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HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I can’t believe 2014 has come and gone like a snap in a box! Anyway, I wish everyone a happy happy new year, and I pray everyone enjoyed their holidays and that this year will bring you happiness and contentment and just.. full of love! Anyway, […]

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OH, hello!

God has this elusive way of making you like someone you don’t really like. It’s amazing how He does it with me. Okay so you won’t get confused with how random that thought just came right at you, let me give you a bit of a background about me.
I am the kind of person who likes everybody and I like to think everybody likes me too. Haha! I am kind and sweet, if I do say so myself. Not to brag but it’s just who I am! But I can look like I’m not empathetic when someone gets physically ill, because the nurse in me just pops right out, and I’m on the nurse mode (even though I haven’t really practiced this profession.. )
Anyway, I do like people. I’m laying it out there. But there are just some moments when certain people don’t rub off on me well. Like, I just met them and I have no idea who they are, but I already know I’m not gonna like them. I can sense they have an ‘attitude’, and so far I’ve always been right, 99% of the time. I’d like to think it’s a gift. haha!
God, though, in His awesomeness and loving personality, calls all of us to love one another. I’d like to argue that I love people, but some of them I just don’t like. I don’t hate them, but I don’t particularly like them either. And that’s okay! What I’m saying is, because of our love for people, we will eventually like them.. I don’t know when eventually will come but it will!
That’s where I’m going with this. Since coming to college, there’s this one person I met who is challenging to be with. You know those people who just have different wavelength of thinking than you. And one particular close friend of mine also have a hard time with her, especially since they live in the same house. I know I know, you might be saying she should just move out. But the thing is, we can’t always run when challenges come, right? And in her situation, she prayed about it and felt the Spirit of God tell her to stay.
Recently though, I had the chance of serving alongside this person in a conference, and we’ve been serving together for a week. I didn’t ‘not like’ the situation, but I just took it in as it is. It’s not like I have to hang out with her all the time. But then!!! Remember when I told you God has an elusive way of making you like someone you’re not a fan of? Well, somehow I found myself hangin’ out with this chica during our break times. It was still quite challenging at times, but then suddenly there was a shift in our conversations. And I began to notice the changes in her. I saw how more giving she is in our conversations, how more pastoral she is with people. She cares about the odd one out person. She listens, and she doesn’t argue anymore. I wasn’t looking for changes, yet I saw them. And I began to realize how God is so amazing, because He didn’t only change her, but He changed me through her.
Sometimes in life we can be too caught up with our pre-judgments of people. They’re too popular for me, they’re too smart for me, too talented, too cool, and we let those reasons bound us from reaching out to them. I am so guilty of this a lot of times. As I’d like to say, with some people, I just don’t have a “natural” flow of conversation. And it’s weird for me because I’m usually good at talking with people, even strangers (my friends can attest to this).
I have learned how to challenge myself with reaching out more to people, or even as simple as just starting to engage with them in small talks. I am in no way saying these things because I’m an expert at this- far from it even! But we shall not despise small beginnings, even with that simple “hi” can become deeper than the Mariana trench kind of friendship.
I hope you’re having a lovely day! Thanks for reading.

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Thoughts on Tuesdays

God has this elusive way of making you like someone you don’t really like. It’s amazing how He does it with me. Okay so you won’t get confused with how random that thought just came right at you, let me give you a bit of a background about me. I am the kind […]
This is a weekly meme here on my blog featuring stuffs basically anything under the sun Covering Books There are over 7 billion people in the world today. Different classes, different hobbies, basically everyone’s different. And among the readers out there (as I’m sure there are millions of us who are avid readers), […]
This is a weekly meme here on my blog featuring stuffs basically anything under the sun EBOOKS VS. PAPERBACK I am not entirely sure if this topic is an ongoing debate, like “which comes first,the chicken or the egg?”. That aside, I would just like to share to you my opinion on this subject. […]
This is a weekly meme here on my blog featuring stuffs basically anything under the sun I just saw these awesome book trailers and I thought would share it with you. The first time I learned that publishers do book trailers (early last year), I was really shocked. Then when I saw lots of […]
This is a weekly meme here on my blog featuring stuffs basically anything under the sun Dystopian Love Now, I really don’t know when the dystopian YA genre started, or became popular. But for me, the first dystopian novel I’ve read was Matched by Allie Condie last January 2011. Even if the Hunger […]
Thoughts on Tuesdays is a meme here on my blog that I thought of making. I’ll post anything under the sun. This week I will talk about Book Expo America 2012, and my excitement about it! Even though I live in the Philippines which is very much far away from New York, but when I […]
Thoughts on Tuesdays is a meme here on my blog that I thought of making. I’ll post anything under the sun. So please bear with my craziness and randomness here. Thank you! Endlessly increasing Never decreasing TBR File Is it just me or is my to-be-read (TBR) file keeps on growing […]

