Thursday, 5 January 2017

10 + 1 Things I've Learned From 2016


Hello, ladies!

How did your holidays go? How did you find 2016?

If I were to only consider what's been going on with my personal life and the smaller community I belong to, everything's going great! I made lots of new friends in uni, more than I thought I'd have--even more than what I actually needed. Some of my friends got married. Two of them had a baby months ago. My well-being is great. I have become more open and loving to my family, especially to my mom. My relationship with Dom has been fantastic, and we've been together for about 11 months now (11 months tomorrow, to be precise).

But as part of my recent ~epiphany~, I have also made national issues my concern. And it should be, as national policies and policy-makers affect how I and my loved ones would live. So, as you can tell by the news, things have been pretty stressful as well.

To be honest, I don't want to label 2016 as the worst year in my lifetime so far, as this was the only year I ever truly cared. Besides, I don't have the figures to support that claim. I just made a list of 10 lessons I've learned from 2016.

Stranger Things

Monday, 21 November 2016

Lolas Go to Future

Hey, guys!!!

When I was still living in Manila, I always heard about Today X Future, a small bar in Cubao which is basically a hipster den. This was the first time I'd been there, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with you!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Lola Book Club, Doodle Faced!

Hi, it's me again.

Recently, I installed this app called Doodle Face (it's free, like most things LOL) because I'm such a sucker for avatar-generating apps. I made one of me and Dom first and was quite pleased with the result that I started making ones for my friends... including you! <3

Kristine

Eira

Gillian

Butch

I noticed that the features in the app are mostly hipster-ish (?) and most of the hair styles are voluminous. Which actually turned out to be more challenging in creating other friends' avatars than it was creating yours. Still, I hope I managed to capture our general features!


xoxo,
Kristine

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Negros Photodump + Hi Gilly!

Yes, yes, I know, you've seen this on Facebook already. Even liked or loved it.


Never really got to tell you guys where and when exactly and how this picture came to be as I haven't been seeing y'all except for Eira. This picture was taken at NAIA Terminal 3 after I jumped on Dom the moment I saw his face in person FOR THE FIRST TIME IN LIKE EVER. My good friend Jonri accompanied me at the airport and was also the one who took the initiative to take our picture--I wasn't thinking about taking any photos at all at the time. I was too overwhelmed. I was shaking and excited and shy all at the same time. Thus, that face!

Dom thought it was going to be all awkward at first and that we'd probably just hold hands or something. But not only did I break the ice daw, I also made it melt away~

To give you an idea how my week in Negros turned out, here are some pictures after the cut!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Sigh

Hello, girls.

I know there's been so much tension recently, with the extrajudicial killings, territorial claims, etc. I hope you guys are okay. I know I'm not.

You know how this blog is usually hopeful and positive about, well, everything? Can I just say that, today, I just don't feel like that. Not to say that I'm feeling completely hopeless. Even with all this rage, I know at the back of my mind that everything will turn out for the better. It has to. We, as a race (as in the human race), have always strived hard and, time and again, won this battle against ourselves, against tyranny and oppression and everything that keeps us from our freedom to more than exist--to live. And, you know, I still believe that we'll still come up with something because, well, that's what we do. We feel fear and overcome it. We overthrow what's keeping us from living. We do not let the oppressive ways of man prevail.

But, today... today, loves, I feel grave because, after the war has been won, the lives of those who were not treated with fair trial would've still been gone. Their families, still haunted by the injustices of this world. I feel grave because misinformation still spreads and people, a large number of them, still fall trap to this. Is it really that hard to understand? Also, what is the use of words if people keep giving them meanings other than what was intended? Are we all really trying hard enough to understand what these words actually mean or do we just merely react without thought?

Why can't people just be nice?

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Page 394.

Dear Tin and Butch,

So I really just want to expound on this tweet of mine with you girls,


But as I reread some of your last posts (Butch; Tin), it turns out that we're all finally on the same page? I'm finally on page 394, you guys! (Sorry if I'm a little late to the *tea* party, but I actually thought I already know what I'm doing with my life, when it turns out I don't. Don't you just hate it when that happens--which is most of the time for me. LOL.)



Well anyway, you guys know what have recently been going on in my life, Tin especially. You can always refer to the A Witch's Brew "mini-series" (The Witch, The Brew) for a fun, rather cryptic, introduction. And as I write this, I guess I'm formally ending that chapter.

The witch's brew has lost its effect on me, and maybe that's a good thing.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Healthy Relationships Are The Best: A Boyfriend Appreciation Post

Hello, Eira, Butch.

You have got to forgive me for going on and on about my boyfriend. Having him is one of those rare occasions where I ask myself what I did right to deserve a good man like him. I am so overwhelmed by his goodness that I feel the need to elaborate.

At least once in our lives did we think that being loved by someone we find fairly okay is enough a reason to settle with the person. Or maybe we did find someone who we think is intelligent, creative, and sensible who loved us in return, that we find it harder--painful--to let them go even when they start treating us in a way we don’t want to be treated. I remember being in too deep in a dysfunctional relationship before that it was I who made excuses for the person, even if their actions clearly show a lack of care, empathy, and responsibility.

While that was obviously a gut-wrenching experience, I’m glad I was able to overcome it, and now I am getting exactly, if not more than what I wanted because I learned what I want and not want from that experience.

To make it more organized and BuzzFeed-like (maybe minus the GIFs), I decided to make a bulleted list on why my boyfriend is awesome *heart bubbles*: