Arts Music Culture · Reflections

Kawaii Journaling Challenge: Reset

For the months of May and June, kawaii journaling enthusiasts and content creators, @rainbowholic and @chichilittle, initiated the #ResetKawaiiJournalingChallenge2019. Below are the general instructions and prompt list:

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Arts Music Culture · Reflections

My Favorite YouTubers: 3 Girls Inspiring the World to Dream

Tiffany, Ruby, and Kaila may have come from different backgrounds and pursue different passions. But they share one thing in common: they are among the handful of young ladies who use the platform of social media to edify other people’s lives through their impressive achievements and positive attitude. By showing the world that working hard daily is what it really means to dream, they propel others to be the best version of themselves. Indeed, their influence makes clicking that ‘subscribe’ button more than worth it.

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Phuket Adventures

One striking attribute of Phuket is its overwhelming attempt to cater to tourists: from¬†overpriced faux designer items, tattoo bars, and boxing game shows, to street vendors selling cannabis in glass bongs, and women (or not) offering paid hook-ups. Unfortunately, this consumerist approach takes so much from those who prefer to have clean fun during their peaceful vacation. But this is not to say that one cannot enjoy in Phuket for there are still plenty of other ways to! In this blog, I’ll be sharing some destinations, food, shops, and services in Phuket. ūüôā

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The Love Poet

I don’t think all writers are sad, she said. I think it’s the other way around — all sad people write. – Lang Leav

Five years ago today, my friends and I met Lang Leav, whose compilation of love poems, Love and Misadventure, attracted massive attention and positive reception despite being launched just the previous year. By using conversational language in the traditional stanza format, her poems capture the fleeting moments of pure emotions.

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Arts Music Culture · Reflections

Kawaii Journaling ūüíē

To say that I’m a fan of using planners and journals is an understatement. I’ve heavily relied on them for my daytime schedules and nighttime reflections for as long as I can remember. From a simple diary, I love how it eventually evolved into various kinds such as bullet journal, traveler’s notebook, gratitude log, and morning pages, to name a few.

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Christian Living · Reflections

Five Principles of Forgiveness

One of the keys to be happy is learning to forgive, yet we all know that it is unnatural for us to “turn the other cheek.” In fact, not only is forgiveness difficult to grant, but it can also be perplexing to fully comprehend its depth. That is why, through this blog post, I hope that we could learn to extend forgiveness more sincerely.

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Feline Friends at Miao Cat Caf√©

What greater gift than the love of a cat.” – Charles Dickens

Being afraid of cats for as long as I can remember, not once have I thought that I’d learn to adore them leg-clinging furballs. I used to repel them so much this blog post will cause my sister to be¬†shookt! LOL. ¬†But now that I am slowly but surely blossoming as a cat lover, my full-pledged cat lady mentor friend and I Ubered our way to Miao Cat Caf√©¬†with much eagerness and anticipation. ūüėä

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7 Things to Thank My Dad For

Though it might take some digging up sometimes, the reality is, there are a myriad of reasons to be grateful for our father. And while it is easy to take these reasons for granted, we must keep in mind that the key to obtaining a joyful disposition is by overlooking sorrow and focusing on the positive. A thankful heart is a happy heart!

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Keys to Developing Willpower

Trials being hard is given, but it is a Christian’s¬†lot to overcome. And the way to do so is by learning to¬†rule our spirit through self-control and willpower. As a review for the Spring Holy Days, I am¬†sharing five keys to develop willpower, summarized¬†from the inspiring and insightful¬†article of Mr. Rod McNair:

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Arts Music Culture · Christian Living

Kiddie Arts and Crafts

There is little doubt that technology’s impact today is fracturing young minds and causing a meltdown of core values that were once the fabric that held families together. With the amount of gadgets being used in this digital age, kids tend to heavily rely on technology for the majority of their play time, thereby limiting the opportunities to hone their creativity and imagination.

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Books Movies Shows · Christian Living

Valuable Lessons From ‘Old Fashioned’

“I thought I’d always be alone.” Clay’s¬†voice is heard while a dreamy clip¬†of him and Amber is seen in sepia, as if nostalgic of a distant past.¬†“Why?” she asked. “It’s what I deserve,” was his reply. “Oh, that’s a bunch of hooey,” she said, as she reaches out for his hand.

