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Mayan
19 September 2015 @ 09:46 pm
This is the bittersweet tale of my first week in my first job.

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Mayan
10 September 2015 @ 01:03 pm
This is nerve-wracking.

It's my first job's orientation tomorrow and I'm terrified and excited at the same time. I didn't expect to be in the education field after finishing journalism (since almost everyone in the family are in the teaching field) but yes, here I am. Although I will not be teaching, but rather working more on modules and editing (which I did a lot in college), I still think it's weird that I ended up working for a university.

And then the day after tomorrow, I will be attending the Japan Education Fair and Convention here in Manila, which, I bet, will be awesome. I'm after the talk and the discussion of the Japanese culture but I guess this will be some sort of reunion for my batch mates in the JENESYS 2.0 Mass Media Programme. And speaking of Jenesys, it has almost been a year since our trip to Japan! I terribly miss that place.



I remember seeing Arashi in JAL's plane magazines and pre-flight advertisements, in different billboards at Narita airport, at Haneda airport and even in New Shin-Chitose. I was thoroughly satisfied then.

And then some Japanese students from a university in Hokkaido went to my former high school for a benchmarking/appreciation tour. I hope they had a nice time here, just like we did in their prefecture (and in Sapporo City University!).

I guess that's everything. I need to work on my review of the For the Feels bundle of the #JustWritePH blog tour. I'm due to post my thoughts on the bundle by Saturday.

Ciao ciao.
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Mayan
06 September 2015 @ 10:51 pm
I'm just going to delve into this topic once because I was hurt and terribly affected by a video, cleverly titled "Dear Fat People."

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Mayan
24 August 2015 @ 03:54 pm
Do you have any books that you have been meaning to read, but just haven't gotten around to? What are they? How did you hear about them, and why do they interest you?
I have bought the entire trilogy of The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare soon after each came out. I have been meaning to read it all as soon as I get my free time but two or three years have passed and I still haven't read past Clockwork Angel which is quite bad, to be honest.

The Mortal Instruments series is probably one of the first series which I struggled to buy with my own money as soon as the books were released. The first two books were late Christmas gifts from my aunt last 2009 and since then, I have been collecting each book by Cassandra Clare. It became an addiction.

Of course, it's only right that I read the anticipated sort-of prequel series to TMI which is The Infernal Devices so I bought them all, as well. Like I said, it's an addiction.

But it came to the release of the last book in the TMI series and I'm still stuck in the middle of Clockwork Angel. I have seen spoilers, tons of them, all over the fandom, but I forced myself to forget those.

I even finished The Bane Chronicles before this trilogy. WHAT.

Yes, the entire series has been in my to-read list for a very long time and I hope I find the time and the motivation to read it all and immerse myself in the world of Tessa, Will and Jem. Because I miss reading about them. :)
 
 
Mayan
13 August 2015 @ 12:56 pm
So yeah. It has been four months since I graduated from college and this is my first job interview.

Frankly, I'm freaking terrified. Because I don't know if I'm good enough for the position although I may have seemed enthusiastic in my cover letter.

I am just...if this isn't for me, then I'll accept it. But I really really want a job. Not necessarily for me, but for my mother.

I don't know. I may just have to throw up before the interview on Monday.

CARRIE MIRRORS MY SENTIMENTS BELOW. *huff and sigh*

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Mayan
06 August 2015 @ 05:04 pm
Which has been your favorite birthday so far? What made it your favorite? How did you celebrate it?
My 16th birthday last 2011.

It was three days before my father died so I guess it's my favorite birthday so far because it's my last birthday with my father.

He was suffering from stroke and he couldn't speak after that. But we celebrated my birthday with cake and he was happy. I fed him cake, that's what I vividly remember. I was just so happy because it was a week after he was allowed to go home from the hospital. In time for my birthday.

It was a simple celebration, not much fuss. I don't like parties anyway, unless there's good food.

But I wanted to relive that simple and quiet birthday celebration over and over again for Tatay. I'm sure he will celebrate our birthdays in heaven. Maybe he'll have some cake for himself, too. :)
 
 
Mayan
04 August 2015 @ 05:07 am
Name your top three musical artists of all time (individuals or bands). Why do you love them so much? What song would you pick from each of them that you feel is their best work?
My top three musical artists, and this may be bit of an absurd combination, would be Arashi, Ed Sheeran and Mcfly.

First and foremost, Arashi is a group that generally gives off a feel-good vibe. In a group of five completely different individuals, no one hogs the spotlight, no one stands out over the others. They have an extraordinary balance among members and that's just one of the many reasons why I love them as a group. I feel like their best work is "Happiness" just because it's a song that truly uplifts one's spirits and if I'm feeling sad, I'll have this one blasting through the speakers, definitely. It's an amazing song. They're not exactly great singers and dancers but their charm lies in their chemistry.

I've been a fan of Ed Sheeran way before he became a big name in the music industry. I used to look for his albums in local music stores and I remember when no one knew his name. I loved him through The A Team and the Lego House and seeing him grow from that independent singer to a huge star known around the world is something I take pride in. I feel like his best work is The A Team. It's probably one of the least known songs of Ed but when I first internalized the song's lyrics, I sobbed so hard. It's too realistic and the words are so beautifully strung together in something poetic. I love it so much. His voice is something I will never get tired of.

