Deep Cove

It’s been so long since I last hiked (hello, college days) and now, with the invite of one of my closest friends here in Canada, I was finally able to do it again. The trail was okay but according to a lot of people it was considered one of the easiest when you’re a beginner at hiking. Anyway, the weather during that time was a little cloudy and I thought it would rain. It drizzled when we got to the top but stopped a few minutes after. 

We started at around 7 in the morning just because we woke up a little late. Darn it, alarm! 

It was a good thing we started early rather than waiting for the sun to come out (that never did) because 20 minutes after, people kept on coming. We got lucky that by the time we reached the peak, there were only 3 people, meaning if you take pictures, not a lot of people would photobomb you. Personally, I am somebody who takes time to take pictures. I would stop if I see something worth capturing. The view was breath-taking and I could stay there all day and just stare at the beauty of Deep Cove. 

I had a hard time getting up the following day, okay. And I had rowing practice, too! But I did get up and guess who was very sore the Monday following all those activities? Looking forward to the next hikes!









Stay active! 

Michelle 7|26|2016

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And then I realized, it’s what I needed to hear. (Credit goes to my sis for taking this picture of me.)

Written by Thought Catalog writer Lauren Jarvis-Gibson:

Here is Why You Should Take a Break from Dating Right Now

Dating is fun, I’m not going to deny that. Meeting people you can hopefully connect with, and chatting with new love prospects is exhilarating to say the very least. But, dating isn’t the only exhilarating thing that there is to do in this world. And dating should never be anyone’s top priority.

Having a significant other can be incredible, and falling in love is never something to downplay. But, sometimes you just need to take a break from looking. Sometimes, you need to take a break for your own sanity. 

To be blunt, dating can be exhausting, and downright cruel in some circumstances.

You can go week after week on new dates and feel zero connections. You can spend hours getting ready to meet someone new, who ends up not showing up at all. You change what you’re wearing twenty times and end up on a date with a catfish instead. It can be downright painful. And downright annoying.

So, after all of the effort you have been putting towards others, maybe now is the time to put effort to yourself instead. Maybe, instead of stalking people on Tinder tonight and always swiping left, plan a happy hour with your best friends. And instead of stalking your ex on Facebook tomorrow, create some art to get all of that pain out of your heart. Maybe it’s time to work on yourself.

No matter what age you are, there is no better time than the now to focus on yourself instead of finding a significant other.

After all, you won’t be truly happy with another person until you are truly happy with yourself. And you won’t be able to love another person if you can’t love yourself first.

So, go on that hiking trail you have been saving for a future date. Take yourself out to ice cream instead of waiting for someone who will never show up. Spend some quality time with your family who you haven’t seen in ages. Buy yourself some nice take out Chinese food and watch a Netflix movie instead of getting pressured by someone to actually “Netflix and chill”. Dress up for just yourself and smile back at your reflection. Get that lob haircut you always wanted but were too scared to make such a bold statement. Take yourself out instead of having someone do it for you.

You will never be too old to take care of yourself. And you will never be too young either.

It is always a good time to put yourself first and to actually pay attention to what you want for once.

It’s always ok to take a break from dating. There is no harm in just enjoying life by yourself. And having peaceful solitude in yourself will gravitate people towards you, so you also never know who will come your way.

In a world full of online apps, dating meet ups and blind dates, dating can be annoying as f**k. It also can show hideous sides of people who only care about how your face looks instead of your mind. So, feel free to always take a breather. You can always get back in the game when that one guy you always admired starts talking to you in your hometown’s new bar. But just know, there’s no shame in waiting. There’s no shame in not dating. 

Summer


It’s officially Summer! Well technically Summer started June 21st but it rained so… 

Anyway! What I wanted to post about was to share about my now growing interest in Rowing. I didn’t think I could do it because it looked difficult to me- synchronizing with everyone. It all started when Ate Charla invited us if we wanted to join and that it was for a good cause and most importantly, that it was free! Why not, right? I was a little hesitant at first because I might slow down the group knowing I never had any experience with rowing but she said a lot of people who joined were first-timers as well. I got a little excited after that since it was something I never did before and looked forward to doing it. 

