Flash Post 038: “Summer Break”

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I know you probably didn’t because why would you? In any case, I haven’t posted for exactly a month because of a lot of reasons, one of which is because I’m experiencing writer’s block right now. It is very annoying and, most of the time, I question whether or not I’m a writer at all. I mean, I love writing and I have this blog, but does that really make a person a writer or are there some other requirements? I don’t know, but I’m going to write anyway because whether or not I am one, I love writing and I want to keep writing.

My third year of college ended a few weeks ago. I managed to pass all but two of my classes (so that’s basically 4/6 classes passed) – I failed one (as expected, sadly) and I have to take a removals exam for the other. Now, I’ve become a Philosophy major for approximately a month. A friend of mine described this semester as the “Semester of Enlightenment” when I told him about it, but right now, I feel lost during class discussions because I’ve forgotten EVERYTHING I learned from my previous Philosophy class, so I need to review my books and notes to be able to catch up with my classes this semester. BUT I have friends in both of my classes, they’re taught by amazing professors, and I’m really enjoying them, so everything’s well. Last meeting, we discussed about Plato’s Lysis in one of my classes and watched The Giver in my other class. I’m supposed to write a reflection paper about the movie, but I haven’t gathered my thoughts about it yet. I’m probably going to write it later or tomorrow.

This post I’m currently writing is actually one of my “I need to get my shit together” posts because I’m a bit messier than usual since “summer” started. Yes, I’m only taking general elective courses this semester, but I’m still aiming high and I would really love to learn about and understand Philosophy more. Obviously, I can’t slack off. And I have to fulfill org duties and review for the removals I have to take in July. I’m also planning to join a story writing competition with a story I haven’t even actively thought about yet.

And can I just rant about how I’m already twenty for a bit!?!?! It’s only been a few days and I don’t feel as different as I thought I would, but I also thought I’d be a better version of myself by this time, but I’m not. I’m probably as messed up (if not more) than I’ve always been. Although I know that I’m probably not as messed up as I think I am, I also know that I have ways to go before being the person that I am. I’m a work in progress and as long as I keep trying, I know I can be that smart, strong, and independent woman I want to be in the future.

I’m not sure if I was able to write everything I wanted to write about in this post, but I’m glad I was able to write because I haven’t written in a while. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post another “My Favorite Things” post very soon because the last one was about 2 months ago and I think it’s about time for a decent post after a while.

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(I know I’ve posted this .gif before, but it’s kind of one of my favorite cute motivational .gif’s HAHAHA)

 

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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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My Favorite Things 003

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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.

2. Goblin

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!!!

5. Riverdale

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.

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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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