Kili read me poetry today

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0:27 – Oh my goodness, he looked at me. *gasp!* Give me a moment while I catch my breath! *giggle*

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Hobbits and Barricade Boys, and heartbroken girls

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I’m in the mood to recommend movies at the moment, so I’m going to recommend two that I’ve been watching repeatedly lately. πŸ˜€

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Being a Lord of the Rings fan thanks to my dad, I definitely didn’t want to miss a chance at a return to Middle Earth! And when I did get that chance, this movie did not disappoint. Now before I get into more detail, let me say that I’m not a hardcore fan, am not declaring to be so, and have not read the book. I just didn’t want anyone to think I was raving about it and pretending to be someone who’s been a fan from the start and has read the book. πŸ™‚ ANYWAY! I loved the familiar start, with old Bilbo and Frodo talking. It felt like a welcome home. πŸ˜€ I’m not gonna give away much spoilers save for those in the trailer after this, to spare those who haven’t seen the movie. The dwarves, as seen in the trailer, each have different personalities and stand out in his own way. They are an amusing bunch especially in the opening scenes. My three favorites would have to be Fili and Kili, and Bofur. I don’t think Fili and Kili have to go with an explanation, I’m a girl after all and look at them. HAHA. πŸ˜€ Bofur however was an endearing dwarf with a good sense of humor and a comforting presence. He cared a lot about Bilbo and everyone else and I liked that. He had a big heart. πŸ™‚ There are also other familiar characters like Elrond, Galadriel, and Saruman. Anyway, the movie as a whole was enjoyable for a LOTR fan, and relatable for someone who hasn’t read most of the books.

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Les MisΓ©rables

This movie I just saw yesterday with my best friend/sister Mia and her sister Maryose. It was very emotional, awe-inspiring, and breathtaking for me considering that I didn’t know the story or much about anything else in relation to it before yesterday. Some actors in it like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russel Crowe, and Eddie Redmayne, I had no idea could sing so well! They were so good and made their roles come to life so seamlessly to me. All the raw emotion and pain and love were definitely felt. The children in the film were also especially amazing! So talented and so young! The character that moved me the most though was Eponine. Her tale was so tragic and to some extent I could relate. I’d recommend this film to people who have never seen or heard about Les Miserables before but want to, to true fans of Les Miserables (since Mia, a true fan from the start, really enjoyed it!), and to fans of musicals in general. I think they did it justice, even from the perspective of a Les Miserables first-timer. Teehee. πŸ™‚ Oh and btw, if you’re thinking of watching this, have tissue or a handkerchief ready! πŸ˜‰

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Enjoy! πŸ˜€

 

A happy movie-goer,

Lena

 

Update Catch-up #3: Germany & Italy

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Last October, my mom had a lawyer’s meeting set to be in Berlin and was able to take us along with her. She said she wanted to travel with us before she lost the chance to. This was my first time to travel outside of Asia (I’d been to HK as a little girl) and was both excited and nervous.

The first part of the trip had me all panicky, and embarrassingly so. I didn’t like our first meal and I was starving. I think the anxiety and my nerves got to me because even when my dad offered me a sandwich I preferred, my stomach wouldn’t take it. I broke down. Good thing my mom was beside me and helped me calm down! Other than that though, the rest of the trip was good. I got the hang of connecting flights and having to handle meals and everything on planes and airports for several hours before getting to our destination. Dubai‘s airport was large, spacious, and had great pizza in one of their food stalls. We didn’t see much else.

collagedubaiAfter our stop-over in Dubai, our next flight landed in Frankfurt. We were still not at our end destination but at least we were near, and we were in Germany. It gave me jitters knowing I was in Europe!

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The cold and our smoky breath were the first things different from our country that we enjoyed. This time, our ‘flight’ wasn’t really a flight although it was treated in much the same way. We were taking a train to Cologne. It was a fast train and was more affordable compared to an actual flight. The route was pretty scenic too so we enjoyed that ride. When we finally got to Cologne, we were in awe because as soon as you got to the way leading to the exit, you could see the Dom from inside the clear glass. It was amazing. We stayed there for some days, and it rained, and it was cold, but it was beautiful and the food was goood. There were many old, amazing churches. It was also amusing that their taxis were all Mercedes Benzes! The only time I felt bad in Cologne was one night when we were out and it rained. It was freezing!! To make it worse, we were so far from our hotel, but I guess that made me tougher in a way.

