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This is Dawn's personal blog. The blog name Orchids in Formaldehyde hints of sweetness and darkness in her views. A paradox of perspective that is sometimes confusingly unpredictable.

Hunger Games Trilogy

The last few days our internet connection has been slow so I decided to spend my spare time making a dent in my reading list. I set aside An Echo in the Bone (Outlander book 7) because although I'm a big fan of historical novels/fantasies, the story is now focused on American Revolution more than historical Scotland, and historical America isn't exactly my cup of tea.


So I went ahead and started another book, the Hunger Games (the name of the first book) and thought to myself, just a few chapters, a few hours. Yeah right! I finished the book in 12 hours or so, which indicates how short the book is (less than 300 pages - you couldn't actually gauge with an ebook) but also on how good it is! I can't put it down. I've forgotten to eat, and bathe, and do my chores.

I slept afterwards, after I cried a little more. I would say book one is the most heart-wrenching of all. When I woke up the next day, I opened the next book. Oops.

I can't stop myself. I have watched the second movie, Catching Fire. I know what happens. So I can't use that as an excuse.

The second book introduces us to new characters. The other victors, whom they made good relationships with. They're all sorts of crazy. And up to the third book we will see how much their time in the arena has affected them for life. They may have emerged victors of the games, but it still seemed like they've lost because they could never be the same again.

Yes, there are also benefits, like being alive, and having food for the family and the community, but is it all worth it when every time you close your eyes you will dream of all those wretched creatures and things that are trying to kill you? Sometimes it feels like being killed would have been an easier path.

Aside from the nightmares, things like how Finnick's body (the district 4's victor) has been sold by the President to anyone who wants to have him. Or how the Capitol would continue to threaten your loved ones just so you will continue to serve their means. Or sometimes just killing them when they believe you have done something wrong.

Most of the victors have turned to alcohol or drugs to ease their pain and help them forget.

In book 3, the Mockingjay, the revolution has begun and we see district 13 as it is today - not the footage the Capitol kept using again and again to remind the citizens of the fallen district after the last revolution 75 years ago.

There are foul stuff going on in there as well, as the entire thing leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. But desperate people would accept anything, and it seems like the lesser of two evils. It's a good thing Katniss did what she did to the District 13's leader/new president after the revolution or else it would seem like the same story just with a different administration.

The ending, although positive, feels hollow. What happened to Katniss' loved ones and the characters that's grown on us, I just can't accept. Finnick!!! Why am I surprised that I'm rooting on Finnick (the hottest/craziest character)? Hahaha. That's just me. But Finnick has more screen time than Prim, or their mother, or Gale. I can't even remember Prim's face. It's difficult to feel loss for someone you hardly even knew.

And Peeta doesn't even care about his family. Haven't you noticed? That while Katniss was all worried about her family and Gale (her close friend), Peeta was only focused on Katniss. O_o I think his father is nice. And Peeta is known as the "nice guy". Just weird, I'm telling you. I'm blaming writer for that.

And more to blame on the writer: The epilogue was only focused on Katniss. What happened to everyone else who survived? Even Haymitch who lived next door wasn't even mentioned. :( I care about Haymitch too you know.

And I hate Gale. I don't know if I should blame the writer for neglecting to write about him, or if it really happened that we never heard from him again after he became a big shot under the new administration. Sheesh. I am team Peeta anyway, if there is such a thing. Which is funny because after watching the first movie I am team Gale. Katniss' relationship with Peeta is just so stiff and scripted. And also maybe because (actors) Liam is hotter than Josh? :/ Nyahaha. That's just me.

He's not hotter than Finnick though, so *pushes him aside* second priority. I am so weird sometimes.

But in the books, you can't help but like Peeta. Even the other characters like Peeta.

And speaking of Peeta. The name is weird. Especially in tandem with Katniss. Under modern couple shipping (worshipping?) rules, that's called Peeniss. :/ Sometimes I wonder if the writer intended for this to happen. Combining couple names isn't exactly a new trend. I even think that she might have thought "Hmmm, what if we have a couple named *enis? That would be funny." And then she concocted this story.

And really? The only human survivors are in North America? But the highest mountains are in Asia. And technology isn't bad in other continents as well.

Okay, I guess I should stop ranting and raving. The books are really good. Took three days to finish the three. But I won't say it's perfect. It's not like Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire where you would just be amazed at how well the author had woven the story. It's not like that. You would wish she wove it a little more.

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On Keeping My Mouth Shut

I know, it's weird. After saying I'm an introvert, shy, aloof in my previous posts, I'm finally saying I can't keep my mouth shut. Lol. I must be lying, you might think. Or being ironic. But I am not (for both).

I have been pretty much a doormat all my life. Any one can make me cry. My siblings in their hastiness in eating left me with no viand and I could only cry in response.

Security guards in high school and college won't allow me to enter the gates for various reasons. Even a nun made me cry in high school! O_o It took parents and/or friends to rally up to my defense and to comfort me from such weird yet unfair situations.

It is because of this (being a doormat) that I have developed some anger management issues. I have bottled up a lot of negative emotions for too long. And if you've watched some movies (comedies actually :/) about this, you would know how explosive and intense it could be. Good thing I didn't develop split personalities. :D

I can't control myself sometimes. It's like the feeling that people are choosing me, zoning in on me to exercise their powers. It's totally unfair!

