My Splice Of Life: About “Saving Francesca”

It was February 2008, a week before I will start in my new company. Nanay and I went to Marikina Riverbanks to get something I could use in my new office. In one of the far corners of the store we went to, I found the book “Saving Francesca”.

I read the summary at the back of the book, and since I am writing an almost similar plot where a girl get transferred to an all-boys school, I decided to buy to make it as my reference.

The story about Francesca Spinelli, who narrates it in her own view. She just started Year 11 in Saint Sebastian’s, which is an all-boys school that started to accept girls that school year. As a new school year starts, she had to deal with things happening in her life – new school, trying to make new friends, feeling left out since her friends went to another school, falling in love, and her mother’s depression.

What affected her and her family most is her mother’s depression. Suddenly, she found herself getting support from her new friends during these times. She is stuck in the middle – trying to be an adult and a child at the same time. Frankie is used to hearing her mother’s words of wisdom and encouragement (or butting in to her life and telling her what to do) almost everyday, and with her being like a ghost in the house, she suddenly felt lost.

Frankie had to face her world on her own. She became friends with some of the Stella girls who also goes to Saint Sebastian’s – Tara the feminist, Siobhan the flirt,  and Justine the shy and quiet girl. She also found an unlikely friendship from Thomas, music lover, Jimmy the stoner, and Will, the Year 12 guy who will become her love interest in the story.

I found myself unable to put down the book the moment I read the first chapter. I have read the whole book over and over again. I love how the author depicts high school in a more real sense. While others may candy-coat high school stories, Melina Marchetta writes how high school really is. Every words and lines are unforgettable. There are linesin the story that I sometime read over and over again, especially when I feel sad. Whenever feel so down, I just go and reread this book to cheer me up.

I love how Frankie’s character developed in the story. She had no  idea what she wants to do with her life yet. She is in a stage where she is finding her place and her identity. She struggles to conform with what her old friends want her to be, instead of what she really is, just to  be accepted by them. In the end, she let lose and began to be herself. When before, she needed to be saved by others, her resolute at the end of the story is that it’s only her that can save herself.

At the time I was reading this, I can relate to it since there’s a big change in my life. I see myself in Frankie, uncertain of things to come. I love this book so much, but sadly, it got lost. Not sure if it got flooded, or it simply got lost during moving to our house. Still this is one of my favorite books.

And since I love quoting this book, below are my favorite lines.

“Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy”

“Do you think people have noticed that I’m around?”
“I notice it when you’re not. Does that count?

“I think we’re made up of all these different pieces and every time someone goes, you’re left with less of yourself.”

“Do something that scares you everyday.”

“I want to be an adjective again. But I’m a noun.
A nothing. A nobody. A no one.”

“Memory is a funny thing. It tricks you into believing that you’ve forgotten important moments, and then when you’re raking your brain for a bit of information that might make sense of something else, it taps you on the head and says, “Remember when you told me to put that memory in the green rubbish bin? Well, I didn’t, I put it in the black recycling tub, and it’s coming your way again.”

“I think I’m a bit in love with these girls. They make me feel giddy. Like I haven’t a care in the world. Like I’m fearless.
Like I used to be.”

“When I grow up, I’m going to be my mother.”

“You’re my rock.”

“I didn’t even know who I w as here, so what made me think that I’d know who I was over there?”

“You go and shake your foundations, Will. I think it’s about time I saved myself.”

