Where Was I?

Hello!

I have been away from blogging for weeks now and that’s because of an unexpected vacation.

Weeks ago, we went to Baguio, a province here in my country. It was only for four days. I was with my cousins, my aunt and uncle and with my grandparents. When we were about to go home, my grandmother asked me to stay at their house and take a vacation there. I couldn’t say no so I said yes.

That was the unexpected vacation.

When we’re about to leave Baguio, I was expecting to go home, not at my grandparent’s house. Nevertheless, that was the reason I was away from blogging.

I had access to WiFi, yes, but what I don’t have access is to WordPress and my email (for The Artistics and other stuff). I didn’t bring my laptop and my phone is useless when I want to use it for blogging or my emails.

Nevertheless, I am back but not for long. Next month, I need to go back to school because it’s the start of the school year and oh boy, this upcoming school is going to be tougher but I will use my remaining days (it sounds like I have an inevitable death which is yes, I have and it’s called “school year”) to blog again.

Also, because I took a vacation in Baguio (and took a lot of photos), I will post about that and other stuffs like book reviews which I missed doing!

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll see you all in the next post! Bye!

The Uniquely Me Tag

Hello!

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Before doing the tag and thanking who nominated me, I just wanted to say that I’ve created a new Instagram account. I’ve deleted my first one just to start over, I’m basically a perfectionist. Since this is a new account, I haven’t posted a thing but pictures will be coming! Make sure to follow by clicking HERE! I kind of followback (emphasis on the kind of)

Thank you Regina from Diversion3000 for nominating me to do this fun tag! Regina is one of my co-members on The Artistics and I recommend that you should follow her blog because it’s genuinely amazing! Also, she’s funny, interesting and a friendly person! Go check her blog and follow it!

Also, Elm made this tag so I just want to say thank you to Elm for creating this amazing tag! If you don’t know her (are you living on a rock or woke up from  a century-long hibernation?), she’s an amazing and wonderful person and also brilliant!

Now, let’s jump into this, shall we?

Rules:

1. Thank the person that nominated you for this tag and link to their blog (spread the love, basically).
2. Write as many things that are unique to you as possible: these can be things that you do, say, like or have that make you different to other people or let you stand out. It can be what defines you as a person, a little thing about you that is just simply you or something little known that you think makes you up as a person.
3. Nominate up to 10 bloggers or as many as you like; there isn’t a limit.
4. You can take this tag as seriously or non-seriously as you like; you can laugh whilst doing it or feel contemplative: this is about you, after all.
5. After you’ve written this and if you ever feel like there’s nothing to you but what other people have already said and done, look back to your post and remember that it isn’t true.

Unique Things About Me:

  • I consider my ability to finish one season of a TV show in one day as a talent because I think it is! Recently, I just finish season 1 and season 2 of iZombie, both in one day!
  • I love watching and binge watching (the two terms are different) TV shows but it’s not just any love, like I have a commitment to watching these shows, especially the ones I like. I know, weird, but most of my days compose of binge watching!
  • I like studying about mythology, preferably Greek and Norse, thanks to the books of Rick Riordan! Ever since I’ve read his books, I’ve been fascinated about myths and stories about mythological creatures, and gods and goddesses. Shoot me any question about Greek or Norse myth and I may know the answer!
  • I love anything aesthetic! I’ve always been into aesthetics since I learned graphic designing. It’s just so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
  • I have never been out of my country. Very tragic, I know!
  • It’s always been a habit for me to talk to myself about my theories and opinions on something, most of them are about TV shows sometimes.
  • I love anything about art and design. This is something similar with the my love for aesthetics. Since I’ve been doing graphic design, I just loved art and designs since!
  • I love watching baking videos on Youtube but never tried to the recipe because the oven in my house is broken.
  • I have a crazy sweet tooth, and I mean CRAZY!
  • I always say “Pop and EDM are so mainstream” but whenever a pop song or an edm is released, I always like it.
  • I attempt to dance like Lorde whenever Green Light plays.

The Nominees:

It seems like everyone I know has done this tag so if you haven’t done this and you want to, feel free to do it. It’s a fun and amazing tag to do!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Again, thank you to Regina and Elm (make sure to check their links)! I’ve enjoyed writing and doing this tag! Don’t forget to follow my new instagram account!

Bye!

I Survived Hell That Was 9th Year

Hello there!

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First of all, BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOG! My blog just turned two years old yesterday and I celebrated by taking a day off, rewatching and finishing season 1 of iZombie.

I just want to thank you all for the massive support you’ve shown to me and my blog over the two years. It’s always a thing I say but it’s just so heart-warming that people I don’t even know in real life are here, ready to support me in every way they can. I’m so glad you, guys, exist because without you all, I wouldn’t be here right now, doing blogging, a thing that went from a hobby to a thing that I’m passionate about and a thing I love! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Now, to the actual topic of this post, my 9th year experience.

Last Tuesday, April 4, I had my recognition day and it’s my first time attending in recognition in my high school life because the school, in the past years, are only giving recognition to those who made it to the Top 10 but there’s a change of academic curriculum here in our country so the Top 10, even the ranking, was a thing in the past.

During Recognition, even the day before which is our practice for the recognition, I can’t help to contimplate on my 9th year experiences. Going home, it just sinked in and I said to myself “I’m done with Grade 9! I survived Grade 9!”

What can I say about Grade 9 is that it’s a hell of a ride, which is exactly what I was expecting. Before the start of the school year, you’ll just see these Facebook posts or tweets saying that Grade 9 is the worst year in high school, and I’ll agree. Besides of the unending homeworks and quizzes, the late nights I spend reviewing a lot of terms in Science and laws in Social Studies regarding agriculture and employment, and requirements and projects that needs a lot of effort, there was something underneath Grade 9 that made it a lot stressful.

Number 1 is that I’ve never been so emotional, not until this year. I’m faced with lot of dillemas and internal conflict and other than that,  I had problems with socializing and whom I will call a friend or not. I felt lonely and hated. Other than myself, there was a lot of drama (to be honest, I love drama, I live for drama and I breathe drama) in my section and sometimes, I was caught in the middle of crossfires of my friends.

But, obviously, Grade 9 isn’t always about drama and schoolworks. This year, I felt closer with my friends. I’ve made new friends since there were 5 transfarees. I felt comfortable with my other classmates. I’ve said that I felt lonely but in the course of time, that faded away because my friends was there for me and I’ve felt that I had someone in my back. These friends, I’ve had fun with them that was nothing in comparison when I was on 7th and 8th grade. I’ve shared my problems and secrets with them and they were there when I needed them. What could I ask more?

Grade 9, indeed, was a tough year but it was the most memorable one. I’ve had a lot of fun and new experiences in the course of the school year. This year is just one of a kind, and if there’s a time machine, I would relive every fun moment of the school year!

But there’s a big catch, if Grade was hell of a ride, what could Grade 10 be?

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll start posting about other stuffs now, like book reviews, not just about my life anymore. I’ll see you soon! Bye!

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!