January 29, 2014

Main DIY of the Year!

Remember the time when I was complaining about the weather? I also recall myself promising of posting pictures of a DIY project during the rainy days since I have nothing else to do. My efforts are worth it as I was kinda successful at my first try and here it is:

Bookbinding, the mini edition

I got the idea from this instructable by KaptinScarlet. He was really great at making tutorials and has done a few cool DIY pieces in the past. When I came upon his bookbinding instructions, I was awed at how simple he made it seem to be and compared to other tutorials, I find his to be easy and understandable. It's not always that I could create a DIY project perfectly at my first try so I was extremely proud with the one above.

Though I confess that I kinda cheated too, using a small scale that it's more of a key chain than an actual notebook. But this year I am planning to design and bind a 2015 planner and I want it to be in a normal size this time. But I have to look at other tutorials this time since I have no idea how to do these:
You see those spines?
Yes! You actually have to sew those bitches together and I have no idea where to begin. Glue was OK for the mini books I made but I'm not so sure when they're bigger. Google the process and you get tons of different ways.

So I guess I have to focus on designing the planner itself before anything else huh? Good luck on me! =)

January 24, 2014

Now Watching: Got to Believe Season 2

Just this Tuesday, the primetime series "Got to Believe" a.k.a G2B became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide as the characters of Chichay (Kathryn Bernardo) and Joaquin (Daniel Padilla) broke up for the sake of his health and future. It's the a usual theme found in love stories, but it still made a lot of fans broken hearted (haha including me). That was why the second season of series was welcomed heartily as Chichay met Joaquin once again after 2 years. His health this time is no longer in harm's way but he had amnesia due to his operation and failed to identify Chichay.

This time the event is kinda similar to the one Meteor Garden, the taiwanese live version of the popular manga Hana Yori Dango, popularized and set the standards for later asian remakes of the same manga. It is understandable that people would assume Got to Believe copied the idea. Chill dudes, try to count the number of times our beloved amnesia was used. Yep you need plenty of fingers to do that.

Anyway that isn't the reason why I decided to blog about this series today. Just a while ago, I came upon a text being passed around the social media that is allegedly huge spoilers for the show. I still don't know its origin. Still I just have to share it here too:
Ang twist po kase nung story, Si Juliana talaga ang nakabaril sa anak nyang si Joaquin kaya simula pagkabata ganun na lang ang pag aalala ni Juliana sa anak nya, Gusto palitan ni Juliana ng pagmamahal at pag-aalaga dahil once na malaman ni Joaquin ang katotohanan na hindi si Papa Bear ang may kasalanan mas lalong lalayo si Joaquin sa kanya at tuluyan nyang kalimutan ang Mama niya. 
Hindi nagka-amnesia si Joaquin kaya niya lamang nagawang makilala si Liza dahil sa Mommy nya pero nagmamatiyag padin si Joaquin kay Chichay kaya nandun padin sila magkasama. 
Ginagawa lang to ni Joaquin para maligtas ang pamilyang Tampipi from San Juan kaya nagkunyari siyang may amnesia pero si joaquin pa rin ang nagproprovide ng mga paintings ni Chichay kaya po habang sumisikat si Chichay bilang painter, si Joaquin naman nagbibigay ng mga brushes at paints ni Chichay, Sinakyan lamang ni Joaquin ang mama nya para sa kapakanan ni Chichay kaya nga po "SACRIFICE" ang ginawa niya but still mamimiss nila ang isa't isa.
Fanfic or not, this is interesting. For one, I myself had already suspected Juliana since a friend reminded me (yes, we are serious when it comes to G2B) that she did her share of pulling out a gun in a self pity session during the night the young Joaquin was shot. Unraveling her little secret is an expected future event. As for the fake amnesia, well it had been done before but I'm not so confident with this prediction. If this turns out to be the real plot of the series it sure is an evil thing to do to all the parties involved.

January 19, 2014

Fransisco d'Anconia's Money Speech

Now I'm going to share to you once again a text that is worth reading. For starters, it is actually a speech by Fransisco d'Anconia, a character from a most influential novel by Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.
There's a movie too if you're interested
Now to those who haven't read the novel, you might have heard about how philosophical it is, how deep, sometimes how bad some of Rand's logic were. However, amidst all the debate, the speech I'm going to share to you today is one of my ultimate favorites.
Remember the cliche, "Money is the root of all evil?", the following paragraphs will make think:

Oh Sunlight, Where Art Thou?

