Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 271 - To be great even with hate

I was looking forward for this weekend for two reasons. I want to break my unproductivity and I allowed myself to be bothered by some insignificant nuisance Admittedly, ignoring insignificant incidents is not one of my strengths. Allowing myself to become easily affected is one of my undesired talents. However, experiences like this never fail to give me some unexpected learning opportunities. For one, I encountered another case when maturity does not come with age. Some choose to plant hatred, even among silent and innocent individuals. Hate seems to be a superiority indicator for some. I don't know, but I noticed some individuals seem to feel empowered whenever they have an opportunity to express it. An unfortunate reality or irony, people expected to wear the shoes of maturity become living evidences of this immaturity.

Focusing on the good side, I'm thankful for this long weekend. The quick holiday break started for me last Friday. I had a sumptuous Korean meal with my friend A. I treated myself to more sleeping hours. I'm starting to regain my interest in reading. I wanted to finish another Korean drama but my obese and aging body is always calling me to sleep. On the few hours I'm awake, I watch The Voice with my family, while enjoying a bottle of Coke and a bag of potato chips. This has been my definition of peace and tranquility lately. Everything seems to feel right whenever I'm with them. In between, I check my social media accounts and entertain myself with valuable items in my newsfeed. Here are some interesting reads from my social media accounts.

KFC's search for Goblin's wife lookalike - Several days ago, a netizen noticed a KFC crew who has resemblance with the popular Korean actor, Gong Yoo. I guess the company took advantage of the opportunity. There's a sudden advertising campaign formulated. Unless otherwise, everything has been planned from the start.

An insightful read for HR professionals, managers and rank and file employees - Times are changing, there's always a better way to do everything. I hope the points raised in this article warrants some attention... and action.

This Facebook Community Summit - So much to learn and realize after watching this video. Never knew the power of Facebook groups. I was also amazed by the fact that Facebook is engaged in research based and customer empowering activities.  

Here are more beautiful things that made the past week in photos.

My weekly planner mess - My current sources of happiness are stickers, sticky notes and more paper products.

Discovered this inspiring planner from Mother E! - The 100 Bucket List will make it as one of my favorite items for 2017. For those interested, I discovered some sellers from Ali Express offering it for a cheaper price. 

Thank you Terra and Marieken for the postcards and wonderful messages. 

On usual weekends, I'm always rushing whenever Sunday arrives. I love that this time, I'm able to take things slow and my exposure towards negative people are lessened. :p No matter how much I rant, I can never get rid of them. #Fact #Reality Whatever it is, I just hope that I emerge as the better person after everything. Can't wait for the day when I reread this post and realize a lot has changed. I will eventually laugh about everything. There will surely be better days ahead.  

Like Father, Like Son


A few hours before Father's Day ended, I chanced the local airing of a critically acclaimed Japanese film, Like Father, Like Son. It's most prestigious recognition came from the Cannes Jury Prize. Truth to be told, I've been half-hearted with award winning films. Either I like it or don't. It has always been a make or break outcome for me.

Like Father Like Son relates a life changing discovery that intertwined two families. Years after the birth of their sons, the management of the hospital admitted a tragic mistake. Their sons were switched by a frustrated and depressed nurse. To return the sons to their real families is easier said than done. In the end, the two families agreed to gradually prepare their sons. Every weekend, the two families meet and exchange sons. Unfortunately, the arrangement only worked for a limited time. As expected, more worries, conflicts and problems emerged.  

The incident in the hospital is impossible to happen in today's time. However, the events that prevailed between the two families surely happen among parents and children. Much of the film dealt with the well-off family residing in the city. Ryota Nonomiya, a successful businessman is driven by his ambition to economically uplift his family. The tradeoff of Ryota's priorities, lesser time and attention for his wife, Midori and son, Keita. The movie also personified Ryota as the imposing father to Keita. 

