MARCH Articles

I’ve been wanting to do this project for a long time. My Goodreads READ-shelf shows I’ve been too into Japanese comic books recently (so far 58 books out of 60 are comic books lol) so I thought reading articles in my spare time will even things out.

How am I planning to execute this? 
I had considered having a monthly wrap up for my blog posts until I realized that my blog count depends on how often I post…which is erratic in nature. Considering the amount of articles I read a month, I cogitated the idea of summarizing my thoughts for all of them instead of reviewing them one by one. Think of it as a Youtube Beauty Guru doing a monthly haul, or having her Monthly favorites, or empties video (yep, I spent my time binge-watching Youtube videos too!) so lo and behold!

Without further ado, here are the articles I read this month:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/23/why-we-read-authors-and-readers-on-the-power-of-literature
I’ve always thought that it is important for a writer to read but anything I have to say has already been said-er-written here.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160908-the-language-rules-we-know-but-dont-know-we-know
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170313-the-secret-language-you-speak-without-realising-it
BBC is a great site where people can read substantial articles and the links I have written above are awesome examples. I have always been intrigued by language structures be it Japanese or English and I’m quite sure a number of languages out there out to be examined as well. Still, not everyone can be a philologist.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160912-the-dark-side-of-roald-dahl
I have written a review on BFG (here) not knowing that there is more to it than my poorly written feedback. It didn’t come as a surprise though that literary works come in different shades –or what are literary criticisms for!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/newu1671/80-signs-youre-an-intj-cz0z?utm_term=.rymRARvaA#.sj7mvmAwv
Not exactly an article but I still love this list from Buzzfeed. I posted something about getting INTJ in some personality tests (you can read it HERE)but somehow answering them triggers a compulsion to get the answers ‘right’. This list however almost convinces me that maybe, yes, I am… Still, it won’t hurt to know for sure.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170303-eight-words-that-changed-the-way-we-think
I love the idea that there are eight words that changed the way we think, to be honest but the crowding of words in the article made it rather difficult for me to just pinpoint which things I have to focus on. I’m thinking whether it is because my vocabulary has to be further honed by the writer, or the idea was to intimidate people because the article was about words. In short, it’s verbose. Then again, it’s worth sharing. And it has Muggle in the list, that’s enough a reason.

You may have noticed that I read a number of articles dated 2016 but hey, these posts are about articles I have read in a month, not the articles-written-in-a-month that I’ve read (does that make sense?).

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I am Not That Jazz (or how I see myself as an INTJ)

Putting a label on one’s personality is quite hard. With each passing day, we grow and develop our characters influenced by our society, the things we read, we see, and we feel and these factors help us perceive things in different angles and respond to them accordingly.

Knowing this, you might think I don’t like taking personality tests. On the contrary, I do. I spend a number of hours trying to figure out what kind of behavior I actually exhibit and it feels good to learn different ways of analyzing one’s character therefore having different labels that are not at all contradictory to one another.

I took another exam featuring Myers-Briggs to verify something that has been bothering me for quite a time. I had taken three similar personality tests from different sites a number of months ago and two of them had yielded the same result. Note that I had taken them at different times as well. Lo, and behold, the most recent exam I took made the score 3/4.

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I typed INTJ + gif in Google images and found responses that seemed natural to me at times including this:

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Most likely my personality at the workplace has affected my responses to those exams–and the fact that I take exams well (lol). Other factors include language and time. Certainly the amount of time one spends on answering a personality examination endangers its accuracy due to his subjectivity. Say, there’s this question:

Regardless of what other people say, deep down I feel that I am… *
Pretty normal
Kind of weird

I wouldn’t choose NORMAL–heck no. There’s nothing more despising than being categorized with people who don’t know their own purpose in life. Then again, should I say I’m weird? That will be weird. ^_^ So it took me a long time to consider what I should choose.

