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It has been a weeks after the successful conclusion of The Indie Projectand until now, I still can’t believe I organized another shoot for a good cause.

The Indie Project was a fund-raising fun shoot. The participants dressed up in their best music festival fashion inspired outfits. Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth and these gorgeous guys from this Pinterest board were the outfit pegs. The money my group and I collected from the shoot was used for a seminar on The Freedom of Information Bill, a requirement for our DC7 - Special Seminars class. Fourth year high school students from Southern Philippines College were enlightened about the said bill. 

The reason why until now I still can’t believe that I organized such a fund-raising event is because I thought last year’s Pose For Hope  an open photo shoot for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda  was the first and last. It was super stressful to plan and promote the event. And I can say the same with The Indie Project. I didn’t expect I’d organize another shoot again and actually have a successful run. 

Although there were a lot of bumps in the road, I’m still very proud of my group mates’ efforts. All of us contributed in the success of the said event. 

Until next time, I guess. We’ll never know :)

Posted: September 21, 2014
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Hello *waves awkwardly* from the four hot corners of my humble abode. Today’s heat is pretty intense that an electric fan can’t handle. Anyway, this semester only has a few weeks left, and that means I get to blog more than I used to before. 
Since I don’t have classes today (hooray for intramurals!), I’ll finally be able to publish this blog entry. I’ve been meaning to write about the movies and TV shows I’ve watched ever since this semester started, but every time I try to write a draft I get so lazy. But here I am now, finishing this post once and for all~haha! For this post, I have included only six items in the list. I’ll be blogging more about the others in another entry :)
1. The Bang Bang Club - My photography teacher required the class to watch the said movie. I wasn’t able to watch it together with my classmates so I resorted to online streaming. 
The Bang Bang Club is based on a true story of four combat photographers in South Africa. Being a photojournalist is not easy. It isn’t just a mere job; it’s a profession. Photojournalists take countless risks just to get good photos that portrays reality. 
While watching the movie, I couldn’t help but feel this certain ache in my chest. The blood and merciless killings, the possibility of dying right then and there – all those horrific scenes made me cringe. It takes a great amount of courage to witness and document all of that.  
2. Orphan Black - After Nikita ended last summer – which really made me sad and angry at the same time – I was looking for a new series that’s a tad bit similar to it. I’ve read in the comments section of an online streaming site that Orphan Black is a good show to watch. I started watching it last June and despite the countless school-related things I needed to work on during those past few months, I still managed to finish watching season one and two last August. 
Orphan Black has really caught my attention basically because it’s a show about human cloning. It’s one thing I’ve always been interested in. My favorite clone is Sara Manning, of course. She’s a really cool character, and I sort-of identify myself in her in a way. I can’t say any more about the show’s plot without adding a few spoilers, so I’ll just leave that part out for you guys to know for yourselves. I want you guys to get hooked with the clone club yourselves! :D
Anyway, Tatiana Maslany really deserves an award for her exceptional acting. You can identify each clone apart from each other, even if one of them pretends to be another. I don’t know if that makes sense or anything but really, Tatiana’s acting is so good that you can’t help but say, “How the hell does she do it?”  
3. Hell’s Kitchen - There was a time in my life when I was totally addicted to any of Gordon Ramsay’s shows and videos. I’d like to call that period as the “Ramsay Addiction" because I literally watched a lot of his videos and researched about his family. I watched his Gordon’s Great Escape, Kitchen Nightmares season 1 to 6, and a few episodes of his Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking last summer. But recently, I finished watching season 12 of Hell’s Kitchen.
I’m really glad that Scott won in the end. Despite being nominated a lot of times, he showed great improvements. I really thought it was Joy who was going to snag the chef position in Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Turns out, towards the end of the season, she had a meltdown in the middle of a dinner service. 
What I love about Hell’s Kitchen is knowing about food that I haven’t tried yet, and the fabulous prizes that the team gets whenever they’ll win a challenge. And of course, Gordon Ramsay’s excessive swearing and the heat between the contestants in the kitchen is something to look forward to. 
4. Blood Diamond - This movie was also a requirement for one of my major subjects. It’s a movie about illegal diamond trades, political unrest, and oppression. We watched this movie because our teacher wanted to relate Jennifer Connelly’s character to our course, which is development journalism. 
Being a development journalist like Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) is a tough profession. Like what I said about the characters in The Bang Bang Club, it really takes a lot of guts to be in the middle of all that chaos and write about it.
5. American Horror Story: Coven - The third season of AHS is one of my favorite season of the TV series yet. I’ve tried watching season 1 (Murder House) and season 2 (Asylum) last summer but I lost interest in both seasons. This is the only season that I managed to stick with through the end. 
As per usual, Jessica Lange’s acting is phenomenal. Kathy Bates’ character, Madam Delphine LaLaurie, is probably the most sadistic and racist character I’ve ever seen in a TV series. Emma Robert’s character, Madison Montgomery, bitch-y attitude really irks me – which means her acting is effective. 
In totality, it was one hell of a good season. I really loved the ending. The new supreme’s leadership is far more better than Fiona Goode’s. I’m a tad bit excited for Freak Show even if there are evil clowns involved. I’ll probably just keep my eyes shut for those parts.
6. Divergent - Is it just me or are popular book plots these days similar to that of Hunger Games? Anyway, a friend of mine recommended this movie to me a few months ago. I watched it, all because my spirit animal, Maggie Q, was in it. 
It was a good movie. I know there’s an important message behind the movie, but I was too distracted with the build-up of Tris and Fourth’s relationship. Sorry. I’m a sucker for enemies turned to lovers kind of relationship~haha!
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How about you guys, what movies or TV series have you watched these past few weeks or months? What good movies or TV series can you recommend? I’d be glad to read them all :)
Credits to 21dreamers  and Google Images for the photos used in this blog post

