Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekend Glimpse

I had finished Succubus Blues earlier than expected. I could hardly put it down last night. At around 11 in the evening, I was finally able to finish it and just this morning, I started reading Succubus on Top (book 2) and I'm almost halfway done. Undeniably, Richelle Mead got me going. :)

As usual, since it's a Sunday, I attended the Holy Mass with my family. I was running out of time to dress-up so I ended up being a minimalist in my accessories. I simply had a dress and wore my white four-inched heels.

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Dress from I don't know where my Mom bought it - it was actually her Christmas 2010 gift to me, lost the tag one time asdfghjkl.
Shoes: Gibi
Watch: Unisilver
Earrings: I don't know again, ask my Mom! :D
(Trivia: I used those earrings as part of my formal wear when I joined a pageant in our college last November 2011 wherein I won Ms. Photogenic & Second-runner Up.)

I brought Parallax with me so we were able to take pictures. That's in Fernbrook Gardens, by the way, at Portofino in Alabang. It's actually an events place but during Sundays, the Holy Mass is also celebrated at the Church inside. :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Beat the Heat

I woke up this morning at around 7:30, didn't bother to eat breakfast but just had a cup of milk. Yes, milk. I'm already avoiding coffee now. Instead of Starbucks, I already have Chatime, Gong Cha or any other tea stores as my thirst quenching buddies.

I opened the net-book right away and worked with my on-going Wattpad series (A Melody Along The Road), blogged, ate my lunch (just cooked hotdogs 'cause I was too lazy to cook real food), researched for our group's project in ITE54 and sent it to Ma'm Litao (now you can't call me lazy for doing this) and continued reading Succubus Blues.

At around 2PM, I decided to take a nap. When I woke up at around 4, my goodness, it was so damn hot! I was in an air-conditioned room but still, the heat could still be felt. My head was aching then, until now actually, and because of that I guess I won't understand things once I decide to review for FinMan2 (FNM52), for which I do not actually have a plan of doing.

Boom! :)) And for the record, today's the hottest day in Metro Manila as of January 1, 2012. The temperature reached 36.4 degrees Celsius. I hope tomorrow won't be as hot as today. Please. :|

Succubus

After having been hooked with Divergent and while waiting for Insurgent (Book 2), I got another book to bond with. It's Succubus Series written by Richelle Mead, also the author of Vampire Academy.

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I'm still reading book 1, Succubus Blues. Succubus has six books, and they're all finished and out in bookstores already. I just started yesterday night, and so far, I'm already on page 56 of 222. Still not halfway though, but maybe I'll have it done by Sunday or Monday, that is, if I'm not going to be busy.

And it sucks, you know? Whenever I come to read the sweet scenes, I suddenly miss the feeling of being in love. Admit it, it feels so good to love and be loved. However, I haven't yet felt the butterflies in my stomach fly like they're playing again.

Oh my Four/Tobias, I'll just wait for you then. :)

Apparently, I'm home alone and it does no good. I feel so unproductive when I'm at home all by myself. It seems like everything turns to be on slow motion while I'm just going with the flow. And I don't feel like reviewing/studying even though we'll have our FinMan2 midterms tomorrow. :| Good luck to me then.

Photos from Google Images :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Divergent


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This is actually about the recent book that I have read, Divergent by Veronica Roth. No, this one is not a book review. This is actually a random epiphany.

While reading the book, I can strongly relate myself to Tris, the main character of the story, the one who owns the point of view. Not just because physically we're technically the same, younger-looking than the real age, just like a little girl... Apparently, we're on the same path wherein we're bullied because we're small and the so-called big ones think they can do whatever they want 'cause they're big. I suppose this is going to be my stand regarding bullying.

Just like Tris, I see bullying as an act of cowardice, and NOT an act of bravery.

Both of us can't belong to Candor (The Honest) and Amity (The Peace-lovers). I lie too easily and I am such a hullabaloo-maker. I definitely do not belong there.

I can be at Abnegation (The Selfless) because I was trained to be like that but I know I am not selfless enough.

I must say I can be at Erudite (The Intelligent) because of my love for knowledge but hey, I can't stand reading books all my life like it's the only thing to do on earth so definitely, I would never choose to become an Erudite.

And if I were in Tris's place, I will definitely choose being at the faction of Dauntless (The Brave) because I love adventures and even though I'm small and I look younger than my age, there's a lot for me to show, and I am not just clumsy little girl you think I am.

And in this world where courage shall be shown to survive, I know I'll find my Four, just like Tris, and everyone will be surprised about it - how we'll come to be and how we'll make it through together. I'll ask him "Why me when there's a million other girls out there - prettier and sexier?" and he'll answer things that will thrill me even though they're not about being pretty or sexy. :) Alright, I sound helpless romantic now - CANCEL! :))))


“People tend to overestimate my character," I say quietly. "They think that because I'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.” [- Tris (Divergent, Veronica Roth)]

You get that? I am not just that small girl.

The only different between me and Tris now is that she has to keep it with herself that she's divergent; but with me, I suppose I must show and prove it to everyone: I have no limits. I am DIVERGENT.

By the way,
Divergent's Book 2, Insurgent, is coming out this first of May! I can hardly wait! :D

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Photos from Google Images :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Getaway

Since we craved for a kind of escape from the busy city life, we had our family getaway but this time, we were with Tito Willie and Tita Volet San Diego and the Arais family. They were also the ones who were with us during our Visita Iglesia 2012.

Our first stop was at the convent of the Pink Sisters. Two years ago, I went there and asked a petition for my comprehensive examination, which I passed. I really am very thankful to the intercessory prayers of the nuns there. :) Before leaving, I again wrote a prayer but this time, of thanksgiving. I also wrote new petitions and I'm strongly hoping that the power of faith will be able to grant them all again.



