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Stars, Oh Stars.

I look up and there you are, twinkling with delight. I look down and I know you’re still up there, doing good without me. You never really needed me as much as I need you.

I wish you knew. Because I don’t know what I’d do if you’re not there anymore to light me up during my darkest nights. I need you more than you’ll ever know.

Stars, oh stars, don’t leave the lonely sky.

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Going home on a Sunday // Photography

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve made a post about Sundays. I might have mentioned it before here that I’m a sacristan so I spend my Sundays going to church to relax. Yep, people, it is how I relax: listening to the words of God and praying.

After 6 days of studying & doing something unproductive, I deserve a break and the best way I could is attending mass.

BTW, the church is just a walking distance from my house that’s why I can be able to roam around our Barangay for some minutes. That’s the time when the sun is shining so bright, birds are flying, and flowers are blooming. And yep, that’s exactly what inspires me to take photos.

I’ve taken a few today and it’s really not that overwhelming but I felt like uploading it 😆 This is how I can make you feel the vibe of how my Sunday is 😊

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Also, I finally got a phone after 3 years?! Thaz why I think I’ll be able to take more photos for the blog from now on 😊

Right now I’m gonna spend the rest of my afternoon listening to Kodaline and reading books. (Book review coming up soon!) 📚💕

p.s. while drinking coffee 😉

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Hope you have a great day!!! XO

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The Life in Books Tag

Hi 😊 Today I’m doing a tag post about all things bookish. I was tagged by my lovely, amazingly talented friend Kimberly from Free Perspectives. I love this girl SO MUCH so if you’re still not following her, you’re totally missing out. Do check out her blog and give her a follow!!

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Find a book for each of your initials.

M – Mistwood // Leah Cypess

J – Jennie // Paul Gallico

A – All The Bright Places // Jennifer Niven

Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

I’m 17 & I’m gonna run to my bookshelf. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Family Affairs: Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita. It’s one of my first books when I was a tween 😂

A book set in your country/city

Ang Mga Ibong Mandaragit by Amado V. Hernandez. I just had a presentation about this book in our class last week so yep. 😜

A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson because the places in that book are so fab, like that’s where I imagine myself to be when I become that “strong, independent woman” I’ve always wanted to become. 👠 lol

A book that’s your favorite color

The Secret Dream World of a Shopaholic (Confessions of a Shopaholic) by Sophie Kinsella. I LOVE PINK.

Which book do you have fondest memory of?

No doubt about this, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’m a fan of friendship stories like ARGH 💔 Friends are everything to me and I treasure them so much. This book made me remember a friendship I once had before. Unfortunately, thing’s didn’t end well or has it ended yet? Hehehe

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Let me really like really take this question seriously XD The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Yes everybody, talk about Old English. Of course, you’ll have a difficult time understanding it. The book was good; but I haven’t finished reading it for like two years already? Three.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Long story short: I almost finished reading this book 2 years ago but I lost the book?! So now I’m planning to reread it from the beginning because I forgot which page I was and really, it’d be better if I just started over again. But ARGH I’ll read it from the beginning & I’m like supposed to be close to the ending already 😭

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Since there are no rules, just consider yourself tagged if you’re reading this now 🙂 If you don’t want to then no pressure, babycakes. But if yes, then leave a pingback so I can read your post.

Have a great weekend 😘

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How My September 2018 Turned Out

Hey beautiful souls.

Don’t tell me you still haven’t noticed my blog design because I am so freaking obsessed with it. I’m gonna keep it for life despite my decisiveness. This might be the 20th time I changed my blog design? TBH, I lost count 😅 I’m trying bold colors after my past white, minimalist designs before. Anyway, I hope you like it because I didn’t shower to get this done, for heaven’s sake, I DID NOT SHOWER. Now you’re thinking I’m disgusting. I showered after finishing it OK?! Enough with the rambles.

September has been cool with me: not too much stress but a productive month. Yep, I had a mental breakdown again and lucky me, I was OK a week after that. Thanks to the ever-supporting people in the blogosphere – you guys mean the world to me ❤ Especially you, Kimberly. Your words went straight at the very bottom of my heart #CheesinessOverload.

