Meeting Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

I first learned about Jenny Han and her books from my niece, Aaliyah. She asked me if I have read it and I told her I always see the books at the bookstore but never bought it simply because I felt like it was too teenage-y? I don’t know. We were told to never judge a book by its cover but I don’t know why I still do it most of the time before.

So anyway, I didn’t buy the first book of the series. Aaliyah let me borrowed hers.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first book of the series. The story revolves around Lara Jean and her teenage problems. It’s a light and cute story, I enjoyed reading it and it was hard for me to put the book down. It’s just fast paced and fun to read! (I have to look for my journal because I wrote my personal review about it that I didn’t intend to publish but I shall do so soon)

P.S. I Still Love You is the 2nd book, it felt like “home” reading this book. It’s like seeing and being with the characters you’ve grown to love. Lara Jean’s family really gave me the feels. I loved the sister bond and the cute love story of Lara Jean and Peter K.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the last of the series. It’s a conclusion but not a conclusion. I still enjoyed it and I wrote a review about it but I never published it because what do I know about writing reviews? Huhu HALP!

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Kyx supporting my fan girl moment ❤

I learned about Siobhan Vivian through Jenny Han. I saw the books they co-wrote but I never bought them nor read them yet, I didn’t even read reviews about it cause I want to be able to read a standalone book from Siobhan Vivian. My first purchase was her The Last Boy and Girl In The World but I haven’t finished it, nonetheless I loved her writing style!

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I love you so much Siobhan!!! ❤

I loved them both even more when I got to finally meet them at the National Book Store book signing event of #JennyandSiobhaninPH

They only allowed books purchased from NBS and Power Books to be signed, all the others were not allowed so I only got about 3 of my books signed. The other books were bought from fully-booked and, oh well.

The experience was: INTENSE FANGRIL-ING! I couldn’t remember the last time I fangirl-ed this hard and I am still not over it.

I gave both of them Potchi and Flat Tops. Those are the only Filipino candies I could think of that time, I was thinking of Frutos but it wasn’t available so I just bought bags of Potchi and Flat Tops. Jenny is soft-spoken, shy and a bit awkward (in a good way) while Siobhan is very outspoken, madaldal and funny. I can feel her sincerity and how genuine she is as a person. I felt like she really enjoyed seeing everyone and reaching out, interacting and all that. I love it!

I can’t wait til they visit the Philippines again! Whoohoo!

Rant: So apparently, my phone decided to kid me by saying “Cannot take enough photo no space etc etc” so I panicked and gave my GoPro to the person taking the photo and then the photo was all blurry but I couldn’t complain because GoPro sometimes does that or kasalanan naming ni Siobhan and Jenny? Then I suddenly remembered I have an ipad that can also take photos. Hayyy punyetaaaaaaaaa. Bawi nalang next time. Or sana dinala nalang namin ni Kyx yung luma nyang DSLR or sana mayaman nalang ako na may magandang camera. Taena. Hassle maging mahirap chos.

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Tips on How I Put Annotations

In college, we were taught to put annotations, write everything we felt about a certain scene, get that quote you loved and put comments on stuff that made a way to your heart. We were asked to write on the books and I didn’t feel like doing that because I didn’t want to mess up the pages with my pen’s ink!

So I found a way on how I can annotate without destroying my beloved books!

This is my personal preference, it takes a lot of time for the most parts so if you don’t feel like doing what I do, you can just take some of it and make a different routine for yourself, whatever works for you!

