My Blogging Status…

Hello guys!

As you have may know, I have been absent for weeks now in the blogosphere. I haven’t posted, talked to my fellow bloggers or interacted with them. What’s worst is that in previous post, I promised that I’m back and clearly, I broke that promise so I’m sorry.

March just end and I can say that March is one of the busiest months this year. A lot happened especially from school and that’s why I have been absent. I think I proved that school is the reason I have been absent with my previous post.  But now, I’m in my summer vacation (I know, lucky me!) so I have a lot of time in my hands but there’s still one problem: me.

Yes, I’m the problem. Why?

I don’t have my priorities straight. The only priority I had back then was school. Nothing else. Not my blog, not even The Artistics and I feel so bad for lacking as a blogger and the administrator of The Artistics. But as I said, it’s my summer vacation but still, I can’t have my priorities straight. I just spend days just in bed, binge-watching some TV shows and I feel so guilty. I made promises that I’m going to prioritize my blog and interact with some of my blogger friends but I break the promises and just become unproductive.

It’s been my character flaw that I don’t prioritize the right things and I should have improved myself but I let it affect my blog, one of the things I want to take care of but clearly, I haven’t taken care of it which makes me more guilty.

What’s worst is I can’t help to think to actually stop blogging and I seriously don’t want to do it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing anymore and interacting with my friends here but I know that I’ve been losing my will to make effort on writing posts, editing pictures for the blog and interacting. I’m losing it so sometimes, I think to stop because this is not what you, the readers of this blog, deserve and especially my blog itself.

But yesterday, after I published my post, I realized how I missed writing and having fun with it. Just releasing all my thoughts into the post and sharing what I feel and what happened with my life makes me so happy and I realized that I don’t want to stop blogging. I want to continue it. I remember back then, just imagining me when I’m an adult or just in college, still blogging. I just want to make that thought into something real.

Yes, I want to continue but it would be difficult for me to get back on my feet but I’m not saying that I’m going on a break or anything. I won’t but it will be hard for me to be back on my blogging routine, like posting, editing and etcetera, as I have been away from this routine from a long time.  But one thing is for sure, that I’m doing my best to be back on track!

Also, I just want to say thank you for the enormous patience you guys have shown to me. I appreciate it. I’ll make it up to you guys!

I hope you enjoy that little ramble of mine and you will see again next time. Bye!

This Past Few Weeks…

Hello there!

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First of all, I know that I have been lacking because of school but I cannot blame school anymore because my school year is over and it’s finally our vacation so the reason why I have been lacking is me. I have been unproductive lately and I don’t know which one to prioritize but I’ll talk about this matter on another blog post.

As you have know, I have been absent in the blogosphere for weeks but that is because of school entirely, not me, but a lot has happened and I want to share it all to you guys so here it is!

– From March 14 to 17, I had my Finals and boy oh boy, they’re tough. I only remember bits and pieces from this week or so I call “Hell Week”, but here’s what I do. First is I failed my Math test so that made me pretty upset because it’s the Finals and I still keep getting failing grades on tests! Second is being challenged by my Trigonometry, Science and Computer test. These were the “Boss” of the “Hell Week” especially Science.

– After hell week, it’s Drama Feast 2017! From the name of it, each section from our year level needs to prepare a stage play. The fest happened at March 23. We were planning this for 3 weeks I guess and all of us were just happy we pulled it off. There were 4 sections and three of them picked a light stage play, usually the comedy ones, but us, our section, picked a stage play that was just so heavy in emotions. Trust me, we were in the backstage, just crying, hearing the actors have their dramatic scenes. Our experience on the stage was absolutely stressful because we had problems with the lapels but after all of that, we were all happy that we made it through without a really big complication

– The day before our Drama Fest was the Robotics Fair. It was fun but we also have our technical rehearsals for the play the same day so we’re a bit mad that we could have just used the time spend on the Robotics Fair for the practice. Personally, the fair was fun but yes, I think we should have used the time for the practice instead of the fair because nothing happened that much.

– The week after, which is the week right now, we had our oral defense for the business plan I was talking about the previous post. To be honest, we didn’t very well. One of the panelist just asked so many questions irrelevant to the actual product then we have to answer a question about adsorption which we didn’t answer quite well.

– The same day as our oral defense, the honor roll was announced and guess what? I’M ON THE LIST! So, the next day, I received the letter of recognition which was basically a confirmation that I joined the honor roll and it was addressed to your parents. I’m just so happy because it’s one of my goals to be included in the honor roll so I’m satisfied. Also, the same day I received the letter, I had two morning coffees from McDo. Not spon, just saying!

