My 50Leaves 2010

50Leaves

1. Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll (April 15, 2010)

2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (August 2, 2010)

3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

4. Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem

5. The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep (March 12, 2010)

6. All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens (March 30, 2010)

7. Somewhere I’ll find you by Lisa Kleypas (April 2, 2010)

8. Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn (April 14, 2010)

9. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (June 21, 2010)

10. Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James

11. Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

12. My Country, My People by Lin Yutang

13. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens (2-in-1 edition) (August 9, 2010)

14. A Rake’s Vow by Stephanie Laurens (2-in-1 edition)

15. The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough

16. The Book of Tomorrow by Celia Ahern

End of 2010, Total Books Read: 8books


Other members of Project:50Leaves[2010]:

1. Tiff K

2. Vix

Project 50Leaves Page

Books reviews can be found here

My 50Leaves 2009

My Shelfari

Advertisements

Looking back on 2010

Can I just say, this year has (so far) had the most accomplished and excited moments of my life, as well as some of the saddest and most stressful parts of my life as well.

2010, I graduated from University with passing marks. All 4 years of hard work, effort and all those annoyingly sleepless nights of homework, papers, exams and the like..done! What an accomplishment. Though I never made the Dean’s List, or got honors come graduation, it was definitely a proud moment to have been able to say that I graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with my bachelor’s degree. A proud moment to have made it through the AMDG (Ang Matutulog Di Gragraduate) phase of my life.

It was also a wonderful moment to have finished the yearbook-related work I had to do, and to see my batchmates get their yearbooks in time, though I have to say that it wasn’t without difficulty that we had to deal with all the yearbook-related problems we encountered day after day.

Getting accepted into TsingHua for the Chinese Language Program, and coming to China has also been a highlight for the year. Along with getting accepted into TsingHua are also the fun moments I’ve had with my friends here in China. The adventures, the mishaps, the new experiences, new friends, new environment, new everything that we’ve come to know, though not all of them were happy moments, they had in some way contributed to making the year memorable in a happy sense. I signed up for this, so I’m taking it all in stride as I finish the year 2010.

In 2010, I lost one of my best friends. My faithful companion, my wonderful dog who had accompanied me throughout my teenage life, who was my baby and my pet, the one I would talk to about my problems, left me. It was one of the hardest things I had to accept in my life. He who I had counted on living for a few more years, who would tearfully watch me say goodbye as I left for China, who would gleefully welcome me back from China..the one who saw me through some of the worst and best times of my high school and college life, went on ahead. My Taka, even now I miss him so much. Thinking about going home in a month makes me realize that he will not be there when I go back. In 2010, I lost my irreplaceable best friend to an illness, it will be an unforgettable moment for the rest of my life.

Soon after I lost my baby Taka and a few days before I was to leave for Beijing, I also lost another of my dear pet dogs.

This year was also one of the most stressful make-or-break moments in my entire life. Having to constantly worry about finishing my thesis paper while worrying about other requirements, and graduating, This year definitely took its toll and took a few years off of my life. Thesis was one of the worst parts of my university life. If I had the opportunity to just throw it away without consequence, I would have done so a long long time ago, and without looking back I might add. Thesis was hell, though deep down I feel that I would have to meet up with him someday again. Gak. Oh well, that one part of my life is done and over with. No need for me to look back on it again, thankfully.

With 2011 just around the corner, or well just a few hours away, I can’t help but look back on my 2010 and wish it could have been better in many ways. Still, I am quite thankful for the many blessings and opportunities that have been given to me, many of which I did not expect. 2010 definitely brought many surprises into my life, both good and bad. 2010 was definitely not without ups and downs throughout the entire year. Still, the selfish me can’t help but hope that 2011 will be a much better year, filled with better opportunities, better experiences, better memories. Call me selfish, but I still want more. Haha.

Apparently, I have a life.

One more week till elections. I found my name on the “find your precinct” online thing by COMELEC (Commission on Elections) so at least I’m assured that I’m a registered voter.

