Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Ermargahd! (I just learned this weird word today... or should I say yesterday?)

Anyhow, I can't believe it!
But a little background about my love for twilight first:

When the novels aren't quite famous yet, I had a friend in school who has the book. When I saw it, of course I took a look (just as I would to any other book). But, jeez, vampires? The concept does not really appeal to me. But upon reading the information about the author, dear, Stephenie Meyer, I learned that she earned her degree at Brigham Young University. And I think its common knowledge to many people that most, if not all, students at BYU are members of the Church.

So I thought, a Mormon writing about vampires and humans? That's what had me going.

But, UGH! I don't know if its my romantic nature or just the fact that I was thirteen that time (you know, hormones, eek) but I really liked the book. It has so many imperfections (I've discovered over the years) but fours years ago, I have nothing on my mind but hoping Edward is mine or that I was in Bella's shoes.

I urged my whole family to watch the first film with me when it came out, that very same day. I even tripped on my walk home from school that day from my excitement. I was so hooked that my mind was temporarily distracted from being a Potterhead and turned into a Twihard instead. We even formed a group in school called the Cullens. I even memorized that part where Edward said, "Isabella Marie Swan... blah blah" when they are in the meadow. (I forgot them already.) I've read the whole series in a few months. And its common knowledge to all my friends that I am a twilight fan. No one dared to outsmart me.

I watched the movie again with my friends, looking past its really awkward silences and so many imperfections. And we watched it again on my friend's house. I urged my father to buy me a DVD so I can watch it at home anytime I want. (gosh, writing about this right now... I can't believe myself.) I even memorize the scene where they were saying...

Bella: You're impossibly fast, and strong. Your skin is pale white and ice cold. Your eyes change color and sometimes you speak like from fully different times. You've never even ate anything. You don't go out in the sunlight. How old are you?

Edward: Seventeen.

Bella: How long have you've been seventeen?

Edward: A while.

Bella: I know what you are.

Edward: Say it. Say it, out loud.

Bella: Vampire.

Edward: Are you afraid?

Bella: NO.

And you know what's the horrifying thing? I don't even have to look up the internet for that conversation. Gosh! (though, I think some words are missing on Bella's first line). But you see my obsession? And it doesn't stop there.

I was in total fury when I heard that the Philippines is making a tagalog version of it (Takipsilim). I've read Midnight Sun. I've influenced many friends in it. I talked to my friend over the phone for hours about it. I bought tons of magazines about it. I bought badges. I decoration my school desk of pictures of Edward Cullen. DHEERS was born. I memorized lines from the book and movie (about the lion loving the lamb, the first time Edward say I love you, YOU ARE MY LIFE NOW.. etc). I practiced so hard to imitate Edward's handwriting of Be Safe  in the book. I know what the book titles mean and the pictures in it. I entered contests. I won four tickets for the New Moon premiere, which I watched with my family. I won a Team Edward tshirt. I bought a book of Robert Pattinson's biography. I voted endlessly at for Twilight to win the popcorn trophy. I've cried over Breaking Dawn. I've read fan fics about it. I listen to the soundtrack even though sometimes the music is a bunch of nonsense to me. I loved Flightless Bird and American Mouth. I had my dad bought this box of doughnuts and really got angry when the box is Team Jacob. I bought a twilight umbrella. I entered a contest again and won two Advanced Screening tickets for Eclipse which I watched with a good friend. i watched Eclipse again with my family. I had my father buy a twilight tumbler for me and he told me that he had to asked the management specifically for a Team Edward one, because that's what I like. And when they can't find a team Edward tumbler, they have to give the one on the display instead. :)) I spend many minutes at NBS going thru the twilight guide books that I can't afford and read them there. I fought so hard with my sister because she's Team Jacob. I've watched Breaking Dawn with a good friend and we wore these matching ballers that says "Totally Bitten". And our movie snack is a special Twilight snack with a free Twilight tumbler. I'm so angry that Kristen cheated on Rob which means I follow their personal lives.. (hehe). And I've watched the Breaking Dawn pt 2 just hours ago with my family and will watch it again later with a friend.

I think that's about it. Though over the years, I'm convinced that the story is really shallow and just pure cheesy. But nevertheless, I feel a sisterly love to my personality that loves Twilight so much. And a while ago, watching the series end, I couldn't help but think, I WILL MISS IT. Absolutely miss it.

They've done a really great job on the movie. (Thanks Bill Codon!) And gosh, I was really crying over it... It was both horrible in a bad way (some part of it, the editing part) and in a really good way (gosh the plot).

And watching the series end, I somehow vowed that I will again defend twilight over those who hate it as much as I defended it before.

And oh, jeez the ending... <3

Monday, November 5, 2012

the not-so-serious challenge

What a long weekend! And very inspiring too :) And nostalgic as well. (Because I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 with a best friend last Friday.)

So, I guess, I will, again, resume my Harry Potter Challlenge. Er go.

Day 10 - Favorite Shop in Diagon Alley
Zonko's. Who wouldn't? (Or perhaps Honeydukes.)

Day 11 - Most Beautiful Character
I first thought of Fleur but that's already given. So I'll go with Ginny Weasley. She's too attractive for her own good.

Day 12 - Most Missed Dead Character
Fred Weasley. :'( 

Day 13 - Favorite Book Cover
The American Prisoner of Azkaban... I really don't know why.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

MIssed Days

So yeah, I missed 3 days on my Harry Potter 30-day Challenge since I have an exam last 31st (which is also Sister's birthday) and I have to review on the 30th and earlier today, I was at the mall with a very good girlfriend. And I'm now making up for that.

Day 7: Least Favorite Professor
Professor Binns. Nuff said.
Day 8: Favorite Subject
This one's really hard because I would love to learn everything. But what tops my list would be Defense Against the Darks Arts and Potions.
Day 9: Least Favorite Subject
History of Magic. Nuff said.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 6: Favorite Professor

Professor Severus Snape :)
Who wouldn't love Snape? He might be so mean, but I bet I'll learn loads from him. And jeez, Alan Rickman!! And of course, one of the most awesome Joes in the world below :)) <3


Day 5: Saddest Moment

So, I skip a day yesterday, just as I know I would but here it is:

The saddest moment in all the series is: Dobby's death.

