Reminders

I have actually been a little too busy with school works, thank goodness for scheduled post I still was able to post new contents over the past couple of weeks. Although, I still am busy I managed to make a new content because I got a little too excited when I heard from Jena that she nominated me on the Three Quotes for three days challenge. Thank you so much Jena! Her own version of the challenge was truly beautiful!

To be honest, I consider myself a quote hoarder. I highlight lines on books, I’d write down some things I read on tumblr, or screenshot scenes from a movie. It’s a shame to say 50% of what stays in my memory are quotes. Hahaha.

A few months back, I made post-it sized papers with words I’d like to call “positive reminders for life“. I’m not sure what the original plan was on why I made these. I only knew that I wanted to share my favorite lines that helped me afloat from my gloomy days.

Then I thought maybe I can share it here, with you guys. But I never know how I’d make it into a blog post. Thankfully, this challenge became kind of an excuse to post this here. It is hitting two birds in one stone. Hihi.

I’m kind of bending the rules by posting all 4 at once because I won’t have the time post every day. Anyhow, I hope you still find it inspiring the same way I did.

 

Quote Challenge Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 per day)
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each

 

I nominate anyone of you who would like to give it a try. The more the merrier, right? (Don’t forget to let me know so I could check it out too) Hihi.

I hope everyone’s having a good day! Stay inspired! ❤

 

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Random Haul

Recently, I have been randomly buying stuffs here and there and somehow they kind of just end up piling in my cabinet untouched. So, just like last time I decided to make a little haul out of it.

Also, most of the stuff remained literally untouched so you might still see them in their plastic covers.

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  • First up, this cutie coin purse from a Taiwanese (?) store and tbh the main reason why it’s here is because it’s pink and it has doughnut a.k.a. my biggest weaknesses.

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  • Then we have here a book which I have been eyeing on for the longest time and now I finally have it in paperback! I loooove Murakami and one of my fave youtuber keeps recommending this one so I knew I need have to have my own.

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  • Next is the Green Tea collection by Twinings which I initially bought because I’ve read that green tea helps with pimples but I am slowly starting to actually enjoy it. There are 5 different flavors in this collection all green tea fused with other flavor; mint, earl grey, jasmine, lemon and pure green tea.

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  • Drawing eyebrow from Etude House. This one has been an old fave and since I run out of my old one I have to have new one in the lightest shade. One thing I like about this one is the convenience of having a brush on one end.

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  • Another thing is this wallet. A little confession; I actually got this one from children’s accessories. I have been looking for a slim wallet with a cute color and it just so happen it’s for kids, so whatever keri (even when the sales lady half laughed when I said it was for me).

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  • Water bottle from Surplus. I don’t usually go small with my water bottle but my friend bought one for her self and told me we it would be cute if we’re matching  and so I bought one too.

 

Random Haul

Recently, I have been randomly buying stuffs here and there and somehow they kind of just end up piling in my cabinet untouched. So, just like last time I decided to make a little haul out of it.

Also, most of the stuff remained literally untouched so you might still see them in their plastic covers.

febfave

  • First up, this cutie coin purse from a Taiwanese (?) store and tbh the main reason why it’s here is because it’s pink and it has doughnut a.k.a. my biggest weaknesses.

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  • Then we have here a book which I have been eyeing on for the longest time and now I finally have it in paperback! I loooove Murakami and one of my fave youtuber keeps recommending this one so I knew I need have to have my own.

anigif

  • Next is the Green Tea collection by Twinings which I initially bought because I’ve read that green tea helps with pimples but I am slowly starting to actually enjoy it. There are 5 different flavors in this collection all green tea fused with other flavor; mint, earl grey, jasmine, lemon and pure green tea.

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  • Drawing eyebrow from Etude House. This one has been an old fave and since I run out of my old one I have to have new one in the lightest shade. One thing I like about this one is the convenience of having a brush on one end.

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  • Another thing is this wallet. A little confession; I actually got this one from children’s accessories. I have been looking for a slim wallet with a cute color and it just so happen it’s for kids, so whatever keri (even when the sales lady half laughed when I said it was for me).

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  • Water bottle from Surplus. I don’t usually go small with my water bottle but my friend bought one for her self and told me we it would be cute if we’re matching  and so I bought one too.

 

Cebu Lookbook

Been struggling a lot about making a blog post about my trip in Cebu, although I did post a Cebu Photobook, but other than that I couldn’t really make anything out of it. Before the trip, I had a lot of ideas on how I would like things to go but REALITY check in. Too many great things happened and the photos were too many to sort out. Also, I kind of lost my momentum (zowrry).

