Bring it on, 2017!

Hello anyone out there!

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I am so sorry to be MIA these past few weeks after my last post.

Did you enjoy reading that review? I hope I made you consider reading that book for this new year. 🙂

Thankful for a blessed 2016

I have read so many post on facebook about what everybody is thankful for last 2016 and I also do a similar way of thanking everyone every year on my tumblr and my previous blog. This year is not an exception, so brace yourself because this might be a really long blog post.

First and foremost, I would like to thank God for giving me another year to live on earth. For guiding me to the right path and for giving me strength to conquer all of life’s challenges. I know I will not be in this position in my life without Him.

I thank my family for encouraging me to fight and finish what I started. I couldn’t have done it without all their pushing and cheering for me to pass the written board exam and up until this moment they are rooting for me and my success for the practical phase. My success is and will be their success as well.

To my friends and new found friends, I thank you for giving a little space in your heart for little ‘ol me. I know I have a whole lot of mistakes to some of you but I am still thankful that you choose me to be part of your lives.

I will specifically mention these people…

Marj.  My high school best friend and my laotong. Thank you for keeping up with me and my dramas and emotional instabilities. You truly deserve all the blessings you have received during the past year. Thank you for supporting me in whatever the hell I put myself into with my life. I wish that you will have more blessings and success this 2017. Never forget that your laotong, Lucille will always be here for you through thick or thin, ups and downs and in any situation you also get yourself into. See you soon! 🙂

To my dear boyfriend, Thank you for staying despite all the unlucky events that bombarded you last year. I know it is not easy to keep up with personal problems together with a very moody and sensitive girlfriend. Thank you for trying your best to lift my spirits up whenever I feel down. I know I sometimes forget that you need me more than I needed you last year. I will do my best to be a better girlfriend for you this 2017.

Bookbed , KB , Allana and my booktungan batch 1 groupmates,  I know I may be too enthusiastic (borderline annoying) but you all tried your best to make me feel like I belong to your group. Thank you for the opportunity to share what I write through your website. I feel very blessed to have met all of you. Without this little confidence that this organization and booktungan gave me, I do not know if I would be able to express myself through writing. Thank you for opening up a new section in my life that I sincerely enjoy being part of.  I owe a whole lot to Bookbed and I hope to work and help you more in spreading your #ReadingNation campaign this 2017. 😀

Challenging Start for a new year

This first week of January will be a big turning point in my career as a budding dentist. It will be my practical exams and I am anxious already. These past few days, my dominant hand is showing signs of an early manifestation of Carpal Tunnel syndrome (this is what my sister told me). I am currently taking pain relievers whenever I feel pain and I was also prescribed an ointment to soothe the pain and stiffness that I feel.

I am still awaiting my next move in the #YAI2017 project and I am eager to start my story once it is approved and all set to go. I hope what I submitted is worth reading.

My best friend started her new year by trying her writing prowess on a flash fiction activity that she has on her IG account. I actually want to do a similar project of writing everyday. I might start it after I am done with my board exam and it will either be posted on this blog or kept privately until I feel it is all good to show all of you.

They say to become a better writer one must write more, and I do think that is correct. I hope to share more stories with all of you this year.

Okay, enough blabbing! I want to wish you all a Happy, blessed and prosperous new year. Thank you for sticking around and reading this long post.

♥L

 

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Chinatown Courtship

I am still busy with reviewing for my December exams and I couldn’t update every day or weekly on my blog but the good news is: my writing buzz is still on. 🙂

I am sharing this to you now and I hope you take a chance on reading this.

Do tell me what you think of my story through a comment here or on wattpad.com 😀

Without further a-do here it is:

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About the story:

Jake meets Lin ,a unique Filipino- Chinese girl, at the busy streets of Binondo Manila and instantly falls in love with her. Join him as he faces the challenges to have a chance and a place in Lin’s heart.

Excerpt from Part 1:

Walking around Binondo, Manila was a past time I developed after my summer internship shift ended. I enjoyed the mixture of different architectural structures in the area and it always felt like I am transported to Europe and China at the same time.

The people you see in the area were also a mixture cultures, at one side of the district are Filipinos chatting madly in either Tagalog or Visayan. At the next corner, you hear Mandarin, Fukien or Cantonese speaking Chinese high school girls walking behind you.

