I’ve always been a fan of Allison Harvard. I remember watching her cycle on ANTM on our decrepit signal connection when I was a kid and I was mesmerized by her charm and awkwardness. I wasn’t able to watch the finale of her cycle but I was able to watch it again 2 summers ago when ETC aired ANTM reruns. She was also on the All Stars cycle of ANTM and I loved her even more when she didn’t win. She reminds me that you do not need to be on the top to be successful.
So imagine my joy when I got the chance to meet her yesterday. My high school friend Heidi and I went straight to SM North yesterday after our classes just to snag some VIP passes. Only 150 people were allowed to meet her and we thought we won’t be one of them because the passes were running out but YES THANK YOU LORD we got a pair of passes. And you haven’t heard the best part yet: our VIP passes were number 145 and 146, and we wouldn’t have gotten them if we were a couple of minutes late. God’s will, definitely.
Look at all the fans waiting for her. We were all screaming (yes even me) when she finally appeared from behind us.
She was very nice and humble, and she seemed unable to fully comprehend how famous she is on our country and how much the Filipinos love her. She blew kisses at us and she said I love you too whenever we scream “I love you Alli.” She seems very appreciative of our fanbase.
And this guy asked Alli to draw on his face. Guts, man. Guts.
You’ve got to see how accommodating and approachable and humble she is. My friend Heidi asked her to sign her iPad case and she seemed reluctant to do so because according to her, “it’s too cute!”
When it was my turn to have my picture taken with her, I fist bumped with Suki Salvador first (because everyone seemed to ignore him and go straight to Alli) and he seemed to be taken aback when I did it. Hahaha! (Nahiya ako ok)
And then I went a little behind Alli and said “I made something for you” and I gave her my painting (which I conveniently forgot to take a picture of) and she said “Oh I love it! It’s very nice” in a very gushy tone. I can’t remember how she looked the entire time I was talking to her because my brain seemed unable to comprehend that I’m in front of hundreds of people and I’m standing next to Suki Salvador and Allison Harvard.
I asked her to sign my copy of Mega magazine and I told her that “I’m such a huge fan” and she replied “aww thank youuu!” I looked at the people in front of me and they were smiling at me, and I realized how great this fanbase is. Everyone seems to be happy for each other. And then I got my picture taken with her and thanked her again and stepped off the stage.
What I regret about this meet and greet is that I was too shy to ask for a hug or even shake her hand. And not buying the Loreal BB cream. Another meet and greet, Loreal? :)
This was a day that will hold a special place in my heart and I hope this will not be the last time that I’d meet Allison. :)
It hurts when the people you really look up to make fun of you.
Okay, so guys, I’ll add a new segment (lol) on my blog called book hunting. Book hunting, as the name suggests, is hunting for books. Hehe I have this long list of books that I want to read, and I am fortunately (though slowly) crossing some titles out. Book hunting is pretty easy, all you need is a good eye for discounts and of course, patience. I always book hunt on Booksale branches and I’ve rarely leave a branch empty handed.
Last Sunday, I accompanied my grandma to SM Novaliches and I went book hunting there. SM Novaliches, to be completely honest, isn’t as spacious as the other malls I frequent. But that’s what I like about it - it isn’t too crowded, there are tons of discounted stuff (lol cheapskate) and LOTS of good titles on Booksale.
Here are the books I bought, by the way.
1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
I got the special twentieth anniversary edition of the book, and it comes with an elegant foil stamped edition of the classic book, a distinctive bookplate designed by the author exclusively for the 20th anniversary edition, and an audio CD, featuring a dramatic reading by Liam Neeson and the music of composer Michael Moss. (Halata bang kinopya ko lang ‘yan doon sa likod ng book?)
I was on 3rd grade when I first heard about The Polar Express. I wasn’t able to watch it back then, because I couldn’t find a copy of it at Video City (a video-rental store.) I guess it wasn’t too mainstream, or hater talaga ng Christmas yung branch ng Video City sa amin. I was already in high school when I got the chance to see the film, because my younger brother asked me to download it from the internet.
This is the first audio-book that I am going to listen to. This better be good.