What I Use:

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  • My book
  • Sticky Marker Film – This is probably 25 pesos to 50 pesos in the Philippines. It’s probably cheaper in other countries. The plain ones, you can find it at any bookstores, I’m pretty sure they sell it there. The ones with designs, I bought it from an online shop in the PH but I think they get it from Divisoria (I just don’t have what it takes to go to divisoria so shut up nalang ako dito sa bahay) there are also plain ones with different colors that they sell in National Bookstore. I use this to mark the page I found remarkable. It’s helpful so when I want to read the things that caught my attention, I could easily just look at all the marked pages.
  • Different sizes of post its or sticky notes – mine were from online shops but I’m sure you can get it at bookstores and craft stores near you. I use this to write my annotations. My comments and emotions, they are all poured into the sticky notes!
  • A pen of your liking – my trusted pen is my G-tec 0.4 but I use colored gel pens too depending on what mood I have. I use this to write on the sticky notes. He he he.
  • Gel stick highlighter – mine is a Dong-A gel stick highlighter. This is wax type, it’s like a translucent crayon, it works sooo well for me! I use this to highlight the quotes and lines that caught my attention. I love that it’s a wax type of highlighter because it doesn’t ruin the pages of the book. Hindi siya bumabakat bes.

I would have those stuff with me whenever I’m reading a book. Ang dami kong hanash diba? But again, this is what works for me. Lalo na kapag nag-eemo emo ako kukunin ko yung books ko tapos hahanapin ko yung mga quotes dahil wala lang, umaarte lang. Mas madali ko lang talaga nakikita hahaha.

Take what you need and do what works for you!

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Here’s how it looks like when the book is closed:

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I didn’t take photos of other books because most of my annotations are too dramatic or emo or whatever hahahah chos.

 

Freaking All Over The Place

I am freaking all over the place. I don’t even know what’s wrong with me anymore, I’m just like really all over the place, all over myself. I can’t even.

My talent is extremely so good you’d feel a pang of jealousy. I have a talent of complicating small things and turning them into big things until I bawl out and cry and have a meltdown. Ugh. (that’s really sarcastic for the most parts. You can tell right? Lol)

I have this dilemma wherein I can’t even figure out if I should be happy about this or not? When I was younger, I’d really save my allowance so I can buy one book. Before I finish that one book, I should have finished saving another one for a different book to buy. So I usually grow anxious more often than not back then, always afraid of not having enough books to read. Ahhh!

Now, my problem is I can’t stop buying books even if I have a lot more to read, so my pile of unread books are growing and that’s not something cute ya know? It makes me more all over the place. Like I’d read a chapter from one book then go over the next one. Oh god, I have a disease! (though I hope this is not a disease lol) Now, I plan to just stick to one book first and finish it then go over to the next one! I have stacks and stacks of books to firggin read.

The same goes for my tea collection. I have a lot of different tea flavors and each night I have to choose from all of them. Sometimes I get a little too tempted to drink 2 tea flavors just cause I can. -_-

Or am I just so indecisive lately?

A Book Review: The Girl On The Train

To start off, I love reading psychological thriller fictions. It makes me feel jumpy, I like the feeling of trying to find out the real deal behind the story. Now off to my book review lol.

I am rating 3/5 stars for this book.

The Girl On The Train is smartly written. It really has this “wtf is happening?!” sort of feel on the book. On the technical side: I love how the author Paula Hawkins can easily describe what’s going on in the scene which made it easier for me to see the scenario.

Also on the technical side: Maybe it’s not my type, like the style and how it was laid out. I like the different perspectives but it doesn’t stitch the story or the plot good enough for me to feel totally mind fucked. I guess I held too much expectation on this novel which left me a bit disappointed with how the story turned out.

In conclusion: I like the book but I didn’t feel the way I expected to feel. I was expecting a mind blowing plot twist. I was expecting a bang and “woah didn’t see that coming?!”. I guess towards the end, I have a hunch and it didn’t make a lot of sense as to why that should be the twist.

Overall, I like how it was written. I enjoyed the journey. Didn’t feel like it was a chore reading it. I wouldn’t recommend it though. Especially to people who loves thriller so much. But if you are looking for a good book different from your YAs, then this book is something nice! Also, I’m taking into account that I tried finishing it 1.5 days which felt super dragging for me and made it frustrating to find the “meh” or “blah” ending.

I have yet to watch the movie if I get a copy soon but I’m not on my toes, thinking I have more important things to do than watch it. I’m not being harsh. And for the ones who loved the book, good for you! Maybe it wasn’t what I expected to be that’s why I was giving it a 3/5 stars lol.

