I'm Becoming a Night Owl

Merry Christmas everyone!

Geez, so many things have passed since I last blogged, but whatever, right? Thing is, Christmas happened, and though mine was quiet, it was awesome.

For starters, I had my hair done. The plan was to sport a purple ombre look (from black to a lighter purple/violet) but when I looked at what I was to work with, I realized I couldn't bleach my hair just so the purple would be seen. So, since my hair was already a lighter shade at the tips due to my previous hair color, it was suggested that I use the normal purple mix on top of it. I was incredibly annoyed with how my hair looked at the time that I was willing to undergo any change. I said yes. So far (I had it colored & trimmed on the 24th), I'm really liking it. It's looking more like a mix of light browns, pinks, and purples under the sun so that's just awesome. Moving on!

Also, I have had no progress in my Senior Project 2 (a demo reel) since the start of Christmas vacation. Should I be worried that I'm not worried at all? Almost all my classmates are freaking out already, but I'm not feeling the pressure too much at all. I can't say I don't, but do you get the feeling of knowing there's something to be done but you think 'It's so easy' that you just don't do it? That's my problem. I guess I'll face the demon when I'm ready.

More recently, I went shopping today. I was out of the house all day with a cousin and my brother just going to different shops and buying stuff that I realized I shouldn't have bought when I came home. One of those is a mixing palette 'cause I already had one. Another is a mini statue/model of the Eiffel Tower (but I'm thinking I actually need it to get motivated).



There's actually a bigger, more expensive model, but I reckoned I didn't have space on my table - which was accurate. I saw this at the store last November when my friends from school and I were shopping for props materials and promised I would buy it after. Here's the promise, you guys.

Even if I didn't promise it though, I still would've bought it. If you read my previous posts, you'd see how smitten I am with Paris. I always say it's my soul country. Then again, I haven't been to the place so this claim is built on sand.

We were joined by my mom in the afternoon and we proceeded to the department store, specifically the make-up section. (You should've seen my brother's face the whole time. He pulled off a 'poker' and a 'pissed' at the same time. Hahaha. I told him to go the guy's section but I guess he couldn't amuse himself even if he tried.)

The moment I laid eyes on these two, I knew I was going to get it.


The first one is a lipstick by 'Sakiraya', which sounds like a Japanese/Korean brand to me. Admittedly, I got sucked in by the cute jewel embellishment on top and the pink casing (that's just how I am, I guess). I got it in the shade 'Cranberry Red' and sure enough, it was an extremely bold, bright red. Mom tried it, but it didn't look as bright (just right) and I have yet to try it on.

Second up is a black pencil eye liner by the same brand. Now, I'm not a fan of pencil liners - I've sworn to use only liquid liners in all shades appropriate - but today, I wanted to try it. The packaging was really cute too so that wasn't such a problem for me. Once I use it, I might post a photo-slash-review post on here. Same goes for the lipstick.


When I find a store with a lot of [useless] adorable, weird things, I grab whatever I can and splurge. I had to hold myself back 'cause I purchased something incredibly expensive too, so it was pretty downing. Anyway, I found this cute little blue fan that [can never replace the glorious pink one I owned but broke] for the random hot weather bursts we're having for only Php 38 (just a little under a dollar). Cheap find, right? I was going to get the black one but it wasn't as sturdy.


I also bought writing instruments 'cause 'why not?'. These cute, thick markers in grey and pink were on display and I figured I could use them somewhere so that's that. I also found a sign pen that looked like a pencil but turned out to be just the casing for a pen inside. It was just weird, you know? I also bought black drawing ink (just a small bottle) and a size C-4 speedball (inside the pencil case which I also bought fro the store). I'm telling you, I could go crazy just using the speedball for my calligraphy. I tried to use it to ink an illustration I did for my mom, and so far, it's working pretty well. 