Somehow a part of me thinks that this maybe the result of how I want to see myself. Do I act like this when I’m surrounded by people who know me well? Surprise! I don’t. But you don’t have to know what I am like, right? ^_^

What I somehow don’t understand in these personality examinations are the promotions that come after. Why do we need to ‘improve’ ourselves? Should we become better INTJs or any other classification? Or are we being molded to become ‘better’ individuals by changing parts of us that society cannot accept? There is also the question of what ‘better’ actually means.

After all, I personally believe a part of our personality depends on how others perceive us… but it doesn’t mean we need to care about what they think about us. I don’t think it is fair that a person can put a label to anybody’s character without spending enough time with him or her. Even married people tend to misinterpret their partners’ actions, parents can’t understand their children’s philosophies, and colleagues can’t decipher each other’s logic. Who knows, the INTJ beside you might be very different from the one who has written this post… but who still wants to determine if she’s actually an INTJ.

Although Buzzfeed took a pretty good shot at it and almost convinced me.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/newu1671/80-signs-youre-an-intj-cz0z?utm_term=.coqYqX2AP#.ruqnKLQ8v

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* The question  to http://personalityhacker.com

Things I Do Instead of Reviewing Books // Guilty Pleasures of Bibliophiles Everywhere

I might do this as a tag. ^_^

Nerd In New York

Nowadays, I hardly find time to read books. And then when I do (I finished like 6 books this month) I almost NEVER REVIEW THEM!! It really aggravates me because I feel like book reviewing is the heart of book blogging. It’s also kind of the reason why I started this blog anyway, so if I’m not reviewing it defeats the purpose. I notice that when I do have time to review, I do something else.

Listening To K-POP

Here’s a little fun fact about me: I love watching korean dramas, listening to korean music, watching anime, and listening to J-POP.  A lot. I’m actually listening to it right now (Playing With Fire by Blackpink is one my faves). You are probably thinking why I can’t I just listen to music, and review books. I can’t because

  • I’m usually trying to find other songs to listen to next
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STUDENT OF THE WEEK

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Teacher: You bought a house when you were 28?
Student:  Yes?
Teacher: How?
Student: I think I was just lucky. I found the right company, had the right job, met the right people, and earned good money.
Teacher: Hang on. I am 28 and I haven’t bought my own house. Does that mean, I’m not in the right company, this is not the right job, they are not the right people?!
Student:

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Teacher: *tempted to resign asap*

The power of hashtags (#) when you are a writer — Live to Write – Write to Live

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Fast Fifty Tag

I was bullied by Avon to answer these fifty questions in Facebook. However, since I personally believe people don’t actually read long stuff over there, I think the best venue is my blog. At least, I can pretend that people actually read my answers before they hit the ‘LIKE’ button. ^_^


1. What’s your favorite movie?
Armageddon…  nope, The Devil Wears Prada… nope…Armageddon.
The point is, it is too difficult to choose (same thing I feel for Lord of the Rings trilogy and Harry Potter movies).

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2. A book you plan on reading?
It is a list.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/27811120-prex-ybasco?shelf=to-read

3. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. 

4. Favorite TV show?
NBA? or Big Bang Theory.

5. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?
Eight.

6. Facebook or Instagram?
Instagram.

7. What’s your favorite food?
Sinigang. Barbecue ribs. Ramen. Sushi. Blueberry Cheesecake. Berry ice cream.

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8. Favorite drink?
Mojito… wait, are we talking non-alcoholic here?

9. Coffee or tea?
Coffee, definitely.

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10. What’s your favorite band?
ONE OK ROCK. I have purchased more albums of this band than I did for Nickleback and that’s saying something.

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11. Current favorite song?
Black or White, Cross Gene 

12. Can you sing a line of it?
Yes. Will not let you hear though. 😄

13. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
Drums.

14. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?
Left cheek, and it should look like X. ^_^
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15. Mountain or ocean?
Ocean.

