The 20 Women..

..Every Twentysomething Needs in Her Life

1. The college friend who has seen you puke in your purse. 
Now that you've got it together (sort of), it's good to keep those friends from the days when you were were wobbling on platform heels at Senor Frog's.

2. The childhood best friend you kind of lost touch with, but are still close to.
Some very old friendships don't require those constant catch-ups, which is a refreshing change from the current friends you are in constant text communication with ("just washed my hair!" "so weirdddd I just bought some KALE!").

3. The cool older woman.
Perhaps it is the youngish aunt who first bought you beer, or your awesomely wise former professor who currently has your dream career and once slept with Keith Richards. Someone who treats you to nice dinners, shares their wisdom, and would totally drive you to get an abortion if you asked them.

4. The co-worker/ally.
Someone to Gchat with when your boss is being insane is essential. Without her, you will develop a rage-tumor and die.

5. The nurturing roommate.
Coming home to someone who's, say, wearing your dress without asking and doing coke off the counter is a nightmare. Coming home to a soft-spoken, lovely roommate who shares her macaroni and cheese with you? A dream.

6. The married friend (if you are unmarried).
To provide a fresh perspective, and also to hook you up with her husband's friends.

7. And vice-versa.
To force you to occasionally stay out late and party, rather than have a quiet night in with the Husbo watching a marathon of Rumpole of the Bailey, or whatever married people watch.

8. The wannabe Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
You know, that one friend who insists on listening to music on old-school headphones and wears ski hats with cat ears on them. She's fun most of the time, when she's not crying over beautiful architecture or courting a schlubby, passive guy in a movie! She will make you feel sane in comparison.

9. The non-judgmental medical student.
Can't make it to Planned Parenthood and need someone to look at something weird on your vagina real quick? That's what iPhones are for. (Or Photo Booth, if you are limber.)

10. A non-dude bartender you're on a first-name basis with.
The male counterpart can veer into making-out-outside territory, especially if you are pounding 'em down over a guy. But a female bartender can sympathize with your troubles and hand you a free shot.

11. The foodie who's never on a diet.
Because when you get tired of going to dinner with friends who order one piece of arugula ("I'm lactose-intolerant!"), she's there with a Groupon for a four-star cheese and chocolate fondue meal.

12. The single, independent, slightly older woman.
She's cool with waiting until she's 40 to find her life partner, and she doesn't believe in traditional marriage. She does, however, believe in going to movies on weeknights and taking $30 cabs.

13. The girl with impeccable taste.
Think Gwyneth Paltrow without the, um, Gwyneth Paltrow. Whether it's clothes, events, makeup, books, décor, this girl's Pinterest account is like porn. You know no matter what you crib from her, you will be getting endless compliments. Her hair is made of a rainbow.

14. The girl with the exact opposite career as you.
If you work in fashion, she works in politics. If you're a lawyer, she works for a non-profit. Having a glass of post-work wine with her without talking shop, like you do with most of your other friends, is an educational palate-cleanser.

15. The YOLO friend.
If you wake up on a train to Flagstaff, Arizona wearing the head of a high school sports mascot costume, it's probably because of an ill-fated series of decisions she made.

16. The super-anal friend who loves planning things.
You can hardly wrangle more than 4 people in a room at once. But sending eVites and calling multiple vendors trying to find the cheapest options for monogrammed napkins is like crack for her.

17. The unrelentingly cheerful girl.
On the days that it doesn't make you want to drive an ice pick through her eye, her Charlotte York mentality will cheer you up during your most melodramatic, fatalistic anxiety attacks.

18. The truth-talker.
She'll tell you what's up, even if you don't want to hear it. That skirt makes you look pregnant. That thing you retweeted from that jerk of a guy you like wasn't funny.

19. The shameless hustler.
One of those women who Leans In so hard that she almost falls on her face. She uses the cringe-worthy phrase "personal brand" in personal conversation. While you might not be as unabashedly self-promotional as she is, you can probably take a cue from her and be a little pushier professionally.

20. And finally, the best friend.
Obviously. Not a frenemy, not a talk-behind-your-back friend, not a friend of convenience, but a true BFF. You won't make it without her.

