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The heat is crazy intense today but that doesn’t stop me from having a cup of hot coffee and nibbling on some freshly baked monay

I have been staying indoors ever since Thursday and I kind’a miss this feeling. I’m trying to lessen the lakwatsa days because I’m saving up for a trip with my high school friends this May. All I ever did for the past two days was watch episodes of season 3 and 4 of Hell’s Kitchen and season 1 of American Horror Story. I’ve been quite addicted to watching Hell’s Kitchen these days because I just love watching people getting yelled at by Gordon Ramsay. The challenges and rewards interested me too. American Horror Story is a-okay so far. I kind’a like how weird the episodes are. Season 1 was a-okay. I heard that the second season is scarier and weirder. I’ll probably finish watching the entire two seasons by tomorrow lol

Anyway, aside from basking in the glow of the television and the computer screen, I’ve also tried to get back to writing again. I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on something which will be posted on Wattpad but turns out, I’ve lost interest in continuing it. I’m currently working on a new one but it isn’t that well constructed yet. I’m still working on the flow of the entire thing; the characters, the setting, the location… these kinds of things.

Ugh. I just hope our “extended classes” would end soon. I’m longing for more chill days at home. 

When we least expect it, life confronts us with a challenge that will test our courage and our willingness to change.
- Paulo Coelho,  The Devil and Miss Prym (via thresca)

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This is the first fun shoot I did after a really long time. My friends and I didn’t really had a surefire plan for this but good thing a friend of mine was up for it. She gamely dressed and posed in front of the camera.

At first, I was thinking of trying a new way of post-processing the photos. I wanted to make it look a bit tumblr-ish but I felt quite uncomfortable with it. So I decided to go back to my usual post-processing, which is the one I am applying to almost all of my pictures.

I hope I’ll be able to do more this summer and I hope I’d get to photograph guys this time~haha! 

One of the best things about Cagayan de Oro these days is that there are a lot of really good cafes and restaurants sprouting left and right. There’s so many new places to chose to dine in depending on your mood or craving. Last Monday, my guy friends and I were supposed to try a new cafe but the weather was dragging us down. Plus, we wanted so much to play Monopoly. So we visited and tried a new restaurant called Francesca’s

Francesca’s opened up a few months ago but I didn’t really had the chance to try out until last Monday. When we first entered the resto, we felt like we were being transported back to the Spanish colonial era. The restaurant is owned by the Neri family. There are so many antique collections and memorabilias displayed in the restaurant owned by the said family. You can learn a thing or two about Cagayan de Oro’s history too! The pictures above shows only one area of the place. The other part of the restaurant was closed because there were only a few diners at that time. 

The place is as good as their food too and the prices are a-okay. We ordered clubhouse sandwiches, mango float, halo-halo and pancit (which isn’t posted above because Tumblr limits to ten photos pero photo post only). I really like how thick their mango float is. Most of the cafes and restaurant I’ve tried (that sells mango float) doesn’t have the same thickness unlike the one in Francesca’s. 

The best part about dining here? They actually let us play a sort-of quiet game of Monopoly. Good thing there wasn’t a lot of diners that time and we really enjoyed our stay. Plus, a friend of mine was sort-of the resto’s acoustic artist for the afternoon. 

If you’re planning to visit Cagayan de Oro soon, make sure to add Francesca’s in your itinerary! Francesca’s is located at Marfori Compound, Cagayan de Oro City. Read more and see more photos of the place here: Francesca’s - A Legacy Restaurant

R E A D I N G - Meg Cabot’s Being Nikki. It’s about time I give my attention to this book. This was sent by my best friend from Sumter, South Carolina a few years ago. I tried to read the first chapters after it was sent to me but I got lazy and school was driving me crazy that time (as per usual). Now that I desperately need a book to read, instead of buying new ones to add in my “to-read” shelf, I have to start reading the books that are already in that shelf. Here’s to hoping I’d actually finish reading this. 

