Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Twenty Thirteen Awards!

I had to take that shot around three times, and clean up after every attempt. It's been a year, and let's go ahead and start with the awards! Some of the items here weren't released during 2013, but then I got to read/watch during 2013, so it counts!

Top Thirteen Tracks for 2013

2013 was definitely a year of new music, for me. With the release of the new records of the different bands/artists I listen to (This Century, The Maine, Mayday Parade, All Time Low, Selena Gomez, etc.) and to a few artists I've known for a while now and decided to actually listen to them (Marina and the Diamonds, Lana Del Rey, Kings of Leon, etc.). Here are a few songs that I've listed as songs that made up my year. These songs may have some significance to me, or I really had a bad case of LSS with these songs. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

SONG DISSECTION: Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran

Give Me Love is a song written by Ed Sheeran, an English singer-songwriter, for his debut album + (plus). 

First and foremost, I would love to express my love for this song. Everything about this song is perfect! The metaphors, lyrics, melody, instruments used, words and probably even the letters! (okay don't exaggerate Alex). 

After listening to this song for around a hundred times this year, and I am not lying, you can go ahead and check my iTunes. I wanted to share my thoughts about this song, and how I interpreted the whole song. Before I start the 'dissection', this is all of course, opinionated. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I've Got Your Number

Rating:  (5/5 smiley faces)

The start of my December was quite unfortunate if you ask me. I got the flu and was indisposed to go to school for the rest of the week (tuesday until friday). I spent my rest time watching E News (especially Fashion Police because Joan Rivers is hilarious) and reading I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella! (Had to place the 'I had the flu part' to explain why there is a tissue box)

The novel was light, heartwarming and fast paced! (A little too fast paced if you ask me). The book is about bride to be, Poppy Wyatt, losing her wedding ring, which was passes on to her generations after generations (yikes!). With the twist of fate, she meets Sam Roxton, a successful businessman, through the phone Poppy saw in the waste bin. (More info here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12033455-i-ve-got-your-number)

Few things I loved about this novel:

-Poppy Wyatt definitely made the book interesting! Her personality is something I could relate to. Independent and dependent at the same time, courageous, resourceful and a bit invasive. (Yes, I admit, I could be a little nosy from time to time)

-Footnotes at almost every page were what made the novel unique. What Poppy says at every footnotes were funny and relatable. They're more like snide remarks or side comments which again, I often do (in my mind, I rarely say it out loud). 

-Sam Roxton. Enough said, you have to read the book to understand why. 

-Their conversations via Text. Again you have to read the book to understand why, I don't want to be a spoiler

I found this book similar to This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. If you've read that book, you'd definitely love this one! (well perhaps) 

Hope you guys get to read this, it really is a wonderful read!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Family Day 2013

Finally, a blogpost about one of our school's highly anticipated event, Family Day! (Trust me, it's better late than never) Allow me to share how my day worked. (And if you're not interested in stories, you can just scroll down to see photos I took) (And if still not interested, you can go ahead and x this tab or window.)

At 6 am, I headed to school (okay I'm not sure if it was 6 am, but it was early!!). I was one of the first to arrive, thus, our classroom was still locked. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, the classroom was unlocked, and I started my business. By business, I mean, I started caking my classmates' faces with make up. It was pretty hectic with the amount of time we had (before the picture taking) and how many they were who needed to be decorated. 

And if you're confused with what is happening, here's the story. Every year, the high school department of my school, holds a dance production. 

Dance Production — It’s a dance competition for the whole year level, with a specific theme. For us freshmen, we had Philippine Ethnic Dances. For every class, you have a director, lead choreographer, music-in-charge, costume designer and props-in-charge. Thus, the dance production committee.

(and yes I did quote myself from here)
Fortunately, (I don't know if you should say fortunately, because we worked our butts off), we chimed in 1st Runner Up or Second Place! 

 Definitely necessary! Now if you follow my instagram, my feed is 80% ootd, so…

The day was eventful, but me and my friends spent most of it, lounging at our school's lawn. (Those three photos aren't even1% of the number of photos we took, not kidding)

At (almost) sunset, I spent the rest of my day with them! (1/2 of ILABMO) 

We got to go on stage with Sandwich!! 

That sums up my Family Day! How did you spend your family day, or maybe your school fair?

Friday, December 6, 2013

By The Way, While I Was M.I.A | November

By The Way, While I Was M.I.A | November -- Instagram Diary

I have so much to throwback about, and an endless list to blog about. (Okay, the list is not that long) But here's November's instadiary!

1. We started our band practice right after semestral break. Yes I am in a band (believe it or not), our name's Sold Out, which leads me to number 2…

2. We celebrated our first anniversary together! It was pretty fun, we watched tons of movies, I ate chili and they slept over. I kind of finished the cake, the morning after.

3. My best friend, Alyssa, celebrated her birthday last November 7, and we celebrated it last November 16.

4. For TLE, we had to make our own strawberry jam (it was assigned to our group). I proudly designed our packaging, and made our commercial!