The book’s front and end pages have marbled patterns that remind me of this mocha-chocolate cake we always had during Christmas when I was a kid, lol. And it even has a space for you to write the name of the person that you’re gonna give the book to. I’m thinking of giving the book to my 7 year old brother.
The book and the book plate is made of felt, and it reminds me of my and my mom’s high school diploma. The silver snowflakes are cool, though.
The entire package is pretty cool, don’t you think? And you guys haven’t even heard the best part yet. It has never been opened (yep it’s still shrink wrapped or whatever you call it basta parang may cling wrap!) and (wait for iiiiit) I got it for only 95php. (Around 2 dollars I guess) This probably costs more than a thousand bucks on regular book stores! God bless thrift shops and discount book stores.
2. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Yes, I know that it’s ✿✿GIRLY✿✿ but you guys should know that I started loving Anne Hathaway after seeing the movie adaptation of this book. Hehe. I’ve been looking for a copy of The Princess Diaries since I was a kid, you know. This is the first copy I’ve seen in my entire life. I am not kidding and/or exaggerating. I got this for 70php. ($1.50 I guess)
3. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Another ✿✿GIRLY✿✿ book, I know. Hahahahaha (ako mismo natatawa na binili ko ‘to.) I often see this on the back ads of the Pretty Little Liars novels back when I was still in high school and I found the plot interesting. Fine women from the 1900’s partying the night away? That’s not a story you get to read often.
National Book Store has a huge discount pile left from their huge sale last month (which I forgot to go to) and this book was discounted from 400php to 50php. ($1 or something)
Anyway, there goes my first post under Book Hunting. Hehe I’ll keep you posted about my future book hunts. :-)
September 27, 2013
A while ago, I saw a post here on Tumblr which features Blah Therapy. I got pretty interested in it ‘cause I’ve been keeping some thoughts to myself for a while and I felt like I needed a place to let some steam off.
So I went to the website and to be honest, it was actually good. Blah Therapy is a website where you can talk to people anonymously, to either talk about your problems and seek for advice, or to help another person out and listen to his/her problems. It’s really really great. I’ve met 2 people from Tumblr there, hehe.
Anyway, I went to Blah Therapy ‘cause I’ve been pretty sad these days because of some issues and misunderstandings with a friend. I will not go into details but this is one of the reasons why I’ve been feeling down for a couple of months. The Tweets I’ve been posting are accurate proof.
On my first try on the anonymous venting off chat box, I talked to somebody about my thoughts and he/she was really understanding and patient with me, and even assured me that I was not entirely the one to blame. But unfortunately, I didn’t even know what her/his name was ‘cause I lost connection, but I remembered his/her username which was INDULGENT CHICKEN. I’m half-convinced that she/he is from Tumblr, and in case you guys were the one I was talking to, please send me a message here on Tumblr because I would love to talk to you again.
My username on the chat box was NAVIGABLE NUMBER, btw.
Sitting outside with a John Green novel to keep me company ‘cause I don’t have friends irl. =))
I have fallen in love with Hatchi. This free app is just like our good old Tamagotchi from back when we were kids!!1! You see,it even has that pixelated graphics and all those buttons which you’d press to feed him or clean his poop and stuff. It has nifty features which lets you play games in order for you to earn coins for his upgrades and such, and your little Hatchi evolves depending on how you take care of it. Yes IT EVOLVES JUST LIKE A FUCKING POKEMON WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR *creys*
Goodbye, social life. You can download Hatchi for free here.
Last Saturday, I went to my childhood friend’s 18th birthday. The motif was lilac, so I wore lilac long sleeves (though it kinda looks white when seen from a distance) and I kept the rest of the outfit black to let the long sleeves’ color stand out. But I kinda feel it didn’t, lol idk.
Here I am with a friend, looking forlorn. Haha kidding. Or not. I am really inlove with my Luis Manzano-ish shoes from Salvatore Mann. Blame the sudden downpour of rain for ruining my nice-guy hair. Argh. That’s the reason why I wasn’t able to take outfit shots, too.
Me with my friends that I sort of drifted apart from since we graduated from high school. We’ve made up ‘cause I realized that life is too short for petty misunderstandings. Hehe yay maturity!
And look there’s my friend! She went back from Canada so she could celebrate her 18th birthday with her family and friends. Very heart warming, eh?
