What I’ve been up to: February 2018

I’ve always felt that Valentine’s day is my kind of holiday: lots of cheesiness, flowers and chocolates galore, hearts hearts hearts plastered everywhere, and all those hues of pink and red.

This year, I received so many happy surprises from my partner, who remembered my fave flowers: gerberas, statice and carnations!

She also surprised me with a pamper kit (which serendipitously is also what I gave her lol) via a scavenger hunt and numerous (!!!) love letters. How’d I get this lucky?

We also went to Baler to surf together. The Joy bus ride was terrifying, tbh, but having someone hold my hand while I clutched theirs with a death grjp throughout the nerve-wracking ride made it (a bit) bearable. ♡

Loved the chill vibe of Charlie Does!

I’ve been dreaming of owning my very own Camel midori so I finally got one!

I also went to the Big Bad Wolf Booksale and almost fainted from happiness. Here are the books I got:

I focused on arts and crafts books since I know these are the really pricey ones that I’ve been eyeing in bookstores. We went twice but I think the best finds are found in the earlier days. Less messy bookpiles and less people too!

I got inspired to paint some sakura blossoms using fountain pen ink (oxblood):

Since I missed making collages, I made some collages recently as well. My books from the #bbwolfbooksph inspired me to make these:

Plus, I’ve been filling up my journal/planner pages daily:

I hope February has been kind to you too! 😙

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Book review: Meditate your weight by Tiffany Cruikshank

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I’ve been meditating for quite some time, and I was really pleased when I started reading this book. It extolls on the values of meditation and how it’s beneficial to your body. It’s essentially divided into two major parts, and the first part contains facts about how meditation is helpful to your mind and body. They’re backed by research which I enjoyed, and is easy to understand (except perhaps for some parts with scientific terms where my eyes kind of glazed for a bit haha). The second part contains daily meditation exercises which you’re supposed to do for 21 days and I’m on day 4 right now. It contains thoughts to reflect on, and the time you must spend for meditating for that day to ease you into doing a longer, more beneficial, practice, and has a journalling assignment at the end of each practice. I love how I get to understand myself more daily because of this book, and the losing weight part is much anticipated as well. I am hopeful about losing weight via this book, and if not, the meditation part more than makes up for it. 🙂

Rating: 5/5 stars

Disclaimer: Received this review copy from bloggingforbooks.com. All thoughts are my own.

 

Read more about this book from Amazon.

 

Happy times: June 2014

I love making lists, and love it more when they’re lists of things I love! Here are some of the things I’m grateful about:

❤ Finishing the season 9 of Buffy. I have meh feelings about season 8, but season 9 was just so good, and reminded me of the series plot-wise and dialogue-wise. Am in the middle of reading Angel and Faith right now, sometimes losing sleep because I want to read it all in one sitting.

❤ I moved my voting precinct so voting would be easier and nearer

❤ Finally tried making my own Magnum creation: vanilla ice cream with a dark chocolate coating, parmesan popcorn, freeze-dried raspberries and yoghurt nibs. Topped with a caramel drizzle:

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❤ That outrageous National warehouse sale near home, where I found brand-new books that were only around Php30 each! I got some comics for only Php5 each!
(check out my instagram for my loot: http://instagram.com/aphazia)

❤ Winning at that CBTL contest where the prize was a trip to my idol Ramon Orlina's museum at Tagaytay, wherein he was the one who toured us! #fangush

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❤ Discovering a library that's near our office, with a lot of art books, books I coveted, and super nice staff! I love the Union Church of Manila's library! Membership for the entire year is only Php200. I've been dreaming of this my entire life and the Universe answered my prayers! This might curb my book-buying enthusiasm. Maybe. I'm planning on donating my old books and magazines there too, since they also accept book donations.

I'm so excited about these books I've borrowed:

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What has been making you happy recently? 🙂