16. What’s your favorite board game?
Chess.

17. What country do you wish to visit?
Japan.

18. Jogging or swimming?
For exercise, jogging.
For relieving stress, swimming.
Fair enough.

19. Best way to de-stress?
Chug a mojito. lol
Listen to music, read a book, drink coffee, and forget the world.

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20. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
Power to fly.
Or power to vanquish insensible conversations around the world so it’ll be less noisy.

21. Latest movie that made you cry?
… damn… nothing latest, really.

22. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
My arrogance?

23. What is your most favorite thing about yourself?
My  arrogance.

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24. A sport you wish you could play?
Tennis.

25. Favorite season?
How I wish we could have winter.

26. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Takuya Terada (to practice Japanese with ^_^)

27. Hugs or kisses?
Both.

28. What is the farthest you have been from home?
When I went to Singapore for a vacation.

29. What would be the title of your autobiography?
To be Continued. ^_^

30. Favorite sound?
Silence.

31. Who is your girl(man) crush?
Emma Watson.

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Takuya Terada

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32. Last photograph you took?
In Instagram ^_^

33. If you could teach one subject in school what would it be?
Literature.

34. What is one thing you still have from your childhood?
Memories.

35. Dogs or cats?
Dogs.

36. What is something you can’t do?
Nothing.
Seriously, exploring a cave.

37. What is one habit you wish you could break?
Pulling hair.

38. What makes you laugh no matter what?
Monkey D. Luffy. He’s a character so he’s a what. ^_^ Lol Seriously One Piece makes me laugh.

39. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?
Feed a shark.

40. Best advice for your 19 year old self?
Life is short so set no boundaries.

41. What did you want to do with your life at age 12?
Be a reporter for BBC.

42. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn?
Reading can solve 70% of problems in this world caused by stupidity. So Read.

43. What is one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime?
Write more novels.

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44. Would you ever live anywhere besides Philippines?
England? or Japan.

45. It’s brunch! What do you eat?
Ribs and coffee.

46. What do you do on a rainy day?
Stay beside the window, drink coffee, listen to sad music and write.

47. What is something you wish you could be good at?
Pleasing people.

48. Most important advice you’d give your future children?
Find God and not religion. And read.

49. If you were not a (current job), what would you be doing?
I’d be a full-time writer. Or a librarian.

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50. What’s keeping you busy these days?
Reading comic books, writing more chapters to some novels people won’t read, and taking good care of my Smurfs.

I tag everybody who has read this post. Kindly leave a link in the comments directing back to your answers.

** All the images in this post are not mine. I merely collected the ones Google has offered me. ^_^

Washi Lovin’

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Because my planner needs some loving…

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I finally found some Washi tapes!

From the stocks available in National Bookstore, SM MegaMall, this set looks the best. There was one in particular with a tape dispenser but since Washi tapes can be torn so I don’t think I’ll be needing that. Besides, the design was iffy.

This set retails for 92 PHP, which I think is not so bad for 5 rolls of Washi tapes. I’ve read from some Craft blogs that I can easily spot some in Daiso so I will check in Trinoma if I could find some.

And in case you’re wondering, that little guy right there, I also bought today because I can’t find where my old Pilot Birdie (review, here) anywhere T^T. (Update: I found it today [170120] in the pen pocket of my backpack. Blame it’s tiny and sleek body lol)

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SUBSPACE Coffee House, Review

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Since I was confined at home for almost a month, I am pretty excited to go to some places that look interesting for me albeit difficult because my stitch hurts from time to time.

I was looking for a place to have dinner hoping to find something new for my palate to taste, and if you have been working in Ortigas or anywhere else for a long time, say, three years, you know this is a difficult feat. 

