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Life as of Late #007

I’ve been insanely busy this month with work that I haven’t had the time to update my blog with what’s happening in my life for the past month. So here’s a roundup of those happenings. I hope I get to blog about the major ones soon! :P

  1. I miss my college barkada every day that I don’t see them (charot), so I was glad that we got together for the birthday of one of the girls! The boys talked about more mature topics and later, we talked about travel. What I’m hoping for is that we’ll have our first ever trip out of the country soon!
  2. One weekend, our trekking group went, umm, trekking with some strangers / fellow trekkers in Cebu. We went to Mago Peak, which is located at the boundary of 3 towns — Danao, Carmen, and Tuburan.
  3. My mother celebrated her 61st birthday last weekend so we had a lunch out at Chikaan in SM City Cebu.
    mama's 61st birthday
    Happy birthday, mother! :)

    I asked her what she wanted as a gift (I’m not good with surprises), and she said she wanted a washing machine (for my aunt’s use at home). My sister and I bought one for her, including a karaoke machine (MIDI DVD Player) requested by my brother. :))

  4. I recently switched to Windows 10, and I’m finding it nice so far. I’m having problems with making the display appear bigger, though, without having blurry texts in some applications. I hope Microsoft provides a fix for this soon (I’ve tried the solution provided by some people online but none of them seems to work). Here’s how my desktop looks right now:

    Everything looks so small at 100% display size.
    Everything looks so small at 100% display size.
  5. I’ve only been able to read one book this month (and I’m not yet done with it) — Never Look Back by Lori L. Otto. I find the plot just so-so, and I don’t like that Jack Holland (the narrator and one of the main characters in the book) is too ideal, almost perfect. I just want more realism. Hahaha.
  6. As I have already mentioned, the majority of this month was spent getting busy at work as our project is coming to an end. I worked overtime for a couple of days, going home very late at night or very early in the morning (latest was 7am the next day)! I’ve been getting frequent headaches, and it seems that my throat is tightening/closing up. I Googled this sensation, and it does happen to some due to anxiety/stress. :(

I’m not sure what my days will be like this August, but I hope I’ll get more free time to do more blogging and more reading. :)

Liebster Blog Award

liebster blog award 2015

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a liebster? The meaning: liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

I’m not really a new blogger, but I also don’t think I have a lot of followers. So when Rej tagged me on this award, I just felt thankful to be recognized and remembered. Hahaha. Also, I like answering questions, so here goes…

  1. Do you ask enough questions or are you happily setting for what you already know? I have a pretty curious mind, so I still ask questions whenever there are things that I can’t comprehend, whether it be about work or life in general.
  2. What have you given up on? I have given up on caring too much about what people say or think about my day to day activities, AKA giving up on social media.
  3. If you have one regret at this point of your life right now, what is it? I have no major regrets, but if I have to choose one, it would be that I did not take up Information Technology or Computer Science or Computer Engineering in college. I would’ve wanted to be really good in programming early on, hahaha.
  4. In one word, what is standing between you and THAT biggest goal? Money, or lack thereof.
  5. Name three things you can’t leave the house without. Phone, wallet, e-reader.
  6. If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be? I will forever be a Harry Potter fan, so I wanna live in that magical world.
  7. Who/what pushed you to become the person you are now? I guess that feeling of not wanting to leave this world not having lived life fully?
  8. What was the strangest punishment your parents ever gave you? My parents are not the punishing type, I don’t remember any strange punishments they imposed on me. Or maybe I was just a really good kid back then, hahaha.
  9. What motivates you to blog? I personally want to document every adventure I have experienced, whether it is one big escapade or just a trip to another town.
  10. Name three bloggers you admire to the core. Kisty, for how she keeps her blog clean and how she writes about her adventures and some other informative posts. Arriane, for how she can be so inspiring. And Camie, for how she shows her personality on her posts.
  11. Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a broken heart, or to never love at all? Why? True love, hands down. In life, you have to take risks in order to experience something better and become better.
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A Dose of Nostalgia: My Past WordPress Themes

I started blogging in 2008, and though I began my journey with Blogspot/Blogger, I spent most of my blogging years on WordPress. During the early years, everybody changed blog themes almost every month! And as what I’ve noticed, cute and colorful was the trend. Because it was summer vacation (and even if it wasn’t), I spent most of my days designing (using free graphics and resources from a lot of sites) and editing the codes of my base theme. That time, I was proud of what I’ve done. Now, ummm… I could only laugh at myself! :))

Since iPhones and Android devices were just babies then, responsive design wasn’t a concern yet. I’ve only known of responsive web design when I was already on Tumblr in 2012.

Anyway, here are screenshots of some of my WordPress themes for my past blogs (animik.net and ifancy.me). Click on the photos to enlarge — or just don’t, hahaha. In the years that followed, I preferred minimalist themes already, evolving from using free themes to premium themes. :)

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Walking Around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Getting from Singapore to Malaysia was fairly easy, but in my case, it involved a couple of rapid heartbeats here and there due to the fact that I still had a train to catch from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur — I had to do everything in a hurry! I was at the station before the schedule for train departure, but as it turned out, the train was late for almost an hour, if I remember correctly. Hahaha.

My first day in Malaysia was spent on the train (the journey took 7 hours). Aside from sleeping, all I did was mostly stare out the window and take in all the greens of Malaysia’s countryside. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at around 4pm. Since there were instructions on how to get to Marquee Guest Houzz (the hostel we stayed at) (Rating: ), I didn’t get lost.

I was going to meet Mumu that night, so while waiting for his arrival in the country (it’s also his first trip abroad), I roamed around the vicinity. I didn’t want to get too far. Our hostel was just near Central Market, so when I was looking at some watches, an Indian vendor was basically forcing me to buy one! I told him I could get it for a cheaper price in the Philippines. He kept arguing with me, but in the end, I got the watch at the price I wanted. :))

When Mumu finally arrived, I helped him settle down at the hostel before we went out for dinner. It was already dark to go anywhere, so we just chose an Indian restaurant (Restoran Yusoof dan Zakhir) near the hostel. It was the night I realized I don’t like Indian food that much (Mumu enjoyed it, though). :(

at restoran yusoof dan zakhir
The night I realized I don’t like Indian food. :(
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Random Thoughts #001

  1. Why am I still debating with myself over what to call this blog series? Anything that comes to mind that I cannot categorize goes here. Safe to say it’s “random”, right? And… statements or questions — they’re all thoughts.
  2. Why is it easy for some people to take someone else’s life as if he/she is just another animal? I can’t imagine myself being in their shoes. I’ll probably get killed by my own conscience.
  3. Why is it easy for some people to see others’ faults and not theirs? Can’t they see that we’re all just alike, making mistakes here and there?
  4. Why do we always seek other people’s approval in everything we do? Why can’t we just do something without expecting affirmation?
  5. The only thing that makes it difficult to admit our own mistakes is our pride. If we can just get over it and be not afraid to make mistakes, we would learn so much more.
  6. If you’ve already made a commitment, do your best to stick to it. Otherwise, people might get hurt.
  7. Why is it that one day, you’re so full of ideas and motivation but the next day, your mind’s as blank as a bond paper?
  8. When people call you out for something, there must be some truth to it. You can’t just deny it and convince yourself that you’re otherwise.
  9. Why do some people need or want to know the specific themes and fonts a blogger is using on his/her blog? Do they plan on using the same resources? Or is it just for their information?
  10. Why do some people like to stick their noses into other people’s business? Are they just curious? Are they trying to solve a problem? Or do they want to add fuel to the fire?