I wasn’t always an avid reader of books, in fact, they didn’t seem to interest me at all. It started as a chore, merely just homework. In high school, we were required to read a book called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, a requirement of our English subject. To this very day, a long 8 years later, it remains to be one of my favorite books. That book sparked such delight within me; word by word I was engulfed into a world of fantasy wherein I have created within these wall of texts. The words became vision and it fueled my imagination. I didn’t know reading could be fun. So I read more books.
As time went on, I began reading less; I guess life just got the better of me and got me plenty busy in other stuff. There was college, studying, friends, boyfriends, family, work, responsibilities and the the like. The world I had discovered within books slowly faded away. I may have read some books within that period of time, but the the times in between were too long and I have just read a few.
Now, I can say that I am older and wiser in some aspects. I’m still on my never-ending search for purpose and self-realization.I have a job and some free time which I never really maximized. I have some money now and I think I ought to buy the things that I like, including books. After what seemed to be forever, I held up a book again and held it with such passion. I ended up buying more than just one book.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I read this book before the movie came out so it was a few months back. I was still living near LA so this wasn’t bought with my hard-earned money, rather it was money I borrowed from my step-dad. I knew there was a film-adaptation coming out but I made the decision to read the book first. I had really mixed feelings about this book. More than a love story, it was about death and death always made me sad. Reading this book made me feel like Hazel had it somewhat easier than I. I’m not saying that a person with cancer has a better life than I, but the thought of knowing you’re already near death makes you appreciate life more and maximize whichever time you had left. As opposed to me, a person of only unseen sickness such as depression, with no physical disability at all; I have to make some choices that would either make me live or not. Hazel didn’t have a choice and she made the most out of it. Choosing is very hard to do.
The book was well written but almost forgettable. It seemed very pretentious in some parts; teenagers would most of the time talk like matured adults. The emotions in this book were realistic, however. John Green wrote about how sad, how painful and how much anger you can produce while dying. This book made me cry, no doubt. I am cry-baby, a sucker for sadness. Though like The Imperial Affliction, The Fault In Our Stars doesn’t really have an ending, no exact closure; but that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it?
Looking For Alaska by John Green. Another John Green book to add to the list. Looking For Alaska was his second best known book so I decided to give it a try. Personally, I like this book better than The Fault In Our Stars. The personalities of the characters are very vibrant and different from each other; sure enough it’s what makes the story interesting too. Alaska, of course, is my favorite character. Alaska was a strong-female lead, but like any lead, she is severely flawed as a human being. She was smart and beautiful but was also very self-destructive.
I guess most people, like Miles Halter, we go forth living, finding “The Great Perhaps” in our life. That one turning point that could change our lives significantly. But ultimately, it is the present that we should be focused on, rather than the hope of tomorrow or “The Great Perhaps.” This book has the reader question our impact on others as human beings. It makes us look back and think if we’ve all been a little selfish that we tend to overlook others, in our search for purpose.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. First off, I would like to say that I loved this book to bits that it had me stopping for a while to gasp for air and hold it tight in my hands. That’s how special this book is to me. Some parts of the book, felt like I was the one saying the lines but expressed more beautifully than I ever could. This book seemed to have described my emotions and thoughts so well that the scenes and characters were all too familiar to me.
In this no holds barred book, is the frank and direct narration of Toru Watanabe. This book is bold, funny and smart. Murakami has a knack for pleasant and fluid narration; as if words came naturally to describe the scenes and events of the story. As it is narrated in a guy’s perspective, this book is also erotic but not crude; maintaining it’s beautifully written story line.
I haven’t really posted about my NA account on my blog so here it is now. I’ve had this account since I moved here to the US. My IGN: Kitty Parfait. I changed my name from Lilika Glacius because I wanted to be called Kitty, which has always been my online name.