W R I T I N G -  this blog entry and a crappy story about one of Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s painting as a requirement for my DC 4 class

L I S T E N I N G - to The Girl by City and Colour. This song makes me feel all warm and buttery inside. It’s so chill and beautiful that I can’t help feeling a little lightheaded. Plus this line is so heart-melting! “While I’m off chasing my own dreams, sailing around the world; please know that I’m yours to keep, my beautiful girl”

T H I N K I N G -  about possible business ventures to earn money for a trip this coming May. My high school friends and I planned to fly to Manila at first but there are certain circumstances that hinders us from making that trip a reality. So now we’re planning to visit the queen city of the south again. I’m crossing my fingers about it though. I really hope I’d have enough money to spend on that trip.

S M E L L I N G - the familiar scent of freshly cooked pan cakes

W I S H I N G - I could go on an adventure in Ireland and fall in love with a stranger like Anna Brady and Declan O’Callaghan in Leap Year. I watched the said movie a few days ago after a week full of slasher movies. This movie has lifted my expectations about men and relationships a notch higher loljk

H O P I N G - that I could go on an out-of-town trip at least once this summer *fingers crossed*

W E A R I N G - my heart on my sleeve haha!

L O V I  N G - this Gatsby themed birthday party by Luxe Parties. I’m falling more in love with event styling. It’s amazing how these people can turn a boring room into a beautiful one. I think party decorations contribute greatly to the success of the event.

You know what, one of the many things that I love about weddings (or events in general) is the couple’s theme, decorations and the dessert table haha! I have gone to a few weddings with different themes. My favorite one yet is the wanderlust-inspired wedding that I witnessed last April 5. I’ll show you guys the pictures when the company I’m working in will release it in their website :)

W A N T I N G - some cups of McDonald’s Speculoos Cookie Butter McFlurry and a lifetime supply of fries. Cholesterol forever yo! Lol

N E E D I N G - The Sims 3 and some of its expansion packs installed in our computer. I miss playing the game so much. It’s one of the many things that will keep me sane haha!

F E E L I N G - a little under the weather. I am currently suffering from a stupid cold right now. My nose is stuffy and whenever I talk, I sound really freaky. It has been annoying me since Friday. Gahd. I wish someone would come up with a long term cure for common colds. 

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Midnight Thoughts

I just finished my second cup of instant coffee and it’s not a busy school night or a hell week. Drinking coffee at night isn’t my usual ritual except for special occasions like finals week or whenever I feel like expressing things that are bothering me as of the moment. 

So here it is… This is one of those “special” nights.

Well first off, I am really paranoid about starting a blog entry with “I”. To be honest, I wasted two minutes of my life just staring at the first line. It feels a bit weird to start an entry like that but then again, I’m not good with constructing thought-provoking or beautiful introductory paragraphs. The same goes with concluding paragraphs. Maybe this is one of the reasons why I separated with my first love. 

Honestly, I’m not really good with writing. I just like to think that I am. If you guys only had the chance to take a peek of the notebooks I filled with my short stories and poems, you’d laugh at every word I wrote. If the sentences and paragraphs aren’t the problem, the flow of ideas are. My English teachers would have a brain cancer! It’s that bad. What makes this whole thing even more ridiculous is that there’s a high chance that I might take journalism as my major next school year. 

My dream was to become a journalist but that was six or seven years ago. Back when the level of passion and motivation I had for it was skyrocketing. Sure writing has always been something that I enjoy doing. It has been somewhat an escape; a woolly blanket to warm my cold heart; a shelter from the rain (lol at these crappy cliche metaphors). But these days, I just don’t see it as something that I should do professionally. Maybe this is just a phase. If ever I’ll take journalism next school year, maybe I’ll get back that certain level of passion and motivation that I once had for it. I guess I’ll just have to give it time. 

Another thing that’s running in my mind for the last thirty minutes since I wrote this post, is a tad bit serious. I’ve always wondered how I’d die and how it might feel. I thought dying felt like fainting. There was this time in high school when I skipped dinner and breakfast then attended my graduation practice, I really thought I was going to die. My heart was racing. My eye sight started to go from a-okay to holy shit you’re fucked. I was cold and sweating profusely. I started panicking. All that’s in my head was “What if I collapsed and died right then and there? That would be an awful way to go.”

Every time I ride a jeepney to the city, I can’t help but wonder what if it would collide with another vehicle and I’d be dead on the spot. Who among the people I love would know about it first? And if ever it isn’t my time to go yet, who would be there to make sure I’d be okay? There are days when I think so low of myself to the point that I’d sometimes think I don’t deserve to be taken care of. It’s kind’a stupid and weird but that’s just how I feel sometimes. 

