THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

DISCLAIMER: I have read this book back in 2016 and posted this review on Goodreads but my thoughts about this still has not changed. A lot of my Goodreads friends have loved this book; I was one of the few that did not love this. All The Bright places will be getting a movie starring Ellie Fanning, and while I believe she’ll do a great job of being Violet, I’m not sure if it’s something I’ll be watching if the story is much like the books.

DISCLAIMER 2: Don’t be fooled by that title. This book does not have a happy ending. Sorry to spoil things for you. But I just needed to say it. It’s one of the things I didn’t like the book.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY: The Witcher Season 1

thewitcherSo that was surprising. I did not expect to love this series to be completely honest.

I love fantasy. Whether it’s a book, a TV series, movies, or whatever – I eat them up – but The Witcher was never in my radar until I saw the trailer with fucking Henry Cavill, clad in all black with elvish white hair; Damn. How can you resist watching that?

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So yeah. I watched this after the hype has gone down a bit because that’s just how I am. I tend to not like watching stuff that are so hyped up, because sometimes I fear I will get pressured into liking it because everyone does.

So anyways, like I said, I finally watched it.

This was how I looked like after the first episode.

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Dear Future Sandee

Hi Sandee,

I am you – writing from the past that is. I want to write the future me a letter to remind you that life isn’t always bad. It may not work out the way you plan it would. but everything eventually works out in the end. I know it might not seem like it right now but it will.

Currently, I am writing in the present, but when you read this again, it might probably be sometime in the future. Not sure when you’ll reread this but I hope you will. It’s possible that my circumstances might have already changed by then – who knows? Things might have gotten better for me, or gotten worse. I might have made more wrong decisions that would affect you, my future self, so let me apologize to you in advance for that. I’m only human by the way. We both are. But know that I am still trying my best to make things work. I am struggling to still make myself the best version of myself that I can be. I am still working my way through finally finding that happiness I have been longing for.

I’m sure you know, 2019 wasn’t the best year for us, and so were the many other years before that. I haven’t had the best year in a while. I used to love reading, writing, blogging, but I lost all interest in doing anything for the past few years. Things that I am passionate about suddenly stopped being interesting to me. I became extremely lethargic about doing things I love. Things were happening in my life, left and right, leaving me with no room for myself. There was no room to only focus on me and the things that I love. Whether it’s finances, career, family, relationships, everything around me was falling apart – there was nothing I could do to stop any of it.

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I succumbed to depression. My anxiety has gotten worse. I stopped trusting people. I drifted away further from everyone. I was rarely getting enough sleep. I couldn’t focus on one thing for a long time. I stopped being productive. I stopped trying to do things. I stopped being myself. I couldn’t even recognize who this girl was anymore.

So dear Sandee, in the future, if you encounter things that would dishearten you or bring you down, please don’t make my mistakes. Please don’t give in to the thoughts inside your head feeding you with nonsense like how you are not good enough and that you will fail in whatever you want to do. Know that you are stronger than you think. Know that inside you, there is a strong woman who has been through a lot of shit yet is still here fighting her way through life like the warrior that she is.

I lost a fraction of my life giving in to the things that are trying to pull me away from the things that I really want to do. I lost track of how many times I have given in to the wishes of others when I couldn’t even give in to my own wishes. I lost a lot of time worrying about what will happen in the future because my anxiety-stricken brain always gets me worried about everything. My life has not been my own. Our life has not been ours for a long time. Please, make sure to live life as much as you possibly can.

I’ve always wanted to travel. If in case that I am not able to do that, remember that you should. I’ve always wanted to blog and share my thoughts to everyone who would listen. If I was not able do, then in the future, do it for yourself.

Always remember that money could be earned again but experiences would last you a lifetime – they are things that you could never buy with any amount of money in the world. Experience life. Experience the beauty of living in the moment. Don’t worry too much. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Learn to live life as it goes. Everything will eventually figure things out. They always do.

Let me remind you of something that you always seem to forget: Love yourself more. Your self-worth should not be determined by anyone else but yourself. The love that you have always been looking for is right inside you – if you could only look inside yourself. It is there. Other people will disappoint you, but not you. Love yourself first. Put yourself first. Always.

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I can’t promise that 2020 would not be another 2019; however, we can sure as hell try to make it far better than the years before. I will promise to do the best I can to live my life as fully as possible this year.

love always

ANIME REVIEW: The Garden of Words

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the garden of wordsWas it a love story? Yes. But not the kind of love story we are used to.

• I am in love with the artwork. Beautiful.


• While the main character (Akizuki) seemed pretty fleshed out, I feel like I connected more with the secondary character (Yukino). Probably because I am at this point in my life where her struggles are pretty much in line with mine.

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ANIME REVIEW: 5 Centimeters Per Second

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• Despite that head-scratcher of an ending, I absolutely fell for this. The story was very relatable. I think that’s the beauty of Makoto Shinkai’s work – His stories were always something people could relate to. It may not be because they happened to experience the same thing as our characters do, but because of how these characters react to the situations that were placed in front of them.

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BOOK REVIEW: Verity by Colleen Hoover

TITLE: Verity
SERIES: Standalone
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
PUBLICATION DATE: December 7th 2018
NUMBER OF PAGES: 333 pages
PUBLISHER: Hoover Ink
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Romance

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

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BULLET REVIEW: Hayejin Cuddle of Flowers Pink Moisturizing Sheet Mask

I just love using sheet masks. I would sometimes hoard them, use them when my skin needs to be extra gorgeous on certain days, or whenever I just want my skin to be pampered. On times when I’m not using any serums or essences, I would use sheet masks that targets my skin issues. Sheet masks are soaked in either concentrated serums or essences. Serums and essences are often pretty expensive so using sheet masks are a good alternative if you can’t get a full bottle of those products.

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Q&A REVIEW: Vice Cosmetics Phenomenal Velvet Lip Kit

 

Yes. I have another lip product review. I’m sorry. Haha. No scratch that, I am not sorry because I love lip products a lot so I might be posting more pretty soon.

Anyways, today I will be focusing my review on a local brand here in the Philippines called Vice Cosmetics. I was not a huge fan of their Matte Lip Kits because I found them too trying, not to mention the lip liner was a disaster. But I wanted to give them another go since this time they released Velvet Lip Kits – consider me intrigued.

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Q&A REVIEW: Clio Mad Matte Lips in 06 Sensual Pepper

Surprise!

I have another lip product review for you guys because… Why the hell not? Haha.

Kidding aside though, I’ve bought quite a few lippies the past few months that I haven’t done a review on so I thought it is about time to catch up on them.

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DNF FILES #1: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

TITLE: Uprooted
SERIES: Standalone
AUTHOR: Naomi Novik
PUBLICATION DATE: May 19th 2015
NUMBER OF PAGES: 438 pages
PUBLISHER: Macmillan
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy

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