Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Renovation, iOS 8, Twitter Games and All That.

Hello, how are you guys today? I hope readers from Manila are safe and dry. Today was a stormy day, so I've spent it like any lazy teenager would. I never left my bed, unless I needed to use the bathroom, grab some chips or eat some meals.

Basically today, in the comfort of my bed, I have redesigned my blog. Now you'd have to guess why it's Alex the T-Rex. So goodbye to the old design, I feel like it's a clean slate.

Next, my phone endured 15 hours of downloading the new iOS 8. When it started out, it said 60 hours, so that was progress. I have to admit, I do like the new iOS, especially the timer camera.

Also, my twitter was flooded with 'fav for a tbh' and every twitter game alive at the moment. Eventually, I gave in and played, but I got lazy immediately.

In between everything, I've watched reruns of All That and The Amanda Show online. Spent the other hours playing on Y8 and Poptropica. And cried over the ticket prices of Ed Sheeran and The 1975.

That sums up my day, but my heart goes out to those affected by the typhoon. I hope you guys are warm now, and find comfort throughout the typhoon, and of course always pray. I really do hope it would stop.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New York.

Okay so lately I have been MIA (Missing In Action, for those who aren't familiar with the acronym). Actually, a few weeks ago I went to the Big Apple! (Although I wish that meant the Apple Headquarters). The choice to go abroad and miss a few days of school was risky, especially now that I'm in my junior year. Right now, I'm catching up with the missed lessons and tons of notes, but I don't really mind.

Basically, I spent a week in New York, and filmed our day tour! This was taken last August 23.
Here's a rather long instagram diary from my trip, you can follow me on instagram here.

1. Connecting flights all over! From Manila to Hong Kong to Vancouver and finally to NYC.

2. Once we arrived, I couldn't stop taking photos!

3. This was taken in Mac at Fifth Avenue, they were having a release party of their new collection, 
thus the muscular model. HE IS NOT A STATUE

4 & 5. I still can't believe I got to meet Kim Jones and Jericho Rosales! Kim Jones is absolutely gorgeous, and one of my favourite bloggers! From all the places really!

6. Wolf of Wall Street!

7. Times Square! I can't help but think of the movie Enchanted.

8. Manhattan skyline, always wanted to take a photo of this.

9. First ever escalator, okay I'm not sure if it is, either way it's made out of wood!

10. Star Wars vans for the win! I've been waiting for this ever since I found out, but when I got back, 
apparently, they've released it here in Manila.

11. Madison Square garden!

12. We took a trip to New Jersey together with my mom, my aunt, and my aunt's friend. We went 
there just to go to Target, which was something I've been looking forward to the whole trip.

13. I found this in my cousin's dormitory, together with this, I also found a carved out inverted cross, which kind of creeped me out.

14. SoHo! This is totally my favourite photo of the trip.

15, 16, 17, 18. I spent my time trying out clothes, swatching lipsticks on my arm, and walking around.

And that sums up my trip, it was very heartbreaking to leave and go back to reality. Now, I'm looking forward for our Semestral Break.

And if you want to check out photos I took with my legit camera, click here. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

5 Things That Stresses Me Out While On An Airplane.

After finishing the movies I wanted to watch and finishing two episodes of The Vampire Diaries, I contemplated on what happens similarly in all my plane rides. From thousands of feet off the ground, here's a list of things that stresses me out while on board. 

1. Being Extra Clumsy. 
I am naturally clumsy. Things always fall from my desk, I trip a lot, I've broken a few vases in my life, I drop a lot of things, you get the picture. But somehow, when on an airplane, my clumsiness is heightened. Maybe there's a scientific explanation why that I have yet to research on. Being clumsy on board is very difficult because everyone's so silent. And when I drop something, it makes the loudest noise ever (I feel like th object that dropped was mocking me). I hate the public embarassment of having to look for it all over my seat and pick it up just to drop another item when I got it. 

2. Flushing The Toilet In An Airplane
Everytime I'm about to flush the toilet, I make sure I've washed my hands and done everything I needed to do in the comfort room. My hands extend from the flush to the handle of the bathroom door. Everything happens in a synchronized motion. When I press flush, I run (okay maybe not run, with the limited space I have) out of the bathroom. Airplane flushes have always scared me! I feel like the flush is going to take me too!

