Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (Book Review) 

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Oh what a beautiful story about a young adult who went halfway across the world to fulfill a promise, and along the way it had made her discover a lot of things about her mother, and especially about herself.

Plus, I was officially hooked, and after reading it, I knew that there was just something fishy and mysterious about Lina’s identity especially about her parents.

Anyway, as a reader of the story, you could totally feel like you were actually there in Florence, Italy. Taking it all in the beauty of the place, imagining yourself walking along the Piazza Signoria while eating your gelato.

Then another thing is that it is such a surprise to know that only a few weeks ago, I’ve just finished reading a book written by Richard Paul Evans. Who is actually the father of Jenna Evans Welch, the author of this very heartwarming novel. I mean, what a coincidence!

And if you’re such a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” then this book is definitely a must read for you especially if you’re totally into traveling. Cause reading this tends to feel like you’re actually exploring Italy even if you’re only within the walls of your bedroom, or laying in your couch. It’s like traveling using your book.

Jassy’s Fun in Taiwan: The Story of the Unexpected Solo Adventure

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To travel solo to an unknown country takes a lot of guts, and a very meticulous planning, especially for a female wanderer. And in my case, the unexpected thing happened that resulted for me to go to Taiwan a bit earlier than I’ve already planned. For this travel was supposed to happen next year with some friends. But a month before the trip, I was informed that I’ve made a huge mistake in my booking, that instead of December 2017 it was booked for the month of December 2016. So when I knew about it, I was totally shocked, and since it’s a promo fare, I was not allowed to rebook it. But it made me think to go for it (even if two of my friends who were supposed to travel with me on this trip couldn’t come); in order for me to try it just once on how it feels to travel alone.

So with only a month to go before the big trip, I’ve utilized every free time that I’ve had to plan everything for I’m a very meticulous traveler; and since I work at the government, that also includes processing my certificate of “Authority to Travel Abroad” and my clearance. Well, it’s kind of exhausting right? But for the love of traveling, I didn’t mind it at all.

The thing is – to travel to Taiwan; you need to apply for its visa. But I’m so grateful that I got exempted for applying because of my visa from South Korea. All you need to do is apply online, and by the time that it would be approved. You could just download/print the Travel Authorization Certificate and present it to the Immigration upon your arrival at the airport, along with your round-trip tickets. It’s as simple as that.

How to apply for the Visa-Free Entry to Taiwan

Then on the day for me to go to Taiwan, I was utterly mixed up with such nervousness and excitement, since it’s going to be a first for me to travel abroad alone. And when our plane had landed at Taoyuan International Airport on December 2, 2016 at 12m.n., I was totally jumping from such happiness because I had finally arrived there. But it was too early for me to go to the city of Taipei. So as I’ve already planned, I’ve stayed there at the airport till 5 am, and I took the 1819 bus going to Taipei Main Station, along with a fellow Pinoy passenger as to whom I’ve just met at the airport. Her name is Eudelle, and she was very kind to travel with me in going to Taipei City. Plus, I had a wonderful time chatting, and eating noodles with her while we were waiting for our bus schedule. It was almost a one hour journey. And when our bus had dropped us off at the bus station, we both went our separate ways (cause she’s heading off to Ximen District), then I took a taxi going to my hotel which is located at Ningxia District so that I could catch up on my travel agent who was also going there to pick me up at around 9am.

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It was a cold and cloudy first day in Taipei City, but lucky for me it didn’t rain at all throughout the day.

Since I’m only for a very short stay in Taiwan, I’ve decided to book a travel agency. Cause I really wanted to utilize my stay there. Honestly, it was a bit expensive on my part. But, it was definitely worth it. For I was able to see and experience what I really wanted to achieve on this trip. I was a tourist and at the same time a traveler. And all of it was thanks to My Taiwan Tour, especially to my newly found friends Miss Iris and Miss Ting, for both of them were our assigned tour guides in the city.

