February Hindsights Part II

I told you about the books I’ve read on February on my last post. I finished three, two of them I gave a four star rating on Goodreads and one I gave three. Let me give you a glimpse of the books I’ve enjoyed.

Yesternight by Cat Winters

This is the second book I’ve read from her. To me, she’s the best researcher. She writes about the era where women are marginally oppressed and subdued. The first book I read from her was The Cure for Dreaming, one I enjoyed so much. Somehow, Cat brings out the feminist inside of me. I really hate it when women are controlled, not given choices and mostly discriminated. Here in Yesternight, it’s still in the same theme she writes about. It’s about Alice who is struggling to place herself amongst men in the field of psychology. She is a forthright intelligent woman who wants a name for herself in her chosen field. She was assigned to a school called Gordon Bay to conduct psychological exams to students where she met Janie. Janie is a seven year old girl who has lived and specifically remembers events of someone else’s life in the past.  This negates everything Alice believes in the field of psychology, furthermore as she investigates about Janie’s case she is beginning to believe in Janie herself. The situation gave Alice this dilemma of wanting to engage a different tract from her current field that she has pursued for almost all her career. If she desperately wants a name for herself, how can she be believed and respected in a career when she has a different version of discipline she is pursuing to. Another that spices Alice’s life is Janie’s father, Michael whom she got herself entangled with and also, her past whom she wants to forget.

The book got my interest as a career woman who is also in the field of psychology (industrial/organizational). Although today, women are rocking the world in all fields as we have stepped up in this crazy jungle of establishing a career. Equality in all forms has been the advocacy nowadays even in paychecks where there are still professions where men and women are not equality paid.

I was just not satisfied with the ending though. In my opinion, I  feel it was cramped up though it justified the events from the beginning of the story. But still I gave it four stars on Goodreads because of course it’s a good read. 🙂

See Yesternight on goodreads

Verity by Colleen Hoover

I have read about five books from Hoover and there’s one book I did not finish because it was too emotional for me to handle. Emotional was the strength of most her books but not the one I ditched. So for Verity, I gave it a try although its blurb said it was disturbing. I already anticipated the emotional aspect but the disturbing part was new to me but I like how it was written. I always see a pattern of Hoover’s characters,  they usually have this baggage that explains each characters. Most of its story  has a deep psychological background from childhood brought up by the family. It was the same for Verity.

Summary:

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

The story was wicked as I described it. I cannot imagine someone like Verity in the family, she’s a psychopath. The romance made the story light. Hoover is always best at it I think. She compensates a turn around of the story by giving a good part in the romantic side.

The ending made the whole story more disturbing to me. Haha.. I would love to have a second book of it but Hoover already explained that the book was a sort of experiment that’s why it would be a stand alone. Well, for an experimental venture, she nailed it really good. So I gave it a four star on Goodreads. 🙂

The Dictator (The Banker 2) by Penelope Sky

The Dictator is the second book I’ve read form Penelope Sky. I have read it’s first book of this trilogy The Banker. Compared to the first one this was a so so. I greatly enjoyed The Banker’s story, the second book was as like an addition to the spice from the first’s ending but still I’m determined to finish the trilogy. The last book is  to be released this 19th March.

Summary:

The only reason I’m still alive is because of the baby growing inside me. 

My baby saved my life. 

Now I’m a prisoner inside Cato’s fortress. He’s pissed at me, livid every time he looks at me. He refuses to sleep with me because now I’m the enemy. 

But I miss him…and he misses me. 

I only slept with Cato to save my father, but now he means something to me. I care about him, and I know he cares about me. 

Can I earn his forgiveness? Can I earn his trust?

Gave this three stars on Goodreads.

So these were my February good reads while also getting into netflix’s vibes. March is up on my next blog!

February Hindsights

February has the shortest days among all months in the calendar. It is such of great irony that I usually get to do a lot in February. If you see my old posts, I always have a February entry. This 2019, I vouched that I would dedicate a time to update this blog from time to time. Just to keep me sane on things. Writing has been very therapeutic to me as I always say in my way previous posts.