Hello *waves awkwardly* from the four hot corners of my humble abode. Today’s heat is pretty intense that an electric fan can’t handle. Anyway, this semester only has a few weeks left, and that means I get to blog more than I used to before. 

Since I don’t have classes today (hooray for intramurals!), I’ll finally be able to publish this blog entry. I’ve been meaning to write about the movies and TV shows I’ve watched ever since this semester started, but every time I try to write a draft I get so lazy. But here I am now, finishing this post once and for all~haha! For this post, I have included only six items in the list. I’ll be blogging more about the others in another entry :)

1. The Bang Bang Club - My photography teacher required the class to watch the said movie. I wasn’t able to watch it together with my classmates so I resorted to online streaming. 

The Bang Bang Club is based on a true story of four combat photographers in South Africa. Being a photojournalist is not easy. It isn’t just a mere job; it’s a profession. Photojournalists take countless risks just to get good photos that portrays reality. 

While watching the movie, I couldn’t help but feel this certain ache in my chest. The blood and merciless killings, the possibility of dying right then and there – all those horrific scenes made me cringe. It takes a great amount of courage to witness and document all of that.  

2. Orphan Black - After Nikita ended last summer – which really made me sad and angry at the same time  I was looking for a new series that’s a tad bit similar to it. I’ve read in the comments section of an online streaming site that Orphan Black is a good show to watch. I started watching it last June and despite the countless school-related things I needed to work on during those past few months, I still managed to finish watching season one and two last August. 

Orphan Black has really caught my attention basically because it’s a show about human cloning. It’s one thing I’ve always been interested in. My favorite clone is Sara Manning, of course. She’s a really cool character, and I sort-of identify myself in her in a way. I can’t say any more about the show’s plot without adding a few spoilers, so I’ll just leave that part out for you guys to know for yourselves. I want you guys to get hooked with the clone club yourselves! :D

Anyway, Tatiana Maslany really deserves an award for her exceptional acting. You can identify each clone apart from each other, even if one of them pretends to be another. I don’t know if that makes sense or anything but really, Tatiana’s acting is so good that you can’t help but say, “How the hell does she do it?”  

3. Hell’s Kitchen - There was a time in my life when I was totally addicted to any of Gordon Ramsay’s shows and videos. I’d like to call that period as the “Ramsay Addiction" because I literally watched a lot of his videos and researched about his family. I watched his Gordon’s Great Escape, Kitchen Nightmares season 1 to 6, and a few episodes of his Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking last summer. But recently, I finished watching season 12 of Hell’s Kitchen.

