Dream big and hustle hard. This statement says it all with what’s going on with my life as I welcome a new chapter in my journey. It’s really never enough that you have big dreams. You gotta do something to make it happen no matter how impossible those dreams may seem to you. Life has full of surprises so you’ll never know really.
I think what happened to me before and after graduation were a very good example. I’m not talking about “big” dreams here though. Well, not yet. But still, these are dreams that no matter how small, can help me in reaching the top.
As I was saying, my before and after graduation scenarios was very crucial. Before I graduated, I struggled a lot with difficult subjects, finishing our feasibility study and managing my time properly to be able to comply with all my requirements. But because of all the hard work, yes, I was done by October. Now, it doesn’t end there. My post-graduate dilemmas were equally frustrating. I applied for a bank here in Naga. Everything’s really promising until I was given a very short time to submit my summary of grades. It was a huge problem because I still don’t have one for our feasibility study since it’s still in the proofreading process by then. I’ve never been that pressured in my life. I really thought I would lose that opportunity.
But you know what they say, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” I really did everything that I could to get the job. So here I am, an official Metrobanker! ☺ I never mentioned anything about it here because I want to be a hundred percent sure once I did. My hiring date’s on the first of December and I’ll be leaving for Manila before the week ends for my training. I’ll be there for two weeks at most so maybe you won’t hear from me for a while.
Anyhoo, let’s go talk about my outfit! This very cool top I’m wearing right here’s the limited edition Tee Culture shirt sent to me by SM Youth. They did a great job in coming up with this statement shirt. It serves as an inspiration for us, the youth, to keep on chasing our dreams until we get it.
I decided to embrace the modern grunge fashion in terms of how I styled this ensemble. This was a last minute get up and fortunately, everything worked. I got this polarized sunnies for my final add-on ‘cause I’m cool like that (LOL).
Tee Culture limited edition shirt
Divisoria ( Bichara Mall basement) plaid long sleeves
StyleLing bangles ; Nikzie Ciap Casio watch
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Thanks Sam for the photos! ♥
So lately, I’ve been getting some questions on my Ask.fm account about the books I’m reading as of the moment. I thought of posting here my favorite ones to date along with some of my favorite lines as teasers. Heeee ~
And because I’m such a hopeless romantic, please expect that all of these are love and romance novels. Brace yourselves for all the cheesy lines! I don’t find it corny though. I always find myself in tears during happily ever afters (LOL). But isn’t it a girl thing? Cm’on girls. Please tell me I’m not alone :)
I’m also a very picky reader. I get to feel first the first chapter and decide whether I want to continue it or not. I hate it when the pacing’s too slow. It makes me feel like the author’s putting a lot of unnecessary situations in the story just to make it longer while it makes the content so boring. I don’t like it when the pacing’s too fast either. You don’t get to feel the story if that’s the case, right? I’m also not into the too-much-fantasies-involved/very supernatural kind of genre right now. I mean, it’s okay but I find myself more drawn to the story when there’s normal people with normal lives.
The kind of supernatural story lines I don’t like are the ones that has too much going on that makes it hard for the reader to imagine everything that’s happening. I’d rather watch it as a movie, you know. (Ha, ha!)
Anyways, I assure you that my suggestions here are worth reading! ☺
1. Hush Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick - 5 star rating
I’ve started reading the first one a few months back but I just finished the last one recently. You can count it as having a supernatural genre since there are fallen angels involved but it’s not that much that’s why I still loved it.
I know there are a lot of books in the market right now having some sort of the same story line. But as for me, this one’s the best. I’ve tried reading another one and I ended up deleting it from my tablet after I reached the 20th page. The pacing’s too slow and it’s not making any sense. This, on the other hand is really good. I really hope that the 2014 movie for this will be pushed through.
Patch : Did you know, the first time I saw you, I thought : I’ve never seen anything more captivating and beautiful?
Nora : Why are you telling me this?
Patch : I saw you, and I wanted to be close to you. I wanted you to let me in. I wanted to know you in a way no one else did. I wanted you, all of you. That wanting nearly drove me mad.
Nora : I don’t deserve you, Patch. I don’t care what you say. It’s the truth.
Patch : You don’t deserve me. You deserve better. But you’re stuck with me, and you might as well get over it.
2. The Halo Trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto - 5 star rating
Just last week, this used to be on top of my favorite list. But another one topped it off so I guess it can settle for the second place. Again, there’s a supernatural touch due to the angels and demons involved as characters. But then again, it’s not too much. The story’s about a mortal boy and an angel who fell in love with each other. And in between, you can also learn something about faith and life. I swear, this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read!
