Halo! I'm April, nineteen, from MNL.
aioea here! [ah-yoh-we-ya]
words; book[s]
I ♡ luna, postcards, snail mails, dried florals, sunrises & sunsets, cats and books.

"Life has been very hard on me, but, at the same time, it has taught me a great deal." —Paulo Coelho
 
i ain't using this blog anymore but i'll still keep it because it's full of bitter sweet memories. msg me if you want to know my new blog url: . Danke! :]

The clouds earlier today (June 25, 2012) 

“Clouds may come, but clouds must go, and they all have a silver lining. For behind each cloud you know, the sun, or moon, is shining.”

June 13, 2012 - How was my first day of school? Oh, ‘twassss great! /sarcasm
First subject: Orientation that lasted for about 30 minutes or less
So, I still have 4 - 5 hour break for my next last class
I was hesitant to attend my next class because of my long break, so I was planning to go home but my friend insisted that I should not be absent on my first day, so we..
Watched the movie Prometheus in Waltermart just to kill the time
Then, tadaaaa! I attended my last class. 
I was also thankful for my friend that she accompanied me today and did even sit in on my class instead of going home hours ago.
So far, my day went well though.

June 13, 2012 - How was my first day of school? Oh, ‘twassss great! /sarcasm

  • First subject: Orientation that lasted for about 30 minutes or less
  • So, I still have 4 - 5 hour break for my next last class
  • I was hesitant to attend my next class because of my long break, so I was planning to go home but my friend insisted that I should not be absent on my first day, so we..
  • Watched the movie Prometheus in Waltermart just to kill the time
  • Then, tadaaaa! I attended my last class. 
  • I was also thankful for my friend that she accompanied me today and did even sit in on my class instead of going home hours ago.

So far, my day went well though.

I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. 
- Joan Didion

I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. 

- Joan Didion

★★★☆  3/5 - 3 stars for 3 books. 19 books down for the year 2012.

Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, “How are you?” have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you. 
- Letter to My Daughter | Maya Angelou 

Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, “How are you?” have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you. 

- Letter to My Daughter | Maya Angelou 

Through the view finder of Canon AE-1: Cat Appreciation post

Reading not only keeps me sane and entertained, it does not only help me escape reality and let me uncover different realities, but it also helps me widen my imaginations and develop my creative faculties. That is why reading is fundamental.

Reading not only keeps me sane and entertained, it does not only help me escape reality and let me uncover different realities, but it also helps me widen my imaginations and develop my creative faculties. That is why reading is fundamental.

★★★☆☆  3/5 - 16 books down for the year 2012.
The very first Tagalog novel I owned. I find this book very funny because of the gay lingos and the manananggal thingy. It was an entertaining book and a good read. Ricky Lee made sure that all of the characters were given their own spotlight in the duration of the story. All in all, I liked it even though the ending left me unsatisfied. Btw, I’m planning to buy Ricky Lee’s first book, Para kay B. :)
Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata - Ricky LeeBook description
“Eleksyon, 2010. Isang baklang impersonator, si Amapola, ang naging manananggal at nakatanggap ng propesiya na siya ang itinakdang magliligtas sa Pilipinas. Ang naghatid ng balita: si Emil, isang pulis na Noranian. Ang pasimuno ng balita: si Sepa, ang lola sa tuhod ni Amapola, na nanggaling pa sa panahon ng Kastila at may unrequited love noon kay Andres Bonifacio.“
“Napaka-imaginative ng Pilipino at di nauubusan ng mga bagong paraan ng pagdurusa.” — Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata

★★★☆  3/5 - 16 books down for the year 2012.

The very first Tagalog novel I owned. I find this book very funny because of the gay lingos and the manananggal thingy. It was an entertaining book and a good read. Ricky Lee made sure that all of the characters were given their own spotlight in the duration of the story. All in all, I liked it even though the ending left me unsatisfied. Btw, I’m planning to buy Ricky Lee’s first book, Para kay B. :)

Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata - Ricky Lee
Book description

Eleksyon, 2010. Isang baklang impersonator, si Amapola, ang naging manananggal at nakatanggap ng propesiya na siya ang itinakdang magliligtas sa Pilipinas. Ang naghatid ng balita: si Emil, isang pulis na Noranian. Ang pasimuno ng balita: si Sepa, ang lola sa tuhod ni Amapola, na nanggaling pa sa panahon ng Kastila at may unrequited love noon kay Andres Bonifacio.

Napaka-imaginative ng Pilipino at di nauubusan ng mga bagong paraan ng pagdurusa.” — Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata

★★★☆☆   3/5 - 14 books down for the year 2012.
A friend of mine said that I should give this book a try, so yup. It was a sad book but I like it though. I enjoyed reading it and also, I’d like to read the whole series but I’m too shy to borrow the remaining 12 books. Haha! ‘Twas okay at least I’d had the chance to read Lemony Snicket’s first book. :)

The Bad Beginning - Lemony SnicketBook description
The Baudelaire kids had a good life living with there mom and dad in a big house which also had a big library. One day the Baudelaire children went to a beach on a gloomy day and no one was there until they saw Mr. Poe who brought bad news. He told the children that there parents have died in a fire and there whole house have been burnt down even there beautiful library. After that the Baudelaire childrens life turned upside down with them now having to live with there uncel who had no contact with then ever before.
http://www.shelfari.com/books/50212/The-Bad-Beginning

★★★☆   3/5 - 14 books down for the year 2012.

