Aside from being busy because of school, I’ve been trying to insert time for my lettering activities and book-reading. The latest series that I have finished is “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi and let me just say this: Mafi does not fail. The twist and turns of the series were really great. No wonder Mafi and Riggs are a couple, they are both amazing authors, and I ship them so hard. I wouldn’t like to spoil (as that would be in a separate entry, under my #BookReview section) - not just yet, meh. Aaron Warner Anderson is love. That’s all I can articulate from too much awesomeness.
Anyhow, my friends have been teasing me for my #lettering / #typography activities but what can I do, I’m just too addicted. I constantly want to become better by browsing through lettering artists in the artsy fartsy side of Instagram.
Speaking of Instagram, follow me there! My account is “peerot”. If and only if, you fancy food, lettering, books (and sometimes selfies, shameless ones) posts. Gracie!
Brb, life is currently happening.

The 2nd Annual Trust Building Activities for the freshmen was more than successful and I’m so grateful for that. I honestly think that this activity is so helpful not only for them freshies but also to us, their seniors. It enables them to learn more about each other and become friends fast.
Made the poster again (same as last year) and of course, there’s gotta be sharks swimming. My literal take on the activity, lol.
Say hello to Anjo’s cute shark hat! Appropriately cool.

I’ve missed you, Tumblr! I’ve been incredibly busy and it does not seem like it’s only the 2nd month of classes. I feel drained already. But, no complaining, they said.

Places

A place’s interiors amuse me. I specifically fancy vintage, pastel-colored walls, quirky designs of the lights, chairs, tables, decors and etc. Here are some photos of places that I really find amusing.

The White Hat - Their bricked white wall (not shown in photo) was totally nice.

Kenko Naicha Milk Tea - Loved their vintage feels inside

TeAmo Milk Tea Shop (located beside Lailai - across Iligan City Public Plaza) - Who could not love their cutesy decors? Everything’s pastel which makes the place easily adored.

Nail-a-holics - Loved the shade of blue they had for the walls. 

Last week before classes start, again

Starting this Monday, it would be the official start of the SY 2014-2015. I mean, I was never into the legit “summer mode” yet classes will start already next week. Since for my course, it’s pretty normal to have summer classes every year so I’m already used to it. But I just wanted to prolong my summer, you know? Most especially since I thought my university would have its calendar shift where classes will start this August. I really thought it would be like that, then I could spend my summer (for two months! Yey me!) just lying on bed, sleeping my arse off, reading pocketbooks and eating my heart out. But then all my fantasies were shut when I knew that Monday, June 9, would be the commencement of classes. Sigh.

But anyhow, my last week of “summer” was spent on going back and forth to Cagayan de Oro City since my other sister is starting her classes in medical school, together with my eldest sister. Which means that it’s just I and my mum left all alone at home. But #waitforme, meh.

A trip to Cdo wouldn’t ever be complete without:

1.) Italian frozen yogurt - which is like my mum’s happy place. She always goes there right after lunch and/or dinner. I mean, I couldn’t blame her since: a) Yogurt > regular ice cream or even gelato and b) it’s healthier, of course. I always have mine topped with kiwi and/or peaches. Kiwi is divine. Anything with kiwi, I love.

2.) Buying new books since Cdo is the nearest city which has a legit bookstore (sigh). Contemporary and YA ones are my favorites, but I’m willing to explore other genres too. I couldn’t resist and as a bibliophile myself, I always buy at least 1 book (even though there are still lots of books I haven’t read. Like, a lot.) #bookwormproblemsyeah?
Mostly all of my budget is spent on books and I don’t regret it. I love getting new books. You can literally just drop me to a bookstore and it would take me a whole lot of time just by browsing some covers and reading the synopsis etc. My family would even complain that I take too long just by looking at books. Huh.

You can also see here my all-time favorite baked mussels from Redtail Shrimps & More. We’re always so lucky to eat there and there’s still not a lot of people since after settling down, after 5 or 10 minutes, many people already go inside and the place is already filled with customers. I cannot even tell you how good those mussels were. So so so freaking good. I could eat them all day, all week. #aphrodisiac #hahaha

Met with my bffs since high school at TeAmo Milk Tea Shop. Always fun to catch up with them, stories (shocking ones, really) they tell and in return, experiences you share while you were away and etc.

Froot loops and Snapple! In Kiwi-Strawberry flavor. I told you I love anything kiwi.

Mint nails in ORLY in Nail-a-holics. I love getting my nails done. And ORLY is the best nailpolish brand (imho).

Hope you’re enjoying your last week of summer too, folks!
I’m officially a senior already and omg can I just say that time flies so fast?!

A Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publication: June 7, 2011 by Quirk Books

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Dark Fantasy

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.

Review:

This is the first of the series by Ransom Riggs and it was so good. Really, really good. It’s indeed a mixture of fiction, timeless love (if you get what I mean, lol), adventure, photography (amazing, amazing photographs inside the book) and discovering not only a whole new world, but also discovering yourself. 

