Family · June 2014 · Personal

How big-bellied men affect me.

I’ve always known my Dad as this big-bellied man who’s main purpose in life is to make us laugh! Over the years I’ve seen him grow and his mid-section grow larger and rounder! Haha. That’s how big-bellied men affect me, they remind me of my Dad. They give me this warm and fuzzy feeling and the urge to just hug them whenever I see one.

My Father is not your usual advise-giving, strict Dad that makes sure you got home on time, you prioritized your studies and stuffs. He was not like that. If anything, he was more like a friend to me and my siblings. Where most Dads would talk about your future plans and aspirations in life, he would rave and rant about the latest Tom Cruise movie and would ask if I’ve seen it and what I think about it. Where most Dads would ground you for a week for talking back at them and being disrespectful, he is always an image of forgiveness.

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Growing up, I’d always hate it when they say I look a lot like my Dad. As a little girl, I had this feeling that I would prefer to look like my Mom than to look like my Dad because really, if they say I look like my Dad it’s like they’re telling me I look like a man. Haha! But that was my mentality back then. When I look at him now, I am more convinced that I really do look like him. And it doesn’t make me mad now, I see that aside from the life he’s given me in this lifetime, I have his facial features to remind me where I come from, what I’m made of.

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I used to laugh about my Dad’s corniest jokes when I was a kid but when I got older, I find them a bit foolish and would sometimes throw a sharp remark about how lame his joke was. Through all these, he remained the Tatay from my childhood who could so easily forgive me long before I even say my sorry. On times like that, I often hate myself for hurting him. But what can I do, I sometimes get into this bitchy personality and all I could do is say sorry later on. I’m thankful my Dad is that forgiving.

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It’s not enough to be grateful to your parents for all the things they’ve done for you. It’s also important that you give back to them the things that they’ve given you when you’re growing up. It may not measure up to all the great things they’ve done, but the fact that they know you are making an effort to give back is worth it.

I now live far from my Dad. I do not hear his voice on a daily basis, see his funny face everyday and hear his regular jokes that I regret not laughing at the simplest joke he make, that I did not join him watch the latest Hunger Games movie, and that I did not buy him a DVD copy of the Game of Thrones. I know I’m not a baby anymore and I have to spread my wings to learn to live on my own. It’s the reason why I live far from my parents. I know I’m older now but when things aren’t going my way, I still wish I was with my parents, and that my Dad would cheer me up. Because really, his jokes can do wonder!

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I would like to take this chance to tell my Dad how much I love him. I may not say it all the time but I mean it. I salute all the Fathers out there who have loved and nurtured their kids in their own, most unique fatherly way they can. You are the basis of your sons in this lifetime so be a good father, it is your footsteps they are following after all.

Happy Father’s Day and Mabuhay!

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Book Review

Book Review: The Chaos of Stars

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I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you”

So this quote instantly got me when I found it on my tumblr dashboard over a year ago. I kept in my mind the title of the book and promised myself to find and read it. Late last month I googled for its epub file and finished reading it in 2 days.

The Chaos Of Stars features the not-so-ordinary love story of two teenagers whose roots are immortally mythical. Isadora, a mortal daughter of Osiris (Ancient Egyptian God of Afterlife) and Isis (Ancient Egyptian Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility) moved to San Diego, California by the advise of her mother Isis due to the recurring bad dreams she kept on having involving Isadora. Isis thought it good to have Isadora away from Egypt not until she is through with her pregnancy. Upon moving to San Diego with his mortal brother, Isadora met Ry (Orion) who she instantly felt uncomfortable with. They eventually fell for each other and Isadora later on found out that Ry, on the other hand is a mortal son of Hephaestus (Greek God of blacksmith and stuffs) and Aphrodite (Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty). Together, they battle the evil forces surrounding Isadora’s family in Egypt and saving Isis’s life and the baby on its way.

This book to me is an easy read. It doesn’t complicate the mind with a lot of highfalutin words and phrases to depict characters, settings and scenarios. It is straight to the point a light read and a page-turner.

I liked how Isadora was described as a rebel and a baby at the same time. When she found out that she is not gonna spend eternity with her parents (knowing that she is not a Goddess, not like her other brothers that are also Egyptian Gods), she rebelled against her parents, most especially against her Mom. I liked how this tone in the book calls out to a lot of daughters in the world (including me) and how Isis represents the ever so unconditional love of a Mother.

As a contender to the many Young Adult Fictions in the market nowadays, The Chaos of Stars still has a lot to prove. It is lacking in depth in its story and characters are poorly structured. If only a bit of complications in the characters and conflicts in the story line were heightened, it could have helped the book’s ratings. It could easily go head to head with the latest best-seller if the story is a bit more complex and engaging.

While I loved its simplicity and straightforwardness, I long for the depth I often find in most books I read and adore. Maybe if Kiersten White will come up with a sequel for a book or two, it might spark some attention among the readers. In general, I’d rate it 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to teenage girls that are looking for a light read that is perfect for Summer Break and stuffs. It is written for anyone who’s about to start a journey with books and reading.

 

Singapore · Travel

What I saw when I went to Chinatown.

