Dear Blog | vol 1

So, I’m not really sure if there’s a link up like this but since I’ve been wanting to do a journal-like post for a while now, I thought What the heck?  and decided to go along with the plan. Maybe it’s my version of Life Lately, What Now? and Friday’s Ten Happy Things. Not sure, since I want to try those as well.

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20 Things To Do Before I Die

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1) Travel the world

2) Buy a Fujifilm camera

3) Buy a new iPhone

4) Finish a story

5) Upgrade my account

6) Meet bloggers personally

7) Hike up Mt. Pulag

8) Learn how to paint

9) Re-learn my Japanese

10) Go ash blonde

11) Learn Korean

12) Study Masters for Clinical Psychology

13) Publish a book

14) Slim down

15) Buy a Lamborghini Aventador (Or Porsche 918)

16) Bungee jumping

17) Sky diving

18) Surfing

19) Scuba diving

20) Get inked. Right along the side of my hand.

 

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Sunday Currently | vol 4


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I know I haven’t been blogging recently. There were just too many things going on this week that I didn’t even have time to think or feel at all. Firstly, I already got a new job and I started last Tuesday. Most of my time were spent just working and even now, Sunday, I still am. I’d like to write more but I’ll probably do it in another post.

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Sunday Currently | 03

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Sunday Currently vol. 3

Hi! So it’s Valentine’s day today and I just got home from Mega Mall and Psicom’s event. I actually just went there to support my friend, Alexa, with our other friend, Janine! It’s her book signing and omg. Is it real? Is it real? After years of friendship, we finally met. Yaaaay! How long has it been, anyway?

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Life After Boards | What They Didn’t Tell You

In College, our professors often stressed out the importance of taking up the boards – that having a license will give you some edge when you hunt for your first job.

It’s with this thinking that I decided to take up the board exams for Psychometrician. It was a tough decision, mind you. I wasn’t the smartest in class nor was I the most diligent. Hell, I couldn’t even study for my quizzes to save my life. So when I made up my mind and announced this, my family was surprised and ecstatic. I thought then, why not? I needed it anyway to make job hunting easier for me.

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Bloglovin

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I’m not in any bit enlightened about these terms: RSS, Permalinks and Bloglovin. I’m not even sure what things I need to learn in the blogging industry. All I know is I want to keep writing, keep sharing, keep blogging. I’ve read somewhere that putting your blog up in Bloglovin is a definite must, hence I am trying it now!

Follow, follow, follow! I’ma see you guys there!

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Book Review | The Awakener

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The Awakener by Amanda Strong

SUMMARY

Seeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.

With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire. Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless her guardian angel shadows her every move, keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts. Micah will need those Eden touched to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple.

With angels and demons fighting around them, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage and faith in order to know what to do for the battle that awaits them, one they must triumph or risk losing everyone they love.


Review

For starters, I read this book on wattpad before it was signed to a publisher. 

This book is for everyone looking for a quick and thrilling read. I loved everything about it: from the storyline, the research, down to the way the plot kicked in. Granted there were some scenes that needed polishing, some awkward lines but they were minor and I barely noticed them since I just lost myself into the pages of this captivating book.

This is the first book in the Watchers of Men installment. The story starts with timid and awkward Eden as she came back to town where she met her childhood friend, Micah. The book progresses by alternating between them; Micah, finding out he is appointed as the Captain’s Seer and Eden, making new friends and discovering that she has a guardian.

The Writing

It’s not the most detailed out there, not the best book in terms of writing but I think it’s exactly its concise and clean nature that pulled me in from the start. There is a certain hook, a certain appeal to the simple writing style that just kept me reading until midnight! It’s written in the third pov which I see as an excellent choice since there were quite a number of characters here. The pace is fairly decent, just enough to keep you on your toes.

The Characters

While Eden and Micah aren’t on my best list, I have a number of favorites from this book! Gabriel being one of them!

