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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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

โ™ฅL

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Drained. (WOLM#28)

I come here to write about what I am currently feeling, it’s not the positive feeling.

I feel drained when I wake up in the morning. Tension and anxiety run in my brain from the minute I wake up to the time that I am about to go sleep.

In the end, I find myself in a stagnant position.

It’s not a nice feeling. I hate not doing anything. Is it fun to have a stable job with nothing to do? No. Is it fun to hang around the house with nothing to do? No.

I am a workaholic stuck in a body of a procrastinator. I do not know what to do. I need to set goals but I find myself distracted or simply hopeless in a task I deem to not be successful or unique.

Why do I give up so easily? Challenges used to be my friend. Now, it is my foe. I used to love it when I am in a competition or simply something that let my brain do all the work. Now, I am simply finding an activity that requires the least amount of effort.

Why is this happening to me? I really do not have any idea.

Stressed out?

Overworked?

Hopeless?

Hormonal Imbalance?

Mental Health Issues?

Depression?

I really do not know.

I try my best to help myself cope with this feeling of passiveness. Reading books, scribbling on paper, writing whatever is on my mind, etc. but I still cannot find what makes me contented with my life.

I have contemplated a whole lot about ending my stay here on earth but there is one thing that stops me from attempting itโˆ’HOPE.

The hope that this is just a part of my life and not the whole of it.

The hope that one day things will be better than it is now.

The hope that one special day I will look in the mirror and tell myself “Look at you now. You have gone through many obstacles but you are now the winner.”

The hope that one day there will be less heartbreaks and more heartfelt sweet moments.

I am still positive.

Positive that one day I can tell the world that I had my own share of hardships larger than anyone will ever think of and that I am still there sharing all of it.

I am sorry for the sad entry. I am not feeling well but I also want everyone to know that I am still here, struggling but fighting.

โ™ฅL

WOLM #27

Why?

This is the question I usually ask myself.

Why do I have to end up like this?

Why do I have to endure more than her/them?

Why did I choose to be here than far away from it?

Why do I get into these kind of situations?

Why.

At the end of the day I never really find the answers to these questions.

I forget it and when time comes I ask it again to myself and like before I fail to answer the questions.

I am tired of asking these questions.

I am unhappy when I have to ask these questions to myself.

I want it to stop it already.

โ™ฅL

 

WOLM #26

I haven’t had time for blogging,it saddens me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Right now, I actually have no idea what to write. My mind is blank and I am simply free writing. I have so many in my mind for an idea and I have a review that I should start writing about. I guess I did not enjoy reading the book and I am trying my best to squeeze out anything out of my mind but I guess I shouldn’t pressure myself to trying my best to do so.

I hope to be able to write good. I want to be better but I feel so dumb when it comes to vocabulary or even writing in English. I do not have enough skills to be the best but I do know I can enhance it but I feel I am not worth that much.

I am mumbling now. I am sorry,reader. My mind is full of so many thoughts and I want to write it down but now that I am it all disappeared.

’til next post (hopefully a happier one,well written and composed.)

โ™ฅL

Bookbed Dugtungan (L Blogs#14)

Do you have this little urge to write a story but don’t know where to start or do you want to practice your writing skills this month?

I got the right activity for you!

If you are a regular reader of my little blog you all know that I am contributing and sharing short stories,book reviews and article(s) (singular for now because I only have one posted but I hope to contribute more) on bookbed.

I am very excited to share this activity the bookbed editorial team made for everyone and I want to invite anyone interested in joining me (yes I signed up!)ย  and other bookbed storytellers on this project.

What project/activity?

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The activity is called Dugtungan. Basically , the end result may be a short story, novelette or novel that is co-written by everyone who joined in on the fun.

More Information and how to register for Dugtungan here.

I wanted to share this because sharing is caring . ahaha.

Joking aside, I want to share this great idea of an activity because it is a great way for aspiring writers to practice and enhance their writing skills, and gain a little more confidence when it comes to their new found or old flame with writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you join me and the bookbed community in such a great collaboration. ๐Ÿ˜€

See you soon or read you soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

โ™ฅL

Holyweek Silence (L blogs#12)

Holy week has come and gone by so quickly.

My mother decided that this year we are going out of town and spend some quality family time. At first I thought it was a bad idea due to the fact that she wanted to go to Baguio. It is called Summer Capital of the Philippines for a good reason, in the end she won and we went on a 4 hours journey to said place.

When we arrived at our destination we had brunch and settled in at our hotel room. We were basically too tired to roam around the area.