I also bought a wooden easel (the most expensive one on my shopping list) and it was all thanks to a special someone whom I can't thank enough. That person gave me the money to buy an easel and other art materials, but requested that I don't tell anyone. Such a sweet, humble person. :) I could easily be the happiest girl right now.

As if these blessings weren't enough, my dad just promised to buy me something (online) that isn't available in the Philippines - and I'm getting it in January! It's still art-related, so it's not like it'll be a useless purchase or anything. I'll post about it when I do get it.

It's been such a [tiring] fun day today. Tomorrow is going to be a general cleaning sort of morning and a work-themed afternoon (hopefully, the plan stays that way). It's already 2 AM and I've been in this late-sleep cycle for days now. Boo. I'm becoming a child of the night (but I already am).

Good mor-night!

Smile, for we shall conquer the world.

Finally! The last exam (and day) for this year is OVER!
So, before I tell you what I did on my first "almost vacation" day, I have to share this week's mayhem.

This week was the first time I ever experienced being forced to sing a prayer before class. I've been singing for years and my friends know that it's one of my top "can't live without" things. I've also grown used to the fact that most of my teachers at school know I sing and I get tapped to do song numbers for events. Stage fright is something I've always struggled with. Well, last Thursday, our Moral Theology professor asked me a question that caught me off-guard.

Prof: "Ano ulit yung in-upload mo sa Facebook?"
(What did you upload on Facebook?) 
Me: "Alin po dun sir? Mejo... marami po kasi akong inuupload. Haha."
(Which one, sir? I upload a lot of things. Haha.) 
Prof: "Yung... ingat lang ba yun? Yung kanta."
(Was it Ingat Lang? It was a song.) 
Me: "Ah! Yung Ngiti Lang yun sir. Yung may manok sa background?"
(Oh! It was Ngiti Lang. The one with chicken noises in the background?) 
Prof: "Oo, yun ata yun. Kantahin mo nga ulit."
(Yes, I think that was it. Can you sing it again?) 
Me: "Hala! 'Wag na sir! Nakakahiya!"
(But sir, it's embarrassing!) 
Prof: "Tayo tayo palang naman. Habang wala pang tao."
(There's only a few of us here right now, though.) 
Me: [I sung the first line of the song and stopped. Haha.]

To understand the 'chicken' bit, you have to know that while I was singing the song, our neighbor's chickens were noisy as hell. So, when you play back the recording, the clucking can be heard so much.

Would you believe that our professor was still not contented. Before we started our lesson, he asked me to sing a prayer for the class and asked my classmates to close their eyes and just listen. Awkward! While I'm thankful for the attention and support, this sudden turn got me frantically searching my brain for a short prayer that can be sung. Needless to say, I think I nailed it. So yeah.

Another thing that I want to share is that I have proven that studying for a test or exam before going to bed, knowing which areas to study, and listening to the Coffee Table Jazz playlist on Spotify works like a charm.
Yesterday, a friend and I hung out at our place from 2/3 PM until 12:56 AM just watching Youtube videos and doing song covers. After that, I had a debate in my head about studying for the exams or just watching more videos. The studying part won and I tuned into Spotify while summarizing the 3 lectures. Fast forward to this morning and 10 minutes into the exam, I passed my paper. Thankfully, most of the items on there were the ones I studied. Thank God.


Now that that's out of the way, let me show you what I did when I got home today (or more accurately, 3 hours ago).




Started this during class yesterday (the same one where I had my exam today) and I guess it worked out somehow. I feel like I am getting addicted to drawing feathers. Oh well.

The struggle to find my art style is still strong. Every day, I look at the works of my favorite artists and think about how far I am from reaching their level of awesomeness. I've been told by friends that I beat myself too hard and that I should stop comparing myself to professional artists, but I can't. I'm telling you, it's a disease. No matter how pretty or cool I think my art is, when I look at it beside an artist I love, I cringe.


This is my current set-up by the way. Hahaha. I really adore the USB lamp thing my mom bought a few months ago. It's been a friend when I want to be in bed and review but my mom and brother are already asleep.