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This famous “My Taiwan Tour” travel agency was actually recommended to me by a high school friend who also went to Taiwan on her own. This travel agency allows you to both book and choose your own day tours via online thru TripAdvisor or Viator. And for my 3 days stay, I’ve chosen to book its Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour, Taroko Gorge Full Day Tour, and Tea of Taipei Tour for days 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

As for my first day tour which was the “Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour”, it is a one day tour that focuses on visiting and seeing the must-see attractions within the city of Taipei. The assigned tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 9am. Moreover, I was totally lucky because my fellow companions in our group were all Filipinos except for one (for the other one was an Indian girl). So it was easier for me to get along with them including our tour guide Miss Iris, because she is so friendly, charming and approachable. Plus, she really shares a lot of insights in every place that we would visit. Moreover, my fellow companions were having these shocked reactions towards me for being so brave to travel alone, and that they were also amazed by my fierceness to do such a thing. But being part of their group, I didn’t feel that way. Cause I really had a great time with them.

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So here is the sequence of our Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour:

The Presidential Office Building

The first part of our tour was a short side trip to this political building in order to see the place and to take some pictures. Moreover, I was so surprised while we were on the road because I’ve noticed that most of the buildings there in Taipei are kind of old. Something like an old school thing that makes you feel like you’re in the 60’s or 70’s.

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

We were there for about an hour. Just in time for us to see the changing of guards. And Ms. Iris was very informative by giving us a summarized and detailed history of Taiwan.

Longshan Temple

It is the biggest temple in the city; in front of it is a Buddhist temple and at the back of it is a Taoist temple. Oh you’ll be surprise when you’ll get to enter inside, for it is so lively and festive to look at.

Taipei 101

This is definitely my most favorite part of my day tour. So even though that it has taken a big part of my budget in order to get to the observatory, it was definitely worth paying for. And the 37 seconds elevator ride to the 89th floor was totally awesome! Plus the view at the top? My goodness! Utterly spectacular!

I would also like to point out that Anthony Bourdain was actually the very reason why I really wanted to visit and go at the top of the Taipei 101. I guess it’s because, even for one moment. I just want to have a share of his experience during that Layover episode of his in Taipei. And the thing is – I actually saw that episode twice before my trip there. Watching it in advance in order to have an idea about the place, its friendly people, an insight to their history, exploring their exotic foods, and of course, learning about its culture.

Lin An Tai Historical House

I really enjoyed this tour because it feels like we were transported back in time during this country’s old era. And I was fascinated while listening to our tour guide’s discussion on how the rich girls during those times were being served and well maintained. Talk about being pampered way too much. Oh I would love to experience something like that. Joke!

Pass by the Grand Hotel

The very first 5 star hotel in Taiwan.

Yangmingshan Sulfur Valley

This one really looks spectacular. But we weren’t able to appreciate it all in our group because of the odd smell of the sulfur. Totally weird.

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Beitou Thermal Valley

This famous hot spring really looks entirely picturesque, and it was one of our favorite visits within the city. But of course, its visitors are not allowed to go near the water. Because it is way too hot (boiling point), and that it could totally damage your precious skin. So please don’t take the risk.

National Palace Museum

It was the second to the last league of our tour, and also one of the most informative one. For this world famous museum has thousands of collections from all over the world especially from the main land China. But for the reason that almost all of us in our group were already tired from all the tourist spots that we’ve visited since that morning. We really weren’t able to appreciate it as much as we wanted to. However, we were still trying our best to be as attentive as possible to our guide, because we don’t want to waste all of her efforts in giving us some insights about all the famous artifacts in the museum.

Shilin Night Market

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There are tons of night markets in Taiwan, but this particular one is actually the biggest night market in the city. Then this was where our tour for the day has ended and where we were dropped off by our tour guide. The reason was that the area is so big for shopping and food trip that you could just get lost there for hours and hours. And our tour guide really wants us to have a one heck of a night time experience in Taipei.

But in my case, I only stayed there for an hour because I was so exhausted from the lack of sleep, that I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I’ve decided to go back to the hotel to rest and prepare for the next day. Overall, it was a very enjoyable first day in Taiwan.

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As for my second day, I’ve decided to go for the “Taroko Gorge Full Day Tour”. It is an outside of the city trip. This day tour consist for about 11 travelers (including six Filipinos), and we were picked up from our respective hotels at 5am so that we could catch up on the 6:15 am express train going to Hualien City. Although the train ride was almost for about three hours, I didn’t mind the time difference at all, because I really enjoyed watching all the stunning sceneries outside.

Then upon arrival, we were welcomed by our tour guide named Miss Josephine. Oh you’ll really enjoy her company because she’s really a funny one to listen to, but most of us in our group had a hard time understanding her English. But still, she was really trying her best. So we totally understand.

And there goes our tour in Hualien City and Taroko National Park.