The next day started with a nice walk to a restaurant that serves breakfast. It was a simple meal at a simple cafe. It was also a healthy option for the family. The restaurant is called Everything Nice and is located at the Camp John Hay Technohub vicinity. What I like the most about their rice meals is that they serve red rice instead of regular white rice. ๐Ÿ™‚

A must try for tea lovers is their Lemongrass tea but I suggest drinking it hot.

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After that hearty breakfast we proceeded back to our hotel room and got ready. We went to the Lourdes Grotto. It is a compulsory activity when we visit the city.

I noticed a lot of young people taking selfies and photos.

I am not against such activity but too much of something isn’t really pleasing anymore. Specially in a place such as that.

After our visit we decided to go to Mines View Par but the traffic towards it was unbearable and we had to turn back and go straight to St. Joseph’s Parish because we were going to attend mass there.

The next few days were a blur for me and I can only say that the trip was relaxing and a great start for me because it is summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

I still wish we stayed at home for the holy week because of the activities that was in store at our small town but I was happy to spend those days with my family.

So how was your holy week?

I’m sorry this is a short post. I have been thinking of writing another story but I have no time on my hands to do so. I promise to share it to you as soon as I finish writing any.

I miss scribbling.

‘Til next blogpost!

โ™ฅL

Ramen Weekend (L blogs#10 and Reviews#11)

Last Saturday was a little adventure again for me, my high school best friend and my boyfriend.

That morning my boyfriend and I went to Robinsons Galleria to meet someone but it got cancelled when we were already there…

Growing my own Sea Monkeys

Before the meet-up was cancelled we strolled around the toy store and saw an interesting piece of toy that only costs 50 PhP. It is some kind of kit to grow your own sea monkeys/living creature. I like these kinds of toys, I like how it educates children and I am curious if it does really work or it’s just another bogus toy. It is originally priced at 350 PHP so I guess it works but I would have to try it out.

Erra’s Ramen Review

 

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Hot Ramen on a hot afternoon.

 

This isn’t the first time I visited this ramen joint, I actually went there a few years ago. I went back there because my best friend wanted to try this “internet famous” ramen.

Last time I went there the place was smaller and only had ramen and siomai on their menu. I may be wrong because I was with my boyfriend who sometimes hides tiny details about a place. That Saturday we were given a menu booklet with an assortment of dishes from ramen, side dishes, -silogs and even alcoholic drinks.

We ordered:

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Ramen. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of mine because I was too hungry to remember that I will take a photo of it. XD

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Tokwa’t Baboy (deep fried Tofu and Pork) and tapsilog (on the far right)

The ramen still tastes the same as the last time I went there. I like it. I am not a ramen expert to say anything about it in detail but for the price of the dish, which was only in the range of 60-90 PHP, it is well worth the price and taste.

 

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She couldn’t stop eating . XD

 

The place isn’t the same as those expensive ramen joints. Do not expect any air-conditioned room, a comfy seat and a place where they hired an interior designer to make the place look classy. The place is in the heart of Ermita/ Malate bar scene. Expect to dine with alot of expats when you decide to eat there. I do remember seeing a Vietnamese family sharing a meal the first time that I visited the restaurant but this time around I saw more expats than locals. It is at the side of the road and is actually the only place that was open in the area on a hot afternoon.

I do advise going there in the afternoon if you are like me who isn’t a fan of being in a crowded place because I assume that the place is jam packed during evenings because that is when the area is very active. If you are a social butterfly, then go ahead and go there in the evening and socialize with a whole lot of different types of people and also nationalities. Like I said, the place is full of expats and the area is actually a tourist hot spot.

I do enjoy the ambiance of this simple eatery. It let’s you socialize and observe what is around you and I guess it’s better than getting stuck in a room where you don’t know what is happening outside or around you.

 

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Empty plates andย  no left overs.

 

Overall , the food is a great bargain for when you are craving for ramen and you don’t have enough budget to splurge. I cannot compare it to the other ramen available here in the Philippines because I deem most of the restaurants serving it as unreasonably expensive.

Will I go back again? Yes, for it’s affordable price the taste and the food itself is worth going back to.

Erra’s Ramen is located at Zone 076, 1755 Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

They do not have a website but they do have a facebook account and here it is : Erra’s RAMEN CART

 

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new ?ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and that you also had a meaningful weekend.

โ™ฅL

The Booze Stole my Son book review (L reviews#10)

Wow! This is an achievement, it is my 10th review on this blog and I am happy to share this because it is a book review also featured in another blog.

