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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Four Eyes

How many of you wear prescription glasses? I do. Well, not as often as I should be, but I do have prescription glasses.

I started wearing glasses when I was in elementary school. I was diagnosed to be nearsighted and that I had astigmatism. I loved reading even at an early age, often to the point where my grandmother would have to turn on the light for me while I was reading because I never got up to do it myself when it got dark. I refused to stop reading (nerd alert!) and insisted on reading even if it got dark. I remember my mother blaming my bad eyesight on that bad habit and my grandmother getting mad at me for straining my eyes like that. I don’t know if there is any truth to that, but I can’t blame them for saying it.


Monday, September 27, 2021

September 2021 Playlist: Random

Since I promised a few more playlists on this blog for September, I am now sharing some random songs on my Spotify Liked Songs list. These are songs that people probably have not heard about or songs that people do not expect me to be listening to. I have already excluded similar songs that are in other playlists I have shared in this blog so that they can be completely different from my previous posts.

Are there any songs here that you also like? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Friday, September 24, 2021

September 2021 Playlist: Francis M

I was going through some of my digital photos and found one of the late Francis Magalona during one of his shows here in Cavite. It was the first and only time I had seen him perform live even if I had been a fan for years. It’s just so sad that he passed away so early from cancer because there would have been so much more that he could offer as a pioneer in the Philippine rap industry.

Back when I was younger I was a fan of his as an actor so when he came out with his first album, Yo!, I just had to ask my parents to buy me a copy. It was probably the first rap album in the Philippines because I don’t remember anyone doing it before he did. He came out with a lot of hits, a lot of them nationalistic in theme (but never boring). My sisters and I are fans and we were all together to see him during that one show that I have a photo of. 

Since I promised to post more than one playlist this month in memory of my music-loving father’s birthday, I decided to post a list of songs from Francis M that I love the most.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

My “Smoky” Past

For some reason, people tend to look at me as the good girl type. The one that follows the rules and doesn’t sway from the norm. It's not that I'm the exact opposite of that, it's just that I am not as good as people make me out to be. I have my flaws, just like everyone else. I guess that misconception is why people tend to get surprised when I admit that I used to be a smoker. People can’t seem to picture me as one. 

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Looking back, I can’t remember when I started smoking but it was definitely when I was in college. I just remember my dad almost hitting me when he found out, which was ironic (?!) since he was a smoker himself. I think it was more about being the eldest child and the expectation that I should be a good example to my younger siblings than the actual smoking itself. 


Friday, September 10, 2021


I’ve been planning to write this entry for some time now but I wasn’t sure how to say what I want without being cheesy or overly serious. I should probably put in a trigger warning for those who have had or are suffering from depression and the like. OK, you’ve been warned. Carry on.

Recently I have gotten to thinking about life scars. The things that have happened in my life on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Events and experiences that have made their mark in my life and how I have been dealing with them. I’ve realized that through the years, I have changed my outlook on life and how I look back on these scars/trying times in my life compared to before.

According to Charles R. Swindoll, life is “10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”  I have to agree. The things that happen to us, especially those that we classify as hard times, often happen when we least expect them and we have no choice but to face and deal with them. It is our choice on how to handle it and how to live with the things that have happened to us. 

What are these scars that I am talking about? Here are some of them:


Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Sunday Update 25: These Dreams

I’ve been having unusual dreams lately about one particular person. It’s unusual in the sense that the dreams I have been having all feel connected to one another but at the same time they’re not. I guess it’s mostly being that it involves the same person and me feeling a connection with that particular person than the events of the dreams being in any particular order with each other.

It feels weird to be writing it all down and sharing it online but I feel like with how dreams go I might forget about them eventually if I don’t save them somewhere. I know it would seem cheesy and corny but the whole situation reminds me of the movie In My Dreams, which I reviewed on this blog last year. 

I can’t say that the movie influenced my dreams in any way since the last time I actually saw the movie was years ago, but the concept of it was similar to my experience because like the character in the movie, I have been dreaming of someone who in my dreams appears to be my true love.


Saturday, September 4, 2021

September 2021 Playlist: Musicals

September is my late father’s birthday month. I thought it would be nice to have this month feature more than my usual music playlists since my father was the one who made me fall in love with music.

I grew up with my father playing music all the time and growing up, he even taught us to sing. To this day, my sisters and I joke around saying “Hangin! (Air)” when we’re singing because our father always says that to remind us to use air from our diaphragm instead of straining our throats when we sing. 

The cool thing about my father was that he did not just like one type of music, so even as children we were exposed to many different genres, which influenced us to be the same way. I can’t tell you how many times people have been surprised to hear me playing classical music one moment and my sister playing hip hop the next…then my niece starts playing something from a musical. We like a lot of different types of music and I think that makes our individual Spotify liked songs lists a weird combination of artists.


Friday, September 3, 2021

My Writing Projects : Should I Keep Going?

A couple of days ago, BTS member Jungkook celebrated his birthday by going on social media to ask his fans for lines that could be turned into song lyrics, and he later turned it into a song during his live stream. 

It was an interesting idea, and it reminded me of the days when I used to write song lyrics and put melodies to them. No music though since I can't write those down even if my life depended on it. There was a phase in my life where I had a bunch of songs and I even recorded them and gave it as a demo to a certain celebrity (who shall remain unnamed) who had released his own album at the time. Nothing ever happened after that. The only feedback I got was that that certain celebrity wanted to know if it was me singing (yes), that was it. The whole situation was disappointing and I think I have stopped writing songs since then.

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At the moment the writing I do is mostly for work. Contracts, corporate information, business letters, proposals...those types of things. On the side, I try to keep my creative side alive by writing this blog and working on the book outlines I have (current book count: 8, a mix of several genres such as romance, action, suspense/thriller & historical drama). It's all still a struggle since I haven't finished a single book, but I do have scenes for them that I just have to stitch together. 

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