“(Beth) “I don’t care anymore.” I turned my face up toward Heaven. “That’s not my home anymore. You are.”
“…nothing is permanent. Everything and everyone you know can change at any moment. That’s how I see things now - except for you. You’re the one constant in my life.”
“Love you,” Xavier said just before he drifted back to sleep.
“Love you more,” I said playfully.
“Not a chance,” Xavier said, fully awake now. “I’m bigger, I can contain more love.”
“I’m smaller, therefore my love particles are more compressed, which means I can fit more in.”
Xavier laughed. “That argument makes no sense. Overruled.”
3. Billionaire Boys Club Series by Jessica Clare
I know what you’re thinking. That this is another Fifty Shades story line with a very rich leading man falling for a simple woman. Yep, somehow it is. But I swear, each stories are different. I’ve seen these books in the popular category of my e-book app and by just the look of the title, I thought that these kind of plots are getting way overrated. But when I started reading, I figured that it’s different. I especially loved the first one with Logan and Bronte as characters.
Stranded with a billionaire - 4.5 star rating
"I tend to be overbearing and controlling. That’s my nature."
“It is. You’re used to handling the situation. But a girl likes to be asked every now and then.
“I promise to ask more,” He reached into the inner pocket of his jacket and produced a small box. “Starting now.”
Beauty and the billionaire - 4 star rating
"I love you. It doesn’t matter if you love me or not. Just stay."
“Well, it’s a good thing for you that I love you too.”
“Do you mean it?”
“Of course I mean it. Why would I lie to you after all this?”
“I just never thought I would be so lucky.”
The wrong billionaire’s bed - 3.5 star rating
"So you fell in love with me, huh?"
“What if I told you that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you? That I keep comparing every woman I meet to you and they all come up lacking?”
“It’s only been a week. I’d say you’re a normal man.”
“Ah, but I’m not a normal man. A week for me is an eternity, especially when it’s a week without you.”
"I got some good advice from a very sensible woman. And it’s the woman I happen to love"
“Yeah. Except she loses her head around me. Which is why I think I’m going to have to marry her.”
“I mean it Audrey, Marry me.”
4. My name is memory by Ann Brashares - 4 star rating
This is about a young couple whose souls have been reincarnated over hundreds of years. The story’s somehow heartbreaking because of all the down lows of getting their happy ever after. But overall, it’s really good. I’m just not that satisfied with the ending because I was left hanging. I just thought that it could have been better.
"Did you ever think we were meant not to be together?"
“No. We are meant to be together. We are just meant to want it very badly.”
“But certain souls cohere. It’s rare but possible. But it takes two powerful wills to make it so.”
“Love who you love while you have them. That’s all you can do. Let them go when you must. If you know how to love, you’ll never run out.”
5. Find you in the Dark & Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters - 5 star rating
You know what they say. Save the best for last! Yes, this is the reason why The Halo Trilogy is now on second place. I love this one! I really do!! Just please excuse my excitement. I just finished reading this one the other day and I can’t still move on. I finished both of these books in 2 days which is a sign if I’m really lost in my own private bubble while reading. I even slept as far as 4 a.m. in the morning not wanting to close the reading material while I’m not yet finished.
Find you in the dark is the first book. It’s about a boy who was running from his past and all the personal demons attached to it. He never thought he had a chance at being happy until he met Maggie.
Light in the shadows in a sequel where the story ends. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this that I don’t mind if there’s a third, fourth or fifth book. *sigh* I’m a sucker for great books. I really am.
“Our heads have a nasty habit of ruining what can make us happiest. And there are times in our lives when you have to put aside what we think is best and do with what you feel is best.”
“We can’t pick up where we left off; because that was a place I never want to be again.”
“I love you, Maggie May Young. Always and forever.” And then my mouth touched hers and I felt my future begin.”
“Forgive. Such a small word. Only seven letters but they carry the weight of the world.”
“There is more beauty inside you than in anyone I have ever met. These pictures don’t lie. I won’t ever forget you. Or stop loving you. You can ask me to. You can tell me to move on. But I won’t. And I never will. Just don’t forget how beautiful we were. How beautiful we can still be.