 

~~~ Heading grabbed from hypable.com

CPOP: “I Don’t Know” By Diana Wang

I am a big CPOP fan. Well, it’s the only thing my ears can tolerate for now. Not only am I a big CPop fan, I had been a fan of the KO Series, a Taiwanese drama, and became a really big fan after the season two of K.O. One, which is K.O. Return. Since then, I look forward to the dramas next season or series.

One of my favorite CP/OTP is from The X-Dormitory, is Ye Sheng and Julia, played by SpeXial’s Wayne Huang and Diana Wang.

So, imagine my surprise (and excitement) when Diana released an MV of her new song, “I Don’t Know”, and her partner in the MV is Wayne!

So, here’s the MV that I have been playing on repeat mode for quite some time now.

642 Tiny Things To Write About -A Book Of Quick Writes

I was so happy when I found the Fully Booked is back in Gateway! And what made me more happy is when I saw this book.

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac #642tinythingstowriteabout

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I have been dealing with writer’s block for years now, and I badly wanted to get back into writing. One reason why I opened this blog, is so that I can fore myself to write, instead of doing the usual reblog on Tumblr. When I saw this book, I said to myself, “Hey, this can be a cure to my writer’s block!”. But, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to start writing yet. I planned to write during my long vacation and start with this one. Nevertheless, I’ll include writing in my new year’s resolution.

Browsing the book, I found the topics to write about very witty and creative. Some made me think that I can write about that topic, and some made me think “WTF?! I have no idea how to write that!”

Here are some topics/subjects I picked from the book in random.

Create a new government agency. Start with an acronym.

DECT – Department of Extraterrestrial Contact and Technology

Describe your job as if it were a hobby

I like to do testing, and capturing defects. From time to time, I also talk to the team onshore to discuss the results of the testing. I also like to write SQL scripts for reports, and run them to production. I usually send the reports to those who like it.

Describe your hobby as if it were a job

My responsibility is to watch and review Asian Dramas and Anime, and listen and review music, making sure that they are of good quality, and at par with the rest of it’s kind. I am also tasked to do creative writing, mostly in the topic of romance, drama and comedy.

The first or last paragraph of the book you lack the courage to publish

“I grew up believing in fairy tales. I always believed that I am a princess or a damsel in distress, and that my prince would one day find me and save me. I always knew that when I love, I will love forever. I’ve always waited for the day when I will grew up and find the love that I’ve always wanted.”

Yeah, I know what I wrote is too lame. I still need practice. But anyway, it’s a start, right?

I love this little book a lot. It gets my mind thinking of what I can write. There are more than a hundred ways to write about a certain topic in this book, that I could not decide which I should write. It is really a good book for writing, and it does give you a tiny flash of inspiration.

Things I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving Day is something that we don’t normally celebrate here in the Philippines. However, we are slowly getting acquainted with such occasion.

Although days have passed since this occasion, it would be nice to stop and think about things to be grateful for. I made a blog entry for this in one of my oldest blog, and I used make a list every year, and I’m not sure why I stopped.

  • I thank God for the life I’m living. It’s not perfect, and it’s not going the way I wanted it to be, but it’s my life – a life so unique that it was given to me. I still have a long way to go, and I may not know now the reasons for what’s happening in my life, and for my purpose here on earth, I still thank God for giving me a chance to live.
  • I thank God for my job. Yes, I have a love-hate relationship with it, but I am thankful to be given a chance for this job. I always have fear of not being able to get a job, because I never graduated from college, but here I am now. I thank God for my bosses who understand me, and my colleagues who always cheer me up.My job pays the bill, brings food on the table, and give me a little luxury in life. Though I want to give up, I still do my best because I want to prove myself to everyone at work.
  • I thank God for friends who went out of their way to reach and help me. I’ve always thought I am alone, but they proved to me that I’m not. Even when I want to be left alone, they still do their best to reach out to me
  • I thank God for my next-door neighbor, who had been looking after me since Nanay died. They had made my life much easier. In them, I found a second family.
  • I thank God for all the trials and challenges He gave me in the past. If He had not given me such trials, I wouldn’t be able to learn a valuable lesson. I thank God that He opened my eyes, and made me realize that I am stronger and braver than I think I am. There are times that I want to give up, times when I question why He had given me such trials at a very young age. But I know He will nver give me something that I cannot overcome. I trust in Him that he will not give me a challenge that I know I could not overcome without His help
  • I thank God for all the small opportunities that he gave me. Though I know I failed, I thank Him for making me be a better person after each experience.
