Sunday, March 17, 2013

And Trailer #2 is out!

Yup, you know I'm talking about Game of Thrones


I just love seeing that cut around 1:08. I don't know why I am so glad to see that Stannis x Melisandre skinship, but I might start shipping them so hard just because of that. This new look at SxM relationship is so fascinating because it was not explicitly stated in the books -- one advantage of having George R.R. Martin involved in the production.

And oh, did I just saw Daario Naharis back there? And just why did I not find him that attractive?

Can't wait! 14 days to go, guys! I may have to reread A Storm of Swords. <3

See you at the first BDJ Box Beauty Social on March 24!

Calling all Bellas! There's another BDJ event coming our way.

Well, this topic may seem a little far fetched from my contents but I think this deserves a shout out. If you've been reading my entries since last year, you'll probably know that I'm a devoted user of the Belle de Jour Power Planner -- a planner dedicated to woman empowerment.

Well last year, the BDJ team released their own line of beauty boxes which are quite in a rage today. Thus, the BDJ Box was born. This box "contains 5-6 fantastic beauty products from premium brands that are personally handpicked just for you!" Seriously, it's like a monthly surprise in your doorstep at a very affordable price of 480 Php (possibly the lowest in the market, nowadays). Genius, right?

And now... I’m counting down the days to the first ever BDJ Box Beauty Social at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium on March 24!

"BDJ Box is a beauty product discovery subscription service for women. Brought to you by the makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, BDJ Box aims to help every Filipina unbox her own beauty. For P480 a month, subscribers receive a mass-customized box with at least 5-6 of the best beauty products delivered to their doorstep."

I’m psyched to try each and every activity booth at the Beauty Social!



The BDJ Box Beauty Social is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks, get a loot bag and have their picture taken by the pro photographer. Slots will be given on a first come first served basis.


To pre-register for any of the talks, simply email hazel@belledejourpowerplanner.com the following:
Subject: BDJ Box Beauty Social Reg
Name:
Mobile Number:
Your answer to the question: What's your "I honestly can't live without it" beauty product?
Top 3 choices for talks

For more details check out their Facebook Page: facebook.com/bdjbox
To get your very own BDJ Box, visit their website: www.bdjbox.com

Be Happy. Stay Pretty. See you at the BDJ Box Beauty Social!

Doing What's Right

I'm posting this early in the morning (which is so not me) because I believe that this deserves a space in my blog. :)
"Do what is right this week, whatever it is, whatever comes down the path, whatever problems and dilemmas you face -- just do what's right. Maybe no one else is doing what's right, but you do what's right. You be honest. You take a stand. You be true. After all, regardless of what you do, God does what is right: he saves you with his grace." ~ Max Lucado

I felt really happy and inspired when I read that after my early morning devotion. A message to be steadfast and firm to someone who is being tested right now. God makes it to a point to teach us lessons, not to just give us things. He already had our lives planned up ahead of us and He could easily let us have all the comfort we can, but no -- He still wants us to grab the things we desire and work for the things we deserve. He tests us along the way, more like letting us decide if we're gonna fight for something and stand firm to what we believe in.

Why? Because He wants us to grow.

God's teachings and all the lessons we got and we can get from all of it are our weapons in conquering what He promised: LIFE. A living life. It was a promise of happiness.

So if hurdles come along the way... as Max Lucado puts it: "Be patient. God's is [only] using today's difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow." So be firm! Do the right thing -- always.

Good morning! xoxo

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's done! :D

Though I will still be busy for the next three days or so, I just can't help but share the excitement and the happiness I've been feeling since yesterday.

As you might know, the last part of my Pre-Board exams for our in-house review was yesterday and after we finished that meeting, I just can't help but get all smiles and clap with glee. Finally! I have the right to rest -- even for just a bit. I admit that I somehow pushed myself far too much these past two weeks, sleep-deprived as I am, that when I got back in our dormitory -- I just went to sleep immediately. But now, at least: no more late nights (no-sleep nights at that) worrying how to review massive amounts of information for fear of failing the exam. Feeling that sort of release -- it was quite a treat.