Taroko Gorge is actually considered as one of the 7 natural wonders of Asia. A mountainous area which is definitely a must see in Taiwan. For this place is so damn beautiful that it would truly take your breath away and makes you speechless all throughout the trip. And my advice for those who plans to go for a visit, please take a picture first, and after that, use the rest of your free time to really absorb everything around you. For no matter how hard you will try to capture everything. No camera could ever give such justice on how spectacular this place is to really look at. Moreover, I assure you that it is entirely worth traveling all the way from the city of Taipei.

So after our adventure at the Taroko, we went on a short side trip back to the city, specifically at the souvenir gift shop, the local marble museum, and at the Pacific Ocean Seashore. And then we went back to the train station in order for us to catch up on the 4:32 pm train schedule back to Taipei City. It was a very satisfying second day, and I was totally sad because I had to part with these two Filipino friends that I’ve also met during my first day in Taiwan. I guess, I was totally lucky that we all booked the same schedules except for the next day tour. Wherever they are right now, I will always remember them, and all of the things that they’ve shared about their experiences from traveling to so many different places around the world. Oh I miss you Ate Ruby and Ate Beverly.

Then by the time that we were back to the city, we were dropped off at our respective hotels. Actually, I was supposed to go to the Ximen district with my fellow companions cause I was told that it’s a must see area in Taipei. But because of the rainy weather, we weren’t able to. So after an hour of resting in my room, I’ve decided to go out again (since it already stopped raining) to explore the Ningxia Night Market, which is only a walking distance from the hotel as to where I’m staying at. I was there for almost two hours, just strolling and exploring the area; searching for some pasalubong to bring back home, and some good food to eat. Moreover, it was a very overwhelming experience that I will never ever forget.

Ningxia Night Market

As a reader of my story, you could say that my first day in Taiwan was mostly about visiting some of the famous tourist destinations within the city of Taipei; while my second day was about going on a short adventure at the stone mountains of Taroko. So for my third and last day, it was actually a very unique and authentic one. For it was about learning something about the famous tea culture of this diversified country. So I had the chance to experience a breathtaking cable car ride going to Maokong, a visit to the tea museum, learning the art of drinking tea from the tea masters/experts, a road trip to the Bagua tea plantation, and an overlooking view of the Qiandao thousand island lakes.

But my most favorite part of that day would be the food trip at a local Taiwanese open restaurant at Maokong, which also gives its customers an overlooking view of the city of Taipei. Serving us with such local cuisines and delicious dishes mixed with tea leaves. Definitely a very enjoyable lunch date with my new friends Miss Ting (Taiwanese) and Miss Ruth (From Singapore). Overall, it was such a beautiful and memorable day with them. For not only was I able to make such new friends, but I had a great time conversing with them; talking about a lot of things especially about my beloved country the Philippines, and vice versa. Cause they were also sharing something about their own country – their people and its culture. Plus, I would definitely describe my third day as a very Anthony Bourdain kind of tour, a very satisfying day in Taiwan before heading off to the airport at 6:30 pm.

However, I was a bit too early at the airport. And I would have to wait for about 3 hours before the check-in counter would be open for its Cebu Pacific Passengers. So what I did there was just stroll around the area, its food court, and went surfing online while waiting. But I never thought that I would bump into a stranger, a fellow Pinoy traveler who was also waiting for the check-in counter to open. And what made me so impressed of this particular person was that he has traveled to so many different places in the Philippines; and a total of nine countries in Asia. I mean, I was totally intrigued that I was asking him a lot of questions. Even asking for some tips for a new traveler like me, and that’s what I like about wandering, you get to meet a lot of people who will inspire you along the way to be better as to what you are aiming to be more passionate about. So Aleks, it was really nice meeting you. Moreover, I wish you all the best to all of your future travels.

 

As for my mistake, the wrong booking on this trip has led me to a one heck of an adventure that I will never ever forget. Talk about destiny of being a year earlier from my plans of visiting Taiwan. 

Oh thank you so much Taiwan for such a very fun and memorable adventure. For this trip has been another eye opening experience for me to explore and to see a lot of places; the thirst and desire to travel more. So even though I still have no idea as to where the wind will take me again. One thing is for sure, it is better to  be prepared in advance, like don’t spend way too much, research more about some tips about traveling, look for possible potential next destinations, and always save a part of your income for future travels.

