Saturday, 31 October 2015

40. Change is coming.

Sorry, the grade is slightly blurry, but I'm really proud of the grade I received. I wasn't exactly expecting this. To be honest, I wanted to just pass the course, never mind getting a good grade.

So after almost a month of studying about the atom, the nucleus, ionising radiation, and the proper way of using a survey meter, normalcy has resumed, and I'm back to monitoring the flow of documents and making sure it gets to the right destination.

My desk at work, when there's not a lot of papers to route out. Otherwise, it would be cluttered with papers. I sort the papers according to destination, as to save me a trip, since I route papers to five different buildings!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

039. My Idea of a Perfect Lifestyle Blog + My Favourite Lifestyle Bloggers + (Plus a few pet peeves)

It's been twelve years since I started blogging, and haven't stopped since.

Writing is a joy, and because of that, I appreciate good writing styles of different writers, different people. I started blogging in 2003, mainly to vent about someone I couldn't have (haha). All that, has changed, however, when I started to really observe people, things, places, events, even food. The days of venting, ranting and raving now belong to the past. Mind, I still express my feelings--be it anger or joy, but as time passes I have taken the "mature and civilised" route.

Years passed, and my blogroll changed. I've recently acquired a liking for lifestyle blogs. Mind, I still check out my friends' blogs, But it is interesting to see what other people do in the other side of the world. Oh, and that includes how to have fun! The best thing about these lifestyle blogs is that the author or the curator knows how to engage their readers.

The only snag--sometimes, the things I see or read seem so unreachable or unattainable. In other words, I can only dream. Note, however, that I don't experience pangs of envy. In fact, I feel as if I've lived vicariously through them!

Here are a few of my favourite lifestyle bloggers:

1. The Londoner- Reading her blog is pretty much like coming over for a cup of coffee or tea, something good to eat, and for a chat! Two of my favourite posts from her blog would be her recipe for red velvet cookies, which I've tried with a few modifications. The other favourite post was her blow dry tutorial, which I've yet to try, as I don't always have plenty of time!\

I like the way Rosie writes her blog--she writes as if she's talking to her readers, which is basically the way it should be. Plus, she replies to the comments when she could--she's a busy lady (which you can see from her blog entries), which makes her all the more adorable!

Rosie's clothes are also awesome, absolute killers. If I had the same figure as her, I'd love to raid her closet!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015

037. The Random 10: Things that make my heart smile.

Starting today, I will make a list of ten random things that make (me) _______________.

Yes, I shall confess. As a little girl, I was often told off at school for being such a chatterbox. Maybe that's not such a surprise, given the length of the entries here in the blog, to the point that I'm verging towards incoherence. 

You know, it's often very hard for me to actually put my thoughts on paper, which is ironic, given that there are so many things that bubble up my mind. Probably because they go off my mind as quickly as they surface. However, don't let it confuse you and make you think that I'm scatterbrained. Because I know that I'm not. 

In order to make a more organised post, good habits need to be established! Hence, this new "feature" (hahaha) of my blog. Not only it would make the blog less cluttered content-wise, it would help me focus on the important stuff. So, I bring you the first of The Random 10 Series. This is inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, Helga Weber

1. An opportunity for self improvement. Two years ago, I attended a training course at work, but chucked it after two days, as I felt in over my head, and my family was worried that well, I would make a bad record. As soon as I graduated from high school __ years ago, I promptly buried all thought of Chemistry and Physics six feet under, not knowing that I'll have need of it someday.

However, I told myself that I'll put on a game face, and I'll tackle it as well as I could. So, again, I am now taking the training course and freed myself of unrealistic expectations. While it would be nice to have good marks, at the end of the day, it's knowing that I would have learned something and hopefully, I would be able to contribute more.

Monday, 31 August 2015

036. A month in review || August

What better way to cap off a month than the last day? It's been a roller-coaster of a month, and that's pretty much an understatement. Words aren't enough, to tell the truth. 

Movie Potato

Was laid up by an unholy alliance of flu and asthma, and so, I stayed at home and watched movies--two, actually. I made a review of the other one, which is subject to revision, as I felt that I've not done it justice.

Image credit here.

