Random Shoutout 005: “Found Tonight” by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ben Platt

 

At 9:40 in the morning, this video made my day.

I have an exam later at 6 o’ clock in the evening, but hearing Lin and Ben sing this amazing  piece together is truly magical.

And apparently, this is for the March for Our Lives initiative, so let me just copy paste the caption here so you’d have the important links and to give credit to the amazing people behind this wonderful video.

From Atlantic Records (Youtube):

“A portion of the proceeds from this record will be going to the March For Our Lives Initiative.

Donate now at https://marchforourlives.com/.

Download/Stream: https://Atlantic.lnk.to/FoundTonightID

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ben Platt

Found/Tonight

Words and Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Published by 5000 Broadway Music (ASCAP) administered by WB Music Corp. / Pick in a Pinch

Music (ASCAP) and breathelike music (ASCAP) All rights admin. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing

Produced, Arranged, and Orchestrated by Alex Lacamoire

Associate Producer: Thomas Kail

Recorded and Mixed by Derik Lee at Atlantic Studios, NYC

Assistant Engineers: Ebonie Smith, Joseph Pomarico

Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, NYC

Piano: Alex Lacamoire

Violin: Justin Smith

Viola: Todd Low

Cello: Adele Stein

Video Credits:

DP: Steven Salgado

Edited by: Katia Spivakova

Second Cam: Angie Bambii

Produced by: Derec Dunn

Follow Lin-Manuel: https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel

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Follow Ben Platt: https://twitter.com/BenSPLATT

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https://instagram.com/BenSPLATT 

 

Good morning to all you beautiful human beings! Yes, even you – the people who don’t think they’re beautiful. You are beautiful in your own unique way and I hope you realize that. Have a great day~!

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Flash Post 035: In The Middle (Of The Semester)

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IT’S ALREADY THE 14TH DAY OF THE 3RD MONTH OF THIS YEAR 2018!! And although I’m still a very messy person (both inside and out), I’d still say that I am enjoying the year, so far. Sure, I might not be at the greatest point in my life , in terms of academics, but I’m constantly meeting and hanging out with new friends and I really had fun during last week’s activities (*insert my organization’s name here* WIN!!) so I guess my life isn’t so bad right now.

I’m also already in the middle of the current semester WHICH MEANS I have to start saving my grades in my classes because I don’t want to die again during finals week. I got my Engineering Economics exam (which was the first ever legit exam I took this semester) back yesterday and, to my surprise, I PASSED!! Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t not want to pass, but I wasn’t that confident I’d pass the exam, so I was EXTREMELY happy when I found out I did.

Tomorrow’s the second exam for that class though, so I need to get my shit together and study properly for it. I’m still in the running for exemptions and I DO NOT want to mess that up. To my classmate who occasionally reads this blog, seems to have everything in life super organized, and is sort of really great at said subject, I would very much appreciate it if you could help me. You’re the best!

And amidst all the stuff I need to do, thoughts of you are still somewhere lurking inside my mind. I don’t think of you as often as I used to which is great and I’m immersing myself in other things, too.

I wish I could write about how I feel about you as easy as I write about other things. I wish I could just pour all these feelings and make something creative, like a short story or poem, instead of getting stuck with them alone inside my head. I wish there’d be a systematic and logical way to solve this kind of problem as soon as possible.

But shooting stars don’t exist and I still sort of slightly miss you.

I’m trying to be as casual as I can in chat and in person, so please let me be in my own personal blog.

BESIDES, there are plenty of other things I’d wish for, given the chance (e.g. academic excellence, physical fitness, world peace) so no worries.

Life is as hard as it is beautiful.

I need to study for my exam tomorrow *insert crying emoji here*. Till’ next time! ❤

Update: I FINISHED THE EXAM BEFORE THE END OF OUR CLASS AND GOT  TO REVIEW MY ANSWERS! I DON’T GET TO DO THAT OFTEN IN COLLEGE SO YAY!! ❤

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P.S.

Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking..

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(c) The Big Bang Theory Facebook page

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HAPPY PI DAY!!

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Flash Post 034: I’m Not That Girl

I extremely miss the girl that I was before,

She knew what she wanted in life – that I adore.

Always doing her best in everything she did,

Sure, she had flaws, too. Let that slide – she was a kid!

 

Now, I’m almost 20. What have I done so far?