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my so called “book reviews”. If you have also good read suggestions, feel free to tell me! The book lover in me will appreciate it so much! xx
A few months back, I shared with you the simple get together A-fash had. But since it focused more on my outfit, I decided to made another entry for some of the captured moments I had with these awesome guys during that day. I will also take this as an opportunity to inform those who are interested to join our group about some changes that was made. I will talk about it later. ☺
I’ve mentioned in this post why we had a get together but not what transpired during that day. So first up, we had a photo shoot. A given when you’re with fashion bloggers, eh?☺. After which, we enjoyed each other’s company while eating and sharing stories. Each one of us talked about how this love for fashion was developed and other things that answered questions like what’s our personal style or how we started blogging. Our “sharing session” was a really good way of knowing each other better and has helped a great deal in making us closer with one another.
It was just more than a year since this group was formed but it feels like I’ve known them way longer than that. You know that feeling when you engaged in a conversation with a complete stranger and you clicked right away? I definitely have it with these guys. Having the same drive and passion has helped us relate with each other easily. I am certainly myself when I’m with them. There are Wednesdays that I have to deal with weird stares and sometimes, unwanted comments about what I’m wearing. But all those negativities fade when I’m already with them before the day ends for our shoot. With them, I found acceptance and appreciation. (Cheesy I know, but true. ☺)
And now that I’m no longer in school, my Wednesdays will never be the same again. They are not just merely my co-bloggers or co-members. They’re my dear friends that has been like sisters and brothers to me. They’re one of the reasons why my stay in Ateneo became worthwhile. ☺
A-fash has also made a huge contribution in boosting my confidence. Before, when I’m taking my outfit shots, I usually look for a place that’s hidden so that no one will see me. I’m not all out in power dressing as well because I don’t want people weirding out on me. But now, I improved a lot as to how I style my clothes, I can already have my photos taken even with people watching and I’m now brave enough to wear what pleases me because this is who I am. What other people think shouldn’t matter. Dressing up is a form of expression after all.
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For the past few months, there were people sending me messages on Facebook on how to join the group. I wasn’t able to give my confirmation due to these changes I’ve mentioned earlier. So for those who are interested, here’s the big announcement! ☺
A-Fash aspirants will be asked to send an application form here: http://a-fash.tumblr.com/member-application/
The pioneer members of this group/community decided to screen the new members for the betterment of the group.
"As a celebration of our first year anniversary (technically last June 2013), we decided to make some changes in our group to be able to realize the fullness of A-Fash’s objectives. This is just the first step for our improvement as a group. We decided to do this because we want our members to be the ones who really have what it takes to be an A-Fash member – someone who could carry the name of the group not just as a mere label but more importantly, with dignity and passion. It is not unbeknownst to you that there are many opportunities coming to us recently and we’re likely to have more soon, and so it would be utterly reasonable that we now have to set our standards higher.
As much as possible, we want everyone to have individual strong points that could substantially contribute to the group.
We know that as mature individuals, you will understand all these with an open mind. ☺”
In celebration of my early graduation and the start of the semestral break, me and my friends decided to have a mini getaway. We only planned the day before and after a lot of options to choose from, we settled for Iriga City.
We went to Masosu Spring Resort. It was actually my first time in Iriga and I’m not aware of all the resorts in this place. But I think the one we chose was great. There were four pools to choose from inside and the very cheap entrance fee was very surprising as well. Would you believe? It was only 40 pesos!
I can’t help but compare it here in Naga where entrance fees of resorts ranges from 100-300 pesos. Even the simple ones cost that much. How I wish this place was not that far so I can easily come back.
Meet Janine, my PA. (Ha, ha!) I kid. ☺
A stolen shot of me and my friend Leah making a fool of ourselves after I bragged the perfect score I got from singing in the videoke that was enough to piss her off so she pushed me right into the pool (LOL).
And of course, when you’re with friends, jump shots are a given. ☺
Since I was up for a swim, I settled for a laid back outfit. I paid attention to every detail of this ensemble so that it will still be striking even though at the same time, it’s simple.
This tank top’s from Tee Culture. One of the many things I love about this brand is how creative their shirt’s prints are. This, for one, gives a youthful take on animal prints.
I also chose the colors of my shorts and accessories from the colors available on my top so that overall, it will look cohesive. For the finishing touch, I wore my new gold strappy that makes any simple outfit fab.
Pink hat ( Janine's)
LCC Department store strappy sandals
Tee Culture tank top | Penshoppe bikini top | StyleLing sunnies, dream catcher necklace and chain bracelet