Saturday, August 9, 2014


Do we write to impress or to express? Do we write for the people or for ourselves? Why do we write, to begin with? It’s not every day do we find someone, may it be across the country or even across the world, who can appreciate the self-expression we share in the little space in world wide web.

I write to express for the people who can’t put their feelings into words, for the people who are about to commit the same mistake I have already done, for the people who want to learn the lessons without experiencing the wrath of a situation. Jem of Postcards and Polaroids, who scribbles with her heart, gave me the chance to shine through the brightness she flashed toward me—this.

SACRED RULES OF THE SUNSHINE BLOG AWARD
  • Post a picture of the sunshine blog award.
  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that brought sunshine to your blogging experience and inform them about your post.
  • Write 11 questions for your nominated bloggers.

SELF-FACTS
  • I’m an aficionado of change. Transformation occurs best when it comes from negative to a positive one.
  • Coffee occupies a big part of my life that when it wouldn’t exist, I’d feel like a quarter of me is missing. In other words, I love coffee the way I love all types of food and drinks combined.
  • Whenever (disturbing) thoughts swirl around my mind and they are arguably strong, I rush to my running shoes and take a few laps. In that case, I think I keep myself sane.
  • Books are my best friends. They pretty much feed my mind with great knowledge no real person can speak, and most especially, they don’t betray.
  • I’m a fast learner except when it involves “learning to get used to something that was once there and now is totally gone.” But I hope to learn it, too, in no time.
  • Grammatically incorrect sentences or illogically structured ones are my pet peeves I can’t stand longer than a minute. Ignorance of grammar rules excuses no one.
  • Most presents given to me on whatever occasion are barely used (unless there are food, I eat them right away). I keep them in a box, together with the letters sent to me since grade school.
  • I like watches so much—the way they look on my wrist is just marvelous.
  • I used to be a part of our school choir in high school, but I admittedly have a terrible voice now.
  • Relapsing into days I wanted to relive isn’t impossible, especially when sleeping is seemingly hard to do after midnight.
  • I’m a believer of the great power of the mind, thus I keep an optimistic mindset if not always, most of the time.

What do you do when you feel down?
It depends on what made me feel down and the degree of distress I suffer. Normally, I do my best to shift thoughts by ignoring the unkind, exhausting ones and recite a mantra (more like sing Colbie Caillat’s): think good thoughts. But other times, I read great books or watch comedy movies or listen to party music to divert my attention and forget the upsetting ideas.

What are the five songs that tug on your heartstrings?
Bloom by The Paper Kites and We Are Infinite by The Tunnels will forever give me jitters every time I listen to it comparable to Up Dharma Down’s Tadhana. Valentine by Kina Grannis and Heartbeat by Chris Brown shoots me straight in the heart every time their melodies reach my eardrums.

Where do you see your blog in five years?
I honestly have no idea what the future holds, but I hope my blog will be somewhere it really belongs. Perhaps, even somewhere influential (in a good way, of course).

Have you tried to watch WWE before? Did you have a crush?
I have seen a few episodes of WWE when my dad still watches wrestling. Apparently, I barely remember the wrestlers’ names and faces so I’m sure I never had a crush on one.

If you could have one travel buddy, who would it be?
I don’t think I’d have a travel buddy since I like to spend most of my time alone. And I think it’s an awesome idea to visit different places and meet various people who have the same objective as I.

When was your best birthday ever? Share details and you may post photos.
Every year, it just gets better. My last will probably be the best, but so far, it’s this year’s celebration when I had dinner with a few high school and college friends at Cerchio and sang our hearts out afterwards at a KTv bar in Tomas Morato. I also had an entire weekend spent with my family traveling to places in search for food.

What is the book (and movie) you can read (and watch) over and over again?
Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra, which has something in it that makes me read it as fast as I can and it doesn’t have a story that can be rotten in days. As for the movie, it’s a trilogy, originally written as a screenplay by Richard Linklater. I can watch Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight all over again. Any time!

What are the five quotes you carry in your heart?
  1. Ayn Rand’s “I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.”
  2. Warren Buffet’s “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.”
  3. English Proverb’s “Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.”
  4. Jesse Livermore’s “Markets are never wrong. Opinions often are.”
  5. Nelson Mandela’s “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Who is your favorite blogger of all time?
I don’t think I have any favorites at all. I just really like going across blogs of people I know (and don’t) where I find similar ideas as I have and learn new ones I don’t.

Supposed you know that you will die tomorrow, what will you do today?
I first thought of reading the first and last chapters of the books I want to read and watching the trailers of the movie I want to see, but then, I remembered maybe I could still read books and see movies when I die. So on my second thought, I’d like to spend my last 20+ hours with all (or at least most of) the people I treasure, like perhaps an hour allotted for each person, then just do whatever they wish to do with me and I’ll tell them all the good things and memories we shared for the past years. It’ll be also be nice to remind how appreciated they are.

When you have nothing left to do in the internet, what site do you visit?
When I have nothing left to do in the internet, of course I no longer browse. Instead, I either read a book I’ve started sometime recently or watch a movie or an episode of my favorite series e.g. Suits. Or eat, possibly.

BLOGGER NOMINEES
  1. Kaye of Thirst for Euphoria
  2. Chammie of Whine and Cheese
  3. Mika of Chasing the Dreamer
  4. Shuli of Prima Facia Me
  5. Aman of The Hard Life of a Writer
  6. Jaiza of HeyJmaj
  7. Jeane of The Dauntless Tales
  8. Lysa of Hello Lysa
  9. Vlary of (★)
  10. Lei of Your Silly Girl’s Little Adventure
  11. Lyka of The Human Walkie Talkie ♡

QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEES
  1. What is your principle in life? In what way do you practice it?
  2. What do you think is your mission in life?
  3. What do you value the most in life?
  4. If you were to write a book about your life, what would its title be? Why?
  5. What is your objective of having a blog and keeping it public?
  6. How do you handle criticisms?
  7. Would you rather have one choice or a list of choices?
  8. Where do you see yourself thirty (30) years from now?
  9. If one of the people you trust the most betrayed you, what would you do about it?
  10. When you leave the world, what do you want to be remembered for?
  11. How well do you know yourself?
This might be tough, but I am looking forward to the rediscovery of yourselves!