language? I heard it's synonymous with 'productive'. :) Whether it be French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch or just anything you fancy really. DuoLingo is a great place to start learning. It teaches you the most basic words and some commonly used phrases. Or maybe you can buy a dictionary so you can learn it anytime anywhere. 

6. Read. BECAUSE. :)



What's on your checklist this summer?
May 8, 2014

Everyday by David Levithan | Book Review

Hello! Look who's catching up on her reading challenge! ME! I'm supposed to be in my 9th or 10th book now, but due to the activities in the past month, I just finished my 6th book. Not good, I know, but I'm catching up. :) And I think it's necessary to make a book review so I can share some insights on what I've read too! I'm going to start with my 6th book, Every Day by David Levithan.
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Every day is the first book I've read from David Levithan. Well it's really the second book but it's the first book that I've completely read. I've seen it on the stack of bestsellers several times and even gave the plot a read. I wanted to buy it but it was somehow expensive. Classes were over at that time so I'm a bit broke (T_T) and thought I'd rather have pizza. 

But what really drove me towards reading it is because of a friend. He once asked me if I've read that book along with Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen (which was actually right next to Every Day at the bookstore), and I said no. It was sad because that would have ended the conversation, but thank goodness it didn't. So what I did a day after that conversation was to search for an available eBook, and there it was! Thank goodness for eBooks! Here's the link if you want to download a copy. Now right onto the review!



Synopsis from David Levithan.com 
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. 

My thoughts
A very compelling read! If I hadn't got the recommendation from my friend, I wouldn't have read it! A's story is unique and it gives this certain interesting twist to what love stories or young adult novels are commonly about. Every day, A wakes up inside a stranger's body. Sometimes he's fat, sometimes he's a gangster, sometimes he's a lost boy, sometimes he's normal. Sometimes he is a boy, sometimes a girl. Maybe I should just refer to A as A and not a he or a she. Yes, A has no gender. And A's name is just A, though later he writes in an email that his name is Andrew. But I can't help thinking and guessing that A is a boy because A fell in love with Rhiannon. The story has a Cinderella twist to it, wherein at the strike of midnight, everything is changed. Only, this happens to A on a daily basis and he does not know how to make it stop, how to stay in the same body for more than a day.  Cinderella gets her happy ending, but A probably does not.

I actually got into a realization that everyday we change. The difference is that we are souls who live in the same body, unlike A. Of course everyday for us might be normal and today being the same as yesterday. But if you look closely, not a single day is the same. We change maybe for the better or for the worst, but there will always be a single thing that will remain the same. As for A, that is her love for Rhiannon. Also, behind this story is a peek into a variety of lives of 16 year old teenagers (since A only inhabits bodies of souls his age and within a certain  proximity).

I kind of predicted how it will end. It's either A will learn the art of remaining in someone's body for more than a day, or A will eventually have to leave Rhiannon. I kinda guessed the latter but I did not expect the ending to be that way - it was heartbreaking. I think I should stop here since it would be unfair to divulge more info for those who havent read the book yet. ;)



The Verdict
 ★

Four stars because there are just some things that left me hanging. I wish there was a second book. :) See most (a lot actually) of my favorite quotes from the book under the cut! Watch out for the next review: FLIPPED by Wendelin van Draanen!

Favorite Quotes
After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are. There is no way to know why. You can have theories, but there will never be proof.

We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.

Belonging - a closeness that isn’t merely physical. A connection that defies the fact that we’ve only just met. A sensation that can only come from the most euphoric of feelings.

What is it about the moment you fall in love? How can such a small measure of time contain such enormity?

The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations—all of them rearranging
themselves so that this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.

I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.

It’s as if when you love someone, they become your reason. And maybe I’ve gotten it backward, maybe it’s just because I need a reason that I find myself falling in love with her.

The sound of words as they’re said is always different from the sound they make when they’re heard, because the speaker hears some of the sound from the inside. 

This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. 