Still.

Smile, for we shall conquer the world.

+ Love Me Harder +

It's the last night before classes end - which means the REAL work begins. *Sigh. But, no use being all depressed since IT IS almost Christmas (which I'm not feeling even a tiny bit by the way). I posted a few new sounds on my Soundcloud (just check out the link form the 'Social' tab on the upper right corner), but what's pissed me off recently is that I've experienced getting a notice that the audio I used was copyrighted. The work-around? Upload the ish in Youtube.

Yup. The cover a friend and I did just this evening is now uploaded on there for people to be critical about, haha. Not too much, hopefully.



As you may know, I am a huge Ariana Grande fan, and I've tried to be up-to-date about the events in her career and life since her 'Victorious' days. I'm really proud at what she's achieved at a young age and well, let's just say she's sort of living my dream. ;)

Anyhoo, here's the cover.



I am SOOOO relieved to get through Youtube. After 1.5 hours, it's finally on the net.

Enjoy, and have an awesome weekend!

A Year of Instability

It's a sickness. Seriously. I think I've tried to leave Blogger a number of times this year, but I always keep coming back for some reason only after weeks of posting on my new blog. Call it serious attachment issues, but it's a difficult thing to have, especially if it's a blogging platform you're attached to!

So I've tried Tumblr (I already had one, but it wasn't for blogging, just reposting cute images) for two weeks. I edited the code, customized it to my liking, fixed my socials and other widgets and was energized to start over on a new platform. However, it didn't feel right at all. Tumblr wasn't made for blogging about your day or what's happening to your life. It was (probably) made just for sharing photos, quotes and articles that don't require extensive reading. In other words, it wasn't a fit so I went back to Blogger.

After a few months, I (again) grew tired of Blogger. It was always the fact that there were no good enough templates that kept me switching and that whenever I wanted to create my own blog theme from scratch, I never had enough time to. (I still don't.) So, I decided to cross over to Wordpress (I also already had two WP blogs before, but I had let them die down - they were mostly for my writings and artworks) and though the templates were limited, they were still better than most themes for Blogspot. It was really starting to look great. It made sharing my blog across my networks easy and there were a few feedbacks from the community.
However, around a week ago, it started to feel empty. I had no motivation to write and all I did was post my digital paintings and WIPs. I didn't really post anything I wanted to read a year from now, and I had a lot of that here on Blogger. Again, I decided to move.

In the course of one year, I've registered for Jux, Squarespace, Typepad, Medium, and a bunch of other blogging sites. BUT I ALWAYS WENT BACK TO MY ROOTS. Always. I started this blog on November 2008 and in those six years, it's had its ups and downs. I talked about a lot of my firsts here and a lot of things that happen in my life that I always want to remember. I wrote letters to my parents and to the people who mean a lot to me using Blogger, and I want to stay true to blogging. I don't need thousands of views and comments. I don't need to become famous just to feel that I've succeeded. I started this blog to just be a place where I can be myself and write about what keeps me happy, what annoys me, and what frustrates me.

I want this journey to stay alive. I want to keep writing and sharing my thoughts to anyone who stumbles upon this blog. You may hate it, you may love it - but I got my point across and that's what matters.

I PROMISE TO STAY ON BLOGGER NO MATTER HOW RESTLESS IT BECOMES.

I PROMISE TO KEEP BLOGGING NO MATTER HOW STRESSED AND BUSY I AM.

I PROMISE TO KEEP THIS BLOG ALIVE AS LONG AS I AM.

No more empty promises.


Welcome back. ;)



It has arrived!

OMG. OMG. OMG.

Remember the post where I talked (subtly) about the second planner I ordered from FiledPH? Well, it arrived this afternoon! I'm so excited to be sharing another (yet again) planner I ordered from them, and with good reason too. I adore their planner style! To see my post about the 2014 planner, click: 2014.

Generally soooo excited to be using this!