– Last but not the least, the day after the Drama Fest (I know the events are not arrange in proper date, but this has to be the finale because this is amazing), we had our Promenade! Yes, so I got to wear a suit and I look dashing (no, I’m just being narcissistic). Did I dance with some girls? Yes, they were my friends, no more than that! Why am I getting defensive? Also, the weekend after the prom, I was a ringbearer at my relatives’ wedding.

– Another thing, I’ve been obsessed with Daredevil (finished season 1) and Legion (seriously! THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER)

Okay, that was all. I hope you enjoyed this post and you’ll see me again tomorrow with another post. Bye!

Hell Week Has Come

Hello guys.

It’s Jerrod but not the Jerrod you typically know because right now, the Jerrod who’s writing this post is a mess. I’m kidding but to be honest, I’m stressed. I feel like my head’s going to explode but it feels good to talk about what I’m feeling right now.

So, it’s Hell Week here, guys, which means exams week. But this isn’t just any exam, it’s the Finals! ( why the hell did I make it so climatic?) Yes, it’s finals week here and it’s so goddamn stressful.

Right now, I’m doing projects because they need to be passed. One is a business plan. Yes, we’re doing a business plan. Our product is a water bottle with a purifying straw. I know that it isn’t very original but we didn’t know that there were other companies doing products like what we made until we searched for some competitors.

Another one is a stage play! We’re doing Forsaken House, which is a Filipino play written in English. I’m not an actor (but I wanted to), I’m just a propsman but I’m in charge of doing the playbill and booklet about the play and I haven’t started a thing and our teacher needs a draft of the playbill tomorrow.

Right now, I’m sneezing and experiencing dizziness while doing our business plan but I can handle this, I’m used to it!

Also, I’m listening to Dear Evan Hansen and let’s talk about this musical because it’s AMAZING! It’s so dang relatable and inspiration, and the songs are very good! Favorites are Requiem, If I Could Tell Her, Disappear and You Will Be Found. These songs hit me right in the feels. You should definitely listen to the album!

That’s only for today. You’ll see more of me in vacation but right now, I’m very occupied so give me time! Goodbye!

Show and Tell // A Day in A Life

Hey there. Sorry for not posting even though I said that I’m surely back but yes, I am. I’m just preoccupied with a LOT of schoolworks since our finals are coming and this computer I’m using is lagging but it’s okay now, I guess. Enough with this, I hope you enjoy this post!

Hello!

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I love organization! If something isn’t organized, I’m going to freak out (this is both hyperbole and not hyperbole) and I can say I live an organized life (sometimes messed up) and to maintain this organization, I need a routine.

Routine for me is very interesting and I don’t even know why (I’m such a weirdo) and I thought maybe sharing this routine of mine but I had a problem how. And then I thought of making a Day in a Life just like what every Youtuber do but instead of a video/vlog, I’m doing it in a post! Let’s go, shall we?

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Of course, your day won’t start if you don’t wake up. Because of school, I always wake up in 5:45 AM. In the weekends, I usually wake up in between 7:00 AM to 9:00 because my body clock is adjusted but when I slept early, I wake up 3:00 AM to 4:00 AM.

What do I do after I wake up? In weekdays, I prepare my bag (if I didn’t prepare it) and my school uniform, and then take a bath. After I take a bath and wear my uniform, I eat breakfast (if not in rush) and check my phone. We leave the house at 7:00 AM because I am always with my Dad so it really takes a long time to leave the house. In weekends, I usually check my phone, eat, read, write a To-Do list.

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`My first class starts at 7:30 and of course, to avoid being late, I need to get in the school before that time. Also, in a day, we have a specific schedule so my schedule depends on the day. If it’s Monday, my first class is English and if it’s Friday, my first class is Social Studies.

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My dismissal time is 3:30 PM and after dismissal, I usually stay in school and do activities like group works, extra curricular or just seat works that needed to be passed at the end of the day.

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Since the campus where we go is close to the hospital where my mom is working, I usually go there to get extra allowance (YAY FOR ALLOWANCE!) and any food like food for dinner or snacks to eat. Also, when my sister needs something from my mom, my mom will give it to me so I can give it to my sister.

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I usually get home around 5 PM and what I do when I get home is just relax because some days can be really tough. I always do this so I can’t freak out when doing works on both school and blog. That way I can do the task quickly.