And to even quote Luna: "Thank you so much Dobby for rescuing me from that cellar. It’s so unfair that you had to die when you were so good and brave. I’ll always remember what you did for us. I hope you’re happy now.”

Why? Because, for the first time in my life, Jo had made me cry. Reading Dumbledore's and Hedwig's death had been so quick that I didn't have to linger on that feeling of loss. But, jeez, Dobby's is just plain sad. :((

Another Message

Just around a couple of minutes ago, I access this app on Facebook again, the messages from God. I know, it isn't really what the name says it was but I was amazed by the message for me today:

What angers you in another person is an unhealed aspect of yourself. If you had already resolved that particular issue, you would not be irritated by its reflection back to you.
It's about me all along. :(

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Day 4: Favorite Villain

Draco Malfoy. And Crabbe and Goyle?
-Because I hate Voldemort, and all of the other Death Eaters
-I definitely hate Umbridge. I probably hate her more than Voldemort.
-Because I admire Malfoy's sense of solidarity with those two, even though they're just a bunch of gits.
-Family is important to him.
-I totally laugh at his misfortunes.
-His evil acts are understandable.
-I love his remorse over Crabbe's death.
-(Totally unrelated reason) Tom Felton's hot and Lauren Lopez did a great job on her Malfoy part. ;)


Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 3: Favorite Character

Harry Potter. Hands down. :)
 My answer seems so predictable but I really liked Harry because Jo really made him human. He has doubts, fears, and bad attitude yet he's just as true to these attributes as he was to their opposites. And I really liked that. :) Though, I really love other characters as well (who wouldn't), it's Harry Freakin' Potter for me y'all!

(c)Keelan's Blog

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 2: Least Favorite Book

Amazingly, this one's easy. Since the die is cast for POA being my favorite book then, my least favorite are....Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. :)) Yiee. You see, I'm so lazy to put up the pictures of these least favorite HP books of mine :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 1: Favorite Book

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I can't decide. But, hear this: I love every book in the series but I have to pick this one because this is the first one I've read and I really knew this book by heart. But honestly, every book is great. I'm actually torn between POA and DH. But Merlin's beard! HBP is so funny and OOTP so action-packed and the fact that PS started it all or because of COS' humor or because they're all grown up at GOF.... This is really a hard decision. But still, I really liked POA.

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge

So, I'll be doing this Harry Potter 30-day Challenge, knowing fully that I'm gonna skip lots of days in the process.. But, nonetheless, I still wanna do it. :) Saw it somewhere.. and I thought I should give it a try.

Day 1 - Favorite Book in the Series

Day 2 - Least Favorite Book in the Series

Day 3 - Favorite Character

Day 4 - Favorite Villain

Day 5 - Saddest Moment

Day 6 - Favorite Professor

Day 7 - Least Favorite Professor

Day 8 - Favorite Subject

Day 9 - Least Favorite Subject

Day 10 - Favorite Shop in Diagon Alley

Day 11 - Most Beautiful Character

Day 12 - Most Missed Dead Character

Day 13 - Favorite Book Cover

Day 14 - Favorite Tri-Wizard Tournament Challenge

Day 15 - Rate the Houses From Most to Least Favorite

Day 16 - Favorite Animagus

Day 17 - Favorite Unforgivable Curse

Day 18 - Favorite Horcrux

Day 19 - Favorite Deathly Hallow

Day 20 - Funniest Moment

Day 21 - Most Emotional Moment

Day 22 - Aspired Quidditch Position

Day 23 - Favorite Patronus

Day 24 - What You Think Your Patronus Would Be

Day 25 - Favorite Dursley

Day 26 - Favorite Wand

Day 27 - Favorite Magical Ability (Animagi Transformation, Metamorphmagi, Parselmouth, Flying, Seer, Appartion and Disapparition, Legilimency and Occlumency, Veela Charm, Magical Resistance)

Day 28 - Favorite Death Eather

Day 29 - Favorite Portrait

Day 30 - Favorite Spell

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Funny Thing

So, a funny thing happened earlier today. But before that . . .

This is my 100th blog post!! Hahaha. Anyway. . .

I haven't shared on this blog yet my ultimate fandom over the Starkid, a theater production known for their parody of the renowned series by J.K. Rowling that they posted on Youtube and other noted plays that will make you roll on the floor laughing like Draco Malfoy. (Starkid thing).  So yeah, since the 4th of this month, when I first heard their song 'Going Back to Hogwarts' I was hooked. And then, I immediately infected my friends as well. (Chelsea, for instance, won't stop sing Harry Freaking Potter that one happy day.) They're really awesome and supermegafoxyawesomehot. (These Starkids).

But the funny thing that happened really was earlier this day when I was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (I lost count for how many times already.) I was reading the part where Hermione and Harry were accompanying Umbridge to the Forbidden Forest to show her the 'weapon' that they readied for Dumbledore supposedly. Skipping to the part where Umbridge was already taken away by the centaurs and Grawp appeared out of nowhere looking for Hagger and is asking Hermy about his whereabouts, there was a part there when, I think, Hermione asked if Harry thinks Grawp would kill all those centaurs. And, I think, Harry's answer was like, he certainly hope he does.

Pondering on those words, a fleeting thought came into my mind. Somewhere, I remembered someone saying that the centaur are becoming extinct. And I thought, that if they all die, just as Harry hopes, then they'll surely be wiped out. (apart from Firenze). And then, I was thinking what was the reason they are becoming extinct. And then a really funny image was recalled from my mind. A scene from AVPS (A Very Potter Sequel - a Starkid production) that has this idea that the centaurs-are-gonna-be-extinct-because-no-lass-is-strong-enough-for-them-apart-from-Umbridge. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. I was so relieved when I discovered that the absurd idea was from Starkid and at the same time, I'm really elated simply because Starkid is becoming more and more a part of my life. :)) I love them so much. . .