And just like that, the universe goes wrong. Just like that, all the enormity seems to shrink into a ball and float away from my reach. I feel it, and she doesn’t. Or I feel it, and she won’t.

Most people know that their first love will not be their only love. But for me, she is both.

Linking up with Nicole for Treat Yo' Self Thursdays!

May 6, 2014

5 Things Tetris Taught Me


Tetris is an interesting and highly entertaining game of bricks! Back in our time, a.k.a the 90's, we used to plead our dads to buy us this toy we so commonly called brick game. And then we'd go gaga over it and play with the sounds in full volume at the living room. Cray cray. Basically, it was the only thing we had before our parents bought computers - I think. Anyway, Tetris is not just a game. It has something that we can learn from, too. Maybe not literally. If you look behind the bricks, there's actually a lesson or two you can extract from it. In my case, I got five! 

But before we go to that, I know you love trivia's so here it is! :)


1. You don't determine what piece will come next, but you choose where to place it.
In Tetris, the panel on the left gives us clues as to what piece will come next. Therefore, we can decide where to place it. Life is a lot like this. There are signs. The only difference is that sometimes they're invisible. We choose to see or not to see it. But when we do, we are the ones who make a choice on what to do with it. We may like the outcome, we may not. Nevertheless, we should still watch out because there are more to come.

2. It doesn't always go right but the good news is that there is a 'New Game' button.
Several times, I'd end up having stacks of bricks that reach the top and I'm out. But being the determined young lady that I am, I press the 'New Game' button and start again. Yes, we all make mistakes. Most times we make a lot and we do nothing about it except let it pile up. Mistake after mistake. The good news is, we always have the option to start again and make things better. The next time you play, you will be careful how to position and where to put your bricks. The longer you play, the more you become an expert with it. 

3. There may be holes below, but you can always fill them in.
I hate seeing holes in my stack of bricks. These holes are from pieces that don't really fit due to lack of tactics or confusion. But you can always fill them in later. The most important thing to focus on is the top of the stack of bricks. I think I'm talking about setting priorities here. Accomplish first what is most important - family, career, friends. You can do the rest after you're satisfied with your top priorities. If all else fails, see number 2.

4. Sometimes we keep waiting for the long pieces, not realizing that the smaller ones can suffice.
There is no shortcut to your dreams, only a long, winding and rocky road. Notice that the long tetris piece rarely comes. A huge opportunity rarely comes. So use the smaller ones to your advantage. Stack them smartly and well. Know that the small ones matter. The small blessings matter. The small accomplishments matter. It will play a huge part in leading you to your goal. And when the long piece comes, take it and use it to make a big leap!

5. You can top the high score if you keep on playing.
Let's say high score equals success. Like every other game there is, in order to get on top of the game, you gotta keep playing. KEEP PLAYING NO MATTER WHAT. Whether you've hit the 'New Game' button ten times, just keep playing. No one ever made it to the top without having fallen once or twice. But once in a while, take a rest and remind yourself why you're doing it. Set a goal. Only then can you play well and hard.

Have you learned from Tetris, too?


On another note, my blog just turned ONE! Well, last month actually. But hey it's never too late to let the confetti and party poppers exploooooode!! So like most of you do, I'm doing a survey to know what you guys think so I can further improve my blog and myself. 

I know I haven't been in my element lately, or should I say I have been kind of off. I haven't been blogging properly for a while because maybe I've been here and gone more than a couple of times. But I'm slowly getting back on track and I need you to help me do it! :) And I would really appreciate it if you would take time in answering this survey. Thanks a million! :)

April 29, 2014

How I survived with 150 pesos for a day

...well, ALMOST! Hahaha!


I don't know what got to me that day. Being the curious young woman that I am, I made up my mind and brought Php150 (USD3.37) plus a few coins to school. If you're like me who lives 45 kilometers away from school and have to commute everyday, has to buy herself a lunch plus some snacks every now and then (I'm quite a snacker), Php150 won't even last for half a day!