However, my friends keep asking about when the vlog is going up (kasi I also took lots of videos). I really did overestimate myself right there, joke’s on me ha! So, I tried digging thru the black hole of a folder entitled ‘CEBU’ when I remembered. . . ahh yes, I did took shots of my friends in their outfits and so I made a tiny video out of it. If you fancy, you can click thru the link and watch my lovely friends in their ‘vacation outfits’ and how I was forcing my friends to act like models (hihi).

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Thank you for passing by! Have a great day!

Why You Should Be An Inner Circle

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If you haven’t heard of these songs then WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE. (stop reading this and go give it a listen)

Seunghoon. Mino. Seungyoon. Jinwhan.

I never really sign myself into any fandom but with these guys I made an exemption. This means I’m officially an Inner CircleIf you aren’t one yet then you definitely should because I have all the good reason to ship them:


  • Winner has the looks. They     are the very definition of models. Aside from being tall and slim, each     member has their own classic and unique good looks to flaunt.
  • Winner is a bunch of adorbs. Behind their model-like physique, they’re just extremely adorable. They’re too innocent that they come out clumsy, funny, and huge dorks. I mean look at this.
  • Winner is extremely hardworking. They are where they are right now because they worked hard for it. They have been honed and refined by many hardships and challenges, and each time they survive stronger and wiser. They’ve been through many reality shows that proves how difficult they’ve achieved their dreams.
  • Winner makes their own music. They produce their own songs, from lyrics to melody, they can do it!
  • Winner is talent. There are only four of them in the group but their talent is just swarming. Not only are they great in making music but also in arts! Mino is great at drawing, Seunghoon is a dancing machine, Jinhyun is an variety show genius and Seungyoon is a promising actor (he’s in Prison Playbook).
  • Winner has good character. The fact that they call themselves ugly duckling just because they took on a different genre is just so brave and courageous and at the same time their super sweet and soft hearted. If you have watched their reality show Bandaland, I’m sure u know what I mean!

With over thousands and thousands of kpop Idols, you can say the competition is really cutthroat. It’s hard to standout if youre only mediocre. Good Music + Character matter for every idol. That’s the very reason why I got so hooked up with Winner.

The Subtle Art of Becoming a Bum

While being a bum is about being unemployed and doing nothing, it isn’t as bad as it actually is. That is, if you know the right things to do. Being a bum means having a lot of time in your hands, this is actually cool if used wisely. I have been a full time bum for 1 year and half now and although it’s a bit boring it can be really productive. Here’s how I’m filling my time.

  • Well, because I’m spending time at home I get to spend a lot of time with my family. I get to help my siblings with their home works, do some major cleaning ventures, or do any stuff that needs help. It’s a big relief to everyone who’s busy dealing with daily grind.
  • I travel a lot more than usual. Whether it’s just a trip down in the city or a trip somewhere little further, I always travel as much as I can. If someone says “I’ll be going to…..” it’s almost a reflex to answer with “Can I come?”

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Cebu Photobook

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This trip had been a rollercoaster of a ride; I had my highest highs and my lowest lows. Setting aside fieldtrips, this is the very first trip I had with my friends. We have to plan out everything –food, where to stay, what to do, money –all that necessary jazz. So, it was likely to have my expectation up. But just like life, unexpected things are bound to happen. To start off, our ship got postponed due to a typhoon. Then more unexpected things keep happening –our expenditure went over the budget, most of the establishments were closed. It was a series of unfortunate events.

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But taking everything into account, I still couldn’t be more grateful that the journey happened. Because along the way even greater things came about –we were able to meet new people, explore and learn more about ourselves, experience more of life and most importantly we appreciated the vastness of nature and realized just how small we are in front of God’s creation.

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P.S. It was a pain having to choose only few of the photos bc we had a lot. LOT. (Tip: Be sure to not over use burst shots it’ll take forever to choose photos that are identically similar). Also, I am yet to scan thru our photos from Bantayan Island. Hihihi. I am thinking I should save it for another post maybe? The place is so stunning it deserves to be in another post.

See more Travel Photobook: Baguio, Cotabato, Apo Island

January Faves

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Wow, we are on the second month of the year already! How have you been keeping up with your 365 journal? I never had one, so I’m good haha. Anyway, I’m so glad February is finally here bc I have always been awkward with January, being a new beginning and all that. But nonetheless, January had been cool and I have some stuff that I have been loving during the month of January.