Another funny thing is that when I'm already on the chapter reading the battle at the Ministry of Magic and the DA people are all like using so many spells and fighting the Death Eaters, a certain spell came onto my mind. The jelly-legs jinx. Haha. whose countercurse is Unjellify! Hahaha. So silly. :))

Yeah, this is indeed so funny for me. And a funny pic for you below. (from Tumblr) And that's all. :D


Weeks of freedom and blissful sleep,
Lots of time to do as I please,
Plans that I've promised to keep.
Strange how useless are these.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Depths of My Heart

There's this Facebook application called "Message From God", where everyday, one is given a quotation which is assumed to come from God. Believe me, the illusion is really helpful. So you see, I've been using this app for years, though not in the recent past. But more or less a couple of years ago, I had this particular message from this app that I just can't seem to part with. 

You can find a balance now between your easygoing style and a more direct approach to emotional disclosure. It's important for you to know that others can see past your clever wit and into your soul today, so resist telling the next joke or funny story to lighten the conversation. Sink into the depths of your heart and just feel what's going on for a change.

I just can't fathom how true these words are. The words easygoing style, clever wit, and the fact the I do really tell  jokes or funny stories to lighten to the conversation. It hit. Bull's eye.

This is years ago, but somehow, right now, I am in dire need of that balance, emotional disclosure and that feeling to really know what's going on for a change. . .

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ever After

Storybook endings, fairy tales coming true
Deep down inside we want to believe they still do
And a secret is taught, it's our favorite part of the story
Let's just admit we all want to make it too 
                           -Carrie Underwood (Ever, Ever After)

Ok. I admit. I want a happy ever after, too. The kind that sweeps me off my feet, makes me sigh in contentment, makes me smile to every soul I meet, thrills me, and makes me happy. Which is, to simplify it, the kind that's hard to find.

I pretend, sometimes, in my mind, like a play, you know? An act on stage, with me directing it and starring it with the blank face of my significant other. It's cool because I get to be the princess of the story and I can change the script. I just can't wait to see the real thing :)

Earlier tonight, I helped my best friend start her essay which is to bring to the reader's attention a fairy tale happy ending. So, uhm, I don't know. I just wrote about it. (I mean typed.) 

Anyway, I feel like I'm on a roll tonight 'cause I had two posts which is quite a change from my long absence for almost two months. Nevertheless, I just wrote about happy endings because I have the knowledge how to get just that. Which can be found from this song . :))

So, learn the trick everybody... I hope everyone gets their happy endings. :D

The Things You Do For Friends

Lately, I've been hearing a particular phrase from my friend whenever one of us (from our tight-knit group) had done even the slightest favor for another. . .
"the things you do for friends...." (*ahem, in a thoughtful voice)
Perhaps the comment was made to endear, but my usually musing self had been musing again about these terms. . . the things I do for my friends. . . What are they exactly?

But as I began making the list (mentally), I thought, "What's the point? The deed's been done." And besides, won't listing things that you do for one person start bringing you thoughts on how these friends of yours should reciprocate the efforts you've done, the measures you've seen, the time you've spent, the risks you've taken? It might be a bit harsh (to my friends) but I soon realized that perhaps that's why oftentimes there's this sort of virtual distance that I'm making between several of my friends and I. A distance, that I make myself. It is, perhaps, I am waiting for them to reciprocate, which, in the logic of ethics and the vows of friendship, says it should not be done...

So, never expect. Just give.

Honestly, I don't even think I'm making any sense right now. ciao!

Friday, September 21, 2012

What I'd Like to Know

"Ah, now, don't cry over lost years and forgetfulness. The tales tell what they can. The rest is for us to learn. The question is, are we smart enough to figure for ourselves? Now, that's what I'd like to know."

-Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl

Monday, July 23, 2012

Late Anyways

Saw this on 9gag. It's just so me. . . Hahaha. Same old, same old.

Vingt-Trois: Joyeux Anniversaire Daniel Radcliffe

So. I just remembered. Today is so oozing with Twenty-Three! So there's nothing to worry!

I know I've blogged about this before but it's proven and tested that Nothing Fails Me When It's Twenty-Three! And it's freaking twenty-three today! Not just simply twenty-three but it's July twenty-three! I'm so gonna dance til the world ends.

So yeah. It's exam day and it's twenty-three so I'm so gonna trust in this tradition that I'll be the over confident me this day. (I believe every people has to have this kind of thing. You know? For sanity's sake. Because you have to believe in that one day when you know everything will turn out right.)

And the best thing is it's Daniel Radcliffe's Birthday today. And not just simply his birthday but its his twenty-third birthday! Hahaha. So I logged on to twitter just now to join the trend about Daniel Radcliffe's birthday (there's always one every year). And I found out #HarryPottah is trending. (Harry Potter spoken in a British accent. ) And I found this cool twitpic.

Hahahaha. Laugh with me please. So yeah. I've admired this guy for so many years that now couldn't count. and I'll always believe in him. He's a great instrument in bringing to life one of the best things about my childhood. And I hope someday, I'll have the chance to come up to him face to face and thank him. I wouldn't mind if he allowed a hug. Hahaha. 

Joyeux Anniversaire Mon Amor Daniel Radcliffe!

"Everything is legendary, when it's twenty-three!"

Merci Beaucoup!


So yeah. Blogging must be the last thing I should be doing right now considering that in just a few hours I'll be taking my exam for Elementary Analysis III in school and I still know nothing regarding the subject and the hours to prepare are so short. I still have to minus the long hours when I'll take a bath and travel. It's just all so hectic.

So there. But I just can't ignore the fact that my blog had been viewed more than a thousand times!!! #victorydance

Yeah, I've seen it for a few days now and it just registered to me this morning. And it was just so amazing! So to everyone, out there. Thank you so much! Merci Beaucoup!

So, to the second point of this point. My linguistic friends had started giving me french lesson and I just love it. I know now how to introduce myself and sing abc in French and count from uh to cent! Hahaha.

So yeah. It's a tumultuous flow of happiness masking the sense of worry for the exam. :D

Au revoir! A bientot! Merci! Merci!

Friday, July 20, 2012

BeYoutiful Pictures

Pictures from our very successful BeYoutiful Activity. Too bad only a few came. The whole thing was great and so was the food. Thank you so much to those who had been a part of this! Stay beautiful!

The Three Magic Words

Wow! A late night post! I just miss doing this.

So you see, I had some few realizations this day.

