Hello again! I’m not really used to having classes during my supposed summer, so it’s a bit challenging having to go to school when all you want to do is to stay in bed and watch anime, read books, and the like. In my last post, I promised to make my next post somewhat decent and less rant-y and I haven’t posted “My Favorite Things” for a while, so finally, here it is!
1. Choices: Stories You Play
Since I wasn’t able to properly install a certain game in our computer, no matter how hard I tried, so I decided to try Otome games (From wikipedia: literally “maiden game”; a story-based video game that is targeted towards the female market). I wasn’t really hooked by any of it cause’ most were more on the story telling side than the decision-making side. But then I found this game, “Choices: Stories You Play”, which is not exactly an otome, I think, but it’s got a lot of decision-making and what you decide really affects how things will go.
The stories are really nice and it’s fun making decisions for the characters. There’s a variation, too! Not only does it have stories of the romantic genre (which I really like!), but they also have stories of the fantasy and mystery genres. You can play the first chapter of each of the books, but you’ll need keys to play the rest of the chapters. You get two keys every two hours, but you can only have two keys you can use MAX. Basically, four hours can go by, but if you haven’t used your two keys yet, it’ll remain two keys. AND there are decisions or outfits that require diamonds, which you earn every chapter you finish, but it’s pretty difficult to save diamonds. So yeah, the keys and the diamonds are the only kind of “downside”, but they’re not really downsides, per se. And you can opt to buy more keys and diamonds with real cash, but I’m not that rich.
The trailer’s for iOS, but the game’s also available in the Google Play Store.
I’ve been watching more KDrama than anime, recently, but it’s cause’ they’re so good! I’m having a hard time trying to describe how amazing Goblin is, but let me just say that it’s got a bit of action, some scenes taking place in a historical setting, quite a bit of romance, a lot of plot twists, a cute and really energetic lead girl, played by Kim Go Eun, a mysterious and cool-looking grim reaper who’s completely innocent about plenty of things, played by Lee Dong Wook, and, of course, the Goblin, played by Gong Yoo. And that’s only scratching the surface! There’s loads more to it, so I definitely recommend you watch it! I made my family watch the first episode and my mom was hooked af.
3. Fight for My Way
Fight for My Way is another Korean drama, but unlike Goblin, it’s currently on-going, as of writing, so I have to wait every Tuesday for TWO new episodes. It’s more of a “slice of life” kind of drama and a bit of romance here and there. I like this drama particularly because it shows the reality of chasing after your dream careers and having to live as an actual adult. There’s a certain plot twist that I’m not quite over with, but the pacing is good and I recommend that you watch this, too!
4. Hamilton: An American Musical
Need I say more?
Just kidding, Hamilton is just ABSOLUTELY legen(-wait for it-) DARY! I can’t really find the word for it, actually. Amazing? Awesome? Magnificent? Well, I’d say it’s all four and more! The songs will leave you with the LSS for months, the characters portrayed as real and human, and it will tell you A LOT about American history, enough to make you ace that exam, I’d say haha. If you can, please please watch it on Broadway, or anywhere it’s available (I’m seriously not sure). But if you can’t, there are a lot of animatics and full soundtrack videos on Youtube!
And let me just say: LIN MANUEL MIRANDA IS A GENIUS!!!
I actually finished this in less than a week, before my summer classes started. I had heard a lot of about it from my friends who’ve watched it, so I decided to give it a shot. And personally, I wasn’t disappointed. I got hooked by the first episode and the suspense and mystery made me watch it non-stop. The characters have different sides to them, the plot is really good, and the ending leaves you wanting more.
6. Hot Dog Bush
Just minutes after I passed my last requirement for my English class last semester, I thought of playing at Y8.com, which is a site full of games. I remembered playing this particular one when I was a kid, so I tried playing it again and I realized that the game really gets you hyped up, in a way. It’s a food service game, but there’s a certain amount of money you’ve need to earn at the end of each day of the week and you serve in different venues. I couldn’t stop playing till’ I gave up trying to reach the quota for the day.. when I was already inside the alien spaceship.