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Five years today.
To be quite seriously honest, August is the hardest month for this joyful lady (that’s me!). It’s quite hard to remain happy when you live sandwiched between two of the most heartbreaking days of my life (thus far). 8th of August and 27th of August. Those 20 days in between, I choose to wake up each day, pull myself out of bed, go through the busy day, and end it with a cup of tea and journal in my other hand, alone in the living room, reflecting the day’s episode, then close my eyes and sleep- miraculously with a smile on my mouth.
I cannot (not without effort on my part) adequately describe why & how, despite my current state of ‘loving my life’, yet this day, 27th of August, is still discombobulatedly loyal to a melancholic heart. I can only wish and hope that someday, one day, these dates will be replaced by a day much more heartsickeningly beautiful memory.
While I’m glad August is almost over, I’m also glad I’m still in it.
I can, however, genuinely say, that there hasn’t be so much fruit of maturity in my life than the past five years have brought.
Tragedies do come and go. Heart breaks confound us to step on the brakes here and there. But everyday is a choice to move on and let go.
Sometimes, nonetheless, we have to be honest and face days such as this, and let ourselves lose and allow ourselves to shed a tear or heck cry a river, if only to maintain normalcy in this not-so-normal world. It is times like these though that I personally take time to reflect and engage with my inner self. Reflect on the good times, even the bad times. Reflect on the goodness of God and His faithfulness in my life.
Be unapologetic. Live life and not only survive, but thrive. For what is a heart beat if your heart does not beat with the melodies of a beautiful song that is life?

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Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart

How many of you out there can honestly say you’ve never been heart broken? I believe each and every one of us have experienced different kinds of heartbrokenness. Small or large scale, it’s the same thing= our hearts got broken. It can be through a disappointment when you didn’t get the job you wanted, failure because you failed your school degree, broken up with your boyfriend/girlfriend, divorce, or even unrequited love, or it can be as simple us patiently waiting for the day to end so you can go home and eat that delicious lasagna you made last night, only to find out your roommate ate it! (yeah sadly that last one does happen!)
So, Jenna, what’s the point of this post? I am curious to know how everyone deals and get over their broken hearts. I am well aware of the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. All of which happens with broken hearts as well. Give or take one or two. I want to share what helped with mine.
Cry. A lot. Then Let it go. photo cred: picsymag
Believe me it helps. Letting it all out and cry out to God. Whine to Him, complain, etc. He will not be shaken, in fact, He’s not surprised at all. At the end, choose to let it go. Let go of the pain and bitterness. Don’t let it soak you up and define you. Don’t let the failure win. Rise above. And it begins with that first decision. Because you do have to decide everyday that you choose to be better.
2. Do things that cheer you up.
For me it’s a lot of things: reading, watching tv series/ youtube videos/ movies, journaling, eating (heck yeah!), and not to sound very spiritual but reading the Bible and spending hours and hours with Jesus. You can do rock climbing, computer games, traveling, singing, take up that dance lessons you’ve always wanted to do!..
3. Socialize
Yep! Don’t lock yourself up and mope around all day. You have friends! Use them! haha. Seriously though, they are there to help you, listen to you, be with you.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Rainbow after the rain. Promise behind the pain. Hold on to HOPE. That it’s gonna be okay. Sure, it is painful now, I will never even begin to understand how much pain you carry in your heart. I have my own, you have yours, everybody carries them differently. But one thing is for sure, it’s not gonna last forever. Trust God that He has a great plan and purpose for you. That it’s gonna be better, and the best is yet to come!
And from the other side of the world, there is a friend who is praying for you.
xoxo,

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Alone time

Walking down the city streets, There’s something about seeing dads hold their little girls that makes my chest tight. Slowly, I feel my heart starting to quench and grow heavy with every breath I take. Almost five years now, but the pain of missing him still lingers in my soul and I feel it in my body… This is one of the three days in the year when I particularly feel this same way I did five years ago. Today is Father’s day. Five years down the track of life and so much in me has changed, so much in my family has changed, so much of the world has changed… I sit here in a lone cafe amongst the semi-busy alley in the city, people and family walking past and here I am, by myself, which ironically I find comforting. I love and thrive in it. It’s very seldom these days that I find myself alone. I take in and enjoy each and every moment of this because it will be a rarity to have it one day. Soon, I feel it in my soul, my Lord speaks to my spirit, I will have my own family, and alone time will seem like a luxury. So while my future luxury is still now an affordable and possible commodity, I shall then enjoy it.
It helps that this coffee is not bad, not bad at all.

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|Book Review| Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon and Schuster on March 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 668
Format: Paperback
Source: bought
Goodreads
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
I have so many emotions about this book. First things first, it was a couple of chapters into the book after I got my “hand” in reading it again. Getting used to the new characters in a “world” background I am already familiar and in love with. Then there were a couple of issues that happened all throughout the book that I wasn’t a fan of. Probably because I already had some preconceived judgments and predictions, and let’s just say I thought they were gonna happen (let’s be real, I hoped they would), and I got really excited when they did (in a way they did), only to fall on false hopes! Anyway, that was my fault. There were so many unexpected things that happened here, and characters you wouldn’t expect to be included.
The book is really more mature, a mystery/crime solving book, but in a less serious yet Shadowhunter way. (side note: Now that there’s a Shadowhunter Academy, my alter ego wants to go there LOL).
As usual, Cassandra Clare didn’t fail in entertaining me. 600+ pages of awesomegoodness. And with the typical Clare fashion, she used a very appealing but controversial theme of ‘forbidden love’ as one of the major plots of the story. But it is very much inlayed with Shadowhunter politics and language. Which made me love it because it’s made up fiction but …
Warning: Violence (check!), Romance (check!), Explicit scenes (debatable).. In summary, it’s at par with the first Shadowhunter series (Mortal Instruments), yet also bolder.
Overall, will I continue to read this series? Yes!!! Especially with the ending!!!

