January 30, 2013

Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?: At Iba Pang Technique Kung Paano Makaka-Move On Sa Wasak Na Puso by Ramon Bautista

Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?: At Iba Pang Technique Kung Paano Makaka-Move On Sa Wasak Na Puso by Ramon Bautista. It is published on September 2012. This is a Non Fiction, Inspirational and full of Humor kind of book. Aside from being a professor in University of the Philippines, Ramon Bautista is also a self-proclaimed internet action star, commercial model, film producer, radio DJ and a lot more. This book is inspired by Filipinos mostly youngsters who consequently ask him questions over his formspring account. The questions vary at different aspects in life but mostly love, school and how to be awesome. Selected questions were all put in one book designated to ten chapters including moving on techniques, long distance relationship, no boyfriend since birth (NBSB), premarital sex and others.
Although this book mostly consists of funny, serious and shocking questions by (mostly) teenagers, Bautista's responses leave an impact to his readers where they are most probably going to laugh, reflect and learn. According to him, there are three decision making bodies in a person: Utak (brain) as the command center, Puso (heart) for emotions, and Bird (genital) as the x-factor. Obviously, one should follow the command center first and be responsible of one's self. Also, basically, think first before doing.
It has diagrams to make the reader realize more on what's written in the book.
Based on the diagrams shown above:
  • Figure 1: A Venn Diagram that shows no overlapping between "the person likes you" and "the person doesn't like you:.
  • Figure 2: It depends on how you want to live your life. Safe but boring or unsafe but fun.
  • Figure 3: The modular life system.

Here are some points to ponder:
  • "If you can't move on, move on some more."
  • "The best revenge is to live an awesome life."
  •  Don't speak to someone who made you cry.
  • He's not even thinking of you whenever you are thinking of him. That hope inside your mind and heart is just some cheesy ideas that is only existing in the movies. Move on.
  • Don't be afraid of having no boyfriend ever since. Don't just get a boyfriend for the sake of having one.
  • Think before you get some.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Use protection. Use your brain.
  • Don't dwell on your problems, solve!
And lastly, If you are worried, take a shower, eat, sleep, visit the internet, work or study, and talk to people who are happy.

Kept me company during a 10-hour drive from Davao City to Cagayan de Oro city.
Overall, this book is a good read. It serves as a guide on how to live life by reminding you of the basics (re: three decision making bodies). Sometimes, life gets too complicated and reading this book might somehow enlighten your mind, heart and face :)

January 27, 2013

La Grande Therese by Hilary Spurling

On the book cover: Humbert mania swept the Paris press when the scandal eventually broke in 1902: Here Therese, with her elegant younger sister Maria, is greeted by the trial judge disguised as a cabaret host: "Well, Madame Humbert, have you any news of the good Monsieur Crawfraud?" (Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, all rights reserved; photo by Jean-Loup Charmet, Paris)

La Grande Therese: The Greatest Scandal Of The Century by Hilary Spurling. It was published on June 1, 2000. A Non-fiction, biography and history book that seems like a novella, but it's all facts. Therese Daurignac (her maiden name) was a peasant girl who lived in Languedoc, south of France. According to the author, there was nothing special about her except her power of imagination which led her to an elegant life later on but only lasted for years.

"When Therese was small, she invented palaces for her siblings to live in, and once she was grown up, her castles in the air came true." Raised as the eldest of six, she took in-charge of the family when everything fell apart. When their mother died, her father was sunk in fantasy but Therese took care of her siblings, begged and borrowed money for her family's daily living. She became the head of the family.

For years, Therese's tricks and imaginary money convinced almost every rich individuals that she was wealthy. She had escapades, excursions, flirtations, being pretty all the time. She also thrown some parties, picnics and musical evenings. She told the dressmakers, bootmakers, halters and hairdressers of Toulouse: "I'll pay you as soon as I get my inheritance."  When her debts mounted, she announced and wept that she must go to Bordeaux (southwest) because she's engaged to the son of a Bordeaux shipping mandate. The shopkeepers in Toulouse realized that they have been tricked. Therese was seventeen years old then. The Daurignacs left the place and never returned.

Therese's motto in life is "What I want, I will have" In French: Je veux, j'aurai.

Scanned through pages and, amazingly, my camera caught this illustration by Topham Picturepoint. This is Frederic Humbert as chef de cabinet in the Ministry of Justice: The sharp legal brain of Therese's shy and self-effacing husband smoothed her path behind the scenes.

She was not yet out of her twenties when she finally moved with her family into the castle of her dreams in 1885. She and her little sister got married to the Humberts. People were so puzzled as to why and how the Humberts fell in love with the Daurignacs. This castle that Therese's mansion was located in 65 avenue de la Grande Armee, Paris. They lived an elegant life yet full of lies.

"The number of dissatisfied, often dangerous, sometimes almost unhinged customers demanding their money back increased each year as the workings of the Humbert's scheme screwed down more and more tightly on its victims." With all the problems that the Humberts faced, they left Paris for a "vacation". Among all the big names whom the Humberts owed money, one of them shot himself after knowing that the Humberts disappeared. They owed nearly Two Million Francs. Scum. Cheats. Hypocrites.

The Humberts were finally caught and sentenced to five years' solitary confinement with hard labor. But nobody knew where they were after they got out from prison.

This is a funny event in the past because it was obvious that these people were easily fooled by the Humberts and even Therese's younger self. It must be interesting to be in her time; to see and hear another trickery she's made up. Not all people praised her maybe because they felt something is wrong knowing that Therese didn't have a good family background. Spurling did a great research about her life and how it affected the French society a century ago.