So what have I enjoyed doing aside from work? 🙂

I finished 3 series from Netflix.

1.Kingdom – It’s a suspense thrilling, South Korean period film about zombies. Yes, zombies during the Joseon dynasty. If you have seen another South Korean movie Rampant you can see a similarity to this series. What I like about the movie is that it lets you think in every scene and always get you thrilled and excited in almost every part. No boring moments I tell you!

I also have an affinity to this because of the actor playing the lead role — Ju Jihoon who played the role of an exiled prince claiming his rightful throne in the kingdom. Since last year he has made a slow comeback from a long hiatus in film. All of his comebacks are really good. Watch Along with the Gods in two parts. Also, one of my favorite Korean actresses who also made it to Hollywood is Doona Bae. She’s Sun from Sense8 — also a Netflix series, it’s one of the top series I really really love. Doona played a physician in Kingdom whom will also work alongside the prince to unravel the mysterious plague that is about to eat the whole land. Korean films present great cinematography. If you have not watched a Korean drama or movie, Google one popular title and watch. You’ll probably get addicted and if not, it might be because you got tired of reading subtitles or it’s just not your cup of tea.

2. Titans (DC) – So, this Titans series from DC’s adaptation of Teen Titans is really cool. This ain’t for kids coz they took out the word “teens” and obviously there are violent scenes not allowed for kiddos.

What impresses me the most is the concrete connections from the whole DC universe. Everything is interconnected and they never left out some characters in DC like how it is greatly linked to Gotham. And when we think of Gotham — Bruce Wayne the eccentric billionaire and his alter ego Batman.

Something to look forward to? Brenton Thwaites who played Robin is one sexy Robin! 🙂

3. The Umbrella Academy – This one really got my interest. Before this was even released I already anticipated this as a popular one considering it is based on a comic book by My Chemical Romance (and I love this band!) frontman Gerard Way and with illustrator Gabriel Bá. I fell for its blurb because of the Xmen-ish theme. I am already biased that I would enjoy this because I am such a sucker for X-men films both animated and not. The concept might not be original but the story made it really interesting and you are always left with questions on every episode. What greatly got my attention to this aside from the story is how diverse the characters are — perfect for a timely cause. My favorite character is Klaus played by Robert Sheehan. I hope they’d get to expound each characters’ story in the next season. Yep, they are on for season 2!

I don’t want to spoil anything so I didn’t say much. I’ll leave it to you. You might not like it or maybe you would as most of the population does. 🙂

So these are how I spent my past time after work in February. Did I mention I got to read 3 books to? I told you February made me productive. I probably just had a down time at work but I didn’t watch these or even read my books at work. I got to do it on my free time after work and on my days off.

Part two of my February hindsights about books will be on the next blog! 🙂

2019 Tunes

Hola!

Let’s start 2019 with this soulful and chill song.

It’s my recent favorite from The Backstreet Boys from their newest album “DNA”

[Verse 1]
I’ve been to Paris, made my way down to Rome
Seen the sun setting on the beach in Mexico
But I could care less, ’cause I was all alone
And there ain’t no way to touch your body over the phone

[Chorus]
I’ve been all around the world, done all there is to do
But you’ll always be the home I wanna come home to
You’re a wild night with a hell of a view
There ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you
There ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you

[Verse 2]
You’re my daybreak, you’re my California sun
You’re my Memphis, New York, New Orleans all rolled into one
In the city, the country, the mountains or sea
Wherever you are, baby, that’s where I wanna be

[Chorus]
I’ve been all around the world, done all there is to do
But you’ll always be the home I wanna come home to
You’re a wild night with a hell of a view
There ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you
There ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you, no

[Bridge]
There ain’t no place (No place, no place)
Ooh, yeah, ain’t no place
Wherever you are, baby, that’s where I wanna be