For everyone's reference on why Php150, here's a list of major expenses for the day:
LUNCH - Php 50 
FARE TO SCHOOL - Php 35 
FARE BACK HOME - Php 40 (Thank you Law for 20% off the regular fare for students!)
*Doesn't include minimum fares (Php 6) and fees for handout photocopies.  

There you go. My class during that time [towards the end of school] starts at 2PM. I could have had lunch at home to save at least Php 50, but being the curious young woman that I am, I ordered my favorite lunch at Jollibee. After that, all I have left is my fare back home. Sweet.

You may be wondering why I did this. Well, I try to save. I AM TRYING. But mostly I just can't resist an irresistible food or an item. And when I know that I have a few extras enough for it, I'd buy it on impulse! Like a pizza or two on the way home, or when I see a cute notebook whenever I would pass by this bookstore, or when I just feel like eating, or when I want to buy something because I don't want anyone else to have it and the list could possibly go on. I think I need to get myself to hear a seminar on handling money. Like seriously. Now that classes are over and I'm on staycation, I save a lot! Duh. Haha. But there are times when I go back to the city to hunt for a job and follow up transactions at school that I just get hungry and thirsty that I can't resist because

Hahaha! Kidding! Anyway, back to where we were. We had straight classes for three hours, and then came THE VACANT HOUR. And you know what people do when it's break time. Right there and then I knew I was gonna blow up the whole 'I survived with only Php150 for a day!' thing. I tried telling my friend that I'm on a very tight budget and all I have left is my fare for the ride home. But inside I was screaming 'I WANT TO EAT TOOOO!'

After a few deliberations with my own self inside my head, I told my friend 'I told you I only have about Php 50 left in my purse.' I told her about what I was trying to do but she laughed. What a very supportive friend I have. I continued with 'But if you're willing to lend me money to buy snacks then I'm gonna go with you.' Indeed, she let me borrow her money and we bought ourselves a combo at 7-Eleven just beside our school. Oh temptations.

At the end of the day, a report was made.
Mission: Kind of failed. Big FAIL.
Important reminder: Avoid vacant periods.
Conclusion: One can survive with a Php 150 a day AND a good friend with extra money at hand. :)
Will I ever again bring just Php 150 wherever I go? 


Hahahah! Maybe 250. :)

Have you ever done this kind of thing?
How was it? I wanna know!!

April 24, 2014

Job Application Blues



Yaaaayyyy! School is over!!! Weeeee! FreEeEeEdoooOOooooMMM! True indeed. The end of school life means no more stress (and hopefully no more pimples). It's a great feeling to be over school, but what they don't know is that it's kinda hard because if you're like me, you can't take it to just stay at home and do nothing after school has ended. You can't stand the fact that you're doing nothing so you NEED to find a job. 

It's exciting going to different establishments submitting resumes and you're very lucky if you get called like a day after you submitted your application. BUT what if after a week or two of waiting, no one has called you back? That's when thoughts come flooding into your mind. Thoughts like:

1. Did I type in my mobile number wrong in my resume? 
But I checked it like a thousand times already and it CAN'T be wrong...CAN'T!  T_T

2. Maybe they're just putting it off until the next hiring period.
Well the job I applied wasn't hiring anymore when I submitted my application, but they took it anyway. So I bet they're just putting my application off until they need a new employee. #keepingmyhopesup 

3. Maybe I was under dressed when I submitted my application. 
I was wearing a shirt and jeans! Maybe I shouldn't be a plain Jane the next time I submit my application. Shouldn't I? 

4. Maybe I'm too short for the job???
I believe I'm 5'3" (lol) but on a standard measurement, I'm only 5'2". WHYYY?

But I've only submitted two resumes. Hahaha. The key here is to just keep trying, not lose hope and look good, yes? Yes! The good news is, there's a job fair next week and I can't wait for it! Wish me luck! Now here are some songs I'm currently obsessing over! I hope you like them as much as I do! :)

Demons-Tribute To Imagine Dragons by The Infinities on Grooveshark
Demons - Imagine Dragons
(This is L-O-V-E!)

