Monthly Archives: February 2012

Book Review : Hunger Games trilogy

My boyfriend and I bought these books the other weekend because a lot of people have been recommending them.  I let them sit on the shelf for about two days before deciding to read the first book, but with just a few pages in, I knew that there was no way I was putting it down.  I spent the past four days locked up in my room trying to finish the entire trilogy.  I wasn’t really planning on writing a lengthy review, but I just couldn’t keep my thoughts to myself, so I decided to make a quick entry.

WARNING:  There will be plenty of spoilers in this review so if you haven’t read the books, you might want to close this page now.

THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE BOOKS

The whole idea of the Capitol, the Districts, the Hunger Games, the resistance, etc.  is so brilliant, and Suzanne Collins did a magnificent job of painting a clear image inside people’s minds of what it’s like to live in that world.   I could clearly imagine the pain and suffering that many of the people go through due to their lack of freedom.  These books are obviously not something you’d pick up for some light  and feel-good reading.  The situations that the characters are in are so serious and horrible that I just couldn’t put the book down because I needed to see that they would turn out alright.  The idea of two helpless kids being thrown into an arena for a fight to the death while their family watches every year is so horrible that I had to keep reading because I had to know that after all the fighting and the deaths, something good would come out of it.  And the same goes for the resistance and the rebels –  I had to finish the books because I needed to see that all that effort and all those deaths were worth it.  Which brings me to my next topic …

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Week 8/52 : Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending

Self portrait this week.

As most of you already probably know, I let Ezra give me bangs last week.  I know I just got a haircut a month ago, but change is good right?   It’s been a few days and I think I’m adjusting well.  I still think they’re too short, but hopefully they’ll grow out quickly :)

(Quote in the title by Maria Robinson)

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An owl has come to deliver my Hogwarts letter!

This morning when I woke up Joy told me that she found a weird bird in our garden.  She was about to feed the dogs when something on my mom’s gumamela plant caught her eye.  From afar she thought it was a large rat so she freaked out (Joy’s terrified of mice) and called Donna to kill it for her.  But upon closer inspection, they found that it was actually a large brown bird.  It looked very weak and didn’t move when they approached it, so they decided to capture it and place it in our bird cage for safekeeping before any of our dogs get to it.

At first I found it strange that Joy could mistake a bird for a rat, but when she showed it to me, I instantly understood why:

It does look like a large rodent from afar, doesn’t it?

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I let my sister cut my hair!

Ezra has been itching to give me full bangs for years now, but I never let her because I didn’t think it would look good on me.  Yes, we are often mistaken for twins so you would think that what suits her would suit me as well, but if you look closely, the bone structures of our face are actually very different.  She has a longer and slimmer face while mine is more square and angular.  So while full bangs look good on her, I think it would look horrible on me.   I normally refuse when she offers to cut my hair, but at the same time I’ve always been curious to see if I could pull it off.  Last week she managed to convince me that this was the perfect time for me to try out bangs because I hardly leave the house these days.  So if it ends up looking horrendous, not that many people would see it anyway and I could just let it grow back out.  Her argument made sense, and so I finally agreed.

We had to wait till the weekend before I let her cut my hair because I needed to get Ckloy’s permission first.  He’s never really been a fan of full bangs so I had to convince him that I wouldn’t look that different with it.  He was definitely against it at first, but with a bit of whining and lots of lambing, he agreed.  In fact, he even helped me document the process by taking these pictures.

(Ezra is no professional, but she has been cutting her own bangs for almost 5 years now, so I knew I was in capable hands.)

Ezra measuring how much hair needed to be cut

Snip snip snip

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Keep calm and love your friends

Aprille surprised me today by dropping by for a quick visit with Jay.  She knows I’ve been feeling a bit down lately so she brought me these:

I just love these Meiji strawberry chocolates.  I’ve already finished half a box.

I stuck the cards on my dresser mirror (along with some stickers) so I can see them everyday and remember what a wonderful friend I have :)

Thanks so much Aps!  Sobrang natouch ako ^__^  Mwaaaaaaaaaaah!

 “Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re there”

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Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and Stratosphere Tower

This entry has been sitting my drafts folder for over a month now.  It’s long overdue, but here’s day two of our 3-day tour to Vegas and Arizona :D

(Read about our Day 1 in Vegas HERE)

The second day of our tour started really early.  We woke up around 3:30am because our guide informed us that we needed to be on the road by 5:30 at the latest. (Some people need only a couple of minutes to get ready in the morning but my mom, sister and I are a bit more high maintenance so we need at least two hours.)