3. Placing Your Carry-On in the Overhead Compartment 
Fortunately, I've been blessed with the height that is ideal for the overhead compartment. Unfortunately, I was not given the strength. I hate placing carry-ons in the overhead compartment. It takes me a while with no help which causes traffic for people who are going on board. When it really takes a while, the flight attendant or the person beside me helps me out, or my dad (my forever hero). 

4. Getting the Window Seat, but Having to go to the Restroom. 
The moment of victory and defeat. I mean this is fine, when you're seated next to your cousins or other relatives. But if you're seated next to a complete stranger, might as well switch for the aisle. When I really need to use the loo, it's either we're eating, so all the trays are down, or the people beside me are sleeping. I hate interrupting people, I feel like it spoils their mood. But when nature calls, nature calls. 

5. Waiting for the Flight Attendant. 
That moment that you're just looking at him or her, while he or she's attending to someone else. And you just wait for her. Mind you, I also become pretty awkward in an airplane. It's like my whole vocabulary and grammar is turned off! So when we talk, I stutter a lot, and it makes me feel and even look like an idiot. 

Anyways, I still love airplanes and their desserts. I'll talk to you guys soon! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Notes with Alex #1: Geometry

I've probably mastered the art of multi-tasking. From note-taking, to listening, to drawing and to reciting. Don't worry, I don't plan on failing my Geometry class. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The 7 Fangirl Phases

The moment you fall in love with an album is one step closer to becoming the ultimate fangirl. Well.. that is in my case. Band obsessed and overdressed, here are the fangirl phases that I endure every time I discover a new artist.

1. Oh, hey! I love this song.
It starts out by discovering a new song. This is either through Spotify (which I highly recommend if you want to listen to new music), by word of mouth, or through the recommended videos on YouTube. At first, you start loving the rhythm and how all the instruments blend well together. Next, you start falling in love with the lyrics and start searching for them. And lastly, you become obsessed over the song, keeping it on replay and suggesting to every human being in the world.

2. This Album is Ridiculous…ly Awesome.
This is when you actually get a hold of the whole album (or EP) from where the single was taken off. You start playing the album a few times until you actually are familiar with some of the songs already. Then you go back to phase one, then start loving a certain song, then end up loving the whole album.

3. I Wonder How They Sound Live
You’re on YouTube, and you start to type a song off from their album and include the word ‘live’. Clicking on the first video that appeared, you start falling in love with the way the band plays together. Quickly, you become impressed how good they sound since they sound exactly like the studio recording. Afterwards, you start clicking on different live videos from the recommended videos on the right side of the screen.

4. Okay, let me get this straight, she is the drummer, and he is the lead guitarist, okay, got it!
This is when you start going to Wikipedia to read their history, and meet the band themselves. At first, you get confused on who’s who, then after a while you recognise them when you’re watching their live videos and interviews.

You quote everything they say during their interviews, their tour updates, their live videos and everything in between.  You stay up all night, looking for a good fan fiction to read, crying over the main character of the fan fiction and getting annoyed with the typical obnoxious girlfriend. You try your very best to get a hold of their merch, and constantly spam them for a followback or a reply. Basically, this is the transition period. You aren’t just a fan, you are the fangirl. 

You cry when there’s: a) a new album, b) a video update and etc. By the time you see them live for the first time, the first two songs are spent crying and the whole set is spent screaming everyone’s names.

7. I Am So Done.
You die down from your fangirl phase, and appreciate their music without the constant screaming and sudden ‘feels’. Congratulations, you have gone through the fangirl phase, and you are now a fan. You don’t feel the need to hoard all of their merchandise. Either way, this doesn’t make you less of a fan. You just buried all of your fangirl stories, and kept them safe, to retrieve them soon enough.

I personally go back to stages 5 & 6 more often than not. However, I do think that I’ve  overcome the fangirl phases… that is until I discover a new band/artist. How about you, at which phase are you at?

Disclaimer: This post is meant to share what I’ve gone through and are by no means to offend anyone. Also, these are based on my experience, so I wouldn’t say that everyone has the same opinion on the topic. After all, I am a fangirl.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Name Labels 2014

I enjoyed making these labels so much! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I Didn't Know I Was Going to Survive: Scuba Diving

When I was younger, I was pretty much comfortable with water, I loved swimming as a kid (in a pool). Snorkeling? Not as much. I used to loathe seeing fishes during our trip to the beach, but then I realized you won't really avoid them, so I avoid them. Crabs, fishes and even weird looking shells creeped me out back then. 