I’m really glad that Scott won in the end. Despite being nominated a lot of times, he showed great improvements. I really thought it was Joy who was going to snag the chef position in Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Turns out, towards the end of the season, she had a meltdown in the middle of a dinner service. 

What I love about Hell’s Kitchen is knowing about food that I haven’t tried yet, and the fabulous prizes that the team gets whenever they’ll win a challenge. And of course, Gordon Ramsay’s excessive swearing and the heat between the contestants in the kitchen is something to look forward to. 

4. Blood Diamond - This movie was also a requirement for one of my major subjects. It’s a movie about illegal diamond trades, political unrest, and oppression. We watched this movie because our teacher wanted to relate Jennifer Connelly’s character to our course, which is development journalism. 

Being a development journalist like Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) is a tough profession. Like what I said about the characters in The Bang Bang Club, it really takes a lot of guts to be in the middle of all that chaos and write about it.

5. American Horror Story: Coven - The third season of AHS is one of my favorite season of the TV series yet. I’ve tried watching season 1 (Murder House) and season 2 (Asylum) last summer but I lost interest in both seasons. This is the only season that I managed to stick with through the end. 

As per usual, Jessica Lange’s acting is phenomenal. Kathy Bates’ character, Madam Delphine LaLaurie, is probably the most sadistic and racist character I’ve ever seen in a TV series. Emma Robert’s character, Madison Montgomery, bitch-y attitude really irks me – which means her acting is effective. 

In totality, it was one hell of a good season. I really loved the ending. The new supreme’s leadership is far more better than Fiona Goode’s. I’m a tad bit excited for Freak Show even if there are evil clowns involved. I’ll probably just keep my eyes shut for those parts.

6. Divergent - Is it just me or are popular book plots these days similar to that of Hunger Games? Anyway, a friend of mine recommended this movie to me a few months ago. I watched it, all because my spirit animal, Maggie Q, was in it. 

It was a good movie. I know there’s an important message behind the movie, but I was too distracted with the build-up of Tris and Fourth’s relationship. Sorry. I’m a sucker for enemies turned to lovers kind of relationship~haha!

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How about you guys, what movies or TV series have you watched these past few weeks or months? What good movies or TV series can you recommend? I’d be glad to read them all :)

Credits to 21dreamers  and Google Images for the photos used in this blog post

Posted: September 16, 2014
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Norwegian Wood and Life Realizations
Before I begin talking about the life lessons I’ve learned from this book, let me share the struggle I am in because of it. You see, I know what I was in for when I purchased the book a month ago. I know that the book is filled with lines that will make my heart shatter into tiny million pieces, but I didn’t expect it to be that sad. What broke my heart even more was Reiko’s and her sister’s story. It was so depressing. I can’t imagine myself in the same situation. 
This is the first Murakami book that I’ve read so I can’t decide if this is his best work yet. Although as what I’ve read in Goodreads, this is his most popular book in Japan but not his best work. Some users in the said website recommend The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore – books that are definitely in my to-read list. 
So, as what I’ve done in the past Book Talk entries, I’ve picked out a few lines that struck me. One of it is this:

“She’s letting out her feelings. The scary thing is not being able to do that. When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you’re in big trouble.” 

There are days when I’m finding it real hard to let out heavy feelings inside me. Sometimes the feelings are so difficult to express that I am at loss for words. Writing has been a good outlet for me, but it’s still best to have someone who will listen. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of people out there who have the patience to listen to my worries.  
To be honest, a part of me thinks that there will come a day when all these pent-up feelings will consume me. And that scares me.
Another line from the book that struck me is this:

"No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it…” 

This was the part when Toru Watanabe contemplated about Naoko’s death. I can relate with the line in an emotional level. You see, I’ve lost a few people in my life (who hasn’t, really?) and it was painful. Dealing with the pain wasn’t easy. But like what I’ve said in this post, “The only way to heal is to feel all the pain”
Norwegian Wood introduced me to how brilliant Haruki Murkami is. Although the ending left me hanging and the story was somehow bland, I still admire how well the book was written. Norwegian Wood is still worth-reading. I hope I’ll be able to read more of Murakami’s works soon :D
Have you read this book? If so, spill! :D I’d be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.