  • I thank God for my Nanay. I thank Him for giving me her to be my mother. She is my strength, my best friend, my everything (I know this really sound so cheesy). She was always there for me, taking care of me, providing for me. She was able to do her role as both a mom and a dad for me. With her, I never felt incomplete for she have given me her love unconditionally. I thank God that she did not suffer that long. Sometimes, I question why He had to take her away from me. I may not understand His reasons for now, but I’m thankful for the 33 years He gave me to be with her. If I’m going to live my life again, I will always chose my Nanay to be my mother once again.
  • I thank God for the strength and courage he gave me every day. I don’t even know how I survive until this day, but I know that without Him, I will be weak.

There are a lot more things I am thankful for in this life. How about you, what are you thankful for?

 

Throwback: Different Phones Through The Years

A/N: This is an updated version of this post I wrote before.

In my opinion, a mobile phone is one of the greatest technology out there. It can help you to communicate to your family and friends anywhere you are. Gone are the days when you have to pay a lot for a long distance call from the province, or look for pay phones (and loose change as well) to be able to contact them.

Back when I was a teen (and tween), I spent most of my days, if not watching TV or studying, lounging by the phone and talking to my friends for hours. In our language, this is what we call “telebabad”.  When we plan to go out, our only means to stay in tough with each other is calling them from their house through payphone, unless they are on their way to the meet up place. Beeper is another way to reach out my friends.

So thank God for mobile phones. I don’t have to get into awkward situation when I call through landline, like talking to my friends’ parents or sibling. I can just send them a text message, or call them knowing it will be them that will answer the phone. I can reach my friends anytime I want to.

I’ve had several phones through the years.Some were the “in” phones during my time, most of the phones I bought because I want to be the only one to have them, or because I find it cute. Here’s the mobile phones I used through the years.

Nokia 5110

This is my very first phone, which I bought in 2000 from my aunt. You’re considered cool in my school if you have this phone.  I’m not sure why, but it always falls or miss my pocket when I put it away, hence, the screen became too faulty.

What I like about this phone is that I can change the casing, depending on my mood or the color I want. It has 3 games to keep me entertained, especially if I don’t have enough load to text. It has a long battery life, I remember it took me 2 days before the battery drains out.

It somehow kept me entertain during very awkward moments like when my friend and her boyfriend were making out beside me, or if I feel out of place with my group. I can either play snake or text other friends while that happens.

Sadly, I had to say goodbye to this bulky piece when It got stolen on my way to school (along with my wallet). It was stolen during the time when I just had the antenna removed, replaced the battery with a slim one, had the led changed to color white and had it opened lined.

 

Sendo S200

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During the time when having a small phone matters, I decided to buy this cutie. After my Nokia 5110 was stolen from me, I got “disconnected” from the world for a year and a half, because I wasn’t able to buy a mobile phone right away due to financial constraints, and we don’t have any landline phone. The only way to be able to reach me back then is through email.

After saving up enough money, I was able to buy this phone. What I like about this phone is that it has four games – FlippIT, Quaddro, Scizzors, Splash. I can also customize my ringtone, since it has a composer. At first, this one had a long battery life, it can last for 1 to 2 days. As it began to wear, the longest time it was on is half a day.

This phone is a big help to me, since I use it to contact my classmates, and to find jobs. I had to let go of this phone because the battery eventually died out. Not a lot of technicians know how to repair this phone so I had to retire this one out.

 

Nokia 3315

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I bought this phone after I got my very first salary from my first job. I don’t remember anything about this because I only had it for a few months, till I changed to another phone. The games kept me entertained. I think the one I bought was a ripoff since I only bought it for 2K. Anyway, it was still useful for me, although I had a problem with the battery of this unit.

 

Sony Ericsson T230

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This is the very first colored phone I had. I bought it second hand from my team manager back then. It didn’t have a camera, although from what I heard, you can buy an attachment camera for this. I can download some games on this phone, as well as connect to the internet, which I was not able to do with my other phones. I only had this for a few months, till I bought another one.

 

Sony Ericsson K300i

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This is the first camera phone I had. It has an internal memory of 12 MB, so I can only put a few games, pictures and small mp3s on it. The camera is not that bad, although sadly, I was not able to back up the pictures I took to my computer because I don’t have any cable for it.

The battery is great. I remember when we had a blackout back then due to a storm, it was alive until the electricity came back the next day. The pictures from the camera is pixelated compared to the pictures from the smartphones today, but it’s still a decent one.

Samsung E250