It looks so adorable, doesn't it?! Really. I used my previous planner quite extensively, and no doubt, this will be just as used. Their freebies this time were really cute. One of them was this pen pouch which you can attach to the planner itself. Pretty handy, huh? (Of course, I got mine in PINK. Like, duh.)


One of the best parts about this was the fact that ordering online (between specified dates only) allowed for personalization of the planner. The doodler is Lei Melendres (Deviantart, Tumblr, Facebook, Behance), and I just have so much respect for this guy. He gave a talk about his art in school at last semester's Alternative Class Program (ACP) and though I couldn't get any of his giveaways, I made up for it with the planner. :3 Yay! My (nick)name's officially on my planner now!



This little guy! Just sooooo, soooo cute! He came with the planner and is a little, customizable magnetic bookmark. There were also stickers included, but I didn't take a picture of them (darn).

My 2015 has just become more exciting and wonderful. Grab yours now, guys! Head over to filedPH and get your planner. Let's make it an awesome 2015!

Crazier

Darn. Just when I was starting to settle into a real vacation mode, school had to resume! Ugh.

The first day was a whirlwind. It was like waking up from a short, unstable slumber and immediately being tossed onto a small boat which could fall apart any moment. Seriously. We had a meeting right after too, and - wow - there's a LOT of stuff to do before the week ends. *Sob.

So here's what went down today. Firstly, I met the new, part-time teacher for our 2D animation class. To sum the whole initial reaction thing up:

Positives
  • He seemed friendly enough for us to feel at ease around him (maybe too much)
  • He asked us what we wanted him to teach (which probably isn't a bad thing 'cause we know what we want, right?)
  • He's taking his Master's Degree while teaching (maybe 'cause "idle hands do the devil's work" - Red 2)
  • He's taught before (so he prolly has enough experience)

Negatives
  • He kept comparing our school's system to theirs
  • He was (a little) all over the place during his first talk with us
  • He didn't seem to understand why he was there and what he was hired to teach us
  • He clearly wasn't briefed properly by the DACA staff prior to our class
  • Just overall lack of energy

Okay, so he isn't the perfect teacher, but I still can't decide. I mean, it has only been one meeting. But still. Even though I understand how tired he must be from traveling (he said he just arrived from Baguio), he could've at least shown more mastery and more grip on the subject. As I implied, my initial reaction could change in the coming days.

Secondly, we had a meeting for this year's Ateneo Digital Arts and Animation Festival (ADAAF). I found myself regretting (yet again) being an officer, or the Event Committee Head to be more specific. SO. MUCH. WORK. TO. DO. I have a budget proposal deadline in Wednesday and I have completely no idea on how to go through it. Whoever thought it was a good idea to place me and "budgeting" in the same room?! (*Sob)
To make things more complicated, it's my good friend's birthday tomorrow and I don't know what to do. Sure, she hasn't asked me to organize her party, but it's a birthday nonetheless. You have to get gifts, you know? And I have nada ideas. Any suggestions?

Sigh. It never ends, does it? I can't even imagine how tired teachers are everyday. They have to talk and lecture and do paper work all the time. How exhausting. Well, students have it worse, I think.

One of the really awesome things about the past few days is that I had the chance to explore Garageband on my Mac a little more. I opened it last September but had no clue about what to do so I quit. I realize now how awful that choice was. As of today, I've created 5 sounds/music and have 2 WIP's. OMG. I am so amazed by this app. Apple did this one right.

It's not much, but it's a promising start.


I have a ton of projects in the works and I am excited to be creating my demo reel/showreel in a few weeks. I don't have any "cool", Pixar-worthy characters yet but all's going well. I just need great time management and things'll pass in a breeze. And then there's the Defense, but let's skip that cringe-worthy thought for now.

Adios!

Stay Strong

There are things in life we can't change or manipulate. A challenge presents itself to you regardless of how you feel about it. All we can do is accept the situation, hope for the best, and try to move on, no matter how hard and scarring it is.