This is what I like at this part of the city. It’s never the same every day, there will always be peculiar or special about this place.

Here is the direct link to my story: Chinatown Courtship on wattpad.com

‘Til next post

♥L

#booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 1

Update 🙂

This is what kept my writing buzz going. I hope you can read our story. It is a collaboration with wonderful filipino writers and aspiring writers (like myself).

I wish I could write more but I have to go back and read all these Republic Acts, Laws and Rules about the practice of Dentistry in the Philippines.

I miss writing and I miss sharing it all to you. For now, I give you this story so that you do not forget about me. 🙂

Til next update!
❤ L

Our First and Last (Scribbles #6)

Disclaimer:

This is the raw version of my short story submission at bookbed.org with the same title.

Article submitted: February 11, 2016

Article posted on bookbed: March 6, 2016

Article URL: http://bookbed.org/2016/03/06/our-first-and-last/

I am sharing this unedited version of my composition because I want to inspire and make other people feel that they can also write and share their stories with the world. You don’t need to keep it to yourself if you know it has this “magic” to you then it might be something someone needs to read to help or inspire them as well. It’s called paying it forward.

I was once in your position. 😀

Title: Our First and Last.

I never thought I would have a chance to walk hand and hand with you on a Valentine’s Day weekend. Every Sunday is your day with her. I already accepted that I can only be with you on a normal day where everybody is busy with their own lives; through birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases and other special holidays I knew I had to spend it without you by my side.

You looked at me with those “Chinito” eyes that never fail to make me feel weak. All I could do was smile back and treasure this moment we have. A sunny day with no distractions or no phone calls from anyone that do not know my existence.

You called me last night to tell me that you wanted to spend this day with me. I tried to contain myself but inside I was screaming and jumping up and down for joy. Your voice was cracking while we were talking about when, where and how we will meet. I asked “Anung problema?” (What’s the problem?) You started to tell me that you are fighting with her for almost a week now. It was because she found out about your “deeds”, as we call it. You told me that she told you to stop it. She asked for space and right now you are complying with her request. All the excitement inside of me died down; Was I just a doormat to go to when you are feeling alone? Despite that, I still agreed on meeting and spending the day with you.

I was at your doorstep at around 10 o’clock in the morning. I did not put make-up on and only wore a simple shirt, a pair of jeans and sneakers. I was going to bring you to Tagaytay. The place where we first said we love each other. I do not know if it would make you forget everything you told me last night but it was well worth the shot. The drive there was silent. I did not know what to talk about and I can see that you were crying the whole night. I put out a smile just to reassure you that you shouldn’t be too sad and you tried your best to smile back but I know you were holding back tears.

We arrived just in time for lunch, you did not eat a lot. I told myself that eating may not be a way to make you happy. So I drove us to the Sky Ranch and asked you “May naalala ka?” (Do you remember anything?) You smiled and said “Oo naman, dyan ka nagprofess ng love mo para sa akin.”(This is where you professed your love to me) I frowned and sarcastically said “Ang gwapo mo naman.” (You’re so good looking). We both laughed and that time I knew you were trying your best to make this day memorable for me as much as I want it to be the same for you.

As we walked to our last stop, holding hands, you told me you love me. I answered back “Alam ko naman yun.” (I already know that.) Your grip on my hands got tighter. Before I sat down opposite to you; you hugged me tightly and whispered into my ears “I’m sorry, Jade.” I stopped but you gestured for me to sit down. I could see your worried face but before I could ask you what was that all about, our meal arrived and you ate quietly. I was now the one that did not have any appetite. “Hindi ba masarap yung inorder mo?” (Don’t you like the taste of what you ordered?”) was all you asked me. You devoured your whole dish and also my left over. After everything is consumed your face turned into the gloomy face you had when I picked you up this morning. “Halika na, uwi na tayo.” (Come on, let’s go home”) you smiled at me and I smiled back. We were still silent on our way home. I still had questions inside my head but I was concentrated on driving us safely home.