Yesterday, a friend of mine dared me to act like one of our friends. You see, I'm loud and spontaneous. Perhaps they can't keep up with the energy I have almost everyday or maybe it's for entirely different reasons that I do not know of. But I accepted the challenge. When I wasn't doing it yet, it seemed so fun, and I feel like that's is so gonna be the new me.

I really tried mind you. But I know I'm doing a very bad job. I started being so quiet which is definitely not being like the other but also absolutely isn't me. So yeah, my voice sort of became throaty when I speak because of the lack of use of my vocal chords for six hours straight.

Realization #1: I can never be anybody else but me.

And that realization was even held truer by the events that led to my second realization. So after my math class, I'm supposed to meet my BFF but she cancelled it (I guess my previous cancellations on her had backfired on me). I'm on my way home then when I met two of my other friends from high school. One of them is having his break while the other one is about to go home as well.

During those times, I was able to be myself. I actually realized this when I was on the jeepney going home. I laughed so loud with them, annoy them with my silly stories and gestures, fight with them, debate and just play along being me. Maybe, it was a let out for all my holding backs that time. (Does the last sentence even make sense!?) And it just made me so happy because I just automatically turn into the real me when I'm with them when I had summoned all my determination that day to be different. **Cue music: Taylor Swift's I'm Only Me When I'm With You. Which leads me to:

Realization #2: I completely and truly miss everything high school.

So just as these friends of mine and I were talking, we felt so nostalgic about all our high school memories and I've found its really fun looking for hidden and locked doors on your mind for thoughts to trigger those wonderful treasured memories from years back. It still makes me sad and miss everything so much.

So, because of that lingering feeling that I have, I brought out my notebook from high school where tons of my friends and teachers wrote messages for me. And reading everything they've written, I felt sad that some of the things mentioned were already forgotten. However, reading most of what they've wrote led me to:

Realization #3: I've influenced so many people in reading books (particularly Harry Potter) that I thought.

It was all there printed by whatever ballpen they've chose. Most of them thanked me for influencing them to reading and for introducing the magical world of Harry Potter in their then boring lives. While reading, I also saw those words that just make me goes "Awwww" because they're that touching. A

nd the last realization of the day was from my English teacher during senior year. It was on the same notebook that I was typing about.

Realization #4: I'm loved.

English teacher said, "Always remember these three magical words..."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Love Story

Love Story by Erich Segal

He is Oliver Barett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.

She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.

Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon. Here is a love that will linger in your heart now and forever


I just read this short book almost ten minutes ago, and I can still feel it. The story is a typical, cheesy and romantic love story. They met, fall in love, got married and had to face certain inevitable facets of our lives.

However, the marvelous thing about this timeless classic story was the way it pulled my heartstrings and triggered the tears behind my lids to flow out. I've seen this book on bookstores years ago and took advantage of the fact that it's so thin to start it. But I never really got the chance to continue and finish it just at this hour. And believe me, what best way for me to end the day.

So, to the finest points of the story, I would praise Segal (may he rest in peace) for the writing style. It is so direct to the point. And yet all the factors for a great romantic story and a tearjerker book is in the book. I just love it. And our heroine's wit is so cool, I just want to be a smart-ass like her yet still be a kindhearted and romantic one. 

Reading this had been very quick but this is a story one would not simply start to forget in a minute. I am so glad I picked this out among the other books in my library. Nothing beats a day when you finished reading a good, touching book.

"Love means not ever having to say you're sorry."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


After this very long day of womanly pain that I've endured I'm suddenly craving for this one thing. Though this day had its finer points - the fact that I've witness somebody fall in love (assuming my presumptions are correct), my friends so concerned about me and the amazing lesson during institute class, it's been really tiring. And I just went home to find my cousin asking for my help in her homework (not that I'm complaining...not really) and that I still have to do other stuff, it's all so overwhelming. So yeah, I hope I finish everything soon (its amazing how I found time to even blog, eh?). For all I want to do is...

Thursday, July 12, 2012


The invitations I've made for our Young Women activity this Saturday that I planned as a part of my Personal Progress Project. The third activity so far! :D  It's really gonna be exciting. (I sure hope so.)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Si Super Gulay

The slogan with Erika

With Erika and Eden

So, my cousin, Erika, asked me to make a slogan for her homework in school. It is in cooperation with the Nutrition Month with the Theme, "Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw-araw itong Ihain". I just thought the whole slogan was really funny because of the whole Super Gulay thing and the fact that he wear brown briefs. Haha. I draw the whole thing btw, and thought of the slogan itself. :D

Webcam fun

We had some webcam fun last Saturday right after our YW activity and just before the seminary class! :D

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Unwind by Neal Shusterman 

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives. 

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.


I came across this title upon reading some reviews about a dystopian novel. (yes, it's another dystopian novel) In one of the reviews, it was mentioned as one of the best dystopian novels out there. I was curious that I checked the book out. And, boy, it was great.

The book was published by 2007, and I think that's a great factor in the awesomeness of it all because the idea was conceived even before this whole fad about dystopian YA fictions started. The only negative thing I could about the book was the society described in it is so horrible. That's it. And best things?

First, the writing. Shusterman nailed this changing POVs over the whole course of the novel even some insignificant characters were given focus (not that they're that insignificant- they're vital as well) and it was just plain amazing. And i love to take a break from a first-person POV. They're so in every YA book.

Second, the characters! I love how it focus of multiple characters. I'm glad it didn't just focus on one character. These characters - Connor, Risa and Lev, they're real. Not just some whiny teen who got famous in some competition sorta thing. They're real people in a real cruel world trying their best to survive. And their character development were so realistic and they definitely make sense.

And lastly, the story itself! From the very start, the build-up was amazing. By the first few chapters, I'm already exclaiming "Awesome!" when it needs be. And indeed, this book is awesome. A total recommend to those who wants a break from teeny, whiny, and shallow YA stuff out there.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex, 
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, 
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
The sequel to the great book Delirium, Pandemonium surely did not disappoint. Upon reading Delirium, I'm at awed at how real that dystopian world was. With all those laws and the cool name of the love-disease Amor -Deliria Nervosa and it's nerve wracking ending that absolutely left me hanging! 

