I made a video of our trip last month!
To the most assertive, strong-willed, terrifying person that I know, Happy Happy Birthday. ❤
My mother, being selfless that she is spent her birthday renewing her children’s passport. Thanks for going with us, Ma!
And a delicious, tummy bloating dinner followed at Circles, Shangrila Makati.
Thanks, Ma! We all love you! ❤
Chicken Pandan for Php 360
Fried Prawns in Sweet Tamarind Sauce for Php 750
Pomelo Salad for Php 380
Crispy Fried Shrimp Cakes for Php 350
Bagoong Rice for Php 245
Prawns in Spicy Lemongrass and Lime Soup for Php 430
The place is good for occassions or dining in groups. 😊Food is delicious too. ❤ The winner for me is the Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce. (: can’t wait to go back.
We are not required to explain everything that’s happening in our lives to other people.
failed marriage, not passing the board exam, leaving a toxic relationship, finishing school at age 25, not having savings at 30.
We live this life differently. Run at your own speed
Such a helpful reminder. ❤
GOODREADS: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
Before Valentine’s Day and the release of the second franchise, I finished reading this as part of my reading challenge. ❤
I understand the hype for the trilogy and I have not exactly read the third book but I liked the first one better. It’s a pretty easy light read but PK is exhausting and this second installment confirmed that I’m team john. ❤
I am definitely shipping for LJ and John Ambrose Mc Laren!!!! Chemistry between the two is undeniable and simple. It’s easy with him. He’s romantic and ideal and perfect in a sense.
What I didn’t like about the book was One, how confusing LJ was. I hate that she’s hung up on PK but still sends all those mix signals to johnny. And Two, that this PK is always choosing his ex girlfriend Gen. He may not see it as picking his ex over his present and that he’s only there for her as a friend but he’s not fucking considering how his girlfriend would feel. Right? Right? ‘I’m only there for her as a friend’ is total BS.
BUT, there’s a lot of things I liked too. I loved that the story line maintained the snail mail. It’s part of the charm of this whole trilogy. The letters of LJ and Johnny. ❤ just ❤ ❤ I love the USO Party and the dance and dressing up. I can just imagine Johnny in his military uniform stopping in the driveway in his jaguar. GAAAHH. ❤ I love the idea of the pin, of how it symbolizes commitment to a certain girl back in the day. I love the snowball gift of johnny. It reminds you of the moment they shared when they snuck out and played in the snow. ❤ I’m not being bias but shit. I love all the conversations of LJ and Johnny. I don’t mean to exaggerate but literally all of them. ❤ ‘Thank for the save’. – ‘Anytime’ with a big grin on his face as they drive away. ❤ I love how people from Johnny’s school knows about LJ. ❤ I love how Johnny said, ‘Do you want to build a Snowman?’ I love the relationship of the father to his three daughters. I loved the moment he said, ‘It pains me that you didn’t come to me when things were so hard for you at school.’ Sometimes, a parent tries so hard.
SPOILER ALERT: I hate that LJ chose to be with PK. I hate that Johnny was left hanging in the process. I hate that Johnny had to say, ‘Did I even have a shot?’ fuckin breaks my heart.
I also like to commend J.H. of how the relationship was portrayed in the story. It exposes the character’s flaws. The relationship was definitely far from perfect unlike others with all love-love-love. As you read through the book, you can see how the characters learn to be in a relationship and their growth as a person.
Anddd, that’s it!! Can’t wait for Valentines!!! Noah is coming here. ❤
Goodreads: Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house. So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy. But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Sometimes love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver
It’s refreshing to read something like this. First, this is my first book where the heroine are 2 lesbians. I’ve read a couple of colorful books but it usually features both males. The story also brings me back to a certain point in my life where I was Annabel. The book was really an eye opener.
I appreciate KG’s effort to talk about relevant issues such as poverty, different social classes, political activism and inequality in general. The conversation was not heavy yet you learn something from the daily life and financial struggles and issues that were raised through the character of Joni.
I loved how KG built the relationship of Joni and Annie where it was not rushed. As you go through the chapters, you witness how their relationship grows from acquaintance to colleagues to friends to something mutual to becoming special and until their I-love-yous. Unlike some YAs where they meet and they instantly fell in love. like, what? How did you even? Not . like . that. at. all. The build up was perfect.
Some daily life struggles of Joni:
Some of the highlights from the book:
Overall, it’s a 3/5 for me. It’s an okay read but it’s not something I will reread willingly. Although I’m thinking if I should pick up her other book, Countless. Should I?
GOODREADS: Annie is starting college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is. Then she meets Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish and a passionate believer in…well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance.
But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions!