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LIFE

random life stories I wanna share

School was the same. We had lots of tests, which isn’t surprising. We didn’t have that much activity other than the Peace Awareness kind of symposium which was really boring. But helpful. And I had this cramps one night. I woke up in the middle of my sleep because my leg muscles were twitching and it hurt like hell. It was like my leg was hard as a rock and it was vibrating and hurting on the inside. I couldn’t move it and the only thing I could manage to do at that moment was to bear the pain. It’s surprising how I was able to fall back to sleep again. By the time I woke up, I couldn’t feel my right leg AT ALL. Like, at all. I swear, it stayed that way for almost 2 weeks but it didn’t hurt anymore. It just feels like there’s this thing covering my leg that makes my leg numb but it was OK. The people I consulted told me that it was because I always wet my feet every night when I wear shoes all day. Which is true. So lesson learned: I’ll listen to mama. She knows better.

Another thing is that I learned how to play guitar!!! Eugene came over one Saturday to teach me and we were just like fooling around 80% of the time but I learned it anyway. When he went home, TA-DA your girl watched YouTube guitar tutorials until she went blind from radiation. Kidding. When I went to school on Monday, my classmates were really impressed by me and they were admiring how good of a tutor Eugene is but no. I told them that it was self-taught. No one believed me. So far, I can play 10+ songs already. I just have to practice more on strumming. By the way, my fingertips are messed up, people.

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LOL MOMENTS

MONDAY FREAK OUT

Monday during flag ceremony: as usual, I was late again. ON MONDAY. God. Just by the time that I found my class section’s line, Aaron ran to me and told me that it’s my schedule to recite the Panatang Makabayan and hell did I forget about that. I really had no idea. Everyone was staring at me with blank expressions waiting for me to get in front and, god, I forgot all the lines! It’s when you get really nervous and you know you just can’t do it and you’re sure you’ll just ridicule yourself again. They waited for me to get in front for 5 minutes?! And I did not. Thankfully, Albert saved me. If not, I know it would’ve been even worse.

HOLE-LY MOLLY

Long story short: I had a hole in my school pants by accident. IT WAS RIDICULOUS. Thank God I miraculously managed to walk home and not make it too obvious that my pants have a hole in the butt. 😂 But right after that exact moment I rip my pants, all my friends recommend that I buy underwear with the same color as our uniform so it won’t be too obvious. Which is uh… helpful? XD

HOLE-LY MOLLY PART 2

Why the hell does this event has a sequel?! Ugh, all my school pants are torn 😂. It happened again but it wasn’t totally ripped like the first one. I made Betty take a photo of my behind so I’ll get to see if it was really bad and that was so awkward. I deleted the picture ok? (you little piece of cake, you’re judging me again 😂) Thankfully, it wasn’t that bad but I walked (or ran) home still feeling like everyone’s looking at my butt XD

HOLE-LY MOLLY PART 3

I did not wear my uniform to school because my frickin’ school pants have a hole in them. On the butt. In our school, we have our school uniforms and we’re not allowed to wear anything else except on Wednesdays, which we are only allowed to wear a white shirt and jeans. I went to school wearing a white shirt and jeans while everyone else is wearing their uniforms. I felt like an outcast cries

End of the trilogy. THANK GOD.

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Book’s I’ve Read

eleanor and park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,” he said, “and then take it back.”

A good book. This was just a good book. This is not the usual book you read that you predict what’s going to happen in the end. Like, I was living so much on every page of the book that I forgot what might happen a few pages afterward. Though this book didn’t really hype me up, I really like how Eleanor, Park, and the other supporting characters developed throughout the story.

They Both Die at the End // Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(4.5)

“No matter when it happens, we all have our endings. No one goes on, but what we leave behind keeps us alive for someone else.”

I loved this book to death. Awesome characters + unique story + dope writing + lots of contexts I got hooked to + pretty cover. Read more in my review: 5 Reasons Why I Love They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera // Book Review.