The first time we did it, I found that I was enjoying every minute of it. I loved how the cool wind just hit my face and the adrenaline that surged through with every paddle I did. Road to six-pack abs? Bring it!

Today was the second time we had our rowing session and it was as fun as the first time but it was a little more intense this time! I found that today’s stroke technique was better for me because I got to use my core muscles compared to before. It wasn’t as hard as I imagined it to be although there were a LOT of times I splashed the people sitting in front and behind me because I had difficulty with controlling how I held the paddle. I’m learning though and it was nice that our team leader was patient with all of us. 

Deciding to join was also a good way to make new friends! Although I haven’t made that many because as you all know, I’m shy. But in time!

Happy rowing!

One day I’ll be amazing, okay. One day. 🙂




The Happy List: March + April

It’s been a while, eh?


1. Painting again!

2. Conquering my fear pf heights one step at a time

3. I finally found a No Face plushie! 

4. Decorate-your-own-egg– celebrating Easter in the office

5. First night out with new friends! 

6. I’ve never been that happy being surrounded by flowers! It was breath-taking!

7. FOR HEALTHIER CHOICES

8. My first 6 am shift ❤️

9. And to end the post– the best sunset I’ve seen

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This was obviously coming. I was getting tired of people constantly asking me when I would leave for Canada and at last, I was finally able to give them a date, even though it was a little too soon. But you know what’s more interesting? It’s that every decade of my life consisted of moving from one place to another so don’t be surprised when a few years from now when I’m in my 30s I’ll be living in another place.

*cough* Japan *cough*

Anyway, people have been telling me how wonderful Canada is. Without a doubt, it is. I’ve been here for almost a month now and Canada has been nothing but great! The weather is a little too much for me but the cold weather and constant rainjng aside, I have been having a grand time. I badly miss the Philippines, though. :”(

Let the photo slew begin!

 

  






 

 

 
 


Right now, it’s been hell trying to find a job. Cross your fingers I get one soon!

Love, a permanent resident of Canada, Mich 🙂

Bookish #7

Another wave of books coming your way! Here’s the list of books I’ve read for the past months. Also, I’ve changed the way I review but soon realized the new one’s much harder to do. I’ll probably go back to how I usually do reviews after this one. So, ha, happy reading! Or not. Warning though, I think I may have included a few spoilers in some.

This Song will Save Your Life, Leila Sales

The Good: I love that she’s able to portray teen angst so well. I also love that charming guy, Char. Pun intended. Read it and you’ll understand the pun.

The Bad: I was pretty much annoyed with some of the characters from start until it ended. I almost put it down but there were so many people saying it was a good book. Well, it had an okay ending.

Should I recommend? Mmyeah. Though I won’t be so enthusiastic.

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The Good: I only have good words for these two books. They’re not novels, though. They are just compilations of short stories and poems that will hit it you in the gut.

The Bad: NOTHING.

Should I recommend? A BIG YES. Although, I only read the e-book version of this so you really need to find it (just like the pseudonym of the author :)). I’d buy the book when I see it.

The Distance Between Us, Kasie West

The Good: The story per se. It was great! I love the characters, especially Xander, and I love the parts where they try to introduce the other to a possible future profession, since they’re both still about to enter college.

The Bad: THE ENDING. It was too abrupt for me.

Should I recommend? Yes. I recommend all of her books, actually.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, Sarah Ockler

The Good: Mermaids. But not the real ones. This isn’t some fantasy novel. It’s real life. I just love that there’s a lot of talk about the sea and beaches in this book. I also happen to love the main character, Elise. And there’s a reason for it. You know how in some other books where there’s a hot guy that doesn’t stick to one girl just because he’s hot and can charm his way to any girl? And then he finds this girl who doesn’t find him attractive at first and then claims her to be ‘different from all the other girls he’s met’ and then you find him saying she’s the one? Okay, the book wasn’t exactly like this but close. But then Elise isn’t pretentious. At all. You’ll find her innocently charming and just a really beautiful person inside and out.