7. Waving Through The Window (“Dear Evan Hansen”)
I’m not deep into the musical, YET, but I really like this particular song because it’s a lot of people, including me, could relate to it. It’s about feeling like an outsider or a wallflower, someone who’s invisible to everyone else. “When you’re falling in the forest and there’s nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?//Did I even make a sound? Did I even make a sound?//It’s like I never made a sound.//Will I ever make a sound?”. I know it’s a bit sad and lonely, but, for me, it makes me want to make noise and make people remember me and all that. If you don’t feel the same, then just remember that I think you’re never really alone and that you’re a beautiful human being.
And if that song’s a bit too sad, then try listening to “Sincerely, Me”. It’s got a funnier and easy-going vibe, so it’ll cheer you up after listening to the previous song, hopefully.
8. “Tasty” Videos
During study breaks, for me, it’s really relaxing to watch Tasty videos. And I actually have a “Must Try: Cooking” library which are recipes that I will, hopefully, try to actually cook.
9. Nestle Nesfruta: Dalandan
It tastes as citrus-y as lemonade and addicting af. Absolutely perfect for a hot summer day!
And a secret #10 because 9 is an odd number and I just need a 10th one, alright? HAHAHA
10. Doctor Who… A G A I N
My copy of the new Doctor Who seasons are all gone and I’m left with Youtube videos. I didn’t realize I needed it back in my life till’ I watched the video with River Song and Capaldi’s doctor (12th doctor). I thought I’ve already passed this phase in my life, but boy was I wrong.
So, there ya’ go! 10 of “my favorite things”, at the moment. I’m still quite horrible at describing them and persuading people to give it a try, but I hope you do try at least one or two of them because they’re really better than how I’ve described them. I’m positive that they’re definitely worth your time, except possible “Hot Dog Bush” because you might regret spending hours and hours playing it. Just give it a try, but keep track of the time. Enjoy!
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Summer isn’t exactly going the way I planned. But then again, what does?
Summer term classes are alright. It’s a bit challenging for me because of the mindset that it’s supposed to be SUMMER. I end up spending more time watching Korean drama or movies, sleeping way to early, and waking up WAY to late. The bed seems more appealing than usual, even though I’m not all that tired. It’s not like I’ve cut class or anything, I was just almost late ONCE. But it’s still unusual because I usually wake up at least two hours before my first class. NOT 45 minutes.
Besides school, I’m still experiencing a terrible case of writer’s block. It’s been 19 days since I last posted an entry in this blog and I’m really inactive in my Wattpad account. And it’s just really sad. It’s summer and I love writing, so why can’t I write? I need to learn more about how to write better and to actually write.
I still haven’t loss any weight. Due to my schedule, I can’t go to the gym, so I need properly stick to my diet and to get more exercise. I don’t exactly know how to do that, yet. But I want to skate and to be able to do that right, I need to be healthier and more fit.
And it’s just a bit saddening to still be me while other people are evolving and doing great in life. Just a thought.
(Note: So summer’s kinda sad, right now, but it’s gonna be alright and I’m alright. I’ll make sure my next post is a lot more positive and decent than this haha.)
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Have you ever just let yourself laze around with feeling only a slight tinge of guilt? Well that’s basically what I’ve been doing since last Thursday, right after I pass my final requirement for last semester. I’ve gotten my grades for all but one class, but I know my grade in that class, anyway. So, I’ve passed 6 out of my 8 classes last semester (well, 4/6 if you don’t count PE and community service) and, honestly, that’s better than the worst case scenario I had in mind. I’m sad that I didn’t pass all of them, but I really had a hard time this semester, especially with those two classes, so I’ve accepted it already and I’m just gonna have to take them again.
So, I’ve done nothing “productive”, in particular this past weekend. I’ve been trying to install a game that I’ve wanted to play for such a long time. But for some reason, it wouldn’t work, so I’ve given up on it. I’m a bit pissed cos I really wanted to play it, but life goes on and I need to work on mine. YES, I’m writing this post cause’ I can’t play the game. NO, I won’t be trying to install the game again. YES, my several failed attempts to install the game served as a wake up call for me to get my shit together, even though it’s technically summer.
What am I planning to do this summer? I don’t really know, yet. I guess I’d want to try going on a diet, again, to lose weight. Exercise a bit. Try becoming more of an adult cause’ I’m almost not a teenager. Write as much as I can, both in this blog and in my Wattpad account. Learn new skills, both practical and not-so-practical. Paint more and try digital art. And spend time with my family and friends.
Why am I writing all that down here? It’s my blog. It’s been my blog for five years and counting. And I just need to get my act together, so I’m writing it all down. Here.
