Friday, March 25, 2016

“I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body.”

The past several months felt like I was uprooted from that familiar place where my soul dug and built me. I walked around without a name, without my individuality, without the dreams that made me. I walked around headless and emotionless.

But when you are made of fire, it only takes a while to realize you are out in the middle of a windy cold night. Before the cold consume you, you hold on to the wind tight and let it take you to a warmer place to start all over again. I am fire. Wherever I go, I need warmth. I need something that keeps my soul going, something that causes my soul to dance inside my body.

And so I’m back! Here. Where I have built a tiny warm familiar space. Where I know myself and the things that I do. A couple of weeks ago, I tried chasing myself back. And I will continue chasing until everything is in tuned and my soul starts to tap her feet to the beat of my life.

Last weekend, I went to Calatagan, Batangas with a beautiful and great company of Jeff, Jazz, Albert, and Ida. We took a lot of photos of us burning hotdogs for dinner, enjoying the sea, the sand, and the scenery. We were drunk about our life plans, our dreams, and our heartaches. But not drunk enough just yet and our stories will continue until the next weekend getaway.

***Taken at Burot Beach and Cape Santiago, Calatagan, Batangas (19-20 March) by Linds

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Favorite Films [3.0]: What You Should Watch

Hello everyone! I am feeling like a stranger in my own online space. It's been a while, seven months to be exact, and for some time I honestly thought this is over. But I don't want this to be over. I'm running back here full of excitement and love. I'm slowly regaining what I almost lost within those chaotic months. I thought it will change me forever. I'm not willing to change for the worse. So I am back here with the same brokenness, the same desire to express the rawness of my thoughts and emotions. 

Every year, since 2013 (here's for 2014), I post all the films I watch the entire year and shortlist my favorite 15 films. Last year, I promised myself to watch at least ten films each month. I am seven films short. Nonetheless, I can easily select 10 favorites - not 15 this time. 

1. Ida
2. Gone Girl
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel 
4. Whiplash
5. Castle in the Sky
6. How's Moving Castle
7. Dancer in the Dark
8. Kramer vs Kramer
9. In the Heart of the Sea
10. The Girl with Pearl Earing

Gone Girl A Separation Manhattan
Short Bus Love, Rosie Something Borrowed
All About Ana Flashdance My Sister's Keeper
Blindness Two Night Stand Natalee Holloway
Mud Lucy Dracula Untold
Two for the Road The Fountain Jules Et Jim
Definitely Maybe Fatal Attraction The Virgin Suicides
Now You See Me Capt. America the Winter Soldier The Square
When In Rome The Squid and the Whale The Hours
Predestination Mamma Mia Cold Mountain
Veronica Mars Hungry Hearts American Beauty
Ida Kiki's Delivery Service Kramer VS Kramer
The Theory of Everything Castle in the Sky Shakespear in Love
Two Days and One Night My Neighbor Totoro Artifical Intelligence
Still Alice The Intouchables The Sweet Hereafter
Nightcrawler Pitch Perfect 2 Don Jon
The Grand Budapest Hotel Almost Married Kill them Softly
Birdman Focus The World of Kanako
France Ha Run All Night Madame Bovary
Antichrist Howl's Moving Castle Ms. Congeniality
That Thing Called Tadhana Neighbors The Proposal
Boyhood Rorouni Kenshin The Girl with the Pearl Earing
The Boy Next Door Transylvania Drive
Wild (2014) You've Got Mail Heneral Luna
The Thomas Crown Affair When Harry Met Sally Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Whiplash 2 Days in Paris Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Inglorious Basterds The Help Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
The Secret in their Eyes Doubt Star Wars: A New Hope
Magic Mike The Reader Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
This Means War Never Been Kissed Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
X-Men Days of Future Past A Teacher Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Guardians of the Galaxy It Felt Like Love The Internship
A Long Way Down Jurassic World In the Heart of the Sea
The Invisible Woman Insurgent
Kingsman The Secret Service Derailed
Upstream Color Psycho (1960)
12 Year A Slave Dancer in the Dark
Indecent Proposal Spy
Interstellar The Immigrant
The Best of Me Taste of Cherry

Friday, July 31, 2015

"We don't remember days, we remember moments!"

Memories are not forever safely kept in our heads. They fade over time, no matter what. To make it worse, we might completely lose them when we need them most. When we’re old and maybe have so much empty time to think about our past. Sometimes, what are left in us are only vague ideas or uncertain feelings they evoke when recalled.

That is one reason why I take photos. Not of myself, but of what I see and of how they feel that fleeting moment. Photos are printed memories. They’re captured emotions. Arguably, photos are not forever either. They’re just paper and dyes, after all.

But somehow they’re an extension to the lifespan of the memories stored in our heads.

Because of that, I hate losing photos.

Before the days of digital camera, we print our photos on photo papers to actually see them. I ruined many of mine from moisture in my cheap photo albums. It broke my heart. In trying to salvage the few that remained only partly damaged, I scanned them for digital copies in case I’d completely lose the printed ones, which is its inevitable demise.

Then I stumbled on and the idea of photo books. This came after.