The Bad: Can’t think of anything.

Should I recommend? Of course!

My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Good: Jase Garett.

The Bad: It was a bit lengthy. It’s not really a bad thing but I just wished for a different ending. It was all good but it just didn’t feel right for the book to end the way it did. Because for one, there were still so many conflicts unresolved.

Should I recommend? I would. I should. I really love this book and thank God I finally read it. There was just something about the title and the book cover that kept me from reading it but when I finally did, it made sense to never judge the book by it’s cover. Ha.

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Jennifer E. Smith

The Good: I love the story, really. I love that they both stuck firmly to their decision (you’ll know what if you’ll read the book), even if it was against Aidan’s. They were just being practical, right? I could relate with all the long distance thing while studying in college. It didn’t work for me though.

The Bad: I prefer the narrator to be the main character. I’d like a first person point of view, that way I can focus on who’s speaking. Because more often than not while I was reading this, I got too lost on conversations.

Should I recommend? Yes, if you like a quick read. It wasn’t really that long. And yes, if you like a book where both characters are already together from the start.

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
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Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1), Victoria Aveyard
Steel Cars (Red Queen #0.2), Victoria Aveyard

The Good: EVERYTHING ABOUT RED QUEEN WAS AMAZING. One thing I loved about it was thinking you’ve got it all figured out but then another thing will get revealed and you’re left mind-fucked. Its like Victoria Aveyard got you wrapped around her finger. Its trully a good book and I’d love to see this on film! Oh, btw, it will be soon by the amazing Elizabeth Banks!

On book 2, I was thirsty for more Cal-Mare or Mare-Maven scenes. There were bits but they weren’t enough. Glass Sword focused more on the battle scenes and how they planned on attacking the opposing side. Also, ready your tissues because there’s going to be a gruesome death.

The Better: There are a lot of male characters.

The Best: They are all handsome and skilled and smart and cunning.

Oh, and about Queen Song, it’s just about the late Queen, Cal’s mother’s story before her demise. It was a little bit sad about how her life ended. While Steel Cars was all about Farley.

The Bad: On book 1 (and maybe also book 2), I hate to say this but I sort of compared it to many of the other dystopian novels and can’t help but think of the Hunger Games and most especially Divergent. There are similarities like from THG the love triangle thing, where she’s supposed to be seen with this guy but she’s really into the other one, and on Divergent, the whole she’s different from the others and she’s their symbol of the revolution as well as the division of houses but in this story, the division in abilities. But really, there’s a uniqueness to this book that just leaves you captivated.

Book 2 was actually a slow start for me. My attention drifted more frequently than I wanted it to which took me longer to finish this. Mare was a little annoying already and let me just tell you how great she was at reading between the lines (this was the annoying part). I got hooked probably halfway through.

Should I recommend? Definitely yes!

The Night We Said Yes, Lauren Gibaldi

The Good: I don’t know… It’s hard to think of the good parts when you really don’t like the book. Well, for one the cover was really nice and it was probably the reason I picked it up in the first place.

The Bad: It was a little boring for me.

Should I recommend? I wasn’t really into this book.

Confess, Colleen Hoover

The Good: The art paintings, oh my gosh! They were brilliant! Plot-wise, the whole ‘Confess’ thing was really good. I love how the painting’s inspirations were from people’s confessions and speaking of, what were Owen and Auburn’s first confessions? I can’t remember if those were ever revealed or I maybe just missed them?

The Bad: There were some parts that made me roll my eyes or want to shave my hair off. I don’t want to mention them because I still want to live. I’m looking at you, CoHorts. :—-)

Should I recommend? Yes. It was okay-ish. Although, this is Colleen Hoover. She has a lot of fans. Seeing as this is the first book from her that I’ve read, I wasn’t completely sold.