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Google and its Game

The first thing I did after arriving at work this morning is to try out this little game in Google. It's like a Piñata of sorts It was simple and fun, really. A great way to brighten up my mood on this rather slow Friday morning.

My highest score so far. ^.^

BMPH Nostalgia

Gonna post some photos that I took during CNBLUE's Blue Moon Concert in Manila. I almost forgot about this thinking I only took videos. Anyway, these are not so good photos but still bring back happy memories of when I first watch Yonghwa perform live in front of me. ^.^

And here's a bonus video of the end part. I can't upload my fancams though because internet connection is sooo slow, it'll probably take me a week to finish uploading. Kkkkk~

White Oleander

Just started reading this old novel entitled White Oleander last night and I am almost halfway done. It's one of those books that you just can't put down once you start reading it. So far I'm liking it. The pacing is good. There's rarely a dull scene I've read.

White Oleander is a 1999 novel by American author Janet Fitch. It is a coming-of-age story about a child (Astrid) who is separated from her mother (Ingrid) and placed in a series of foster homes. The book was a selection by Oprah's Book Club in May 1999 and became a 2002 film.

[LYRICS] John Gregory - For The Ride Of Your Life

Wishing on a shooting star
But dreams alone won’t get you far
Can’t deny your feelings anymore
The world is waiting right outside your door
What are you waiting for 

Come on here’s your chance
Don’t let it slip right through your hands
Are you ready for the ride of your life
Your dreams are riding on the wind 
Just reach out and pull them in and
Get ready for the ride of your life

In your heart you know what’re must do
You only got yourself to answer to 
Don’t let fear of fallen hold you down
Your spirit flying higher above the clouds
You’re glory bound 

Come on here’s your chance
Don’t let it slip right through your hands
Are you ready for the ride of your life
Your dreams are riding on the wind 
Just reach out and pull them in and
Get ready for the ride of your life

You are on your way no looking back 
There’s no future living in the past
You’re free at last yeah
You’re free at last

Come on here’s your chance
Don’t let it slip right through your hands
Are you ready for the ride of your life yea
Your dreams are riding on the wind 
Just reach out and pull them in and
Get ready for the ride of your life
Ride of your life

Come on, come on get ready
Yea, yea, yea
Your dreams are riding on the wind 
Just reach out and pull them in

Get ready for the ride of your life

Mindblown Out of Proportions

I tried to reach out but I was ignored! Like what? Seriously, I've done my part. And obviously it wasn't received well by the other party. So yeah. I'll be continuing my life like this. Yeah. Let's go on with our lives. Separately. Ignoring each other. Yup. Good idea.

Apologies and Friendships

What's something harder than apologizing? Apologizing for something you didn't do.

I don't know what to apologize for - really. I just know something is amiss. Something is weird. And I can feel the tension. And I've read something that was really hurtful. Really, really hurtful. And I know it's my fault for assuming immediately that what was written was for me without even confirming. But I'm pretty damn sure that was for me. I'm sure of it.

Given everything that transcribed these past days, it was obvious that there's a misunderstanding. And someone is being all too aggressive about it. I have to admit, what I read was like a really huge blow to me. I mean, the last time I was this hurt was because of my sister. And that is already a realization. I get hurt the most by people close to me, particularly my family. And I consider this person a part of my family.

And it seems maybe that person thinks otherwise. Maybe that person thinks I'm just an intruder trying to act all mighty and superior and whatnot. Maybe that person thinks I'm just being nosy. Well, that could be right but it can also be wrong.

I am very concerned about that person. Because that person is living far from home. Real home. And I, being this stupid person who thinks everyone needs her help, tried to reach out. I tried to be friendly and accommodating and interested. Because really I am interested in that person.

But it seems that person took it the wrong way. And that person felt bad about me trying to "meddle" in that person's affairs.

Right now, I'm really uncomfortable with this tension and silence. I just want this to end now even if it means I should be the one to reach out (again) and apologize for everything. I feel really bad. And stupid. And unwanted. I don't know what to think of anymore.

Yong In White

I ship Yonghwa and his white shirt during BMPH. ㅋㅋㅋ

These caps are from BMPH fancam during their Love Light performance. Such a cute little boy in his white shirt. LOL. And I love how his hair has its own life during their concert. 