Okay. Enough of that topic because I’m an inch away to going into the murky corners of my brain where only dark thoughts linger. 

Lastly, one thing that has been slightly bothering me for the last three years is this: will I ever have a big love? The crazy beautiful kind of big love. The one that writers, singers and artists have spent thousands of years writing about it, singing about it and making beautiful masterpieces about and because of it. 

I didn’t really spent much time thinking about it before not until I started working part-time in a photography company that photographs weddings and engagements 90% of the time. Sometimes when I sort photos for the company’s website, I can’t help but feel a teeny-tiny sting in my heart. Well…I try to act all tough and cynical about weddings and love in general but I guess it won’t lead me anywhere but the cage that I’ve built for myself. 

*sigh* These are only a few of the countless strings of thoughts strangling into knots inside my head. I don’t have enough patience and time to put all of them into writing. And most of them are too complicated that words do not suffice at all. 

Well… good night, I guess? I’ll just end this post like this because I suck at writing concluding sentences/paragraphs. So I’ll make this part a bit awkward……

I want to fall in love. Not just for the sake of having someone. I want it to be true. Raw. Tasteful.
I want to be swept off my feet. I want to feel like I’m falling in love for the first time all over again.
I want to be with somebody whom I can be completely myself, someone whose craziness compliments mine.
I want to be with someone who respects me. Someone who respects me enough not to even ask when my first kiss was. Someone who will never assume I’ll be easy, because he knows that what’s worth it never comes easy.
I don’t want the lake, I want the ocean.
I don’t want just spark, I want fire.
I want it to consume me — all of me.

What’s In My Bag: The Extended Classes Edition

Since one of my major subjects decided to extend our classes for a month or two, these are my MWF essentials:

  1. My mom’s brown satchel - Here’s one weird fact about me: I don’t really have a chic bag that I can call my own. I only have those cotton Cose bags and  they don’t usually match my outfits (lol as if haha) that’s why I borrow bags from my mother most of the time. This bag is my favorite one so far because not only does it match most of my everyday outfits, it’s also very handy. It has been my everyday go bag ever since I found it in my mother’s closet.
  2. A red umbrella - I never leave home without this. You know how bipolar the weather can be. It’s best to be ready at all times.
  3. My school ID - This is like a part of my body already. I will be instantly paralyzed if ever I leave this at home. 
  4. A copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - I never get tired of rereading this book. It helps me battle boredom during breaks. Sometimes it helps me avoid a boring or awkward situation loljk
  5. My crappy faux Cath Kidston wallet - I’m a sucker for anything with floral prints. When I bought this wallet a few months ago, I didn’t realize it was an imitation of a Cath Kidston wallet lol. I only bought it because of the print. 
  6. My hair brush - People with long curly hair like mine has to have a trusty hair brush inside our bags all the time. 
  7. A trusty pen - To be honest, that G-tech isn’t really mine. I borrowed it from a friend and forgot (or should I say pretended that I forgot) to give it back to him. He didn’t bother to get it back though but maybe after reading this post he’ll remember haha! Anyway, I love this pen so much because my handwriting looks so thin and I love writing with it. 
  8. Some kikaystuff - I’m a 19 year-old girl and I still don’t know how to apply make-up. Besides, I don’t feel the need to apply it on my face everyday. I’m a-okay with just baby powder, a lipstick and a lip gloss.
  9. A bottle of cologne - I only use this during desperate situations haha!
  10. Two pairs of sunnies - I bring two pairs every day just in case my mood shifts. I use the faux Ray Ban aviators whenever I feel like a badass bitch or something but if I feel like a classy lady, I use the other one. Yes, you are very welcome to laugh at this entry haha! While I’m typing this one, I can’t stop myself from giggling.

So these are the contents of my everyday go bag. They say that the contents of a person’s bag says a lot about what kind of person he/she is. I don’t know what mine says about me haha! Maybe it shows how lazy I am?

So what about you, my dear beautiful and handsome bloggers? What is your everyday essentials? I’d love to read all about them! :)

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