I’m starting to main middle lane now. (I used to main support. Typical girl, I know.) Orianna is the only middle lane champ that I can use decently nowadays. I think she’s a wonderful champ, despite struggling with her on the first few tries I had with her before. People say she’s hard to learn, and she is! I got a deeper grasp of her skills and kit and my Orianna games are fairly doing way better. Watching pro gamers play her also helped a lot.
My other middle lane champs are Ahri, Annie, Katarina and Lissandra. But Orianna’s my favorite now.
I was in LA for 3 months and I didn’t take much pictures. The lack of a proper camera is killing me. What I’ve learned is, Southern California has clear skies most of the time, palm trees is an iconic Californian trademark and seagulls are assholes. What I love about SoCal is the beaches. Most of these pictures feature the clear skies of SoCal. (because I can’t take proper pictures, sadly)
I’ve been wanting to post something here for a while. But I never seem to find the words to tell. Can’t seem to know which emotions to express. There’s a spark in me that lights up and dies at the same time. I sometimes feel a rush of hope and have it broken by mere seconds. I am a flickering candle light.
— Hugh Laurie (via larmoyante)
In a way, the internet has made us all less ignorant by informing us that ignorant people still exist. Thanks, internet.
Due to popular demand, my family went on a trip to Pangasinan & Baguio once again just before I left for the US. Last year we also went to this Baguio. Same old sights. But I was kind of relieved that Mines View Park is now cleaner and de-cluttered. It looks better that way. Here’s some pictures I took. Mostly colored red and yellow. Hence, the title~ Enjoy.
if you want a nice body, go get it. if you want to become a lawyer, study your ass off. if you want nice hair, pick a style and get it done. stop being afraid and motivate yourself. find yourself. find your happiness, because it’s out there waiting for you.
Thank you, Tumblr. I should do that.
just by the change
of tone in your
be with someone
who loves the
you hate the most
fall in love with
looks at you and
knows they don’t
want anyone else
— Charles Bukowski (via psych-facts)
Some of my Instagram posts since I moved to California. Feel free to follow me and I’ll follow back.
I recently started writing again! I’m very happy to introduce my first work in a long time, Constellations: Moon. Published on Wattpad. I have already posted the prologue of the story today. Please help me spread and promote my novel. I hope I can have readers from Tumblr too! I hope you enjoy my work! Please don’t hesitate to drop a comment for any comments, suggestions or criticisms. Thank you for taking your time in reading! <3
I rode an airplane a few days ago and I ended up in Los Ageles, California. For years now, my mom was on a solo mission of getting me and my brother to the US. My mom successfully got my brother last year and now it’s my turn. I have never been abroad, not even for vacation so this experience is all really new to me. I have spent my life of 22 years living in the same place so living in another country is big adjustment for me.
I’m cold, I thought as the unfamiliar air greeted me when I arrived at my destination. Just like the air, all the sights were new. The buildings, the lights and even the cars are different. Oh god, where to start? What do I do? I have stayed here for almost a week now and I am still very much clueless. The only place I know around here is our apartment up to a 7-11 store just 2 blocks away. Next to the 7-11 store is an American-Mexican restaurant where I buy club sandwiches and fries if I don’t like anything from our refrigerator. I don’t know how to commute yet, unlike the Philippines where commuting was very easy and convenient. Here, buses pass by in certain times of the day, with certain routes and I don’t know any of them. Mom, is either at work or at nursing school so I’m stuck with my brother who doesn’t go out much. He’s been here a year but he knows too little for us to out and see the sights.
I know it’s just been a few days since I got here but I know I have to adjust a lot. It’s like being reborn, I have so much to learn and I’m willing to.
Image credit: http://l-train1991.deviantart.com/art/California-Sunset-81206420. Since I don’t have a camera yet. I wish I had a camera, I have so many things to shoot.
I’m leaving in a few days. I don’t know what awaits me in another country. It’s exciting because I get to have a new start where I don’t know everything. Everything is new and unfamiliar. I don’t know anyone. No one knows my past. No one knows who I am. I’m also very anxious. Will I be able to adapt well? Will I be accepted? Farewell to my previous life here in the Philippines.