And So The Adventure Begins Volume 1 is a compilation of the photos I took in some of my travels. If I have to explain about them, they’re not a showoff of angles, technicalities, and tricks. As I don’t know that. They simply just show what I saw. Some colors were enhanced to give you the closest image of what I saw --- cameras can be so poor in capturing colors. Some were enhanced to achieve the feeling I had as I saw them. In short, if altered, they were altered to show truth.

Photobook is a perfect way of compiling photos. It’s moist-free, space-saving, neat, and clutter free. And cheaper than printing in photo papers.

If you fancy compiling and printing your memory lane into a book, you may also try to visit these sites for photobook service.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars."

Recharging means heading up north of Quezon -Real- to soak in the pacific under the looming sun. Yes, that's how you do it, darlings. Going to Real, Quezon to me is almost like writing an obscure poem. Sierra Madre could make you think of many words that unnecessarily relate with each other or make little sense all together. Up there you drive with the clouds. It's how beautiful it is. 

***Taken on the road going to Real, Quezon and in Pacific Recreation Park (13-14 June) by Linds

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bacolod and Nostalgia

I just arrived from Bacolod! It's been a few years since my last visit in the city. It felt nostalgic being there going around Talisay, Silay, and Bacolod City without Brando. It's his hometown and it would be lovely to have him around as he's stuck in Manila for like forever without going home. Thinking about it makes me sad. Everyone should visit his/her hometown from time to time for old memories sake. 

I didn't bring my camera because the purpose of this travel wasn't for leisure. It was actually work and I didn't want to look like an excursionist. Haha. So I was at the mercy of my mobile phone's camera for photos. But then again I don't have the best camera phone so you can already imagine. Not much photos to show then. Sadly. 

 ***Photo of  Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City (where we stayed) is not mine.

The BookMark Collector - Willy Nieuwveld

Bookbed featured Willy Nieuwveld, a bookmark collector from Holland, as the month of June opened. 

Excerpt from the interview article.

If you're still surprised or puzzled that there are people who actually collect bookmarks (yes, as serious and "technical" as stamp and coin collectors, if you know what I mean), then it's time to let it sink in because I'll be proving you wrong in many BookMarked posts to come. I'm not alone in this, I promise! (By the way, read our intro to BookMarked here.)

When I was most active in collecting bookmarks, I was in contact with a lot of collectors from different parts of the world to exchange/trade pieces from our collection, so I thought I might introduce those amazing people to you guys!

***Re-post from where I contribute articles under BookMarked! :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"BookMarked: Marking the Beginning" at Bookbed

Yay! Happy day! I'm proud to tell you that I've finally began contributing at Who wouldn't be proud? It's an awesome site that shares anything and everything bookish. And to be part of it is awesome. Lol. You must check it out. 

Here's an excerpt from BookMarked's welcome entry. 

Hello, Cheer Readers! Welcome to BookMarked, a new section under Pillow Talk here on bookbed, where I share all the wonders of collecting that ever-so-important companion of readers everywhere: the bookmark!

You collect what? Bookmarks?!

Yep, that thing you use to mark the page you left at before you called it a day and dozed off. Just like every collection that has ever existed, it started with one piece, though mine wasn't necessarily the first piece I owned. 

Instead, it was this simple Hallmark bookmark given by someone I wasn't that close to that prompted the idea of collecting it. I had about two or three bookmarks already before getting this one as a birthday present. I thought, "Hey, what a nice little sweet thing for a friendly gesture."

Then I bought several more and kept them in my pile of stuff in case I would need them one day for giveaway. I gave one, two and a few more away but was still left with several bookmarks. Friends would see them and assumed I must be collecting them, which I never negated, despite the fact I wasn't really going in that direction... yet. 


***Re-post from where I contribute articles under BookMarked! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Potted Plants Giveaway Monday!

A Novel Idea Bookshop gave away potted plants yesterday! *happiness*

I’m a mother of three lovely plants namely Petrus (Taheboo), Rudolf (Oregano), and Mary (Lemongrass). Yes, they have names. I would love to have more of them, but I currently live in a tiny condominium unit that isn't really encouraging and favorable for such idea. 

Petrus grows fast. A few months back, I trimmed him to a manageable size given our window also occupies clothesline with clothes to dry. But after just a while he grew back lushly, as expected. Then I got an idea to start planning for the Potted Plants Giveaway Monday! About three weeks ago, I bought small pots at Dangwa and replanted some trimmings of Petrus (Taheebo).

I wouldn't say I’m an expert on this. But I’ve done it several times with various plants that can grow from cuttings - it can vary though from one plant to another. Nonetheless, here are some general tips I can give you from my own experience:

1. Choose the bigger stem (or the mature growth). Cut them slanting. Water is easily sucked in that way. 
2. Do not make the trimmings very long because the water would have a hard time reaching the tip. Just keep them a few inches long.  
3. Use a sharp pruner. I used scissors.
4. It’s better if you soak the tip of the trimmings in water immediately after you cut them off to prevent the pores from closing.
5. Use a good soil. Make sure the soil is wet when you replant the trimmings.
6. Water them.
7. Until you think they’ve grown some roots, avoid moving them unnecessarily.

So the Potted Plants Giveaway Monday happened in my workplace. I brought five little Petruses with me. I was so glad my officemates were interested to take them home. All five of them went to different homes last night. *ultimate happiness*