Nevertheless, I grew up and began to crave for adventure. And so I started out snorkeling, then my dad asked me if I was interested to take up Scuba Diving lessons. Scuba diving wasn't really new in our family. My mom and dad used to dive a lot, before I was born (circa 1995) and dove a few times a few years ago. When the question was presented to me, I immediately considered.

I never thought you actually had to take scuba diving lessons. I thought you just buy your gear, hop in a boat, and go straight down to the reefs. Boy, was I wrong. 

At first, going underwater wasn't as easy as it looked. You have to know principles of diving and it's rules, such as: a) never hold your breath, b) maintain neutral buoyancy (trust me, first day of dive class, I had to google what buoyancy meant) and a lot more.

But after classes and pool sessions (swimming pool, okay?), when you get to go to your check out dive (open water training), that's when it gets exciting… and a bit nerve wrecking.

They say, one of the golden rules of scuba is never hold your breath. When I saw the fishes, I CANT HELP BUT HOLD MY BREATH. I was so terrified, but then you hear a few lines from Finding Nemo at the back of your mind. Fish are friends, therefore we're friends, therefore they won't eat me. 

After our checkout dive, we had one more day trip to Anilao, Batangas, and had a legit dive. When I say legit, that means no classes are involved, no skills to be practiced. And, that is what the video is about, it was about my fun dive, last May 25!

So that concludes some of my dive lessons story. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed editing/making it!

I Didn't Know I Was Going to Survive:______ is a series that promotes being adventurous and trying out things you've always wanted to try (minus the slacking). Watch me fulfill a few things in my bucket list (or maybe something out of the blue) in every post with that as a title. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Name Labels Please!

(here are some of my name labels)

Hello! So lately, my has been filled with kindness (I have no idea what happened that everyone became sweet towards me, thank you again!) and questions about name labels. I remembering receiving an ask right after summer started regarding when I'd be taking requests on name label designs (not kidding). 


And so, here it is, folks! I'm willing to design TEN NAME LABELS for you guys! Also, if you're wondering how last year's Name Label designs turned out, click here. 

This will be on a first come, first serve basis! 

So yeah, I have a lot of spare time and I'd love to make your name label! And if you are interested, fill up this form, and I'd get back to you! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Japan 2014 / 2: Disneyland

It's been almost a month since my Japan trip and I haven't even finished half of this series. Anyway, it's better late than never. So in our second day in Japan, we went out to visit Disneyland! I didn't bother bringing my SLR since it was too heavy to begin with, and it would be such a hassle especially during rides. Here are a few photos I took from that day (and the photos of me were by my cousin).

After Disneyland, we headed back to our hotel, took a rest for an hour and went out shopping. I was fairly tired to go, but everything was much more cheaper in Japan. (Forever 21 dresses cost like Php 600, and it wasn't even on sale!)

We ended the night with some authentic Ramen at a Ramen bar (I finished some of my family's leftovers) 

That wraps up my post, to those who are inquiring about name labels, stay tuned!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Japan 2014 / 1: The City

(Photo and Edit by Alexandra Chua)

Hello! How's everyone? So today, I embarked on an adventure to Japan (together with my mom, and my cousins, aunt and uncle). I have to say, it wasn't my first time in a foreign country, and wasn't my first time in Japan. Nevertheless, every trip is a new experience and adventure. Take a look at my first day in the land of the sushi! 

I have always been fascinated with airplane rides. How you can transfer to another continent in a matter of hours. 

Window seats are the best! (Unless you're the type of person who uses the washroom a lot, window seats are a hassle then). When you're seated there, you could have the most comfortable sleeping position and have a beautiful view outside (except when you're at sky high).

Like I said, sitting at the window seat has it's perks. This was taken upon arrival at the Japan border. It looks so sleek, especially the second photo!

Mirror selfie! I had to have a change of outfit because what I wore on the plane ride was a knit sweater with big holes (which was not acceptable with the weather here in Japan: 18 degrees and windy).

Authentic Japanese food! I love Japanese food, especially Ramen (wherein I would reserve for the latter part of the tour).

And what I love about Japan is their attitude -- disciplined, respectful and humble. It's refreshing! Also, how safe it is to roam around the streets at 10 pm in the evening.