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I needed a phone that has a camera, I can use as mp3 player, and use as a phone. And so, I bought this phone. I was supposed to buy the black one, but my mom fell in love with this cherry pink (or red) color.

What I like about this phone is how I open it. It slides when I access the keyboard, or take a call. It takes a decent picture and videos. I don’t play much games in this phone, but I usually surf the net with this one, and read my favorite stories online.

This phone and I had a long way to go. I used it to take pictures and videos when Chun and Calvin came here in the Philippines. It was my companion during long trips to Makati. It kept me entertained especially during the times that our electricity got disconnected.

It died out on my on 2011, prompting me to buy a new phone. My mom got this phone fixed and she used it for a few months till someone gave her a new phone. I used it a secondary phone, but it died out again.

 

Samsung Corby

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After my Samsung E250 chose to die out on me, I was on a hunt for a new phone. Honestly, I chose Samsung Corby because of “You’re beautiful”. I had the yellow one, and got the one without wi-fi.

It has a 2MP camera, and is a touch screen. I survived on the battery for a day before I can charge it again. It has an expandable memory, which gives me more space to store pictures, videos, and mp3s.

I love the widgets on this. I installed Opera Mini on this, and did some tricks so I can go online for free. I also use it as an e-book reader. It also became an on call for me for a few weeks, until the company gave us Blackberry phones. I took decent pics with its camera, and use it whenever my digicam is not around. I like the fact that I can change the font of this phone to a more funkier looking font. With an 8GB memory card, I was able to store a lot of music.

Unfortunately, I had to say goodbye to this phone since someone stole it on my way to the office.

 

Nokia C3

I bought this after my Corby got stolen. I wanted a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, so I chose this one. It takes a decent picture, has FB and Twitter clients, and the battery last long. What I like about this phone is that I can log on to YM or MSN, and chat with my friends online. I can also check my email from here. This phone is still alive, and I still use this from time to time.

 

LG Optimus L5

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This is my very first android phone. It has 5MP back camera (no front camera though). 4GB internal memory and was upgraded to Jellybean. It’s a midrange phone from LG, and this was something I can afford back then.

Battery is OK, but we know how smartphones needs to be constantly charged, right? 5MP takes decent picture, and I survived for two years with just this phone. It becomes a little bit slow over time, maybe because of the apps I have installed in this phone.

I was my companion in Canada. Since I didn’t brought with me my digicam back then, I used this to capture my memories. When my tablet died out on me, I used this one instead for FB chat and to browse web sites.

 

Samsung Tab 2

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No necessarily a phone (although the one I had has phone features). I bought this one so that I won’t have to bring my laptop with me at school always, and so that I can have an internet access during our class.

It has 3 MP back camera and a VGA front camera, and 16 GB internal memory. I only use this at school for browsing the net, but since we didn’t have wi-fi,I had to connect through GPRS, which drains the battery easily. It needs to be constantly charged or I might not be able to use this.

I also use this to watch dramas and movies online (or the ones I saved), and reed books. I also used this to video call my mom, and to chat with her.

Sadly, it died out on me, as it does not charge anymore.

 

Sony Xperia C3 Dual

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I wanted a phone with bigger screen, and wheremy Sony QX10 ould work properly. Since I’ve been hearing good feedback about Sony phones, I decided to go with this.

I was supposed to get the mint color, but it was out of stock, so I opted for the white one. IT has 8 MP back camera, and 5MP front camera. Pretty good for selfies, since this is a slefie camera (no, I don’t always take a selfie). It has 8 GB memory, and is expandable so I can store more pictures and songs. it has a 5.5 inches  screen for better viewing. Battery is A-OK, as it lasts me for a day.

I love the music player of this phone. I also love the back camera. My Sony QX10 somehow fits in this quite big phone. Problem is the internal memory becomes full when you install a lot of apps or download/take some pictures, so I had to uninstall some of my favorite apps.

 

iPhone 5c

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I had been curious with how an iPhone feels like, and I also needed a phone with bigger storage. I bought this one online, and the one I got is a second hand (since I can’t afford a brand new one). I’m still learning how to use this phone, but so far, I’m liking this.

 

So what will be my next phone? I’m not sure yet. But I hope my next phone will last like the other phones I had, and that I will love to use it every day. Of course,hopefully the next phone I would like to buy would be within my budget.

 

 

What’s In My Bag? Work Edition

As much as I love bags, there are times that I hate bringing a bag to work. If it fits in my pocket, then why bring a bag, right?

