On Quarantines, Lockdowns & Social Distancing ft My Books

With all the things happening in my country and the whole world in the past couple of weeks, it is really hard for me (and, maybe for everyone, too) to find light in these trying times. Classes has been suspended for over two weeks already and the government has encouraged to postpone all gatherings including graduations rites, Sunday masses, etc. I’m really having a hard time taking this all in since I hate being stuck at home because nothing really good happens when I’m here.

In the Philippines, the community quarantine happening in Metro Manila caused a lot of worry and panic to its people. Most of the companies and employees were forced to transition to a work-from-home setup (or skeletal, for those who can’t afford all their employees to WFH) and, for me, the problem not only lies with people lacking cooperation and not following instructions, but also with the government not having concrete plans for such emergencies which is the exact same reason why people tend to panic which caused them to think that it’s better to go home to their respective provinces to avoid the “lockdown.” Continue reading

Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #5

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BOOKS READ:

Why I’m Sending This To You by Iain S. Thomas
One You Can’t Forget by Lexy Timms
One-Punch Man Vol. 3 by ONE

BOOKS BOUGHT:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

BOOKS RECEIVED:

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
The Resolution of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
The Probability of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen
The Certainty of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen
The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen
Tomie by Junji Ito

In my last entry for Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately, I remember rambling about how hard it is for me to finish reading a book these days, so I ended up reading a bunch of mangas. I also mentioned a list of books and mangas that I planned on reading during the holiday vacation. Well, here I am, three months later, and I haven’t really read any of the books I’ve listed. Continue reading

Book List: 14 Books to Read in February

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I know it’s a little late, but hey, it’s still February! And I truly believe that we should celebrate love every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.

But since I’ve mentioned it, I would like to share some of my most favorite love stories that have touched my heart one way of another.

Check out top 14 picks, and please don’t hesitate to share yours, too! 😉

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Eureka! Moment #1: Fujifilm X-A3

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I am launching a new series on my blog called Eureka! Moment. I got this idea from our weekly stand-up meetings in the office where we were supposed to share something that we recently discovered — a new book, an old place that we do not know of, a new song, events, etc. I think they came up with this idea to help us improve our communication skills. It didn’t push through, though, because projects kept coming our way and so we decided that it is more effective for the team if we talked about tasks assigned to each of us instead of sharing random things.

I took note of the topic because I thought it was such a an excellent idea to share little discoveries in everyone’s life. I also like the idea that discoveries need not to be discovered for the first time in history nor it does it mean big, scientific or technological stuff but little things that you find out that you never knew could help keep you going, or things that can make you smile, or simply just things that interest you.

With that, I am launching Eureka! Moment on my blog not only to improve my writing style/skills, but also to constantly remind myself that there are little things in life that I still don’t know of — things that are still yet to be discovered and found out by me which can turn out to be a favorite thing, song, book, or just favorite anything.

So before I share my first discovery, here are some ground rules everyone should keep in mind while reading Eureka! Moment:

  1. I am aware of the possibility that some of you may already know of my discoveries, but I don’t need anyone pointing that out. This series is about me discovering things that I am not aware of in the past — events that have transcribed in the earlier years, books that were published long ago (that I am only reading just now), songs that aren’t really new, places that I never knew existed, etc.
  2. I also don’t need anyone telling me how lame or little these discoveries are, nor how it doesn’t make that big an impact to the world. People discover a lot of things everyday and not everything they discover make an impact immediately nor it will make an impact in 5 to 10 year’s time. In a similar note, not all discoveries need to make a huge impact. Sometimes, it only needs to make an impact to one or few people.

Now, to begin with introducing you to my newest discovery:

I’ve been taking photos of random things since 2010 — not that I’m an expert or a pro, though, because I’m no photographer, but I do like the idea of capturing a moment. For me, photos are forever — they capture moments, places, and events that you will never experience or see ever again or can never go back to.

So I consider cameras as one of the most beautiful gadgets ever invented; they are the ultimate collector. We assimilate everything we see, so the idea of being able to capture the things that you love in a single photo and being able to keep it seems so magical.

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I never really got my own camera as I never really intended nor planned on leveling up on my “photography skills” (if that’s what everyone likes to call it) since I don’t really have much skills in editing and all that shiz.

So most of my Instagram posts until 2019 are mostly taken using my phone, until last December, my boyfriend suggested that I buy my own camera for the following reasons: 1.) So that I can learn how to use a real camera 2.) Have the quality of my photos more enhanced 3.) So that I can take my Instagram game and blogging game to the next level.

He already had a model in mind — it’s part of the Fujifilm X series and it’s very budget-friendly given that it’s really cheaper compared to others that have the same specs.

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So far, I’m still learning how to take that IG-worthy shot. And though I had to give up my Instax Mini 9 for this, I’m so happy I finally have my own real camera.

My Skin Care Routine

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When I first met most of my friends from college, and from work, the one question that almost everyone of them asked was: “What do you put on your face?” or “How do you take care of your skin?”

Before, I only use toner at the end of each day because I always thought that why do I need to put a lot of those products on my face when my skin’s really not acne-prone, anyway? That’s where I’m wrong. Some two or three years ago, I came to the realization that despite not having pimples, I have a mildly dry skin. So I started researching about what products to use, which brand works, etc. Continue reading