Lastly, but definitely not the least, is Mcfly. I discovered them through Lindsay Lohan's "Just My Luck." I thought they were such a cute British band then. But they've grown into truly fine gentlemen. I love Mcfly because their songs tell stories and they make me dance. It's full of instruments, a cute tune, and the lyrics are cool. Tom and Danny write the songs for the band, too, and Tom is superbly talented. I think "Room on the Third Floor" is their best work. It's a mellow song about a room they've stayed in when they became a band. I will never get tired of listening to it.

I guess that's all. I'm too passionate about these people and I hope they last in the industry longer. :)
 
 
Mayan
03 August 2015 @ 01:56 am
It's not that I'm too distracted by the web that I can't bring myself to sleep.

It's because I'm scared of these strange, recurring bad dreams. It's getting scarier everyday.

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Mayan
29 July 2015 @ 12:27 am
Saw this interesting list and I decided to answer it on my own. Like someone would ask me. :D

1:A song you like with a color in the title - Yellow Pages by Ed Sheeran (actually one of the first Sheeran songs I discovered back in 2012)
2:A song you like with a number in the title - Five Colours in Her Hair by Mcfly (a great pick-me-up song and it's the classic tune of Mcfly. I love it.)
3:A song that reminds you of summertime - Best Song Ever by One Direction (I don't know. I guess I have a lot of memories of playing it on my phone a lot during summer?)
4:A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about - none, I think. Can't associate anything to that person.
5:A song that needs to be played LOUD - Happiness by Arashi (to lift people's spirits up!!!) or Centuries by Fall Out Boy (THAT SONG IS LEGEN-waitforit-DARY!)
6:A song that makes you want to dance - Sing by Ed Sheeran.
7:A song to drive to - Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts. (One word: CARS)
8:A song about drugs or alcohol - Drunk by Ed Sheeran
9:A song that makes you happy - Hey Yeah by Sho Sakurai
10:A song that makes you sad - Hold You by Nina Nesbitt featuring Kodaline (this sounds better as a duet and my heart hurts every time I hear this)
11:A song that you never get tired of - A.RA.SHI by Arashi (I don't even need to explain.)
12:A song from your preteen years - Bitiw by Spongecola (I listened to a lot of OPM in my preteen years of no internet access)
13:One of your favorite 80’s songs - Thriller by Michael Jackson (Michael Jackson is a family favorite)
14:A song that you would love played at your wedding - Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran (I don't care if it's too overrated these days. If Ed, and only Ed, sings this at my wedding, whether or not he's the groom, I will cry like a baby)
15:A song that is a cover by another artist - Wayfaring Stranger by Ed Sheeran (I JUST LOVE THIS ON LOOP PEDAL GAHD)
16:One of your favorite classical songs - Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven (from Nodame Cantabile! GYAAAA~)
17:A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke - Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran (Huhu, please)
18:A song from the year that you were born - Always by Bon Jovi (this song is everything, I swear. Thank you, older cousin for letting me listen to this on your old mp3 player)
19:A song that makes you think about life - 100 Years by Five for Fighting (just listen to it and experience existential crisis)
20:A song that has many meanings to you - Blackbird by The Beatles
21:A favorite song with a person’s name in the title - Little Joanna by Mcfly
22:A song that moves you forward - Kitto Daijoubu by Arashi or I'll Be Ok by Mcfly (both tell the same message)
23:A song that you think everybody should listen to - Gang of Rhythm by Walk Off the Earth (it's such a fun, instrument-filled song. I can only remember listening to it with a smile on my face.)
24:A song by a band you wish were still together - It's Gonna Be Me by Nsync
25:A song by an artist no longer living - Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston
26:A song that makes you want to fall in love - Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran (I wish that song was dedicated to me, dang it)
27:A song that breaks your heart - You Break Me by Ed Sheeran and Yozora e no Tegami by Aiba Masaki
28:A song by an artist with a voice that you love - Lego House by Ed Sheeran, Selfies by Nina Nesbitt and Kono Mama Motto by Sho Sakurai (sorry, can't choose)
29:A song that you remember from your childhood - My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion (my earliest memory is actually watching Leonardo DiCaprio risking his life for a woman with this song playing in the background and young me swaying along to it.)
30:A song that reminds you of yourself - Sha-La-La by Venga Boys (my mother used to tease me whenever this song plays because when I was a kid, I'd relentlessly dance to it. Not even aspired to be a dancer, tbh)

THIS IS PROCRASTINATION AT ITS FINEST. And oh yeah, my high school friends invited me out for snacks tomorrow and I can't bring myself to go and meet them after so long because ANXIETY IS ACTING UP AGAIN. I don't even know what to do.

Cancelling at the last minute. Writing tons tomorrow, instead. I still have some Junba and Yama fics on hold. YAY MEEEE! (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑♡
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Mayan
24 July 2015 @ 05:40 pm
I'm back to writing after a few days in bed due to colds, coughs and fever. Not that I'm up and energetic again because my throat still has a long way to go. Deciding to go night swimming after a night of partying (both for my sister's 18th) was such a bad idea, in retrospect, especially when cold nights are starting over here. But I had fun, anyway.

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