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After one hour of resting and relaxation, I do my homeworks. If there’s no homework, I either go back to resting, do something random, binge watch or do some blog works.

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One hour after, I eat but sometimes, I don’t eat because I’m doing a hard homework or a group project that I need to do immediately but when I don’t have those, I eat dinner usually around 7 PM

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Around 7:30, I do anything I want or need to do. I usually continue doing my homeworks and project but if I’m finish with them, I’m on my social media (ugh, I’m such a typical teenager!), doing blog works, reading, binge watching series or having a movie marathon.

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After doing a really long homework or a project, or writing a long blog post, or just after a movie marathon, I sleep around 11:00 PM or worse (The worst time I go to sleep is 2:00 AM)

I Assure You That’s I’m Back!

Okay! I’m back! I’m officially back!

First of all, I’m so sorry that I took a long long break and not even informing you guys also because, I said that I was back then I take the longest hiatus in my blogging history. Sorry. And there’s only one thing to blame. Oh no. There’s actually 3!

Number one is school. School is really harsh right now! It was just insane. First of all, we had exams, then the week after exams, we need to finish projects and requirements fast because the grades should be computed then the week after that, we had a lot of quizzes and some projects and then, the whole school got observed by an accrediting organization in the country then the week after that were more relax so I used that to rest and then the riot began again. I got to deal with emotional problems which involves school (not really but I won’t tell what’s the connection because it’s private and my freaking classmate can view this post because news flash, they know that i’m a blogger!). Also, just this week, we had a very stressful exams again! Then next week, we have to do projects. Also,  just a note, it’s our last semester for the school year so a lot of schoolworks will come especially FINALS (NOOOO!) so if I don’t post for a week, you know why.

Number two is TV shows! You know that I love TV series and our wifi got fixed ages ago so it opened an opportunity to watch the TV shows I missed (especially DC shows) and then I watched two new shows. I started THE 100 and oh my, it’s amazing! The plot is amazing and every episode there’s a conflict so every episode is interesting and entertaining, not boring. And I just started Orphan Black this week and HOLY SHITE (nice cheeky reference there), it’s freaking brilliant! The concept for the whole show is just clever and Tatiana Maslany is an amazing actress!

Number three is problems with myself and my relationships to other people (friendship, I mean. I’m not taken, mkay?). I won’t tell you the problems because they’re so so so private. This blog is like my little journal but I can’t tell everything here since it’s so open to public.

Anyways, there are the reasons why I was gone for such long. But I promise with my heart that I’m officially back and that I’ll make my blog as a priority again. That means I’ll interact more to you all and post frequently again.

So, I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you tomorrow with another post! Bye!

Shameless Promotion Because I’m Shameless!

Hello there!

First of all, sorry for not posting and interacting with you guys. School has been eating a lot of time in my schedule but I’ll fix my schedule. Also, since our last semester, there’s a lot of things to do and I have some personal issues so I really hope you understand.

Anyways… THE ARTISTICS JUST RELEASED ANOTHER MAGAZINE ISSUE!

Ya’ll know that I administrate an online magazine issue called The Artistics and we released another issue! Because I’m shameless, go check the issue by clicking HERE! I’m sure you’ll love it because we worked so hard for this.

Also, you can check the other two issues we released last year! That’s all and expect that I’ll be posting more, I just need to gain my momentum back and fix my schedule!

Bye!

Unexpectedly Brilliant: The Sun is Also A Star

Hello!

I would like to thank my friend for lending this book to me even though you still haven’t read it. Second, let me just say that this is such a brilliant book and I didn’t expect it to be this amazing (I initially thought that this will be bad). I’m excited to review this so shall we start?

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? [Goodreads]

When I saw the book from my classmate’s desk, I was very skeptical about it because I want to read it but I’m scared that I would waste my time to read it because it’s bad but I still borrowed it and guess what: I’m not disappointed at all. I loved the book SO MUCH! It’s probably one of my favorite reads this 2016!

The character are probably the best asset in this book! In the book, the main character is Natasha, a Jamaican girl waiting to be deported and she believes in facts, and Daniel, a Korean-American poet. I love how this book promotes diversity in race and I seriously appreciate it. Also, the characters we’re well established! This is probably the reason why I love the book. Daniel was first presented with a backstory of him and his family and this backstory progresses through the book until we truly know him and same with Natasha.

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What’s very random with the book is that it includes chapter about the minor characters that shouldn’t even affect the story but did! I think that’s just amazing and being honest, that blew my mind off because it develops the story more!