So, I guess that’s that. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write again this week. I’m probably going to post “My Favorite Things 003” soon, so stay tuned. Or not. HAHAHA.
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(Note: The title of this post is “Puzzles” cos it’s better than my initial idea, “Sh*t Gathering”, and I just think that I need to put the myself back together again. NOT GOING THROUGH ANYTHING. JUST ONE HUGE MESS OF A HUMAN BEING. BUT EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT.)
Also, a sneak peek of my next post (aka what I’ve been doing with my summer, so far)
Like Dodie, and I’m sure, a lot of people, I have no words for what’s happening to the world. Even though I’m not affected, I still feel the sadness and mourning and hopelessness and helplessness. I admit that I can never comprehend how the people who are actually affected by these recent events are feeling, but my prayers are with them and I pray, as well, for the whole world because God please save us.
And because I have no words, I can’t properly write about this, so rather than that, let me just leave this videos that everyone should really watch right now because we need this.
(Note: I DO NOT OWN ANYTHING. I give all the credits to the rightful owners.)
I’m failing at least one class this semester and all but two, at the most. Unfortunately, I’m not exaggerating about that and this is, for sure, my worst semester in college, regarding academics. I’d like to call this my rock bottom semester cause’ I seriously don’t think any semester could be as remotely bad as this one. This is the last wake up call semester I need for me to do more than get my shit together.
I don’t actually know what I’m gonna do after getting my grades for this semester. I actually don’t know what the consequences of the grades would be, so I don’t know what I can do about it either. But I’ve learned a lot of things this semester, realizing most of it by the end of it, so that’s what this post is going to be about.
1. “Time management is key.” AF
I remember saying that my resolution this year is to manage my time more wisely, but as you can probably infer, I failed horribly. I wasn’t able to manage my time and prioritize the things and ended up procrastinating and cramming everything in the last minute. This tip is probably a cliche for college students, like me, by now, but it’s easier said than done and I, personally, I need to be reminded of this every. single. minute. And more specifically, time management should consider EVERYTHING, such as spontaneous getaways and emergencies. Planning to finish the projects just by the nick of time or planning an all-nighter to finish studying for an exam falls under the poor time management category. Plan and schedule your time in a realistic way, considering, as I said, E V E R Y T H I N G.
2. Study. EVERYDAY FREAKING DAY.
Okay, so this might sound unreasonable to some, but I honestly need to study everyday. I sleep usually fall asleep during my classes, which is a terrible habit of mine I’ve had since preschool, so I need to catch up with my lessons by allotting more time in studying. Unfortunately, what tends to happen is I eat dinner while watching something, probably a movie or an episode of KDrama, then I end up finishing it and spending a bit more time relaxing. After a few hours, usually at 9 pm, I start studying, then falling asleep on my desk. HORRIBLE.
So, I really need to allot two to four hours of pure studying each day to catch up and to be able to understand the lesson and to get enough practice. And to not cram chapters worth of lessons in one night, or four hours before an exam.
3. Take GENUINE interest in what you’re learning.
I went to my classes. I tried not to sleep in my classes. I tried studying for my classes. But I honestly didn’t like my classes. If it weren’t required, I wouldn’t have taken the courses I enlisted for this semester. The only class I did like was Accounting and that’s because I’ve been hooked to business since third year high school. So, I think it’s also very important to make yourself interested and passionate about what you’re learning. I know that’s a rather challenging thing to do, especially when you’re pursuing a course that wasn’t your choice, but to make the semester a bit less painful, we’ve gotta try to like the classes we have to stick with for the duration of the semester.
4. Make time for you and your passions, too.
While school, family, and social life are important, you’re well-being is as important as all of those things. And by making time to make sure you’re well-being is in good condition, I mean to check if your sanity’s still intact, if you’re eating properly and getting close to enough sleep, and if you’re still able to do what you actually are passionate about. Now, when you make time for you, consider the hours of sleep you’d want to have, depending on whether or not it’s a hell week, and squeezing your “relaxation” and leisure activities with the activities related to your passion into a fair amount of time. Because, as I said, I usually get a bit too relaxed and ending up spending more time relaxing than studying.