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Subspace Coffee House, Unit 103, GF Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Mon – Thu: 8 am – 11 pm; Fri – Sat: 8 am – 1 am; Sun: 11 am – 9 pm Phone # (02) 655 7077

As I was on my way to Galleria from Emerald Ave., I chanced upon Subspace Coffee House and I asked myself why I hadn’t noticed it before. It was dreamy!!!

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The place looks fun with all its fancy decorations and colorful walls but it still gives out a good coffee-shop atmosphere with its distinct coffee aroma, halogen lights and jazz music. The shop itself is quite small but still enough for small events. When I got there, the barista told me they’d be having a party and the coffee shop would be reserved for the next hour.

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Mismatched chairs and items in the coffeeshop remind me of my imaginary one, The Big Coffee (My novel, To Be Continued is still available in Amazon). However, what I liked best about it is the stack of books near the cake counter and I didn’t let the chance pass. I sauntered to that bar and waited for my dinner there.

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I ordered their classic Iced Americano with a small shot of gum syrup. Probably because of the ice but it wasn’t strong enough for me. But for its price, I think it was ok. Since the shop also provides light meals, I also asked for Tuna Pesto and it was amazing. The serving size looks small in the photo but it was more than enough for me.

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I can’t wait to go back and try their cakes.

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2017 Planner, National Bookstore, Review

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review.

This 2017, I’m going all out to using an affordable planner I purchased from National Bookstore.

As a fan of planners, I go for utility rather than design – a poor excuse for me being monochromatic and boring – so I’d go for less expensive ones than those that cost about 3000 Php *coughs* Starbucks *coughs* 

Don’t get me wrong. I do love Starbucks and there was a time I completed the sticker-requirement to get myself a planner which I completely used.

And I have a thing for 2017 CBTL’s and Scribbles for their amazing designs. 

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Image courtesy of Filed

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Image from Rappler

The thing is … I’m not sure I’d be able to write on all of their pages. So utility it is–yep, I’m boring. 

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I got this grey NBS 2017 planner for Php 299.75 which means I will be spending only 0.82 cents everyday I use it–talk about being a cheapskate. It is a thick Daily planner bound by faux leather, kept secured by a darker grey elastic. If you’d ask me, I’d rather have a flat band to keep the pages together than a rounded one because it damages the cover. As regards the front cover, you can see 2017 lightly engraved at the bottom right. 

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This planner by the way comes in other colors like red, cyan and lime green.

For this year’s name, my friends Tanya and Zen picked Katsudon Fatale for me — a combination of words they got from Yuri on Ice — with the hopes of giving me a year of laughter and food.

The first page shows contact information that I by no means would want to fill in. Also, I don’t see the need to do so since it’s going to reside on my office table for the whole year anyway. 

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For the next page we have the mandatory yearly calendar featuring 2016-2017. I use this page mainly to track my period. Yep, I know there’s an app for that and most probably it is more reliable than this one but at least I can use this page for something other than checking my birthday in different years.
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The next page gives a table of months with boxes large enough for quick notes and appointments. I read from some online magazines that it’ll be better to use a Washi tape for this part in case I need to reschedule appointments.
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Let’s go to my favorite part. As this is a daily journal, each day has an allotted page with by-hour markers from 8 am to 8pm. As I am asleep from 3 am to 12 noon, I guess it hardly matters but I just love the idea that I don’t have to write the time as opposed to my previous weekly planners.
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Also, since the page is spacious enough, I could change the time, add boxes here and there for more schedule and I can also use it as a diary–in case my private one has run out of pages.

At the other end of the planner is an inner pocket I usually keep my pay slips in.

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One amazing thing to note is that the paper used for the planner is acid free which means it can last for a long period of time. Since I tend to collect my planners and journals, this is a huge plus. And oh, have I mentioned that the paper is incredibly smooth that my Pilot G Tech C3 0.3 glides on it quite well.
As for the incredible designs that this planner obviously lacks, there are about a gazillion of DIY in Youtube and Pinterest that I can use as my inspiration.
What planner did you get yourself this year?
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