5. This was during our outbound, we were stuck in traffic and we had a stopover at Calamba, Laguna. We took that opportunity to take this photo. 

6. Backseat Girls, most probably the last time I'd be seated with them at the backseat of the bus. (Weepfest).

Yes, there is another photo set. It's either a lot happened, or I post too much on instagram, and I think it's the latter.

1. 'Family Picture' with Mommy A and Tito L. Okay meet my class adviser and co-adviser. Awesome people!

2. Scheark/Schaerk attack!! (I feel so bad that until now I don't know how to spell my class' nickname)

3. The next day, we had our sportsfest. (Yes, right after our outbound) Gretchen Ho was our guest speak, me and my friend, Isabelle, were literally screaming when she mentioned Robi Domingo's name.

Fun fact: This happened earlier this year

(okay my twitter username back then was pretty embarrassing)

4. And that same day, my bandmate and one of my close friend, Ate Rica, celebrated her birthday! 

5. Yes, and selfies were a must that night. I've met new friends too!

6. As our preparation for our Academic Festival, we had a photo tableau for Religion. And me and my friends had to take a photo with our very energetic Religion teacher.

Yeah, there's a third photo set. I really think I post a lot of photos on instagram. And these photos aren't even the half of what I posted for November.

1. Sunflower and cupcakes a day before my birthday! (That served as my birthday cake, because they forgot to buy me a birthday cake not that I'm bitter about it but okay I really am okay I should stop)

2. The night before my birthday, my friends and I had a karaoke session! (a screamfest actually)

3. And for my birthday, we went to the mind museum, for Da Vinci's exhibit. It was the last day, and I was dying to see it!

That wraps up my November, it was pretty eventful and hectic! It also flashed by so fast! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

That Brave Girl from Brave

From the different Disney princesses I've encountered, Merida from Brave became my instant favorite. 
What makes her stand out from the rest is that she was independent, carefree, strong and realistic princess/teenager. 

With her unruly hair and rebellious and adventurous take on life, I can honestly say that I can relate well with her character.

Why do I consider her brave?

She's brave enough to stand up for herself. She knows that her mother would be very bummed to know that her daughter is not willing to follow her footsteps. But Merida is brave enough to admit that she is not ready for it yet. She stands out from the crowd.

Most of us teenagers these days are afraid to stand up for what we believe in, most likely because we are afraid to be judged. Most endure peer pressure just to fit in to what society thinks is correct. To tell you honestly, it will be easier to stand out than to fit in these days. Be the strawberry ice-cream in the world full of vanilla. 

BONUS FEATURE: Watch me imitate Merida from Brave. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Filipinos are Givers of Hope

Hey Everyone! I hope you are doing well.

For the past two weeks, my school has been offering prayers for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Furthermore, for the past few days, the typhoon was also integrated to our subjects. The individuals of the class were given opportunities to share their opinions.

There were a lot of points shared by the class, ranging from media censorship to our interaction with the other countries. And I’d like to share some points of theirs that made my head nod vigorously.

(These points are all based on opinions; I don’t want to start a waaaar)

1.     The media should not focus on the negative side of the story/event.

What is sad about these days is that media is racing on getting the first worst news, just to get the opportunity to say that they were the first to witness it. I am NOT implying this to every media company, but this is from our perspective. I think what news reporters can improve on is showing the brighter side of the story. I am highly positive that there is a sunnier side.

2.     Filipinos are family-oriented.

My classmate believes that family comes in first, as well as your faith in God. She tells us how most Filipinos will feel comfort knowing that they are safe with their family members by their side. Food and shelter comes in second.

3.     The Filipinos are givers of hope.

Our countrymen who were not affected by the super typhoon immediately reacted and took action. From raising awareness via virtual posters to various relief operations and donations, the Filipinos truly are a giver of hope.

I hope you were able to learn from some of the different opinions of the class. So, how were you able to partake in helping our brothers and sisters in the Visayas region?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I Didn't Know I Was Going To Survive: Chilis and Skateboards

Okay, maybe the title was a bit of an exaggeration. 

When you ask me, I would go on and on overnight of things I've always wanted to try. And one by one, I am trying to cross things out of the list. Right now, I want to share how I've crossed out two things on list of things to achieve. Eat chili and skateboard.

(I'd also like to grab this oppurtunity to thank my friends to help me document it, thanks sold out!)

So tell me, is there something you really want to do? Whether it is to write a song, try kickboxing, ride a bike or even make your on one man's show. What's stopping you? Go ahead, I DARE you to do it.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

This is What Happy Looks Like

Rating: (3/5 happy faces)

Hello! It's been a while since I've written a 'book review' (psh more like, this is what I read and I'm going to go ahead and talk about it) post. 

I've started reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith a few weeks back. The first few pages left me having a goofy smile on my face. While the middle of the book got me furrowing my eyebrow. And the end left me craving for more!

This book is a love story I want to have and will never have. Because if someone did e-mail me, I would've been cautious, scared to have my computer infected with virus, or have some internet predator stalk me. (Honestly, it can happen!) I think the story should remain fiction, so guys, when someone e-mails you about their pet pig, be careful!