Yudai and Yukari Saiki live in a modest province with Ryusei and other children. Unlike Ryota's family, Yudai's family is economically challenged. In fact, Yudai was even portrayed as a greedy victim, hoping to receive some money from the hospital. However, Yudai appeared to  be the better father to both Keita and Ryusei. Both kids loved the modest home that Yudai and Yukari provided. On the contrary, all the comforts that Ryota provides seemed to be irrelevant for Keita and Ryusei. An ironic reality present in the film, those who don't have that much in life appeared to become a better provider of love and affection.  

There's so much about family and parenting to learn from this movie. During this time when money is everything, one will realize that parenting goes beyond providing. Parenting is nurturing. Likewise, the movie emphasized that children define love with time and attention. I guess there's nothing new with this kind of theme and message. What made the film moving was its execution. Initially, Ryota was depicted as a selfish and heartless father. He even taught Keita to lie about the time they spent as father son for a school interview. He was presented as the protagonist exhibiting the attributes of an antagonist. Some turn out of events, Ryota saw in his own eyes, his lone heartbreaking failure. It took a painful father-son scene to make Ryota finally learn how to become a father. 

This time, an award winning film did not fail me. Definitely, 5 out of 5 stars for Like Father, Like Son. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 270 - Lighten up

I'm typing this post at 2:35 am. I started three hours ago and thought I was halfway done. Somewhere along the way and my grumbling stomach, I decided to change everything. I sounded too preachy. I felt like I was writing a pretentious reflection paper. :p Well, I have the same sentiment in some of my old posts. I cringe when I reread them. 

Whenever I write my regular Sunday post, I try my best to identify a word that can capture the previous week. This week, the nearest I can identify is rattled. I'm all for silence, stillness and stability in all aspects of my life. In reality however, more than half of my life has been a compilation of different downstream and upstream. I wallow in sadness and frustration. I celebrate little accomplishments. Most of the time though, I survive by allowing things to settle on its own. I make plans but I admit, I rarely become creative or goal driven over the past years. So when another set of wave arrives, I easily get rattled and shaken. In effect, I overanalyze everything. I worry about things that eventually don't happen. My friends can attest to my irritating and stressful coping mechanism. :p 

I think I've written so much boring and serious thoughts. Let me lighten up by sharing some photos from the past week.

Weekly Planner Mess and a reminder to enjoy all the little things, which I did for this weekend - I had enough sleep, TV series marathon, and some great food at home. Speaking of great food, I had a lot this week. In effect, my weekly exercise marathon became useless. 

My Beatrix Potter's book collection is alive again. I wish to complete the 23 books in this green hardbound edition. I was lucky to score some copies from Book Sale and a few sellers via Instagram. Please help me complete my collection, tag me or email me stores that offer this vintage edition. 

And here's another vintage book I scored this week, Guess How Much I Love You is a perfect father's day book.

Recently, I often visit the children's book section of bookstores. There's something about children's books that can unearth and captivate the kid-at-heart of every grown up. I also feel that children's book are more challenging to write. (Consider this as one of my ultimate life goals now.) My recent favorites include The Day the Crayons Quit, Missing Mommy and The Heart and the Bottle

Thankful for having a Dad who supported all my endeavors.

Unfortunately, I failed to upload this post on a Sunday. :( In a few more hours, I'm back to work again. I hope this week brings me something great to look forward. I maybe rattled again. I'm hoping that some sources of happiness will come along the way. My friends and the Big Boss above know how to make it happen. ;) Insert one of my life's current OSTs.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 269 - In a good way

The past week was exhausting in a good way. I started the week feeling lousy and unproductive. It was one of those Mondays when I have to drag myself to start moving. (I guess all Mondays were designed that way. :p) The succeeding days felt almost the same. I tried my best to feel motivated and inspired. Nothing seemed to change. My only consolation was the company of great friends. The short one hour lunch break with them was a life saver. Unlike what other people might think about us, we never had those backstabbing sessions. Our own lives were more than enough to create the perfect lunch break riot recipe. :p 

