Bits + Pieces

Tumbleweeds are all over this place, it’s sad. But anyway, here’s a photo dump of many different things so far:

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So there’s a newly-opened franchise of Starbucks nearby. People are pretty much still excited—it’s always annoyingly full—jam-packed with college students, highschoolers, and the like… but, well, it’s not like I’m a regular there or what. It took us around 40 minutes to an hour to get a table inside! Went with a busmate and a batchmate who live within a two-kilometer radius. You see, my school and house are separated by this long stretch of highway, so knowing people who live in the same district is something like… omg, we’re instant buddies now!!

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I was amazed with the Philippine map, including its tourist spots and geological formations, entirely made of Lego blocks!

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A cupcake-and-Korean-cuisine-kind-of-night with the junior year peeps aka the Soju Crew!DSC03913

I fixed my room and revamped my shelves! Well, to be exact, I simply sorted and rearranged all my journals and books and added some space-occupying stuff like the globe and cameras. This picture was taken a month ago or two, I believe, so obviously, everything’s messed up again, like how it always was, including the plant that pretty much died.DSC03918 DSC03924

We got an ice cream maker! Don’t let its toy-ish features fool you; this little machine can whip up a small batch in 20 minutes. Ice cream making is like baking—the measurements of the ingredients have to be exact, or it would come out as a yogurt texture, like the one above. I promise myself to experiment more this summer.

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My dage’s nüyou went to Hong Kong during the Christmas break and gave me all of this as pasalubong! Everything combined weighs like my brother’s grade school textbooks, I’m not even lying. Imagine what hassle it might have caused her when she had her luggage weighed or something. Didn’t even expect this, so imagine how touched I was! Trash composed of Chinese characters, and I mean that in the best possible way. She even got me two long-sleeved shirts! It’s always a wonderful feeling to be remembered. She is the nicest—nicest sister I never had. Hehe.
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She also got us cha! She also gave us tea that sprouts a flower when hot water is poured—not quite sure how you call that.DSC04280

Study well for the UPCAT! Cross one box out of your bucket list and make that dream come true. Make your parents proud and do it because you aim for it. Lift up to God everything. Be a good Lasallian and be of service to others. Don’t care about what other people think of you. Do it for your country.

Just this week, my adviser gave us back the papers we wrote our goals and messages to ourselves on during the first day of school. I honestly don’t remember half of what I’ve placed here, let alone the thought of writing all of this. It’s nice to have a little reminder of the things we aimed and wished for 10 months ago. May it be a good or bad thing, I attained most of my goals, if not all, but I’m getting there… I think. DSC04303 DSC04304 DSC04305

It’s the annual garage sale! I’m not quite sure where the idea of selling pre-loved items to fund future trips was adapted from, but it’s a very practical and resourceful thing to do, I believe. Screenshot-4 Screenshot-5

I’m back to my old self, and that is, being a gamer once again. I’ve been playing The Sims 3 non-stop these past few days! Considering that my one-week break has barely started, it pretty much tells how many hours I’ve already consumed in playing. Here’s to hoping that it doesn’t kill my productivity level. TS3 takes up all my time. It’s very unhealthy.

Well, what else? I’m officially done with high school. Marching on.

bits + pieces

Just some snapshots stored in the camera for the past three months 🙂

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Mines View Park. I’m still in a Baguio high! I think the view was really breathtaking. I probably did, but I don’t even remember going here when I was younger. Mines View was one of the highlights of the trip—we got to meet the super chubby dog, Coco, and pose like we reigned from the Igorot tribe.

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Travel trinkets(!!). Jem gave all these random things, as she labeled them to be, to me when she came from her Hong Kong trip. One of the things I like collecting is travel-related stuff, no matter how shallow or small (literally and figuratively) it may be. I’m a proud collector of garbage like tissue paper and fading receipts… lol. So thoughtful of her to have remembered the fact that not only do I really like random stuff like the ones above but because they’re in Chinese!! Included in it were a map of Hong Kong, Rilakkuma stamp collection card at 7-Eleven (did I mention Rilakkuma’s my favorite), please take me here hotel-cab note, Octopus card, and tourist attractions cards. Jem, your surprises are always a success.

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Korea goodies. Our pasalubong to Jem! I was so happy to see these when we went pasalubong shopping because staches = Jem. And that shade of pink = Jem. #FF0066, right? Haha. Her trip didn’t push through last summer (and I honestly think she deserved the trip there more than I did, haha) so I tried to make it up by getting her these.

