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 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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2017 RESOLUTION BOOK TAG

AN: I hope to have improvements in my blog and myself this year. I haven’t made New Year’s Resolutions for some years now and this is a good time to start again. In addition, this is the very first book tag I have created 😎

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1. How many books do you promise to read? 

As usual, I am gonna go with 25. It’s a reachable goal for someone who has to go to work. Besides, for some reason, I haven’t been able to conquer that goal for sometime,

2. Which genre which isn’t your favorite will you try to read more?

Historical-biographical classics. When I was in the university, it was second nature for us to read classics, buy classics, and analyze classics but that resulted to me being revolted to them. I couldn’t help but associate them to grades, spot-on analysis and hard-to-please teachers. then again some classic fantasy novels ended up being my favorites. However, historical-biographical ones are still quite vapid for me-I repeat before I bruise someone’s ego, for me– and I find it difficult to look for an interesting one.

3. Which genre will you try to force on a friend?

Historical-biographical too so I can have a friend someone to share the frustration with.

4. What book/s will you take with you when traveling?

Most people I know bring light-reading materials like their favorite novels or comic books. I plan to take with me easy-recipe books this year. As I am not getting any younger, I want to learn as many dishes as I can because the ones I know I can count with my fingers. Also, it will be fun to search for local recipe books in different places. But that’ s a different story.

5. How often will you post book-reviews?

I intend to post book reviews once or twice a month. I have promised to do a lot of things for my blog and in its nature, it involves other things apart from books so I cannot do more often than that. Also, I might need to schedule posts again for that to work. Everything has to wait though because I am still in the middle of Harry Potter Marathon.

6. How often will you read book reviews? 

I read book reviews after I read and review novels myself. Since that is a factor, then following #5, once or twice a month.

7. What book-related activity/ event will you promise to participate in?

Going to public libraries will be great. For some reason, I noticed I wasn’t able to frequent libraries apart from my own recently. It will be fun to see any improvement in equipment and selection of books.

Book donation program. I remember visiting a library several years ago and the experience was terrible. Books were so scarce and outdated and I’m not so sure if the younger generation can find relevance there. These days, internet provides them the information they need and coffee shops give the perfect ambiance, but I still believe that the atmosphere in the library is different and it will be great if younger people can appreciate that. One good way to ensure it is fill libraries with better books.

Literary seminar. With my job, the chance of attending one is 5%. So I hope this year, I can go to one. Since this is a resolution tag, I will make it happen.

No doubt, you have a lot of resolutions in mind, but I’d like to keep mine to a minimum 😅 If you would like to participate in the tag, please feel free to do so and leave your links down below so I can also read your answers. Have a blessed 2017, everyone!

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Manga Monday #5- Top 10 Anime Characters

I tagged myself to Manga Monday by Bailey of Nerd of New York.


Re: Organization of the characters.
Since favorites tend to change over time, I have organized my answers this way: #1 My most favorite character and #2-10 the rest. LOL I cannot simply put the others in order of which I love more simply because. Don’t worry. I kept this list to 10. 😄

You can find Bailey’s answers here.

1. Akira Sendoh, Slam Dunk

I had to reconsider a lot of characters in my list but not my most favorite one and that is Akira Sendoh, my ultimate crush, my husband in the anime world.

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I have fallen head over heels in love with this character since I was in third year high school. When other girls in my class were so busy thinking about their short term relationships,  I started my devotion to this guy and the proof of my devotion for him is evident in the important documents of my life.

I know that my answer as to whom I like the most won’t change so I put him at the top.

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December is Harry Potter Marathon Month

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My annual celebration of the excellence of the Harry Potter series;

…when I see Harry Potter movies everyday from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows.

…when I read the novels from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows. Most probably including the collection from the Hogwart’s Library but NOT the Cursed Child. Reasons are written here.

…when I isolate myself from the rest of the world to rest in the Wizarding one.