And thankfully, Pandemonium did not just live under the shadows of the first book, rather, it was just as beautifully written as the first one. And I absolutely love the idea of the then  and now  sort of thing. But the best thing? The best thing was the one-word ending! Totally! I live and breathe one-word endings. Those endings that left you hanging without putting any other words and its up for the reader to complete the thought and muse about everything. I would say that if I would be a famous writer in the future (and I hope I will be) I will end all my works with one-word endings (unless it's entirely not cool for the book) cause they're that awesome. And I can say that Oliver nailed it! 

And only one down-side of the story was it is 'fairly predicatable. Nothing I haven't heard before.' But still its a must-read book and I really hope the next and last book would not disappoint.( i.e. focus on love triangles and fathom how pitiful the girl is because of her confused emotions.) *Laughs. I guess, I did spoil it for you. :D

How I Maddeningly Yearn [for] More!

Finally, after months of being hooked into this very hilarious TV show that I keep on streaming online almost every night since my friend introduced it to me, I already finished watching How I Met Your Mother. And in all those months (for almost half a year) I can say that I've never loved any other show other than this one. And I'm just so into the story and into its characters that I cried at their pitiful times and laughed during the happy ones. I am angered when things doesn't seem right and really shout for joy when I'm pleased at the way things are. I want what's best for everybody and I don't want Ted to met the mother yet.

However, I can sense the ending coming. And really! Barney is getting married to Robin! Which is just so plain happy and makes me really misty. And I never really liked Victoria, why does she have to come back? And I'm too excited to know what's gonna happen with Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen!

But the best things from this show are the lessons they gave me - from friends, family, money, dreams and so many more. I just can't wait for the next season!

How I Met Your Mother-

Seventeen & One

I know it's been so long,
But I've been here all along.
Doing nothing but musing,
"When will I ever start writing?"

But today I finally did,
Believe me, its stupid;
To reminisce of the past,
Of things that may not even last.

A month ago I turned seventeen,
How diff'rent is that from sixteen?
So here I am telling you, coming clean,
That I'm still seeing the same scene.

But the great thing was,
After a year had passed,
My posts, from childish lists,
Turned to poems I can't resist -
   and which, you definitely shouldn't miss!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kapitan Sino

Kapitan Sino
ni Bob Ong


Naunahan na naman ang mga pulis sa pagtugis sa mga holdaper ng isang jewelry shop. Bago noon, may iba na ring nakahuli sa isang carnaper; sumaklolo sa mga taong nasa itaas ng nasusunog na building; nagligtas sa sanggol na hinostage ng ama; tumulong para makatawid sa kalsada ang isnag matanda; tumiklo sa mga miyembro ng Akyat Bahay; sumagip sa mga mag-anak na tinagay ng tubig-baha; nag-landing ng maayos sa isang Boeing 747 na nasiraan ng engine; at nagpasabog s aisang iganteng robot. Pero sino ang taong 'yon? Maliligtas nya ba sila Aling Baby? At ano nga ba talaga ang sabon ng mga artista?

Kadalasan ang unang katangi-tanging masasabi ng karamihan patungkol mga akda ni Bob Ong ay ang kakatawanan nito. Inaamin ko din na ang bagay na iyon ang nagpapasabik sa akin sa pagbabasa ng kanyang akda. Sino ba naman ang hindi matutuwa at matatawa sa kanyang makatotoong pagsulat tungkol sa mga bagay ng totoong nararanasan nating mga Pilipino, sa mga bagay na wala namang kinalaman ngunit nakakapangiti sa atin, sa kanyang mga naranasan kung saan karamihan ay nakaranas na din ng parehong bagay at sadyang nakakatuwa alalahanin.

Ang aking paborito sa kanyang mga akda ay ang Alamat ng Gubat. Nakakatuwa, nakaka-aliw at may mapupulot na aral. Matagal ng nakatambay sa bahay namin ang Kapitan Sino. Iniregalo ko ito sa aking kapatid mga ilang taon na ang nakakalipas at nuong isang araw ko lang naisipan basahin.

Hindi ako handa sa mga pangyayari. Nagsumila ang aklat bilang isang tipikal na maikling nobela ni Bob Ong (alam ko, nabasa ko na ang McArthur). Tungkol ito kay Rogelio na may kakaibang kakayahan at sa pagtutulak ng kanyang kaibigan na si Bok-bok na gamitin ang kanyang kakayahan sa pagtulong sa kapwa at nabuo si Kapitan Sino ang bagong super hero ng Pelaez.

Maliban sa mga kakaibang kapangyarihan at mga kalabang halimaw, ang aklat na ito ang masasabing kong salamin sa mga kalye ng ating bansa. Nakakalungkot isipin na kahit sukdulan ang pagkakalarawan ng mga sitwasyon sa kalye ng aklat na ito ay mapapangiwi ka sa katotohanan binabasa mo. At isa ito sa aklat na may pinakamalungkot na wakas. Nakakalungkot ngunit marahil ay sinadya ito upang masabi ng maayos at maibahagi ng mabuti ang mensahe na dito sa ating lipunan at walang pagkakaisa. Makakasarili, mayayabang at walang pakundangan ang mga ugali ng karamihan.

Ngayon lang ako humanga ng ganito sa isang manunulat na Pilipino. Hindi natin kailangan ng mabubulaklak na salita. Laos na ang tipikal na anak mahirap na umibig sa anak mayaman. Hindi makatarungan ang pagsulat ng isang akda patungkol sa mga nakakataas na antas lamang kung saan napakababa ng tingin sa mga mahihirap.

Sa Kapitan Sino ako nagsimula magnais na maging bayani ng buhay ko. Dahil hindi lang ito pangkaraniwang kwento tungkol sa isang bayani. Tinuturuan tayo nito na hindi kailangan ng pangalan upang maging bayani, ang sa ating sarili magsisimula ang pagbabago ng Pilipinas.

Mga Hindi Malilimutang Linya Hango sa Kapitan Sino:

“Hindi naman kailangan ang maraming tao para bumuo ng mundo. Minsan isang tao lang ang kasama mo, buo na ang mundong kailangan mo habambuhay.”

"Alam mo ba ang pinagkaiba ng mga bulag at ng mga nakakakita? Hindi alam ng mga nakakakita kung kelan sila bulag."