But the problem is, there are times that I tend to forget things at home. When I used to work in a call center, which is one jeepney ride away from home, I only bring three things – money, ID and mobile phone. However, I always forget my ID at home, and I only remember it when I’m already at the doorstep of the building. And so, I have to go back and get my ID. Good thing I always go to work early, but there are times that my forgetfulness makes me late.  So that’s when I decided to buy a good bag and put all my things inside.

Fast forward to today. Since I transferred to our team, and since I am now required to go to the office everyday (I used to work from the office twice a week), I have to bring this laptop bag.

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My everyday bag

And this is what’s inside my bag, and what I bring with me every day.

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Since our office is in Siberia  very cold since we are situated at the Data Center, I have to bring a jacket with me everyday. This is one of the jackets that was given to us by the company.

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Aside from that, I have to bring an umbrella and a flashlight with me every day. It’s already rainy season here in the Philippines, and we never know when it will rain. It’s better to be prepared and keep an umbrella handy. As for the flashlight, I usually go to work in the wee hours of the night. Since there aren’t any street lights in our subdivision yet, and there are a lot of dogs who always barks and want to bite me, I bring the flashlight to fend them off.

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Next is my Starbucks tumbler for coffee or water or any drink. I guess this one is pretty explanatory. This is actually my first tumbler from Starbucks, which is a gift to me by my former Team Captain. Like my umbrella, this goes at the other side pocket of my bag, because there are times it has water inside, and I don’t want to ruin my laptop.

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Of course, I can’t forget my wallet and coin purse. I use a navy blue Crown wallet, which fits and can hold my phone. I put my fare on the coin purse, since it’s easier for me to put it in my pocket.

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Of course, I can’t get to work without my ID. I bring a rosary with me to make me feel safe. I bring two earphones with me, one to use for my phone, and another for the computer or as a spare. I have 3 USBs with me as well. I don’t use them at work. I just bring them because during the time I was still in school, so most of the files in the USB are for school. .I also have this security token, which is no longer working. I put them all together inside the pink pouch another Team Captain give me.

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I always bring with me my medicine.I have a pain reliever, and something for my acid reflux. I also bring my medicine for hypertension since I tend to forget to take it before going to work. I have spare hair tie in case of hair emergency. A pen (Pilot FriXion, which is my favorite), and a notebook for work-related notes.

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Since I’m constantly in a meeting, I have my headset with me. I also have a USB cable for my phone.

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And last but not the least, my work laptop.

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That’s everything in my work bag. How about you, what’s inside your work bag?

 

Cafe. Waiting. Love

“Everyone is waiting for someone.”

 

February 2015.

It was a long flight back home. I was on the plane going from Vancouver to Hong Kong. I randomly checked the in-flight movies. Yeah, sure, I can rewatch Big Hero 6 that time, but it wouldn’t be exciting as how I watch it a few hours before I left Canada.

Then, I saw this movie.

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Cafe. Waiting. Love

I remember seeing that on FB, as I have been following Pauline Lan, a.k.a. Xia Xiong from “The X Family”. Curious, I decided to watch this movie. Then, as I was watching it, another familiar face came into the screen. Wait, that was the guy in Pets Tseng’s MV!

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I actually preferred her with Jiro, but heck, this guy is cute. Image from epochtimes.com

The movie’s story revolves around Si Ying. One day, after a club meeting, she found an old notebook from a former club member. After almost being hit by a bus, she met Ze Yu. She then accidentally got a part time job in a cafe, own by a mysterious lady, and whose barista is the handsome androgynous Ah Bu Si. From this cafe, she also met Ah Tou, who has been a subject of the campus’ urban legend. Ah Tou and Si Ying became friends after she stood up for him in front of his friends. Through him, she also met the other characters, which is Ah Tou’s boss, Bao Ge, and his former wife, Jin Dao.

Without spoiling much of the story, this movie is about love, and all of it’s aspects – moving on, letting go, acceptance and forgiveness. Most of all, it’s about fate, and learning to realize the one who is fated for you.

There are a lot of funny parts in this movie. Actually, I have been laughing my heart out silently while watching this. Of course, I didn’t want to disturb the other passengers. There are some ridiculous parts as well that made me go “WTF????”. And like any other romantic comedy movies out there, there are parts where I was bawling my eyes out.

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My quetion here is “WHY?” Image from goddrama.us

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Such a handsome guy… but wait she’s a girl! Image from taipeitimes.com

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I never expected I would enjoy and love this one. Oh and by the way, the cafe the used in the movie turned out to be a real cafe. So that could be one of the places I plan to visit if I go to Taiwan.