And then the programme started after she sang a bit of Lenka’s The Show.
Haha me struggling with the dance of awkwardness. They caught me off guard ‘cause they didn’t tell me that I was on the program etc etc. She laughed at my sweaty palms, and I said “some things never change.” Lol at the crown of humiliation. Ugh. Thank you, Trish Costa, for this photo btw. (why does your blog have a password)
And here are my friends giving their birthday wishes and greetings to Chin, the debutante. The photos are horrible ‘cause we were seated at the podium’s side, and it was awkward to go and stoop on the front to take photos. (why haven’t I won the most awkward blogger award yet why)
And then after, food was served.
Ohmygod the Lenggua was diviiiiiiine. In case you don’t know what Lenggua is, it’s cow’s (or pork’s) tongue which is boiled ‘till it softens, then sauted with spices then it gets smothered with cream. It kinda tastes like beef broccoli, but the meat is more tender. Oh God just thinking about it makes me swoon. Other dishes were served too, but I focused entirely on the lenggua. Haha!
And then when we got full, we started goofing around and taking pictures.
(me with my signature pose) thank you Lord in the heavens above for preventing my friend’s camera from focusing on my face
And then she and her mom thanked everyone who were there, including us, and Chin started tearing up. And I sorta felt really sad ‘cause it feels like we’re all grown up already ew.
So after all the guests left, Chin’s mom asked us to stay and have a dip on the pool. I declined ‘cause I had no extra clothes with me, so I just stayed by the pool deck and took tons of pictures.
lol I used to be really close with these guys back in grade school until I started liking the feeling of being alone with Harry Potter books lol
These girls used to be my seatmates when we were still on our 3rd year in high school and we ate and slept during geometry hahaha
Lol and they went back to fooling around on the water, but they got cramps so we headed to Chin’s house and decided to crash there for the night ‘cause it was already 2 in the morning.
"I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROA-A-A-A-AR" :( =))
Lol and we fooled around some more ‘cause we haven’t had enough hahaha! And Matthew and I fanboyed over Roar, and it felt great to have another guy to love Katy Perry with, haha! Then we started talking about our childhood while we were watching a gory movie which we found really funny because of the crappy cinematography.
And then I got sad after seeing how confident everybody was even though they were doing awkward stuff. (I.e. Sailormoon-ing on the orange-colored gym equipment used to slim your hips down) and I felt isolated ‘cause I was the only kid there who liked books too much and has no other things to be proud about. I mean, everybody there has something remarkable about them. They’re good at dancing and has dance crews, they’re academically excellent, and really good at dressing up. (Hi Trish haha)
I had nothing remarkable about me; I just liked watercolor and reading. And when I realized that, I got really sad and started telling them how I hate myself for not having anything to make me stand out, and for having a body that isn’t as fit as theirs (they have abs okay.) And I said that I find myself really annoying and I think I’m a loser. I told them that I guess people realize how much of a loser I am and start leaving me to hang out with people who are cooler than I am.
And Ariel, a good friend of mine, told me that he finds me really cool ‘cause I really like reading and I was grammatically eloquent and stuff. And everybody made me feel better, really, and I was just so moved by how they’ve made me feel better about myself with just simple phrases. Oh. Ariel really knows how to make me feel better.
I remember on prom night, Ariel asked this girl that I was crushing on if he could dance with her. And then she said yes, and I was dancing with somebody else that night, and then he called me asked me to switch partners with him AND I ENDED UP DANCING WITH THIS GIRL I REALLY HAD A HUGE CRUSH ON.
And we talked and talked ‘till dawn and we watched some of our friends struggling and trying not to sleep hehe. And my friend’s mom went to pick us up, and we really wanted to stay a bit longer but we couldn’t ‘cause we were really batshit crazy from not sleeping.
All in all, it has been a great night and for me, the color lilac will always be associated with this night. :-)
The sad moment when you realize how alone you actually are. No one ever messages you first or texts you first or anything. So it gets to the point where you don’t want to put in the effort with people who don’t put in any effort for you, so you end up spending your life at home, never going anywhere.
My feelings have finally been put down on words
August 12, 2013
someone: katy perry is a b-