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  • Aloe Gel from The Face Shop. I know. I know. I am very late at trying this stuff but at least now I have them. Hahaha. I mostly use it for my hair and scalp bc my face is still on medication for my pimps.

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  • Notebooks from Miniso. Uhmm. I don’t have anything to say about this. Explanation is here. But ugghh that pretty pink color and the details. It’s almost a sin not to buy this one.

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Nescafe Gold’s Latte Macchiato. I don’t know how but some time ago I have get over my obsession from Great Taste Choco (and mind you I have been having it for more than 3 yrs every day) and since then I have been trying out other coffee. I am now more into Nescafe’s line of coffee and this on particularly is my new fave.

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  • Baby Lips (Orange flavor) from Maybelline. This product has been a great game changer bc ever since I got this I have almost stopped wearing lipstick. I mean lip balm with very vivid color is my kind of jam. I love that it’s so natural looking and doesn’t dry the lips.

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  •  Aquarelle Brush from Miniso. I have been meaning to buy Tombow brush pens for the longest time except I’m so broke for that. So you can just imagine how freaking happy I was when I saw these dupes. Hello 100php for 3pens!! What a freaking deal.

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  • Spoon straw.  This one is a super random find but super cool. It’s a spoon in a straw or a straw in a spoon, whatever. Plus, it is detachable! One thing tho is that I hope they can have it pink color too.

  • Little Girl Designs. Super love her retreat series! If you love art and a journalista at heart you should definitely visit her blog.
  • Thought Catalog. It’s an online magazine mostly about young adulthood (20’s) life. I’ve been loving them since I came across their life after college articles. I’m inserting this one just now in case you guys need it. They make really good articles.

Coffee Reads iii

Hello folks! It’s only Thursday but I am already in Uggh Monday mood bc regular classes starts  next week. It’s only start of a new sem but I can already feel the massive school work coming my way. Huhuhu. Anyway, I’m trying to be as productive as I can before I get caught up with all the school stuff. And so I have a new set of reads to start it off. Some of these tho are not as current bc I read them months ago. Regardless, I hope u still enjoy reading my thoughts on these books. Hihihi.

  • Before I Fall by Oliver Lauren

2 stars / 5 stars

The book has an interesting plot of a girl stuck on the last day of her life. Samantha Kingston a high school it girl, relives 12th of February every day and no matter how much she tries to break free, she seems to be stuck forever.

To be completely honest, I actually didn’t like it as much bc I knew what was gonna happen all along. I’ve watched bits and parts of the movie but my sister broke the whole story on me. Which is a bummer. It was a torture having to go through the entire book just because “I’ve started it already“. I do like the part where she discovers more of what really happens outside her inner circle –of how she realize other people’s presence and feelings, of how her friends are truly are and/or aren’t.

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

3.5 stars / 5 stars

This is the first novel of Nicola Yoon but the second book that I’ve read from her. Tbh, I liked this more than the first read The Sun is also a Star. I enjoyed the writing style, IM chats, the illustrations by her husband and the way she illustrates the phrase “life is a gift”.

I really liked the character of Madeline Whittier, the why her thoughts flow is so genuine and so spot-on. Even with all her sickness, she’s friendly, cheerful and a huge dreamer. I think she and the guy are icons to positivity, despite their situations.

There has been a movie adaptation to this book and I think the boy is pretty cute. hihihi. Although I wish in the movie, they had given a little story to Rosa (her nurse’s daughter) and Kara (the guy’s sister). I feel like at some point they have a story of their own. But overall, I like how it was.

  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

4 stars / 5 stars

This is a story of Liz Emerson –a popular it girl and a huge bully. She, basically just like any bully, rules out everyone. Everyone around her has every reason to hate her, and that’s including herself. She hated how she had become, she hated herself so much that she has started convincing herself to give up. The story shows her presence in other people’s lives, of how she came to be their nightmares or of how she used to be not that way.

I like the writing style; it’s soulful and pretty. But what’s crazy about it is that all of these deep feelings are coming from the debut author Amy Zhang, a high school student with a crazy talent. She was able to portray how powerful depression is and I think it also brings a lesson on how we can help people get over from it.

  • Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

4.5 stars / 5 stars

I’m starting to be in love with Levithan, no wait scratch that, I think I’m already in love. He writes stories that is so different but is not weird enough. Different in a good way. He’s not redundant; he always comes up with new brilliant ideas, things only he can think of. And his writing style is never the same.

So far, this book is my favorite of his. It’s so addicting and disturbing at the same time. Disturbing, in a way that it messes up with your mental state. I was reading the book in one sitting but halfway thru I forced myself to have a short minute break bc my mind and my whole body is getting so worked up. That was how much I’m into it. I must say I love all of it. I was so happy with how it all went from start to finish. One of my faves!