  I Miss You by blink-182 on Grooveshark
I Miss You - Blink 182
(Why haven't I heard of Blink 182? Have I been living under a rock?)

  The Violet Hour by Sea Wolf on Grooveshark
The Violet Hour - Sea Wolf
(A 'feel good' song!)

What were your thoughts when the employer didn't call you back?
April 15, 2014

We are a Piece of Peace

A wonderful Tuesday amigos! How are you all doing? I'm so excited to be posting here in my little space again! I know I've declared myself officially back a month ago, but has been on and off for weeks. But no worries now since school is over and I have all the time in the world! Bwahah - oh wait, I still need to find myself a job! Ah the life of a fresh graduate...I can't believe school really is over. T_T On the bright side, there are no more school works, grades and teachers to worry about so it's all good! :)

Anyway, you can't believe where I've been to yesterday! Have you heard of the world record for largest flaming image using candles? Pakistan had it in the year 2009 with more than 30,000 candles and over 100 people. Yesterday, the Philippines beat that record with over 50,000 candles on a 20-hectare field! And the best part was that it was held in our province so I was able to join! I WAS ABLE TO JOIN!!! :D How cool is being able to be part of a record-breaking event? :))

Source: Mabilog

There were thousands of people as well, perhaps almost equal to the number of candles. I think this is the second time the Philippines broke a world record (though I'm not really sure). The first one was during the releasing of 15,185 sky lanterns also held in our province. I can imagine how MAGICAL it was. If only I was there...



But being there in the second one was kind of a great experience too. Seeing all those people and being with different countries in attendance in promoting world peace through this event is deeply satisfying. :)



Aside from the Filipino volunteers, there were also volunteers from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States of America, United Kingdom and Vietnam!


Source: Light of Peace in the Philippines

I wonder how many months it took the organizers to plan all this awesomeness! Applaud to us all! :)



Till the next record! :) Oh by the way, I love my shirt! haha

Have you also been to a Guinness event?
March 23, 2014

Links I Love: Bored Panda

Hello Panda! :) How are you all doing? So another month is about to end and I feel like a bad blogger as this is just my third post for the month! THIRD, guys. On a positive note, it's better than nothing right? Hahaha! Ahhh finally, I'm almost almost done meeting my deadlines - only one left! I am at the verge of finishing our Feasibility paper and hopefully it's binded and submitted before the end of the week! I can't wait! :)

Now let's get to some fun links I fancied this weekend! Aside from 9gag, I guess I found another entertaining site that can make me just sit and scroll for hours! Plus, you get a thing or two from here so it's not really a waste of time. Is it? :) The site is called Bored Panda - the only magazine for Pandas! I'm a Panda so I definitely have to read this magazine. Hahah. If you're a Panda too, come join in!

Here goes the 30 Happiest Animals in the World! I couldn't agree more! I mean, how cute are these little buddies? And look! They smile like humans too! Ohhh cuteness overload!

And if you still can't get enough of that, here are photos of sun-kissed kitties to make your day!


Well there's also winter kissed animals that are as enchanting as when they are sun-kissed...




On a different note, there's also first-world anarchists who don't care about your rules. Like people standing where they shouldn't stand, stepping on the grass, touching the please-do-not-touch sign and cutting the box open with a knife when it tells you that you shouldn't do it with a knife! Hahaha!



Sometimes, it's funny when kids are being, well, kids. Duh. Check out these hilariously honest letters from kids!


What made me tear was this father who recreated his wedding featuring his daughter. His wife died of cancer after about three years of marriage. So before they moved out of the house, he decided to recreate his wedding together with his daughter in memory of her. :')



And here are the Luxton brothers recreating old photographs for their Mom. I myself would love to try this someday too. :) It would be so much fun, ha!



This girl is the man, or should I say woman. Believe it or not, Chino Otsuka, a Japanese photographer, inserted herself in her old photos using some software and I am blown away! It's her series called 'Imagine Finding Me' where she envisions what it's like to meet herself as a child. Brilliant, no? It looks like she really is in the photo when in fact, she isn't. 