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Making memories at the Shrine of Remembrance

Hi there!
Memories are a fickle thing. You create them, try to preserve them, and sometimes flick through them in your mind. I love making new memories, and of course, take photographs…
Recently, I went on a trip to Melbourne. What really made it more memorable was my company and hangin’ out with people you love.
Here are some of my pictures, if you wanna see them.
Lastly, on an a lighter note, Melbourne is so pretty you guys. I will definitely come back.
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Cover Reveal: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

Hi guys! Another cover reveal on the blog today. This time, the presentation of the cover reveal is pretty unique and exciting actually. Since Monday, a piece by piece part of the book cover was revealed, until it’s now totally revealed! (As I’m making this post, it’s still Thursday, and I’m one of the lucky bloggers who saw the whole cover in advance, I feel flattered,ha!) This was the list of the blogs that participated on the cover reveal blog tour if you want to check it out:
The title is “The Dollhouse Asylum”, and from the title we can already deduce that it’s kinda scary/suspense.. There’s just something about the word “asylums” that makes me think of ghosts and it just gives me goosies. Anyway, this is another book from Spencer Hill Press (WEll, I haven’t read it yet but the cover and the blurb is so awesome and I haven’t read any unawesome-isthereevenaword?–unpleasant book from SHP …and I don’t think I will, because they publish good books. oh yeah!)
I honestly think SHP’s book covers just keep on getting better. See for yourself:
Title: The Dollhouse Asylum Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Release Date: October 22, 2013 A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when seventeen-year-old Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival. At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world. The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along. If they play it right, then they’ll be safe. But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.
The cover is awesome, right? And oh my! AFter reading the synopsis, my heart fluttered a little! Can I smell dystopian in here? And tragic romances and is there some test to pass (hunger games-ish!). Ooh, it has everything I could ever hope for in a book! I must request an ARC for this. Oct 22 2013 is too far away! What do you think?

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Blog Tour: Viper’s Creed by T.L. Shreffler

hi guys! today, we are having a tour stop from the Viper’s Creed blog tour. We have a guest post from TL Shreffler entitled “First Crush”. Enjoy reading the rest of the post!
Title: Viper’s Creed
Series: The Cat’s Eye Chronicles
Author: T.L. Shreffler
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Publisher: The Runaway Pen
Sora is having visions. Strange, terrifying visions brought on by her Cat’s Eye necklace, an ancient and magical device. Spurred to action, she leaves her mother’s cabin to find Crash, the mysterious assassin who once changed her life. She is certain that together, they can discover what the necklace is trying to tell her.
Crash is still on the run from the dark sorcerer, Volcrian, but now a plague is spreading across the land. Volcrian’s quest for vengeance has awakened something far more evil than himself; a force that could destroy the entire kingdom. Together, he and Sora must harness the power of the Cat’s Eye and kill the sorcerer before it’s too late….
by T.L. Shreffler
Orion was six feet tall with wispy black hair and olive green eyes.
He was my fencing teacher. I was a shy, freckly 12 year old, and he was a handsome, roguish-looking man, probably about 26. We had private lessons three times a week. I remember rushing home after school (7th grade), getting fencing gear, and sitting impatiently by the door, counting down the minutes to my lesson.
I would fall asleep at night imagining pirate ships, epic sword fights and Orion’s muddy, greenish eyes. I imagined a million times how we would run away together. I’d grow up to be a tall, athletic, feisty redhead (unimaginably beautiful, but completely oblivious to my good looks, of course.) At the very-grown-up age of 18, he would come to my birthday party, armed with a glistening silver rapier, and confess his undying love. Or, better yet, we would run into each other just outside the fencing studio. It would be late at night, and there would be an evil, bloodthirsty criminal trying to mug me. Then Orion would appear, dressed in full fencing regalia, and deter the robber with an elegant twirl of his sword. He would take me back to his one-bedroom apartment (romantically located above a run down antique shop), bandage my sprained ankle, and gift me with my very first kiss.
Alas, it was not meant to be! I learned to lunge, parry, repost, intercept, and eventually defeat him 2 out of 3 fights. He announced that I was too skilled to continue working with him, so I moved on to a new teacher, Mr. West, who was 40-something, balding, and much less romantic.
Needless to say, I quit fencing soon after. But a lot of that crush found its way into my YA Fantasy series, The Cat’s Eye Chronicles. Amazing what pent up hormones can do!

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