Sometimes, I can't help but wonder what it would be to have no problems at all. Would it be hard to empathize? Would people see me as an ungrateful woman who seems to have it all but couldn't care less about anything?

Today left some scars, but I've got all the time in the world to bury them. I've been doing it for years - there's no reason I can't do it longer.



That's right. I'll be staying strong. For my family, for myself, for God.

the weekend madness

The weekend proved to be the most productive weekend I've ever had in terms of illustration and graphic design in general.

A few days ago, I posted about a typography design I did using a marker and sharpie pen, but I didn't really post anything about what I did with it afterwards (or what other nonsense I came up with after it). Here's a post that'll hopefully make up for the little space between, ;)


That's right. I downloaded a t-shirt mock-up on Deviantart (link) and just added color to my "typographic" designs. This is not the first time I've placed my designs on a shirt, but I've never had this much urge to actually get it printed out for me to wear.

Also, aside from those, I also got back to 2D animation (or rather, the little that I know of about it). I tried animating in Photoshop about a year ago, but never really had the drive to pursue it. Yesterday though, I seem to have pushed a button somewhere that had me crazy for 2D animation.


So yeah. Hahaha. I'm thinking about doing a full animated short in the next days, but with a lot going on and the nearing of the first day of classes for the second semester... things are looking pretty weak. But let's see.

xoxo Veeyah

Eternally Yours

I got into a roll today.

My weakness is typography, and for the longest time, I've tried and failed. Others I've shown my work to say that I've already done good but personally, I just don't see it. I had another go today, and somehow, I'm liking what I've done.

Any suggestions for improvement? Comments?





Green doesn't attract me so much. I should've used a blue or just stuck to black. So yeah.

This is where I'll leave you for now, I guess.

(By the way, my grades have come back... and I'm SUPER happy. Being included in Ateneo's President's List is an HONOR, and for the second time, I'm in it! More on it [and my experiences last semester] in the next post!)

Book Review: The Bodies Out Back by Joseph E. Wright

image from Google
Before the end of the semester, I grabbed the chance to read a book using the Kobo app on my Mac, and being the book junkie/addict that I am, I was thrilled to be reading something new again. Now, before I explain my thoughts and actually review the book, I'd just like to say how awesome technology really is in terms of book-keeping and organizing. I also have this app on my tablet, and it just freaking makes me HAPPY. Now that's out of the way, let's get on to the book.

At a Glance

The book is about a young woman (Phillis) who finds the perfect apartment and agrees to take it under the assumption that her roommate was a girl (who was still on vacation). Her roommate (Pat) arrives a day early and is a man (but is actually gay) and that fact sprouts an argument between Phillis and her boyfriend, a member of the police force. The day Pat arrives, murders around the neighborhood start happening, and she and Pat try to uncover the mystery without the police's direct knowledge. (A lot of other things happen and the end could either shock or piss you off.)

Rating: The Story

I have to admit that the first chapter actually seemed great. I was hooked in under 3 chapters and I couldn't quit reading (despite having classes). I've always loved mysteries and whodunits so I had incredibly high expectations. When my suspicions about the roommate's true identity were confirmed, I was gleeful and excited for a little fling between the two main characters. That was besides the fact that the guy was actually gay.

The way the story was told was a typical A to B style. In the middle of the story though, I already had a guess on who the killer was - but something else proved to be the major shocker.

I was PISSED to the core. So freaking much. I can't decide if the author was just really, really good in keeping a reader on the hook or if he was just pure evil and misleading. I can't give the story away (you'll have to read it), but it just pissed me off so much. Using "pissed" twice (thrice) in one paragraph is proof.

Rating: Writing style

I'm incredibly picky in choosing what I read, and the common rule I have is that the writing style should be simple enough or if not, should complement the genre of the novel. I called out a few grammatical errors in the book while reading and sometimes, the paragraph was either too draggy or too quick that you have to reread the last sentences to understand what was happening.