"Walang bayaning makapagliligtas sa akin dahil ang pinakamalaking kalaban ko ay ang sarili ko."

"Ang trahedya ng buhay ko? Hindi ako nagkaroon ng kapangyarihang makapagsabi ng tamang bagay sa tamang tao sa tamang panahon."

Marami pang mababasa dito.

The Girl Who Chased The Moon

The Girl Who Chased The Moon
by Sarah Addison Allen

In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world—no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?

Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in. (Source: Goodreads)


Bored and not having any idea what to do before my scheduled long phone conversation with my best friend I didn't know I would be discovering a world so unlike my own that night. And just as I was mesmerized by its beautiful cover and title, the awe upon reading the book was far greater.

The Goodreads description sums up the plot I would love to write. But it would be pointless writing about this novel without my two cents worth. So here they are:

One word about this book: ENCHANTING. The setting, the characters, the plot and the magic! I love the words used, it was modern yet still sounds so poetic and magical.I love the love and connection between the characters. I love the idea of the baking language and the metaphor about chasing the moon. I love the romance! Gosh! I have this huge thing about romance and in this book? It left me wanting more.

I laughed. I cried. (Just a little) I got giddy. I'm in awe. This is absolutely enchanting. Others might find the story line and the whole idea weird but these things just prepare us for the stranger things in life.

One thing I noticed though, things seemed to be a bit rushed by the end of the book. It's like the happily ever after came too soon. Nonetheless, I still love it and I just can't wait for the time when my wallpaper will change to lighted fireflies.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Shelly Long said:
"I've helped people get rid of headaches by placing my hand on their forehead, and backaches by placing my hand on their back. It's a powerful example of love that really works."

At this moment, I'm experiencing this intense headache and I'm still waiting for the paracetamol to kick in and do its work. I have my removal exam tomorrow and it really sucks reviewing for it with a heavy pounding on my head.

So, that's it basically.
May the mass time acceleration be with me.
May the odds be ever in my favor.
And may I keep calm and carry a wand.



Yesterday, aside from hearing the inspiring talks from the Prophet and the Apostles, the youth of our Stake also had a devotional in preparation from the upcoming Stake Youth Conference this April 12 - 14. 

It was really inspiring, we heard talks from Sis. Melissa Daniel and Elder Haws (a missionary from Utah - the same missionary who addressed us during our tour at the MTC last month).

Sis. Melissa shared this really cool poem by Dr. Seuss

“Today you are you
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is youer than you.”

How true isn't it? And Elder Haws talked about the preparation we need to do now for our future missions. Anyway, I won't make this post long but will leave you with this amazing song which is the song for the mutual theme this year:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Take One.

It's been a long time since I've been involved in film. Not the major kind of film but the homemade ones. Like for school projects and everything. And as far as I can remember, I've always directed those kind of things in school.

That's why it amazes me so much because I'm back at it again. But I'm not the director, mind you. I'm actually gonna act which will be so weird for me.

The video is actually for our presentation this upcoming Stake Youth Conference in Bulacan. And the Young Women of our ward will depict about the right standards for the use of the internet. Just moments ago, I was making the outline of the different scenes and I can feel the rush of ideas coming out which is so cool.

And earlier this day, we had our first try at it. We filmed scene one wherein we're on our way home from church activity and we're saying our goodbyes.

It was a very awesome day that I get to bond with my fellow YW (while playing Hangaroo and doing lots of takes) and my leaders. Below is a picture on this awesome day and it's followed by the short video of our fail attempt at the first scene. xx

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Some Inspiring Words

Last Sunday, I was reading my cousin's copy of New Era this April 2012. At the back page of it, I found this really inspiring poem that comes with a picture of a forest. So I decided to accompany this post with a picture of a forest (not the same one).

The Sacred Grove (by Greg Olsen)

The Quiet of the World

By Katie Rane

When there is too much to do
And never enough time to do it.
When the world expects so much
And I can only give a little.
When life goes by so quickly
That suddenly tomorrow is past:

I stop sometimes
And look around.
I realize
Life is simple:

In the smell of new rain.
In the warmth of the sun.
In the touch of the breeze.
In the eyes of a child.
In the blue of the sky.

And I find joy
In the quiet of the world.

And earlier this afternoon, the missionaries visited us and shared something. One of them is still a trainee and is not quite used with Tagalog yet so we have to hang on to every word he said. By the end however, he seemed to gave up and said something really impressive in English. He said

"Everybody deserves happiness, everybody deserves repentance."

I knew why that particular thing stuck with me. And indeed it was true. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
by Jennifer E. Smith

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. (Book Description)


I discovered this book while browsing in Amazon. My first impression is that the cover looks like some sort of cover you'll see in writing sites. In short, it looks amateurish. But they say never judge a book by its cover. Upon reading the book description, I was intrigued. Love in 24 hours? Love at first sight? And it all sounds so cool so I gave it try. 

And Oh my gosh! This has to be one of the best YA Novels out there. It's not just about Hadley's story but it's every girl's story. I found myself in her shoes. This novel is about the real life, no magic, no dark creatures, no high technologies but the words used and the flow of the prose are both strong and really powerful that I was sobbing so hard.

What I was expecting was a real cheesy romance. Yes, there is romance but it's really deep and most of the time fun. That's because of our hero Oliver. And I absolutely fell for this guy! He's real, not some shallow character just powered by his looks and huskiness but really a complex character as well. I love all their fun times and cried at their hard times! And to think that it all indeed happened in 24 hours! (I salute you Jennifer Smith!)

But it's not entirely romance. Because romance just makes you giddy and giggly and hopelessly hope for your own Oliver. But this book is about family, - parents to be exact. I can feel the doubts and pain Hadley is experiencing in the first parts and I completely adore the self-discovery in the end. It took me to a brand new light about my parents as well. I love the surprise about Oliver as well. I swear I found myself crying alongside Hadley and sobbing that, "No, no! It can't be!"

Overall, I toally love this! And will treasure all the lessons and romance in here! A very great and must read!

Below are the book trailers in both Hadley's and Oliver's POV.

The Hunger Games


Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring :Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. (Source: iMDb)

The first word I would use to describe the film is: "DIZZYING".  Indeed it was. The camera was wild especially during running scenes and stuff but nonetheless the movie is still "AWESOME" like Barney's kind of awesome.