The other movie, The Young Victoria (brilliantly, in my opinion, portrayed by Emily Blunt) shows what the life of Queen Victoria was, before she became queen. She really had a miserable life under the control of her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and the completely odious John Conroy (Mark Strong). If it weren't for Prince Albert of Prince Saxe Gotha (Rupert Friend), I believe she would have reached the end of her tether. Throughout the movie, I really saw how he really cared for Victoria, and wanted her to do well, and at the same time, respected the fact that she was woman, wife, and Queen.

I'm still on the lookout for other movies to watch--be it old or new. Any recommendations?


Sometimes, the people who tell you that they can't trust other people often end up being the ones you can't trust. This happened and really, I didn't see it coming. The friend and I had rocky patches, but what this person did--I can't say anything more without going into the details. It still hurts, but there's a lesson learned: you may have your so-called friends, but you can't trust everyone. And conclusion? Don't expect them to cover for you because they tattle behind your back.

It's not often that I post something like this. Because seriously, one does not shaft his friends. Ideally, one shouldn't.

Here Comes The Bride

As someone who has different groups of friends in law school, I was able to experience the best of many worlds (haha). But I do love each and everyone of my friends, and in a way, they are my family.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

035. My thoughts after watching the film version of Alan Bennett's The History Boys

Image credits here

The History Boys

Cast: Dominic Cooper, Samuel Barnett, Stephen Campbell Moore, James Corden, Jamie Parker, Russell Tovey, Richard Griffiths, Sacha Dhawan, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison, Samuel Anderson, Andrew Knott, Georgia Taylor

While recovering from the unholy alliance of flu and asthma, I was looking for something that could help me pass the time. And as I was looking for updates on my favourite actor, I looked again at his previous work, which included this movie--which led me to wonder why I haven't watched it (with avid interest) before! So, I did and it was two hours well-spent!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

034. A month in review || July

It is with mixed feelings that I am writing this entry, but it has been more good than bad. And it's been a busy month too! To be honest, I'm glad that July was a busy month for me--I wasn't entirely the happiest person--it seems that you can't be immune to another heartbreak even when when you tell yourself you're used it! Anyway, moving on. And speaking of moving on, I've been to the National Science and Technology Week--it's a very much-awaited event for us in the office, and I do share the same feeling of excitement! I was there during the first and second day, and like the past year, I've taken a lot of photographs--although not as many as last year's!

One of my many stops was the booth of the Philippine Textile Research Institute, which is a sister agency (my office's mother agency is the Department of Science and Technology), and the woman who made a weaving demo fascinated me.

All of the threads used in the loom are natural--and the colours of the thread are of natural dyes! I've made the discovery that the cloth used in making our office uniform is made by PTRI--or that they had something to do with it. 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

033. Just read: Brave Faces|| Mary Arden

Image credits here.
Brave Faces
Mary Arden, 2015
Troubadour Publishing  

I came across this book in Netgalley--while looking for a good new read. 

As a little girl, I've heard bits and pieces of my father's stories growing up during the Second World War. It was atrocious at most, and I don't blame him for not telling us much about it. I was very interested in how people lived during that time--and I thought that reading this book was very much an eye opener.

While looking up stuff about this book, I read an article from the Salisbury Journal  about the author. I knew that the book was written under a pen name, and I was eager to know more about her.

Eve Warton writing as Mary Arden, with her published book. (Image source here)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

032. Where's the light I used to know?

A month ago, I saw this on my Facebook news feed. If I'm not greatly mistaken, this was posted by Nylon. The dance routine took my breath away! There was grace, strength, and fluidity in the dance routine that I kept repeating the whole video!

Philip Chbeeb and Renee Kester are the dancers in this beautiful dance routine.

Music is "Slip", by Elliot Moss.

031.Reasons why I love Downton Abbey

Ever since my older sister told me about this period drama, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch all the episodes on TV as I wasn't able to catch it! However,  when she visited home, she brought with her the DVD sets of Seasons 1 and 2 (Later on,  through my older sister, we acquired a boxed set of all four series)! 

Downton Abbey, as some of you may already know, is a drama set in the fictionalized village of Downton in Yorkshire, England. It chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of the estate with the same name. But for the benefit of those who don't (which is nearly impossible, but anyway), here's a few details that may help.