In other news, though the writing work for mom has fluctuated a little, I’ve recently rediscovered my fanfiction account and am giddy about catching up on updates. Most of my fanfics haven’t been updated since 2006/2007, which is really sad since it’s a good avenue to practice ‘novel’ writing, as compared to the ‘advertising’ writing I’ve been doing for the past month/s. It’s good practice, especially when I compared works I did before and around 2006, to my edited versions in 2007/2008. I did a revamp of many of the chapters I did, especially grammar and story-telling wise. They’re a lot better now, at least, hopefully they are.

Tomorrow, I’m going to take an exam for a job, for a company that I’ve always wanted to try out for since I was little. It’s not a publishing company per se, but it has to do with writing, hopefully, or well…that’s the position I’m applying for. Hopefully it will go well. This doesn’t mean that my plans for China are going to be forgotten though, since that is still my priority and it’s the plan that I really want to see happen. But while nothing yet is concrete, this back-up plan will be my most concrete thing as of now. 😀

Check clock, 11:10pm. Got to go get what I’m wearing tomorrow, ready. Since it’s just an exam, I don’t need to wear something too interview-ish, but still, something decent. Monthly visitor will make deciding even harder.

Two in 1-4

I’m spending a few minutes away from my paper writing (no, not just thesis) to write a quick blog entry to fill the 11 days I haven’t written an entry, and the 15+ days I haven’t written a real blog entry.

Today is the celebration of 2 events. The annual Feb 14 Valentines Day, and the coincidental Chinese (Lunar) New Year. Being single, I’m not really celebrating Valentines Day. Usually, this “holiday” would be spent with my close girlfriends celebrating “Single Awareness Day” at some place, and last year it was spent at my good friend’s house making chocolates. We melted bars of chocolate and put them into really cute molds and gave them to friends for V-day. This year though, there are many things that need to be done so celebrating is not really an option.

For me and most of my Chinese/Chinese-Filipino friends though, I think this year is a lot different. Instead of celebrating Valentines on the 14th, most of us ended up spending it earlier like the 12th and 13th since the 14th will be spent with family members celebrating Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year. I remember CCTV mentioning something like it’s the 4770’s celebration of Lunar New Year. Awhile ago, CCTV9 was featuring a Lunar New Year celebration show and all oddly, I was laughing along with the hosts as they were speaking in Mandarin (which I understood….sort of). Living in a somewhat Chinese community, some fireworks were set-off around our neighborhood, though luckily there wasn’t much of it since it’s not a real holiday here in the Philippines anyway.

They should have really make Chinese New Year a holiday here. I can’t understand why Ramadan is a holiday here but Lunar New Year isn’t. Though a lot of people are saying that there aren’t a lot of Chinese here, I think statistics wise, that’s sort of wrong. Maybe there aren’t a lot of pure Chinese here, or people who look Chinese, but many people in the country have Chinese blood in them. What was it my prof mentioned before, something like there’s no such thing as a Pure Filipino since being Filipino itself is about being diverse.

Anyway, there are a heckload of Chinese here in the Philippines. Saw this entry on a site about lawmakers here considering Lunar New Year as a holiday. If Ramadan is a holiday, Lunar New Year should sure as heck get its own holiday too. Suddenly got me thinking though, there are probably too many holidays in the Philippines. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to give Lunar New Year the same rights as Ramadan. Chinese have as much right to their own New Year. Other countries in the Asia Pacific make a big deal out of Lunar New Year, so why shouldn’t the Philippines do the same right?

A thought for me to consider personally… I could be spending Chinese New Year abroad next year. That’s if I’ll be in China (or HK/Taiwan) within the next few months for work.

Damn, am thinking too far ahead. Thesis needs a heck load of work more. 9 days left. What the heck.

Beginning 2010

First day of classes (after Christmas break) over with, even though I only had one class today. What a day, seriously.

Also, 2 months to go before my classes end and hopefully, graduation in 3. China, sometime in the near future maybe?

加油绮思。学学习习。

你差不多毕业了~

I must persevere.

Ending 2009

I’ve missed out on a few journal entries for Christmas and other such recent events. Haha. Recently, I just haven’t felt like writing about anything, just the normal plurking/tweeting/tumblring has sufficed.