I don't know why but I felt kind of bitter because I bet these filmmakers had learned so much from the past movie adaptations of renowned books on how are they going to do this thing. On how will they make people like it and that is by one simple thing: by sticking to the book's storyline.

And they did stick to the storyline. And that's what makes it amazing. I love how Jennifer Lawrence really brought out Katniss from the book. Very fierce. And her acting is really great. So are Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale). Haymitch and Effie are perfect for their role. Everything's so great and awesome. The movie might me dizzying but it kept everything in action and although my head almost split with the images on the screens the thing actually works. It was almost perfect.


There are just some tiniest bit of disappointment. Topping the list was the scene when Peeta declared that he had a long time crush on Katniss. And what's everybody's expression?! "BLAAAAH" It was a huge blahh moment for me. I was actually looking forward for that scene. But what a huge blahhhh. Thankfully Katniss made up for that blahh moment when she cornered Peeta and demanded about that revelation. Her acting is really good.  So we might as well overlook that.

Another thing I hate was the long silences. When there were fighting, and during Katniss' lamentation on Rue's death. There's this mega huge silence thing. Sure, it might have worked for some scenes but it doesn't work for me. I want to feel those scenes and the silence doesn't do that for me.

Another blaaaah moment was Rue's death. The lullaby wasn't that emphasized. And it's not that remarkable. My friends and I were actually trying to remember the tune but it was blaaaaaah. So we haven't remembered it. 

Lastly, the last part on how Peeta's supposed to be hurt when he discovered it's a for show- the romance all for the show isn't there. I think if there's a scene that's gonna make me cry that would be it. But nothing. WAH. Hahaha. I was left hanging by Peeta's line "I don't want to forget"

Well, enough ranting. If only one could overlook those things, this movie is so great. I love the parts when they show the gamemasters on how are they doing the game and their expressions upon viewing the romance between the main characters. And I love how they show Gale's face! Haha. it was a majow "AWWWWW" moment for everyone inside the cinema. 

Oh, I almost forgot I've got another problem. Gale and Cato are two very handsome men. How could they kill that handsome Cato? And Gale! Gale's fase rise about the other District 12 guys. And Peeta too! *Sigh. Katniss is such a lucky girl. Haha!

Over all, it was a must watch! xx

Saturday Date Craze

Late night of March 30, 2012 a few hours before this major exam of mine in Physics a friend of mine and I were still chatting uncaring that in a few hours we'll be crying our eyes out of how hard was the exam. So yeah, we were frustrated for a while but the prospect of watching this very much anticipated film "Hunger Games" is the only thing to be excited for that day.

It was all planned out weeks, or months ago. Usually, I hate planned dates because they were usually not that fun but this one's so cool.

We walked the long way from NIP to Jelou's dorm because we'll ride the jeep in front of Kalay. But then every single one's full so we walk the usual way towards the terminal near Chelsea's dorm. It was raining and as usual I was so careful walking along the overpass. When Chels noticed how slowly I was walking she just laughed at me. No one can really blame me. I don't want a slipping-on-the-wet-overpass part 2. Haha.

On the terminal, we have another huge problem. It's because every SM North Edsa Jeep is full. So I kept on shouting "SM, SM! SM North Edsa!" It was crazy but we're all desperate to hail a ride because we might be late for the movie! In the end, a not-so-full FX came and we're well on our way to North EDSA.

Inside the vehicle, we talked about so many things. About the exam, how we solve for that particular problem in physics (I think we might have looked so nerdy to other people with all the physics terms we're using), about our block mates, about the Hunger Games, and about the song 'EYES OPEN.' Hear the song below.

Hahaha. I know the song's alright. And it absolutely reflects the concept of THG movie. But lately, a block mate (Peter) had been singing this song to me in a funny high-pitched voice. And it was just so funny. Especially in the part "Keep your ah-eyes, open." Hahahha. I'm literally laughing right now just thinking about it. So inside that FX, I kept on singing that particular line of the song without the slightest thought about the other people who could hear me. I sang it until Chelsea had bout of LSS from it. Hahaha. But the song is really great! Even better than Safe&Sound

And again, that was the best FX ride of my life. 

I feel like I'm experiencing a lot of first with these girlfriends of mine. And it made feel so grateful about that fateful day on our first day in college where we all had lunch together and sat side-by-side during classes. It all seem so trivial but this great feeling started with that. ;)

Great, enough drama. So we went to the mall and had lunch on the food court. And Chelsea were exclaiming about the cosplayers around us (for there was a cosplay event on the mall at that moment). We talked about religion (it all started with the dinuguan thing) and names. 

Its like discovering a part of them I never knew existed. (When we're talking about names) Like how I never knew Rizza's name means "little heart", the origins of Jelou's "Jean Louise" and Jemee''s weird name. I don't know why but that simple thing really made me so happy ;)

When it was near 3:40 we went to the movie house watch the movie. It was great totally. (New post for the movie review soon) But the best part was hearing Chelsea's low voice inside the dark theater. I think she's commenting about the movie or complaining. I don't know but it's just so.... Chelsea.

So I was great! The whole Saturday had been great, until the time we were inside the MRT on the way home. (We waved at people in different stations. We've been doing that frequently since our bus ride. Haha) And I went home really happy that my parents almost find it so strange. ;))

Monday, April 2, 2012

Marked as to-read

For the past year, I have been starting some books and have this habit of not finishing them. Take for example Beth Revis' "Across The Universe". I've read like four chapters but soon stopped. Then there's Hilary Duff's Elixir, Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire, Becca Fitzpatrick's Silence, Nicholas Sparks' The Choice, and the list goes on. So. here am I... aiming to read this list this summer of 2012. . .