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Arts Music Culture · Travels

Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

Despite not being the capital city bustling with urban life, Siem Reap is visited by more than one million travelers annually, marveling at intricate stonework and relics of what remains from over a thousand years of Khmer heritage, situated in its humble rural backyard.

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Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas

Whenever I have some free time, I try to squeeze in¬†my favorite pastime activites such as watercolor painting. I’m new to botanicals so one Sunday, I practiced my beginner-level skills by painting one of the most beautiful flowers, the blue hydrangea.¬†I used my ever-reliable Prang watercolor set, and¬†a 7×10 185 cold-pressed watercolor paper from the¬†prize package that I’ve won in¬†an Instagram giveaway by Tutubing Karayom. ūüôā

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On Writing and Plagiarism

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Ernest Hemingway

I started writing shortly after finishing reading my first hardbound book by Lewis Carroll. I fancied his words so much, both familiar and unfamiliar, that I begun writing what I thought were poems. Soon enough, I was able to compile a collection of short “poems” about hermit crabs, blooming blossoms, and my mother, on scented stationery pads.

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Sunny Side Up

Chasing the Stars has been striving to¬†promote positivity for almost four years now, and up to this very day, this blog endeavors¬†to uphold the same values of¬†always aspiring to do greater things. Despite this, I’ve had my fair share of gloom and despair last year for I am, after all, human. I’m saying this because I do not want this blog to become a mere facade of fake happiness, but rather, a reflection of real-life struggles.

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The Success of ‘Heneral Luna’

“A great civilization is not conquered from without,
until it has destroyed itself from within.”

The above quote by American writer¬†and¬†historian Will Durant is what I was immediately reminded of upon seeing Heneral Luna,¬†for¬†the movie¬†depicted¬†a people’s downfall as¬†a¬†culmination of strife among themselves.

At first, I was quite hesitant to write about this Jerrold Tarog film, worried that I lack the competency to do justice to it. However, there is something about Heneral Luna that makes it too great a feat to be ignored. As I was weeping bitterly through the scenes, I knew just how important this film is, worthy of time and attention. So fresh from the cathartic movie experience last night, I share three main reasons why I think Heneral Luna succeeded as a local heroic film:

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10 Things to Do in Ilocos

Two months ago, my church friends and I had our¬†most memorable three-day adventure in Ilocos! For this week’s¬†listicle, I’ll be sharing 10 exciting things we did (and gobs of fun!) in our trip to the northwest part of the Luzon island. But first, below is our itinerary map to show you the route connecting the ten places. ūüėČ

Our Ilocos trip itinerary route created via Google Maps! ;)
Click to enlarge this Ilocos trip itinerary route created via Google Maps! ūüėČ

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Arts Music Culture · Reflections

Is That Not Worth Exploring?

For this blog post, I would¬†like to share this thought-provoking, relevant, and simply motivating¬†article¬†by British concert pianist¬†James Rhodes. Published in The Guardian¬†in 2013, this story¬†was later on illustrated in a comic by Gavin Aung Than of¬†Zen Pencils.¬†In such a creative and interesting way, Than was able to convey Rhode’s profound message ‚Äď find what you love and let it kill you. Emerging from his¬†grim¬†past to painstakingly fulfill his¬†life-long ambition, the pianist¬†shares:

Only when the pain of not doing it got greater than the imagined pain of doing it did I somehow find the [courage] to pursue what I really wanted and had been obsessed by since the age of seven ‚Äď to be a concert pianist.”

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Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, “Monochromatic,” I would like to share a piece of artwork I have created¬†a month ago, with which I utilized said technique. In painting,¬†the monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. Using only the composite color brown (produced by mixing¬†red, yellow, and black pigments), I was able to recreate a picture of my beloved teddy bears, Bubut,¬†Shiro, and Choco Teddy! ¬†Complementary colors blue and orange were also added as accents. ūüôā

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A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan

The first man to ever stand atop Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, was quoted saying: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” I’ve proven this to be true when I climbed my first mountain. I struggled every step to the summit and had to literally drag myself up in the process. My friends and some other strangers who saw me were kidding that I looked like I just came out from a battle. And I did. It was a battle with myself.