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My Creative Process

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I have always been a slowpoke –somebody who moves, acts, responds, or works very slowly. “why do you speak so slow? Why do you eat so slow? Is there any way for you to move faster?” Not a big news. I always have been this way since I was little. While that’s not saying I hate it, but I’m not exactly loving it as well. I’m somewhere between I admit and accept it truly but I have to be productive/efficient while being so. This explains why the most I can update this blog is weekly, sometimes even more and I’m very sorry for that. Hihihi. I’m tryin to work on it. :))

 

This  goes hand in hand with my creative process. While being creative and creating stuff is my second nature, it has always been in a very slow pace.  I’d like to think my creative process has three stages; inspiration, motivation, and acceptance.

  • Inspiration – Ideas come to very randomly and expire almost as fast. That is why I always have with me a small notebook and a pen to write things down immediately so that ideas won’t float away. Sometimes however, nothing ever pops in my head no matter how hard I try. I had to dig thru everything (tumblr, pinterest, blogs, youtube) to keep the creative juice flowing but still no ideas are coming. But when inspiration does hit, it hits real hard. It comes flowing like forever, different ideas rushing all at once. It becomes overwhelming then turns stressful. The thoughts are racing in my head, I don’t know which goes first, and it’s a chaos. What I learned to do is I put everything down on paper (my journal), I write everything –every little thing so that I can visualize the ideas properly, without getting them mixed-up and blurred out. I write them down unfiltered and raw. I write keywords, usually in bullet form with no order. From there, I start managing and organizing them into which goes first and which doesn’t go anywhere.

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  • Motivation is the hardest part. The motivation to start working on the ideas hits me not so oftenly (it’s a struggle). Planning and actually doing it has a very wide gap. Even when I have all the time in the world but when the motivation doesn’t come it just won’t happen. On the contrary, there are times when I’m crazy busy and that’s when adrenaline comes pumping. In other words, I’m a procrastinator. There are times when it works, there are times it doesn’t. The hidden key is to just do it no matter what mood you’re in, just start working on it and see how it goes. Having a cup of coffee and pastries helps me get into work mode easily.

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  • Say for instance, in journaling, one thing that scares me most is to making mistake or to not like the output that I made. I hesitate a lot before starting and bc of that I visualize and plan every move very carefully but that doesn’t ensure perfection it even raises frustration. But over time, I learned that letting my hands do the work and surprising myself at the end is the joy of creating. And it’s that joy that feeds my hunger to create more no matter how slow I get there.

 

So, how bout you guys? I would love to hear the process behind every great content that you have.

Weekend Notes ii

Trust me when I say, when you and your friends are done with school, meeting up with them becomes a tough task. My friendly advice is, if youre still in school and you have your bffs make to most out of it, it may feel like school takes on forever but it actually doesn’t. When mah girls finally got our schedules matched, we knew we had to go out together. Not to mention, this was the day Typhoon Urduja decided to come to town and rain-visit us. But that did not stop us from push through-ing this long-long overdue meet-up. We still went down to Iligan despite the heavy rain. #strongindependentwoman

Bc I quote “pag di tau matuloy bka next year na ulit tayo magkita

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So, our first stop was in Tavolo. Weird thing was we were literally the only people in the place. It was so deserted that our chika was just all over the place. I ordered korean beef with rice and a detox shake.

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After then, we went to Plaza Alemania’s IGT  Music lounge. And again it was deserted. I mean it is pretty normal to go sing your heart out at 1pm right? Hihi. We ended up not singing too much tho as we were too caught up with our chika. Hahahha.

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Then, we went to Naicha to get some drinks. I ordered Japanese Matcha Milktea. We have here the girls getting their December-babies-celebration. We don’t see each other often so gotta take the opportunity and throw that candle in for some catch-up celebration mode.

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Also, shoutout to this girl who pretty much boosts my self-value every time. She’s like a pill of confidence and wisdom.

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So that’s, pretty much it. Food, chika, food, chika.

They say it’s not about how long you’ve known a person but how you feel when youre with  them. It’s totally true bc I’ve only known these girls for a year and it feels like we’ve known each other far more than that. Actually, the first day we’ve met doesn’t feel like that at all. We were so comfortable with one another on our first day. Funny thing is, people even thought we were bffs! As cliché as this sounds, maybe we were really meant to be friends. We barely meet each other now but yknow they’re always for keeps.

How bout you guys, how was your weekend.