Graduated high school, got in college, drove a car.

All the credit goes to the girl I once was,

What happens now when all of that, she was the cause?

 

Maybe I’ve forgotten how challenging it was,

What she did was quite a feat, a round of applause.

Yes, I may be kinda lost and rather different now,

But there’s a chance that I can be better somehow.

 

I’ve gone through so much and these challenges will pass.

I’m not her anymore. Not the top of my class.

But if there’s someone I must beat in life – that’s her.

I can and I will even though right now life is a blur.

 



I have two upcoming exams tomorrow and on Monday and I need to get my shit together now, probably more than ever. I’m currently taking FIVE majors this semester (and a general elective.. hello again Bio) and there’s a possibility that I might get delayed if I fail even one of these. I mean, I’m all for people taking they’re time and moving at they’re own pace, but my parents are sort of strict and I have this personal goal I need to achieve for myself.

It’s pretty weird to compare myself right now to who I was in the past, but it does make sense, right? She graduated with honors in high school and got into her dream university. On the other hand, I’ve failed a total of FOUR classes during my three-year stay in college, so far.

I’d like to continue this post, but I’ve lost my train of thought (above other things) and I need to continue studying. I’ll leave you with some things I wrote not so long ago which are related to my dilemma-at-hand.

“I’ve lost myself somehow. I don’t know how, or when, but the person typing this out is definitely not the owner of this blog. The Girl With The Pen was someone passionate about writing and everything else she did, who loved the idea of love, and who never once thought of giving up. Where she is now? I wonder.” – Taken from The Stranger With A Pen

“So, this me right now is writing this post and she might not be the girl I was in the past and I might not be her tomorrow, but she’s left pieces of herself in her writing and I will leave pieces of myself in mine.” – Taken from A Writer In Love

 

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Flash Post 033: 50-Day Free Trial

Me: So today marks the end of my 50-day trial of the year 2018.

Life: There’s no free trial. You were given 365 days this year and you’ve managed to live through 50 days already. 

Me: What do you mean “There’s no free trial”????



Today is the 50th day of the year and I kind of want a redo of most of the 49 days I’ve already spent this year, but of course that’s not possible. Right now, I have two options: to see it as 49 days down the drain and my year is ruined OR to recognize that I still have 315 days and 13 hours to live this year to the fullest.

Of course I’m choosing the second option because I haven’t actually done anything that’s extreme enough to ruin this only 50-day old year (HEY IT ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE!!). It’s just that sometimes it gets really sad that I start to question my life choices. Not that I don’t question them on a regular basis, but it’s gotten a bit more frequent and I’m not really asking the same questions as before.

I guess I’m mostly sad about the fact that I’ve managed to destroy my “no sleeping in class” streak (of two weeks) with “OH MY GODS I SLEPT FOR MOST OF THE CLASS” streak (of three weeks), the anxiety I feel about that Engineering Economics exam I took about two weeks ago which hasn’t been returned yet, and some other problems I’d really rather not discuss or think about.

I have a debate tomorrow, an exam on Wednesday, an exam on Saturday, and an exam on Monday. I’ve gone through worse, but it’s kind of the fact that all of my exams will be the first I take for those classes and I’ve sort of slightly forgotten how to actually study for exams over the break, so yes  I need to get my shit together more than I usually do to get through these next two weeks.

I’m alright and everything’s going to be fine and I hope you’re doing great, as well. Let’s get through all our problems (that we are able to solve right now) together! ❤

Also, to the guy who might be reading this (I say “might” but there’s a greater chance he’d never get to read this in this lifetime), thank you for continuously considering me as a friend and for being the nicest and most considerate crush  I’ve ever had. It took me a while, but I think I finally fully understand what you said about effort. See you around!! 🙂

I better resume the little progress I’ve done in studying for my exams. If you’re looking for a sign to have a fresh start after 50 days into this year, this is it. Today is a new day, the sun is shining brightly, and it’s never too late to decide that this year is going to be your year.

 

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Random Shoutout 004: Disappear – Dear Evan Hansen (Cover) ft. Thomas Sanders | AJ Rafael

 

Good morning/afternoon/evening to everyone!!

Well, it’s morning in my small part of the world and this song just kind of made my day already. I posted an animatic of the same song a few months ago, but this cover is just really beautiful I just needed to post it again.

