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Stumbling upon really cool playlists on Spotify
Being able to share a typhoon survivor’s story through photographs
The Indie Project’s last few shoots 
Being able to walk through the not-so busy streets in the city early in the morning 
Purchasing good books for less
Trying out a new cafe in the middle of hell week 2.0
Shooting for a friend’s online shop
Sharing a bag of barbecue flavored fries and a cup of Oreo McFlurry with my mom
Knowing that I have an amazing support system: my family
Getting licked in the hand by a fluffy puppy
The company of good friends
Talking about books and writing with a writer friend
Getting the happy city fiesta vibes
Witnessing the colorful street dance
Inspired by Camie Juan 
  1. Up Dharma Down
  2. Stumbling upon really cool playlists on Spotify
  3. Being able to share a typhoon survivor’s story through photographs
  4. The Indie Project’s last few shoots 
  5. Being able to walk through the not-so busy streets in the city early in the morning 
  6. Purchasing good books for less
  7. Trying out a new cafe in the middle of hell week 2.0
  8. Shooting for a friend’s online shop
  9. Sharing a bag of barbecue flavored fries and a cup of Oreo McFlurry with my mom
  10. Knowing that I have an amazing support system: my family
  11. Getting licked in the hand by a fluffy puppy
  12. The company of good friends
  13. Talking about books and writing with a writer friend
  14. Getting the happy city fiesta vibes
  15. Witnessing the colorful street dance

Inspired by Camie Juan 

Posted: August 26, 2014
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August Book Haul
Despite the stressful days and busy schedules, I still have the time and money to do a book haul. Books are the main reason why I burn my money fast. I just can’t resist buying a new book when sweldo time comes. These are copies I found in book sales, except for Norwegian Wood. It’s such a good book that I just had to buy a copy of it even if it cost me around 300+ pesos.
Queen of Babble - Meg Cabot
The Kitchen God’s Wife - Amy Tan
One Day - David Nicholls
Thanks For The Memories - Cecelia Ahern
I know there’s a movie version of One Day already but I honestly haven’t watched it yet. I thought of reading the book first before watching the movie. Thank goodness I found a copy of the book for only 75 pesos. 
Amy Tan’s The Kitchen God’s Wife caught my attention when National Bookstore had a sale. She is the one who wrote The Joy Luck Club, whose move adaptation I have watched during my History class a few years ago. It was a good movie. My 15-year old self learned a thing or two about Chinese traditions. I have yet to know how well she writes when I start reading this book. 
Of course, I’ll invest my time on some chick-lit. I’ve been reading heartbreaking and depressing books lately (i.e, Paper Towns and Norwegian Wood) and I desperately need a feel-good book.
I hope I’ll be able to write another entry for my “Book Talk” segment here in the blog soon. I’m still in the middle of hell week version 2.0, and I’m trying so hard to see things in a positive light. 
'Till the next entry! :)

August Book Haul

Despite the stressful days and busy schedules, I still have the time and money to do a book haul. Books are the main reason why I burn my money fast. I just can’t resist buying a new book when sweldo time comes. These are copies I found in book sales, except for Norwegian Wood. It’s such a good book that I just had to buy a copy of it even if it cost me around 300+ pesos.

  1. Queen of Babble - Meg Cabot
  2. The Kitchen God’s Wife - Amy Tan
  3. One Day - David Nicholls
  4. Thanks For The Memories - Cecelia Ahern

I know there’s a movie version of One Day already but I honestly haven’t watched it yet. I thought of reading the book first before watching the movie. Thank goodness I found a copy of the book for only 75 pesos. 

Amy Tan’s The Kitchen God’s Wife caught my attention when National Bookstore had a sale. She is the one who wrote The Joy Luck Club, whose move adaptation I have watched during my History class a few years ago. It was a good movie. My 15-year old self learned a thing or two about Chinese traditions. I have yet to know how well she writes when I start reading this book. 

Of course, I’ll invest my time on some chick-lit. I’ve been reading heartbreaking and depressing books lately (i.e, Paper Towns and Norwegian Wood) and I desperately need a feel-good book.

I hope I’ll be able to write another entry for my “Book Talk” segment here in the blog soon. I’m still in the middle of hell week version 2.0, and I’m trying so hard to see things in a positive light. 