Fireworks outside. They’ve been going on for the past couple of days now, random fireworks and/or gunshots. I can’t really tell the difference. It is scary though, when you think of the possibility of it being gunshots rather than fireworks. Then again, this is a safe community where I live, more or less, so I’d rather believe they’re just fireworks.

A couple of days ago, 2 fires broke out near my area. One on the street where my best friend lives, and one in a village where a few of my friends live. The first was the one where my best friend lives. Wasn’t freaking out so much since the first time I had heard about the fire, people said it was in a grocery shop and since it was past 9  in the evening, I wasn’t worrying so much about it since it was suppose to be closed. After a few discussions with friends on plurk, I found out that it was actually a condo that was on fire, and it started with R which was coincidentally the first letter of the condo where my best friend lives. So here I am, freaking out and calling up my besh on the phone. Turns out, the fire is at her place, on the opposite tower. Luckily, by the time I called, the fire had already been put out and as far as I heard, there weren’t any casualties though some of the sparks from the building crossed over to their tower and some hit the passers-by below.

The other fire in a village, from what my mom told me, was at the house of the best friend of the mom of my mom’s acquaintance. The day after the fire, I found out that “that house”  belonged to the brother of my dad’s cousin-in-law’s brother. There were 2 casualties. The mom and the daughter. So basically, my 2nd cousins’ aunt and first cousin. Sad really, especially with Christmas having just ended and New Year’s just right around the corner. Heard that the fire began from the Christmas lights again, which reminds me so much of the fire that happened around 3 years ago to a batchmate of mine from the all-boys high school across from my all-girls high school.

In other news, since 2009 is ending, I’ve counted the numbers of books I’ve read this year based on my 50Leaves Project and it comes to a total of 19 books for the year. It seems like a lot for some people, but for me who was able to read more than 200 books in my 4 years of High School, this is such a let down. Oh well, priorities are acads and other school-related stuff, so casual reading was not something I could do a lot. Oh well, 2010 is just around the corner. Hope I’ll be able to read more books then!

2 months till the end of my studies. Hopefully, will be graduating in March with my batchmates.

Goodbye 2009. Hello 2010. Please be good to me!

New Years Resolution

1) Will not make the same obviously stupid mistakes I did in 2009

2) Have more confidence in myself and my abilities

Starbucks 2010

I can’t wait to get a Starbucks Philippines planner!

Starbucks Philippines just launched their yearly planner project yesterday. I saw pictures through my friends’ various blog pages, and I can’t wait to finally hold the 2010 planner in my hands.

I’ve had the 2006, 2007, 2008 and the 2009 one. I can’t bare to throw them away after the year is over because all the memories I have of that year are all embedded into my planners. XD

My blog entry on my Starbucks planners.

I really can’t wait! Stickers, here I come!

Other Starbucks2010-related entries:

Fran Haw

Brian Ong

Anton Diaz (Our Awesome Planet)

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Kindly note, the following entry is of the author’s personal opinion.

On the way home tonight, I heard Erap on the radio acknowledging his candidacy for the 2010 presidential elections. (FYI for those from abroad, Joseph “Erap” Estrada was the 13th President of the Philippines who was ousted a couple of years back because of a corruption case. He was replaced by the current president – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [GMA] – who was his Vice-President then and who ran for re-election and won after Erap’s term ended) Basically, he was saying a lot of what I believed to be jibberish. He was stating in Tagalog (if I had understood correctly), how he was deprived of his family, friends and the people while he was imprisoned. I mean, come on, you don’t expect to be in the luxury of all your friends and family if you’re accused of a crime and deemed guilty for it. And it was not only the Court of Law who had deemed him guilty, the people went against him during the Second People Power Revolution as well. Erap was lucky enough that due to health conditions, he was under house arrest and not rotting in some crummy jail cell somewhere in Muntinlupa. If someone else had been guilty of his crime, they’d be in Muntinlupa or worse, but him being the former president, he was given special treatment.