While the past week has not been so good, the weekend made up for everything. I spent the entire Saturday in BGC. I meet up with my friend A, we had chicken wings from Wing Stop, tried Tim Hortons for the first time, and supported Mother E and her company's book launch. BGC is a great place. Unfortunately, the Manila girl in me feels intimidated whenever I visit places like Ayala Avenue and BGC. The towers, luxurious cars, high rise residences, boutiques of signature brands make me feel that I'm not in the Philippines. :p It also doesn't help that I still can't navigate the entire area. However, I appreciate the open spaces, parks, trees and pedestrian friendly streets. So I guess getting lost in BGC may not be a bad idea after all. 

Meanwhile, here are the other beautiful things that happened last week.

Hello from my weekly planner mess

Bidding farewell to my current favorite pair of shoes - Next week, I'm back to my office uniform again. I have to wear the same clothes for 10 months. I will surely miss my comfiest jeans, shirt and everything laid back. 

I'm developing deeper appreciation for non-fiction books, even though some principles don't work for me. I just enjoy reading varied and interesting point of views. 

Big thanks to my friend A for this beep card (train card)! Wonder Woman is love!!!

My lifetime and grown up mantra :D - Read books, sleep more, and laugh so hard. If these three happen in one day, then I'm all done and thankful.

Snippets from Philip & Ana's book launch for Francesca, Isa, Dalawa Sorpresa - Thank you for the invite Mother E! It was my first time to see Pottery Barn, whose kids and baby section interest me than the living room showcase. I later realized this was the first event I attended as a blogger.

I wanted to end this post on a positive note. I recently watched a TedTalk that deals with achievements. While everything sounds so inspiring, the actual work depends on the path that needs to be constructed. Added to this, the roadblocks that never fail to get in the way. While there is always a way to surpass everything, I'm also concerned with a common yet least discussed pitfall. When people lose or become confused with their ambitions. I'm a guilty soul here. So much in my list, tried to simplify everything, and ending to be confused, frustrated and become a failure at the end of the day. Life and its never ending complexities. I guess, I'm beginning to sound non-sense here. :) Apologies, but my mind is occupied with scattered thoughts. I probably need some redirection, another inspiration or just some point of relaxation. 

Wishing everyone a great week ahead! And for my Filipino friends, enjoy the long weekend!!! 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 268 - First of June

First week of June! I'm trying to recall everything that happened over the past week. The opening of the annual sports fest at the workplace, unexpected dinner with a friend, seeing some of my financial plans are working out and rewarding myself with some treats on Friday. I planned to do some decluttering activity on weekend. As expected, I failed to finish because I'm always distracted. Checking my social media accounts every now and then, encountering some random notes and items and sometimes, wallowing in useless thoughts, realizations and life plans. I guess my emotional hormones are overreacting these days. I feel highly sensitive to the extent that the local actress who can't fluently speak Filipino in a travel show is irritating me. I swear, I'm in the brink of bringing my exasperation in my Twitter account. :p 

I'm avoiding to write another negative post. In my effort to recall something that made me smile last week, I almost forgot my mother's birthday. We had a small celebration at home. Like the usual years, we had special food shared with some of our relatives. I love my mother except when she opens a topic I refuse to discuss. When will the one arrive? :p This made me remember an incident that happened a few weeks ago. A family friend visited my parents because they wanted me to become one of the principal sponsors for her daughter's wedding. My mother made the most hilarious reaction. She expressed her intense protest. (My mother seemed to forget that her daughter is already 30 plus years old.  Hahahaha) She was afraid because I might not anymore get married once I start to become a wedding sponsor. As it appears, my mother is still hoping that there's someone out there. So to those who also love my mother, you can easily guess the best birthday gift. Pray for me and my pathetic heart. :p If only I can bring my mother to convince my "crush at the workplace," then the entire home will finally be in peace and harmony. Hahahahaha

Meanwhile, here are some photos that made the past week

Weekly Planner Mess

Postcards from Terra - They all arrived on the same week. Thank you Terra!!! You words always inspire me.

