November 7, 2016

18 things over 19

Reminders, notes and messages to the nineteen year-old Micaela from the eighteen year-old Micaela. And to you, who may need these.

Pico de Loro, Nasugbu, Batangas. April 2016. 
  1. Some people won't stay. They wouldn't even know they're leaving. Let those people go. 
  2. There are more people who are willing to stay-- treasure them. 
  3. Exercise. You badly need that because you wouldn't want to sacrifice a lot of opportunities because you're unhealthy. 
  4. Eat more healthy food. That comes with item no. 3. It wouldn't just let you lose some weight. I heard it makes you feel better about yourself too. Why wouldn't you want that?
  5. Be more thrifty. You want to see the Wicked the Musical you missed a couple of years ago, right? Sacrifice a few cups of french fries. While you're keeping yourself healthy, maybe you can pay for a lower box ticket. 
  6. Budget. Track your expenses. Buy only what you really need. 
  7. Detach from social media bit by bit. I'm not saying you should work to let it go but there's so much more to life than being in front of a screen. See more theatrical shows. Watch more movies. Read more books. Write even more. Go for a run. Ride your bike again. There's so much time to use on these mini adventures.
  8. Don't wait for next time if you're sure you want to accomplish something. It wouldn't get accomplished if you wait. 
  9. Writing-- he's your first love. Prove that your first love never dies. Write outside of class. Keep yourself inspired. 
  10. When people tell you you're too studious, never mind them. When they tell you to loosen up on your studies, tell them, "Why should I?" You like and enjoy what you're learning. This is how you get to learn. You're doing great. 
  11. If love decides to come around, take the risk of breaking your heart-- give it your all and don't be the tad too careful of a girl you were taught to be. You won't know if he's love if you keep distance. Remember, a closer look gives details. 
  12. If love still doesn't come around, don't be sad. He'll get around one day. Enjoy yourself a little bit more. When he comes around, you'll be a bit more ready.
  13. Don't be too hard on yourself. You can't carry the weight of the world all the time. You're only one person and you can only do so much.
  14. But always remember that your input is valid-- and that so much is important. 
  15. Putting on makeup makes you feel great now, does it? It's okay to feel comfortable with it. It's okay to feel comfortable without it. The important thing is that you always move towards making yourself feel great. 
  16. Your birthday celebration last year was the grandest celebration you got, wasn't it? I know you're still thinking if that was really the best way to celebrate your entrance to legality but hey, always remember that it's not everyday you get something that grand. That was what you wanted then. If it's not what you like now, then remember this: it's okay to choose yourself when you know you need it. And you know you need it once in a while
  17. This yearly tradition of writing things down in a numbered list is funny, isn't it? The paragraphs get shorter and it might be frustrating to feel like you need to do this every year on your birthday but trust me, it's great to look back at these stuff even if the length get compromised. 
  18. You're a year older now. Somewhere between being a teen and being twenty-something. You know yourself a little more now. Do great, okay? Good luck. 
From a year ago,

November 5, 2016

Books on my Birthday Wishlist

Irrelevant photo from a mini trip during the long weekend. San Fernando, Pampanga. October 30, 2016. 
I haven’t posted anything new since September when I finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and honestly, I’ve been feeling guilty about not reading anything even if I promised myself I would stop doing reading hiatuses during mid-semesters. I feel awful for not keeping that promise and for just not trying to pick up Eleanor and Park from my shelf. Now, I’m two books behind my goodreads challenge–just when I thought I could finally succeed in the challenge.
But I'm turning nineteen this Monday! No, I don't have plans to treat myself to new books because I have a ton of other reading materials I need to get done. Not that I'm complaining. My professors actually have a couple of interesting books and reading materials lined up for the last month of the semester. It's just that I have to wait till the end of the semester (by the first or second week of December maybe) before I get the freedom to read the books on the list below:

September 17, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Curtain shot again. Also, I love the cover of this lovely book. 
“Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We’ve been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we’ve blighted their present.” -Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts one and two

Hello! I can't believe I have time to write about my feelings for this during such a crucial time. This week is about the eighth book of the beloved Harry Potter series-- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I got it a month after its initial release here in the Philippines because every copy of the book was sold in less than 24 hours. I had to wait for news about new stocks coming in and lo and behold, my mother, my sweet mother got me a copy.

Now, it's nice to note that this eighth story isn't anything like the books (although I know we've all been hoping for it to legitimately feel like it) because of it's a play so 1) it's not going to feel the same as reading the books 2) expect a fast read with less details on storytelling because it's meant to be staged where the actors and the sets and all that-- they'll be the ones responsible for the gritty little details we usually crave for in novels.

September 10, 2016

Queen of Shadows

"The wicked will tell us anything to haunt our thoughts long after, Nehemia had warned her." 

-Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas

So Empire of Storms was just recently released in all its glory (the cover is on fiyaaah). I haven't read that yet, and don't worry I am going to read that soon (when school work permits lol) so for the mean time, here's what I thought about the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows.

September 3, 2016

Heir of Fire

"Perhaps that's your problem. Perhaps not picking a side is what costs you. Perhaps you need to tell your father you're breaking your promise." -Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas

God of book photography, please forgive me. 
Since I have already established from my past two Throne of Glass series book reviews how much of a ChaoLaena shipper I am, obviously, I came back to the series hoping so much for some kind of making up between Chaol and Celaena somewhere in the story.

But good lords, that's not what was in Sarah J. Maas's Heir of Fire. Nonetheless, even if I don't think it can compete to how well I loved Crown of Midnight, I had some fun reading this book.