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My 10 Books

So there’s this viral thing going around Facebook where you list the 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. You’re advised not to think too much and just put whatever comes to mind. They need not be literary classics or international bestsellers, nor do they have to be the best or your favorites. As long as they had an effect on you in one way or another, you can put them on your list.

 

And since I didn’t wanna do it on Facebook, here’s my list (in random order):

  • Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav

It’s not really a novel but rather a collection of Lang Leav’s poems. And i love it because i can relate to most of them. It’s like Lang Leave listened to my heart and wrote exactly what I was feeling, while some have captured perfectly the musings of my mind.

  • Veronika Decides To Die, Paulo Coelho

This is the first Paulo Coelho book that I have read and I remember being so amazed at how Paulo was able to come up with the stuff in this book. I was an instant fan. I had to stop reading for a while to contemplate on his words and his views on insanity, urging me to form my own opinions on the matter.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

I read the Highly Effective Teens version of this when I was in high school then now that I’m in the corporate world, I was tasked to present one of the habits in this book to our whole team.

  • Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern

I remember that it was written in a way that made it seem like the characters are corresponding through letters. Or was it just one character writing letters? I don’t remember much but I know that this is my favorite Cecelia Ahern book and I started reading all her other books after this one.

  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

It seemed so unreal and impossible, but really creative. It was a light read but it made me think too. It made me believe that even though what you wanted to happen didn’t happen, you must never lose hope because something else great may still happen. Something you didn’t expect, something you didn’t think you’d want, but something still perfect.

  • Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

They were right, this book will take you back to high school. I felt like I was in high school again while reading it. Puppy loves and first loves swimming in my head. Oh, to be young and in love. I couldn’t let go of  the ending too. I kept thinking about it for days, even months after. I even had to discuss it with someone who read it too.

  • The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

I cried buckets while reading this. It was a different kind of love story and I loved it. This will always be a 5/5 for me. I already read it twice. The emotions were the same even for the second time around.

  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

After Veronika Decides To Die, I just had to find out what the fuss was about with his number one book. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed. This taught me that when you want something badly enough, the universe conspires to help you achieve it. And that the treasure lies within. 

  • The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Another love story that’s a little different, in as much as The Fault In Our Stars is different. But I think I mostly remember the movie because J. Law was in it haha.

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

It had unrequited love, it had a twist, it had coming of age, it had wit, it had almost everything. I want to feel it too, feel infinite and just be young and worry free.

 

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My life and all its drama

I’ve always been emotional. And I’d like to think of myself as some sort of writer. And because I have nothing to do while waiting for work to start, I have decided to take a trip down memory lane and gather some of my noteworthy Facebook statuses. Here goes…