Though I must say, Trent by far is the most agreeable out of all the characters! He is charming and witty and funny. You just can’t help but smile whenever he’s out.

The Plot

I love the plot! While it’s simple, it’s thought out and thrilling. It wasn’t predictable to me in any way. Actually, I think it’s original since this is the first time I came across with something like this. Amanda gave justice to the angels vs demons plot line, adding some spices and twists no one could’ve expected. I really like how she wrote them across. They’re not the cliche types you usually read in other books. They were better and I’m especially drawn to the angelic hierarchy and Enoch backdrop she weaved into the story line.

The Research

I write an angel/demon story myself so I have a deep background of the lore. It’s this reason why I avoid Angel/demon stories. Nothing can just satiate me and some books – which I won’t mention – are just so terrible and annoying that they made me cry in frustration and pull my hair out.

This book is not one of them. Amanda did a great job in the research department and I like how she incorporated them in the story smoothly. Never once did I feel like I was getting bombarded by details, no. There was minimal info dump, except at the end parts of the book but I didn’t find it bad at all. In fact, those parts were the highlights of the book for me.

The Rating

I give this book 4.5/5. It’s rare for me to find an easy-to-follow book like this one and The Awakener is definitely going to my favorite lists! It’s fabulous, compelling and intriguing! Especially at the end where everything, especially the title, made sense. It just made me want to read the next books more! I can’t wait to see what Amanda has in store for us!

Check out the book here for more info:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17875307-the-awakener


 

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Blogger Recognition Award


Hi! I’ve been nominated by (geelinlovesconan.wordpress.com) for the Blogger Recognition Award. I’m not sure why since I’m basically a newbie in the blogging world but I feel so happy and grateful that she did! I actually adore her blog so if you wanna have time, please visit her! You won’t regret it!

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The Blogger Recognition Award was founded by Eve Estells (http://eveofnight.blogspot.ca/). This award was created with such a great intentions to make a connection between bloggers to help each other.

Also, she set a few requirements (numbered rules below) to receive this award.

Blogger Recognition Award Rules

Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator.
Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.
Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.
Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.
Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

How did I begin? 

I don’t even know. Honestly, the thought of blogging and writing scare me since most blogs that I ever saw were famous, legit, and super cool. I was afraid I’d fall short to my own expectations, that I’d want to chase after them. I’m not even cut out to be a blogger. My words don’t flow, my camera is shite, my lifestyle is zero interesting. I simply don’t have the means or the streak for it. But being a curious and adventurous person who tries out different things, this side of me won and I ended up making a wordpress.

I did it so I can share my own take on things, my rants, my own open letters that I’m only letting out now. It was easy at first but as days passed, finding a subject to write about got harder. It still is but I’m having fun. I find this experience educational and cathartic for me. I think I’m starting to loosen up. Sharing is getting easier and hopefully, my writing and blog will get better. Hee hee.

I’m still a newbie. So basically, I’m still in the ‘beginning’ stage. I’m in the progress of learning, finding the theme that I want, writing everything I think of. I don’t even know if I want to focus on just one thing. I just want to try it all out.

Advice to newbies?

I’m still new! But anyway, I’ll share the few things I learned in my almost-month’s stay here.

  1. Do what you want. Everyone started somewhere and I’m sure this is the first thing they did.
  2. Think if you want your blog to be public or private. Your general posts will depend on this, I think.
  3. Don’t stress yourself. Know the reason why you’re blogging in the first place. Is it to get known? Is it to share? Is it to just chill? Whatever it is, don’t stress or else you’ll have a blogger’s block!
  4. Be open to the little things that we usually don’t pay attention to. Some interesting topics come in the most unexpected ways. Just always be ready!
  5. Be free. Write what you want, what you feel. Of course, don’t overdo it but in order to let your thoughts flow, don’t pressure yourself. Enjoy every moment. Write what you find is interesting. Share it. Shape it. Don’t even think about what others would think. Think about what you’d think, if you like it, if it’s something you’ll like if you’ll come across it.
  6. Research. Move out. Widen your horizon. The only way you’ll learn is if you try to see what’s out there. In that way, you’ll have an idea of what you want and how to do it.
  7. Find a theme. I’ve read several tips for newbies and this is what they say all the time. Find. A. Theme. Your posts don’t necessarily have to revolve around it but it’s good to have a general guide that will help you on how you’ll run your blog.
  8. Just be yourself. Yes, you read that right. No need to be anything you’re not. This is your blog. It’s your say. No one should dictate what should come in and come out.