After You, Jojo Moyes

The Good: At first I told myself I’d never read this book because Me Before You broke me in so many ways. I thought I won’t really be interested in a world where Will Traynor doesn’t exist. But I read it, obviously. And damn would it have been a grave mistake if I didn’t.

The Bad: Nothing. Flawless book.

Should I recommend? YES. YES. YES. Me Before You left me sobbing like a bitch, of course this is highly recommended. Don’t read it unless you’ve moved on from Will Traynor’s death, though. You’ll find out why when you read After You. But if you’re a drama-lover, be my guest.

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Memories, Lang Leav

The Good: I love that the best of her works from Love and Misadventures and Lullabies were included in this lovely book. She crafts poems splendidly and I love every one of them.

The Bad: Because as I said, a part of it is a compilation of her previous books, there weren’t that many new poems.

Should I recommend? It’s an easy read. Like if you just want to read short stories that will pierce through your heart or just leave you smiling to yourself, then go right ahead.

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

The Good: Everything. I love how Mitch Albom perfectly connects the lives of people in his books. Every time I finish reading, I always have insights and he always somehow changes my view of life. He gives hope. 🙂

The Bad: Mitch Albom’s works are perfect.

Should I Recommend? Anything from Mitch Albom is highly recommended.

Waiting for You, Susanne Colosanti

Let me be direct. If I’m going to score this, I’d give it a 1 out of 5. Here’s a book full of cliches.

Should I Recommend? I really don’t want to.

Anatomy of a Misfit, Andrea Portes

The Good: The cover. And that’s probably the only thing. As I’ve read, this one was based on the Andrea’s teenage life, so may his soul rest in peace. It was pretty disturbing how he died (oops).

The Bad: Maybe I hate Anika Dragomir’s personality that’s why my take on this book is a little biased. I guess I just didn’t like how it was presented.

Should I Recommend? No.

The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer
#0.5 Glitches
#1 Cinder
#1.5 Queen’s Army

#2 Scarlet
#3 Cress
#3.5 Fairest

#4 Winter

Straight to the point: Should I Recommend? YES. DEFINITELY YES TO ALL BOOKS. I was honestly a little skeptical at first because the book covers made the book look like they were published decades ago, which isn’t a bad thing really, but I’m into YA published beyond 2000. It wasn’t eye-catching (I’m sorry I judge books based on covers). But really, these were the kind of books dystopian-loving people would rave about. They’re unique and pretty damn good. If you’re a love junkie, you’ll love Marissa Meyer because she’s so good at playing Cupid. The Lunar Chronicles is one heck of a story you’ll never forget. Movie for these, please!

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And I’m out! Never stop reading, k.

Anime Marathon #5

Karneval

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I was honestly drawn by the art. I’m not sure if I liked the whole anime but I really didn’t understand Karneval until it ended. I tried to but I was just too preoccupied and I think somehow I lost interest along the way which definitely made it hard for me to keep my attention.

Owari no Seraph

I’ve been hearing so many people talk about Owari ni Seraph so I may have watched it because of the hype. I’ve seen a lot of #MikaYu hashtags and that Yu only belongs to Mika, blah blah blah. So imagine the surprised look on my face when I found out Mikaela Hyakuya was actually a guy. This is the second time I’m going to admit that I wasn’t bothered with 2 boys being my OTP (the first one being Tsukishima and Kuroo from Haikyuu.) I always try to stay away from looking up animes I haven’t watched from wikia because aside from twitter/tumblr, wikia is a spoilsport.

I felt as torn as both of them, with Mika who later grew up as a vampire and started hating on the human race and Yu, with killing the whole vampire population his drive to live. Yu reminded me so much of Eren from Shingeki no Kyojin what with exterminating each and every one of the titans his ultimate goal. It rivals that of Yu who wants to avenge his family from the monstrosity, the Vampires.

It was good, not great. It was good enough to make me want to see the second season. Oh, and I love the opening OST, very catchy.

