My Favorite Things 007

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It’s been four months since I last posted a “My Favorite Things” post, a month since I posted anything, AND 11 days (and counting) late in posting the annual “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOG!!” post, so WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?

Honestly, I’ve been living an almost “one day at a time” existence recently and it is NOT good because I don’t plan ahead, I don’t keep track of my allowance budget, and I can’t remember most of what I did in the recent past. It’s actually very scary to live like this not only because of the same reasons I’ve previously stated, but also because what if I don’t get another tomorrow?

BUT ENOUGH OF THAT! I’m generally alright and happy. I had an exam yesterday which I only started studying for the night before (actually, less than 12 hours before the exam, to be precise). I got to answer most of the items, but I wasn’t able to answer one problem solving item (worth 5 points, I think) and I used the shotgun method on SOME of the multiple choice items. Not my best exam, but not my worst either, so I’m hoping that I still pass. My next exam/s (one final exam and probably one long exam) isn’t/are’t until next Monday, so this week shouldn’t be much of a hell week and I should REALLY start studying for those exams as soon as possible.

Now, moving on to the reason why the title of this post is “My Favorite Things 007″…

1. The Sea Lion

Hmm.. where do I begin? I’ve been wanting to apply since my second year in college, but I was only able to convince my mom to allow me to do so this semester. She didn’t really see why I had to join another organization, but I really wanted to join this one and she eventually gave in with the condition that I don’t let my grades slip because of it.

Never has there been a time wherein I regretted going to their place because it’s always fun to hang out with them, to get to know more about them, and to just chill there. It’s  relatively smaller than my other organization, but that’s one of the things I like about it. My friend’s been telling me how great it is and how it’s like her family in the university since our first year and I’m just really glad to feel how that’s like, even if I’m just an applicant as of writing.

My favorite memory, so far, would be our Timezone adventures (including all the stuff that we do before and after timezone). And, with that, let’s go to..

2. Timezone

Before this semester, I haven’t gone to a Timezone branch around my university, and now, I’ve gone to two. I think the main reason why Timezone is even in here is because of “The Sea Lion”. So rather than “Timezone”, it’s actually “Going to Timezone with friends”.

Right now, my favorite attractions in Timezone would have to be karaoke, “Just Dance”, and the photo booth. I guess this only proves my point that what I like most about Timezone is getting to hang out with my friends AT Timezone. Actually, anywhere is okay as long as I’m with them, to be honest.

3. Bonchon’s Bibimbowl

Recently, I’ve temporarily stopped my no-rice diet (of about 6 or 7 years..?) because I no longer see the point of depriving myself of such delicious rice meals if I’m going to eat pasta and bread anyway, especially since pasta dishes are normally more expensive. Although, after about 2-3 months of that, I’ve gained weight (a lot of weight, I think), so I’m probably going to slowly, but surely, go back to not eating rice.

But during this brief yet wonderful experience of eating rice again, I’ve discovered my fondness for Bonchon’s Bibimbowl! Well, I’ve had the pleasure of eating a LOT of different rice meals recently, but I guess it’s one of the dishes that stood out. It’s got lots of flavors, a hint of spice (The original’s kind of spicy, but the spicy’s just really spicy), and I usually get a serving that’s worth my money.

If you’d like to try it, I’d recommend the Original Chicken Bibimbowl simply because it’s my favorite.

4. The Greatest Showman

Okay, this one’s long overdue! I’ve loved to the soundtrack since January, watched the movie last March, and only including it in my favorite things now.

I immediately fell in love with “This is Me” the first time I heard it. I think I saw the trailer in the cinemas and I thought that I had to search for that song afterwards because it’s such a great song. I forgot to. BUT THEN I saw it in my Facebook feed (yes, I cried while listening to it again and again and.. you get the picture). It’s been a favorite of mine ever since (along with a few others that have equally touched my heart).

The next song I got hooked to was “Never Enough”. At first, I didn’t really get the song, but then I listened to it repeatedly and finally understood the song because of the line “Because darling without you~”. It was only mentioned once in the song, so I must’ve overlooked it at first but then it made the song make sense. Initially, I just thought that the song was about a person who would never be satisfied (Eyy, Angelica Schuyler!!), but then  it’s not. It’s about a person who, without her loved one, would never be satisfied. Coincidentally, it’s very similar to my other favorite song “Loser of The Year”. How hopeless of a romantic am I?