If you think it looks like a painting, well, look again. Jee Young Lee has made her little studio into a surreal other-worldly place. You can guarantee that this is photoshop-free and it's all work of the hand. It's amazing and just wonderful that there are a lot of people with creative minds like her in this world. :)




This one is in the Tianzi Mountains in China. Kind of reminded me of an anime called Sky Land or something. It's a story where people lived in floating pieces of land like this one. Isn't it magical? What would you do if you lived beneath these mountains? I would be terrified but it would be cool saying that you lived under these gigantic pieces of earth. But they don't allow anyone to live here, do they?



And last but definitely not the least, a super cool (i'm out of words here) photo of a thunder and volcanic eruption photographed by genius Francisco Negroni! Genius!

Have you ever been to Bored Panda? 
Which ones are your favorites?

*All images are from bored panda with credits to their respective owners.
March 9, 2014

Blogger Tag: Hello, I'm Sydney!

Errr, I wish. Hahah. Ahoy mi hearties! I know it's been quiet in this part of the blogosphere lately. You see, someone is going to graduate college in more or less three weeks, and she's been driven nuts by deadlines and exams lately. Hint: Me! I can't believe school days will finally be over! I don't know exactly what to feel  right now ~

I currently don't have any cool ideas/topics but I'm glad of the existence of blogging tags and surveys. Hahaha. So thanks to Zia of Bits of Days for tagging me! :D

A parade I joined in last week for the launching of another Tourism Program in the West Visayas, PH.

RULES:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you: the lovely Zia :)
2. Answer the 11 questions requested by the nominator.
3. Choose 11 nominees with small following (from as small as 200 or 2,000).
4. You can not nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must let the bloggers know they were nominated.

QUESTIONS:
1. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country (etc), which would you want it to be?
That would be cool! Hmmm, if I had to be named after a place, I would love it to be Sydney. Or maybe Savannah or Sahara. Sydney is a beautiful name that reminds me of the wonderful Opera House, while Savannah reminds me of green plains. And subdivisions, since most subdivisions in the city are named Savannah. And Sahara...yup, desert.

2. Crowds, small groups, or “Go away, I’m a loner”?
This one depends on my mood. Though mostly I'm the go-away-I-am-a-loner type, especially when I'm deep in my thoughts.  But don't be afraid to approach me if you see me. I can be the friendliest person you'll ever meet, too! :)

3. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?
I would love to witness me being born. Hihihi.

4. Do you know your heritage?
Errr I have no idea.

5. Is there anything purple within 10 feet of you? What is it?
Yes definitely! Purple is one of my favorite colors - though I don't admit it that much. I have near me my purple envelope, purple scissors, a purple blanket, a purple pen, a purple luggage and a purple towel. Now what else is purple here.... :)

6. Do you like to sing karaoke?
I do! Though I really don't volunteer myself out there, and shyly refuse when I'm being asked. Honestly, I really want to. REALLY. WANT. TO. Now if all those people would just get out of the room so I can sing t my heart's content. Lol!

7. Name one book you had to read but hated, and explain why you hated it.
I haven't yet met a book I really hated.

8. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
THIS. Oh, and Pizza of course. 12" Greenwich Hawaiian Overload Pizza. With hot sauce. And lasagna. And a tall glass of pearl coolers. Hahaha! Oh, and Fries!



9. What are your pet peeves?
I got a list of my pet peeves in this post. I've included gif's in there to make it, you know, entertaining. :D

10. Tea or coffee?
Honestly, I'm neither a tea or coffee fan. Sorry guys! :D

11. Favorite ice cream flavor?
I totally love Vanilla and Chocolate! Nomnom!

MY QUESTIONS:
1. What is your favorite part of the day (morning, noon or night)? Why is that so?
2. Name one song you can't stop listening to over and over again lately.
3. What is your favorite Slurpee flavor?
4. If you could invent something to make people's lives easier than it already is, what would it be? (If you ask me, I would invent something like a cellphone with refrigerator! Hahah!)
5. Which Hollywood celebrity can you mostly relate yourself to?
6. When will Orlando Bloom?
7. Oreo or Cream-O?
8. What are you saving for?
9. If you had to write a novel about anything, what would it's title be and what would the story be all about?
10. What books have you read in 2014 so far? Perhaps a short book review for us? :)
11. What is one band that disbanded that you wish hadn't?