A friend of mine said that I should give this book a try, so yup. It was a sad book but I like it though. I enjoyed reading it and also, I’d like to read the whole series but I’m too shy to borrow the remaining 12 books. Haha! ‘Twas okay at least I’d had the chance to read Lemony Snicket’s first book. :)

The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
Book description

The Baudelaire kids had a good life living with there mom and dad in a big house which also had a big library. One day the Baudelaire children went to a beach on a gloomy day and no one was there until they saw Mr. Poe who brought bad news. He told the children that there parents have died in a fire and there whole house have been burnt down even there beautiful library. After that the Baudelaire childrens life turned upside down with them now having to live with there uncel who had no contact with then ever before.

http://www.shelfari.com/books/50212/The-Bad-Beginning

I asked my granny if I can have all her old landscape photos when she was in Europe and some yellowing post cards and she said yes! Yay, another addition to my collection. ❤

I asked my granny if I can have all her old landscape photos when she was in Europe and some yellowing post cards and she said yes! Yay, another addition to my collection. 

It has been ages since I last soaked in the bathtub and I missed it. 

I’ve gotten a lot of followers lately. Yay! Soooooo.. let me tell you guys some tidbits about myself.
I’m April, I just turned 19. I live in the Philippines, MNL all my life. I’m incoming 3rd year college in STI taking up BSIT. I’m inlove with nature, heavenly bodies, books, eiffel tower, snail mails, and the list goes on. So yea, that’s it! Can’t think of things to write down anymore, so just msg. me if you want to know more about me or if you need someone to talk to. I may not be the best advisor, but I’ll try to give you the best advice I can think of. I’m just here if you need a friend, k? (≧▽≦)♥ ‏

I’ve gotten a lot of followers lately. Yay! Soooooo.. let me tell you guys some tidbits about myself.

I’m April, I just turned 19. I live in the Philippines, MNL all my life. I’m incoming 3rd year college in STI taking up BSIT. I’m inlove with nature, heavenly bodies, books, eiffel tower, snail mails, and the list goes on. So yea, that’s it! Can’t think of things to write down anymore, so just msg. me if you want to know more about me or if you need someone to talk to. I may not be the best advisor, but I’ll try to give you the best advice I can think of. I’m just here if you need a friend, k? (≧▽≦)♥ ‏

5 Random Book-related Facts (I just copied freedomblogger's post)
I don’t actually have bookshelves, so I put all my books in a cardboard box.
I also use dried flowers, random old pictures as bookmarks.
I don’t like removing the price stickers on the back of my books and I don’t write anything in my books.
I’m collecting the receipts and plastic bags of Fully booked. Yup, just fullybooked. Not Powerbooks, not National bookstore, not booksale, but Fully booked.  ヽ(´ー`)┌
If I could be any book character I would be, Margo Roth Spiegelman. I want to be brave, creative, adventurous, beautiful and smart like her. I love how she had the courage to do wild and crazy stuff with Quentin. How she fearlessly embrace life. How she amazingly escaped her school, family, friends, Quentin, her life, behind her and travel on her own. I almost want everything about Margo, except her traits of being self-centered, brat and selfish. You,  If you could be a character from any book you’ve read, who would you be?

5 Random Book-related Facts (I just copied freedomblogger's post)

  • I don’t actually have bookshelves, so I put all my books in a cardboard box.
  • I also use dried flowers, random old pictures as bookmarks.
  • I don’t like removing the price stickers on the back of my books and I don’t write anything in my books.
  • I’m collecting the receipts and plastic bags of Fully booked. Yup, just fullybooked. Not Powerbooks, not National bookstore, not booksale, but Fully booked.  ヽ(´ー`)┌
  • If I could be any book character I would be, Margo Roth Spiegelman. I want to be brave, creative, adventurous, beautiful and smart like her. I love how she had the courage to do wild and crazy stuff with Quentin. How she fearlessly embrace life. How she amazingly escaped her school, family, friends, Quentin, her life, behind her and travel on her own. I almost want everything about Margo, except her traits of being self-centered, brat and selfish. You,  If you could be a character from any book you’ve read, who would you be?

12 13 books down for the year 2012.

I just finished 2, well technically 3 books in a week. Yay! So now I need lotsa money to buy [a] new book[s]—oh how I hate being broke. Anyhoo, I’ve read The Vampire Diaries, The Hunters: Moonsong and Paper Towns and I give them ★★★★★  5/5 stars. These books are page turner and reading them (and my other book purchases for this month) definitely kept me sane these past few weeks of (deadly hot) April.

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Moonsong - L.J. Smith
Book description

Life is better than ever, Elena and her friends can’t wait to attend Dalcrest College. But when students start to disappear from campus, suddenly every new acquaintance is a potential enemy. Then Elena uncovers a long-hidden secret, one that shocks her to the core, she realises that darkness has followed her from Fell’s Church. But will it be Stefan or Damon who catches her when she falls?

http://vampirediaries.wikia.com/wiki/The_Hunters:_Moonsong

Paper Towns - John Green
Book description

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

http://johngreenbooks.com/paper-towns/

★★★☆☆   3/5 - 11 books down for the year 2012.
I had high hope for this book and it came short and the plot didn’t quite work for me but I liked it though. P.S. Nothing beats John Green’s, The Fault in our stars! 

Looking for Alaska - John GreenBook description
Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe, boring life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls in love with her. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, though, it is only in coming face-to-face with his problems that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
http://www.shelfari.com/books/25887/Looking-for-Alaska

★★★   3/5 - 11 books down for the year 2012.

I had high hope for this book and it came short and the plot didn’t quite work for me but I liked it though. P.S. Nothing beats John Green’s, The Fault in our stars! 

Looking for Alaska - John Green
Book description

Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe, boring life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls in love with her. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, though, it is only in coming face-to-face with his problems that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

http://www.shelfari.com/books/25887/Looking-for-Alaska