'Till the next entry! :)

Posted: August 25, 2014
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It’s amazing how fast-growing the food places are in Cagayan de Oro. The city’s starting to become a destination for everyone who loves affordable good food. One of the many cool places to dine in is The Backyard Grill.

I first knew about the place from one of the best food bloggers in town, The Chubby Buddy. When I heard that it was a few blocks away from school, I tagged along two of my college friends during my first visit. I didn’t get the chance to take photos of the place though, so I focused on enjoying their food. The next time I dined in the place, I tagged along one of my best college buddies. And I really made sure to take photos so I can show you guys how cool the place is. 

The Backyard Grill had me at its funky wall full of typography. My favorite line would be, “You’re cute and all but I’m not sharing my coffee.”  And I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to coffee, a person’s cuteness doesn’t mean he/she will get a free sip from my cup. Coffee’s a serious thing~haha!

When I heard that they offer breakfast combos all day, my heart jumped in joy. I can never get enough of breakfast food! I swear, there’s a special place in food heaven for anyone who serves all-day breakfast. Their tocilog never failed me. It makes you want to order another cup of rice. Their tapsilog is a-okay but to be honest, I had quite a difficult time chewing it. I guess they could improve on it a little, but taste-wise it was good nonetheless.

I have yet to try their best-sellers namely: the sizzling sisig, chicken paa and pecho, pork barbecue, and chicken isaw. Apparently, I have gone after their breakfast menu instead of their grilled best-sellers (that’s how cruh-zeh I am about anything breakfast haha!). Also, I’ve heard and read a lot about how good their choco sizzle is. They’re selling it for only 90 pesos and you’ll get a chocolate cake, topped with ice cream, on a sizzling plate. It’s something I shouldn’t miss ordering when I come back to the place.

If you’re looking for a new place to satisfy your taste buds and hang out with your friends, The Backyard Grill is the perfect place to try. It’s located at Marfori Compound (in front of Chingkeetea), Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.   

Posted: August 17, 2014
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Tonight is one of those nights when procrastination disguised itself as a trip down memory lane. Despite the fact that I still have so many things to do, I decided to reread your pink journal. And I guess, it’s about time to reflect on the five years that passed.

It’s funny how you imagine yourself to be when you reach twenty. In one of your earlier entries, you wrote about how you should be this successful lady, working a job that doesn’t feel like a job at all, and traveling to far-off places whenever you feel like going on a new adventure. 

Well, things aren’t how you imagined it to be. You haven’t traveled to every beautiful place there is in the world. You are not a Victoria’s Secret Angel, not yet at least. You haven’t found the one. You don’t have a fancy closet full of fancy clothes. Heck, you’re not even done with college yet! But know this, you will be okay

All the things you fear or worry about now, will not affect you as much, in a few years time. The pain of your first heartbreak, the fear of not accomplishing anything, the worry that you might not move on from all that has hurt you — all these things will become nothing but battle scars and “once upon a times”. 

There are people who will tell you how to live your life. It will start with a simple, “You need to take up a course that will guarantee you a good job”. Then they will discourage you; tell you that you’ll never be successful with whatever career path you choose. The painful things they say will overwhelm you, but you will find the courage to just shrug it all off and do the things that makes you happy.

You will make countless mistakes and failures. And that’s okay. Like what J.K Rowling said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.” I know that sometimes you feel like you’ve failed at so many things, you start to think you’re a fluke of nature. Remember this, committing mistakes and failures only means that you’re really living

Of course, there will still be times when you doubt your capabilities; when you’re unsatisfied of your work and you feel like you just want to surrender. Don’t. Take a break if you must, but never give up. You offer the world something different; something they may never see if you choose to let your doubts and insecurities consume you. 

Sooner or later, you will realize that you’re only friends with some people because you get to see them five times a week. You will realize that real friends are the ones who will accept you for who you are, and being with them feels natural. Natural in a sense that you don’t have to strain yourself to keep the friendship, because you know that you will still be friends no matter how long you haven’t seen each other. Life will have a strange way of “filtering” the people in your life.

I know how badly broken your heart is right now. You wish you could find an instant cure to make all the hurt go away, but you will realize that the only way to heal is to feel all the pain.

Pearl, you will go a long way. Though there will be things in the world that will hurt you, your strength and courage is immeasurable. Always remember that you only have this life to live. Go make the most out of it. 

All my love, 

Your 20-year old self

Posted: August 16, 2014
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