They Say the Best Love Is Insane

Chui and I watched TFiOS on its first day, as what my movie ticket shows. *throws confetti* Heaven knows how long I waited for that and at first I was afraid that I might be disappointed of it being made into a film. Thank God it’s close to perfection.

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The movie was insanely good. Two years had passed and the book still gave me that same feeling I experienced when I first read it — perpetual sadness. It’s mind-blowingly awesome and definitely one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I have seen. I’m not even overplaying everything I’m saying here. It’s really good. The casts, the  music, almost everything. Shailene and Ansel were perfect for the roles. There was no trace of the Prior siblings, trust me. AND Ed Sheeran’s song as one of the official soundtracks? God must have favored the Nerdfighters when the whole production team was working on it.

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How about a selfie from us?

Our eyes were still kind of puffy after crying so hard during the movie. We even waited for the credits to finish before we get out of the theatre. Chui was kidding that maybe there’s a part two. Haha! We both had a good cry. It’s not like we planned on bringing the Nile River there. It’s just that we just found ourselves swimming in the pool of our own tears. We watched at SM BF and tried their 32-seat theatre, which they call the Director’s Club. Their La-Z Boy leather couches were overly comfortable. How I wished I had those pampering sofas at home.

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There were a few dialogues that were changed and several scenes that were cut, as per usual. It’s totally understandable to do that since it’s quite a long book. But what I can’t comprehend is the fact that John’s cameo made it to the cutting department. That just made me sad. I was waiting for him to appear on screen and wow. I got nothing. Again, it’s sad. But it didn’t make the movie less of a great movie that it was.

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I think it’s plain disappointing that majority of the people I know who have read the book only focused on that cigarette metaphor that Augustus never failed to point out. What about water? I see it’s not given enough emphasis. I truly believe that John Green is some sort of a genius to be that amazing. Two drowning teens in a drowning city. Perfectly crafted.

 Okay. ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

PS: Dear best friend, okay? Okay.

The title of this blog post is from Coldplay’s What You Wanted.

School’s Out

Hey loves! After a long, excruciating semester of quizzes, homework, projects, and *insert more paper works here*, school’s finally out! I’ve heard and seen a lot of fun activities to spend the season but haven’t had the chance to experience most of them so while waiting for my summer class (waiting not to come, really), I’m making the most of my break. I hardly noticed that more than a week has passed and yeah, time really goes by so fast without you noticing it, especially when you’re having a great time. Some would probably feel bored just staying at home and having to stand seeing same familiar faces every single day. Not me, I guess. I am having so much fun. So here are some of the few things that have been keeping me enjoy the vacation lately:

  • Read – As of this moment I’m 13 books away from my goal this year, and I’m thinking of updating it once I reached 30 books. It will still depend on how busy I’ll get this coming semesters. Lately I’ve been reading a lot, from children’s books to new adult fiction. But of course I’m still enjoying my dystopian  sci-fi, contemporary romance and a whole lot of young adult fictions. The upper bunk bed serves as my little sanctuary, and seeing chocolate wrappers and whatever food you can name spread on the sheets is pure normalcy. Maybe this is a good kind of laziness I’m in. It’s better to stay on that little nook of mine than to go somewhere in this kind of heat. Plus the news of more of my favorite books will be made into movies just made me even more in a state of euphoria. The other day, John Green announced about the adaptation of Paper Towns and this morning, Rainbow Rowell tweeted about Eleanor and Park’s. I swear I could die that exact moment. There’s just this sense of fulfillment when you see your dearly adored characters came to life. But at the same time, it’s total suicide when the movie wouldn’t do the book justice.  Let’s just hope for the best. *crosses fingers* I’m just happy for my favorite authors they way their families are.
  • Asian romance/comedy marathon – If you’re following me on twitter, you’ll often see me talking about this Taiwanese series I can’t seem to get my mind off. I’ve been lacking sleep recently and rarely as it might get, I’m not even bothered. My sister’s and I’s vacation mostly consists of watching these series until two in the morning. We can afford six hours straight watching intently, like nothing is actually happening around us. Total oblivion. Being the overly cheesy earthlings that we are, we can’t help ourselves from smiling like morons and squealing most of the time. TWITTERPATED. Maybe you’re wondering what series I’m talking about, it’s Devil Beside You. If you wanna go back to your teen days and feel all these butterflies in your system once more, it’s a must-watch. I highly recommend it.
  • Wait – I know this one’s kind of vague, but my sister and I have been waiting for an update from the embassy so we can know if we’re still pushing this trip out of the country.
  • Paint – So my sister and I will be working on this popart portrait painting for my older sister and I’d definitely show it here once we’re done. Too bad I’d left all my painting materials in our old house. It would take some time before I get to visit that place again. All those books covers that I’d been doing last summer were also there. I wonder where I’d get to take my hands on them again.