 

 

CRAZY BOOK HAUL!

I want to write something with depth or something with a sort of explanation as to why I am not writing a lot recently. But right now.. I have nothing to share. Maybe in a few hours or days? But I’ll be here.

Anyway, let’s talk about fun stuff and my BOOK HAUL. Omfg. You would not believe this book haul!!


I am so excited to tell you guys about this.

So I think 2 weeks before, I was randomly looking at my news feed on Facebook when I saw a post about a book fair. It has this promo called “box all you can” as in you can box as much books as long as it fits in this rectangular box the Scholastic warehouse is going to provide.

Wednesday, 30th of November, I don’t have work so I told Kyx we shall go to the book fair. It’s a 20 minute drive away from home so it’s nothing far and Kyx wanted to go as well! When we got there, I was so damn frustrated because there were long lines and I checked the books but there isn’t any nice books left so I got sad. Kyx said we’ll go back on a weekend. Since I work on Saturdays, we planned going back on a Sunday.

Come Sunday, 4th of December, we woke up early, around 7 in the morning, had breakfast and left at around 730. Since it is a Sunday, no one really wake up early so the traffic was not bad at all, in fact we were cruising so smoothly and stopping only on stop lights. Lol. So We got there almost 8am, only a few people and books are still arranged properly. Here’s the awesome part.


799php (16 US Dollars) is the “Book Buffet”. There are books included in the book buffet wherein you can put as many books as you like in the box given you stack it properly without folding, bending or destroying. There were a lot of books and mostly classic novels! I DOVE RIGHT IN AND GOT ALL THE CLASSIC NOVELS AVAILABLE! Also got several Harry Potter books and the Hunger Games trilogy (in Hardbound) I only spent like 2,413 php (48 US Dollars) and scored a total of 37 books!!!

I was told that they were not able to replenish the book stocks since it was a Sunday. But still, I got a lot of books!!!!!!!! Here are some photos of my book haul. I am going back this Thursday and hopefully, I’ll get to buy more of the ones I wasn’t able to get last time! Sooo excited!

When we got home that day, I cleaned and fixed my book shelf! I was so pumped up and was able to fix everything. I was so darn happy!!!

ALIVE, CRAZY BUSY AND HAPPY!

It’s one of the days that even if I keep seeing Kyx’s face (every day) I still want to see him some more. I mean I cannot wait to get off work so I can see him again and I can listen to the radio with him or sit beside him and do nothing.

Okay, aside from all that sappiness, I will talk about how I enjoyed my weekend.

You won’t believe it (unless you’re one of the few people like me) but I would rather spend my weekend in my bed, drinking good coffee or tea while reading a book or while writing something random. I would rather hang out with my family or just chill with my friends while we complain about getting fat and being so caught up with work. But this weekend in particular was something different!

Last weekend, I was feeling very positive as of late, I even worked overtime for 3 hours (take note) ON A SATURDAY. I was supposed to have a waxing appointment but the wait time is about 2 hours so Kyx just picked me up from work. It was raining so hard and the traffic was really bad. The moment we got home, I ate my lunch (it was already about 5pm and I have not eaten lunch which was crazy). Then I read a chapter from “Library of Souls” (written by Ransom Riggs and this is the 3rd book from the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) I have been delaying this book because I love the series so much I can’t let go of it! Anyway, I took a nap then I went ahead and met up with my high school friends. We had unlimited Margarita and we went to the famous clubs here in Manila (It was my VERY FIRST TIME to step foot to a club) it was really a spontaneous and fun night! I went home around 4am and slept like a sad person cause I was too tired from everything but my heart was happy!

Sunday night, Kyx and I went out with our friends. We went to this Fil- Mexican place at Kapitolyo. Everyone was lining up and waiting to be seated so we decided to go to a chill kind of pub called St. Patrick’s (I think) and they drank a pint of beer. I didn’t because I was trying to detox (I kinda drank 10 glasses of Margarita the night before so yeahhh) After about an hour, we walked back to Silantro. We waited for roughly 5 more minutes before we were finally seated. It was so worth it though because the food is amazing. I love love love Silantro! We ordered Beef Nachos and Burritos. EVERYTHING TASTED SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD I even forgot I was on a strict diet! (oops!!)