I dropped you off at your home, your mother was already waiting for you outside. I said my hello and she told me to take care. It was a short drive home but before I arrived my phone notified me that I received a text message. When I arrived it was the first thing I looked at. It was from you, this is what it said:

From: Mark (+639**325619820)

Message:

Magpapakasal na kami ni Phoebe sa susunod na linggo. 3 buwan na syang buntis. Pinili kong makasama ka sa huli kong Valentine’s Day na single ako. Alam kong hindi na tayo magkikita pagkatapos nito pero sana makita pa ulit kita. Sorry at hindi ko masabi sayo ito kanina. Ayoko lang masira ang araw natin. Mahal na mahal kita at hindi yun magbabago. You are and forever will be my last love.

(Phoebe is 3 months pregnant. We will get married this coming week. I wanted to spend my last valentine’s day as a single man with you. I know you will try your best not to see me anymore but I hope to see you soon. I’m sorry I couldn’t tell it to you earlier. I did not want to ruin this day. I love you and will always do. You are and forever will be my last love.)

I was right, I will never forget this Valentine’s Day; it was the first and last I will have with you.

If you want to know more about bookbed.org visit their website @ http://bookbed.org

Maybe you are interested in becoming a Cheer Reader or a Storyteller, like me.You can participate in the events the group has organized for book lovers, share your thoughts on a book or share your original compositions. They/We are a friendly bunch of people so don’t be afraid to share your talent or what you like doing sich as drawing, art, etc.

They haven’t bitten me for real XD maybe I just got bitten by the bookbed bug. IDK. lol.

Share your thoughts don’t just keep it to yourself. Somebody out there might be interested in it. 😀

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

’til next post

♥L

Do I even know how to draw? (Scribbles post #4)

Lately I haven’t made web graphics challenges and joined any challenge sites. The only practice I have now is making banners for my blog and some of my friend’s blogs.

I have been expanding my skills with line art using my simple Chibi drawings, I draw and scan it then practice on Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. I now believe that practice does make “almost” perfect.

Just check it out yourself….

I also had a take on simply drawing , lettering or whatever it’s called and manual coloring using crayons and here it is:

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I just edited this a little bit on Photoshop CC 2014 . I adjusted the vibrancy and the exposure. I know I need more practice. I’m trying okay? lol

Yes, the current banner on this blog is from this picture. As usual I experimented and that is the result. What do you think of my experiment? 🙂

I am not a professional. I never had any drawing or lettering or any art class except the ones in my grade school years. (We actually didn’t have an Art class back in high school.) So don’t judge my juvenile strokes and ugly shadings. I am practicing and learning on my own based on what I can read on books, internet articles and some youtube video tutorials.

I made this section as a way to inspire others that it’s never too late to expand your skills and that it does not take too much if you really enjoy doing something. 🙂

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

♥L

 

 

A little piece of me. (Scribbles post #3)

When I was younger I was not an “artist”. Until now I don’t believe I am good with my hands when it comes to scribbling and drawing but I do like messing around with pens, pencils, and the occasional colored pencils.

I have been very curious in creating web graphics since I was in high school. Maybe because I wanted a custom signature for all those Harry Potter Role-playing sites I joined and also for my past blog (I warn you that blog is full of teenage angst, problems and immaturity).

I started with playing around on MS Paint and then I tried my hands on GIMP because it was a free source software and it was the nearest thing to Photoshop. When I had my hands on my first Photoshop program which was Adobe Photoshop CS. I explored the internet and I was lucky to be in a school that taught us how to use the program. I also had other classmates that had better skills on Photoshop that shared tutorial sites and all resources that can be found on the inter-webs to enhance our acquired skill.

Okay now, I’ll show you some of my first graphics work.

Finishing high school did not stop me to gain more knowledge about using the program in all possible ways. On my free time, I find myself looking at forums and also joining challenge forums to help me with practicing.

Here are some of the works I did in those challenges

Forum Signatures: (click on the circles for full view)

Coloring.

Coloring is enhancing the colors in one picture by adjusting some elements in the picture. Click circles for full view.

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Colorization is different from Coloring.

It is adding color to a black and white or monochromatic picture. Look at that teddy bear. I got that in black and white and yes I colored it just like in coloring books. so there. 😀 Click on the circles for the full view of the other graphics. 😀

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Web Avatar/Icons.