Zankyou no Terror

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This was really interesting. I love the whole mystery behind every action of 12 and 9. The art was incredible as well. There’s really not much to say because I love everything about Zankyou no Terror. Except for one thing though and I don’t want to spoil anything to anyone, God knows how much I loathed myself for a whole day because I accidentally read what would happen in the end while looking it up online (damn you, wikia).

It might not be something exciting for everyone else, especially those not familiar with Galileo Galilei, but I am a big fan and that alone would make me want to watch the anime.

Otome Youkai Zakuro

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I’ve read the manga and I was completely hooked and when I was checking out MyAnimeList for the anime rankings, I saw that it was already produced into an anime a few years ago. I watched it immediately, of course.

I would have loved it more but I just hate (pretty strong word) tsunderes. They make the whole story a drag because they’re. Just.
Incredibly.
In.
Denial.

And then everything would take too long to click. Aside from that, it was entertaining. Though I would prefer the manga than the anime.

Noragami

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I have no words. I purely love Noragami. End of review. I just wish I watched this sooner.

Btooom!

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Is it just me that was immensely distracted by Sakamoto’s eyelashes? They reminded me of how the *classic* animes used to look like. I keep thinking how he’s like a pretty boy. Anyway, his girly eyelashes aside, I was pretty interested by this anime. Well, any anime that has battles, adventures, mystery, sports- they all interest me so I had to watch this. But it proved incredibly boring to me. I don’t know but I was just not enjoying it the way I hoped I would. It was unrelentless with the gore and Himiko’s boobs were all over the place. It was really difficult for me, who hates to drop animes, to finish it off. In the end, I gave it a 6 out 10, props for the battle scenes.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

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I am a sucker for great art, even if it means suffering through a bad plotline. When it comes to watching anime, I want my eyes pleased the most. I found this one through still pictures so it interested me and I checked it out. I watched the first episode and dropped it without seeing reviews about it because I thought it was a little too ecchi for me. Little did I know years later after picking it up again, I’d love it. It was really great actually. Maybe it was just the first episode but honestly the next episodes were highly entertaining and never boring. I might have watched it in one go if not for lack of sleep (it was incredibly late when I started watching it). I couldn’t wait to get home the next day to continue. Two thumbs up for this.

Its not really ecchi, hehe.

Shingeki no Kyojin: Junior High

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This is a parody version of the original series with 17 minutes per episode. In here, the gang’s chibi-sized, they are in Junior High, and instead of the titans eating them, they prefer their bento box and the content. SNK: JH is super funny!

Charlotte

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I might have watched this after knowing it was from the makers of Clannad and Angel Beats. Although Clannad was indeed a classic favorite, Angel Beats was not, however dramatic it was (which is one of my favorite genres ever). I heard so many people applauding Charlotte that I joined the bandwagon and watched it the second I got online. I was really hooked FYI. But near the end, I lost all interest in finishing it. I love the plot twist, kudos to this, but I don’t know what happened after the truth was revealed. It just went downhill from there.

Hibike! Euphonium

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The latest release from Kyoto Animation! Sometimes, you could immediately tell it’s from them. Of course I’d watch it right away! I always love everything from KyoAni, despite what other people say negatively. And just like any other anime they produce, of course, if its not centered on romance, it will never have any romantic content (they’ll make an extra episode/movie for that). Hibike! Euphonium was a great one and I am hoping for another season! Really, relly, really, good anime.

One Punch Man

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I honestly think this anime is overrated. When I was 5 episodes in, I was a little bored. And I watched it because people were talking about it so much, I couldn’t quite help myself and joined the main stream. I don’t love it, but it was okay.

Haikyuu Season 2

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I have been keeping up with the manga and as I have noticed, the producers were incredibly loyal to it that’s why I know what will happen to every episode. However, in some battle scenes, I still find myself getting all nervous and fidgety. The second season of Haikyuu is just as amazing as the first one. I can’t even contain the fangirl in me every time I watch Haikyuu or I hear people talk about it. I will butt even if I don’t know you and I will always recommend this to people, even if it means I will have another Kageyummy/Tsukishima rival.