SAM_4529From Cologne, we took a plane to Berlin, for the duration of my mom’s conference. It wasn’t as cold there, thankfully, and didn’t rain as much. Our hotel looked real good, and was near the tour bus stops and convenience stores. There were a lot of historical landmarks and beautiful palaces and buildings with intricate detail. The Berlin Wall, Berlin Dom, Victory Tower, and palace of former Queen Sophie Charlotte were the most beautiful to me. I also loved the Buddy Bears that were scattered all throughout the city! We also enjoyed having fresh sandwiches from Kamps and delicious sausages from Currywurst!

Here’s us with the Buddy Bears and my Christmas doodles:

collagebuddybearschristmasI was reluctant to go as we were living so comfortably in Berlin but Italy sounded inviting. Mom said it was their graduation gift to us and a surprise because we didn’t really know about it or were sure about any of that. When we got to Rome, we had an exhausting ride from the airport and to a taxi stop then from there to our hotel which felt like it was millions of miles away! I was getting impatient and annoyed but we got to our hotel in time. Our hotel was comfortable, and our room had a nice view of their garden. The driver of the hotel owner befriended us and gave us tips for our stay. That day, we had our first authentic Italian pizza and also saw the Vatican. In Rome, there were many Filipinos, which made us feel safe in a way. There were mostly stone streets and many paintings and portraits of Mary on almost every corner, which I liked. We heard the Pope speak to an audience, including ourselves, and enjoyed walking around St. Peter’s Basilica. The paintings and all the art there were amazing! Aside from the discomfort of some rain again and the confusing bus schedules, we felt good.

From Rome, we went to Venice. Our only trouble was we exceeded baggage weight and had to buy another suitcase but that didn’t take much time or effort. When we got there, the taxi took us to our hotel, which seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere and so far from civilization. However, we realized it was a good pick because it was right beside the train station which could take us to the main part of Venice. When we got to there, the first thing you’d see outside the train station would be the canal and one of the many beautiful and scenic bridges. It was amazing seeing the canals and the gondolas and the all the scenery there. There were also so many beautiful works of art incuding paintings, masks, and of course the Murano accessories. There were also beautiful people all around (HEHE). The churches there again were amazing and all the detail of all the buildings. The food was real good too.

collageveneziaAll in all, it was an amazing, breathtaking experience and I’m very thankful that we got this opportunity as a family. It gave us the chance to travel, enjoy, learn, and bond together. I would give anything to do it all again, and this time have my sisters along with me. πŸ™‚

Lucky/Blessed,

Lena

 

 

Heavy

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Lately there have been some heavy thoughts on my mind, mostly about how people can be so judgmental. People around me have been judged and compared and assumed about without others actually getting to know them and what they’re capable of and it’s just so unfair. It’s like a disease in today’s society. Just because you look a certain way or come from certain schools doesn’t mean anything until you’ve proven something about who you are. Sometimes I don’t like talking about schools with other people because they tend to judge me because of where I come from, or compare me to themselves. I feel bad sometimes because others deserve certain opportunities as much as I do but they don’t get them just because of how others rank importance of schools. I always end up wishing we both got the same chances. Some tend to talk about me like I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth based solely on my appearance, the school I come from, and how I talk in English sometimes. I feel it’s discriminatory to some extent and get offended when they think I didn’t experience the same things they did like eating street food or watching local television shows. I’m not so different from them, and I’m not rich either. People have to ease up on being so judgmental and assuming so that everyone would feel equal and have the same chances no matter who you are, what school you came from, or how you live your life. Just wanted to put this out there.

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Sigh,

Lena

Jolly folly holly days!

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Today’s Jesus’ birthday and everyone’s alive and well which just proves how silly the end of the world rumor was. :)) Anyways! I hope everyone’s having fun and spreading the joy and happiness Christmas naturally brings! If anyone’s troubled tonight (or rather, this morning hehe) I hope all your troubles are resolved soon. I wish everyone all the best and with that, here are two holiday ‘cards.’ The first one is by request of my mom and the second for fun, both made by me. :>

Merry Christmas everyone! πŸ˜€

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Dancing Snowflakes & Sugarplum Fairies

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Dancing Snowflakes & Sugarplum Fairies