Norwegian Wood and Life Realizations

Before I begin talking about the life lessons I’ve learned from this book, let me share the struggle I am in because of it. You see, I know what I was in for when I purchased the book a month ago. I know that the book is filled with lines that will make my heart shatter into tiny million pieces, but I didn’t expect it to be that sad. What broke my heart even more was Reiko’s and her sister’s story. It was so depressing. I can’t imagine myself in the same situation. 

This is the first Murakami book that I’ve read so I can’t decide if this is his best work yet. Although as what I’ve read in Goodreads, this is his most popular book in Japan but not his best work. Some users in the said website recommend The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore  books that are definitely in my to-read list. 

So, as what I’ve done in the past Book Talk entries, I’ve picked out a few lines that struck me. One of it is this:

“She’s letting out her feelings. The scary thing is not being able to do that. When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you’re in big trouble.” 

There are days when I’m finding it real hard to let out heavy feelings inside me. Sometimes the feelings are so difficult to express that I am at loss for wordsWriting has been a good outlet for me, but it’s still best to have someone who will listen. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of people out there who have the patience to listen to my worries.  

To be honest, a part of me thinks that there will come a day when all these pent-up feelings will consume me. And that scares me.

Another line from the book that struck me is this:

"No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it…” 

This was the part when Toru Watanabe contemplated about Naoko’s death. I can relate with the line in an emotional level. You see, I’ve lost a few people in my life (who hasn’t, really?) and it was painful. Dealing with the pain wasn’t easy. But like what I’ve said in this post, “The only way to heal is to feel all the pain”

Norwegian Wood introduced me to how brilliant Haruki Murkami is. Although the ending left me hanging and the story was somehow bland, I still admire how well the book was written. Norwegian Wood is still worth-reading. I hope I’ll be able to read more of Murakami’s works soon :D

Have you read this book? If so, spill! :D I’d be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.

Posted: September 14, 2014
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Floral patterns, pink shelves, cakes and cupcakes of all sorts – The Sweet House Pastry School and Cafe must be paradise for anyone who loves sweet and colorful things! 

Last Monday, I had the chance to visit the pretty place with The Chubby Buddy, James Tubeo, and Kristille. It was the grand opening of the pastry school and their cafe. The moment I stepped in their cafe, lovely floral patterns greeted me. I can’t stop myself from saying, “This is such a beautiful place” over and over again. I’m a sucker for anything floral and the cafe has loads of them. 

Since it was their grand opening, selected people were invited to try some of their pastries in their kitchen. Thank heavens for an amazing food and blogger buddy like James! :D I had the chance to try a few of their too-pretty-to-eat cakes. 

When I saw the Strawberry Shortcake with colorful French Macarons, I made sure to get a slice of it. Strawberry-flavored cakes is one of my guilty pleasures, and Sweet House’s Strawberry Shortcake is divine! The happy and warm feeling I felt when I ate a slice of it, is similar to the time when I met my best friend. And I intend to feel that way again. That’s why I’m hoping they’d offer it in their cafe soon so I’ll have more reasons to frequent the place.

The colorful French Macarons do not disappoint too. Although the shells cracked when I took a bite of it, it was still superb. My favorite was the green pistacio-flavored macaron and it was indeed heavenly! 

Trying out different kinds of cakes in a pretty room with all sorts of floral patterns everywhere – that night definitely made me feel like I was Kirsten Dunst in her movie Marie Antoinette.

The Sweet House Pastry School and Cafe isn’t just a school for anyone who has the passion in baking, and a cafe for anyone who loves to hang out in a lovely place. They also sell baking ingredients, party goods, and decorations for your baking creations. It’s a one-stop shop for people who love anything related to baking! After this semester ends, I’ll definitely continue my baking dreams there. I’ll give myself the time to practice my rusty baking skills haha!

Want to learn how to bake? Or do you just want to hang out in a pretty place, sipping tea and eating cake? I’d be happy to do both with you! :D The Sweet House Pastry School and Cafe is conveniently located in J.R Borja - Tiano Streets (fronting Maybank), Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. 

More details about the pretty place in James’ blog! :)

Posted: September 11, 2014
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