After offering our prayers there, we then proceeded to Sonya's Garden and bought breads. I swear their breads are must-try's! They're oh-so-yummy. They're a little bit pricey but they're worth it. :) After that, we decided to go to Diner's and eat lunch there.





We drove to People's Park in the Sky after lunch. I was quite shocked because the last time we went there, the entrance fee was just Php15. Now, it's already Php30! The price was doubled but there was actually nothing new inside. I did expect for an improvement when I paid the entrance fee but unfortunately, there was none, except for the snake display and card tricks exhibition that had their places there for money-making. Pssh, oh PH. :| The only thing that's really good in that park is the view of the Taal Lake & Volcano and Tagaytay Highlands.






Then, we went to Paseo de Sta. Rosa and shopped plus window-shopped, and proceeded to Chowking near Shell-SLEX for our afternoon snacks. As usual, I had Nai Cha (milk tea) for me. :)


We had our dinner at San Diego's residence and at around 8 in the evening, we finally went home.


And yeah. I must pay the price. No much pictures of me on the uploaded Facebook album because I was the one holding the camera. But it was fun though! Really, Parallax and I enjoyed our first escapade together! :D

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Beauty of My Flaws


(September 2011)

I am never close to perfection, but I just love it like that.

(February 2011)

I am imperfect. I have big eyes and too obvious eye-bags. Way back in elementary, my classmates used to tease me because of these. They used to call me names like Owl and Nemo. Until now, people still do get bothered with my eyes and eye bags more than I am. Fine, these eyes are big and these eye bags are too obvious but these things make me see the beauty of the world. I am indeed very lucky to have eyes that can see how sophisticated this complicated life can be. Yes, I do have big eyes and too obvious eye bags. I am imperfect and just love it like that.


(September 2011)

I am imperfect. I have scoliosis and it does suck because there are times that my spine really hurts. Badly. Even though I don't have a big belly, I still feel uncomfortable with myself because of my scoliosis. Just so you know (if you still don't), scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. I used to wear a body brace when I was in first year high school but when the curvature stopped from growing, I didn't use the brace anymore 'cause it was hassling me. Whenever people make fun of this abnormality, I really do get hurt; sometimes I just want to twist their bones and let them experience what it feels like to have an abnormal spine. I still thank God for this though, because my scoliosis isn't that bad. I'm still fortunate because there are other people who have severer abnormalities than what I have. Yes, I do have scoliosis. I am imperfect and just love it like that.


(November 2010)

I am imperfect. I am flat chested, not tall and I don't have a fair white skin. Just like my big eyes and too obvious eye bags, these things are subject to others' source of pranks. I laugh with them, yes, but that doesn't actually mean that it's totally okay. I do have feelings and I do get hurt too. Even so, I just let it pass, simply because if I react negatively, something worse might happen. And why should I actually get ashamed of my so-called flat chest, 4'11" height and really not fair white skin? I was able to win the Ms. Photogenic award and 2nd-runner up trophy in a beauty pageant with those, meaning I am beautiful in my own way - in the way that God made me. Yes, I am flat chested, not tall, and I don't have a fair white skin. I am imperfect and just love it like that.

(November 2012)

There are a lot of other imperfections in me, and there are so much more to discover. Yet, I thank God for it. God didn't make a mistake in putting these flaws. He put 'em there for a reason, He made me look like how I do for a reason.

Beauty on the outside isn't everything anyway. One's beautiful face will someday fade, but one's good character won't. What really matters is one's attitude towards things.

And yeah, of course, how could I forget? Faith in Him. :)

If this is a kind of a growing-up-thing-to-do, then good for me. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Meet Parallax!


Last Monday, my new baby was born. Its name was given by a friend, Ludee. :) Hello, Parallax! Dream come true, baby!

Its a Canon EOS 1100D/Rebel T3. :D Of course I already had my first shots for its first day. :")




I can't wait to use it as we take our Tagaytay getaway this Sunday! I'm so excited to make shutters in every beauty I could catch. Thank GOD I'll be able to make this a real passion now 'cause I already got a weapon. :D

By the way, since I already have a DSLR, I already made a Photography Portfolio. Check it here. :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Artsy Wanna-be

Ever since, I never really had a talent in drawing or in being artistic. However, I've been trying my best to be kind of artsy lately. :D

My JPIA-PLM notebook used to be just a plain one. It was just a giveaway from my Dad's company last Christmas. Its cover is hardbound and white with their company's logo in front and description at the back. The pages are thicker than the papers used in usual notebooks. Since the cover is really just simple, I tried my luck to modify it. Since I had two copies of the Total Girl September 2011 issue, I just used the other one to design the notebook's cover. Here's what I came up with:

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The September 2011 issue was about Growing Up so I didn't take too much time in deciding what to cut and what to include on my cover.

Was I able to do it well? Yay Haha. ;)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Way Back Home



I started blogging way back in 2007, and I used Blogger. I had been with that first blog for more than three years, but later on, I decided to deleted 'cause I wanted to grow and the entries that I had posted were all about immaturity and disappointments.


I then made an online diary last year which was hosted by Tumblr (click HERE) but after almost a year, here I am, back in my original online buddy, continuing my journey using Blogger as the host. As the saying goes, there's no place like home. :)

I am looking forward to more years of wonderful blogging experience. I am excited to grow and share my insights to other people, hoping to give them inspirations and lessons through my posts.

Thank you LORD for being with me in my 19 years of existence here on Earth. :)
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