The plot was so simple but that makes it special. It doesn’t need something very extravagant to make it special. Although I love the part, I need to be honest to myself that it’s kinda weird (at least for me) especially the part where Daniel met Natasha. That certain part was weird for me.

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As this book is romance, I need to talk about the chemistry and all stuff about romance. The romance was just amazing. I didn’t expect that. Daniel and Natasha are very different characters. Daniel believes in fate, destiny, etc and Natasha didn’t, just pure facts, so I was questioning if this would work and it did! The dynamic was so great between them!

This book is a must read for everyone! It was the best romance novel I read! I hope you enjoyed that review and I’ll see you soon!

Bye!

Why Is The 1st Week of 2017 Stressful?

Hello there!

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Wow! 2017 welcomed me with a stressful week with school! Good job, 2017, for proving you’re better than 2016! Anyways, it’s just the first few days of 2017 so I’ll let this pass. The thing is I’m greeted with lots of projects, homeworks and tests this week and I’m used to it. I handled it but there are just some times you want to shout because of all the stresss.

> One of the highlights was on Tuesday, our first school day of 2017. In English time, we listened to the radio play, Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher, and IT WAS SO AMAZING! The radio play was suspense and it was totally suspense. The story was so amazing and the actor too! She delivered the emotions very well and it’s so suspense because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. I recommend searching it if you don’t know this radio play and listen to it!

> I got a ABC Daily Journal by my friend on Christmas party and I’ve been using it over the past few days (although I missed 2 days) and I’ve been enjoying it. It’s great that you can write how your day went and simultaneously designed it by your own will. I recommend trying journaling for those of you!

> ED SHEERAN IS BACK! Finally, he’s back with two singles, Castle on The Hill and Shape of You and both are amazing songs! I can’t stop listening to it. If you’re going to ask which one of my favorite is, please don’t because both are amazing and I can’t choose. That’s how amazing it is!

> Our teachers from my school greeted us not with kindness but with schoolworks. We have 4 projects on English (a radio play about either David Swan or The Cask of Amontillado, also that’s why we listened to Sorry, Wrong Number), Computer (a 3D motherboard), Science (a video about chemical reactions and how it affects life and environment and we got Cellular Respiration and how it affects life and the environment), and Music (a song about the Romantic period or Romantic music). And then we have quizzes and homeworks.

> As a form of relaxation, my friend and I went to a mall and I use the money my aunts, uncles and grandparents gave to me on Christmas party to buy stuffs. I bought two clothes, one with the print Love Is Viral (the design is amazing), and a gray t-shirt with kind of a marble texture (the design is amazing too!). Also, I bought Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! I didn’t buy a lot because I don’t want to waste all of my money.

That’s all I got for you guys (WOAH I TURNED TO LIZA KOSHY!) (Also, I lov Liza Koshy. She’s amazing and one of my favorite YouTubers). Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time!

Goodbye!

A Message Before 2016 Ends

Before the actual post, I just want to say thank you because WordPress is still clickbait free. I hate clickbait and if I see clickbait, I would freak out and get upset because why are so many desperate people in the world? Why? Anyways, now to the actual post


Hello!

I published 3 posts in one day! Why am I so productive all of a sudden? Anyways, 2016 is ending and before it ends I just want to say a message.

First of all, thank you for the support you have given to this blog. It’s just heartwarming to see that actual people like the stuff I’ve been creating. I made this blog on 2015 and never have I ever thought that this blog would still exist up until now and this blog wouldn’t continue if you haven’t supported me. You supported my silly ideas, my silly posts and everything I do.

Also, thank you thank you to my friends here in the blogosphere for being in my side always and sticking with me! You, guys, are so amazing and I’m so thankful that I have great friends!

Second of all, we all know that 2016 has been awful to us. There’s a lot of tragic moments, hatred is tolerated, violence had been influenced, we lost many great people in our lives, but LET’S SPREAD POSITIVITY! Yup, 2016 may be bad but we can learn from the mistake we made this 2016 and apply these lessons in 2017 and maybe, 2017 wouldn’t be bad at all!

2016 was bad but let’s look at the bright side of things. 2016 was a year of opportunity (I’m very sure of that!). It was a year of wonderful things, we should just focus on that, rather than the awful things that had happened.

That’s all. I know it’s short but I just want to make it simple. I hope you enjoy this post and see you next year!

What The Hell Happened in my 2016?

Hello there!

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Before 2016 leaves and 2017 comes, I just want to reminisce the events and highlights that had happened in my life because although 2016 has been rough, it’s not that bad after all. I had some ups and a lot of happy moments and I just want to remember that and posting it in here would help me to preserve the memories of this year.