So for those who are still in doubt of traveling solo? Just once, try it. Who knows you might like it and wants to do it again. I hope I’ve been an inspiration to my fellow friends back home; the girl who has some kind of anxiety problems was able to travel abroad on her own. And hopefully, when I’m fully ready, I would like to travel solo again, and this time it’s going to be a do-it-yourself all throughout kind of trip. Hoping and Praying for it.

Thank you so much for reading everyone!

GLOBALIZATION

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GLOBALIZATION….

One of the biggest causes as to why a certain country would decline because of the need to transfer/share their resources to other countries in order to benefit or lower their cost…

But at what cost?

Is it for the interest itself as a country?

Or for the interest of the individual citizens of this particular nation?

So who or what should its governing leaders truly needed to prioritize?

Well, yes it may had helped a lot of countries today for its stable economy. And some are turning out to be more powerful than them. The irony of it all.

Moreover, the sad part of it is that such an expense has cost the real citizens of that country to lose what is rightfully theirs.

And this is what has happens in the long run, being fed up of such political and economic policies that makes such conservative and unopenminded people to rise to the occasion. Thus, taking advantage of such a situation by doing one of the biggest and political surprise around the world.

This is truly a hard times, but to never lose hope and be vigilant to what is RIGHT is something that each and everyone around the world should truly be aware of.

The Many List of 27 Favorites on my 27th Birthday

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Today is officially the day I’ve become a young woman who is already in her late 20’s; which also marks another milestone in my life – the day that I would start the new journey of being a 27 years old girl.

Of course, I’m still young but it’s not that young, since I’m also on my way to 30. But thinking about it, I’m sort of having this reaction of “Oh how time flies!”. For a few years ago, I was just in my early 20’s. And now, I look and feel so different from how I used to be back then.

So what do I hope and expect since today is a very special date for me?

Honestly, not much. For I feel so blessed in so many ways that until now, I’m still utterly overwhelmed and grateful to God for everything. Another thing is that, I truly appreciate my family, close friends, and co-workers who’ve always been there for me; and were able to put up with all of my quirkiness. And that is why, every single day I thank him so much for all of it.

But all I hope and pray on this day is that I may always have the strength and courage to do well in everything that I do. That I may prove it to him everyday that I’ am deserving and worthy to be given this wonderful life.

And since today is my most favorite day of the year, and that I annually publish a birthday blog. I would like to share a blog about some little tidbits about me. Something that I’m very fond of doing during my free – which is making tons of list; A list that I would rundown to you from my favorite books, songs, movies, food, places, quotes and a whole lot more. Plus, I’m sharing with you guys all (except for two) of my pictures that were taken this year.

So here are the following lists….

FAVORITE MOVIES…

  1. Elizabethtown
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. 3 Idiots
  5. LOL (French)
  6. A Good Year
  7. You’ve Got Mail
  8. Before Sunset
  9. Eat Pray Love
  10. Julie and Julia
  11. Ngayon Nandito Ka
  12. To Love Again
  13. In My Dreams
  14. Gone Girl
  15. A Hundred Foot Journey
  16. The King’s Speech
  17. Memoirs of a Geisha
  18. The King’s Speech
  19. Forevermore
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird
  21. The Holiday
  22. The Sound of Music
  23. The Help
  24. Monte Carlo
  25. Jane Eyre
  26. The Lake House
  27. Beastly

FAVORITE SONGS…

  1. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine – Michael Buble and Laura Pausini
  2. Of all the things – Regine Velasquez
  3. A  higher place – Adam Levine
  4. Water under the bridge – Adele
  5. Ambon – Barbie Almalbis
  6. Afraid for love to fade – Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales version
  7. To Love Again by Sharon Cuneta
  8. The way you look tonight – Michael Buble
  9. Never get to hold you – Carly Rae Jepsen
  10. The Sound – The 1975
  11. Are you here? – Corinne Bailey Rae
  12. All of the stars – Ed Sheeran
  13. Army – Ellie Goulding
  14. Take a bow – Madonna
  15. Good friend – Regine Velasquez
  16. Style – Taylor Swift
  17. I’m in trouble -Griffin Peterson
  18. Ikaw nga – South Border
  19. Rise – Katy Perry
  20. Little Sister – Jonathan Clay
  21. Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding
  22. No Walls, No Ceilings, No Floors
  23. Put your arms around me – Texas
  24. Randomantic – James Reid
  25. Lay me down – Sam Smith
  26. Somewhere only we know – Keanne
  27. Araw Gabi by Regina Velasquez

