Dear Blog | vol. 2

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Dear Blog, 



I was browsing my old posts and I stumbled upon my first volume of Dear Blog link-up. I stifled a laugh kasi it felt damn funny and ironic. I was back to the same state I was in before but everything seemed so far different now. Even how I felt then is different compared to how I feel now. So many things have changed in just a few months. Bilis talaga ng panahon.

What’s ironic though is although so much has changed, my thoughts and feelings and frights and dreams haven’t. I’m still an emotional mess.

Let me discuss this in detail:

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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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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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1.10.16

Who: Me and Janine
What: City hopping
Where: Makati to Bonifacio Global City to Mckinley Hill to Bonifacio Highstreet
When: January 10, 2016
Why: Because we can

How:

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