It has been a while!

My boyfriend asked me these questions the other day: “What happened to your writings? When will you write again?”

My answer was a mere sigh.

I do miss writing, I do miss sitting around, tapping on my computer’s keyboard and letting my imagination run free. But in life, (as cliche as my next statement is) we all grow old for something we did before. Sometimes it is voluntarily leaving this hobby or involuntary because of how our life paths are leading us to.

So my answer to my boyfriend’s question is,

Soon, but not so soon. I need to have more time to concentrate on what I choose to be in life. I am still building myself to become what I dream of being.

I will still keep writing but not too often. I will still share my thoughts with you. Whoever is there reading my blog posts, published works online, etc.

Thank you for staying with me and understanding.

β™₯ L

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Reading Challenges, anyone? {Updated: January 24,2017}

Reading has been part of my life since I was taught to read when I was in kindergarten. My mother purchased a whole set of children’s picture book to encourage me and my sister to read aloud and read as many as possible. It is probably due to my mom being a wide reader herself. She wanted to pass her hobby to her two little girls and she did not fail on that life goal.

I am not a person who has those new year’s resolution but I do set one year-long goal for myself every year.This year my goal is to read more than the past few years.

Ever since I focused on finishing Dentistry I had to set aside this hobby of mine. I still read a book or two every year but I know that it is not enough.

With that long overdue goal done, (I am patiently waiting for the DLE results as I write this) I have all the time to focus on myself and my pastimes. It also help lessen the stress and the anxiety of waiting for the results. It’s like my brain’s stress ball.

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So I was looking around the inter webs and on facebook for tips and what to put on my to-be-read book pile, when I encountered an article about reading challenges.

Reading Challenges, what’s that?

Basically, a reading challenge can be classified into two (based on my observation.)

One form has reading prompts and the other tracks down how many books you have read throughout the year.

I have tried the latter challenge last year but did not hit my goal of reading 24 books in a year because “dentistry is calling” .

This year I want to try out the reading challenges with prompts. I think it will help me in making up my mind on what book to read next.

Reading Challenges I will participate in

Bookbed’s Reading Challenge

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I told myself to read more local books this year and I know this will help me in my mini goal leading to my year long goal of reading more. πŸ™‚

I hope you can join us as well and use #BookbedReadsPHLit so that we know you are participating.

Currently reading:—-

Finished:

[x] Any book by a Filipino author: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

 

PopSugar Reading Challenge

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Finished reading:

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Currently Reading:

A book involving travel: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

So with all of these challenges, I think I can reach my reading goal. πŸ™‚ Will you join me in facing this challenges?

Comment down below if you will and what you think about reading challenges.Β  If you have book suggestions, don’t be shy to tell me. πŸ™‚

’til next post!

β™₯L

 

 

 

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. πŸ™‚

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.Β  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! πŸ™‚

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,Β  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.Β  I owe a whole lot to Bookbed and I hope to work and help you more in spreading your #ReadingNation campaign this 2017. πŸ˜€

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.

β™₯L

 

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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

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

β™₯L

#booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 1

Update πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Til next update!
❀ L

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!)Β  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. πŸ™‚

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

See you soon or read you soon. πŸ˜€

β™₯L

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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!

β™₯L

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 andΒ  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 ?Β  πŸ˜€

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

β™₯L

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. πŸ™‚

A Mother’s Unexpected Inspiration

As the book title suggests, The Booze Stole my Son: Don’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 doesn’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 β€œdead” 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)Β  I am simply setting my priorities. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜€

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

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

’til next post!

β™₯L