In addition, the book was a bit confusing. The author was using a third person's point of view, but each chapter switched between Graham and Ellie's side of the story, which was honestly confusing. Moreover, the characters in the book exchanged very cute dialogues. I found myself highlighting my favorites. 

In conclusion, the book is a good read, it is very light and entertaining. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Beach Please

I cant believe that the week has come and gone too fast! I'm not going to go ahead and rant about how their should be more days added to the sembreak, because I am actually excited to go to school. But maybe one day won't hurt? (kidding--jokes are half meant). 


How did your sembreak go? Too fast or too slow?

[Semestral break is a break given to students in between semesters. College students usually get a month (I think?) and the rest are given a week, at least.]

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How I Spent My Long Weekend: Photo Diary

Today is officially the last day for our 6 day vacation. I'm kind of hyped to go back to school, I'm excited for the dreaded test results!
On the first day of the break, my friends slept over at my place. We actually planned not to sleep, but at around 12:30am we gave in. We watched a total of 4 movies!
The next day, me and my friend, Ate Gillian, went to Kreamy Island to catch up. It was raining hard, and we still managed to eat ice cream. Not a big deal, but I actually find it funny.

Then on Sunday, my mom and I had our annual bonding time. We went to SM Aura and Shangri-la Plaza (still confused whether its Shangri-la or Shang-rila). 
I got to pick up Save Me Hollywood's album! I'm hooked! 
And of course, from last Saturday until now, I had a 'The Vampire Diaries' marathon. I'm on the fourth season, which is pretty slow, knowing that I started watching the marathon during the summer. Confused whether I'm a Team Stefan or Team Damon, but I definitely ship Klaroline. 

Okay back to school work cramming. Bye! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hey Sophomores!

Video Reviewers via Crash Course

If you've read 'The Fault in Our Stars' you would probably know John Green (who is a great author). And in case you haven't heard, he is actually a vlogger (video+blogger), together with his brother Hank Green, in youtube under the name 'VlogBrothers'. They actually own another channel called 'Crash Course', which offers 'lectures' on specific topics.

(Credits to my friend Julia, who posted one video by them  on our group page.)

So 'sophie' friends, here are some videos I found that you could use to review for the quarter exams! :)



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Quarter Exams

In the time span between my last post and this post, so many things have happened. And with the upcoming 5 day long weekend (or as labeled by my teacher 'pseudo sembreak'), I am so psyched to get posting again!

Fun fact: for today, I drank 3 mugs of decaffeinated coffee. I know it's kind of weird, and I'm actually not allowed to drink real coffee, but I'm not drinking 'coffee' to stay awake, I honestly just love the taste of it. Plus, it can be a great placebo.

Be right back.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

By The Way, While I Was M.I.A | September 9-17

By The Way, While I Was M.I.A | September 9-17 -- Instagram Diary

I was actually busy! The photos are sequential though.

1. These are Martina's sister! I usually don't like kids (don't ask why), but they're an exception. I was so happy when they approached me and went ahead and held my hands!
2. My wingman or partner in crime, Martina. I seriously had to take a photo since she was wearing a dress!
3. Saturdate with 4/7 of 'The Breakfast Club' (that's what we like to call ourselves). We had a movie date and chicken fest!
4. Saturdate with 7/7 of 'The Breakfast Club' movie date, dance party, photoshoot, food fest, and a lot more!
5. While waiting for my sister's break, I went ahead and tried on some clothes from where she works.
6. Bobio Award from Sir Louie the Great! But my name's spelled wrong, but I swear it's me!
7. Roses for the one and only Mrs. Sacdalan who celebrated her birthday this month!
8. This month, I've experienced an extreme case of one night insomnia (I made that up). I slept at 11 pm, woke up at 2 am, and wasn't able to sleep again. So while watching covers on youtube, I've decided to take photos during the sunrise!

I've got tons of ideas to post about, I just need to find the time to do those!

You can follow me on instagram: @alexandraluisa_

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Something That We're Not: An Outfit

Today, me and my mom went to Rockwell's Urban Bazaar. The thing I love about bazaars is that the items sold are so interesting and unique. And the clothes sold are cheap that I can cry! And there were so many washi tapes (if you guys know Paper Blush on instagram, she was there). A lot of the instagram/online stores I follow were also there. One of my favorites from the items I bought is this kimono coverup, I love it so much I immediately thought of an outfit for it.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

I've finished A Beautiful Disaster a few weeks ago, and am still enduring a book hangover. The best medicine to a book hangover? A new book of course! I've asked some of my friends for suggestions on what I should read, and one of them mentioned  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The title was quite intriguing, and I was told a character had the same surname as my crush (O'Callaghan) (Although it still wasn't mentioned). I'm at chapter six, and this book is extremely entertaining! I'm already wishing that I was Hadley!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Remembering Sunday

I can't put to words and describe how Bazooka Rocks went, so here's a video! Enjoy!

Friday, August 30, 2013

So Light 'Em Up (Recollection 2013)

Recollection was extremely fun! Have a photo-log! 1/2 for tonight's set of posts.