So that’s pretty much how my vacation is going on. It may sound boring but for me, reading in bed is my kind of party. And I’m not even sorry. *winks* Also, I’m trying to write at least one post a day, no matter how pointless or random it might be. Until next time, reader!

Here’s to a vacation of no regrets! ― Joan Rylen

032014: We are whatever we choose to be.

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i wasn’t informed that i should have mimicked theo’s pose lmao

Our movie date was supposedly today but because of some reasons, we pushed it through yesterday. It was timely, given that it was the first day of showing and my mind, body and soul were more than ready to be thoroughly and irretrievably damaged by the movie. Thankfully, the movie did the book justice. Of course there were some essential parts that they got rid of, but I guess that’s  simply inevitable. If they’d put every gory detail into action, I can’t imagine what date we would be leaving the cinema. And yey! I watched it with my dauntless friend. Have I mentioned it before how this book/movie has become a big part of our friendship? I guess not.. yet? Okay. I read this book almost two years ago in the midst of an upcoming major exam. I bought Divergent on impulse, after reading the intriguing reviews at the back. And oh, plus the pretty cover. I’m not even sorry to say this but I got a low score on my Accounting quiz because of not reviewing and spending the whole night nosing the book. IT WAS AWESOME. Fast forward to December that year when this friend, who happened to be Chui, was having a rough month because of some people. So I did give her my very own copy of the book because I know she’s capable of so much more, that she’s dauntless. And she proved me right. I guess if there’s a book that signifies our friendship, it’s Divergent. While watching, I couldn’t help but see myself in Christina’s character and Chui’s in Tris’. Candor and Abnegation to Dauntless. Reader, I hope you do get me.

It felt weird seeing Miles Teller acting as Peter when a few months back I was just watching Spectacular Now. Oh well, Shailene, Ansel and Miles really are in demand. I don’t know if there’s a shortage of actors these days. Then on August I would be seeing Shailene and Ansel as Hazel and Gus. Not that I’m against it, but thank God I still have a few months more to get over this image of them being the Prior siblings. LOL. AND BY THE WAY, VERONICA ROTH’S CAMEO WAS PERFECT.

Forget about labels. Candor, Erudite, Amity, Abnegation or Dauntless, we are whatever we choose to be.

Until next time, reader! DFTBA.

I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different. — Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))

Electoral Board

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Electoral Board 2013-2014 (photo taken after the general election) with our moderator, Sir PJ

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during the Lions Roar (031314)

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Elbow shot

One thing that I’m really grateful for is this new family that I got the chance to be a part of — our school’s electoral board. Never did I imagine being one of the members of this club, because I’m more of an academics person. Aside from our co-curricular club, JPIA and the other club that just grew on me, Rotaract, I thought that was it. But luckily, before this semester ends, I met this awesome group of people. Before, they were just mere faces I see roaming around the campus premises. Maybe they even were the ones I bumped into before and didn’t mind. People who were so busy being their awesome selves that they didn’t notice me, either. But hey, who would expect that Chui, Mark and I would be a part of this team? All thanks to Toffee, of course. I am thankful to be with them even for just a short span of time, and it makes me sad that I can no longer be one of the facilitators for the next year’s election about my being the president of Rotaract. Still, it was nice to remember being one of the ElBo.

031014: March Book Haul

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haggard face + house clothes = pretty best friend is still pretty
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25 books on the first day

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When I saw NBS’ post on their facebook page about their first warehouse sale this year, I checked the venue right away. Goodness gracious. It’s so near our school that finally, someone would have the courage (lol) to come with me. I just remember the last and first warehouse sale I went to. Nobody would want to go on an adventure with me so I went alone, even if it meant riding the train alone for the first time. It took all the dauntless feeling I had that day. Anyway, this time, Chui was with me. It was the first day of sale and the store didn’t expect an exaggeratedly large number of bibliophiles from different places to stop whatever they’re doing at the moment just to check on the books.  It was tiring, yes. But looking at all these awesome babies that I got the chance to adopt, it was worth it. Fatigue isn’t part of my vocabulary when book hauls are involved.

I was so happy that day.

Being in a relationship, that’s something you choose. Being friends, that’s just something you are. [But] I do pick you. We’ve been friends too long to pick, but if we could pick, I’d pick you. — John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)