Friday, June 29, 2012

Book: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

In past instances, love as a theme in books doesn't actually send me jumping up and down in excitement. It has been clichéd so many times that reading things about it sometimes felt like cliché itself.  And doing things like that tend to be boring. So I decided to distance myself from genres that concentrate about it lately -- ‘till my friend lent “The Best of Me” in place of my “Looking for Alaska”. I’m really glad I made that exception this time.

But, as it turns out, Nicholas Sparks did it again. I’m not really into love stories, I’ve grown to discover, but there’s really something compelling about his writing that makes me read more and more. Something heartbreaking. As what he said in his interview, love and tragedy go hand in hand, one cannot exist without the other. I can’t help but shed a tear or two when I’m reading his works. A story of a love that was found and lost... and then found again – The Best of Me is not any different. The writing and the story construction is a distinct Sparks creation. Though this book seems to provide more side story than I could handle, the main story line is enough for me continue on with it.  There soooo many heart-breaking scenes, but I’m really extremely biased in the last pages of the book. Reading the remaining words over and over again tore my heart, and sent me crying, for God’s sake. Especially that last line. That must have been one of the most painful "I love you, too" I have ever read. ;(

There’s something sharply painful whenever I remember the story. Though I wouldn’t call the story unique – the way he had written it was too effective to ignore. Definitely recommending it. READ ON. J

Quotable Quotes:

“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. [...] But she knew that love was messy, just like life. It took turns that people couldn’t foresee or even understand, leaving a long trail of regret in its way. And almost always, those regrets led to the kind of “what if” questions that would never be answered.”

“Being together isn’t about honeymoon. It’s about the real you and me. I want to wake up with you beside me in the mornings; I want to spend my evening looking at you in the dinner table. I want to share every mundane detail of my day with you and hear every detail of yours. I want to laugh with you and fall asleep with you in my arms; because you aren’t just someone I love back then. You were my best friends, my best self, and I can’t imagine giving that up again. You might not understand, but I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same. I know you’re afraid, and I’m afraid, too. But if we let this go, of we pretend none of this ever happened, then I’m not sure we’ll ever get another chance. We’re still young. We still have time to make things right.” ~ Dawson Cole

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Song Cover! Demi Lovato -- Skyscraper (Acoustic)

Me doing a cover of Demi's Skyscraper. I know it sounds silly, but I just heard this song recently. Haha. But nevertheless, I loved it. The message was just so empowering. :))

Wanna try doing this while playing the guitar, but since I can't actually manage to do the strumming properly, I just used an Instrumental to back me up.

Credits to AcousticKaraokes from Youtube for the Instrumental.

This wasn't exactly perfect (hear the fan going on and on in the audio), but this is the most decent I could get especially since I'm doing all this stuff in the middle of the night in the same room where my sisters are sleeping. LOL.

And forgive my voice. This is just 'me' passing some time because I can't sleep. XD

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Quick Update on my June Life (so far)

A few days to go and it'll be July. and last night, I was surprised because I just figured that I haven't posted a single entry since this month started. Well, with the beginning of another semester and everything, I've been quite busy these past few weeks.. so busy, that I was only present in my online life during weekends.

Besides finishing Hold Still and The Great Gatsby (whose reviews I still haven't written, for the life of me), nothing really interesting has been going on in my life -- well, besides me finally having the courage to read and finish a particular chapter (50) in "A Storm of Swords" which I've been avoiding for days because of the potential emotional trauma that may cause me (haha, luckily, I got by it fine and whole XD).

Well, last last week, we finally moved to our  usual dormitory room. Oh how I missed that place. I've been going on and on about how I wanted the vacation to finally be over so that I could return to living in that dorm. I don't know what's with that place -- though it was cramped up (6 persons, in a room), I am pretty at peace whenever I'm in there. The fact that my bed position has been changed so that I am facing the windows... and O can just see the beautiful sunrise with the trees and everything whenever I wake up. :)) It was a pretty sight really. Always a good way to start my days.

That picture above is actually my bedside 'library' of sorts. Hehe, I was trying to save some space so I figured it would fit there. Well, I'm the type to just sleep still so there's no trouble with the extra bed space my books have been occupying. Those were mixture of my school books and the books which I read just for fun. See, Norwegian Wood right there?! And that black book near it was actually my long-cherished diary (I started filling it up when I went to college, so I guess I've been using it for more than four years now? Time sure flies.)

On my first day of school, right when I woke up. I wrote that entry above. Hehe, it's barely readable (it's supposed to be like that, heh. :P) but I really am fond of putting that CPA after my name. :P Much like motivating myself. 

On a slightly further note, I knew I already mentioned finishing "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I never really intended to read it, but since I am very curious in the upcoming movie with the same name coming this Dec. 2012, featuring my favorite Carey Mulligan, I gave in. :)) I didn't even expect that it is included in the list of books that I've been meaning to read, so that really is a plus. So much for that, I'll just elaborate on a review-of-sorts that I'm gonna be posting in the coming days if I have the time. :P

On another note, Steph just visited us in our dorm! It's been a while since I've seen her and she's been reviewing for their Nursing Board Exams to be held this coming June 30. She stayed for two nights. Oh, how we laughed so hard. We ate at the nearby cafe, and the rest is history.

And since I'm just like stating the highlights of my past weeks so far, I just wanna say how happy I am that I finally found my Sand Card after a long time. Hehe, I so cherish my Sakura cards, honestly. I got them during high school where the entire deck was scattered through out our class.I guess I could consider it a binding thing for us. LOL. I've always had the Dark Card, but I lost sight of the other so I'm just really glad that I found it in my things. :)) 

Plus! Yep, a hundred in the videoke! Hehe. That day was soooo awesome, but I'm gonna have put it up until  another post because I just have so much to say about that.

Moving on....

Ahmm, where was I? Yup, school has started, and though I am pretty glad about it... I really can't deny the fact that Applied Auditing (one of my major major subjects) has been giving me the headache. Hehe. Don't get me wrong, I love Financial Accounting... but since the subject was pretty much the whole application of FinAcc, I've been stumbling along the edges these past two meetings because it has been quite a while since I last studied the subject. Guess I have to do an intensive review of sorts again. Oh wel...

The things I do for this course, really. Haha. XD

One last thing. Here's a picture of me snapped by my friend during our wee hours. I was actually reading into some stuff, but I kinda looked like I'm about to fall asleep here. Haha. I always look sleepy, I don't know why. A-L-W-A-Y-S.

So much for that. This is just a quick update, so long... Ja! :))


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