Pretty Self explanatory. 🙂 It’s all sets because that’s is what used to be the setup when it comes to icon challenges.

Wallpapers/Blending practice.

I wasn’t really good at making these type of graphics. Maybe because I don’t like working with big resolutions or a big canvas but here are some of my take on it. (Click to enlarge)

Using Photoshop is one of the hobbies that I really enjoy doing but was not in anyway related to my chosen career choice. I shared some of my old works to my current works hoping that it would be a way to inspire others to keep on learning and gaining knowledge in something that you love to do even if you know you suck at it, like me. XD

Ill update you once in a while when I have a new creations. :)))

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

♥L

Never too late for a start (WOLM? #23 & Scribbles#2)

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

I know for most of you this is just a normal day but here in the Philippines and in most parts of Asia it is another New Year. I myself do not celebrate this holiday but I can’t complain that it’s a holiday here.  :)) I’m happy I spent the day with my family and also got good news via email. 😃

Remember the other day I was feeling excited,anxious and nervous at the same time? Well now I feel happy. The one I submitted got published. For some, it may not be a big deal but for me it’s an achievement and I am feeling blessed, accomplished and inspired.

Here is the link to the article: http://bookbed.org/2016/02/08/readingnation-why-i-read/

I posted the original essay here. I want to tell you more about this site and organization but I think a blog post should be made for the site itself. So stay tuned for that.  🙂

’til next post. I’m updating on my mobile and it’s bothering me a lot but I am so excited to share this news to all of you. 😀

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

♥L

 

 

 

Why I read books. (WOLM? #21 and Scribbles#1)

 

I was talking to my friend earlier on viber. We were talking about our high school days and after a while we talked about reading books. We were avid readers back in the days. I told her about my goodreads challenge and that I made a review on my blog about a book I just finished reading. I also shared to her the book I am currently reading.

We were asking question left and right about the books we read and if it’s good or if it’s something we both would read. Then out of the blue I realized something. Why am I reading books? Do others have the same reason like mine when it comes to reading? I then proceeded to share my thoughts with my friend about it and I want to share it to you as well. (Whoever you may be that is reading this post right now.)

I am not a fan of people who do “speed reading”. I look at reading as something you have to put yourself in. I am not an author but I tried my hands and brain on creating a story for NANOWRIMO 2015. It’s not easy to come up with plot twists and building a character. It needs time and also some inspiration. I also had to put in mind my grammar when I was writing and challenging myself. After that month I had a new perspective as a reader. I didn’t want to brag about having read 100 books in a year. I wanted to brag that I put my heart into what the authors made for us to read. I was reading that book that took a person time to conceptualize and think about word per word. Maybe I have not considered that there are ghost writers, editors and publishers. They are still people.

L they get paid doing their job.

I know for a fact that they get paid for doing their job. Aren’t we all paid to do a job we choose and sometimes love to do?

Think of it as a task you did on your job that took months to finish and your boss would simply look at it for 30 seconds and say “hmmm good job.” Isn’t that heartbreaking in your part? It took you months to do and all they did was look at it for 30 seconds. They did not ask questions. They did not even wonder how you did this and that. They did not digest your work.

I look at reading a book as somewhere I could escape in or put myself into. I do not want to be a spectator. I see a whole lot of readers who simply “watch” their books they aren’t putting themselves in the book. After reading the book, reviewing it or telling everyone that its a good read… months later after reading 45 books ask them about that book they read months ago. Do you think they can instantly remember what is it about or what made them want to read that book? I have encountered some people like this. I am disappointed but I have nothing against them. It is their lives anyway.

These are my own opinions. I do believe I am passionate when I learn to love something.

Reading together with writing are my passions. I hope with this drive I can genuinely share to you what charm every book I read has showed me.

I want everyone reading this to take this in mind:

Reading is an adventure. Do not be afraid to immerse yourself in it. Do not be afraid to feel what the characters feel. Do not be a spectator. Take your time to read it because it took time to create such masterpiece. Don’t waste that opportunity by simply speed reading through it. Make yourself comfortable because when you finished that book you will be happier that you are not just “watching” it in your head. You were with them in their adventure. 🙂

see you all tomorrow! 😀

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

♥L