And then it occurred to me -- I just took the last exam in my five years of undergraduate study.It kinda made me a little sad and happy at the same time. The thing is, no matter how I rant over the pressure and how hard my course is -- I still want what I am doing. I loved it, no matter how hard it is to admit. I'm graduating in college in a few days time (hello, April 10!), and I know I'm gonna miss all of it. All -- the happiness of passing an exam, exerting so much effort for a project and get rewarded for it, even those times when I felt so down and the pressure's gone to me -- every single thing that makes up the joy of being a student. What I learned is that whatever it is that we experienced, good or bad, we should be thankful for it because it is all according to God's pleasing and perfect plan for us.

Throughout my college years (5 years, it is) I've always looked at other courses -- envying others taking up MassCom, Lit, or English even -- bur God is strangely pushing me back to Accountancy, always. But now that everything is coming to an end (I can almost see the finish line!) and that far-fetched dream of being a CPA is now slowly materializing in front of me, I can now see that every bit of effort, tears, and series of self-doubt were worth it. God really has a strange way of making things work out for me. He kept on pushing me back here, because this success is what He has planned for me all along. I'm yet to take the board, but I know that God will guide me at it -- and I am claiming it now. :)


Maybe it's too early to post some sort of a graduation look-back-to-my-colorful-college-years kind of entry and I didn't even intend to do just that. Haha. What started out as some quick post turned out to be such a blurry of words expressing my feelings. I just can't help it because I'm really really happy right now. :)) I hope I could still post a detailed one after graduation. :)

On a lighter note, I'm glad that I still have at least a week or two -- free! --  before I set out reviewing at Manila and during that time, I'll do my best updating here. There has been a couple of things that I haven't shared yet because of the time constraints but I'm really looking forward to it. 

I'm currently doing my first commissioned work today (yey!) which I need to finish tonight so it's been kinda hectic. There is also my Narrative Report for my internship last December (guilty of procrastination right here. hehe) plus the Documentation for our Synthesis which was assigned to me (deadline on Tues! >.< ). As you can clearly see, I still have my hands full! Haha, I clearly remembered how wretched I felt about these things back then: check it out here and here. But now, it's strange because I feel light-hearted as ever! 

I feel so blessed right now. There's really a very important and special news about me -- but I'll announce it once it is sure as stone. It's what I've been praying for so long so I'm really excited about it. I'll be posting in the coming days, so pray for me, please?. :)) 

I better be going. Bye. :*

Saturday, March 9, 2013

That One Line #2

And we're back on this lovely meme again. Welcome to That One Line.
"That One Line is an online meme in which you'll feature a certain sentence or paragraph from a book you read which struck you or left a deep impression on you. According to Goldie: "It should be from a book although quotes related to reading are also welcome." 

I have so much things in my hands right now with the last wave of my pre-board exam on Tuesday (3 heavy subjects, my goodness!! >.<), but I just can't resist sharing this one line, or paragraph in this case.

As you can see (if you're in the habit of checking one's sidebar), I took a pledge to read a novel first before seeing the film whenever humanly possible. So I am currently reading Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina in my spare times and I can say that the book is deeply affecting -- at least for me. Surprisingly enough (others may bash me for this, but I don't care), I am really on Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin's side here (that is, Anna's husband). Anna and Vronsky just seem so selfish to me, so they really irks me off. But of course, I'm only in the earlier part of the novel so I can't say that my statement would stand still at the time I finish reading it. Ugh, useless book ramblings. >.<

In any case, here's my "One Line" this week:

"He tried not to look at her, but unconsciously his eyes were drawn to her. He examined that face again, trying not to read what was so plainly written on it, and against his own will, with horror read on it what he did not want to know."

Well, as much as I'd like to share a "sunny" quote for you today, this quote just resounded on me pretty badly that those motivational/inspiring line up can wait till next time.

This is from Karenin's POV. It was at that race scene where he is observing his wife as she fixed her eyes on Vronsky, her lover, alone. Something unexpected happened in the race and it was really evident in Anna's expression that she deeply cares for the man. She wasn't able to contain her emotions & worry, that she started crying. Karenin approached her and covered for her.

He was described as a fake and emotionless bureaucrat in Anna's mind, but it is really evident that in his POVs that he cared for Anna deeply. And when he said "I love you" and Anna was thinking "you don't even know what love is", ugh, I really hate her in that.