  • It is funny indeed how things can change in an instant. In the blink of an eye, what used to feel like home now feels like nothing but a distant dream. It’s as if nothing of it really happened. And you find yourself lonely as ever.
  • Someday, you’re gonna meet someone who’s gonna break your fall, not out of mere concern, not for anything else, but because he wants to.
  • Sometimes, even when the answer to our question is staring at us right in the face, we avert our eyes and refuse to accept it as the truth because it is not the answer we wanted to believe in.
  • Falling inlove is a giant leap of faith.
  • Kung hindi kayang panindigan, ‘wag nang simulan.
  • I saw a lot of stars tonight. And as I watched them, mesmerized, I went ahead and wished for you.
  • Someday, you’re gonna realize you miss me. But when you come looking for me, I will no longer be the same person you’ve learned to take for granted. Because someday, I am also going to realize that you are not worthy of my time and attention. And someday, I will find that someone who will make me feel that I deserve to be top choice, and not a safety net you can fall back on.
  • People from our past come back to make us realize how much we’ve changed, how much we’ve moved on…
  • Too much of human life is wasted on waiting.
  • A chapter has ended. Tomorrow is a new beginning.
  • Love takes only one step. You just take a deep breath and leap.
  • Kung facebook status ka, ila-like kita.
  • Kahit gaano katagal ako maghintay, kung wala ka naman balak dumating, wala rin.
  • There are some people you never completely get over. Time may diminish the feelings a little, and only up to a certain extent. But one smile, a slight touch, an SMS, and there you go, back to square one.
  • Why is the truth so hard to accept even when it’s already flashing its bright red lights a few inches from my face?
  • It’s always nice to see old friends and realize that after all the years apart, nothing has changed. They know you so well that they still get you even without explaining a single thing.
  • How can someone love you so f****n’ much and yet not see it, realize it, feel it?
  • Pulis ako. At ikaw ang most wanted ko.
  • At this point in my life, I want to be with someone who’s in it for the long haul. I have no time for silly games and pointless flings. It’s either you want me or you don’t, simple as that.
  • Absence does not always make the heart grow fonder. Sometimes, it can totally extinguish the fire.
  • Okay naman porma mo eh. Pero alam mo ano’ng mas bagay sa’yo? Ako…
  • Ako ay matutulog ng may bakas ng luha ang pisngi, may ngiti sa labi, at sa puso ay may pag-asang bukas makakasama kitang muli…
  • Wala naman talaga akong alam e. Ang alam ko lang naman ay magmahal!
  • Great love involves great risk.
  • Kung alam ko namang matatalo ako, bakit pa ako pupusta?
  • Being in love is the perfect insanity.
  • It’s funny how big of an impact you have on me. It’s like when I see you, you don’t even have to speak. All you have to do is smile, and it can make my day.
  • The rose colored glasses have finally come off. I can see clearly now. All that I have ever believed in about you, all that I thought you were, were probably just illusions I have created for myself. I was warned, though. But I had hoped you’d prove them wrong. But then I guess I was the who’s wrong all along…
  • Everything grows. Including love. And with that growing everyday how can you expect missing him to ever fade away? Everything builds, including our ability to cope with it. That’s how we keep going.
  • Hindi naman talaga tayo nakakalimot. Nasasanay lang tayo na wala sila.
  • All I can think of is my broken heart.
  • Regret is an ugly thing.
  • Hindi ako swerte sa lotto. Hindi rin ako swerte sa sugal. Ni sa raffle hindi ako swerte. More so sa love. Swerte lang talaga ako sa friends.
  • Person 1: I’m in a great place pero di ko maenjoy. Trabaho pa rin naiisip ko.
    Person 2: Trabaho ba talaga o ka-trabaho?
  • Madalas, sa ganyan naman talaga nagsisimula yan, sa tuksuhan. Marerealize mo na lang, gusto mo na pala ng totohanan…
  • Sometimes, the people you care about the most won’t really care for you in the same way. It’s like they’re really ever just there when you see them but when you don’t, it seems like they don’t even think of you at all. It can’t be helped. It just needs to be accepted. Or you’ll end up miserable, pointlessly recounting the “I hope”s, the “I wish”s, and the “Why can’t you”s…

But of course, Facebook is not my only avenue for all the drama in my life. I have also decided to search my Twitter account for more tear-inducing (or gag-inducing?)  lines for all the world to see. So I found out Twitter can’t backtrack to the very first tweet. Oh, so I’ve lost a lot then. Here are the ones I was still able to view:

  • Sino ang mas dapat paniwalaan, yung taong involved o yung taong iyong inaasahan?
  • I still think about what life would have been like, have I ended up with you. But then again, I wouldn’t have met the people I know now, and I wouldn’t have been in this amazing place if that had happened. But I also think being with you would have been a different kind of amazing.
  • I’m dreading the goodbyes we’ll say. But what’ll hurt more will be that moment where I watch your back as you walk away.
  • I refuse to believe that your part in my story is over.
  • How different would my life have been if you hadn’t decided to leave?
  • Inconsistency causes problems.
  • Sometimes you just gotta hope for the best.
  • I’ve been used and abused. But here I am still.
  • That really, really sad moment then you realize that your longest vacation ever is drawing to a close.
  • Bakit ganun, hindi naman tayo laging nagkikita at nagkakasama pero feeling ko ang laki ng mawawala sakin pag umalis ka?
  • Whenever I see you, or even just your name, everything comes back to me in a flash. I feel the pain and the longing all over again.
  • There are questions you can only answer when there’s a beer bottle in front of you. Or any other alcoholic drink for that matter.
  • We’re at that age where it causes quite a stir when you upload old pictures. Then you reminisce about the gold ol’ days.
  • Lost count of how many shooting stars I saw last night but you know I only wished for one thing…
  • It’s not that I can’t make sacrifices. It’s just that there are some things that are too much.
  • Beach. Stars. Sand. You. Me. Perfect.
  • I wish I could be like John Mayer and say that my shadow days are over.
  • I gotta stop caring too much ’cause I always end up being a safety net in the process.
  • Though you already know that “he’s just not that into you”, you still make room for that one maybe… That maybe you’re wrong after all…
  • I wanna be your plus one.
  • I thought I understood. But now I realize that no, I don’t understand at all.
  • I miss feeling like an old married couple with you.
  • Eto na naman tayo, pakiramdaman. Puro pahapyaw, walang deretsahan.
  • It’s hard to act like old friends with someone you were once intimate with.
  • We go together like ketchup and vinegar. It’s weird but it’s really good.
  • Sometimes I feel like I don’t make sense at all.
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2012 Wish List