So much love for Dear Evan Hansen <3.

Also, check out their other videos!!!

 

AJ:

 

Thomas:

 

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Post-Valentine’s Day Greetings

February 13, 2015: How About Love~~

“But, before I do, I would just like to say that tomorrow, Valentine’s day, you should really appreciate the ones that love you. Be content that you have them in your life because they’re not going to be with you forever. Stop chasing someone else for a second and look at the people you already have. I’m thinking about sending personal messages to my friends (depending on my mood and time), but if I don’t get to do it, I would just like to acknowledge them in this post. Without them in my life, I don’t think I’d find the reason to wake up everyday. I love them with all my heart.”



February 14, 2017: Love & Happiness

“The point of this post? It’s Valentine’s Day and whether you’re in a relationship or not, it’s a day to love and be loved. You might be going through a rough time right now like I am, so I just wanted to remind you to remind yourself of how blessed you are, of why you’re doing what you’re doing, of the fact that you’re being alive is already beautiful as it is. We’re going to get through this and we’re going to live our lives happily with no regrets because we only get one chance at life.. And that chance is now.

My wish for you this Valentine’s is to feel loved and happy and to share all that love and all that happiness to others, especially those who need it.

Happy Valentine’s!! 💖”



February 15, 2018

First of all, I’d like to greet everyone (belated) Happy Valentine’s!! I might not know when and how it started exactly and even though it might just really be a ploy for businesses to earn more money on a non-holiday, it’s still a day to express your love to the people around you, whether they’re really important people in your life or people who deserve love but aren’t given enough in this world, to yourself, and of course, to God (especially since it was also Ash Wednesday, for Catholics like me, yesterday). Of course you shouldn’t express your love only during Valentine’s, but it’s a reminder to do so because people only live through so many days and we can’t really know for sure when our “end” day is.

I’m not very sure what I can offer you, my beautiful readers, in this year’s post so I’m quoting my previous posts. I hope you do pick up a thing or two from them and, possibly, from this one I’m writing right now.

I’m still very much as messy a person as I was before (if not messier) and I’d rather really not think about it because it’s gets really sad. Overall, I’m still a very happy person living the dream with a family who support me and keep me relatively grounded. It’s true that my circle of close friends is still a pretty small circle and I don’t get to see most of them that often, but they’re the most amazing set of friends I could possibly hope for in this lifetime. On top of that, I encounter loads of  truly wonderful people who make my day through the little things that they do. I am super blessed and I think I need to remind myself more frequently.

Yesterday was a great day – I was able to do all the things I wanted to do! I won’t go about it in detail, but it involved being kind of late for a class, a lot of walking around the campus for the right reasons, buying my favorite kind of sign pen which is only sold in one particular building in my university, and ending the day with the people I love the most.

My wish for you today is the same one I had for you last Valentine’s and it will also be the one I will continue to hope for you every day – I wish you would feel loved and happy because you are truly a beautiful person, even if you can’t see it right now. And I wish you could share the love and happiness to other people because they are also beautiful people who, like you, deserve all the love and happiness in the world!

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Flash Post 032: Best time to drink coffee?

I tried drinking coffee during my first class, but I still ended up falling asleep. Four hours later, I’m hyper af and I don’t know what to do with this much energy.

So  here I am writing about it. Typical.

I thought I have a lot going on this week, but after listing them all down, it’s all still pretty manageable as long as I don’t screw up by wasting the time I should be using productively to watch TBBT or some KDrama.

There comes a time in a woman’s life when she realizes that although she’s already in her third year of college and ALMOST turning 20 (yes, I’m still 19.. please don’t make me older than I already am), she still doesn’t know what to do after college and how to legit adult.

Why do most people seem like they know what they’re doing? Was there an “Adulting 101” handbook given when people turn 18? Cause’ I didn’t get my copy.

Well, all things considered, I think I still have a pretty good grasp as to what I want to do in the future. I just can’t completely plan out all the details yet. And I think what I’m currently doing is okay at this point in my life right now.

I should really just stick with the stuff I can do now, like study for my engineering economics exam on Thursday. Or fix my resume and CV so I can apply for internship opportunities. There’s a lot of stuff I can do right now that could benefit my future, whether it’s short-term or long-term.

 

The computer I was using to write this post died on me and I’m posting this about 2 days after actually writing it haha.

 

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