"I have scoliosis so I wear this body brace. I’m only 13, I had it at 12 and the doctor said that I have to wear this ‘til I’m 18."
"Does it hurt?"
"It did at first. It gave me bruises and I found it really hard to move. What hurt more though was the taunting eyes people gave me, it kind of mattered that time and I was so shy whenever I’m in public, but I got used to it eventually. Now, whenever people look at me that way, I just smile and move on. Their looks don’t matter anymore, those are just looks anyway, it won’t kill me. *laughs*"

"I have scoliosis so I wear this body brace. I’m only 13, I had it at 12 and the doctor said that I have to wear this ‘til I’m 18."

"Does it hurt?"

"It did at first. It gave me bruises and I found it really hard to move. What hurt more though was the taunting eyes people gave me, it kind of mattered that time and I was so shy whenever I’m in public, but I got used to it eventually. Now, whenever people look at me that way, I just smile and move on. Their looks don’t matter anymore, those are just looks anyway, it won’t kill me. *laughs*"

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I know I’ve been waiting for this term break so I can finally go out and travel. I’ve been aching to feel the nature and see its beauty once again. But there are things I need to take care of and so I am currently saving up for it. At first, I was like, “I’d travel no matter what,” but after thinking about it, I realized I should give it a rest for now and give room to what I should prioritize. Anyway, Philippines is just there.

I’m still sad about it but looking on the bright side, I have now more room to read and finish the books on my to-read pile, starting with the final installment of Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus. Plus, I’d have time to explore Manila since it won’t cost much, so you’d probably see photographs showcasing the Philippines from me still. And I’d have more heart to heart sesh with my computer, practicing on photoshop and more practice shoot with my sister too!

My goal now is to make this break a productive one by doing the things I love! It would still be meaningful that way, yes?

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When birds fly on a rainy night,
when river flows on a summer sun,
when music reach the stars above.

It can be the words a poet writes,
the mist you see on the road beyond,
the way trees dance with the music winds provide

How lighthouse guide the fishermen
how the pianist pluck his keys
how leaves fall from each tree

Everything goes around,
everything that whispers in glee
they’re one word, it’s the world to me.

The Sunday Currently | Fifteen - 10/19/14

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And it’s finally our term break! Yay! I’m really happy to wake up without any worries in my mind. Gah! That was helluva semester!

Btw, H&M had opened its first branch here in the Philippines. Filipinos’ feedback is kind of overwhelming, some even camped out the day before the opening! Anyway, I got to visit the shop and it was so pretty! Aside from the large collection of clothes, I loved how white and bright the whole shop was. I have also shopped (for two consecutive days!) but didn’t enjoy it much because of the pool of people and long lines. I’m planning to go back soon to continue shopping!

R E A D I N G The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. Finally! Yay!

W R I T I N G just this post and some plans for this term break!

L I S T E N I N G to Here, There and Everywhere of The Beatles. I feel like I’m in love whenever I listen to this song!

T H I N K I N G of ways to earn money. Any suggestions?

W A T C H I N G Spring Waltz, a Korean series. It’s both sad and beautiful.

W I S H I N G for great things to happen this break. I don’t want this to turn out boring and unproductive.

H O P I N G to finally do another shoot with my sister. I want to experiment this time.

W E A R I N G comfy shirt and shorts.

W A N T I N G to work out and try eating healthy. For real this time.

N E E D I N G to have my films developed but broke!

F E E L I N G free. Haha! Really.

L O V I N G my recent buys at H&M! I cannot wait to wear them!

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I grew up being scared to this rather big University for it looks like a ghost town during the weekends (I used to have music workshops here during my younger years). But to be able to return here, the feeling of discomfort I felt during those times turned to delight. I found a perfect escape. All the trees around, it’s such an overwhelming sight to see in a city full of buildings and impurity.

The Sunday Currently | Fourteen - 10/12/14

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One more week ‘til the term break! Ah, I want my freedom (from school) already!

R E A D I N G Gone Girl for the third time, I guess, before watching the movie. I’m a little bit too excited because the trailer is such a tease and I heard really good feedback!

W R I T I N G final paper(s) for Investigative Journalism. I’m still starting and I think I’m going crazy because things to do for this subject piled up and I haven’t done anything!

L I S T E N I N G to Bon Iver, I need to calm down.

T H I N K I N G of how to accomplish everything in one night.