The reason why I've been quiet the past few week despite my New Year's resolution to become a better blogger was due to three reasons:
  1. My laptop's hard drive had a bad sector and needs to be updated/replaced
  2. We just had our midterm exams last week.
  3. The fucking weather.
not again
The last one is written with passionate hatred and curses. The gloomy skies began two weeks ago. Scattered rain showers and the temperature was pulled down. We welcomed it of course. It's not an everyday thing to be cold in a tropical country after all. HOWEVER, the rain seems to have seen that as a suggestion and went on doing just that. If I'm correct, this is the 12th day of nonstop rain. I myself never thought it would be possible, and it is my first time to experience this kind of weather.

Though,, there was one instance when the Sun kinda peeked out the clouds. I was so happy that day, like at last, she's out! My mother though the same thing too and started putting out the laundry to dry... But this world is never fair and it rained after an hour. When we asked some of the old folks. They had the same thing many years ago, only it went on for a whole month. God forbid!

A swimming pool in the city!
Anyway with the absence of the internet and the rainy season forced me to be productive.
  1. Bookbinding. Used discarded paper to create mini hard bounds.
  2. Continued my crochet. I'm supposed to be making a scarf but it's still too short. How the fuck did those craft lady bloggers do it? Spilling out scarves and gloves and hats in a manner of days. I'm determined to finish this project but it's a slow process.
  3. Designing my own 2015 planner. It's too late for a 2014 so I decided to do next year so I'll have lots of time to prepare and improve the pages.
As for now, I don't have the pictures yet. I hope to be productive in this vein. It already feels gloomy without anything else to do at home.

January 06, 2014

Now Watching: You Who Came From the Stars

You Who Came From the Stars is still on its sixth episode as of the moment, but it had already surpassed the 20% ratings mark, making it one of Korea's successful dramas. The leads, Gianna Jun and Kim Soo-hyun are both popular and respected. They have previously been together in the movie The Thieves, which only made this drama a must-watch as their on screen chemistry had been noticeable. It's no wonder the drama went off to a good start and steadily gaining supporters

Plus, when its broadcast rights was sold to China, it was at the highest price ever of all Korean dramas. Whoa man, that is amazing. This was in truth, the main reason why I decided to watch this. Now I'm hooked and I don't know how to let go.

The drama uses en medias res, a narrative that begins, not at the beginning of a story, but somewhere in the middle: We see an alien Do Min-joon, who landed on Earth 400 years ago during Joseon Dynasty period. He is still living in modern times but his looks remained unchanged. As the plot progresses, we got to know his story through a series of flash backs. Apparently, Min-joon is kinda stranded on Earth, but during his early days, he helped save the life of a 15-year-old girl newly-widowed girl named Yi-hwa and eventually fell in love with her. However their story ended in a tragic way as the girl was first betrayed by her in-laws and eventually her very own parents. HER OWN PARENTS. Why was that? Because of culture and reputation and shit. Humans are not to be trusted.

Due to his experiences, Min-joon, despite having superpowers c/o his alien origins (stopping time, enhanced vision, hearing and speed) he chooses to ignore the problems of the world  since he believes that there is this thing called fate and whatever he does, he won't make a difference anyway and that intervening would only makes things worse. Plus, humans are not to be trusted.

Now back to the present, Min-joon met a new neighbor, the popular Hallyu star Song Yi. She's bitchy, proud, stubborn, cunning, rude and beautiful. But deep down inside, she is lonely. Doesn't stop her from being mischievous and adorable though. Min-joon was at first, is (not surprisingly) annoyed at this noisy neighbor of his. Turns out, she is also his student at the university too, and he was able to save her in various instances. Really adorable, these two.

However, as far as I could see that it's still a one-sided love story as Min-joon was only one who is conscious with his deepening emotions for the actress, while on the other hand, the beautiful Song Yi is still quite busy with being drunk, problems with her failing career, and her broken family (which includes a lovable father, a hopeless brother and a social climbing leech for a mother). It might take time for their love story to become mutual it seems.