I could go on and on about why I like all the other songs in the soundtrack, but then I have a class at 2:30 pm, so I can’t. Though, My top 5 favorite songs from the soundtrack would have the two I’ve already talked about above, A Million Dreams, The Greatest Show, and “Rewrite The Stars”.

If you haven’t listened to it, you SHOULD listen to it. Right now. Like..

NOW.

You’re welcome haha.

5. The Sims 2

The first time I played Sims was way back my childhood days because a neighbor of mine had it installed and we all went to his house to play. We made a playmates family of sorts and that was really fun.

Then, I convinced my parents to get it installed in our computer, too, and it was. I got addicted to at during 2nd grade, I think, so it had to be uninstalled.

Basically, I kind of have an on-off relationship with Sims 2 because we install it every other year, then eventually uninstall it afterwards. I thought of installing it again after my roommate installed it in her laptop about a month ago, so I don’t know until when we’d have it installed.

It’s actually a really nice game to play if you like building houses and controlling people (because it’s literally a simulation you control). But at some point, I guess, you just realize that your sim has a life and you don’t, so you just feel the need to stop. Well, just personal experience, I guess. This time, I think I’ve reached that point multiple times, but I just stop playing. I still don’t know when we’d uninstall it.

6. Kopiko 78

This is a TOP NECESSITY for all-nighters, which I’ve been pulling off rather frequently nowadays. It doesn’t always work, but it usually helps me get stuff done before I do eventually fall asleep.

You shouldn’t drink more than a bottle within 12 hours though (my personal rule) because it can also cause palpitation.

And you probably shouldn’t drink it (even a bottle) when you know you’re going to see your crush either, for the same reason.

7. B’lue

I’ve actually been drinking this frequently since last semester since it helps me overcome that “wanting to vomit” feeling I usually feel when I drink coffee, during the early hours of the morning, and during the commute I take going to school. I’m including it only now because I think I’ve been drinking it more than I drink water (which is bad) and it’s really refreshing, especially when you drink it cold.

The Lychee variant is a personal favorite of mine.

 

There you have it – 7 of my favorite things right now! I really should list down possible stuff to include in this segment  of my blog because it’s been FOUR whole months since I last posted the previous one and I only have 7!

I’m probably going to post a “Happy birthday, blog” post soon (and by that I mean hopefully in 2-3 weeks). I tried writing one last week, but I couldn’t really write a proper one at the time. My blog is SIX YEARS OLD now, so I think I’d have to do better than that.

IT’S ALREADY THE LAST DAYS OF THE SEMESTER AND I KNOW I’M GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ANOTHER SEMESTER OF ONE OF MY MAJORS! I just learned that I failed my 3rd exam of Engineering Economics (I’m really sad tbh), but I’m not giving up on it or any of my other classes, really. I love my course I’m taking and the university I’m enrolled in. I’m going to survive this semester and I’m going to finish strong.

If I can do it, you can too! Don’t give up!

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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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HAPPY PI DAY!!

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Flash Post 031: White

Today, the sky is completely white (the proper term would be “cloudy af”, I think) and it’s so cold everywhere and I realized that I really dislike this kind of weather.

My classes for Wednesdays and Fridays end at 12 noon and 10 am, respectively, and I should really plan out what I do after class because now I’m very hyper, because of the coffee I drank earlier, and super unproductive.

I had planned to study, but it seems that I’ll be doing that a bit later. Everyone’s so busy with a lot of things and I know I should be busy, too, but here I am writing a blog post for my personal blog.

I’m only starting to learn more about my course from my majors, so it’s not that bad if I don’t know what to do for the rest of my life yet. I know I want to pursue a master’s degree after graduating and I want to make a positive impact on the world, but that’s pretty much it for now.

And I don’t know how I’m going to manage that because I don’t have anything legit to put on my resume, my time management and work ethics need A LOT of improvement, and I don’t have any other skills aside from writing which I’m not even that good at in the first place.

The weather is so depressing and I don’t know how the rest of my day will go but life is still very much beautiful and I’m glad to be alive.