The story started with Jacob Portman (the lead 16 year old boy) having told by his late Grandpa Abe with what seems like tales which his grandpa had experienced - discovering a safe haven for peculiar children, having been welcomed by a Miss Peregrine, and fighting and killing off monsters with his bare hands. With this, Jacob as a young boy, really believed in his grandpa and was inspired to kill monsters himself, too. But as Jacob, or what his grandpa calls him, Yakob, grew older, he began to realize that those stories told by his grandfather were merely not true just like that of fairy tales. He thought that maybe what his grandpa meant with monsters were not literally monsters. Maybe it was just a figure of speech then. It was a nice opening imo, since you could really think that there are really monsters in today’s generation, may it be our own monsters, or monsters who could really just kill us all in different ways. I just felt sorry for Jacob’s grandpa because almost, if not all, thought that he was delusional. Which makes sense though, since he was talking bullocks like seeing monsters where normal people couldn’t. 

This book really opened my imagination - I loved how it made me think of what’s going to happen next, since it was entirely unpredictable. I also love how Riggs made the concept of a “loop” where the peculiar children can live in the same day, Sept 3rd 1940, to be specific, over and over again, through Miss Peregrine, who was an ymbryne. I think that it was such a clever idea. 

Another thing that I loved were the photographs, of course. They were authentic, vintage found photographs and with the exception of a few that have undergone minimal postprocessing, they were unaltered. The story and the photographs really did work together, which made it seem like the story was real. I specifically freaked out when I read the part where Jacob saw Emma staring at her and when I turned the next page, I saw the photo of a girl staring with flame on her hands. Seriously had mini palpitations during that time. Thank goodness my sister was in the same room when I read that, lol.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.” 

When Jacob found the photographs and letters found inside Emma Bloom’s box which were from his grandfather Abe’s, I really liked that part. Where Abe first sent Emma his photo covering his ears while looking at a bomb (where he was about the same age as Jacob was - 16 years young) with the caption “To my bombshell” (lol), then Emma imitating Miss Peregrine, and then a photo of Abe carrying a little girl with the caption “This is why” - which really broke my heart into pieces, I felt for Emma. 

“She moved to pinch me again but I blocked her hand. I’m no expert on girls, but when one tries to pinch you four times, I’m pretty sure that’s flirting.” 

That particular quote made me laugh. Funny how old women (stucked in a girl’s body) used to flirt, meh.

“We hadn’t spoken since the day he nearly shoved me off the roof, but we both understood the importance of maintaining the illusion of having friends.” 

Overall, this book was spectacular. I literally couldn’t bring it down. The moment my eyes hurt from too much reading, I would rest for a couple of minutes but after that, even though they still hurt, I couldn’t bring myself to not read it. It was that awesome. Really and absolutely recommending this to all book readers who are fans of the Harry Potter series, just like me. You wouldn’t regret this, I promise. Too much love and appreciation for this one. 

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My weekend, in squares:

1. Some of my books which are mostly of the young adult, romance and contemporary genres. Just a part of my collection since others are still borrowed, while others are lost, omg. I’ve been collecting books since my elementary years when I used to read Madison Finn, Nancy Drew and Goosebumps. I remember going to the library and just read there, while waiting for my “sundo” back in grade school. And I totally felt happy and it was what I needed, surprisingly. A much needed “me time”. I actually loved being on my own - and I still do. Anyhow, I need a bigger space for my books, let’s say, my own book shelf.

2. Photo of I and my sister in fish eye. I recently got my 3-in-1 lens in the cheapest price (the cheapest I could ever find online since I was in my own “lens hunting” phase). I particularly loved having every photo in fish eye be in the classic black and white. For the vintage-y feels.

3. Coffee + cake = always a good idea. This was at Aruma, and it’s been a long time already since I went here. The last time being during our shooting for our short film. I’m trying to desensitize myself with coffee (I’m kind of like prohibited. I know.) but I’m still having mini palpitations but I’m hoping I’ll get to the point where coffee does not make me palpitate anymore. #highhopes

4. Ransom Riggs’ Home for Peculiar Children for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Overall, my weekend was pretty okay. Hope yours was twice as “okay” too! Off to dreamland as I’m writing this.