That weekend was one for the books I guess. I loved every bit of it. Mostly, I would hate something when I decide to leave the house and regret it afterwards. This is one of the rare times that I actually loved everything without complaining or hating myself or wishing I was curled up at my room reading a good book! So below are the pictures to sum up my happy weekend! (If you are not seeing the photos yet, I am probably still editing lol)

How about you guys? What do you think about trying to do different fun things over the weekend and coming out of your shell every once in a while? I feel like this particular weekend was liberating for me! It is good and bad in some ways but nonetheless, I enjoyed everything!

PICTURES INCOMING!! 😂

Together with my high school besties. 😍

Cheers to friendship! 🍻

A couple of Margaritas through the night 😙

Inside Valkyrie 🙌🏼

At the Palace Pool Club (we were so awkward we didn’t know how to party!)
SUNDAY BIGHT PHOTOS INCOMING!

Kyx and I 😙

Beef Nachos! (The best Nachos I have ever tasted!)

Dinner with these amazing guys!

😁 😍 😘

I realized that sometimes, you just have to let things flow by itself, go with it and enjoy every moment. It is a good time to be alive. It is amazing to be alive!

Also, I have been so caught up with work (I knowww it is driving me crazy already) so my apologies for the sudden MIA and rare visits. I promise to make my rounds and make up for you my friends here. Also, I would get to the Blogger Recognition Awards wherein my friends nominated me. I swear I am so overwhelmed and happy about it. I just have to get around doing it. Maybe I shall do it tomorrow! I am really sorry, please don’t feel neglected. And guys? I am alive okay! Hope everyone is doing well.

Xox, Thea

Nice Saturday!

Slept an hour early last night because I was too damn stressed for Friday. I had to end it the moment I can.

I was planning to wake up a bit later than usual for my Saturday work (I usually wake up at around 7:30 in the morning and leave by 8:00am. I’ll be sure to be at the office before 9:00)

I was planning to prepare 30 minutes later than usual because I feel like there wouldn’t be bad traffic since it is a morning and of course, a weekend. But lo and behold, our maid had to knock at our room around 6 in the morning to get the laundry basket. After opening the door, I cannot sleep anymore. I closed my eyes until it’s time to be up for work. -____-“

Went to the office, ate a chocolate croissant and had .

It was an okay day. I don’t want to talk about work anymore. Just thinking about my office is making me crazy haha.

Kyx (you pronounce that as KICKS) went to my office and picked me up. We headed for lunch. There was bad traffic but it’s all good. I took snapchatting on a whole new level while stuck in traffic! HAH! So we ate Halal Guys for lunch. We couldn’t think of anything else to eat and Kyx didn’t want to think about which Chicken flavour he wanted at Frankie’s so Halal Guys it is. We enjoyed our food (though we didn’t finish it! He serving could be big or we just don’t eat a lot)

After eating, we went and used our free tickets to watch The Conjuring 2. We are not fan of horror films but since there aren’t any marvel films on the theatre now and nothing interests us more, we tried to see what the fuss was all about. It was a bit scary thinking that it happened in real life. The film is bearable and the way they told the story and executed everything seems amazing to me. I enjoyed the film!

We ate ice cream after that. Our favourite Sea Salt Caramel at Merry Moo!

I tried looking for my L’Oreal serum, Tea to try and a couple of biscuits I wanted at the grocery store BUT EVERYTHING ISN’T THERE OH MY GOD. HOW FRUSTRATING.

Went home, fixed our room a bit and now I am blogging!

I have a makeshift blogging table now and I love it so far. Now I am off to finish my tea, probably try to paint several geeky stuff and read Me Before You. I am halfway through it and I don’t want to finish it yet BUT I want to finish it before the movie comes out (in case there would be spoilers on the internet, which would highly be VERY POSSIBLE) so maybe I shall finish it tonight!

How was/is your Saturday? I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Xox, Thea