Isshukan Friends

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I found this one alike Bokura ga Ita that’s why I opted to watch it. I have yet to finish this (still have 3 episodes left) but in the episodes that I watched, they were great.

I think I’ll be keeping it low this year. My goal is to read a lot of books and I find it hard to juggle both anime and books. But I’ll try.

Until then!

The Happy List: December

 

1. New friends! December 1 marked my first day.

2. I’ve always wanted to try the famous hanging chicken espetada!

3. Reunited with the bff! Spent half the night catching up with her after she returned from Vietnam.

4. Finally tried Soju after a million years. Verdict: felt like I was having vodka!

5. Coloured my hair back to red (copper). I really can’t stick to one color for a long time.

6. Japanese buffet ❤

7. Another year added! Cheers to my 23rd!

8. Being able to celebrate and welcome the new year with the family. Last year, I was working!

9. Met up with my sisters from other misters!

There were a whole lot more to be thankful for December, but these were my top 9. And if you’re wondering why I didn’t include anything related to Christmas here, its because I was working. Not really happy about that but oh well.

Until the next random happy month!

Click Play Fest

Guess who got to see YouTube stars perform live? ME!!! This was the first ever event that I attended outside Davao City with using my own money. Most of the out-of-town trips I went to were paid my parents so Click Play Fest was especially dear to me.
As early as August, I already bought the ticket to the event which was a little pricey but I just told myself Ki Hong Lee and Ryan Higa were worth it. The other YouTube stars that went were David Choi, Cimorelli Band, and Sam & Colby.

Here was the itinerary for that weekend:

November 21, 2015

All the flights that we (Karla and I) booked were the first to leave because one, they were the cheapest, and two, I believe we’d have less delays. We were set for Manila at 8:45 in the morning.

When we were at Manila, we took the bus going to Laguna and stayed at Karla’s friend’s house which was the village just beside Enchanted Kingdom, our first destination. Just imagine the convenience! Thank you to the Santos family for adopting us for a day!

It was my first time at Enchanted Kingdom so I was pretty mesmerized at everything I saw. Unfortunately, people flocked the place so lines were too long and time was wasted just lining up for the rides. We went at around 2 in the afternoon and left at 7 in the evening but in total, we were only able to ride 4 attractions: The Space Shuttle (roller coaster), Car Race, The Wheel of Fate, and Rialto (the 4D experience?)

But in between all those, we were also able to play mini games just within the place just so we could take home their plush toy prizes. It was a magical night!

They set up a display of fireworks to end the day.

The bath when we returned home was just as amazing lol. I was so exhausted that I also didn’t want to wake up the next day. We woke up quite early because we needed to leave by 10 in the morning. We still had a long way to go and we panicked for a little while because according to Twitter, people were already lining up as early as 10 AM but we later realized those were the people who won the M&G.

November 22, 2015

We left at 10 and took the bus back to Manila and then went straight to the Mall of Asia where we ate lunch. We made it a point that as long as we’re in Manila, we will only eat in places that’s not in Davao. So, no McDonald’s or Jollibee HA HA. After looking around, our taste buds directed us to IHOP which was so much like Pancake House where we (Karla and I) had FUN times. :->

I wish I ordered waffles.

By noon, we started lining up for the event but there weren’t people to direct us to places so we were pretty lost for almost an hour and then (finally) we saw the line outside the Annex. The line wasn’t long then because it was still very early there was another line for the VIP clickers which I wish I bought instead.

By the hour, people were arriving one after another and most of them were teenagers! At 22, I’m probably one of the oldest who attended the event! There were even 10-year-olds that I guess were fans of Cimorelli or Ryan Higa.

At 4:30 pm, we were ushered inside the Annex and waited for probably another 30 minutes before we were finally admitted inside the actual event. I was damn excited at that point and couldn’t really handle my feels. I couldn’t chill.

Sam & Colby were up first and they’re just so cute together! They were incredibly entertaining and their Food Challenge was so funny! When they were made to eat the Balot (look it up), I just cracked up! I wasn’t able to get a clear picture of them because they were so hyper. They were everywhere!