FAVORITE BOOKS…

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. An old-fashioned girl -Louisa May Alcott
  3. Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen
  4. Before we were strangers – Renee Carlino
  5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  6. Seventeenth summer -Maureen Daly
  7. Lake News -Barbara Delinsky
  8. The truth about forever – Sarah Dessen
  9. Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson
  10. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  11. Where she went -Gayle Forman
  12. Mercy – Julie Garwood
  13. It ends with us -Colleen Hoover
  14. Ugly love – Colleen Hoover
  15. The Nancy Drew Series -Carolyn Keene
  16. Can you keep a secret? – Sophie Kinsella
  17. Memories – Lang Leav
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  19. Forever Black -Sandi Lynn
  20. Every breathe you take – Judith McNaught
  21. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
  22. The sea of tranquility – Katja Millay
  23. This heart of mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  24. The Villa – Nora Roberts
  25. Small town girl – LaVyrle Spencer
  26. The Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s stone – J.K. Rowling
  27. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

PLACES THAT I’VE ALREADY BEEN TO AND PLANS TO VISIT…

  1. Camiguin
  2. Manila
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. South Korea
  5. Taipei, Taiwan
  6. Machu Picchu, Peru
  7. Pagadian City
  8. Bohol
  9. Coron
  10. Cebu city
  11. Davao city
  12. Tagaytay
  13. Ilocos Sur
  14. Ilocos Norte
  15. Paris
  16. London
  17. Vietnam
  18. New Delhi, India
  19. Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Sagada
  21. Japan
  22. Beijing, China
  23. Seattle
  24. Vancouver
  25. Rome
  26. Amsterdam
  27. Chicago

FAVORITE FOOD AND DRINKS…

  1. Chocolate
  2. Carbonara
  3. Tea
  4. Baked Macaroni
  5. Bakas
  6. Spaghetti
  7. Pesto
  8. Sandwhich
  9. Big Mac
  10. Rice Coffee
  11. Dragon fruitshake
  12. Ice Cream – Cookies and Cream
  13. Lasagna
  14. Twister Pizza (KFC)
  15. Chicken Ranch Salad
  16. Vanilla Frappe
  17. Yogurt
  18. Sweet and Sour Chicken
  19. Adobo
  20. Arroz Caldo
  21. Tuna and Broccoli Salad
  22. Pancakes (Jollibee)
  23. Fried Rice
  24. Toasted Bread with Strawberry Jam or Cheese Spread
  25. Beef Steak
  26. PIZZA!!!!
  27. Fried Chicken

 

FAVORITE ANIME SERIES…

  1. Card captor sakura
  2. Fushigi yugi
  3. Ayashino ceres
  4. Flame of Recca
  5. Kaicho wa maid sama
  6. Ghost fighter
  7. Brain powered
  8. Cinderella monogatari
  9. Vampire Knight
  10. Allison and Lillia
  11. Code Geass
  12. La Corda D’oro
  13. Earl and Fairy
  14. Gate Keepers
  15. Honey and Clover
  16. Emma
  17. Vision of Escaflowne
  18. Kimi ni todoke
  19. Nodame Cantabile
  20. Romeo X Juliet
  21. Tsubasa Chronicles
  22. Magic Knights
  23. Winter Sonata
  24. Marmalade Boy
  25. Love Hina
  26. Blood+
  27. Fruits Basket

FAVORITE KOREAN MOVIES & SERIES… 

  1. Descendants of the sun
  2. Winter sonata
  3. My love from the star
  4. Stairway to heaven
  5. Sassy girl Chunyang
  6. Architecture 101
  7. The King’s Wrath or The Fatal Encounter
  8. Daddy Long Legs
  9. The moon embraces the sun
  10. Autumn in my heart
  11. Oh my Venus
  12. The Heirs
  13. Boys over flowers
  14. You’re beautiful
  15. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
  16. Healer
  17. Masters Sun
  18. Angel Eyes
  19. Bride of the century
  20. That winter the wind blows
  21. W-Two Worlds
  22. The Classic
  23. The Truth
  24. Princess Hours
  25. Coffee Prince
  26. My Girl
  27. Spring Waltz

 