5. Take a daily dose of positivity!
It might be hell week and/or things might not be going your way, always remember to keep a positive attitude and look at the brighter side of life. Most times, this is easier said than done, like most things, but it’s essential to get through the semester alive. You need to be happy with yourself, to be thankful for all the blessings you have, and to have a fighting spirit all throughout the semester.
6. Spend your money wisely.
Although this isn’t school-related, it’s still a lesson I learned during this semester. I’m constantly saving up for something, which is alright, but I’ve got to be wise about how I spend my money. I went to a convention and spent more than a thousand, I bought a stuffed toy for a person I admire a lot, and now I’m saving up for shipping fees, but to me, who loves anime and likes that person, it’s worth it. Though, in the long run, spending my money on those things aren’t exactly wise. I’m working on it and I’m planning to allot a certain percentage of weekly allowance savings to put in the bank, so yay me.
There you have it, six of the many lessons I’ve learned the hard way this semester. I might not be as well put as I’d want to be and I have miles to go before becoming the woman I want to become in the future, but it’s a start and I’m a work in progress, so to the me who’s trying so hard to figure out what she’s gonna do in life, give your best and be passionate about everything you do today and God will reveal His plans to you at the right time.
I hope this post somehow helped you, too, or at the very least, realize that even though this my life’s kinda messy right now, if I’m getting through it with my head held high and I’m slowly trying to apply the lessons I’ve learned from yesterday’s mistakes, then so should you :). And always remember that you are God’s masterpiece. You are beautiful and you make this world brighter. Things might be shitty right now, but please don’t give up and know that I believe that you will get through whatever challenge it is you’re facing.
Till’ the next time~
With so much love, The Girl With The Pen
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I’m down to my last month (more or less) of second year and I’m really gonna need to get my shit together to finish this semester without failing any classes. I really can’t mess up after two failed exams in both Math and Engineering Methods in Mathematics, a failed exam in Engineering Drawing (BUT HEY, ON AVERAGE, I’M STILL PASSING!), and two horrible horrible academic essays in College English. I’d admit that this was a really challenging semester, surprisingly even more challenging than the past two semesters. But with hard work, perseverance, determination, dedication, patience, … , and, most especially, God’s help, I know I can still save my grades this semester.
They say that the first step in overcoming a weakness is awareness and acceptance. With that said, let me just say that I cheated on my diet again this week and I feel horrible. How the first sentence is related to the second? They’re probably not (HAHA), but the point is that I’m aware and I accept that I’m overweight and that I need to lose a lot of pounds to attain the “normal” weight range for my age and height. To do so, I need to strictly follow a diet and to regularly exercise. It’s hard af cos of the stress due to schoolworks and also cos of the lack of time for exercise. I tried yesterday, I failed today, and I’ll try again tomorrow. I know and accept that I sleep in class more often than I’d admit and that causes me to lag behind lessons. So that fact, along with my poor time management, is the root cause of my dilemmas. I need to be more attentive in class and to fix my priorities to catch up with my classes. It’s really difficult to do for a person like me for a lot of reasons, such as being distracted easily and terrible sleeping habits. I failed yesterday, I succeeded today, and I’ll try again tomorrow.
I guess life’s just really like that, full of fluctuations and ups and downs. The important part is to never give up because once you’ve considered giving up or settling for less than the goals that you’ve been aiming for, then you’d be stuck with that mindset. I admit that I’m stubborn and I forget this a lot, but I just can’t give up on this semester. I can’t let my parents and myself down. I can’t afford to fail any classes, again.
So, I’m still overweight, sleepy, awkward, poor in time management, stubborn, forgetful, too easy on myself, and the like. But I’m also a work in progress and, despite all the negative stuff about me, I’d say there’s some good points, too. I believe in myself that I can overcome the challenges I’m facing with God’s help and I know that He will never leave me nor forsake me and that He has a plan for me. Without Him, I am nothing, and with Him, nothing is impossible.
I hope you’re having a great day and if you’re troubled with your own challenges, trust in God and do your best! Never give up! And don’t forget to share the love! ❤
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(Note: This is the most decent and inspiring post I’ve written in a very long time and I’m so happy cos of it. This month would be a challenging one, especially with me trying to save my grades and my sanity, but I’ll fight a good fight and do my best. 🙂
Also, if you have a different religion with different beliefs, please know that I respect those beliefs and I’m just stating what I believe in. I’m not pushing anything on you, so please respect my religion and beliefs as well. Have a nice day~)