Monday, April 14, 2014

Read, Write and Listen

     READ. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
       I remember buying this book for just a hundred bucks or less from my favorite Booksale store and it's such a good buy. I know most of you guys might have read this already (or have probably watched the movie) but I just can't let this precious thing slip away. It's a thick one with around 500 pages but as I was reading it, I noticed that it doesn't seem that lengthy at all and the plot is really worth the read. Due to the unique plot and the sudden twists and turns of the settings, I had a hard time analyzing Henry and Clare's situation at the beginning of the story. I ignored the fact that I was quite puzzled and continued on reading- well as of now I can't even let the book down. As a matter of fact, my habit of reading different books simultaneously (not literally) stopped because I felt the need to focus on this one. I'm not yet finished with it but I'm already thinking of maybe writing a review. 

     WRITE. Evernote.

Evernote software interface

      Evernote is a smartphone app which enables you to have your own virtual notebook wherein you can take down notes or write stuff on the go and organize them accordingly. I have been writing on my Iphone's notes and it is really not that effective for me. Also, I used to utilize Ms Word for write ups, stories, or blogposts but since I recently downloaded the Evernote software, it seemed like I'd be migrating there for good. It syncs documents within your gadgets and it works as a software to keep track of schedules as well. 

      LISTEN. Spotify.

       Here's another app that I am in love with (If you're into indie music as well then you're gonna love it as much). Spotify offers a whole bunch of different playlists that will suit your current mood. It suggests tracks and plays music on shuffle mode. However, you need to have a wifi connection to use spotify- well unless you upgrade to premium and download playlists so you could listen even without the wifi. This is really genius, I used it for once during an overnight in a resort (see previous post) and it's amazing how I was able to listen to playlists such as "Morning Commute" while on the road, "Song for Sunsets" while enjoying the view, "Your Favorite Coffee House" and even "Evening Acoustics" during the chilly night. You could also listen to old tunes from the 70's or maybe latest Part Mixes, EDM, and Holiday tracks depending on the playlist that you think suits best. There is actually, a playlist for everything and YES, there is a "Songs to Sing in the Shower"  playlist. 

Clouds and Distant Mountains

Bakasyunan Resort - Tanay, Rizal

     It was quite a long morning drive from Manila to Tanay but I did enjoy the scenery while we were on our way to the place. There were roads surrounded by wide plains and the tips of trees on the side were touching just right above the road. The thing with Bakasyunan is that you get to enjoy the view- clouds and distant mountains. It's not the kind of resort wherein everything's all foisted within an area because the place is really big. It is surrounded with trees and plants which is a good thing, because you really can't relax in a crowded place. You get the best of both worlds- fun and relaxation. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Batch 2014!

Taken from the facebook post I made: 

     Here's to those nights when I have missed eating dinner with the both of you just because I was busy doing something, to those nights you'd ask me why I was still awake when I'm supposed to be resting already. Here's to those days when I tend to get moody because I was stressing myself too much, to those moments when I'd rather be left alone in my room because I didn't want to be bothered. Still, you guys were there right beside me, supporting me in times of need, cradling me through my ups and downs. You never stopped believing in me and making me feel so special even though at times, I couldn't make myself agree. Sorry if you had to deal with teenage complexities, I get lost at times- thank you for navigating my way back to you, to God, to wherever the good path is. God has blessed me with such wonderful parents, I couldn't ask for more. I love you, mom and dad.

     Here I am now, about to enter a new chapter of my life.Tough times may come our way ma and dad, but I'm always so certain that with the strength I draw from the both of you, everything's going to be just fine. All that I have become, all that I am now, all that I have achieved is because of the both of you. Remember that.

Graduated as 2nd Honorable Mention


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014


            It was around 2 weeks ago when I first knew about the Art Fair 2014 happening here in the Philippines. Well, I saw the banners along the streets of Ayala. Makati is indeed a city of vast improvement when it comes to being the Central Business District and one thing that makes me admire this city more is that it never forgets to showcase genuine Filipino talent when it comes to art. As a teenager who has budding passion for art, I swore to myself that I would never miss this opportunity to witness great works from exceptional artists and to be inspired while I’m in the midst of those who appreciate art as much as I do (more than I do, so to say).

            Well unfortunately for some reasons I assumed that cameras won’t be allowed inside, so these pictures were taken from my Iphone. My big ass camera could have been the perfect company, but I have to admit that the quality of the pictures taken with a smart phone is quite impressive.

Here are my favorites: 

"Lady Pickles" by Luis Lorenzana
"il Custode del cuore Sanguina" by Jon Jaylo

work by Marina Cruz

One of Joy Mallari's "Illuminations"

"Slum Architecture I" by Renato Barja Jr.

"Where it Starts It Ends Where It Starts" by Francesca Balaguer-Mercado

One of Gene Paul Martin's "Sleep Walker"

One of Eugenia Alcalde's "Cradle"

"Sky Light" by Erwin Leano

Jay Ticar's works

"Pathaway" by Sarah Geneblazo

"Which way do I go?" by Daniel Dela Cruz