W A T C H I N G nothing as of the moment and I doubt I’ll be watching anything until tomorrow. I am meaning to watch the latest episode of Scandal, though.

W I S H I N G for higher grades. I deserve that.

H O P I N G to accomplish everything I need to accomplish tonight..

W E A R I N G Arctic Monkeys shirt and jeans.

W A N T I N G for this term to be over! I’m about to lose my sanity.

N E E D I N G to calm down and get these shits done.

F E E L I N G tired, I’ve been out the whole day to watch a play (a requirement for a subject).

L O V I N G the thought of two-week freedom from all things relating school.

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Find it, Live it

Two months (or so) ago, I came across this Instagram user, madewithmap, who post different places from different users across the world. I was inspired by each photograph and was mesmerized by the beauty they share.

I then went to their site to see more breathtaking photographs and I felt like I’ve been around the globe! The users are really talented and they capture places that will really touch your heart.

Map is in beta and the team is looking for contributors who could share their adventures. I, being a frustrated adventurer, tried to join and applied for a beta invite. Fortunately, I was accepted and after some posts, I was selected to be a Trailblazer. Joy swelled up my heart, I am so honored to be part of this creative team.

But I haven’t been really out for a while so I have yet to share anything at the moment. This made me sad so I’ve been recycling photographs to post.

Earlier today, though, after accomplishing things I needed to finish in school, I decided to walk around and explore the streets nearby. I was amazed by the old houses along the street leading to Malacañang Palace (presidential palace). Although there are already tall and modern buildings around, there are still Spanish structured houses and buildings, the kind I’ve been longing to see. I wish houses in Manila still look that way.

I wish I could explore Manila more, I mean I was so eager exploring places outside it that I forgot that there’s so much to explore here.

So few hours ago, I saw one of Map’s post on Instagram, encouraging people of Manila to share its beauty to the world for they are featuring Manila for their City Guide. I was actually feeling giddy about it because right now, I still don’t have time to go and explore it so I’m really looking forward for this guide!

If you wish to contribute to this City Guide, you may visit Map’s Instagram account (madewithmap).

I hope you, guys would contribute and show the world how beautiful Manila is!

"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master.” - Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This is why I thank you, for every bit of pain you gave, for every ounce of heart break I felt. Because of you, I’m stronger, wiser. It’s still sad to think that we’re not meant to stay in each others lives but I’ll always thank you that you’re once part of it and that you’ll always be part of me because you taught me to be me and to be His.

Life in Squares

1. One thing you should know about me is that I sometimes go to a restaurant because of its interior. Sometimes, the food is just secondary. I love this restaurant because of how chic and fancy it looks, kind of vintage-y and so French (well they serve French fare, okay). The first time I dined here, I didn’t like the food and the service, but I came back still because I miss the feel.

2. I made it a habit to read parts of Kinfolk every weekend since I can’t read everything at once (as much as I want to). I can’t get enough of this magazine’s beauty, the photographs and articles are well composed. I dream of writing and photographing for it one day.

3. Seldom do I wear make ups and have my hair fixed so when I have a chance, I make sure to take a selfie.

4. I don’t usually accessorize (because I’m really not fond of accessories) but I fell in love with Stone River’s crystal pendants and Armstrong and Smith’s metallic flash tattoos and I’ve been using them a lot lately.

5. More of Kinfolk on a rainy afternoon.

The Sunday Currently | Thirteen - 10/05/14

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One of the best weeks I had! I hope you, guys are doing well too.

R E A D I N G Kinfolk Vol. 13. So much love for this issue!

W R I T I N G just this post, and some lectures I wish to review.

L I S T E N I N G to Noah and the Whale. These guys’ music brings back so much memories, I’m glad I thought of them while I was downloading new songs.

T H I N K I N G of what lens to buy once I have enough dough.

W A T C H I N G The First Days of Spring, a film by Noah and the Whale - a first time.

W I S H I N G for these allergies to go away!

H O P I N G for an amazing week.

W E A R I N G pajamas, ready to sleep!

W A N T I N G more metallic flash tattoos. I’m totally obsessed with it! 

N E E D I N G to go out of town. Please!

F E E L I N G tired yet happy and fulfilled. I’m glad to have spent the weekend with the people I care and love the most.

L O V I N G how I enjoyed shopping baby stuff for my future niece. Idk but I never thought I’d enjoy it that much.

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