I nominate these awesome bloggers:

  •  http://natalieslovelyblog.com/
  • https://rakioddbooks.wordpress.com/
  • http://akingstruth.com/
  • https://stethosvogue.wordpress.com/
  • https://misswickedgirl.wordpress.com/
  • http://pinayexpatbkk.wordpress.com/
  • http://thoughtsofsheryl.wordpress.com/
  • https://queenventures.wordpress.com/
  • http://www.asipofbeauty.com/
  • http://charliiandmegsblog.wordpress.com/
  • https://teenellablog.wordpress.com/
  • https://fazedown.wordpress.com/
  • https://lifeofahopefuldreamer.wordpress.com/
  • http://wordsinwanderland.wordpress.com/
  • https://adoptingjames.wordpress.com/


 

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Maginhawa | Snacks & Ladders


Yet another unexpected and unplanned cafe adventure. To be honest, I don’t know Snacks & Ladders until my friend brought it up. Since it sounded cool and intriguing to me, we decided to visit it that very day.

Before anything else, Snacks & Ladders is a board game cafe located in Maginhawa. You will see them quickly because there are life size chess board pieces and chess-themed tables just outside their cafe. I like that the staffs were very accommodating. We were listed to their waiting list and was guided to one of the tables. One of the staffs even brought out two electric fans which gave them plus points from me!

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One check at their menu and I knew I’d be staying for a while. Their prices are very affordable and reasonable! We ended up buying the two shakes (109), the Buffalo wings (159), Oreo cheese cake (95) and Jenga cheese sticks (129), which by the way we loved to death! I thought the shakes would taste so-so but they blew me away. They weren’t that sweet nor bland. Just right. We could taste the Hansel and Chocnut, which combined with the oreo cheese cake, were rockets! Plus, the Buffalo wings are to die for! They are delicious and spicy, coming with two dips that made the taste even stand out!  I’d be coming back here for them. Deffo!

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Snacks & Ladders has two floors. The first floor is filled with tables that can accommodate small and large groups, plus there were plenty of bookshelves filled with board games lined against the walls. I liked the cozy and homey interior. In fact, when we went there, there were so many families and kids playing about inside, and it’s refreshing to see them bond over food and games! And did I mention they have foosball, karaoke, table tennis and billiards there?

The second floor is even better! It’s the highlight for me! It’s carpeted and you’re required to leave your shoes in their shoe racks/stairs. The floor is big enough to accommodate at least six to seven groups. I love that we get to sit on the floor. They have low tables, bean bags and cute pillows ready there, along with the collections of board games stacked onto the shelves. Their walls were decorated with post-it notes and a massive snake & ladder game which you can play or use as a background for photo ops!

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I love their board games. They have a lot, catering from children to young adults! Of all the games, we enjoyed Jenga the most (because I suck at it. Ha!)

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I give this place a 5/5 rating. Why? We got to stay here for three hours, spending all that time playing board games. It was so cozy and we enjoyed every second. It’s really a perfect place for friends to hang out in! I’m sure the other groups with us would agree, since all those hours we were there, I heard nothing but laughter and cheers.

My tip is if you’re going, you have to be at least four to ten to fully enjoy the ambiance of the place. I came there with only two friends with me, and boy was I jealous of the fun the other people there were having!

All in all, it’s a great barkada hot spot!

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If you want to visit,

Snacks & Ladders is located at 188 Maginhawa St. Quezon City


 

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