Aside from my feelings for the book, you can clearly see Karenin not wanting to admit the what was so obvious to him all along: that his wife loves someone else. 

How often do we let ourselves be blinded by our expectations, refusing to admit the truth that was so plainly presented to us? How often do we succumb in denial because we can't accept such sad realities? He knew it all along, but it never compared to the hurt of seeing it in his own eyes. Or in this case, hearing it, after, in her own lips.

Have you experienced something like that, too?

xxx

DISCLAIMER: The icon I use in my That One Line posts was grabbed from fellow bookworm blogger, Cora Mae.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Le Petit Prince Madness, to the next level! :D

After finishing the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, I admit that I fell in love with anything related to the book. I searched typographies on quotes from the book, I even made a mini cubee of the Little Prince (where I’ve earned quite a cutter wound, but whatever, it was worth it)! And though my mother looked at me like I was some ridiculous elf whenever I am screaming and gushing over this children’s book, it was quite a treat.

This is a pretty late entry but I figured I should post it anyway.

Remember the Le Petit Prince Planner I’ve gushed about in my LPP entry? I’m glad to say that I’ve finally purchased it. I already have a planner that I’m using quite prolifically, but when you see the actual planner, you just can’t help but fall in love with it.


Art Deco’s Le Petit Prince Planner, 119.75 Php. Available at National Book Store.
See what I mean? :D And at such an affordable price at that.

I love the vintage-y touch to this product achieved by using recycled/brown craft paper. Anything that uses brown paper is just love, right? :D


Another thing I love about it is that Little Prince-embellished brass stopper at the front. I can pay for just this. J




Smooth. Nicely printed cover. It comes with different cover designs but I chose this one because this is the most memorable image for me in the book.


When you pop open the planner, you will be welcomed by a glossy print of the Little Prince in black.
I wasn’t able to take a picture of the inside but it was also pretty. (You can check Blooey's entry to view the insides, though.) It’s a weekly planner, and the dates are blank so you could really use it according to your will. At the back of each page, there is a to-do list which you can customize as you like. This also doubles as a desk planner as you can let it stand on its own.

It’s been months since I purchased it but I really have no intention of filling it out yet. XD I think I just want to buy this and get it over with. Any case, if you are a Little Prince addict, or just a fan of recycled/craft products, I guess this is for you.

There are also other LPP merchandise which you can find on the Writer's Bloc shopping site. Click here to check them out.

Are you a Le Petit Prince fan, too? What merchandise have you bought already? Comment up and let’s talk! :D



Saturday, March 2, 2013

That One Line #1

Why, hello guys! I haven't written a decent entry in eons and I hope this would at least compensate my lack of presence this past month. I know I've been busy as hell, and didn't have enough time to share significant happenings from last month's advents.. but I've been trying to make up for it by posting random bits here and there. (Do follow my Instagram though: @rzzzp)

My bookworm self has been pretty starved lately plus all the unshared book thoughts are pretty overwhelming but I can't put them in comprehensible entries right now because they would take up much time so I just decided to join this online meme hosted by Goldie, which I found via Cora.

So, yeah. That One Line is an online meme in which you'll feature a certain sentence or paragraph from a book you read which struck you or left a deep impression on you. According to Goldie: "It should be from a book although quotes related to reading are also welcome." And being the quote buff that I am, this meme is perfect for me. XD I may not be able to do it weekly, but I'll try to share as much as I can. :))

Earlier this morning, I was browsing Instagram and another Tyler Knott creation (from his Typewriter series) caught my attention. As much as I would love that to be my One Line this week, it's not from a book so I guess it isn't qualified. But here it is in case you wanna know. Click here.

Other things aside, here is my quote for the week:

"Time would heal her wounds. Pain and terror was not so final as death."

That quote was from Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which is by the way great in all aspects. I think it was from Amerigo Bonasera's POV. His daughter was brutally beaten up by her so called boyfriend and his friend when she refused to have sex with the both of them -- and was left almost disfigured by the incident. "She would never be beautiful again..", as his father put it. And then that quote appeared.

I think it makes total sense, right? No matter how many hardships we'll go through, it will always be better than death. Because even though there are setbacks, nothings compares to the beauty of living. No matter how disfigured or damaged we become, death is so final while life is still full of possibilities. :))

So that was my One Line. What's yours? Comment up! :)

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