Our first stop that day was the Hoover Dam.  Our tour guide gave us a bit of background information about the dam on the way here, but I fell asleep as soon as I got on the bus and didn’t hear most of it.  Thankfully we have the internet:

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named in honor of President Herbert Hoover.

-Wikipedia

(“Deaths”? “Controversially named”?  Hmmm…)

Anyway these days the Hoover Dam is mainly used to generate electricity and it’s also a popular tourist attraction.

Paparazzi shot that my dad took of Ezra and me while I was fumbling with the zipper on my jacket.  It was *really* cold that morning.  It took me a couple of tries before I was finally able to get the zipper up because my fingers were frozen.   Some of tourists even decided to stay on the bus because they didn’t want to face the cold or wake up from their naps.  (It was still dark when we got there and most of us were still half asleep, but I really don’t see the point of joining a tour if you’re going not even going to get off the bus.)

Hello Hoover Dam!  (The sun began to rise while we were there.)

Brrr~

To be perfectly honest, I was too bangag to fully appreciate the dam’s beauty back then, but I was still very impressed by how large and majestic it was.

We took a few pictures, admired the dam then headed back on the bus and prepared ourselves for the 4-hour ride to the Grand Canyon.  Again, I fell asleep as soon as I found my seat and only woke up when Ezra excitedly shook me awake and told me to look out the window.  What did I see?  This:

SNOW!  Lots and lots of snow~  It was the first time we saw snow again after two years :D

Our tour guide told us the night before to bundle up because it would be very cold up in the Grand Canyon, but we didn’t really expect to see snow on the side of the road.

Before heading up the canyon, we made a stop at this National Geographic IMAX theater for lunch:

There was a small cafeteria inside where we had our lunch.  Our tour guide also encouraged us to watch a short film about the Grand Canyon while we were there.  It was only about 20 minutes long but it was very well made and it made me feel like I went on a helicopter ride around the Grand Canyon and went white water rafting on the Colorado River.

After the show we headed outside to take some pictures with the snow:

It was very windy that morning~

Oh Christmas tree~

Care for a snowball?

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Valentine’s day nail art tutorial : Hearts and Dots

This was my nail art for Valentine’s Day.  All it took was two nail polish shades (red and light pink) and a bobby pin.

First I painted my nails with the light pink shade:

Then I drew some hearts using the tip of a bobby pin:

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(EZRA) 7/52 : Love on a plate

Ezra’s Valentine portrait :)  She wanted to show off the heart-shaped sugar cookies that we made last week.  They’re just too cute!  I made them for Ckloy and Ezra helped me out even though she’s sad that she won’t be able to spend the day of love with Kurt. In all their years as a couple, they’ve only celebrated Valentines Day together once.  Long distance relationships are hard, tsk tsk.  But hopefully they’ll be able to spend many V-days together in the future :D

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Week 7/52 : The heart has its reasons which reason knows not

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Couldn’t think of a fancy concept for this week’s SP so I just stuck a heart sticker on my face, grabbed a red shirt and snapped away XD

Ckloy has to work today so we won’t be seeing each other later, but we made plans to meet this coming weekend. I’ll be spending this evening with my family. We have a little dinner party planned just for the four of us :)

Anyway, whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, may your day be filled with lots of love!

Outtake:

I like this one too but I chose the other one because I figured I should look happy on the day of love :)

(Title came from a quote by Blaise Pascal)

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Baking adventures

I’ve always been jealous of girls who know how to bake.  My mom used to bake a lot when I was younger and I would always watch her, but for some reason I never learned to make anything.  I think it was because I was more interested in licking the batter off the spatula after she was done rather than actually learning how to bake at the time.

Most of my friends know how to bake and I’ve been begging them to teach me for ages.  We finally got our chance last August when we did Jay and Vesma’s photoshoot.  It was a quick shoot which finished around noon so it left us with plenty of time in the afternoon for a baking lesson.

All set to bake!

We decided to make chocolate cupcakes because Aprille has made them before and she told us that it was pretty simple.

The baking team (minus Ezra who took the photo)

Aprille knew the recipe best so she supervised and gave us instructions.  Ezra and Camille did most of the mixing.  Brinks ate some (expired?) chocolates while getting some ingredients ready, and I took pictures (and occasionally helped) XD

Bunny Camille getting the butter ready

Aprille supervising me while I poured the batter in the cupcake molds

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