Fully Booked: The Best Place in BGC

It wasn’t one of my best days today, so I walked around aimlessly during my break at work.

I found myself walking towards Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street.

If you love books and journals, this bookstore is heaven.

 

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It’s my favorite bookstore so far.

There is a librarian with a pink cat painted on a pile of books that would make you say “Sshh!” to anyone noisy there. Well, not really… but she does look menacing.

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I ended up buying some color pens for my journal.

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I also browsed through the books on sale and got one that looked interesting.

It has this written on the back:

In a post-apocalyptic world, telepaths are common, but young Starn had no trace of telepathic ability, and was persecuted by those who had the talent—until he discovered he possessed an even more unusual ability.

A criminal mastermind has been captured by the Space Patrol, and a Patrol ship is carrying him to a prison planet. Escape seems impossible, but he has a secret weapon. It’s only water—but water with a very unusual property.

In the afterlife, it turns out that one’s existence is dependent on being remembered by the living. As you are forgotten, you shrink. How do you avoid this? Why, hire an unearthly public relations firm, of course.

These stories and more, including two full-length novels, fill a large volume of entertaining space adventure and humorous fantasy Inventive by a writer noted for original ideas developed with a sardonic wit.

One of these days, I’m going back for a notebook that looks pretty cool.

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Oh Wonder

I was left in a trance listening to this song, All We Do.

The melody… the lyrics… Everything about is was so raw that I couldn’t help but just sink in to it.

“I’ve been upside down
I don’t wanna be the right way round
Can’t find paradise on the ground”

This perfectly describes one of those familiar feelings I get now and then…

Being in a place you kind of want to stay in, but you know you have to leave.

It was a paradox of emotions.

The duo,  Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West , who sang this is known as Oh Wonder. Their music alone was enough to make me love them. Reading an interview with them made me fall in love with them even more.

They put the music before popularity or anything else.

“Josephine and Anthony kept their identities hidden behind a black-and-white logo through the end of 2014, forcing listeners to concentrate solely on the music. To lack a backstory meant the artist Oh Wonder lacked non-musical context; they were defined by the music alone.”

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They’re also down-to-earth, humorous, and passionate about what they do.

“Atwood Magazine sat down with Josephine and Anthony in advance of the madness to dig a little deeper into the Oh Wonder story. It’s clear that the pair were destined for one another: They bicker like schoolchildren and finish each other’s sentences, all while wearing magnificent, youthful smiles and speaking with care, tact, and honesty.”

Josephine described what Oh Wonder was all about in the interview, and it’s amazing to hear artists with thoughts on the things that really matter.

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Oh Wonder, to us – well, Oh Wonder, to me, is about respecting the craft of songwriting and trying our best to… I don’t want to saying anything that’s like, really derogatory to other people. It’s about respecting the art – the craft of songwriting, and focusing on the importance of great lyrics, great melodies and meaning, and spreading a message of ‘the good stuff’.

We’re really into aspiring to things greater than just yourself, and being there for people, and supporting people, and human connection, and love, and all that kind of stuff. So to me, it’s a collection of songs that explore that, I think – that’s bigger than us. It’s a vehicle to comfort people.

Anthony is a man of few words, but he knows just what to say.

“You dream of the big things, and then the big things come, and you want the small things.” was what he said as he described what they did apart from recording songs. They spent time with their family and friends, doing the seemingly mundane things that actually means a lot.

I’m definitely in awe of their talent. (Especially after I found out they wrote “All We Do” in 4 minutes!)

Oh Wonder started off last 2014, and I hope that if they ever change within the music industry, it will just be for the better.

They’re already amazing as they are.

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Filipino Dishes

I was looking for dishes to study how to cook.

I hand-picked these from a Pinoy Cooking Recipes site:

Tinolang Manok

Adobong Sitaw

Beef Steak

Beef in Corn and Cream of Mushroom

Beef Tapa

Beef with Brocolli

Chicken Afritada

Chicken Chopseuy

Daing na Bangus

Fried Tofu in Oyster Sauce

Ginataang Hipon sa Kalabasa

Ginataang Manok with Quail Eggs

Pakbet

Seafood Ginataan

Sinigang na Hipon

Veggies with Quail Eggs

I’m a bit nervous doing this ’cause I would have to eat it no matter what it ends up tasting like. I can’t let anything go to waste.

Gotta be optimistic about this, though.

Besides, what’s the worst that could happen?

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Meal Planning

One of the consequences of living by yourself is this: LACK OF FOOD.

I realized that 5 minutes after moving in. And reality sinks in each time my stomach rumbles. I have nothing to eat here.

This carries me through a cycle with several stages.

Stage 1 – Brainstorming

  • Staring into space thinking What to eat? What to eat? 
  • Ransacking through my apartment
  • Thinking I can order some food
  • Remembering that I cant afford to order food
  • Deciding to go out and get food

Stage 2 – Wandering

  • Walking around the neighborhood
  • Looking for a place to buy food
  • Seeing something I like
  • Wondering if I can get something else
  • Moving on

Stage 3 – Decision-making

  • Making sure that what I would buy is within my budget
  • Settling to buy food that’s most convenient to eat at the time
  • Going back home

I kept this cycle because I’m still saving up for a fridge. I keep thinking, I’m going to have better eating habits when I have stock and I can cook.

I have come to a point when I just need to put my foot down.

It. Has. Got. To. Stop.

Hence, I started a Meal Planner.

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It’s difficult to think of meals that would help me have a balanced diet.

This is what I’m looking for in food:

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The only way for me to save a bit is to plan my meals ahead instead of buying whatever comes to mind when I have a budget.

I wrote down some dishes to get me started with this.

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With this meal planning, I’ll have to study how to cook.

Man, I’m sure this would be harder than I think.

 

 

Project Phoenix

Being a 20-something yuppie in the city, I had no idea what to do with my life.

Some people seem to have it all figured out, or so I think. I read something about Image Crafting yesterday, and it totally made sense.

I was living with my siblings for a while, but I realized that I would never know myself if I don’t start on my own.

I found a place online, and I checked it the next day. It didn’t seem like much, but I was on a budget.

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I can fix this, I thought to myself. And that was the beginning of my project.

Before I moved in, I had the owner paint the walls with a color I loved.

Lavender. Everything was going to be lavender and white. It looked so good in my head, something like this:

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But what I got was THIS:

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It was a small studio-type room, and it was a mess!

Still… I was motivated to have a place that I would want to go home to every night.

I started with the bathroom and the floor tiles.

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I didn’t have any furniture at all, but I invested my Christmas bonus from work on this. I got a full-length mirror and a sofa bed.

I was so excited that I placed sticky notes on the walls for the things that I would be placing there.

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Since I didn’t have much space, it’s gonna be a receiving area/bedroom.

I was frustrated at first with how slowly the progress was… but seeing everything coming into place felt so good.

We should learn how to be patient when working on what we want to achieve.

I wasn’t just cleaning up my apartment, I was discovering who I really am in the process. And apart from the hard work it takes, it was so much fun!

I have a looot more to do, but it’s gonna be so worth it.