 

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A Writer in Love

I’ve been writing stories since I was elementary, but I’ve never finished a single one. At some point, I thought they were all just garbage, so I decided to delete all of it. Surely enough, I regretted that decision when I was in sixth grade, when one of my best friends also liked writing stories. I got back into writing stories because of her and our days of talking about the stories we had in mind. I haven’t seen her in a while and I miss her for a lot of reasons, but I guess things change and these memories are something I’ll cherish forever. I’ll still get to see her of course, so I look forward to those memories we’ll be making together in the future.

I wasn’t much of a poem or essay person, but during my first year in high school, we had to write a lot of them for our English class. I’d say that was the time I realized my fondness for writing. I already liked reading books and writing stories at the time, so I guess I just discovered that I found it easier to express my thoughts and feelings in writing rather than in speech. I was a quiet girl and, most of the time, I still am, so writing was my only medium of expressing myself, really.

Then I made this blog. It’s probably one of the best decisions in life I’ve made, so far. I’ve probably said this before, but my friend and I made our blogs because we were inspired to do so by an upperclassman. She’s really talented and successful and, honestly, she’s been one of my life pegs since high school. So she had a blog, well she has a blog, but she doesn’t write that often anymore, and my friend and I made our own blogs. My friend was really good at writing to the point where I sort of envied her, but it was all good since she was doing her thing and I was doing mine. She deleted it though, consequently leaving me alone in this blogging adventure we once shared. Well, it was more of a personal thing on her part and I don’t really feel deserted by her. Personally, I would’ve still wanted us to be as close as we were before, but it was my fault and that’s a completely different story.

Now, writing’s the only thing I can do, I think. Well, I’m not saying I’m a good writer, but it’s something I can do remotely well. I don’t write as often as I’d like to due to my circumstances and my frequent state of being uninspired, but I still love writing nonetheless.

Thinking about it, that’s actually something we need more of in this world: Love. I know I’ve written a lot about it, from my crushes to sharing love to complete strangers, and from loving yourself to God’s love. It’s a really broad and complex topic and I still think everyone has their own meaning of love.

But can I just say that it’s such an amazing thing to be a writer.. and in love..?

I’m not just talking about the romantic kind that Shakespeare wrote about in most of his works. I’m talking about love for God’s creations, such as life and nature. There are so many things to write about, but being in love with what you’re writing about is just.. wonderful, in the best sense of the word.

And what we write will live on for centuries, even after we die. Sure, it might not be as well-known as Shakespeare’s and Hemingway’s, but it’ll still be there and someday, it might even be read by future writers. That’d be nice, I think.

I think all writers leave pieces of themselves in everything they write, from those mandatory essays and reaction papers to their personal works. So, imagine living through these little pieces even after you’re gone – pretty much like how a horcrux works in the Harry Potter universe. Cool, right?

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.

 

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This post might be a bit messy, but this is probably the most well-written one I’ve posted in a while, so it’s okay. I started writing this because I felt frustrated that I’m not able to write a decent short story for my Wattpad account. I re-read my old ones and WHY DO THEY LOOK SO WELL-THOUGHT OF FOR ME???

So, yeah, I’m the girl with the pen who’s a writer in love.. with a lot of things- people, ideas, the world, life.. and I guess I’m in love with love, too. Or at least the idea of love.

Well isn’t this a fun post? HA. I have a quiz tomorrow and an exam on Saturday and what is life? And I’ve posted in two consecutive days! Wooh!

Also, I’d like to thank a lot of people, again. I might not be able to enumerate all the good things these people have done for me (even if they’re small and simple things) because there’s a lot of them, but thank you nonetheless for making these past few days brighter and for making me happier. So much love for you all~ ❤

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Flash Post 019: MCM

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in life and I’m gonna make loads more mistakes, but supporting a fellow Filipino on his journey of pursuing his passion in figure skating is not one of them. Sure, it’s highly unlikely that I’d ever buy stuff and ship them internationally for someone I don’t personally know, but I have little to no regrets in doing so for him.

I have to make this shorter than all my other flash posts (cos’ of my statics exam later DX), but this post is dedicated to no other than Michael Christian Martinez. He became famous for being the FIRST skater in the Winter Olympics to come from Southeast Asia and the ONLY Filipino athlete to compete in said competition back in 2014. It’s been a lot of years since then and yet he’s still chasing after his dreams in figure skating –  constantly pushing himself to exceed his limits and achieve his goals.