I have been in Singapore for over a month now and have seen some of the popular tourist’s attractions like Sentosa and Marina Bay. I still haven’t seen a lot of places here ‘coz I am prioritizing more important things and need to set things like “touring” aside. Yesterday, I felt stressed from my current Pass Application-related dilemma that I spontaneously thought that I need to go out and distract my mind.

My sister who’s based here, suggested I see Chinatown and since I haven’t been there, I decided to go.

Singapore’s Transportation System is very convenient that I didn’t think twice of plunging in to the heat of the sun and took the No. 72 bus bound to the nearest MRT station to Chinatown. It took me less than an hour and viola, Chinatown it is!

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This place is perfect for all sizes and shapes and races of tourists for the most affordable souvenirs from Singapore can be found here. Variations of souvenirs from key chains to T-shirts to Chinese charms and natural stones to almost anything that will remind you of Chinatown and of Singapore in general are sold here.

These are just some of the souvenirs I found yesterday which are basically composed of Chinese charm bracelets and natural stones.

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These are also Chinese-inspired stuffs but I had no idea what’s they’re called.

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These pots are just too cute to ignore. They vary in sizes, shapes and colors too! I love things that are colorful and these didn’t come unnoticed to my watchful eyes.

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These are mostly figures from Chinese History and myths including Buddha figurines and stuffs. P.S. In this shop, picture-taking is not allowed but I still managed to snap a single shot. Ha!

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Of course, the ever so famous Merlions are all scattered in every part of Chinatown.

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Most of the items sold in Chinatown comes in bundled prices like “Any 2 for S$10” or “3 items for S$10”. Really perfect for your souvenir-buying escapade!

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At the end of the street of souvenir-selling stalls in downtown Chinatown, I found a Hindu Temple which allowed tourists to enter the premises provided that you take your shoes off when you enter the Temple.

This is the facade of the Temple.

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The Temple is called “Sri Mariamman Temple” which happened to be the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore.

IMG_20140612_184503There were signs at the entrance of the temple that requires tourists to purchase IDs for their cameras prior to entering. I did not purchase an ID for my phone’s camera but I was able to take some pictures and selfies inside! Ha! Sorry not sorry. 🙂

One thing I liked about downtown Chinatown is the designs of the buildings that are mostly painted in lively colors. It added life to the already lively streets of the area!

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I only went to this place in  Chinatown (downtown) which mostly sold souvenirs and that one particular Hindu temple but I know there are still more places (and temples) to see and explore in there. Spending my afternoon there for almost 2 hours really distracted me from all the worries and stress I feel over my Pass.

I know I will be back in Chinatown. I have all the time in the world and I can go back anytime I want and discover many more things. For now, I can only share these stuffs and places to you. ‘Til my next wondering and wanderings! Ciao!

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Moving in…

This marks as my first day to try a new blog out of tumblr. I had my blog at tumblr for four years now and I thought I need to move on and in to a more mature and broad platform. I had a much older blog at tabulas which have been inactive for almost 2 years now due to personal reasons I can’t quite disclose yet. I started that blog back in 2009! Yes, I love blogging that much but I do not have the patience and perseverance to regularly update and customize my site. I only want to write, even though my posts are most of the time nonsensical in their simplest form (well, at least to me, they mean a lot!).

So in moving in to this new site, I plan to:

  • WRITE MORE. This has got to be my mid-year resolution for the last two years but due to work (recent) and other personal (disturbing) matters, I am not able to write as many decent post as I want.
  • LEARN TO DESIGN MY SITE.  I’ve seen a number of blogs. Aside from their contents and features, what I always marvel at is their design and how they managed to customized it. One of my fave blogger in the Philippines is Saab Magalona and I learned somewhere that she edits and customizes her blog all by herself, this she does without any IT background and she only learned them along the way! I wanna peg my editing skills to her. 
  • CARE LESS WHAT THE READERS WILL THINK. In my previous blogs, I tend to limit myself to what I write and post that I most of the time seemed a bit held-back. I often think that if I write about sex, people will think that I only think about it.That if I write about being brokenhearted, people will think that I have been brokenhearted or stuffs. I don’t know. I often over think about these stuffs that are really a waste of my time. Gah! 
  • EXPLORE MORE THINGS & SHARE. I’m 25 years old. I’ve lived my 25 years of my life inside the grounds of my comfort zone that I think I need some adventures in my life and I feel the need to share it (and care less about what the readers will think). I wanna attend a regular Yoga Class (and blog about it), cook a decent, edible meal (and blog about it), travel to Egypt (and blog about it), wear a black leather pants (and blog about it). I wanna try new stuffs and share it to the world. I want to be able to look back on my life and see lots of adventures that will make my life worth while.
  • MAINTAIN THIS BLOG FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY.  I love longevity. I admire people who maintains relationship, residency, and connections with people and things in their lives for quite a long time. I plan to maintain this blog until the end of time. I want to be able to write in here when I’m 64, or older, much much older! Oh, I can’t wait to start writing!

When I’m about to start reading a book, I have this indescribable feeling I get when I flip on the first few pages. It’s like I can’t wait to start reading it and be engulfed in it. That’s how I feel now. I can’t wait to write and share my life, views and opinions in life to the world!