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Bamboo Organ Festival at 40

St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Pi√Īas, which houses the prized Bamboo Organ, was once again the venue for the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival held from February 19 to 27, with this year marking its 40th anniversary.

Lauded as the oldest and most complete bamboo pipe organ in the world, the Bamboo Organ was adapted from Europe by the first parish priest in Las Pi√Īas, Fray Diego Cera Dela Virgen Del Carmen in 1816. Part of his intent was to suit the instrument to the climatic conditions in the Philippines¬†by using native materials.

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When a bookmark tumbles out of an old book pristine and unwrinkled, it is like a gasp of breath from another century.” – Don Borchert, Free for All

Today, when we¬†Google the word “bookmark”, the first page of the search results will give us¬†something¬†along the lines of: “A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that is stored for later retrieval in any of various storage formats”. Yeah, I didn’t quite get that either. Simply put, bookmarking today means¬†saving a website in the browser. But we know that bookmarking is a lot more interesting than that: It is one way to prevent our well-loved¬†books from having dog-ears!

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Chemistea: More Than Just a Pretty Flask

Four months ago, I¬†posted a¬†write-up¬†on the auspicious beginnings of Chemistea that has stoked up the interest of quite a good deal of milk tea shop goers. And my opinion still¬†won’t¬†change—not even for all the tea in China.¬†Of course, notwithstanding Chemistea¬†having¬†garnered massive accolade (TV5 News, Expat Newspaper, and¬†Doon Po Sa Amin PH, to mention a few) for their¬†innovative concept especially from the youngsters to which they¬†cater, there were those who left Shorthorn St.¬†with unmet expectations.¬†One customer expressed¬†that¬†the only thing that makes customers flock to Chemistea is¬†their use of Erlenmeyer flasks as drinking glasses,¬†with which the¬†former¬†would¬†take¬†their¬†selfies.

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Life Is But a Weaving

“The best things are still made by hands.” This is what more than 100 years of Easter Weaving’s heritage proves and reminds us as it lives on to weave more quality woven products featuring the Cordillera way of life and patterns¬†that reflect ours.

For this feature, let me first share with you the meaningful¬†tapestry poem by Corrie ten Boom* that eloquently uses “weaving” as a metaphor for life:

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In the Grand Scheme of Things

Aside from humility,¬† long-suffering, and love, another crucial trait we need to develop is positivity. It is very vital for us to keep a positive attitude if we intend to say the right words and make the right decisions in every situation. It is said that attitude is like a flat tire–unless you fix it, you won’t go anywhere. And that the difference between a good day and a bad day, is attitude.

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The Pink Rabbit

Your passing away didn’t come as a surprise. It wasn’t like it was all of a sudden, for you had been bed-ridden for years. It wasn’t as if¬†your presence by my side will be missed, because you had not been there. And it wasn’t also like you had been the one whom I can call the greatest grandmother in the world, for I can still reminisce¬†how afraid I was of you when I was a child and how I have always felt jealous of the attention and care you extended to my¬†cousins.

But it is sad, and it is always going to be. It is sad because the only special thing between us that I can ever write in a eulogy, elegy, or an anecdote for you is the pink rabbit.

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Oats in a Jar

Being a night owl and thus a self-confessed late riser, breakfast does not necessarily exist in my daily schedule. And since the morning meal is often dubbed as the “most important meal of the day”, skipping it has always been discouraged. In my quest to restore my faith in breakfast, I’ve discovered one of the newest kitchen experiments spreading online: Overnight Oats.

Preparing Overnight Oats (also known as Oats in a Jar or OIAJ) is as simple as its name would suggest. In short terms, it paints beautiful mornings with effortless healthy breakfast fix. ūüôā Here’s how it’s done:

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The Chemistea Reaction

Every now and then we scout for new places where we can unwind and hangout with friends. But what makes a good tambayan? For this case study, let’s take a look at what’s brewing in this emerging milk tea caf√© along Shorthorn Street in Quezon City and see why it is slowly becoming a trending subject of daily chitchats and tweets.

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