Favorite Character:  Rufus Emeterio from They Both Die at the End

Fictional Character Crush: Wow, this is the first time that I didn’t have a crush on the characters!!

Favorite Book of the Month: Definitely They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Eleanor and Park was a good book but it went kind of slow for me.

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September Playlist

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Favorite Song of the Month:  Ocean Eyes // Billie Eilish

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Blog Posts

I wrote 13 posts in total. Click on the image to go to my September 2018 archives!

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Post of the Month: Morning Coffee

(Thanks Best Kopi for featuring my post in your blog!!)

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Random Stuff

  • JK Labajo’s music video for “Buwan” came out and Maureen Wroblewitz is in it!!! I got goosebumps watching it UGHHHH 😍 So much love for OPM ❤❤❤
  • I just discovered this HILARIOUS YouTuber called Joana Ceddia and she does really random things on her channel like the first time I came across her video, I expected that I was just gonna get annoyed but then I laughed SO HARD. That’s when I realized I had to subscribe and her subs count is blowing up.
  • LANY uploaded a stripped version of I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore and my heart 💔💔
  • I am currently in love with Guitar Goddess’s channel because she’s literally like the best guitar lesson tutor ever. She makes her tutorial super easy to understand and her videos will really satisfy your needs, especially if you’re a beginner like me 🙂
  • Another revision of my TBR list on my sidebar!!
  • I am just SO SO in love with Billie Eilish’s songs. I LOVE HER.

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What’s Hot on the Blogosphere

Newly Discovered Blog I Love: Girl Illustrated by Ally 💖 She writes about her thoughts that are really relatable. She deserves more followers!! Show some love & follow her 🙂 She had this post with her handwriting and oh my gosh I’m so jealous – her penmanship is goals!! 💯

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Random Writings

random words I wrote last September

#1
Falling in love should be fun
But if everyone’s keeping you from falling
Would you take the risk and jump?

#2
I don’t know if there’s a sea
Where I might find love in
But I know he’s down there
And I must be with him.

#3
Would you stay with me even if this is the way I am?
I’m not even good enough.
I’m not the best you would find.
I’m just a miserable fool, trying to piece myself together.

#4
I’m afraid of falling.
Because if I fall,
I don’t know if I’ll like it down there.

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September Goals

Post photos. I DIDN’T. 🙈

Post a book review. Or two. I POSTED ONE. SO YEP.

Read 6 books. I AM ASHAMED YA’LL I DID NOT EVEN MAKE IT HALFWAY 😭 I ONLY READ 2 BOOKS. TWO!!!

Do more outdoor activities. Aka don’t hide in your bedroom? I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS. THERE WEREN’T THAT MUCH ACTIVITY OR EVENT THIS MONTH SO… I REALLY DON’T KNOW 😂

Get High Honors OMG YES I DID OH MY GOSH 🎉

Study harderrr YEP, I WAS ONE OF THE TOP STUDENTS IN OUR RECOGNITION DAY 🤓

Don’t procrastinate on taking notes I AM SO PROUD OF ME. I ACTUALLY DID THIS.

GO TO READER MORE OFTEN I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE 😖

Time Management. Don’t forget that. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S AN IMPROVEMENT BUT SOMETIMES I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I’M NOT EVEN FOLLOWING MY SCHEDULE. DANG IT RYRY.

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October Goals

Don’t ever try to redesign your blog again you overly decisive human being.

Go to reader more often.

Have at least 3 major accomplishments this month

Get back on track with ya sched, girl.

Stay industrious in taking notes

Finish your research paper

Ace the final defense

Post 2 book reviews

Read 3 books? Hehehehe

Do your 30 curl-ups again 😑

Say yes more to opportunities

Post photos

Post poem!

Write about stars AGAIN

WOW these are a lot 😂 I’m keeping my fingers crossed til the end of the month 😂

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Fave Quotes of the Month

Say YES more &
Do What You Can’t.