Sadly, he wasn’t able to qualify for next year’s Winter Olympics. Only 6 slots were left after the Worlds 2017, which skaters fought for in the recent Nebelhorn Trophy 2017. He got 8th place out of 26 competitors which isn’t bad, but it didn’t earn him a slot in the Winter Olympics either.

A lot of people are hating on him for focusing more on his appearance than his actual skating and for spending too much time vlogging, and admittedly, I sometimes do think that he needs to focus more on skating than anything else. But we don’t see everything that goes on in his life. I’m sure he works hard both on and off the ice, but he also deserves to live his life like everyone else. Sure, he’s a skater and a really good one, at that, but he’s also a 20-year old human being trying to live his life the way he wants to do so.

Now, I’ve watched his performances and, personally, I think they’re two of the best he’s done in a while. Forgive me for not being that acquainted with specific figure skating terms and for my lack of skills to actually describe performances properly. All I can say that I saw him give his all in both of the programs and it warms my heart to see him that happy on ice – doing what he loves doing – especially after his short program. And his Biellmann spin was magnificent, as always.

So yes, he didn’t get in, but as they say “When one door closes, two doors open.” He didn’t get this one, but God has a lot in store for him, like he has for you and me, so I hope Michael would just keep trusting God and working hard towards his passion.

Michael, if ever you’re reading this (which I highly doubt because you’re too busy doing your thing haha), I’m proud of you and I’m sure a lot of people, especially Filipinos, are proud of you, too. Don’t let the hate get you down cos’ you’re better than that. Just keep chasing your dreams because you’re inspiring a lot of people, myself included. I’m glad to see you enjoy giving it your all out there and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come for you. Good luck in all your endeavors and we’re just gonna be here to support you all the way. May God bless you always~! ❤

 

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Also, if you haven’t seen his performances yet, here they are:

Short Program:

Free Skate:

 

(Well, I gotta go back to studying cos’ I have an exam later. There are times when it’s harder for me to study for a class because I failed the first exam TERRIBLY.. This is one of those times.. But I’ll live, I guess.. Till’ next time~)

Flash Post 017: Failures & Jenga

So it’s been a month and 12 days since school started and I’m still relatively okay. I’ve failed an exam already and I’m pretty sure I also failed the other exam I took on the same day, BUT I did pass one exam. I know 1 passed exam and 2 failed exams isn’t a particularly good start, but that’s exactly it! It’s only the start of the semester and I can still turn things around! I know I failed because I didn’t study enough, so I’ll make sure to study harder for the coming exams.

It’s my first time using my free internet, so I decided to post a flash post cos’ why not? I don’t really have anything to motivate you guys or to rant about, but I’m writing anyway because I love writing and there isn’t any reason why I shouldn’t write right now.

Well, probably statics, but I can study after I finish this haha.

Yesterday, I realized that Jenga isn’t just a game of stacking wooden blocks and taking pieces of it till’ the tower of blocks eventually crumble. No. It also tells something about love. See, the loser in Jenga is the one who causes the tower to fall down due to their move, while in love, for some people, the loser’s the one who falls first. And it’s a really scary thing to fall, well for me, at least, because you’re suddenly in this state of imbalance in all, or some, aspects of life wherein a single move can break you into pieces.

BUT the good thing about it is that when you fall, it’s not impossible for you to put yourself together again. You’ve got to learn from it and move on. It’s not an easy thing to do, I know, but it’s possible and if Jenga blocks can be stacked back together, so can we. It isn’t the best analogy, but it makes sense.. right?

Well, it’s a good thing I’ve never fallen for someone who does not and will never like me back HAHAHA.. *looks at past posts, especially the ones written by high school me*.. Umm… Well.. at least I’m good at constantly putting myself together again HA..

But seriously, I’ve never fallen THAT hard for someone and I hope that when I do, if I do, I’ll fall for a person that likes me back.

Besides the Jenga logic, I’d also like to give a shout out to all the people who help me get through life one day at a time. To those who help me understand the lessons, who make the class fun by being bubbly and energetic, who sit beside me and occasionally converse with me, who agree to me riding with them even though we’re not that close, to those who agreed to be partners with me (SERIOUS LIFESAVERS RIGHT HERE!!), to the one who I think is trying to reject me in a friendly way, and to everyone else who do seemingly little things that mean a lot to me — THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

I should probably make a “Thank you!~” board or something because, really, without my family, friends, and these acquaintances (friends, really, but I don’t know how you feel about me) of mine, I don’t think I’d make it through a day. Seriously.