[Chorus]
I’ve been all around the world, done all there is to do
But you’ll always be the home I wanna come home to
You’re a wild night with a hell of a view
There ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you
There ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you
Said there ain’t no place, ain’t no place like you, yeah

[Outro]
There ain’t no place (No place, no place)
No place
There ain’t no place like
No place like you
No place, no place, no place, no place
There ain’t no place, no place like you

Occupational Mirrors: Points in Life

As I reflect on myself and my current situation at work, where I deal with people in their early to middle 20’s, I have come to see the differences of maturity. Most of them are inexperienced, when I say that, I mean by work experiences. I have been working since I was 20 years old. This is the age I officially became an employee. I had worked before reaching 20 of course, although not full time, it greatly helped me financially. I had my share of putting up with people just to have some cash. When I first started working, I accepted a scholarship to proceed to graduate school. It was a very generous offer, one I could not refuse. So I balanced working full-time while studying on a nine-unit course per semester in graduate school for the first time.

Although I am not yet in my thirties, good thing I still have a few more years to get there. I have learned many things in the professional world. It is true that when you start working early, everything you’ve learned will get shoved at your head. You will learn a few tricks along the years (yes, good and bad tricks!).  You will learn to improvise and assess from situations you have encountered. You will have your ups and downs and eventually cope up.  To get me with day to day, I typically reflect on good books, blogs and inspirational people and I have come across Paulo Coelho’s blog. He presented 25 important points in life on his September 2014 post. So with this, as I reopen my blog for a comeback since my long year hiatus, I would like to share each points together with my own personal insights. Reflecting not just on work but also in life itself.  I will take these points one by one and at random since Coelho also never mentioned an order for it.

So the first point I am going to share is quite related to my opening is this;

Every experience, either good or bad, comes with a lesson.
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” –Paulo Coelho, paulocoelhoblog; September 3, 2014

This point may sound a cliché to some but it is very true to its words. Difficult situations happen to people — whether you are considered a good person or not. It may be an ironic situation to some,  like finding out you have lung cancer when you do not drink or even lit a cigarette. Another circumstance would be the classic ‘having stood up’ on your wedding day.

These moments allow you to reassess your life. It definitely hurts, make you angry and you probably think you do not deserve it or if you are that pessimistic you might think that God is punishing you. There are reasons for everything that happens to you – to us. You might not see it immediately; not until you fully accept the situation you are in.

Take for example the job I had about 8 years ago.  I never expected to like it or even enjoy it. It was just a convenient job for me. I have become to love it and also the people that comes with it. I had to let it go because they had to let me go too due to technicalities at human resources. I feel so bad, why it happened to me. I had to leave the work immediately and the co-workers I love to work with. Every day not working felt like withdrawals from substance abuse. I felt so angry and not treated fairly; why they had to let me go and that I had to let go. But then it made me realize that losing that job was sort of a blessing. I can solely focus on graduate school – allowed me the chance to excel. I got to know more about my classmates whom are very awesome by the way and are now my very good friends. Turns out it was a good break.  After that I found a job that fairly suited a balance of working full time while doing graduate school and got a very supported boss too.

The key is only when you have understood and accepted it, then comes the learning from it. Of course you have to take in the process. Honor your emotions. Take each step slowly, one at a time and always remember that time is your ally.

This is just 1 of 25, next points will be on the next entry!

🙂

 

¡Hola! The Comeback with Havana

I’m back!

After more than a year of hiatus in the blogging world, here I am back at it! I promise to be more active. I have been planning for a good update on my site and will share a lot of things soon. For now, my come back post is Camila Cabello’s Havana!

A good friend of mine just came from South America and shared us a lot of things about the continent for he’s traveled most in the Latin countries (I wonder why it’s formerly called Latin America when in fact they mostly speak Spanish). So my friends and I are planning to save to go there since our dear friend promised us food and accommodation. Yippee! It would take a lot to save there though but I’m determined!

Here’s a little inspiration for this South American craze.

I really love Camila, she’s like another Ariana Grande to me — in a different way of course!