After Sam & Colby, the Cimorelli sisters performed 5 songs! Out of all the performances, honestly, I loved theirs the most. I love singing along with them and they’re just really good at what they do. After Click Play Fest, I became a fan.

Ki Hong Lee came next and just imagine, almost all of the people who attended were his fans so it was really loud! I still can’t believe I saw him live and I wasn’t that far from the stage. For his segment, there was a little Q&A and a short game of Box of Lies. One lucky girl got to play with him AND won a cap that Ki Hong designed himself, a selfie, and (ughhh) a hug. Damn.

Once Ki Hong was out, David Choi came serenading the crowd with his cool voice. Again, another lucky lady got invited up the stage and joined David for one song. I’m not really a fan but I love all the songs I’ve heard from him!

Last but definitely not the least, Ryan Higa went up on the stage. I HAD A HOARSE VOICE RIGHT AFTER THE EVENT. Everybody screamed for him. Ryan couldn’t even hear himself because of the crowd. We were incredibly loud, he said, and possibly one of the loudest fans he encountered lol. It was just frustrating that his part of the event was too short. But the important thing was, I GOT TO SEE RYAN HIGA!!!

Definitely one of the best night I’ve had in 22 years!

After the event, we re-fueled at Wendy’s and went to another one of Karla’s friend’s house who was with us with the event. Our flight back to Davao was set at 6 AM so we didn’t have time to sleep. But I snored at around 2 AM and woke up after an hour to prepare to leave.

November 23, 2015

By 5 AM we were already at the Airport, ready to leave a magical weekend. The memories will be forever.

I thank myself for not thinking about the expenses and just enjoying youth. I thank my father and mother for giving me additional pocket money and for allowing me to go unsupervised (this was outside Mindanao). I thank Karla for being with me on this crazy adventure even though we were broke (no joke). And I thank all the angels and saints for hearing my prayers (there was a storm the week before the event).

Here’s to more adventures! 🙂

The Calm in the Middle of the Storm

First of all, happy December! After a million tumultuous months, I couldn’t possibly be any happier to return to being a working adult. If you were subjected to the experience I had with a certain *dragon*, productivity levels were almost close to zero you’d cry. My daily routine was predictable and incredibly sedentary I was scared I’d develop pressure ulcers on my butt cheeks (TMI, I know). All I’ve been doing were these 5 things: 1) READ BOOKS (which was a really good thing, no complaints here) 2) SLEEP (like, a lot) 3) EAT (or sometimes don’t if my wallet tells me no) 4) WATCH MOVIES and 5) PLAY CANDY CRUSH (if only I had unlimited lives for free). It would seem like a vacation, huh. Trust me when I say I had no other option but to patiently wait for the verdict. It was a very bumpy ride and it still is, actually. I don’t know when we’ll see light after this darkness but I do know it won’t be soon. [cries]

But like I’ve said, I can now go back to being the busy adult. I finally got a job that thank God doesn’t have a hideous name, no offense to the previous one. I won’t be part of the clinical department for the mean time though because they’re currently full. I really wanted to work for the clinical team, but my department now also rocks. They have very friendly people but of course, they also do have the intimidating ones but at the very least, I’m glad I have familiar people with me on this ride. Hi Ate Peach, Fifi, and Julie! 🙂

And let’s not forget, December is the time I constantly refuse to accept the fact that I’ll be turning a year older 17 days after. This year will be my cough23rdcough. By then, I’ll still be penniless but rich in familial love, my sleeping cycles will hopefully be much more agreeable, my hair will have grown an inch longer, I’ll still be asked if I’m Chinese, still being asked “what happened to your hands?”, I’ll still reply “allergies”, my Japan dreams will still be dreams, and I’ll still have lost a friend, but I’ll be contented. And I’ll be satisfied for all the other things I have and be placid for those I don’t.

And I obviously still won’t give up on anime and reading mangas! Keep the faith and dream on!

Oh, and welcome to Note-e-fied Incorporated! 🙂

Yours, Michelle