– Hannah Kathleen –

If you’re not watching Hannah Kathleen’s vlogs, go check her out.


How was YOUR September? What’s your current favorite song? Have you read any of the two books I mentioned? What do you think of my new blog design? Found anything above that we could rant about? You know what to do – comment away! ❤

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Book Thoughts

Do you ever get that feeling? When in the middle of reading a book, you can’t wait to finish reading it. You can’t wait for the resolution; for the ending to unfold. But when you finished reading a book, you just can’t believe you’re never going to read it again for the first time. That you’re not going to meet the characters again and not know what they’ll become. Like, you will always know what’s in that story and you can never unread it. You wished there was no end.

I wish they were just real.

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September Playlist & Random Writings

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week 😊

Scrolling through my archives, I just realized that June was the last time I posted my monthly playlist and that just literally went out of my mind 😂 So now, I’m sharing another playlist with my random writings at the end of this post 🙂 I did the same thing in June and it went straight to my Top Post that’s why I had an idea of doing it again.

If you want to see that playlist, just click on the image below. And if you want to see my September playlist last year, click on the next image!

June Playlist & Random Writings

 

September Playlist

 

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SEPTEMBER 2018 | RYRY’S PLAYLIST

  • I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore – LANY
  • I Like Me Better – Lauv
  • Ocean Eyes – Billie Eillish
  • Lovely – Billie Eillish ft. Khalid
  • Getting Over You – Lauv
  • Lauv – Paris in the Rain
  • Side Effects – The Chainsmokers ft. Emily Warren
  • Fools – Troye Sivan
  • Seventeen – No Rome
  • Strawberries & Cigarettes – Troye Sivan
  • Upper West Side – King Princess
  • My Boy – Billie Eilish
  • Sunflower – Shannon Purser

Little rant: Do you know Billie Eilish? Or Lauv? If not, you should DEFINITELY check them out!

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RANDOM WRITINGS

You know me, I love discovering my old writings and sharing them here 😂 Long story short: I have no phone but I had one but I lost and couldn’t find it and turns out that my papa found it and a month later, I just realized that he’s using it. I borrowed it and my locked drafts were still there like oh my god 😂. These heartbreak pieces were written 5 or 6 months ago? I can’t remember though.

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The most painful thing in the world is waking up in the morning knowing that the person I used to call mine is no longer mine

#2

Memories wash over me like the sea crashing over the shore – unstoppable.

#3

Not all love stories end up with happiness – like what happened with mine. But it lets us experience the most wonderful things and feel the most beautiful feelings and that’s what love is about. I am thankful that I’ve found him because I’ve realized how life could be so magical when you are loved. Yet feel as if the whole world abandoned you when the fire that he lit up, dies. And there’s nothing you can do when he’s not there to make the fire in your heart light up once more. At least you know how it felt like, so don’t hate him for that. It will only take a long time of sleepless nights and a river of tears and you’ll finally move on.

Little rant: number two though isn’t my writing. It’s a line from a book I read that month and I just love how the writer used the ocean to give that sentence a major impact on me. (Close My Eyes // Sophie McKenzie I HATED THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK)


Did you find a song in my playlist that you like? Would you give some of them a shot? DO YOU KNOW BILLIE? What’s your current favorite song? Do you have any thoughts about my writings? Tell me!!

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5 Reasons Why I Love They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera // Book Review

From the moment I knew about this book, I knew I’d love it. And I did.

Who could write a book that only lasted in less than twenty-four hours and create a genuine relationship between two well-developed and amazingly characterized persons? Only Adam Silvera could do that.

First of all, I just want to praise how unique and cool Adam’s concept of this book is. What if you knew you were about to die today? What would you do?

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They Both Die at the End // Adam Silvera

BOOK TITLE: They Both Die at the End

AUTHOR: Adam Silvera

DATE PUBLISHED: 5 September 2017

GENRE: Adventure fiction

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. 