Like the time when I was a super senior in college and the university guard won't let me in because I'm not wearing a uniform and I could see like 75% or the crowd on the field not wearing uniforms. 3-[ Maybe she (they) thinks I look weak or young that's why she (they) thinks she (they) can bully me into anything.

My boyfriend was actually with me then, and he wasn't wearing a uniform. But he got in, just right before me.

I almost ate that guard's head off in my anger.

And of course, I cried all the way to class.

I even remember the date. January 31. It was my birthday.

Well now I don't experience this kind of power tripping as much. SAs and guards in malls would probably welcome me with open arms with the amount of shopping I do every weekend. Hahahaha.

But online I still find some things that could get my blood boiling. I really am trying to stay off them. When it seems that a post on FB is controversial, I really try not to look into it, just to spare my blood pressure and theirs.

But sometimes a stray post/comment/whatever gets in my way without any warning. And that's when I become the Hulk and seek to destroy the negative thing I see.

I know. I can't destroy "negative" things by just stating out opinions. But my Hulk state doesn't seem to understand that.

And my normal shy self hopes that somehow you can make a difference. Even a little.

If you don't tell the person who's littering to stop littering, will he stop?

Yes, if you tell him, there is a chance he'll get angry at you and you get into a discussion/fight, but maybe (just maybe) he might be conscious of it the next time?

Now that's not so bad.

Or maybe I'm just making excuses for my behavior. :D

But I seriously am trying to be more peaceful and amenable, and that I have to accept the fact that there are people who are inconsiderate, rude, undisciplined life isn't always how you expect it to be.

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Spammers Stay Away!

"Nice post! Wanna follow each other?"
 "Amazing! I currently have a giveaway on my blog. I would love if you check it out."

I've been blogging for a long time but it's only recently that I've encountered this new breed of spammers. I'm not sure if it's because they've recently been evolved or if I was just personal blogging and hidden away in my remote corner of the web for so long. It is when I've started my beauty blog and met more bloggers, that I've encountered such creatures.

At first I was ecstatic! I have comments! "Of course I will follow you. Of course I'll join whatever giveaway or cult you want me to join." All because of the gratification of being given attention by strangers. Ha!

But these spammers never came back after the "follow operation". I've never seen them again on my blog. And you would know they have this modus operandi because when you check out their blog, their comments section are full of "followed you, now follow me back?" comments.

Whatever happened to genuine posts and genuine comments? Whatever happened to having genuine readers who enjoy reading your posts? Is blogging really all a numbers game?

As much as I would love to have a lot of followers, I still wouldn't prefer it in exchange for having readers who come back because they have connected with me. I don't need your face on my sidebar if it's all for show.

If you can't relate to my posts, then why are you following me in the first place, dang it!

You can't even find time to write your generic "Nice post". Or is that just reserved to those who you want to fool into following you?

My posts on being sad and depressed get "Amazing post!" comments. Like really? That's all you can say? And I've read on another blog where the blogger just came from the hospital and blogged about her ordeal, and someone commented "Nice post" or something. You creatures are low. Either you didn't read the posts or you just didn't care for anyone except yourself. Deeply disappointed.

There is another person who keeps coming back on my beauty blog to ask for "follow for follow" and "join my giveaway". She has been there about 4 times? I don't understand why she won't just follow me first if it's so important to her. Right? Anyway, she did leave a genuine comment in one of my posts, so I'm on the fence whether I will or I won't.

And last thing. :D *evil grin* Those I've followed who operates this way? If I haven't seen them on my blog after I month, I un-follow them. Hahaha.

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Guide to Understanding the Introverted

I consider myself an introvert. My sister calls it "anti-social" (as she is one too) but I don't think I can consider myself as such, it's too strong of a word, you know? So when I found this online at quickmeme.com I wanted to share it with you, because I could relate to it, and also maybe to clarify some things about me, so people might not take my aloofness as being rude. :)


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How Friends Decided to Pair Off Monica and Chandler & A Pop Quiz!


In lieu of my recent post relating to the TV show "Friends", I have encountered this post online about how the producers and writers decided to off Monica and Chandler, and how the pairing almost never happened. We might have missed out a lot of funny scenarios if that was the case, and what more, they claimed that if the two never hooked up the TV show might have been cut short by 3 years!


This one is fun. A short quiz on some famous "Friends" lines. You have to guess by just looking at freeze frames of the show. Hahaha! And it's in a hangman type of quiz. :D I only scored 8/10 :( Shame. Let's see how well you do. Not that I will hold that over you if ever you do better than me. Hehehe.

Enjoy!

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The Rainmaker by John Grisham

I found more of my blog posts from way back when I was blogging in Multiply. That site has now been defunct, but luckily I have saved some of the posts before it went bye-bye. And another thing, I really do have accounts everywhere! And my posts are all scattered across the web. Hehehe. Better organize them all in one place, so I could keep my sanity intact. :D

Here's the review:

Ok, I can’t believe I just read that book. It was about a lawyer and normally, I’m not interested in lawyers and law. But that book got me hooked after a few sentences. I don’t know, maybe it was something I could relate to. Anyway, the story is about a fresh law graduate who can’t seem to find a job. But, he has stumbled upon a couple of juicy cases. He struggled, especially since he’s just a rookie, and his opponent is a large company with one of the biggest firm around to represent them. Yeah, it was a struggle. But he had lots of time, since he doesn't have other cases, and he end up actually winning that case.
What’s sad about this story (and something I would never understand) is that at the end, he gave it all up. After that great victory on that one case, he fled the area. Yeah, as in vowed never to come back. And he’ll never practice again! No, he didn't get the money, the company went bankrupt before he even got a dime. His two other cases? One was a will for an old lady of maybe forty millions worth, but ended up with only forty thousand. The old lady was lonely, so she made up the story of inheriting millions of money from her late 2nd husband to get the attention of her family. The other case was a divorce. But the girl ended up killing her husband because he’s been beating her for years. Of course, our lawyer got the girl. They've had this thing going on even before the divorce and the death of the husband. I think that’s the only part of the ending I was satisfied with. But they left, to go to the mountains with only two thousand dollars in their pockets! I hate the ending so much! It was just his first case, and he got famous for it, and after all the struggle?! And I was just beginning to understand a lawyer's world, and now he doesn't want anything to do with it? But still, I'd give this book 4 stars out of 5 because it was an easy read, and it got me interested in something I never imagined I would be.

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Worst Morning Ever

This was one of those rare days when I wake up at 8am even though I went to bed at 5am. My elder brother is coming this weekend, so I have a lot of chores in preparation for that. Although, I do chores regularly, just not as panic-stricken as I was today.

It wasn't my best morning. Not because of the chores, but because everything has mortifyingly gone wrong. :/ First, there was a strong wind outside (which really uplifted my spirits) but toppled over our makeshift drying rack outside our window on the ledge. It was actually a real drying rack, it's just that the location is makeshift. :D

So, all my laundry (almost dry clothes) are lying on the ledge. And that ledge has never been swept and somewhat covered with dry leaves from a nearby tree. Good thing my clothes didn't get too dirty, I just dusted them and they seem okay. But not my brother's shirt. -___- Among the clothes I hung to dry was my brother's white polo shirt, and that one was more damp than the others because I laundered it at dawn. :/

So, off I went and spot laundered it, which didn't seem to take all the dirt out.

And then I learned that I haven't picked up all the fallen clothes yet. One was lying beneath a tree branch (the tree could actually creep over our window if we let it). That one I couldn't seem to reach, even with the help of an umbrella hook. -.- In the end, I went over that window to stand on the ledge and pick it up. The problem now is, I can't seem to get back in! From the inside, I had a chair to stand on. Argh! I was getting worried and embarrassed because I think people from across the street could see me there standing and trying to get in. It's a good thing though that there are panaflex signs along that ledge, as the ground floor consists of commercial stalls, so I wasn't afraid of falling. I was thinking of just sitting down there and waiting for my brother to arrive but then I remembered I locked the door from the inside. -___- And then I seriously contemplated crawling over to the neighbor's window and ask for passage and assistance there. Haha.

I finally got in (through our own window) by leveraging myself with our drying rack and some tree branches. :D

Wait, that's not all that happened this morning. Around lunch, I went out to find myself some food. I decided to go to Savemore which is at the next barangay. Just around 20 mins walk. :D I was almost there when I noticed that I have 2 different slippers on! O_o Most mortifying moment of my life! I've heard a few people laugh along the way but I never paid them any attention because I'm not self-conscious that way. Argh! They were actually laughing at me!


I have actually noticed while walking that one of my slippers are tighter than the other, but I just shrugged it off because I am a leftie and my left foot is actually a little bigger than the right.

They're different colors too! It was so blaring obvious! Argh!!!

So, guess what? I've got myself some new slippers. ^w^ I bought it at Savemore. I almost bought at the sidewalk vendor right where I've noticed this idiocy, but the vendor wasn't around. So I forced myself to walk into Savemore looking like a lunatic / hobo.

I even asked the cashier if she has some scissors and if I could borrow them. Lol! I was really desperate to get on those new slippers. Hahaha. Yeah, in hindsight it's pretty funny!

She didn't have any, and the bagger went and looked for some. I told the cashier it's okay and went to buy food at the food stalls and borrowed scissors there. :D

So what did I get from this horrible morning?

  • new slippers!
  • lesson to check myself before hurrying out the door
  • lesson to plan ways to exit / escape before going in *for the kill*
  • lesson to make drying rack foundations sturdier
  • that I am not a morning person
Lessons 3 & 4 ~ total brain lapse on my part. I mean, I should already know that.

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Similarities Between The Shows "Friends" and "How I Met Your Mother"

Both shows are my favourites. I have watched Friends  and How I Met Your Mother extensively. I have watched reruns of Friends on TV and even if I've just watched it, I would watch it again. As for How I Met Your Mother, it's on its final season now and I would be sad to say goodbye, but like Friends I would never get tired of watching it again and again. :D

Having watched both shows extensively, I have to say, there are a lot of similarities between them. There are parts where the situation seems familiar, that is because I’ve already encountered it from the other show. What then are the similarities between these shows, aside from being just sitcoms of a group of friends?



The On-Again-Off-Again Relationship. Plus a third friend who got involved.
In Friends it’s between Ross and Rachel. They get together and then they fight, got together again and broke up. It’s happened so many times I just can’t count how many times they became an item and how many times they broke up. There was also an instance when Joey got involved with Rachel. But that didn’t work out. In the end, Rachel ends up with Ross.

In How I Met Your Mother, the on-again-off-again relationship is between Ted and Robin. Ted is pretty hung up with Robin but he has to admit that it’s not meant to be. It has also been known from the first episode when Ted is narrating to his kids that she will one day just end up as “Aunt Robin”.

Barney got involved with Robin in some episodes in season 4 and they ended up getting married.

What’s his job?
Nobody knows what Barney’s job is even though there are lots of scenes of him in his office. If asked, he shrugs and doesn’t answer.

For a time in the earlier episode of Friends nobody knew Chandler’s job. There was even a question in a trivia game between Monica/Rachael and Joey/Chandler; Rachael answered “transponster” to the question “What is Chandler’s job” which made them lose the game because as Monica said “transponster is not even a word!” It was later revealed that it was “Statistical analysis and data reconfiguration” before he quit and pursued a career in advertising.


Professor and Traits.
Ted and Ross are professors even though they had different career paths in the beginning of the shows. Ted is an architect while Ross is a palaeontologist working at a museum. They later became professors teaching in their own chosen field.

Both Ted and Ross are highly intellectual and have annoying habits of correcting people’s grammar. They’ve also been known to bore anyone when they give their “lectures” on Architecture and Paleonthology respectively. Their friends have always joked about falling asleep or making funny noises whenever they ever mention anything remotely “intellectual.”

Difficulty getting Pregnant.
Married couples Monica and Chandler of “Friends” and Marshall and Lily of “How I Met Your Mother” are trying to get pregnant. But in some episodes they have trouble and seek out professional help. Monica and Chandler soon found out that that they can’t bear a child. They finally decided to adopt and by the end of the series they have themselves twins.

Marshall and Lily soon got pregnant in season 7.

Womanizer has childish qualities.
Barney for “How I Met Your Mother” and Joey for “Friends” are known to be womanizers who can get any woman they want. What’s weird is, they both have childish qualities that’s weird for any “macho” guy. Not only their selfishness in sharing food, but Barney’s love for laser tag and high-fives and Joey’s pet duck and chick would sometimes make you wonder if they’ve got issues that made them who they are.

The Head Scratcher.
When Phoebe talks about his past when her mother committed suicide or when she was still living in the streets, the group is either appalled or doesn’t know what to make of the information. The same way with Robin. When she talks about her childhood, acts according to her accustomed life or mentions anything Canadian, her friends would find it unusual. They even make fun of her because of it. Among the groups, it is Phoebe and Robin who are often misunderstood.

Both shows are different but in some ways also similar. Maybe it’s because I love one, that’s why I love the other. If you do enjoy watching one of them, then I’ll recommend that you watch the other, as I’m sure you would love it too.

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Cousin's Day Out

This is such a late post, but I'll post it anyway. :) Been waiting for the other photos taken by the other members of the group, but it never came my way, so I'll just have to make do with what I have. And what I have is way too few to make a decent post.

But then who cares? :D I'll just have to bug some people and maybe update this when I get them. :D

My cousin (the only other family related to us in Zamboanga) was here in Manila last October. It took some prodding on my part to get us together to hang out 'cause my brother is busy like hell :P. We finally agreed on a day, and to meet at MOA because they wanted to ice skate -.- and although it took us a couple of hours to get there, and another couple of hours of waiting *grrr*, we finally got together to decide what to do and where to go - impromptu style.

We definitely pigged out first. Hehe. We went to Pizza Hut and ordered like we haven't eaten for days. We ended up with a doggy bag (takeout bag) because we can't finish everything on the table. But the food was great, don't get me wrong. I just wish my tongue can concentrate on one thing at a time. :D Hihihi.

The Last Supper

Japan-Japan
The eldest among us was the most childish. :/
My cousin on the right is a little shy. *or a lot*

That's me doing a selfie. :)

That's me and Caye on the other side of the table.

We went window shopping next, checked out the skating rink then backed out (hihi), and then they decided to go on the tallest Ferris wheel in Asia (I believe that's the claim?) T.T  I really didn't want to, and when we got there, I staged a walkout just to get away. I'm sure reasoning out that I'm seriously scared isn't going to change their minds as to forcing me in. Sometimes reasoning out to people doesn't work. Best way is to leave. They can go without me, thank you very much. Anyway they didn't ride as well, and they found me by the fountain. :)

By the carousel with Fritzie. We had to take this photo quick because kuya was already making a beeline for the skating rink.

Got sidetracked by Darth Vader. :) And yet we totally covered him in this photo. Fail!
Darth Vader is actually made up of lego!
By the way, that's Jona, kuya's friend from Zamboanga too. :)

We decided to watch a movie next. Caye didn't come with us because he has to get home early (or earlier than us, since it was already late) because he still has some home work to do. Hehe.

We watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. And it was so much fun! Berry is so cute. ^w^ My brother was thinking of getting snacks but we seriously don't know where we're gonna put them in our bodies. It is such a rare occasion that an offer for free food is turned down. Hehe.

We went home afterwards since the mall has already closed and there's nothing else to do. :D

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The Adventures of Tintin

Originally posted on Bookish Beasts. Posted on June 4, 2013.


I've watched the movie a few times, and earlier today while eating, and I have to say, I feel like a kid again. Not only is the movie an adaptation of the old comic book of the '30s, and also not because it has been adapted into tv shows for the young, but because as a child I have played detective with my friends and siblings.

Growing up to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys and the less serious Sweet Valley Kids (the spy series they published) my friends and I have imagined ourselves spies as well, trying to solve mysteries around us though I doubt now if they were indeed mysteriesHaha.

It was all part of child play and of growing up. It is a refreshing interlude to the usual running around (which I hated to do) or the barbeque-cooking games my sisters and I played at home. And it played more to the logical part of our development, compared to the physical of running around and the resourcefulness and creativity of the leaf barbeque games.

Tintin is a kid too. *I'm still wondering how a kid could be that smart.*But in this 2011 movie adaptation, he  solved the mystery of the Secret of The Unicorn. Sounds like a fantasy, right? But it isn't. The Unicorn here is a ship. A three-masted ship of Yore. Lol. Scratch out Yore, just got carried away.

In this movie, producers combined three of the original stories, all revolving around the main theme, The Unicorn and its hidden treasure.

I am really not the type to spoil. So I trust that what I've said is enough to get you interested?

And don't forget the doggie, Snowy! He's absolutely adorable! And intelligent too. *Why is it I'm not questioning the dog's intelligence but I do the kid's? LOL. I'm biased to dogs I think.*

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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Originally posted in Bookish Beast. This post was written September 17, 2013.




Last weekend my boyfriend and I got to watch the Mortal Instruments movie. It was really impromptu because I usually make a big deal out of watching a movie in theaters. I want it to be planned, so I could bring with me a jacket or a scarf, having found theaters to be arctic. But last Saturday, I came with a jacket because the weather was rainy, so I didn't have any excuse to set another date.

My boyfriend had always commented on the poster whenever we pass by it. He was always curious about the movie, saying it is a book and if I think it's good. Too bad for him I haven't read it or heard about it. So, tadaa! No surprise to having myself being drawn into watching it.

To tell the truth, I only thought about that movie now, on a Monday morning. I guess I could say that I find the movie lacking. It has no lingering effect. I couldn't even remember myself thinking about it right after it finished and we went home. Not that it wasn't good, it just doesn't have an implication in my life, nothing to make me think. Or probably because it barely made it seem like the situation is dire or something. It's just lacking. That's how I could explain it best.

The title Mortal Instruments and City of Bones I would even question. City of Bones? She (the protagonist Clary) spent probably 5 minutes there. :/ And Mortal Instruments? I thought the movie of something like kungfu-ey or something arcane/witchcraft but lo and behold it was about angels and demons. So weird. 

I do like the ideas of runes for spells that they tattoo on their bodies, but with the size they make them, there's only so much space for canvas. And I don't like tattoos very much, I'm not that kind of girl. Clary on one scene used a rune to clean up their apartment after a massive attack. Oh girl, I've watched too many witchcraft shows to say that it was a bad move. Don't use magic for personal gain, especially ones that going to be permanently marked on your skin.


After all these opinions, some I've texted to my boyfriend, he suggested that I read the book so I could understand it better. I think that is a good idea. Usually I have read the books of the books-turned-movies so before/during/after the movie, I have a lot to tell him in ways to explain, but now I have nothing but questions and complains. Lol! I know how movies suck compared to their book counterparts. So yeah, I'm gonna get myself on the Mortal Instruments train.

I do have the Hunger Games and the remaining books of the Outlander series in my ebook reader as of the moment, so I'm not particularly sure when I'll be able to get to this.

So, I'll let you know my thoughts on it when I do. ;) Have a nice day!

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Free The Arctic 30


30 Greenpeace activists peacefully protesting oil drilling in the Arctic in Russia have been jailed and accused of piracy. They are not permitted bail. They have been in jail for 50 days now.

You can help free them just by signing your name to a pre-written letter (you can also change the message) at the Greenpeace website. Each letter will be mailed to the Russian Embassy to build pressure on the activists release. So far, Greenpeace has collected 2 million signatures.

You can send yours and read more about it here:
Contact the Russian Embassy to free our activists and stop brutal repression of peaceful protest #SaveTheArctic

Here are 29 more ways you can help:
http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/ph/News/greenpeace-philippine-blog/30-things-you-can-do-for-the-arctic30/blog/47016/



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Five On A Friday: Food

My friend Javie and I had decided to take down our co-authored blog Bookish Beasts, because we can't update it regularly since we're also keeping other blogs. So, I'll be moving some of my posts there into this blog, because it'll be a waste to just have it be deleted.

This post is actually a collab post where we list down 5 things according to a specified topic. We have quite a few posts like this and I am planning on keeping this for future posts. From now on, instead of searching the same blog for the collab article, I'll be providing the link to the other post on the personal blog owned by said friend.

If you want to join the collaboration, let me know so I can add your link into my post as well. This will be fun, right? I would also love to hear topic suggestions for future posts. :) So here's my first one. Enjoy. :)

Here's my top 5 favorite foods, to keep up with Beastie's last week's post. I'm sure she has something new for this Wednesday, but I just couldn't pass up the chance to talk about my faves, especially since I have salivated over hers the last time.

So here they are in no particular order:

1. Mashed Potatoes



This is my ultimate comfort food. A few years ago, one of my previous jobs was right next to a KFC branch, and I gained a lot of weight. People said it was because I enjoyed my job so much, they just didn't know I had mashed potatoes every lunch!

2. Milk tea



I enjoy it both hot and cold. It's a good replacement for hot coffee, especially if you want to change your sleeping patterns but need something to perk you up for now. And the cold milk tea (enjoyed best with pearls) is such a great way to cool off summer's intense heat. And they're so popular now, you can buy them anywhere. They even have them in different flavors. Come on, if you don't enjoy pearl milk tea, then something's wrong with you.

3. Blueberry Cheesecake




Hihihi. One of the rare desserts I enjoy so much. It's making me giddy just thinking about it. What I love about it? The cheesecake isn't too sweet, and it melts in the mouth almost. The blueberries, they're sweet and tart, and considered a fruit (so it's healthier?). And the crust doesn't overpower the cake, it also adds a nice crunch.

4. Carbonara



Everyone who knows me pretty well knows I hate spaghetti and I love carbonara. Spaghetti out, carbonara in. I especially hate Filipino style spaghetti, the ones that taste like Jollibee? I don't understand why people want to recreate that. I am not being a snob (or maybe I am), but the pinkish color puts me off, the soggy noodles remind me of Maggi and sick days, not to mention the cut noodle lengths that make it just a tad longer than a grain of rice, :( and the flavor itself doesn't do it for me. Granted, I have tasted some spaghetti that were absolutely delicious (firm, uncut noodles, red orange sauce, and the taste of herbs and meat dominating everything) And no, hot dogs don't go into my holy grail of spaghetti.

But finding the ones that I do like, over the popularly wide-spread Filipino style is such a risky business (you do want me to finish my food, right?) So, instead of ordering spaghetti, I go to my fail-safe Carbonara.

No, I do really love the taste of Carbonara. It isn't just my rebound pasta. I love the taste of milk, cream, cheese and butter. It has such a mild taste. Ham or bacon adds a touch of sharp flavor and texture. It would be a great plus if there are herbs involved, and mushrooms and whatnots.

I usually cook this at home when there's a special occasion. :) My bestie Beastie had given me tips on how she makes hers, so now not only does our carbonaras probably tastes similar :P , my dish has actually improved. That recipe is sure going to be passed down generation to generation. ;)

5. Bicol Express



LOL! We finally have something in common B. (OMG! We're B and S, but I wanted to be Blair :(  )Bicol Express, I love it! I just wish there isn't too much fat in it sometimes. But other than that, just one of the few spicy foods I can handle (or worth suffering for).

My first taste of this was when my elder brother cooked it for us, and he had green leafy vegetables in it. I thought that was how the dish was really served. But now knowing otherwise, I do wish there's some leafy vegetables in it sometimes, so I wouldn't feel so guilty eating it. :[


So there you have it, my top 5. Are you salivating yet? No? Just me? :) Let us know your insights then, down in the comments. :) Happy salivating everybody!

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Home by Gabrielle Aplin

Let me share with you my favorite artist for quite a few months now. I just can't get enough of her music. Just the kind of music I really love to listen to. I'm not much of a pop fan, although I do listen to it, along with other genres of music. But what I'm really into is country music such as this. :D

Gabrille Aplin isn't "mainstream" though. She's English and is big in UK, but most Americans and others from around the world haven't heard of her yet. Oh, her music is like sweet nothings to my ear. All her songs are catchy and I just can't decide what I love best among them. I do find myself repeating Panic Chord in my head a lot of times, just out of the blue even when I haven't listened to it for days. I highly suggest listening to her, she's amazing!

Anyway, I've decided to share this particular song to all of you since it's almost holiday season and we're all thinking of home/going home. :D I know I am! I've already booked a ticket! *Although I might have to rebook that because of a particular event.*

So, here's Gabrielle Aplin with Home. :D



I'm a phoenix in the water
A fish that's learnt to fly
And I've always been a daughter
But feathers are meant for the sky
So I'm wishing, wishing further
For the excitement to arrive
It's just I'd rather be causing the chaos
Than laying at the sharp end of this knife

With every small disaster
I'll let the waters still
Take me away to some place real

'Cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you're alone
Is where you go to rest your bones
It's not just where you lay your head
It's not just where you make your bed
As long as we're together, does it matter where we go?
Home home home home

So when I'm ready to be bolder,
And my cuts have healed with time
Comfort will rest on my shoulder
And I'll bury my future behind
I'll always keep you with me
You'll be always on my mind
But there's a shining in the shadows
I'll never know unless I try

With every small disaster
I'll let the waters still
Take me away to some place real

'Cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you're alone
Is where you go to rest your bones
It's not just where you lay your head
It's not just where you make your bed
As long as we're together, does it matter where we go?
Home home home home home home home

'Cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you're alone
Is where you go to rest your bones
It's not just where you lay your head
It's not just where you make your bed
As long as we're together, does it matter where we go?
Home home home home

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New Template + New Outlook

I've got a new template, y'all! ^___^ What do you think? Well, I love it. I hope you like it too. About time I change it cause I've been bored with the other one, causing me to lag at posting regularly. And if I did post, it's usually depressing ones. Hehe. Sorry! ^___^

With a new template hopefully a new outlook in life. Hurray! So stay tuned how I fare. Hehehe. It may be too early for resolutions but it's never too early to change when you feel like change. Right?

I hope I'm not blabbing into incomprehension. Lol. What a manic depressive I am such!

Anyway, for more news, which is causing me to be manic, I've been seeing some steady earnings on my other blog: Keep Calm and Beautify so if you're into cosmetics and skincare, I would love if you check it out. I've been working so hard at it. :D

I'm only earnings cents there, really. Hihi, not like I'm getting rich any day now. But it's still nice to be earning while doing something I consider fun. :D That's one reason why I think I'd work on this blog as well. It may not have a niche, except if you call manic depression a niche, so I might not be able to network this at all.

Be that as it may, I believe a change in perspective would benefit me. So, here I am! ^____^

That's all for my update. Wish me luck!

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Jack of All Trades

You know I never really considered myself as an expert in anything, right? Even with my chosen field, I'm not among the best in design and in the arts. I'm like a jack of all trades, and a master of none. Sometimes I wonder what I'm supposed to be doing in my life.

I always thought my future is meant to be an architect. I've always wanted to become one. I've been mesmerized by home renovations shown on TV and I always wanted to do that. Maybe I chose the wrong course, or maybe I just didn't know what I was getting myself into. I suck at designing schools, airports, clinics. lol!!! I am not very interested in designing them, I'm sorry. *shhh, first time I ever confessed this.* It was houses I wanted to do (but even my residential plates weren't that good) and interiors of houses. I'm also passionate about green architecture and country style design (which isn't very big in the Philippines - or anywhere I think).


Isn't this house lovely? (Disclaimer: just found this on the internet) It's so warm and so laid back. Can't you see yourself sitting on that chair, reading a book?I love houses that feel this way (like Barefoot Contessa's home in the Lifestyle Channel) with lush gardens both in front and out back, wrap around porches and/or sun rooms, a loft and skylights. :D Oh my gosh! Even though I'm not much of an architect, I still feel very very much enthusiastic thinking about designing such a house.

Anyway, I have been doing some freelancing, online work like data entry, writing, some graphic works, but sometimes I feel a little hesitant applying for job posts. They're looking for experienced applicants, or someone who's an expert at this and that, and somehow I know I'm not. Argh!

There's this job where I have to write for $5 per 700-word article, it was good going the first week, I actually enjoyed it. The second week was way more difficult than the first. The editor became more strict with the writing style. The job post was for bloggers/writers so I was confident that I could do the tasks. But on the second week I keep getting a "please revise" message. Argh! She wanted articles that sound professional. -_- One article lasted me 3 days, and I got backed up with 2 more that was assigned to me on day 2 and 3. Perfect. One article was approved, but because I didn't follow the key word instructions, I wouldn't get paid. Thanks!

I quit that job just this weekend. That was too much work for a $5 (or $0 if they decide not to pay you). Plus you have to research the topic you've been assigned and I've been spending around 10 hours a day on it - just to not get paid, thanks again. -_-

I decided to focus more on Jave's kiddie book job. I have been enjoying doing that. I just wasn't able to use up all 10 hours a week limit because I have been preoccupied with the article writing thing. Writing a kid's story is more fun, plus designing the book, yehey! And the pay isn't bad either. $3 per hour, max 10 hours a week. Not bad I say.

I'm gonna search for more freelancing jobs online. Hehe. Christmas is fast approaching, I need moolah! :D

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Random Articulations: My City is Crumbling

Random Articulations: My City is Crumbling: Photo Credits:  https://www.facebook.com/ZamboNewsUpdate Day 13. It has been twelve days since this nightmare began. Even though I ...


My friend's post on the Zamboanga Crisis (we're both Zamboangenos). I always have difficulty expressing when it comes to sad happenings in life (happiness or anger is easy for me, but not sadness). But nonetheless I would like to share with you all this regrettable situation our hometown is currently facing.

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9 Years And Counting

I know I have made shared some relationship grievances in my previous posts, but this week I am proud to say that we made it to our 9th year mark. Hurray!

It was a simple date. Actually, it didn't go as planned (if there was a plan). I was late for the 5pm meetup, as usual. So, because of that I wasn't able to find any vehicle to take me to our meeting place (which is Cubao, which if you're from Manila you will know as a heavily trafficked place, some sort of a cross point for most people to get to their offices and homes). I asked Caye then if he would be willing to meet up in Eastwood instead. I live nearby and have been waiting for a jeepney outside Eastwood which proved impossible because of the onslaught of employees leaving work. Getting to Eastwood is easy, though slightly heavy with traffic, but surely there are jeepneys abound.

He agreed, although he had qualms with going so out of his way home. :/

I had time to browse at National Bookstore and call my mom, and even sat near a fountain while waiting. I know I have no patience whatsoever with waiting, but I could hardly blame Caye for being late. :D

He arrived and we decided to eat at Chicken Bon Chon. We are unfamiliar with the restaurants there, and they seem so expensive, so we went with a tried and tested resto / fast food.