FAVORITE TV SHOWS…

  1. SUITS
  2. North and South
  3. Masterchef
  4. Samantha Brown’s Asia
  5. The Layover
  6. Parts Unknown
  7. The Kitchen Boss
  8. Tastebuds
  9. The Lying Game
  10. Downton Abbey
  11. Emma (2009 BBC Series)
  12. Gossip Girl
  13. New Girl
  14. It takes guts to be a Gutierrez
  15. E News
  16. Dolce Amore
  17. Fashion Police
  18. Everwood
  19. No Reservations
  20. Nigella’s Kitchen
  21. The Greatest Love
  22. Forevermore
  23. On the wings of love
  24. Emily M.D.
  25. OC
  26. Grey’s Anatomy
  27. Be careful with my heart
  28. Hannah Montana

 

Recipes that I want to learn how to cook or bake…

  1. Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
  2. Banoffee Pie
  3. Beef Kaldereta
  4. Biko
  5. Butter Chicken
  6. Buttermilk fried chicken
  7. Champorado
  8. Cheesy Chicken Stuffed
  9. Chicken Cordon Bleu
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  11. Embotido
  12. Frozen Banana and Chocolate Cream Pie
  13. Maja Blanca
  14. One-pot lemon shrimp pasta
  15. Oreo Cheesecake
  16. Siomai
  17. Arroz Valenciana
  18. Chocolate Cake
  19. Cheese Burger Macaroni
  20. Potato Lasagna
  21. Strawberry Ice Cream
  22. Mango Cream Pie
  23. Tom Yum Soup
  24. Puto
  25. Pininyahang Manok
  26.  Mocha Mousse
  27. Churros Con Chocolate

 Family, Close Friends, and Co-Workers who really means a lot to me…

  1. Mama
  2. Papa
  3. Padder
  4. Madder
  5. Ray2x
  6. Ai2x
  7. Ate Donnah
  8. Noreen
  9. Ika
  10. Gladys
  11. Rovie
  12. Jason
  13. Rizelyn
  14. Bernz
  15. Ma’am Tin
  16. Ama
  17. Ma’am Marla
  18. Uncle Manny
  19. Ma’am Nelma
  20. Auntie Amy
  21. Uncle Jun
  22. Ma’am Nelma
  23. Sir Toto
  24. Auntie Lele
  25. Auntie Lala
  26. Kimberly
  27. Ma’am Jeny

FAVORITE QUOTES…

  1. When the sun shines on the sea… I think of you… When the dim moonlight is on the spring, I think of you..

  2. Don’t Explain. People hear what the want to hear. -Paulo Coelho

  3. No one is who they pretend to be. -Gayle Forman

  4. You don’t ever find things when you’re looking for them. You find them when you’re not. -Gayle Forman

  5. Seize the day; explore the world; and conquer tomorrow.

6. Things are only weird if you will let them be. -Christina Lauren

7. Nothing brings family together like FOOD. – Buddy Valastro

8. You never know how close you are to reaching it. So never give up on your dreams.

9. If you are going to dream. DREAM BIG.

10. There are some things that the heart never forgets, like how it feels to be loved.

11. I refuse to answer on the grounds that I don’t want to. – Harvey Specter

12. You have to just go with the flow. Your life is not your own, with people coming and in all the time. You get mellow because you have to. -Sarah Dessen

13. Words are wonderful, but every once in a while a few women are lucky enough to have something extra, something wonderful. A real commitment and effort. -Susan Elizabeth Phillips

14. WHAT and IF are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together, side by side, and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. -Letters to Juliet

15. The most important things are the hardest to say.

 

16. Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again. – Louisa May Alcott

17. Don’t even think about running just because the going is getting tougher than ever.

18. Memories is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past. -Before Sunset

19. You are what you READ. -You’ve Got Mail

20. Life should not be about the number of breaths you take-out, but the number of moments that take your breath away. -Alexandra Potter

 

21. Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.

22.You can’t know the answer until you ask the question. -Jennifer E. Smith

23. COURAGE is not the absence of fear. But rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

25. No one can make you inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

26. Its the imperfections that make things beautiful. -Jenny Han

27. HAVE COURAGE, BE KIND, AND ALWAYS PRAY TO GOD.

And that is all…

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING… 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (Book Review) 


IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER is an unforgettable story that was obviously written in dedication to all the women who are fighting the same battle like its main character named Lily. Which is a reality ever since the old times. 