What got me thinking was how come this former president, who was ousted from his position because of a serious crime, is deciding to run again for the same position – the highest position in the land. I understand how a lot of people “change” after they realize their mistake, or if we give him the benefit of the doubt, he wants to redeem himself – who was wronged in the eyes of the people. But come on, common sense dictates that you don’t run for the same position from which you were ousted, or more logically speaking, the highest position in the land. No offense, but it’s just plain wrong. If you want to redeem yourself, you run for a different position, not for presidency. Maybe a smaller position, like Mayor or something like that, but not ruler of the friggin country.

What aggravates me even more is how a lot of people are being supportive. I read a few weeks back somewhere that a lot of people are voting for him due to pity. That’s plain wrong. You vote for your president out of pity?! What kind of sick world would that be based on? Even if you feel pity for someone, think logically! In the end, if you vote for the wrong person, the one who should be pitied is the entire country which will suffer from the mistake of the people.

I don’t know if Erap is allowed to run, though he says that people from legal fields have said he’s allowed to do so. More so, is he allowed to take the position?! Shouldn’t there be a law in the constitution that dictates that if you oust someone because of a serious crime, said person should not be allowed to run for any position, and in our case, not the presidency.

Where is the world coming to?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The country should learn from its mistake and not go wasting good votes on people who have already had their chance in the past.

Plus, the whole reason Erap is probably running is because he was pardoned by GMA. It’s kind of ironic really. Erap gets ousted and during the 2nd People Power Revolution, he gets replaced by GMA. GMA finishes Erap’s term and runs for re-election and wins. Nearing the end of her term (more or less), she decides to pardon the former president for his crime.

I wonder where the heck the Philippines is heading for.

Sleeping soon, I need to go to COMELEC tomorrow to register for Voters Registration. I know, I’ve put it off this long. I hope I wake up and get to City Hall early enough. Please, don’t let there be long lines tomorrow~

AEGIS: Write-ups Submission

Attention Ateneo Seniors: LAST day for the submission of write-ups will be on September 14 (Monday). Kindly leave your write-ups in the Aegis Room (MVP315).

Please don’t forget to follow the format indicated in the manual. On the cd, please do not forget to put your ID NUMBER_SCHOOL_Surname. On the brown envelope, pls write your WHOLE NAME and COURSE (and please indicate what school you’re from).

Thank you.

Recently..

Happy birthday mom! Yeah, it’s mom’s birthday today. Luckily, there aren’t any classes because today is also the day Ninoy Aquino was shot about 26 years ago. Sadly though, dad had to leave for Hong Kong  today because of a client, so we weren’t able to celebrate today. Another good thing despite that, is that my cousin from DLSU is here for the long weekend, my siblings and mom took the LRT and MRT and picked up my cousin from the station near his dorm. At least, even if my dad isn’t here, we can celebrate as a family (more of less). The real celebration for my mom though will take place when my dad comes home from HK, and will hopefully include my lola and tita and tito (maternal grandmother, and mom’s siblings).

Recently, I’ve been editing a lot of student’s write-ups for the yearbook, which takes a lot of time. Together with my other co-editors, we’re all striving to get through this. Not to mention thesis + other academic responsibilities. The weather hasn’t been completely helpful, though I appreciate the sun because my clothes are drying faster than when it rains. Excessive heat hasn’t been good though. Haha, oh well. I know my mom has been worrying (and I’m sure Khyoon would worry too once he saw this) and my getting a slight fever the other day wasn’t good either. What started as an allergic rhinitis last Tuesday, evolved into a sore throat last Wednesday, evolved into a slight fever + cough yesterday. Right after my thesis class yesterday, I immediately rushed home and took a long nap (though I admit to having spent the rest of the early morning editing write-ups).

I’m feeling a lot better now, since the sore throat and cough are almost completely gone. My colds are still there though, so I’m not completely well. I’ve had a decent amount of rest though today since there weren’t any classes, and since I don’t have Chinese Painting classes tomorrow, I still have time to rest. I might watch Up or the Time Traveler’s Wife tomorrow with either my friends’ or family, though the former seems the better choice for now.

Lastly, before I end this….I want to showcase a gift I’ve recently been given. 🙂 A gift from a loyal reader, and a caring friend.

Thoughts from the Xin by *Khyoon on deviantART