Other thoughts

One word - pissed. It gave me so much hope during the first chapters until the last 3 or so and I'm not sure that's a good thing. I expected more from it, but can't really complain because (1) it's free on the Kobo store, (2) it hasn't been professionally published so the mistakes are forgivable, and (3) I don't have enough energy to.

If you're looking for a free, random read, try and check out The Bodies Out Back by Joseph E. Wright. Download the ebook from here. My opinions may differ from yours, so before you trash this book altogether, read it.

General Rating:  3 out of  5 bookmarks.

The Seniors' Retreat comes to a close

*Sigh. And I was just starting to actually enjoy it.

Anyway, obviously, our 2-day retreat ended this afternoon, and personally, I felt like I could endure another day (though not a full one - just half a day to meditate on God's Word). It was a silent retreat, so we actually couldn't take pictures lest we distract the others.

I can say a few things about it though. Firstly, I came to realize how much I missed talking to God through my devotions. It's been forever since I last had my devotions, and it sucks. Secondly, I also realized how different everybody truly is. There were some folks in our batch that... well... let's just say "couldn't" understand how to read scripture, and that's truly fine. I guess I just expected that since we were all seniors in college, we all had this deep understanding of the Bible.

Moving on.

The experience was quite calming. It allowed me to step back from technology even for only two days, and it helped me assess myself as a person and where I am at this point in my life.

My favorite portion was when we were tasked to create our Mandalas. If you don't know what a Mandala is, it's a geometric pattern or sets of symbols that represent who you are. It's supposed to embody your whole being and speak of you as a human being. Here's a link from one of the many sites about Mandalas.



Of course, not everything about the retreat was heavy and dramatic. I also had moments where I wanted to relax and doodle a little on the journal I brought with me. I just sort of felt like my reflections were becoming too heavy to keep lingering on, so I took a little break once in a while.




As I said earlier, the retreat allowed me assess myself. It gave me a breather from everything around me. I had to let go of my worries, and I was able to successfully to do so during the two days of solitude.

Do you ever feel like you need to take a step back from life for a while?

xoxo Veeyah

Unexpected!

Hello there! Phew, I can't believe it's Monday already. So much to do in such a small amount of time - and honestly, I couldn't ask for more. It beats having nothing to do and feeling out of the loop though, so all is good.

1. I have three things I'd like to talk about in this post, starting with the most exciting (and extremely unexpected) news.


OMG. Is this even happening right now?! My not-so-awesome-and-not-much-effort-exerted animated TV commercial passed the Animahenasyon (ACPI) judges' standards! Is this real? Seryoso?! Here's why I didn't even think it would make it to the list of our school's entries, much less pull through to the actual competition:

  • I didn't put my 100% (honestly, I grew tired of the project and decided to finish it just for the sake of being able to pass something on the deadline)
  • It wasn't my first concept choice (my first ones got rejected since they were either too abstract or too simple)
  • I personally don't believe it was that good. 

Imagine my surprise when I came home this evening after our Seniors' Retreat and was chatted up by a classmate on Facebook, congratulating me for something I wasn't aware of. I had NO CLUE about what he was talking about so I kept asking why he was congratulating me. At that moment, another friend of mine sent me a link to Animahenasyon's official Facebook page announcing the "cream of the crop" entries out of all the ones they received from different schools across the country.

Am I even registering this right now?! This is too goo to be true right? All I can say is that God can really work wonders. I was not expecting such an honor at all! Thank you Lord! Thank you, thank you! Just to be chosen among thousands of entries is a privilege, so whether I go home from the event winning or not, I'll still feel awesome.

2. The second thing I'd like to talk about is the birthday present my cousin in the U.S. was asking of me: a tattoo design with the names of her parents incorporated. I admit to not doing this immediately since the first semester was more hectic than the president's calendar (haha, nah, not really) and I wanted to focus on my academics before anything else.
A few nights ago, I took out my brush pen and decided to draft a few designs. Frankly, I think they'd look better on paper than on human skin. I have zero experience in designing tattoos though.


