30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 30 (A motto or philosophy)

Before the month of October ends, I finished reading my first Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist. I remember I was in high school when his novels started gaining attention, but I didn’t find myself included in the hype. I tried leafing through the first pages of one of his books, which I have forgotten the title, and found it uninteresting. So I put it down and changed to another. However, last week I was looking for a new book to read. This sounds funny at first since I have a long list in my TBR pile. Too many books to Read More …

30-Blogging Challenge: Day 29 (Hopes, dreams, and plans you have for the next 365 days)

Today, it’s 53 days before Christmas. Add another week, and it would be the start of another year. Indeed, time move so swiftly. Roughly 60 days and we would bid goodbye to 2012. So fast. And today’s topic made me think of advance New Year’s resolution though unlike those things being written and promised, I hope my answers would be met and done. Since I am limited to 365 days only, I’ll mention those that are attainable within a year. And behold, my dear readers, my hopes, dreams, and plans for a year: To read more. It isn’t surprising that Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 26 (A childhood memory)

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence Even as a child, I was a loner. Playing with other children my age was okay, but I prefer being alone. I didn’t like to play outdoors, especially under the scorching heat of the sun, for fear of sweating too much. I had this (strange?) outcome that whenever I feel hot and sweaty, I was easily pissed. Until now. So I rarely go outside to play. Instead, I found companions in the forms Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 21 (Something you know you do differently than most people)

Many of my friends have teased me, in more than one occasion that I am abnormal. Far from normal. Well, I believe that normal is relative, at the same time subjective, on the rules set by the society. No matter how interested I am to delve in the philosophy of that state of mind, I do not want to bore you with my insights on that. Perhaps in another post.  I am a tea person and I find it a bit difficult to find someone who shares the love for tea in this tropical country. Still, I go to coffee Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 20 (A hobby of yours)

I think the answer for today’s topic is no longer new to you my dear readers. If asked about my hobby, I can only think of one major hobby: READING. As I have written in my previous posts, I can compare reading with breathing. It’s vital to my existence. Without it, I feel nothing. When I was young, I didn’t like going out with my siblings and cousins to play especially outdoors. Aside from the fact that I disliked sweat, I didn’t like to hear their squealing. I preferred staying inside the house. Alone. Some of them called me a Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 16 (A song that makes you cry)

I love music and I especially like songs which have good lyrics and meanings. I admire songwriters who have the ability to put into words a certain feeling a person can have. Those songs can really move me. Sometimes, even instrumental music can do that to me. One piece by Yiruma, titled “Loved Me” is an instrumental masterpiece which mostly leaves my eyes watered after listening to it. For a song that makes me cry and feel so burdened, I guess a song from a Filipino singer will be my answer. The song is titled “Let Me be the One” Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 15 (A person you admire)

I remember entering my university without much knowledge about the course I have chosen in the entrance exam. My first choice was bachelor degree in International Relations so when I passed the test, they automatically reserved me a slot in the college. Looking back, I felt proud to be one of the students to pass the conditions set for the course. It was rumored to have the highest grade requirement both for high school grades and test results from students vying to study there. On my first day as a university student, I felt like a small girl walking along Read More …

30-Day Blogging Challenge: Day 13 (A guilty pleasure)

For this topic, I could think of more than one answer, but since i don’t want to be reprimanded by my fellow bloggers, I’ll stick with the rule. 🙂 I guess my guilty pleasure would be: I love peanut butter. I really do. Since I was a child, I remember my mom scolding me of eating too much of it that my little tummy ached after a few hours of indulging in it. Then when I grew up after a few years, my mom had this “stage” of hiding peanut butter from me. “It’s unhealthy!” she’d tell me though it Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 11 (A photo of you taken recently)

Before I answer today’s topic, I want to post a photo in relation to my previous blog entry. In Day 10, my photo ten years ago was my elementary graduation photo. A decade after, here is my university graduation shot:   I graduated with a bachelor degree in International Relations. Wearing a goofy smile, I was holding my medal for getting a Latin honor in my studies. Since I guess this won’t classify as really “recently”, here are my photos taken a month or weeks ago. Warning: I really look ugly. Comparing now, aren’t you? Well, some say I looked Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 10 (A photo of you taken over ten years ago)

For today’s challenge, I have to post a photo of me ten years ago. Actually, I am a bit shy to post anything because a photo taken a decade ago would hint my current age. Hmm, Oh well. Here it goes: This was taken during the commencement exercise as I finished grade school. See my short hair there? I was feeling confident to wear any hair style at that time. Clue word: at that time. I have natural wavy hair so I feel a bit self-conscious now when I see my crown looks outrageous in the graduation photos. The school Read More …