Beyond vintage
matchesfashion.com

BCBG Max Azria lace tee
lordandtaylor.com

Miss selfridge
missselfridge.com

Armani collezioni
$590 – farfetch.com

Forever New beaded skirt
$53 – forevernew.com.au

River Island short skirt
$16 – riverisland.com

Madewell
madewell.com

Cuff bracelet
ahalife.com

Pendant jewelry
boticca.com

White sapphire jewelry
fashion.ebay.com

Gold jewelry
$135 – stylemetv.com

Stud earrings
$130 – hsamuel.co.uk

Update Catch-up #2: Teenage dream come true

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This is an extremely late entry but what the heck. With everything happening right now I haven’t had the time to sit down and write about stuff that’s happened. Getting to the point, I watched the Jonas Brothers live with my bestfriend/sister Mia and her sister Maryose. We’d been waiting for that day for so long and when we first found out, we badly wanted tickets to the show. Mia and Maryose bought ahead cause they had enough savings. I on the other hand didn’t have enough savings to buy the ticket I wanted and was debating with myself whether to buy a different ticket or not. I had only been working for a month and didn’t have my salary yet. I felt helpless (head over heels in the moment.. I.. will stop now hehehe!) and desperate for a chance at seeing my favorite people perform live. 😦 Mia helped me join a contest for it but since it was Facebook-based I was sure it would be difficult. Days before the concert, my salary came in! It wasn’t enough for the ticket I wanted but I was almost there! A flicker of hope! The following day, one of my cousins in law, Ate Yan, messaged me asking how she could help me get a ticket. I thought she was referring to the contest so I told her to just like my entry. Then, she asked if she could send me some additional money to add to what I had so that I could get myself a ticket for sure. I couldn’t believe it! I said okay, thanked her, got the money the next day, and was able to get myself a ticket! My first big splurge! I couldn’t resist. It was Nick Jonas in the flesh. I had to be there! And I was going to be! πŸ˜€ Me and the girls were ecstatic. πŸ˜€

On the day of the concert, I couldn’t contain myself and kept playing their songs and watching their videos while waiting for time to pass so I could go to Mia’s house. I rode with them to the concert. I felt like a giddy high-school girl and my teenage self was going crazy! πŸ˜› (This feeling wouldn’t pass for a long, looong time hehe) Mia said she felt the same so at least I was sure I wasn’t going crazy. HEHE. After a while, we got there, had a quick sort-of dinner of pizza slices, and made our way to the arena. Random party songs were playing and we were sooo hyper. Giddy fans around us though were even worse off and going wild. :))

Moooving on to the concert itself, the front act was a local band fronted by a female lead. We didn’t recognize them but they managed to rile up the people around us singing OPM song covers. Up next was Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. She was a Disney kid and is a Filipina so we liked her very much. She performed song covers both local and foreign, which surprised us because we didn’t know she knew OPM songs like ‘Torete.’ She also performed her own songs which were catchy and light. We liked them. πŸ˜€ She got the crowd riled up even more asking if we were ready for the Jonas Brothers before leaving the stage. A fan fainted once her set ended. Sad how she wasn’t able to catch the Jonas Brothers’ set. :/ After a break and some introductory beats the Jonas Brothers and their band finally took their spots onstage.Β β™₯ I swear in real life they looked like porcelain dolls. Haha! How they got their skin to be so smooth I’ll never know. Maybe it’s a Caucasian thing? :)) Nick looked gorgeousΒ β™₯ I loved him even more so after that. They sang their old songs, new ones, ones mashed up with other currently popular songs, and solo hits. Even their band members sang! It was a relaxed, fun vibe all around. πŸ˜€ One of our favorite parts was when they sang Lovebug and everyone in the crowd sang along! It was amazing. All of it. Unforgettable. I think that was an awesome first treat for myself. πŸ˜€ I’ll post the photos soon but for now, that’s another one off the bucket list. :>

 

Nick J still has myΒ β™₯,

Lena

T.G.I.F!

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Today was such a fun Friday that I feel like talking about it here! πŸ˜€ Everyone was more relaxed and smiling and having fun.

In addition to the little elephant puppet my officemate Richelle gave me some days ago, another officemate, Mark, gave me a stuffed monkey. πŸ˜€ I named him Nick J cause Mark claimed he looked like Nick Jonas. :))

 

 

Since Mia is my officemate now, we decided to try going out for lunch today. πŸ˜€ We decided on going to an Italian restaurant called Amici which wasn’t too far from our buildings. We ordered Pizza Margherita & Arancini. Both were sooo good! πŸ˜€ We were so happy our cravings were finally satisfied! Pardon the photo quality, my phone isn’t that good hehe!