January to March 2016 was my last school months as a Grade 8 pupil. Grade 8 was a really bad school year for me. I had a lot of failing scores in my tests, I was just lucky that I still got good grades. I didn’t join the top 15 which pissed me off. Although this was bad, it definitely made me motivated to do better next school year.

As I experienced the first three months of 2016, I begin stressing because I’m going to finish Grade 8 and head back to Grade 9 which is already crazy because I’m just years away from college which is another crazy thing, then I started thinking about jobs, finance, my own house, starting my own career, etc. I just went crazy.

Although January to March was crazy, I can’t help thinking about leaving my classmates and friends and not seeing each other in two months because I had a lot (and I mean a LOT!) of happy moments with them and I realized how much I’m going to miss them.

Then summer came and it was the worst summer I’ve ever encountered. First of all, it was so boring, just staring at my phone or computer all day. Second of all, I felt how hard it is to have a broken family. It’s hard, I have to tell you that. My father is always going home late and sometimes drunk and it is just too much for me to handle. We sometimes fight and one time, it led me where I almost run away from home my sister wasn’t around because she had an internship in another place.

Then another school year came. I’m Grade 9. I was more nervous than Grade 8 or even Grade 7 and there are plenty of reasons. First of all, the school now has Grade 11 and 12 which means a lot of people and that means I have higher social anxiety. Second of all, we’re in a new campus where the college studies. Third of all, everyone says Grade 9 is the hardest school year ever and I pretty much believe it. Fourth of all, new teachers which mean I need to adapt to their style.

Grade 9 is yes, so hard and stressful, yet I’m doing well! I have the motivation to study and to perform well! Grade 9 can be really stressful but it is so fun! The new teachers were amazing! I got used at the new campus immediately and I’m handling my social anxiety pretty well! Also, there were transferees and I’m friends with them! There’s a lot of experiences I had in this current school year and I’m going to share a few of them!

First of all, our class went to the Moot Court (like the court where lawyers and the judge go an there’s criminals and all that stuff) and it was exciting! Basically, we have this role play in the English class about Lord Randal (the Middle English period ballad) where we determine who killed him and of course, there were judges and lawyers and the convicted and we held it on the Moot Court of the school and it was thrilling!

Then we had our Intramurals which is exciting! The whole grade 9 is team Blue Falcons. This is exciting because I joined a competition in the Intramurals which the dance competition. It’s very significant for me because I finally exited my comfort zone. Anyways, this year’s Intramurals was amazing. We’re in a new venue, we were cheering so hard for our team, we were so close to winning! It was memorable!

Then we had our recognition for 1st and second semesters/quarters. It was just a simple recognition for being on the honor roll but it’s not simple for me! I maintained to be on the honor roll for 2 quarters and that’s bloody insane! I got this certificate which I probably had lost (OH NO!). anyways, I have no picture of the certificate saved but we had this “class picture” but I won’t show you that because I’m freaking ugly there.

Those were probably the best highlight I could for Grade 9.That doesn’t mean I had no stress or problems in this school yeear. First of all, I wasn’t emotionally okay the whole school year because I had started making assumptions that everyone hates and rejecting me based on how they act when I’m around. It feels like I’m the eveil one is the whole class and it sucks. When we had this sharing in the whole class, I said that and some of them was disagrreing which is good but others just fell silent.

Also, school is stressful! We all know that. It’s very stressful especially for me. I had a scholarship to maintain, a blog to care, an online magazine to manage and etcetera. This year has been stressful!

But one thing to look at is this year has been full of opportunities! Here are some goals I achieved throughout the year:

  • I manage to run an online magazine called The Artistics which is so amazing. I would also like to thank the staff for a wonderful year of The Artistics!
  • I manage to read a lot of books this year and I have read many amazing books!
  • I restarted my blog and I like it very very much!
  • I still maintained my scholarship and remained on the honor roll!
  • I made some friends here in the blogosphere!
  • My relationship with my friends has grown stronger
  • The most stupid of them all is that I got taller. I know it’s stupid but I still count it as a goals.

This year has been full of good and bad but one thing I remember about 2016 is the lessons that made me better. 2016 has supported me, made me better, developed me and all that kind of stuff so I’m ready to strut my way to 2017!

I hope you enjoyed reading that post. Be ready for itsJerrod 2017 because I have prepared a lot for the next year. I will see you tomorrow! Bye