                             ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4.5)

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5 Reasons Why I Love
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

 

  1. The Characters are awesome.

TBH, when I read a book, I focus more on the technical side – how the book was written, what style of writing does the author incorporate, how each chapter transitions to another, and how the characters are shaped. All the characters in this book, especially Mateo and Rufus, are so realistic. I love how Adam made these characters seem real, provided with all their histories and their own point of views, and their whole lives like wow. I loved each character in this book. Well, yeah, except Peck.

  1. The Story is so Unique

It may be a cliché to ask the question “What if you were about to die today?” but the idea of a world with this Death-Cast that phones you any time of the day just to tell you this is your End Day is both terrifying and awesome. Terrifying because it is obviously terrifying but awesome because who thinks that? Adam. It’s always Adam.

  1. The way the book was written is dope.

OK I’m the worst at adjectives 😂 I loved how Adam thought of narrating the book through each character’s point of views. Not just the two main characters but the rest of them. There were a lot of characters. But it’s so dope how he connected them together – on a train, strangers walking past you, or outside the building you work in. It’s a small world after all.

  1. This book has so many contexts in it.

I have so much to say about this.

  • Two completely different lives: one that’s afraid to go out, another that’s been out there all his life. Opposites really do match. I loved how each character developed in this story. The I-wanna-hide-in-my-bedroom-forever Mateo became the I-wanna-go-outside-the-box Mateo and the I-think-my-life’s-a-mess Rufus became this I-found-my-life’s-direction-thanks-to-Mateo Rufus.
  • AGAIN, gay characters and I have so much love for the LGBTQ community. So much support and respect for them.
  • This book shows how important family is.
  • Emphasizes the true meaning of friendship like I can’t even praise more how friendships in this book are so good.
  • Makes you realize how important living is and you should make the most out of every day while you still have now. Don’t wait for the very last day because you never you know when your life’s gonna end because hey we don’t have Death-Cast in real life.
  • We can all change. We can become the better versions of ourselves and we shouldn’t hesitate to strive for it as possible as we can. Go out there NOW.

  1. The book cover is SO NICE.

I really do pay so much attention to a book cover. Book cover already says so much about the book and it gives you a hint on what you’ll experience when you get inside their world. What’s in the book is exactly what I hoped for. I actually predicted that they’re gay and I got too excited. Book Covers attract me so much that I’ll read a book without reading the synopsis because I loved the cover. Just go stick your eyes on that pretty cover to give you the feel of this book.

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Little rants about where my .5 star went

  • Did I just miss it or did Adam not tell us why Death-Cast was even a thing in their world?? If I did, tell me at the comments!
  • I’m confused how Death-Cast kills Deckers when they don’t kill themselves. Does D-C kidnap them and shoot them or poison them or something? I think I got confused on that matter. I think If I were a decker, I’d live because I’m good at hiding lol
  • I’m sad about how Peck and his unnamed gang did not change. Aww thaz life ryry some people don’t change, they die bad but I WAS REALLY HOPING HE’D TURN INTO THIS GOOD GUY BECAUSE I THINK HE’S HOT? OR NOT. I HATED HIM TIL THE END.
  • Mateo’s pops did not wake up from a coma (oops spoiler alert) but I really wanted to know his reactions when he wakes up and he finds out his only son is gone. Gone-dead.

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Favorite lines from the book

“No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”

There has to be more to life than imagining a future for yourself. I just can’t wish for the future; I have to take risks to create it.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.
– John A. Shedd

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
– Marucus, Aurelius, Roman emperor

No matter when it happens, we all have our endings. No one goes on, but what we leave behind keeps us alive for someone else.

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I hope Mateo and Rufus find each other in the afterlife.

I pretty much said everything above so I think that’s about it for this review! I can’t wait to read another book and I am SO hoping to find something that’ll crush my heart or make me want to cry or offer my heart to someone and I’ll give 5 solid stars to.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post! See you in my next one 🙂


Have you read They Both Die at the End? Did you love it? Or if not, did I convince you to read it? Do you think I improved my book reviewing from the first one? Hehe. Tell me everything!! ❤

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