My personal favorites are the second one from the top on the left, the second one on the second row, and the second one from the third. Do they look too typographic for a tattoo? Tell me your thoughts by commenting on this post! Or just place any suggestions. :) Any feedback is much appreciated.

3. Thirdly and lastly, We had Day 1 of our Seniors' Retreat today. It's funny how we were all told to be at the venue at 7:30 AM when it actually started at around 8:30 AM. This is just one unforgivable Filipino habit we have. Is it that hard to come to an event on time and start on time as well? Sheesh.

After we were settled, we were then informed that the registration period was actually from 8-8:30 AM. Why weren't we told about this through the test that was sent to us? I could've extended my sleep for 30 minutes more. But, it's done, and they told us this afternoon to be at the venue tomorrow before 8:30 AM (the retreat is two days by the way).

If I had to pick out parts I thoroughly enjoyed during the first day, it would be (1) creating our Mandelas and (2) reflecting on the passage given (Hosea 11:1-4). I was immediately reminded of the book I recently read titled Redeeming Love by one of my favorite Christian authors, Francine Rivers.


It personifies the book of Hosea, a story about unconditional, ever-forgiving, compassionate love from a God-fearing man to a prostitute who kept breaking his heart and returning to her ways. I loved how Rivers wrote the book to make us relate to Angel (the prostitute-turned faithful wife) in our relationship with God. We two-time God with the materialism of this world, and it damages a pure relationship with him.


Tomorrow is the last day of our Seniors' Retreat and there's going to be lots of "alone time with God" and reflections. There's also going to be a mass (which I'm hoping is not a requirement even for non-Catholics like myself) and other activities. I'm actually looking forward to it. :) At least I'm not at home all day surfing the net and fixing my blog and website.

So yeah. Something else happened today that has me freaking out tremendously, but I'm still trying to fix things (hint: I payed for something via Paypal and it glitched when I tried to change the shipping address). Hopefully, it gets resolved by the time I come home from the retreat tomorrow. :( I seriously want that item I ordered.

Have a fun evening! Sleep well, friend.

The rain didn't quit, so neither did I.

Bonjour, my internet friend! :3

I finally got the chance to go out today! I wasn't able to visit the Holy Rosary Seminary Museum today (I'm still planning to, though!) but I did go to the mall. I didn't buy anything aside from food but that didn't mean I didn't enjoy my day! I plan to go around Centro tomorrow morning after breakfast (or before?) so I might have more photos for you tomorrow.


 





Our first stop was National Bookstore, which I regularly visit whenever I'm at the mall. I can't leave without stopping by there first. There were a lot of Christmas decorations already on display, more than Halloween stuff. It was also full of people who either read books or just roamed around (like yours truly). I'm disappointed I didn't get a picture with a mask and the prate hat, but in truth, I was just really shy to have my photo taken. It's an issue, people. I always ask myself, "Who do you think you are?! Trying to act like a celebrity and getting your photo taken? Nu-uh."

Our next stop was inside the department store (by the way, mom came with us, but she and a close family friend went off to see The Trial in the cinemas). This time, there were also a lot more Halloween decorations and costumes around. It was awesome. I wanted to take a lot of photos, but there were LOTS of sales people standing by that I couldn't take more than I wanted. Of course, Christmas decorations were still in abundance. But prettier.






I WANT THAT "ZOMBIE CONTAINMENT AREA" SIGN ON MY BEDROOM DOOR NOW. Sad thing is, I share my room with my mom and brother (the "perks" of living in an apartment in the city, right?). But someday. That's going to be on my bedroom door. YES.

So yep. Mom and tita Beth came out of the theaters around 4:40pm, and we ate meryenda right after. Nothing much happened then though. Tomorrow, I want to go around Centro and take photos. Really. And maybe visit the museum if it's open on weekends.

Ciao!

Trunk-cleaning Thursday

The rain kept me inside again. AGAIN. Like, what?! I told you before - I'm getting so bored with everyday's habitual Youtube-Facebook-Twitter routine. So I did a little spring-cleaning in the cabinet in the bedroom.

I never realized how many books I really had, and those in there weren't half of it. Hahaha. I don't have the heart to let go of them or even sell them though. I'm sort of a book junkie. I get high on them, along with shoes and music.




I had a Childcraft book. Like, wow.  And I realized how many Stephen King books I had around, aside from the ebooks and PDF's I had stored on my tab. Hahaha. By the way, I was watching GiGi throughout my cleaning process, and I feel so weird, almost like she was there with me and telling me her stories and such.

Most of these books I bought from nuns who had a whole warehouse of books. I remember going to their place with two of my friends and leaving with two boxes of books each. I think they've closed now, though. What a bummer.

I also found a scrapbook I made during high school and I planner I got in Australia when I was in primary school. These stuff were old. It brought back so many memories, ones that I want to relive over and over. Gah, I was so... innocent(?!) back then.


OMG. The book I bought from Booksale had this writing inside it. Woooowww. This is ancient, honeys. 1977 seems pretty old to me. My parents were still teens back then! I feel bad for whoever lost (or sold) this because someone gave it to them, but at the same time I feel really happy to read the dedication.


Also, see the James Patterson book I have up there? It's Sundays at Tiffany's, and it's a nice book for those who like romance novels with a twist (or if you're really just a James Patterson fan). I've read through it around 3 times now, and as much as I liked the story, I'm not much for romance. All my friends know this about me. I'd rather sit through SAW than watch something romantic.

Buuuttt, I've decided to give it away. It's not brand new, and it's been in the cabinet for a little under a year and a half, but it's still intact. I'll probably give it to a friend though. So yeah. I want to try more giveaways that are actually worth something, but I'll have to get organized.

Thanks for hanging around today! I promise as soon as I can get out of the house and explore the city, I'll post them up. Let's just hope the rain decides to stay away tomorrow.

P.S. I might get my hair done this week. Excited again for a new look! These curls aren't doing my hair any justice.

For the love of pink

Today was spent sitting in front of the PC (again! *sigh) watching Pewdiepie and downloading/purchasing books from Kobo onto my tab. I wanted to go for a walk today(as I said in my previous blog post) but it rained, and I realized in the morning that my camera was almost out of power. Bummer.

Is this my life right now?!

It's not like bad bad, but I had grand plans today. I'm going to have to do a rain check tomorrow morning and see if I can go out then. I feel effing restless. Months of being stressed and having little to no sleep has settled into what I would call "normal" and now that I have a lot of time, I don't know what to do with it! Yeah, I read books and surf the net, and I do have online classes to study for, but I'm getting sooooo bored. :( Really.


Random things on my mind:

  • Why isn't the sky candy pink?
  • Why do rainbows only come out after the rain?
  • I need to buy a new graphics tablet. (Too urgent)
  • I wish I could record an album soon.
  • Why don't I have an art style yet?
  • Why do I suck at design? :(
  • Should I set up an Instagram for business?
  • I want to go to Paris right now. RIGHT. NOW.
  • I wish the semester break lasts for a month at least.


Yup. As you probably guessed, I had no direction for this post whatsoever. I just didn't want to break writing again, since that's all I've mostly done and I feel really guilty. Also, to make up for such a tasteless post, here are some pink, adorable things I found on one of my favorite sites ever, WeHeartIt.







I really am SO in love with pink. Anything that's pink always catches my eye whether it's a dress, a notebook, heels, anything. I even find a hard time deciding which book to buy just because one is pink and the other is not (though I like the story of the not-pink book). By the way, I haven't tried the strawberry-banana frappe from Starbucks yet. I feel like once I do, I might always keep ordering it.

I'll leave this post at that for now. I want to do so many things tomorrow, I only hope I wake up early and energized for it. I don't want to stay at home and watch Youtube videos all day again