I have to be honest but I will have to give this book a rating of 2/5 not because of the story or the writing but because it’s a waste of book money or should I say there’s a million other books worthier than your penny. Don’t get me wrong the story is okay. It’s a light read but something I will not reread or recommend.
And, Holy Shit! I forgot! Have I mentioned that the characters are bookworms too? Like the type who argues on the theme of the story, the characters in the book, the motives of the people in the story, etc. Plus, they mentioned friends!!!! ❤
I also love the big grand love gesture. ❤ Bringing the person that you love to something that you both share on a personal level? Something uncommon and something that only you two understands? That’s love. ❤
GOODREADS: Nineteen-year-old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of electronic dance music. Thousands of people adore him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his heart. Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.
The story, it’s beautiful. I just read Thousand Boy Kisses and thought that Ticole is somehow Coho. I loved it so I decided to test my new adoration and boy was I right! Now I just want to read more Ticole because I know it’ll be worth my time.
I love stories that teaches us something new. And in this book, I learned more about synesthesia. I learned about music and tempo and rhythm and classic music.
Let’s give Cromwell’s Father the credit he deserves. Yeah? First, he knew from the start that crom was not his son. But he gave him his unconditional love and unwavering support. He swallowed his pride and asked for the help of the person who got his wife pregnant. It must have been hard for him but for his son, he would do anything to achieve his full potential. Hands down.
And Cromwell? to hate his dad so much and blame him for robbing him off his childhood, lashing out and eventually finding out that your father has been killed? To think about the last things you said? That his father died not knowing that he appreciated all his efforts and that he also loved him back. That must have been difficult, the guilt eating you every single day and later finding out that he was not even your father? Whew.
I have to say that I admire how much Easton and Bonnie loved each other. The sibling love for each other is incomparable. The way they hold on to each other, the way they both get strength from each other and how they look out for each other. Wow. And this is ONE BIG SPOILER: Easton taking his own life and eventually saving the life of his twin sister for having a heart failure is BEYOND HEARTBREAKING. My mind is blown and heart is inconsolable.
The creativity, talent and passion in the whole book is truly felt. The lyrics of the song pierces the heart and stays there. The talent and their love for music is all consuming.
I have to say, now I am more freaking intrigued to read Ticole’s other books. ❤ ❤
GOODREADS: One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime. One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.
A seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation? Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
A heartbreaking story of a bestfriend turned to a lover story. It’s not about betrayal or cheating or losing that friendship. It’s more than that. I felt the pain and if I were Rune, I don’t think I would have survived that.
I love every chapter. I loved the whole book. They are so much in love. They were both pouring their selves to each other. It’s a bit dramatic but god, their acts of love, the theater and the exhibit? ❤ ❤ ❤ my heart on the floor. and the letter of Poppy? Bawling!
GOODREADS: Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
When you love a person, you believe them. You believe their promises, their lies and just about anything. You believe in the goodness of their hearts. You believe in their intentions and you believe and hope that they will change.
As the story progressed, I am in awe of lily’s character. As vulnerable as she is, it took a lot of strength to take control of her life, even if there was a child on the way.
My heart simply breaks for both Lily and Ryle. How can you ever willingly give up someone you love and choose yourself? I think Domestic Violence happens to a lot of relationships, not just to women. But only a few brave souls can have the courage and strength to do what lily chose.
I think it makes it even harder if you love the person. It is never easy to just leave and end things. Coho taught me that right choice will always be the hardest ones. I hope I never get the chance to ever be in the same position.
GOODREADS: Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
To be quite honest, I was a bit disappointed. I guess, maybe because I was in complete awe of the other book, the sun and her flowers that I expected so much more from this. There are some I was able to relate with, but overall, the bookmarks can be counted. (if you know what I mean. But then again, I would still read her books. ❤
We all have shit days every now and then. All of us. No matter how perfect we aspire to be, and no matter how many tings we promised ourselves we would do, sometimes all the things we wanted to achieve just can’t happen in one day and that is perfectly okay. – momentary happiness
GOODREADS: One memory. One special summer. Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. She had leukemia.Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.
I felt like the author couldn’t move on from what happened in the past. I mean, it’s supposed to be a stand alone, with a story to hold it together. I just felt that the whole book was exactly like the title, a memory. It focused more on what the characters had before. It wasn’t successful in building a momentum for the readers, like myself to feel their love for each other. It felt forced. Like, if the characters told each other I love you, it’s because they said it, not because that’s how I felt throughout the book. I don’t know if I’m making any sense.
Although, kudos to the twist. I saw the baby coming. But what caught me off guard was the reason behind what triggered Octavia to do such thing. And again, I want a best friend like Eli. ❤