It’s almost my birthday month again (and Christmas ain’t too far ahead too) so it’s time to post another wish list. Yup, it’s time to be materialistic once again and silently hope (or pray, or beg, whatever works) that good souls are out there, willing to buy me gifts. Haha! So here goes…

1. Samsung Galaxy S3

I haven’t bought a new phone in ages. I think my Nokia E72 is almost 3 years old. It still works but it’s slowly deteriorating. For example, it no longer alerts nor vibrates when I get text messages. And the wall charger is busted. I can only charge through USB, while connected to a laptop. Hassle. Anyway, I want my S3 in white.

2. Longchamp Le Pliage

I used to own one. Well, not really. It was a gift, a Class A. I liked it so much because it works like magic. It doesn’t look that bulky but you can carry so much stuff in it. I haven’t bought the real thing because I always think it’s too expensive. But I think I just might give in this year. I’m still giving it a lot of thought too. If I do decide to get one, I’d buy the exact same thing as below.

3. Plueys

My friend is right, this has been on my list for ages but until now, I still haven’t convinced myself to actually buy a pair. I want them so bad but I’m forever debating with myself that they’re too expensive for rain boots. So let’s see. I’m definitely set on an Ooh La Lace pair. So you’d know what to get me. 😉

4. Swatch Burgundy Softness

I know I had another wish last year but since my uncle gave me an Anne Klein in a similar style, I decided I didn’t want that anymore. So instead I want this. I have a growing timepiece collection and this would definitely make a great addition to it, in the exact color please. Haha!

5. Incanto Charms

I smelled this on a former project mate and I instantly fell in love. With the scent of course, not with her! Haha! I’m not a fan of girly perfumes. I actually prefer men’s scents. But this one is absolutely perfect for my nostrils.

6. Burberry Summer

Another perfume that I want, that I almost bought when I was in Hong Kong last year, is Burberry Summer. I had to choose between this or Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavender and the latter won out. But I still haven’t forgotten that I also want to have this one.

7. Forever 21 Gift Cards

Well, Forever 21 gift cards aren’t so bad too. At least I’d get to choose what I really want and make sure they’re in my size. I still haven’t gotten over my love for F21 clothes. They’re just perfect.

8. Charles & Keith Wallet

Actually even if it’s not Charles & Keith as long as it’s the same style as the ones below. I prefer one with lots of card compartments, a zippered compartment for coins, and preferably with a space for pictures, but that’s not so important. Actually, I change my mind. I’d actually love it more if it’s Charles & Keith. Hahaha! 😀

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10 Awesome Moments In My Life

Awesome moments happen everyday, if only you are keen on recognizing the little things. They don’t necessarily need to be Hollywood-esque. You just gotta see the world through a child’s eyes and see the wonder in every situation. And because I love making lists, here are 10 awesome moments I can remember and put a smile on my face every time I do. 🙂

1. Passing the UP Entrace Exam.

I didn’t really see myself studying at the state university. I already had a dream school in mind but because mom wanted me to go there, I gave in and decided to give it a try. It’s a known fact that the entrance exam at UP is very challenging. Indeed it was. So it was a big surprise when my cousin checked the postings, found my name, and called me to give the great news. I was really happy. That proved my brain’s not entirely made of mush. It was especially sweet since some of the top students in my high school didn’t make it. Not that I was gloating. It just felt really good to know that life is fair after all.

2. Getting my first promotion.

I got my first job as a Call Center Professional while waiting for our graduation rites in July of 2006. We hit the production floor after more than a month of training. Since we were the pioneer batch in our account, an opportunity to become a Team Leader opened up after 3 months . Because I was a good performer, my Team Lead encouraged me to apply for the position. So I did. And I got the job. It was so nice to know that I was able to achieve something like that after only 3 months on the job. I learned a lot from that and I will forever remember those times.

