Author: venicedelacruz

BOOK: SAD GIRLS by LANG LEAV


School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?

 The lie that Audrey was really creepy, gross and just downright disgusting. How can a father rape his own daughters? That would be one of the worse. —- Although it’s not far from reality, with the crimes nowadays. It’s just one of the worse lies.  And how can Rad not do anything about it? Was it out of fear? But if you love the girl, speak. It’s not also right to let someone else get the blame, even if it wasn’t intentional.

 ·         But you can’t make people listen. They have to come around in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them.

·         She carried herself like a storm or a melodrama. She could walk into a room and instantly change the atmosphere.

·         The most beautiful things are damaged in some way.

·         I can’t live my whole life worrying about every damn thing people are saying about me.

·         There are millions of books out there. We could be living all sorts of lives.

·         Its human nature I suppose. To have another person validate your own unique view of the world.

·         It’s about running your own race.

·         Write something that will make sense ten years from now.

·         Writing was cathartic for me.

·         All sad people write. A way of working through things that feel unresolved, like undoing a knot. People who are prone to sadness are more likely to pick up a pen.

·         Sometimes, we get attached to things, just for the sake of it. Long after we’ve outgrown it.

·         You can’t go through your life without hurting people. It’s unrealistic.

·         What if I’m making a huge mistake? Then make it.

·         Isn’t it weird? You can create something that is pure genius. But you have to get your timing right.

·         You and me – we’re meant to be rock solid, right? I always thought if nothing else worked out in my life, I’d still have you.

·         Our emotions pull us in different directions. The stronger the emotion, the greater the pull. Feelings are not always practical, nor do they make any logical sense. That’s just the way it goes.

·         The period where you cross the threshold into adulthood. And it’s meant to be a times that is as magical as it is unsettling. Your life is thrown into chaos and disarray. Think of it as your own tiny revolution.

·         Writing is the consolation price your’re given when you don’t get the thing you want the most.

·         She’s in every damn line he writes.

·         Our first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to – it’s the first one who breaks it.

·         Too many great things in this world get lost because of reason.

·         You’ve got to do what your heart tells you to.

·         It was one of those apocalyptic ‘fuck you’ to the universe kind of moments.

BOOK: HOW I FLY by Anne Eliot


Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past. 
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One, I used to think how one accident can totally ruin her whole life. I didn’t like the book as much. I was only drawn to it because the protagonists are photographers.

 ·         Harrison Shaw is such a charmer.

·         I wish I could have a guy best friend that takes care of me the way Patrick is to Ellen.

Some of the lines from the book:

 ·         Any and every love is simply going to eventually be over. So what’s the point if the end of love comes with so much pain? It can’t be good or healthy thing to pursue ever again.

·         Everyone plays until the game turns serious. Otherwise, how would anyone ever know what they wanted? Maybe planning is the only way to find out.

·         His wink is shameless and his grin is suddenly layered with promises that make my already hot cheeks go twice as hot.

·         My thoughts are overtaken with memories of her sparkling dark eyes smiling up at me, and I’m not quite certain how to handle the heaviness that settles into my heart because of how bad it hurts to miss her again.

·         His warm brown eyes travel over me in this way that makes me feel as though I’m the only girl in the whole world.

·         Throat chokes with hundreds of tiny-wow butterflies.

·         His gaze is going slowly over my face like some sort of caress that captures my gaze right back until I can’t look away.

·         Scars – they tell you that you’ve been through something. They’re forever ugly but not all crippling. They’re simply something you’ve got to work around and deal with so you can move forward, just like everything else in life.

·         Sometimes, the best way to right a wrong is to simply put everything back in its place.

·         I lay my heart at that girl’s feet.

·         Girl kills me. Kills me, every damn day. Can’t she see how hard I’m working for her? God help me.

·         He’s a heart stopper.

·         I’m raw… exposed… and completely at her mercy.

·         It’s impossible to speak when your heart has been completely removed.

VENICE


Mistakes are only proof that one is trying.

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When the boyfriend couldn’t pick me up since he’ll be coming from Binondo. 😦

EAT BF: RAMEN KURODA


When I was in the middle of my Strama Class, most weekends were spent at each other’s houses – writing my paper, editing my powerpoint, learning my financials and so on.. I’m just really grateful how helpful and understanding the boyfriend is when it comes to our dates — which is mostly spent in coffee shops with a laptop in tow.

So, one particular saturday – spent at my house doing strama — we decided to dine out for dinner at BF — Ramen Kuroda.

See their menu:

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The boyfriend ordered the Gyoza + Aka Ramen for Php 320 since he likes the Gyoza.

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While I, having no choice but to order the Teriyaki + Shiro Set for Php 320

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Since it’s so practical to order the Set Menu, we did. If you are planning to treat others, Ramen Kuroda is practical. 😀

EAT MAKATI: DONG WON


If you’re looking for a Korean Restaurant, there’s one along Jupiter Street right around the corner — DONG WON. It’s a meat shop slash restaurant. It smells a bit funky since the fresh meat is also where everyone dines.

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A little catching up with the bestfriend and the boyfriend.

EVERYDAY: RMK meets Plus 1s


It’s about time we all meet each other’s plus ones! anndddd, Congrats to Chad and Marfori! 😀

We had dinner at Century Mall.

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EVERYDAY: FAMILY LUNCH


Now that my sister has her own house, it’s very seldom that we eat together. & too sad that the only one missing is the boyfriend. —- 7th wheeler for lunch

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EVERYDAY: Lunchbowls


My go – to Lunchout Idea! — Kimchi Rice with Wagyu Cubes!! Oh my GOD. This is the kind of food you crave for. ❤ ❤ ❤

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EAT MAKATI: WHISK


This is not on my list — but the boyfriend was quick to suggest this (which happens rarely). Thus, I said yes immediately. 😛

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Let’s get straight to the food since I don’t have other pictures.

Grilled Chicken Teriyaki – Php 230 Grilled Quarter Leg glazed with their very own teriyaki sauce served with buttered vegetables

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Usually, I’m not amazed with Chicken Dishes – but I liked this one. And the boyfriend too, obviously. (this is his order)

Lechon Kawali – Php 350 Twice cooked pork belly and stir fry greens with pesto sauce.

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This was a first for me. The pesto sauce smelled appetizing. Although I didn’t know what it would taste like in a meat!!! Good thing I tried! It was S-O-O GOOD!

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EVERYDAY: Gringo with J1


Because sometimes all a girl needs is a quiet talk with her friends, a beer in their hand and some frankness and laughter combined.

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TRAVEL: ANAWANGIN


This was never the plan. — But of course, it’s the ones we don’t plan that turns out to be pretty amazing. Right? It’s one hell of a work though. We arrived at around 6pm and got settled about 7pm.

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Fanning, Blowing, Lighting pieces of newspaper, Re-arranging the wood for 3 whole hours just to catch a spark – to make fire. It’s EXHAUSTING & Fulfilling at the same time! The food was cooked around 10:30 pm!

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It’s really a nice wake up call, opening your eyes to see majestic mountains right outside our tent & the beach within 30 steps far. The boys had their fun. The bathroom was a bit tricky, that’s the reason why I was lazy to swim. 😀

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Would you look at that? Right? 😀

Sometimes, you just need an adventure to cleanse the bitter taste of life.

Until next time, Anawangin. ❤