 

After lunch, we had an intense brisk walk back to the office because we thought our bosses needed us already! We were feeling panicky but laughed it off when we got there because it turns out the matters we needed to attend to weren’t so urgent. :)) We went through the day having fun ourselves with our friends and officemates and were glad our load was lighter than usual. πŸ˜€ I went home with Mia and had dinner with her sister and lola, they were having camaron! My favorite. How lucky. :> All in all it was a great day!

And just cause I rarely ever do this and feel like it, here’s my outfit today:

 

I love Fridays especially because we get to dress down and be casual. πŸ˜€ Today I decided to wear my aztec pattern printed top from our family friend Tita Bardotte. I love how it kept me warm in the office! The cut was also unusual and I liked that. I wore it with a grey spaghetti strap top under because it was a bit short. I wore my rust-colored pants from Mango with them because the color matched some of those on my top. πŸ˜› For shoes I went with my usual Topshop flats with studded bows, which I matched with the ring and earring I wore. I said ‘earring’ because on the other ear I wore a rabbit earring. πŸ˜€ Yay!

Aaand that ends this week!

 

(Photo of me & Mia from a couple days ago, first photo as werking girls! :>)

More Fridays to come,

Lena

 

Update Catch-up #1: So I’m employed again

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I’ve been back to work since September 10th, which partially explains why I haven’t been posting as often as I used to. πŸ˜› I like my job, it’s comfortable, near Dad, and creative. The people here are nice and friendly and I feel welcome among them. πŸ˜€ So what do I do? I’m a Communications Management Specialist (..or something of that sort; a name that long I won’t get right haha!) and I basically help manage the blog and Twitter handle intended for the employees of the company. I help keep them informed about stuff like promos, new products, announcements, and that sort of stuff. From time to time I’m asked to post articles on the blog and it allows me to doodle stuff for thumbnails and whatnot so I do get to share my art in a small way. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I still dread waking up early but I’ve never really totally not wanted to go, which I suppose is a good thing. The only problem I have about getting to work is my brother. Haha! We still ride together and he’s dropped off first all the time to save gas. Sometimes he finishes getting ready late so I end up being late to work. Okay sometimes it’s my fault but a lot of times it’s no one’s really. It’s always been the traffic in the area of his school that’s been the problem. I hope that situation improves otherwise I’ll have to get up even earlier and when I do I always end up hungry, or forgetting something. Anyway, point is I’ve got work and it’s nice. Plus points now that technically me, Dad, and Mia are now officemates. Teehee. πŸ˜€

 

Being pretend grown-up,

Lena

The Obligatory Birthday Wish List

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My birthday’s coming up this weekend and as is customary, I thought of coming up with a wish list for the people buying gifts for me. (Hahaha, feeling!) LOL. Okay so here goes! :))

1. Charm bracelet/bracelet charms

– You know how people get charms for every memory they treasure? I wanna do something of that sort for myself. I like stuff with stories! Or maybe just a unique charm bracelet somewhere. Or charm bracelets in general. Or bracelets. I like bracelets. πŸ˜€

2. A good book

– Examples of books I like are Stardust, Beyond Ever After, ICE, and other whimsical/fictional/ethereal/it-has-fairies-and-mermaids-or-imaginary-whatevers sort of book :))

3. Sour candy

– I LOVE SOUR CANDY. Need I explain? :))

4. A small pillow

– I want to fix my bed and maybe in the mornings make it look like a day bed for fun and apparently I need throw pillows or small pillows to be able to get the look so I could use a few. :>

5. Something Nick Jonas

– No, I’m not kidding. For some time, I’ve wanted something from their website. Those little trinkets/charms. HAHA. This is the teenage fangirl in me speaking I’m so sorry. :)) Or make him tweet me. As if.. HAHA. Hi, don’t unfriend me please. Hehehehe.

6. Anything that reminds you of me

– Yiieee, you were thinking of me! Haha, kidding. Just anything really. I’m happy with anything anyone thinks of giving me. I’m a really appreciative person. *cough, laptop, cough* HAHA JK. But yeah you get it.. :))

I may add to this list but as of now, this is it. Teehee! :>

 

It’s my unbirthday today,

Lena