A little bit of rambling…
In the Philippines where it’s scorching hot almost throughout the year, April and May are the popular time for some summer escapades. Tourists from overseas and from other regions in the country come flying over to the many beaches around the country. Students are no exception to those who seek temporary break in the clear blue tranquility of waters and get away from real-life stresses in order to face again these monsters of reality with renewed vitality.
Welp. The situation has changed for some of us. To those who had to go through the first attempted college academic year shift, this year has been quite the challenge. One, the holidays are messed up. The previously separate semester and Christmas breaks are now combined into one semester break. Two, there’s literally no “summer break”. By the time the year ends the hot months of April and May are already over.
Students from other schools may pity us for not getting proper tan lines or sun-kissed hair. And even when May was approaching its end, there already were occasional nightly rains. So it is quite a matter of luck to catch up on the beach episodes of our post-stressful finals life. And, thank goodness, we live in a city where going to the beach is practically not impossible.
Living in Davao City sure is a bliss. The city’s official slogan, “Life is here.”, is almost true (only almost, for various reasons I will not divulge here for they are not the point). As for why it’s true, one of the reasons to that is it is an ideal location from where you can go to the beaches (among many other trip-worthy destinations) in all directions.
Thus, it really was never too late to play with my friends and stay overnight on a beach resort! Pictures of our trip included below! Continue reading Post-summer Beach: Never too late to unwind
If you noticed, this personal (side) blog of mine has been around for a while. A year and two months, to be exact. I know this is kinda late to celebrate its birthday, but a simple, short post like this would do. Right?
Happy (first) birthday, Owl Memoria. People don’t really know you, nor you are a reputable blog with well-written posts on various topics. You’re a mess, but I like you for what you are–because you’re a product of my thoughts and emotions. Something I can own. Something I can look back to. But, you still got a long way to live up to your name. Haha
Okay. So I just wrote a quasi-love letter to my blog, as if it’s personified (although it’s addressed as a thing later on).
I’ve slowed down on blogging, but I do not think I am stopping any time soon. It is still fun to write down my thoughts like this, without really giving a care of what other people may think or say about me or my blog. Haha.
Yep. Blogging like this is basically doing a monologue.
So, thanks to anyone who’s reading my blog regardless if you’ve accidentally clicked a link somewhere else. Oh, special thanks to those who leave comments. You guys are amusing. Haha
It’s been a while since my last post that I may have forgotten how to write. Although this might too late already, I wanted to write about something before I forget to write about it. The first term of the school year is just around the corner. I might as well post a reminder to myself.
I had been trying to lose weight since March this year because I was too insecure with my weight back then. My height is not something to boast of, either. With my height, I already exceeded my ideal weight. Moreover, my excess weight was physically evident.
Continue reading A milestone and a reminder to self
Just this morning, I woke up earlier than usual and prepared myself to go to Abreeza Ayala Mall, where free screening of few Japanese movies was held. Abreeza was just one of the two venues for this year’s Japanese Film Festival (Eiga Sai). Thanks to The Japan Foundation for making this event possible, continuing the yearly cultural exchange between Japan and Filipinos through movies which deepen our understanding and strengthen the bonds and friendship of the people. Eiga Sai 2014 movies revolve around the theme “family”.
It was my first time to participate in this rare event, considering that it only happens once a year. I couldn’t let the chance slip by again, even if I had the option to just watch those movies at home or with friends. I am not a movie theatre person, but when I heard Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) is one of the movies to be shown, I couldn’t help but be curious of the people’s reactions. I had already watched the movie last year for quite a few times. I couldn’t get enough of it. I think I can even watch it many times again without the subtitles. It’s just too adorable. It’s my favorite anime movie at the moment.
|Hosoda Mamoru’s Wolf Children. Photo not mine.
Continue reading 初めての映画祭！My first participation in Eiga Sai
Today was such an eye-opener. I’m not the type to open the conversation with a complete stranger, but I miraculously had the courage to break the wall between me and a fellow job applicant. That was some will-breaking move for an introvert and loner like me.
The interviewer did not arrive yet, so we had plenty of time for waiting. We just talked and talked and I listened so much to her interesting stories. She told me where she graduated from, her current job (and how much she dislikes the job, despite the good pay she gets), and some things about her family and love life. I later realized that I didn’t really share much of mine. If I recall correctly, I only disclosed my intention for applying and my status at school. After talking so much, we didn’t even know each other’s names, so we introduced ourselves after that long conversation.