If you follow me on social media I have already mentioned this. Here is my promise…the untouched version of my review. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Motherโ€™s Unexpected Inspiration

As the book title suggests, The Booze Stole my Son: Donโ€™t Let it Steal Yours is a literary piece created by a mother who experienced the loss of her son due to alcoholism. She wrote her struggles, realizations, regrets, and thoughts about the disease in the hope of inspiring and educating other people about it.

What I like about this book….

The book is full of emotions, scientific facts, and some bible verses to back up all that the author is describing in her work. It gave light to Alcoholism as a disease and not just a social issue.

What I like most about this book was it gave us a glimpse of how it felt to lose someone you love so unexpectedly but could have been avoided if we took time to be with them. I also like that before and after every chapter there is this letter that the mother addresses to her son and it is relatable to almost everyone who has a mother or generally someone you treat or love as a mother (who doesnโ€™t have one?).

As sad as the whole book may be I will spoil you that you would not want to put the book down in the last few chapters of it because it does have this unexpected happy ending or maybe some thoughts that would make you happy you read the book.

What I did not like are….

I had some urges not to continue reading this book. Probably because I myself have not experienced such great loss and I also have this short attention span but I think it was also due to some โ€œdeadโ€ moments in the book. I warn you, some chapters are full of scientific facts and studies that may be too much for some people, like me, to read through. If you are not a believer of the Holy Bible and the scriptures you may not agree with some of the content of this book.

Overall,

I would have never thought of picking this book up if I saw it at an online bookstore or a traditional bookstore and to tell you all the truth I am glad I had the privilege to read and review this book. I never experienced alcoholism at first hand but I know a few of my friends who struggled with a loved one who is afflicted by this disease. As I read through the book I saw a clearer vision of how it is like to live with someone who is an alcoholic. It is harder when this person is someone you treasure, you turn a blind eye and believe in their deceitful lies to cover their illness up. I cannot blame anyone because trust is part of loving someone and this book is a clear example of that, love. It is rare to find such local author and book about this topic maybe because most of us are not proud of saying that I have an alcoholic family member but bless Ms. Au V.for sharing her story and her experience through this book.

I also have this little back story about this certain book and the author….

I actually received , via email , a reviewer’s digital copy from the author herself a few weeks after I finished reading her book. I have already wrote and submitted the review for bookbed as well.

I am posting this review on my blog because she reached out to me, I felt blessed and honored that she choose me and this is my way of saying my thank you. Based on our short email exchange she is a very kind lady and I admire her for sharing her experience to all of us.

I wish to help her and other Filipino authors boost up their reading audience because there is talent all over our small country.

I am not closing my doors to other nationalities’ books (of course I will only understand and read books that are written in English)ย  I am simply setting my priorities. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still love to discover new authors and books from all over the world but like I mentioned I want to help my countrymen and women as well.

I hope to read one Filipiniana book per month and I am actually trying my best to do so. I encourage my fellow Filipino readers to do the same. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mayroong ibang libro sa bookstores na hindi baduy. You simply have to dig and search deeper. ๐Ÿ˜€

Have fun reading and I hope you get a copy of this book because it’s worth the read.

’til next post!

โ™ฅL

LSS(week #5)

I have been watching this Korean series entitled “Twenty Again”ย  and this week’s LSS is from the OST of this series. ๐Ÿ™‚

The video I put up has English lyrics because I also don’t understand the Korean language and I know some of you want to know the meaning or what the song is about.

Song Title: ์˜ค์œ ์•ผ์œ  Oh You Yeah You

Artist: Yoo Sung Eun (์œ ์„ฑ์€)

Happy listening!

โ™ฅL

Social Media Update :) (L blogs #9)

hey everyone!

This post is going to be short and , hopefully , sweet (?) (haha)

I have gone back to using facebook for about a week now and I created a fb page for this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

and here it is : https://www.facebook.com/L-Chronicles-200266057007452/

If you want to be the first to know when my next blog post will be just like that page. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have blocked myself from using facebook for almost 2 years now because it affected me and my daily life. Need I say addiction that later on turned into depression? There was so many dramas caused by using that social media platform and I had to step away from it and recuperate from such bad vibes it was giving me and my heart. I decided to go back for the sake of this page, to be honest. I want to expand my audience and most people told me to make a facebook page and now I am trying out their advice. I hope it is effective ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you get connected with me on facebook. ๐Ÿ˜€

โ™ฅL

 

OH PS. Tonight, a review of a book I read is gonna be published again on Bookbed. I hope you also have time to read it. As usual I will be posting an unedited version of said review and the link to the bookbed article. ๐Ÿ˜€