BOOKS: BOOKS OF 2015


Hiiii! This is just my way of keeping tabs on the books that I’ve read. So let me just list it down here. Okay?

  1. A long way down by Nick Hornby
  2. The gift of Acabar by Og Mandino
  3. More than her
  4. This is where I leave you
  5. Stargirl
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. Never Never
  8. Beautiful you
  9. Never Eighteen
  10. Maybe Someday
  11. Kite Runner
  12. The Greatest Miracle in the world
  13. Gracefully Grayson
  14. Lift
  15. All the Bright Places
  16. Slammed
  17. The Perfectionists
  18. Playlist for the Dead
  19. Truest
  20. Colorless Tzukuru Takazaki

THOUGHTS: ACHIEVABLE GOALS 2015


Okay, I didn’t say Goals. I said, Achievable. We have this certain notion every new year to write our yearly goals or create our vision boards and yet, we don’t really stick to them. Do we?

So instead of saying I’ll achieve a six pack abs for 2015, I’d say:

1. Workout thrice a week. Whatever it may be, dancing to the beat of wiggle wiggle on a 1 hr zumba video, going back to my pole dancing, running around triangle, playing badminton or simply a workout inside my room. Thrice a week. Hopefully it gets me a more toned middle area and a toned arms.

2. Save. I cannot stress it enough. I need to save. I noticed that by around March, my bank account is doing okay. But when December comes, let alone January, I’m back to square one. Grabe. Saving is so hard. Saving is one of my hardest climb. Gah.

3. Invest. Invest in the Stock Market. Not in a Money Market placement but in stocks. Risky, yes. But I will have to take advantage of my working — being in a bank where I get more information on financial status and updates. First quarter of 2015, I will.

4. Travel More. As they say, this is the only way to send your money that gets you richer, ain’t it? On my list: Ilocos – ohmygod. pagbigyan na ko, parang awa. Siargao, Sumilon Island, Batanes, Bantayan Island and Calaguas.

5. Hike. As it gets you to see the world in another view. Oh please. So really, How can I save? Hihihi. On my list: Mt. Pinatubo, ofcourse. Taal Volcano, Mt. Batulao, Mt. Batoluson, Mt. Pulag, Mt. Gulugod – Baboy, Mt. Maculot, and Pico de Loro.

6. Hydrate. I am the most non-liquid drinker there is. I can go on a day without drinking anything, and the bad thing is; I don’t mind. I only ever have to drink when the food I am eating is spicy or something. So now, I’ll drink water at least 6 glasses or so.

7. Smile often. I have heard time and again, people have been telling me that my face says ‘get away!’. My face, my eyes and the way I carry myself is so unfriendly. So my resolution? Talk to people, Smile and Smile and Smile.

8. Go to church / chapel atleast twice a week. One is doable, ofcourse as we go to mass every sunday. During my darkest time, I go to Greenbelt Chapel every so often. So now, I’m bringing it back. It doesn’t have to be everyday. But atleast, twice a week to update and just talk. 🙂

9. Read more. I have been reading. I have been reading more compared to most people. But what I mean here is, I’ll try to read more sensible books, read the newspaper or news from social media, politics, money, corporate updates and actually remember them.

10. See people. Say Yes. A lot of my friends has been telling that I am wrapped in a big bubble of friends. And that friends alone. So now, I’ll schedule a date with my other friends too. And say Yes to more invites!

BOOK: Just One Year – Gayle Forman


It’s the quest of a guy who’s pining for a girl he just met for a day. But in his quest, he finds his way back to his family. And fortunately, gets the girl.

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The one thing I envy in this story? is how much time, money and experience he has from all the travels. It seems he never does stay in one place. And not only does he skid from one place to another, he gets to do things the locals do.

1. Her name continues like an echo in a chamber.

2. You have to give the universe credit, the way it even things out like that.

3. You meet people, you part ways, sometimes you cross paths again. Mostly, you don’t.

4. Days like these go on for years. It’s the ones you want to last that slip away – one, two, three – in seconds.

5. If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep.

6. Leaving people to jumped conclusions is sometimes simpler than explaining a complicated truth.

7. The universe never gives you something without making you pay for it somehow.

8. Sometimes the wind blows you places you weren’t expecting; sometimes it blows you away from these places too.

9. It takes a certain kind of naivete, or perhaps just stupidity, to know how things will end, and still hope otherwise.

10. Beauty being a witch.

11. You fall in love and sometimes it disappears like snow in the sun.

12. There;s a difference between losing something you knew you had and losing something you discovered you had. One is a disappointment. The other is truly a loss.