It might look like I’ve got loads of free time, but I don’t. And I should probably improve my time management skills ASAP. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post “My Favorite Things 00X” soon because I noticed I haven’t written one in a while.

Till’ next time~~~

ALSO, I haven’t slept in class for two days in a row and that’s a record for me already haha. I did have coffee today, but it still counts…

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Today is The Day~

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain.

Life is a lot of things and it’s different for each and every one of us. Some live a life of fame and fortune while others live a simple yet wonderful life. But there are two things about our lives that we all have in common:

  1. Life is short and uncertain, and
  2. We all have a purpose in life, whether or not we know it already.

These two things make our lives valuable and, once we realize and accept these, it would be a mistake to take anything for granted. And, upon this realization, I hope that you understand how special you are. You were put in this Earth for a purpose – for something only you can do. You might not see it now, but you will someday. For now, be patient and trust God with your life for he knows what is in store for you. There is a time for everything and, surely, your time will come.

I know it’s not easy to wait for the day you realize why you were born. There are days when we’re faced with a challenge that seems too big for us to handle and when we’re so lost, lonely, and tired that we think we’ve already had enough of life. But I tell you, life is composed of both sunny and rainy days and that, as the quote goes: “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in everyday”. You might be having trouble understanding who you are, what you want in life, and why these things are happening to you. But, though it sounds cliche and overused, there is a reason for everything. You might never find out, but God has a way of putting us back to the track wherein we experience life in the best way possible if you’d only put your trust in Him and live life with accordance to His word.

Also, life shouldn’t just be about waiting. I mean, there’s that, but it’s also about living life and enjoying what you have now! Don’t wait for the weekends, for summer and winter breaks, and for the challenges in your life to end because there isn’t one. What you have is only today and, cherish it wisely- today is enough.  Life is too short for regretting the things you don’t do, given that what you want to do is relatively safe (for your health and well-being). Make mistakes and learn from them! Be you and not care what anyone else thinks! Love the people you are blessed with in life, share this amazing love with others, and let go of those people who only bring you pain and sadness. You deserve more than that and you are worth more than you think.

I hope my message has reached you, but if not, here’s the gist:

You are an AMAZING human being and I know a lot of people love and care for you. You might not notice them, but they know how special you are and they do their best to make you realize that, too. I’m sure they’re doing their best, but understand that they are humans, too, and they can only do so much. I urge you to cherish these people because they won’t always be there and I don’t want you to end up regretting what you could’ve done differently.

If you think you’ve done too many mistakes, don’t let it ruin any more of your life. You’re only human and humans make mistakes. As long as you’re alive, you can change the way you live your life. Sure, you can’t change the past- what’s done is done. But you can learn from your mistakes and turn these into something that make you a better person. I believe in you and I hope you believe in yourself, too.

It’s never too late to chase after your dreams! Let your passions run wild and free! Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about yourself or make you feel that you can’t achieve anything in life, because that’s just bulls**t and screw them! This is your life and you only live it once! Live it in such a way that you’d have no regrets when it’s about to come to an end.

I wish you nothing but the great and best things in life, but if I were to choose two most important ones, I wish you a life full of happiness and love.



I just finished The Flash season three and I need the fourth season ASAP. It might not be that obvious as to why finishing the season made me write this post, but if you’ve watched it, you’d understand. So much love for that show and I can’t wait till’ the next one.

Also, I cried  A LOT during the finale, so if you’re planning to watch it or if you’re currently watching it, I hope you know that it isn’t just an action-packed show. You’re gonna need tissues and, if you’re not comfortable crying in front of other people, it would be best to watch it in private. Trust me on this one.

Lastly, this post includes a few sentences about God, so if we’re of a different religion, please apply it in the context of your own religion’s belief. I don’t mean to offend anyone and please believe that I have the utmost respect for you and your religion, so I hope you give the same respect to me and mine. Let’s all live happily in peace and share the love! ❤

P.S. Regarding my last post “To The Boy I Liked Once Upon a Time”… It wasn’t just a poem I found in some old notebook. It’s something I wrote just recently and I’m happily infatuated for someone at the moment. I hope I don’t mess it up, but in any case, he’s one of my silver linings during the week.

Ja ne~

 

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