3. Moving out.

I moved out of parents’ house in 2010. A friend introduced the idea and I got excited, and scared at the same time. At first, my parents didn’t like the idea. I was an only child so  They were hesitant to let me go. But I eventually convinced them. It was not as difficult as I expected but that’s probably because I had the most wonderful housemates. N cooked while A and I shared dishwashing duties. We developed a method for everything, grocery shopping, cleaning, and other stuff that needed to be taken cared of. It’s a wonderful experience and up to now, I do not regret it. I was able to enhance my cooking skills, I learned to clean the bathroom, and I also try to progress in budgeting.

4. When G and I reconnected.

In 2008, I had the biggest shock of my life when the phone rang and I answered it and heard G’s voice on the other end. But the events that transpired after that phone conversation were even more awesome. Back then, I thought that dreams do come true and I believed I was living proof that Paulo Coelho’s idea of wanting something bad enough and the universe conspiring to help you achieve it was 100% true. I was so happy I didn’t care if I died right then because I’d die with a big smile on my face. But true enough too, fairy tales also come to an end and it’s not always a happy ending. But still, even though things didn’t work out the way I would have wanted them to, I still consider the good times as some of the best moments of my life ever. Because for a while, I was able to live my dream.

5. When I win in  a raffle, and any other game of chance.

I don’t always have luck on my side so when I win stuff, I consider those moments awesome. In my entire life, I’ve only won in raffles four times. The first one was in high school. I won an umbrella from Maggi, when they were doing some cooking lectures and demos in our school. The second one was in my first job. I won an MP3 player during our Christmas get-together, our manager raffled off some stuff to our team of Team Leads. The third one was in my second job. I won a tumbler during our Christmas Party. Not bad. Then in my next job I won 5 100-peso Starbucks GCs. If you take the ratio of the times I won to the times I joined, gah. Hahaha! The latest is winning 200 pesos from the Casino at Resorts World. Actually, R and I pooled our money (100 pesos each) to place bets on this game that I didn’t know the name of. Then our 200 pesos doubled and we decided to stop and encash our winnings. We took 100 each and used the 200-peso winnings for our taxi fare home.

6. Passing pre-employment exams and  job interviews.

I’ve always believed that I have a good career. It seems that things always go well in this aspect. So I am also a believer when they say that those who are unlucky in love are lucky in their professional life. And it’s always an ego booster when I do well in exams and job interviews. Sometimes it surprises me that when I think I failed, I actually get called back.

7. Travelling with friends.

I love travelling. More so, travelling with my favorite people. I like going to the beach, and taking lots of photos, making new memories that I’d sure be taking to my grave. Unless I get Alzheimer’s, which I hope I don’t.

8. Getting gifts and other free stuff.

Who doesn’t like receiving gifts, right? And other free stuff as well. But gifts don’t necessarily translate to expensive objects. Give me candy, even those 1-peso ones, and I’d be really happy. Free taste promos on new food items are great too.

9. Eating good food.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s no secret that I love food and I love to eat. If you know me personally, you’d say yeah it’s obvious. I’m no size 0. Haha! But seriously, good food is awesome! More so when I cook it. I love to cook too. I like experimenting and making my own versions of food. I have a document of  my own recipes, and those that I learned from my mom.

10. Crossing out items on my to do list.

I feel a sense of achievement when I get to finish a task I have set my mind on doing. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small as long as I am able to accomplish something. It can be cleaning the bathroom, trying out a recipe, finishing a book, or work related stuff. It makes me high.

So there goes my list. There are still a lot of other awesome moments in my life, these are just some of them. How about you, what makes your life awesome?

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10 (Random) Awesome Whatevers

1. That feeling you get after scratching an itch.

2. Finding out you have enough coins to cover the rest of the taxi fare after panicking that you don’t have enough bills.

3. Reaching the bathroom in time after holding in your pee/poo  for a very long time.

4. Licking off Cheetos cheese off your fingers.

5. That moment when you get to a place where you can be alone and can finally let out that fart you’ve been holding in from the public.

6. Waking up and realizing you can sleep in since it’s a weekend.

7. Realizing you can breathe easier after cleaning your nose.

8. Burping after a really good meal.

9. Singing at the top of your lungs knowing you’re alone in the house.

10. That really comfortable item of clothing that you’ll never get rid of no matter how tattered it gets.