13. No matter what you is, only matter what you seem.

14. Like I’d landed somewhere after a long journey.

15. Bravery was doing something dangerous without thinking. Courage was walking into danger, knowing full well the risks.

16. Nothing happens without intention.

17. Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves a door a little open and you walk through it. But sometimes it locks the door and you have to find the key, or pick the lock, or knock the damn thing down. And sometimes, it doesn’t even show you the door, and you have to build it yourself.

18. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 

19. To dream is the ultimate dare, is it not?

20. Girls have always been the best distraction. Until a girl becomes the reason you need a distraction.

21. Escape one horror, get hit by another.

22. I’m halfway there, but that’s halfway farther than no way.

23. Maybe you’re never really ready until it’s upon you.

24. Go big or go home.

25. And something tells me if it matters, maybe it shouldn’t be easy.

26. The world pivots on moments.

27. How sometimes you escape one prison, only to find out you’ve built yourself a different one.

28. Love is not something you protect. It’s something you risk.

BOOK: Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho


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Contary to what other people has been telling me, 11 minutes is not all about the big word – SEX. It may revolve around a girl who became a prostitute on her way of discovering her dreams. But it runs deeper than her profession. As I see it, this girl learned life in the process.
Here are some of the things I think are noteworthy words of Paulo in this book.

Sometimes, life is very mean. A person can spend days, weeks, months and years without feeling anything new. Then, when a door opens, a positive avalanche pours in. One moment, you have nothing, the next, you have more than you can cope with.

The most important experiences a man can have are those that take him to the limit – that is the only way we learn, because it requires all courage.

The fire that provoked by the spark soon burned out.

The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share things with.

Considering the way the world is, one happy day is a miracle.

‘I am two women. One wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planted and achieved.’

You awaken desire by not immediately handing over the object of that desire.

Because endings are always more difficult than beginning

The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate fragility

If you want to achieve your objectives, you have to be prepared for a daily dose of pain or discomfort. It’s unpleasant and demotivating, but in time you come to realize that its part of the process of feeling good. .

Sex has come to be used as some kind of drug; in order to escape reality, to forget about problems, to relax.

Two people who live together and love each other need to adjust the hands of their clocks, with patience and perseverance, games.

We don’t need theater to find suffering. Life offers us more than enough opportunities.

After all, we human beings, we are born full of guilt, we feel terrified when happiness becomes a real possibility; and we die wanting to punish everyone else because we feel impotent, ill-used and happy.

Lord, Why me?


My mom, who knows me pretty well handed me two books last Sunday. 🙂 It was given to her by her two previous subordinates when she was still with Pepsi. They were both at the PMAP Convention last week in Cebu. She was asked to present an award. – Hihi. I adore her. 🙂 Okay,the  two books were The big lies and Life’s big lessons both by Ernie Cecilia – A filipino.

Currently, I’m reading the latter which I think the tagline of the book, ‘Learn to do what you love and love what you do’ best encapsulates what I would like myself to think and feel for the past few weeks.

So I’m going to share with you the first page. Wherein it states;

It seems as if people always expect sunshine and roses, not rain or thorns. Some people have the wrong notion that this world was created for their own convenience. Remember that God has no obligation to single you out from among the billions of people on earth to exempt you from an untoward incident. When bad things happen to you, react with composure, understand why such a thing happened, do something about it, and live on. 

BOOK: Mitch Albom – For One more day


If you’ve read my previous posts, Judey and I went to MIBF – Manila’s International Book Fair. And we both agreed on 1 book. There it was on a separate stand, all in hardbound. Our eyes lit up. It’s a book. another best seller, I assume, or rather I hope. No, I know it will be since it is by Mitch Albom – The Timekeeper. If you’ve read all the other books that he has written, it is worth buying and definitely a must-read. Though he doesn’t write about  passionate lovers and all the happy ending of other non platonic love affairs,

he writes stories that matter – stories that touches your heart – stories that will make you sink in to your bed and reflect on your own life. and that’s what good stories are

They challenge you.

They make you think.

They make you question things.

They change you.

And now that I’m re-reading One more day, I’ve decided to at least try to write down all the times my mom stood up for me – if it’s even remotely possible to put into black and white the ‘bottomless well of love’ mothers have for their children, just as how Chick Benetto puts it.

As I am typing this very word, my mom opened the door and reminded me to sleep early, kissed me and asked me how my day went. 🙂 🙂

P.S.  I only noticed now that Albom wrote two books that I wasn’t aware of ; Fab Five and Bo. – I’ll try to look for it and read it. 🙂