The beat is so good, the lyrics rhymes so well and ohh the video! I love Camila more with her dancing!

Check out Havana!! 🙂

 

Tight Spot: Siete-Uno Siete-Uno Seiz

Again, the same feeling of frustration, disappointment, inadequacy and incompetence overwhelmed me today. I am beat and I feel so small. No one has a right to incriminate a person. No person should ever do that to anyone. I strongly believe insensitivity is a peccadillo towards another. I was three feet to people who were talking about me. Why can’t you not tell it to my face? Cowardice is inappropriate in circumstances, this one especially! Are you being modest? Do you think I would break? Well fuck you for making me feel so inferior in my own country! Belittling me in my own motherland is such an insult I cannot take. I can speak for all my fellow Filipinos by saying that!
You have been the most egotistical person I have ever met. Guess what? I know a lot of things, better than the knowledge you think you have, I am just practicing humility. If you say you do not mean it, I would not consider it. You hurt my feelings, what I feel is what I feel and I am entitled to that. That is the subjectivity of emotions my friend! I will always remember this day — the day you have desecrated my being from confronting to a fellow colleague (the colleague was very nice to me though). This is the first time I feel like I don’t belong. I shouldn’t feel this way! I should never! In my own country?! Although not in my birthplace but still – my own country for Christ sake! I don’t know why I’m here but somehow I try to find purpose in all things. I am trying to see the bright side of this. Maybe He has a better purpose. I certainly hope so. I feel so down and bad in so many ways I cannot imagine. I’m far from family, as I have said I am not in my birthplace, the place where I really live, the place I called home but I’m still in Philippines for God’s sake! I hope to find an ample amount of good friends here but I got were mere competitions. People who are certainly insecure and inadequate with their lives. I found a few good ones though, people that are worth investing of relationships for.  But they are few and I don’t get to see them always as I would want to build that good connection with them. May they be blest with all the goodness in life. Well as for the others, may they be blest too.

I hope I can find a light to everything here. With all the things I have been through recently, I easily get down and disappointed with myself. I usually look at the internal locus of control in every situation but sometimes it is not always you. No matter how better you treat others, no matter how large the amount of humility you show some individuals will surely be a factor. I also hope I can go home early. Maybe this emotion I am feeling is intensified with home sickness. God I miss home. My family, mother’s cooking, my brother’s jokes even my father’s snores. I wish my next few weeks will be better. Please God make it be better.

Please.. please..

7 SITES THAT PROVE YA PUBLISHERS KNOW WHERE IT’S AT

I’m reblogging this post because I am a die hard YA fan! Thanks for this Emily! I’m checking everything you suggested!

Books & Cleverness

publishers

If you’re at all active in the YA book community, you’ve probably interacted with a publisher or two. Publishers are some of the coolest and most fun bookish people you’ll ever meet, and for that reason, the sites they create to market their YA books are just as awesome as they are. SO, here are 7 sites created and run by YA publishers that will fill your life with more happiness than before.

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1. Epic Reads (HarperCollins)

Possibly the most well-known of the YA publishers, Epic Reads and HarperCollins were one of the first publishers (that I know of) to form a relationship with their readers in a digital platform. You may recognize them from their ringleader Margot Wood, the greatness that was Tea Time, the *book shimmy*, or their Book Nerd Problems videos on YouTube.

So, why should I join?  Their blog is fabulous! There are tons of posts…

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To Almost

I thought we had something. We could have been I thought we could have. Simple smiles for a greeting, slow whispers in the corner, and small laughs on the side. Few talks on the table, hands brushing while keeping up with time.

However, the spark did not became fire. I wish we could have been more. But know this Almost, what I felt was real. You might not feel the same way now but I am happy we came to the point that we shared something in common. That in the brief moment in our life together, you and I felt the same thing. I am certain that, in that slight nick of a time, we had it.

I wish you all the best, have a great life ahead. I knew you would.

Because almost will always be ALMOST.