I CHOOSE YOU (Pokemon style!):
1. Anna of Anna Czarina
2. Trish of A Little Bit of Trish
3. Marla of A Weekend Crossing
4. Diane of Vincristine
5. Jem of Jem Diaries
6. Leslie of The Crafty Side of Sarcasm
7. Alissa of The Wallflower Secrets
8. Jeane of Dauntless Tales
9. Jess of Bookworms in Dresses
10. Nicole of Dream Believer
11. Yna of Rainbows and Letters

Now here's a little pick-up to get you in the mood today! :)
I've been listening to this endlessly during the past few weeks so give it a listen!

Celeste by Les Enfants on Grooveshark

It's a perfect song for a drive across the country, don't you agree?
Have a great day everyone!

March 1, 2014

News from a place called here


Greetings from the Philippines! I was planning to apologize for a month-long hiatus, but then again, I'm going to apply what I have learned from sophomore year in college - that is, to never start your speech with an apology. So, I'm totally NOT sorry for not blogging this month. :) Though you should know that I missed you, and I missed blogging. I have not been very active in twitter or email, but I have been on facebook during free time just scrolling past my wall and watching out for tags.

Anyway, February has brought me and my batch mates (some of them you can see in the photo above) a whirlwind of activities that we have (finally!!) overcome! We've had more than a couple of deadlines to beat, things to attend to, exams to ace (not to mention the quizzes) and much more! I think I had my brain drained from all of that. Nevertheless, this month has been very enjoyable and it made me create a much stronger bond between me and my batch mates! 

Here a few events to highlight the month. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy! :)

February 9. We had our Feasibility Study Presentation done. We went back to Guimaras to show our advisers the chosen site for the study as well as the proposed plans for the area.


Don't we look cute in pink and white? :)


The waters were so tempting that morning! It was just so blue and so clear and so so pretty!

February 14. Well I spent Valentines with my friends at a Seminar on Work Ethics at school!


February 15. As part of our annual Tourism Fair organized by the seniors (that's us!), we had our Outreach Program at Barotac Viejo for the residents of Sapa Balo - a remote area in the town. The group in-charge had organized a Medical-Dental Mission and a Reading Program for the children. This just goes to show that Tourism students care too! :)




February 21. A Chromatic Night Run was organized by another group in charge of the Fund-Raising. I wasn't able to join the event since 1) I'm not really into fun runs and 2) I have an event I need to manage the next day. It would have been fun, I know.



February 22. The night has come for our event to take place - we were in charge of this one. Tourism Night is a lot like prom, but with a few changes to it - so I can say that I had been to Prom for four times during college! The theme is Hunger Games, so it was a colorful night!



A photo with our Program Head. :)





 

February 26. Recollection Day! We were gathered at a small retreat house just a few minutes away from school. There, we had a little lecture about God and His plans for us. That day I had a clearer view of my purpose in life, though it's still a bit blurry. Isn't it complicated? We had a little sharing about certain topics too like abortion, divorce etc. I don't know why we were given such topics but it was eye-opening to hear other's opinions about it. :)


This was at school...


...while this was at the retreat house.

Right now, I sit here in my desk thinking about the things we still need to do before we finally graduate, the plans I have for the future and its uncertainty. Right now I feel excited yet nervous that in a month, I'll be facing the life that is ahead of me outside the four walls of the classroom. I don't know where life will take me in the next few days, weeks or months. But all I have is now, so I'm gonna make the most out of it. :)) Cheers and may all the odds be ever in our favor, Batch 2014!