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Review. We had our first and last study session a few weeks before UPCAT over milk tea. Sorry guys, I don’t think each of us is meant for group studying. Hahaha. It was nice to catch up with them since we all come from different sections now, and during times like this memories of junior year come to life. Best feeling ever. I really miss junior year because of this set of friends in the class, among many other things. This school year, I swear, is one of the reasons why I live a lonely, depressing life right now.

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UPCAT. 19 days ago, this happened. I was so disappointed, depressed to be exact, and as I got home from taking the exam, I spent the whole evening reading #UPCAT on Twitter and Tumblr. I came across the same sentiments such as Science Comprehension — DAFUUUU– IS DIS tweets and it was *nice* to know I wasn’t alone, but really, nobody knows how I feel. :p It was really weird because as tears were gushing down my face (hagulgol as in), I was ROFL-ing at the same time because of reading the really stupid and hilarious tweets and posts. It’s always nice to see people find something to laugh about or make fun of out of something really depressing.

“Don’t smile because it’s over.  Cry because it happened,” one posted on Tumblr. HAHA so true. I really couldn’t stop laughing.

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Anna’s birthday. We surprised her with a cake in school! We also had a karaoke session as a post-birthday celebration. Sang Filipino, Korean, Italian, and English songs—songs that represent us! Lol okay, how corny, sorry.

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Korean noms. Had this really good bibimbap at K-Pub (the ambiance there is amazing), and experimented in the kitchen and ended up making ddeokbokki (I failed again).

My junk, your treasure

Been having a garage sale for the past two weekends where else but at home. It’s been fun getting to meet different people from our neighborhood who drop by and take a look at the preloved items.

Some clothes I hesitated including among the pile, be it because of sentimental value or what, but knowing they’d fit other people even better makes the feeling a lot better 🙂

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Funds will be then converted to pocket money that maybe could be used to buy boxes of Pepero and whatnot… talk about being resourceful. Ten more days!!

Day 122

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A Bollywood movie-watching, grainy webcam-snapping, pancake-chichirya-nomming, life goal-realizing kind of day.

Sad, sad feeling to part.

Let’s all bump into each other at the mall or train station one day!

Aal izz well.

Travel Outfit Planning

During this very hot and humid summer evening, my boredom and curiosity led me to mix and match different pieces of clothing on Polyvore, which gave me an idea of what to wear to a place where the usual temperature would range from 17 to 21 degrees Celsius.

In other words, in a few weeks, my bro and I would be heading to that peninsula way up north… to the land of Joy, in South Korea! Well, that’s only if the current situation clears up, but I’ve been praying that hopefully things would become better. My hopes are set on high ground. (Well, Joy, if you’re reading this… twenty days!!)

So my excitement led me to writing this post and creating outfits, but any of this would not happen if it weren’t for Anna, who wrote a super adorable fashion guide written especially for our trip! Hopefully the clothes I plan to wear fall under all the tips written and would give justice to the words of wisdom of who else but Anna… haha, thank you for the nth time!

Coming from a tropical country, I haven’t the faintest idea of what a cold country’s weather and temperature are really like, but knowing our trip falls in between spring and summer there makes me feel like wearing not-so thick sweaters and Chucks. I’ve always been a loose-shirt-and-faded-skinny-jeans type of girl, who’s fine with everyday outfits that scream simplicity and decency, so I don’t really expect much from myself when it comes to dressing up, haha. :p But I’ve come up with outfits that consist of clothes I would actually wear!

Basics

I love how versatile a pair of Chucks is, especially white ones. We’ll be doing a lot of walking so I guess wearing rubber shoes would be good since I don’t wear flats (because I’m short, but aren’t rubber shoes “flat” too? haha yeah go excuses). I plan to use a rucksack too throughout the trip. I could wear this combination when we go ride rollercoasters at LotteWorld, maybe!

Denim + Floral

The dress’ pattern is not exactly what I plan to wear but anything floral is fine. And I love denim jackets! I have yet to find a pair of combat boots (with hidden platform wedges, haha, jk). This is probably okay for shopping and nomming on street food, or for exploring the streets of the capital.

Sweater Fever

And… sweaters! I don’t even own stuff like that, but I think that it’ll be the most comfortable piece of clothing for me. The shorts + leggings combo is something I’d like to try too since it looks so comfy to walk around in, but… yeah, my friends probably get what I’m trying to say. Hahahaha.

Hopefully these ideas would turn into actual outfits of mine! They’re not the most fashionable and stylish stuff but I’m fine with clothes that are comfy enough to shop and go around with. I guess that’s what one must be after all anyway.

And tomorrow, we’re off to an adventure in the streets of Manila… once we get down the station of Recto, we’ll be scouring the endless stalls and sidewalks for cheap and affordable pieces. Go figure!