January 24, 2013

You Are My Best Problem

On a starry night, there are something more familiar than the moon
and among the billions of stars. Those three stars aligned
called as the Orion's belt. I am not trying to sound geeky but
this could be our love story. I am always fascinated by it --
the only stars, I know, that are (kind of) perfectly straight.

They never fail to amuse me by their constant twinkling.
Thick red clouds may cover my view but I know they are there
shining red, yellow and blue. Light years away yet they are still visible.
Just like us, although thousands of miles apart, our love is still accessible.

I can see you, but I can't feel you; that makes me sad,
bluer than blue. The Orion's belt reminds me that
you are never going away and soon we will be together
starting on March, April or May.

This is our love story but I hope the story changes
with love being the same. Looking forward to a story
which lands in another place. If it's possible,
in between us, there will be no more space.

January 23, 2013

My first croissant

My first croissant, I believe, didn't taste good. But that won't stop me from dreaming to be in this lovely place. France, one of the places I want to visit someday, is a place that exists only in my mind yet. I wish I could just buy a cheap ticket to be there anytime. If only these photos of France that I have in my memory will serve as my passes to just be in it. I'll eat more croissant and other breads when I'm there. And I'll take photos in every places I go and just fall in love.

January 20, 2013

Trembling words and emotions

Hi. This is my first time to write something on my blog for this year. All those posts since January we're written last year and just posted on queue. I thought that I could write something in the early weeks of January. I thought that I could write something about the holidays -- how it went, how fun it was. But then I, obviously, did not. I could not. Sometimes I'm just running out of words. And sometimes I don't know how to express how I feel. But here I am. I'm writing again.

Life has been good to me lately. Although most of the time I am sad because of this and that. But overall, when I look back since day one of this year, it has been good to me. Some things and habits don't change even if I force to change it. Maybe I should slow down at stopping instead of doing it suddenly. The problem is I'm poor at always reminding myself. I'll work on it.

I have written resolutions for this year. Aside from the too personal goals, I have decided to at least read 20 books and cook at least 12 recipes. I won't stop sending letters and cards and go for a healthy lifestyle. It's funny because I'm not the kind of person who sticks with goals. In the past, my goals are almost done, half done, or never even touched. I'm hoping half, if not all, of these goals will be achieved. 

Even though I haven't written since the holidays that doesn't mean I'm not reading other blogs. I have and I am inspired by other people's stories. Most of what I have read so far, people choose 1 word for this year. Without any deep thinking, I thought my word for this year will be focus. But I don't know if it works since I don't really know what to focus on. There are a lot of groups of stuff that need to be solely focused but I feel all of them are of the same level of importance to my life. So, I've decided to create levels of importance for these things inside my head. Academics go first. I need to finish it this year. I need to because I feel the pressure that I really, really need to work. Not only because I have to gain money but also I want to experience how it is to work for myself (even if I'm clumsy).

Aside from working on academics, I want to get involved to new people and new ideas. I will not be shy to admit to you that I have bad experiences with other people. Maybe because I am too sensitive about my feelings. When a person makes me feel bad, I walk away from that event or situation. But I'm glad for real friends who are always positive in life. There are countless of them and I'm so grateful about that. 

I'm looking forward to another twirly year. I hope that everything will be fine and let ourselves become much better than what we were last year. Have a good one! :)

January 13, 2013

Perfume: Tresor de Lancome

I am a fan of fruit and flower scents but most of the stuff I bought these past few years don't last longer than Tresor de Lancome. It's apricot-tinged rose scent lasts for a whole day even when I'm outside. Although some people don't like its smell, I like it because, honestly, I think it smells very mature for me. 

Even when you're too caught up with work and other things, its scent just *pops up* randomly which reminds you that you still feel good despite the workload. The loveliness of this fragrance just keeps me in the mood for work.

January 10, 2013

Handmade postcards: flowers and butterflies

Last December, I received two lovely handmade postcards from Rochelle and Aya! Thank you to April of Design of Artisan for hosting this awesome handmade postcard swap! :)

Hi, Aya! I enjoyed looking at your postcard. It looks fun! It definitely made me smile. Those flowers with different center pieces are adorable. Thank you! :)

Hello, Rochelle! Thank you for your postcard. It looks elegant to me (maybe because of its colors). I love the stamps at the back as well. Thank you very much! ;)

January 7, 2013

Gardening: first ripe bell pepper

So excited to see the first ripe bell pepper we have at home! It's my first time to plant bell peppers and I'm very happy that it has grown healthy. I can still remember the time I threw some seeds in the pot and after 6 months, it started to flower. There's nothing more exciting than to see our little garden growing. :)

January 4, 2013

Friendship is timeless

An excerpt of the letter I sent to my high school friend:

Friendship is a formation of two or more people. It isn't necessary that these people have the same likes or dislikes, ideas and choice of music genre. Material things don't define how tight the bonding is. Age isn't even an issue.

It is an invisible tie to everyone else except between two, three or more people who enjoy being together. This invisible tie is timeless; it stretches out to a longest mile. And I believe we have that.

January 1, 2013

Action Sampler using Redscale film

Here are some of the photos I took with Action Sampler using Lomography Redscale film.

A reflection of myself wearing my favorite Minnie Mouse hairband

We don't even care what the neighbors thought of us. P.S. we're kind of drunk.

My favorite series of photos of Bhilly! What a happy guy ;)

The sunset -- a view from home

A dove that has been chilling in our yard for months now

I like this one because it's clear. So silly of me not to move my hand for an *action effect*

The sky at high noon
Action Sampler is a fun camera. Thanks to Mark for lending it to me. It's the second film camera I've ever used. I hope someday I could buy a professional SLR camera. I want to learn film photography. ;)

P.S. Happy New Year! ;)
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