 

Honestly, it was kinda hard for me to express my emotions after reading this. For I have read almost all of Colleen Hoover’s novels. But this is so far the most mature and entirely different story from all of her other works. Why? For it is very realistic. Sure, at the beginning of the story it was so exciting and makes you feel so giddy reading its first few chapters but it’s much more than that. For its the kind of novel that would really make you think that if you were Lily. How would act if you were in her situation? Well, of course it’s so easy to say NO. However, it isn’t that simple especially when there are a lot of things that you would really have to consider. Well it’s a good thing that Colleen Hoover was able to pull it off in the end! By writing such very strong and empowering words that would inspire a lot of women to fight not just for justice but also for what is best for you and your love ones when you are in that kind of situation. Oh definitely worth reading all the way. 

The Comparing and Chasing Game in the Social Media


The scary part of what’s happening to us on Facebook, or in other social media sites is that everything has turned into a comparing game. What do I mean by this? It means that each one of us are pressured to do something in order to be IN of what’s happening nowadays in our society; or would feel such self pity within ourselves because we tend to feel insecure to those people who keeps on posting on whatever that is happening in their daily lives and realized, that they already getting way ahead compared to them.
  


So how do we cope up with it? It’s either we’d also do something similar or would do something beyond who we really are in order to feel inside that we are so much better than them. Well, who cares if they’re already way ahead of us. Or who cares if they’ve already achieved a lot of things compared to ourselves. You know what, it doesn’t really matter at all. What matters is that you are doing something. It may take awhile in order to achieve what we truly want. So let’s not pressure ourselves to do it fast in order to catch up. 


Another thing is that avoid procrastinating. Dream for it. Plan for it. And go for it. But make sure that it’s what you really want. Moreover, when we post a part of our lives in the social media, do it because that’s who we really are and leave those things that should really be kept in private. We share for the reason that we want to inspire, and not because we want to boost our inner ego. So please let us be kind to ourselves. Well, it’s a sad reality that we are on a chase as to who is so much better than the other. Just do things at our own pace and avoid comparing ourselves. Instead, we should focus on our own growth as an individual who knows what he/she truly wants in his or her life. And that is something that would really makes us happy and proud of ourselves. That we are doing and sharing something that is AUTHENTIC.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Book Review)

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Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.

Summary by Goodreads.com

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Oh what a mind of a young girl! Well, I understand Anne Frank’s views of the world. For she was only young but there is also a sense of maturity within her every time I go further into reading her diary. In which I tend to feel like I’m being transported into her world. A world where there was so much fear, pain, hatred, and suffering. But even if that were the case, she still believes it to be a beautiful place to live into.

Actually, reading the first half of the book was sort of dragging for me. The reason is that Anne seems so childish! And I was like “What is wrong with this girl?”

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But I was totally wrong about her. For when I was into the second half of the book. That’s when I’ve realized that despite all the negative things that keeps on happening around her – inside and outside the Annex. She still remains to be more positive and strong; encouraging herself to stay firm no matter what. Moreover, I truly admire her for being so true to her faith in God, and believes that there is a divine purpose as to why such things just keeps on happening into her life. A young girl with a beautiful mind and a true heart.

So as I’ve finally reached into the last few dates of her diary, I was getting way more intrigued especially since I’ve already known what had happened to her. But what I wanted to know was her thoughts during her last few days at the Annex before they were captured. And as ever, I was totally surprised to all the things that she has written into her diary.

And when I’ve finished reading the book, I was utterly speechless. Moreover, I had a hard time sleeping that night. I guess, my heart was truly aching for a child in which the world has deprived her of the chance to live it as to the way as she wanted to be. But it was not given to her; so painful and so sad.

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Also, her diary has made me appreciate my life even more; though each and every one of us experiences such different kinds of sufferings into this world. But hers was a kind of suffering that I myself wouldn’t know if I have the strength and courage to experience, especially after she and her family were captured; their experience during their captivity were far too painful than the ones that they’ve encountered inside the Annex. Plus, I still have goose bumps whenever I think about it.

Oh Anne Frank, thank you so much for sharing into the world your innermost and positive thoughts; the idea of to appreciate life every single day. Although, there were some things that were written that were a bit shocking. But now that I think about it, it’s quite normal to think that way. For we are only humans, and that we are perfectly imperfect. And lastly, you’ve truly shown us that despite all of your sufferings into this world, you were truly true to yourself and to God.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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