  • Hush, Hush Book 3, "Silence"
  • THG Books 2-3, "Catching Fire & Mockingjay"
  • Hex Hall Book 3, "Spellbound"
  • Lauren Oliver's "Before I Fall"
  • Delirium Book 2, "Pandemonium"
  • Hilary Duff's "Elixir"
  • Stephenie Perkin's "Lola and the Boy Next Door"
  • Nicholas Sparks' "The Choice"
  • Sarah Dessen's "Dreamland"
  • Beth Revis "Across the Universe" Trilogy
  • John Green's "Looking For Alaska"
  • Erich Segal's "Love Story"
  • Nora Robert's "Brazen Virtue"
  • Louise Rennison's "Wuthering Tights"
  • William Goldman's "The Princess Bride"
  • Rachel Hawthorne's "Suite Dreams"
  • The Flappers Book 2, "Ingenue"
  • Myra McEntire's "Hourglass"
  • Jennifer Jaberley's "Crush Control"
  • David Nicholl's "One Day"
  • Liz Braswell's "Nine Lives of Chloe King"
  • Nora Robert's "Morrigan's Cross"
  • Sarah Addison Allen's "The Girl Who Chased The Moon"
  • Sohpie Littlefield's "Banished"
  • Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
  • Susane Colasanti's "So Much Closer & Waiting For You"
  • Josephine Angelini's "Starcrossed"
  • Lauren Kate's Fallen Trilogy
Whoa! That's a lot of books! And I intentionally put Fallen Trilogy last because I have such a big issue about that book. Haha. So well, yeah! That's it! But even before starting this list I need to focus on my upcoming exam. My last for this sem!

So there. May the odds be ever in my favor! And yours too!

UP NEXT: Entry about my awesome Saturday date with my girlfriends! 
Plus! Book review on Jennifer Smith's "A Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight"

Friday, March 30, 2012

AHBL 2.0

YES. All hell is breaking loose once more.

Tomorrow at exactly 9:15 I will be having a final exam for Physics 71 and right now 11 hours before the said exam, all I know is that Force is equal to mass x acceleration.

Earlier tonight, I have received this email from my Math53 prof that my grade in her subject is 4.0 which means I'm in grave danger of failing it. I have to take another exam and I have to get a score of 60% in it to pass the course. And how on earth will I get that score!? When my finals exam score was so low! :(

So, yeah, there. I'm so down about this Math 53 thing that I can't start with my Physics.

And Physics is entirely another problem because this is how I feel about this upcoming exam:

Yes, I know, who am I to be so down about this thing when I was the one comforting a friend a few days ago about the same thing? So, since I've let it all out. I'm signing off to review...

Sana lang hindi ako maging sabaw bukas!

May all the massXacceleration be with me. xx

**Images belong to their rightful owners.xx

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eunice San Miguel

Waking up yesterday morning, I was so irritated because I was so groggy and my mom was shaking me so hard demanding something that I should do. I brushed her off and then suddenly she's gone. Slowly, light dawns on me that I've behaved really bad so I slowly wake up and went out the room Ate and I shared. They're all gathered outside comforting my cousin who will be graduating the next day (which was earlier this day) because she's crying so hard. Her ever responsible parents (yes, the tone's sarcastic!) wouldn't be able to go to school with her to get her toga. For it needs to be an older relative to get it from the school. 

Assessing the situation, I feel so sad about my cousin that I immediately said I'll go with her - which was the same thing my mom was waking me up for. So immediately I bathed and dressed all for my cousin.

However, upon arriving at my Alma Mater, I was so overwhelmed so entirely another reason. There was Mr. Alex, my 6th grade math teacher and my mentor during contests. He was hosting some sort of reminder for the parents of graduating students and cracking up jokes to them regarding the graduation guidelines. I remember how our Math class used to be. It was so much fun because of him and everything seems so funny. But now, at sixteen (exactly 5 years when I graduated grade school) I find his jokes so corny (haha) and I was thinking the kind of person I was back then. 

Class picture with the beautiful Ms. Rome

Then there's Miss Rome, my grade school adviser. She's still a beauty and I terribly miss her. I remember when she made me some sort of a leader in class because the ADT peeps were role-playing and I was the teacher and she finds my acting so real that she made it real inside the classroom! Haha. And I remembered her patching things up between her quarreling students. . I remember her advises, her loud voice, the way she calls my name which is a very hard "EUNICE"... , and how she used to be my 'mom' in the ABnormal family! And so many great things about my sixth year in elementary.

Then there's Ms. Palencia, our History teacher who's always angry at our section because we're always maximizing our break times. The're Mr. Del Rosario, the MSEP teacher.... (my 'dad') he's still the same. Then I saw Ms. Custodio, and other familiar faces.

Reminiscing all of this, I was so overwhelmed with this urged to approach them, which is of course the proper thing to do. But I was in doubt. Do they even remember me? It's been five long years. Perhaps, my face will be familiar. But my name? The memories?

Everything around me that exact moment reminds me of them. The rows of sixth graders in their improvised toga hats and sitting on plastic stools. The buildings, Sir Alex's voice booming around the place, teachers walking around, the familiar faces of janitors, the plants. Everything in there. And it amazes me to find out that the 'Ale Denni T' sign was still there where we used to hang out. 

So swallowing up my shyness, I approached Ms. Rome sitting beside Ms. Palencia. And I was right! She doesn't remember my name. (haha) But when I told them it's eunice she immediately supplied my correct surname and I was so happy.

They asked how I was. Where am I studying? What course? How are my other batch mates? Do I have a boyfriend? 

The last question actually made me laughed. And they tell me that I need to focus my studies first. And that our batch was way better than the batch graduating at that moment. 

And then out of nowhere, Sir Alex suddenly approached our chatting group and upon seeing me, his eyes went wide and I laughed at his funny expression. Then he said, "EUNICE SAN MIGUEL." I don't know if I'll be happy because he knew my first name or be sad that my last name's wrong. Thankfully, Ms. Rome contradicted him and told him the correct one. Turns out it was a surname of another former student as well. 

When he joined us, he asked the same question and we where like chatting for five minutes. But that five minutes was so awesome. I never felt so proud of my elementary teachers before. I actually joked that I knew Sir Alex and Ms. Rome were already in their forties. And sir Alex had this comeback that attacks Ms. Palencia's age. 

Because of that, I never regretted accompanying my cousin there. I was so happy that on the way home in the jeepney, I was smiling outside my window and there's this guy riding a motorcycle giving me a strange look. ;))

(Left to Right) Billy, Gen, Jonnah, Eu, Alvin, Brian and Kateleen - The top ten batch 2007 of RES without Dolot, Paul and Miguel