Yoooooong~ ♡♡♡

What I Love About Books

Trust and Promises

Trust is a big word. 

It's something that is earned and not just handed out to random people. 

It's something that grows with time. 

But I have this weird habit of trusting someone just like that. I instantly give my trust. And when I have my trust on a person, I hardly ever doubt them. I believe them and I try to defend them whenever someone else would say otherwise of them. That's my weakness, I guess. I'm too trusting. Too gullible.

Maybe I have this fascination for misunderstood people.  

Take Me Anywhere

Happiness, Coffee, and Others

There's nothing that coffee can't solve.  For me, that is.

I've been in a love-hate relationship with this wonderful caffeinated drink for quite a long time now. I plead guilty to being a coffee-addict! Believe me, on a normal day, I average about 4 cups. And there lies the complication. I get sick when I drink a lot of coffee. I have hyperacidity. Ohh the irony.

But yeah, everything turns better with a cup of hot, steaming cafe latte. Or a tall glass of iced caramel macchiato. Ahhh. I can actually imagine the bliss.

- - -

Lately, everything's getting blurry with my life. Yes, I am happy most of the times. Mostly when I am with my friends, enjoying the day - or night - with some good food and even greater conversations. But on my own, when I'm left alone, my mood drops down. Like really. I feel depressed all of a sudden, it's scary.

When I'm alone, I feel alone. Really. Alone. Like no one is there for me. And it's scaring me. I feel like everyone's life is carrying on just great without me. And I feel lost. I feel unwanted. 

See that's another problem. I feel that way but I tend to isolate myself. 

Or maybe, it's just that everyone's living their own lives. Like my friends are starting to reach their goals - wedding bells, advance studies, putting up their own businesses. My only sibling has a family to take care of and focus on already. My cousin, which I was hoping would replace my sister's place now that she has her own family, is too busy with his teenage life and mingling with his friends.

And I am left here alone. Confused. Not knowing where I am heading.

Actually, the more I write about this, the more I feel like this is actually part of my quarter-life crisis phase. LOL. Yes, I've been stuck on that idea for a while now.

Oh. I recently had a misunderstanding with someone. I felt kind of disappointed, really. I actually feel betrayed. Which was stupid because first, I wasn't promised anything. And second, I felt that way because it was my choice to expect something from that person. And no this isn't a love story. LOL.

Flight of ideas.

I just have a lot of thoughts in my head and they're all jumbled up like crazy. I don't know where to begin nor where to end this post.

Oh, and I'm thinking of changing my blog design once again. Just because.

Can I have another cup of coffee, please?


*I've been meaning to post this for CNBLUE's 4th anniversary but, unfortunately, it got lost in my drafts folder. And I've just noticed it now. Pfft. So yeah.*

* * *

It's been 4 years already.

It seem like such a short time but it felt longer for me. I've been a fan for 3 years now, and I have to say my decision to support this band 3 years ago was one heck of a good one. I have never expected for my life to change this much after getting to know these four talented guys. Looking back, I would have never imagined myself putting this much love and appreciation for any Korean group. But fast forward to the present, here I am pouring out my heart on this one anniversary post dedicated to the best Korean pop-rock band for me, CNBLUE.

I've been a silent spazzer most of my life. A closet fan-girl - if there is such a term. I'm not very open about my appreciation for K-Pop and CNBLUE, in particular. There were times when I would hear people bashing KPop and their fangirls (the usual you-can't-even-understand-a-single-word-they-say kind of argument) But I survived. And I became even stronger and more determined to not let other people's opinion on me and my choice of music affect me.

And now, it's been 3 years of loving CNBLUE - their music, their talents, their personalities. They've helped me through some rough times in the past. Every time I listen to their songs, it uplifts my mood. It brightens my day. It brings me happiness.

For this group of four guys, it has been 4 years of ups and downs, sadness and happiness, losses and wins, mistakes and learnings. For 4 years they've stood by each other. They've supported each other. 4 years of never giving up. 4 years of believing in each others capabilities and dedication.

Are you ready (yes sir) Let’s go to the world
Ready (yes sir) Top of the world

I promise I'll still be at the sides, supporting you guys, on your way to the top. Even if it takes another 4 more years, I promise I'll be there. Proud Boice until whenever. (^O^)>
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