Books, Food & Lettering

A little photo set of:

  • News books - which I never really had a chance to start reading - I’m too busy fml
  • Comfort food - Japanese cuisine is specifically one of my favorite cuisines. Tonkatsu’s frozen green tea dessert was also divine. It was too good that I and my sisters ate it so fast. Or maybe I just love anything that’s green tea-flavored. Also, long time no coffee since I’m prohibited but masarap ang bawal hah. Mister Donut’s thirtea teas were also good, plus they’re affordable. You can also spot my Ball Mason Jar which has lemon detox water in it. I bought 3 mason jars (Harvest time, Ball and the 500 ml plain one) since I’m kind of like addicted to them, I wanted to have my own mini collection. #weirdfascinations Also, I always love going to Homebrew Cafe. Their food is good (rhyming) and the aura there, I like. Perfect place to just chill.
  • Lettering/typography work - I just recently started divulging myself into some typography or lettering randomness and I’m just starting, so no making fun of my works please, meh. I stalk Instagram users who have lots of typography or lettering works and I always get inspired by them. I want to continue learning but first, I need to have my own legit brush pen or brush marker. Now where can I find one…

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I am and always will be fascinated with books, food and lettering/typography

A Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Publication: January 2012 by Dutton Books

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review:

So before I start doing my review, let me introduce to you to my first ever post featured in my new Book Review section, which I think is very relevant since this book is like my most favorite book in the whole universe. Or let me say, bookwormverse. Or booknerdverse. I need to shut up. Now I will start my review, okay? Okay. (Sue me hah)

The Fault in Our Stars is not the first book I’ve read from John Green. I read it around August of 2012. I heard (or read) somewhere in someone’s blogs (since I stalk random blogs - fashion, travel, lifestyle, art or even book blogs) that this particular book was the bomb and then I Googled it and read the synopsis. Which made my heart break. I mean, I seriously have a soft spot for patients having cancer. Not to mention, two teenagers (I know, they’re teens and they shouldn’t be suffering at such a young age) who were both sick but fell in love with each other. 

TFIOS was and still is my favorite book - as of the moment, it is still not replaced. I love the characters. I can relate to Hazel Grace in so many levels. Especially with her quote “I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”  which applies to me in all forms. I would just not like to dig any deeper about that, meh.

Also, Augustus Waters. I mean, just how can you not love a person such as Gus? Yes, we’re intimately close that I can actually call him that. He’s gorgeous and I admire his optimism. And how he is not wasting any moment of his timed chance to live in this universe. I also love how he is so witty and smart and ugh, just everything I dreamed of a perfect persona in a book. “In a book” because I know people like him do not exist in real life, lol. 

I absolutely love the setting, the plot. Hello, Amsterdam? Who wouldn’t want to travel there? I incredibly loved the Anne Frank House scene just because. /winks

And yes before I forget, I am in love with the quotes. The quotes! John Green just writes so beautifully. His way of writing and his choice of words make my heart melt.

1.) “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 

2.) “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” 

3.) “I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

"Augustus," I said.

"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” 

4.) “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” 

5.) “Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” 

6.) “Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence” 

The above-written quotes are just some of my most favorite ones that totally captured my heart. They mean a lot to me in so many ways that every time I read them, they still have this huge impact to me. 

Sigh, I can never stop saying good things about this book. It was perfectly made. It was not just about romance, this book. It also tackled a lot more - about death, losing a loved one, and life in general. On another note, with it being made into a movie, well. When I first knew about its “going to be a film”, I was skeptical. Because I always preferred books over their film adaptations, based on my experiences. In my honest and unnecessary opinion, (some) movies do not really capture the very essence of the book. Like some minute details, details which I think are very vital for the movie (or book)’s story. (Aside from the HP series, of course)

Selfish as it may seem, but I did not want everybody (particularly those who haven’t read the book but just went to see the movie because darn it was pretty popular and everybody was talking about it) to talk about it like it was just some yet another book made into a movie. Because it is more than that. Totally more than that. I was also doubtful because in my perception, the Augustus Waters in my imagination was already okay. I didn’t want a person to be fixed as Augustus. I want that it will be my imagination that is working, not someone who was picked or chosen to be that particular person. You what I’m saying? I hope I’m making any sense but most of the time, I’m not sooo yeah. But, I’m keeping my hopes up and I’m trusting John Green with my life (lol) but seriously though, he says that Ansel Elgort is the perfect Augustus and okay, he is the Augustus Waters. 

There goes my review about the book (and probably about it becoming a movie which will be released this June 6th. Yay!)

“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always” 

Rating:

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Disclaimer: The photo used for the rating system is not mine and I just got it from Staybookish.net. I’ll just use her photo for the meantime as I do not have yet the time to make my own. 

Something New

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I’ve stumbled upon quite a lot of book blogs and basically, these blogs are about book reviews and/or recommendations of books of all sorts - from YA (young adult), to fiction, to comics, to romance, to thrillers. Though mine is a personal blog (I don’t have a specific description as to what type of a blog this is) and I’m really into reading, I thought to myself: “Why not make some book reviews here?" In this way, I could find more reasons to update my 4 or 5-year old blog and also, I could share my insights about some novels I’ve read so far. I”ve subtlety given some comments about specific books but I want to segregate them into a little something that’s new here: my Book Reviews portion. 

PS: The photo is not mine, I just Googled it and added the text to make it more personal.