The food was yummy. I had spicy chicken and he had spicy shrimps, but it was the dessert that I still can't forget. It was Mango Crepe, and it was served hot. It was like a peach mango pie from Jollibee, only without the pie and with such a bigger serving. It was also sprinkled in confectioner's sugar and some sort of sauce. :)


We exchanged gifts while we were there. I mean, I gave him a gift, and he gave me an excuse. :P

After that we went into a sightseeing / window shopping mode. :D We took lots of photos while strolling near a fountain near the Eastwood Mall. There's so few people around because it's a weekday. It is usually so crowded when we visited here at other times.







I have really good photos of Caye while he doesn't have any good ones of me. :/ So unfair. Boo Samsung Galaxy S4! Your high price tag has nothing on my mid range phone's camera. :P Here's some of the pics he has taken.




Before going home, we first had ice cream at DQ, our favorite thing to eat while hanging out. :) I tried the Mango Oreo Blizzard, and he had his tried and tested Double Chocolate Moolatte. We sat at a bench near the stage where a band is playing. The music was pretty loud, but it was okay. I recognized some songs they played.

And then we went home. He walked me to the nearest tricycle line and after seeing me off, he probably walked back to go to the jeepney line at the opposite entrance of Eastwood.

The End. :D

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Gaga Over Cheesecakes and Peace Offerings

My bestfriend Javie and I have been going gaga over cheesecake this past couple of months. We have talked about it in our joint blog - bookishbeasts.blogspot.com and she had a post about it too on her personal blog - itsamixofthose.wordpress.com. She had also gone the extra mile and gone to pinterest to look at more pics of cheesecakes and recipes (weird ones like nutella and green tea). What's more, I have seen Myrna's cake pics on instagram from my sister's friend who I happen to be following on instagram as well. It was a photo I think of an outing their barkada (my sister included) had last summer. So, it's like torture to be salivating all the time and not having the means to satisfy my craving.



So when Caye and I had a huge fight last weekend, and he was at the point of ripping all his hair out because he doesn't know (or tried) what to do to appease me, and I have to literally spell it out for him, we ended up with a cheesecake peace offering.

It was like "I'm angry, and you know I will be when you do this, but you did it anyway and you're not even sorry. Add the fact that you think I've gone insane, and you're not offering me anything as pampalubag loob, what are you expecting, that my anger will just vanish with a snap of a finger?"

I also had to point out that I wasn't on friendly terms with our friend Randy, due to the fact that he blatantly lied to me just to get Caye to a drinking session, making it seem as if it was a business meeting. He laughed when he learned I got angry at that, which pissed me off more. I was waiting for an apology of sorts, and it never came. Instead, he offered to buy the soap I asked him to buy the last time he went home to Zamboanga, to quote "para bati na kami". So there.

Having pointed that out to Caye, he immediately brainstormed for peace offering ideas, coming up first with chocolates even though he knows I don't like chocolates.

So we ended up with a cheesecake.

Tous les Jours sounded french but the website on the bag looks korean. I don't know. We passed this shop once in Cubao, and I literally ogled at the display. :D

This cheesecake is so-so though. I still want my Myrna's blueberry cheesecake, one of my top 5 favorite foods (as you will see if you visit bookishbeast.blogspot.com) :D This cake from Tous les Jours isn't as creamy and some parts are crumbly as if it's not a cheesecake but only plain cake. And I have no problems with a plain cheesecake, as long as it's creamy though out, but I would love if it has a layer of fruit in/on it. :D

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Depression Bout + What Do I Really Want

I'm definitely crazy. I'm back with a bout of depression that I find I've been having since college.

Why do I feel like crap? Why do I feel so useless? Well, that is because I am. But it's hard to take that I am as good as someone who's uneducated and just roaming around waiting for alms. What's worse is, I think and know that there are uneducated peeps out there who have jobs!

I see people on the streets sometimes and wonder what they have over me that they can get jobs and I can't. Somehow that leads me to the fact that I'm seriously crazy with dozens of phobias and paranoias that hold me back.

Argh! I can't be absolutely useless! I refuse to believe that! But after all these years of not moving forward and not getting anywhere, the thought is starting to sink in deeper and deeper.

I have dreams too, you know. Granted, I am not the type to dream (actually I'm a heavy dreamer) but I'm not the ambitious type, never really was into long-term plans. And I concur that I'm really not a corporate type of person. I'm a free spirit, a nymph, a country girl if you must call it. Being in an office depresses me sorely. I like being under the sun, not that I go under the sun a lot if given the chance since I almost always sleep the day off. lol. But being out to weather sun, wind and storm makes me feel alive.

So what is the problem then? Well, I need to be doing something. Would going the non ordinary way be considered a failure? Seems like those who hold a degree are expected to be going a certain path to be considered successful.

I have dreams of being a laidback backpack traveller, and writing about my travels. It could be architecture related too you know? Depends if I find myself good at looking at structures and assessing them. Or maybe I could incorporate architecture with history and legends, that would be so cool!

I love to write. That is a given fact. Only casually, of course. I don't think I could churn out formal articles on a constant basis. So that rules out other journalism type of jobs I could get into. Blogging on the other hand is so much fun! Not that I can ever post regularly. Hahahaha. There's not much happening with my lousy life to make a story of.

Well, on a weirder note, I was also thinking that if I've started a family I don't think I can handle being a working mom. :/ (Told you it's weird) But a work-at-home mom sounds really nice to me. :D

Don't worry, nothing's set in stone yet. :D But damn if I don't make sense of my life soon.

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