Now back to Min-joon, as he is slowly, and reluctantly becoming part of her life he made a surprising discovery: The younger Song Yi looks very much like his first love, Yi-hwa. It turns out they've met a few years before as a younger Song Yi was saved by Min-joon himself. It is also good to take note that Song Yi hates doing historical dramas set in the Joseon Era, and feels emotional towards a certain crystal hairpin in a museum which apparently was once Yi-hwa's. The two are as different as the moon and sun but it seems there is a possibility of reincarnation. Min-joon put the pieces together and bam! Too late, he's already in looove. It's not about Song Yi's resemblance anymore, it's there time together in the past two weeks. In fact Min-joon finds himself missing her once in a while, saying he's unwilling to do her favors but ends up doing them anyway. Aww you are so falling for her dude.

In the last episode, matters are getting sadder with Song Yi's childhood best friend Hwi-kyung proposes to her in a ferris wheel, with Min-joon on the grounds. As Song-Yi was about to answer, he stops time temporarily as he walks away.

“There is a moment I wish I could stop forever.
And even if I must do this to prevent it, there are words I don’t want to hear.”

Ouch. It was truly comical how the events worked, it's kinda predictable but Kim Soo-hyun and Gianna Jun's performances were amazing, bringing to life characters you could relate to (even if one is a 400-year-old alien)

There is more to the drama of course, and a lot of good characters. It's not usual to find a drama where the minor guys are actually decent and memorable. Take Jae Kyung for example, some of the YWCFTS fans don't like him much, but I kinda loved how he is supposed to love animals but is very much OK with killing people. Sounds like Hitler eh? Another favorite is Se Mi, played by Yoo In Na, who by the way is her third time to play an actress. Compared to the past two dramas however, Yoo In Na's Se Mi is the best friend of all ages, unrequited love, the supporting character, you name it! She has her own dreams too, that's why I couldn't really blame her actions as she proceeded to take Song Yi's place.

I'd like to on and on, but I guess I'll stop here for now.
It's a really good drama and I am praying so fucking hard that they will continue to be one in the next episodes, God knows how disappointed I was with Gu Family Book and how bored I became with The Heirs (which is is essentially OK, but I found myself skipping a lot of scenes in the later episodes, so I was disappointed in a way), I hope this one will end well. In the meantime, waiting for episode is a torture, my impatience isn't helping either =_=)!

January 04, 2014

The End of Wardstone Chronicles is HERE

I finally got the two books. The last remnants of the beloved series.

When I first got hold of Spook's Apprentice, I was seriously up for some cliche adventure, cheesy romance and all the elements a fantasy young adult could possibly give. But nooooo, let's start shoving as much horror, death and gore as we can muster. Just kidding, it's not really that extreme, but compared to the conventional YA books, Wardstone is dark. It has the same pacing as the Harry Potter books, as Tom Ward too began his career with the Spook at the tender age of thirteen, then each book represents a year of adventure that soon transformed the plot that gives Tom holds the destiny of either saving or destroying the world, at the expense of his loved ones. Pretty heavy huh?

So here I am with the last two installments. We will be having our midterms next week, but my inner goddess is demanding to make time to finish these jewels. I gave in, and I'll be posting the review here the moment I'm done. Sooo excited!~

1/21/2014 MY REVIEW - Lots of spoilers naturally, so click at your own risk.

Romantic Escapades of Yamashita Tomohisa

So after a few readers' requests, I decided to include Yamapi in my Romantic Escapades series. I actually have no idea where to start with this guy. Despite falling in love with him in Buzzer Beat, I have not truly delved into his celebrity life, I'm not a huge fan. But much to my surprise, his love stories are easy to find. I got to finish this one in a week and here it is!
Have fun reading!

January 03, 2014

New Year's Resolution-Joining the Bandwagon

Okay my title sounds cynical. You see, I don't believe in resolutions, most especially the ones made during New Year. On normal days I would be scoffing at that idea. So you're just going to promise and make a whole new you this year? Bullshit. I thought I'll still be that stubborn as 2014 came in, but I was so damn wrong. 2013 had been quite busy for all of us, I had great times but also had bad ones. Then one day, weeks before Christmas, I woke up and realized that I have lots of catching up to do, and that involves improving who I am. Well shit, since it's the holidays, there is no turning back now, here are my resolutions:


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