Even with this level of acquaintance, she offered to treat me to lunch. I was reluctant at first, but it would be rude to refuse her offer so I gladly accepted it. I learned so much from her.
It made me feel like I really am inexperienced when it comes to the ‘real world’, the ‘real life’. I still have a lot to work on and a lot of experiences to gain to help me gain confidence.
Thanks to this experience, I might become a social person, too. I hope that someday, I will be able to also share my experience to someone who needs to be briefed about the world and people around us, just like how she taught me all these things.
This is just the beginning for me.
Some nonsense introduction
June 4, 2014
This time I was with my high school friends. 🙂 We don’t always get together, so it was really a treasured day. We stayed for the whole afternoon in the house of guy friend#1.
\\We watched the first three episodes of You Who Came From The Stars, the hit Korean drama which aired from December 2013 to February 2014. The four of us shared a 6-pack cooked pancit canton. Wow. 🙂
\\Guy friend#2 went home, because he wanted to chow down the home-cooked meals of his mama. The remaining three of us went to Magsaysay Park for an hour of bike riding. It turned out to be 40-minute-3-rounds of skating (we are total beginners) and 20-minute bike riding. Hahaha.
\\It was already 8:20PM. As a cool down exercise, we just walked around the park until girl friend#1 decided to eat something, although we weren’t yet particularly hungry. Oh, noodles and the time needed to digest youuuu.
\\We exited the park and went for the fruit stalls. I’m not a fan of durian (I don’t eat durian), so I just watched the two of them eat to their hearts’/minds’ content. Huehuehue. Something had been discovered, so they stopped eating the rest of the durian.
\\Not wanting to go home yet, girl friend#2 told us to look somewhere else to eat again. Wow. :3 What appetite. Well, it wasn’t really her appetite. We walked the main street of China Town while having a deep discussion. Though the city is regarded as safe even during the night, we kept paying attention to our surrounding since there may be criminals lurking in the shadows.
\\Finally reached a stop for more food. At that time, I felt my hunger suddenly hitting the ‘conscious’ level. We decided to go in. :3 It was Yurushi.
The real content
Alas! We found the answer we had been searching for. (Well, weren’t actively looking for a place to eat. We were just aimlessly walking until we spotted this place.) It was like, in an instant, an oasis.
Yurushi. I don’t really know what it means. I know basic Japanese, but the word Yurushi just doesn’t sit right with this kind of establishment. After all, yurushi （許し）means “forgiveness”. It would be more suitable to use as a name of a shrine or what. It would have been appreciable if the place were named “Yoroshii” instead. Yoroshii （よろしい）means “good” or “all right.” Well, whatever. I shouldn’t question the naming sense of the owner. *peace* Continue reading Yurushi: a late-night dinner
June 2, 2014
Today, I went to school because I and two of my friends were advised to enroll within this day for our research subject of the second round of summer semester, only to find out it is not yet the enrollment day! Well, I already figured out that much since today is the deadline of the submission of grades by our advisers for the previous summer semester which we spent on our on-the-job training or Plant Practice. However, I was driven by my fear and the threat of our our future (if we do not take this subject seriously), and I succumbed to the order of our adviser (“YOU SHALL ENROLL TODAY”) .
Aside from my two friends, we met with two other friends who came to school to pass their remaining requirements for the Plant Practice. After all the things we took care of, the guy friend decided to treat us to sweet desserts! I and the guy friend haven’t gone to the place, so we all decided to go to Home Avenue Cake Galerie (or Cake Galerie, for short)! But before going to the place itself, we had our lunch at Tatay Ben’s (now Prad’s Eatery, but it’s still more popular as Tatay Ben’s!) and waved goodbye to one friend (because she had scheduled a date with her boyfriend– I support this couple!). So.. it was the four of us, three girls and a guy, who went ahead to the place of my curiosity, Cake Galerie!
|(c) Cake Galerie official FB page. Their official signboard, which is immediately seen outside the place. The overall feel of the place, starting from the entrance itself, is western. It’s like you went to a European country, ehem, or France. 🙂
Continue reading Home Avenue Cake Galerie: a little after-school adventure