And the last photo was inspired by my mother  hahahahahaha

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

YumeTwins : My first subscription box

I have always been fascinated with subscription boxes. I love the idea of receiving a box of surprise goodies every month. The first subscription boxes I encountered contained Korean based beauty products. Over time, I noticed the growing variety from clothing, food and accessories. Recently, I discovered a Japan based subscription box. It was one of the random ads that appear in my Facebook newsfeed. I rarely click ads, except when the product featured interests me. I first saw Tokyo Treat's subscription boxes. Upon, browsing its website, I discovered its affiliate brand, YumeTwins. While Tokyo Treat compiles packed snacks, YumeTwins deals with everything kawaii. Kids at heart who love Japanese toys, stationery, and other knick knacks will love YumeTwins.

I wanted to try both Tokyo Treat and YumeTwins. While reading all the information in the website, I discovered that both brands provide an opportunity for bloggers. Those who wish to receive a free box for review can submit their application via email. You can secure the details here. Fortunately, my request was granted. I was qualified for the May subscription box. The only downside, the box arrived on the last day of May. :p I even have to make follow up visits in the Post Office. Nevertheless, I'm still happy that everything arrived.

Unboxing my first Kawaii box

What I received from YumeTwins

1. Sailor Mercury plush toy - Brings back some childhood memories from the Japanese anime, Sailor Moon

2. Rilakkumma New Year Mochi - Yes, it's an edible Rilakkuma. What I thought as a library bell turned out to be two pieces of mochi. 

3. Rilakkuma Shampoo Bottle - Another Rilakkuma item :) I plan to place my favorite body wash in this kawaii bottle. 

4. Tsum Tsum Cosmetic Pouch- Sheer cuteness! It's a Japan licensed item so this can't be purchased from any other store.

5. Sanrio Cozy Socks - Pompompurin is love! Here's another Sanrio brand that I miss because the lone distributor of Sanrio products in the Philippines closed its last branch. I miss Gift Gate. :( 

6. YumeTwins Monthly Magazine - Even the magazine is kawaii. It features the monthly products,  and updates of future boxes.

Overall, I was happy with the first subscription box I received. I kept some of the items for myself and the rest was shared to my niece.

For those who are interested, visit YumeTwins website here. They ship worldwide and best about everything, it's free. Order your first box and get ready to be surprised with everything kawaii.

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Thank you YumeTwins!

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Book Stop Project in Intramuros 2017

It was during the summer of 2016 when I discovered The Book Stop Project. I love books and libraries so anything that imbibe such concept will appeal to me. Last year, Intramuros became one of the destinations of The Book Stop Project. Check out my post here.

After several months, The Book Stop Project traveled to other places. Fast forward to 2017, the structure of the mobile library was given a major improvement. The roof of the mobile library has wooden bleachers that provided ample and comfortable space for reading. Kudos to the people behind WTA Architecture for always thinking out of the box and believing that libraries remain as partners for creativity and invention.

In my biased opinion, Plaza de Roma is still the best venue for The Book Stop Project. I love that there's a library in the middle of a spacious park and the historical structures in the backdrop.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader

The Book Stop Project will remain in Intramuros until July 22, 2017.  I encourage everyone to participate in the book donation or exchange project. Leave your books in exchange for other books. Better yet, donate than accumulate. A book you haven't read for years surely deserves another hungry reader. I also noticed the regular presence of children to teenagers.  Unfortunately, the library does not seem to have enough books for this age group. I urge everyone to take this opportunity to donate books for young readers. Although the library welcomes any type of book you can leave.

If Intramuros is far and inconvenient from your end, I can offer a little assistance. You can ship the books to my Manila address and I can leave the books for you. Just send me an email dianewrites15(at)gmail(dot)com.

Have a great day ahead!