Writing Wednesdays: Dreamland


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A/N: I originally planned to post something new BUT I found it hard to post it. It felt too raw so here’s some flash fiction for you~

I wrote this back in October 2011. Tumblr says 2 years ago so… 2012? I admit that this really was based from a dream. (So sorry; I have a very weird head and subconscious. ;A;) This is a part of a series of flash fiction stories that I was writing during that year but I must’ve failed to tag it…

I hope to get out of this writer’s block slump soon. OTL

*Nook for Words is locked~ This Tumblr account is locked so that I could clean it up before renaming it and turning it into something else or deleting it altogether. :D


Tell-All Tuesdays: On Theft and Poverty


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Last Tuesday, I was walking while eating a bag of shrimp chips worth Php8. That’s 0.18 cents in the US. I happened to cross paths with a homeless man, carrying a bag of I-don’t-really-know-what. I saw his hands turn into claws and tried to grab the bag from me. It was during daylight and I apparently looked like I wasn’t paying attention. That I was completely vulnerable. I lifted the bag out of his reach and walked on. I didn’t look back.

This made a strong impression on me. Someone just tried to steal something from me in broad daylight. The object isn’t even my phone or my bag but a cheap bag of chips. Whoa. o.o

I thought to myself: would I have given my food to him if he asked?

I honestly wouldn’t because I don’t like utilitarianism. I know that sounds mean but you see, I’d rather help them for the long run rather than help in the short run. I’d rather feed him everyday and help make this person useful to society so that he can support himself rather than feed him a sorry bag of chips and leave him be. But the next issue here now is that I am not capable of helping anyone for a long period of time.

So, what do I do now? I do give to charity every once in a while but I don’t know if it really is used for the cause.

What would you have done if this happened to you?


Blogger Mondays: The Liebster Award (1/2 Posts)


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First of all, thank you so much to Harriet of My Eden of the East for nominating me for this award! This is so awesome! :D

These are the rules from My Eden of the East:

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Let’s get this started with the 11 questions from Harriet:

What is your top beauty product? Eyeliner! I have this obsession over eyeliner because of Ga-in’s eye make-up. Besides her singing and her bordering-4D personality, I like her eye make-up a lot which is mostly just eyeliner because she’s a monolid. I am honestly not a monolid but I still use relatively thick eyeliner to accentuate my eyes.

Do you prefer books or movies? I have no strong preference for either. There are some books that are better off without a movie adaptation and there are those books that have brilliant beyond brilliant adaptations. I do my best to enjoy both. My usual pattern is to watch the movie and then read the book for fewer moments of disappointment. ;A;

What is your favourite food? I do have a thing for Chinese food. I don’t get tired of eating dimsum. :D

What is your definition of happiness? For me, happiness is finding contentment at the current state of one’s life. It’s the point when everything is just right — like there’s nothing more in life that could make you feel happier.

Why did you start blogging? At first, I did not want to start blogging because I originally planned to lose weight before starting a fashion blog but then, I realized that I don’t want a fashion blog alone. I want to be able to express myself and my interests — fashion, food, books, movies, and more. So, I started anjwrites regardless of weight loss. This is my avenue where I can practice to express myself freely to others — to everyone who has been with me in the past few months and to people that I will meet in the future. :)

Who or what are your biggest inspirations? Ah, for writing, there’s Lang Leav, JK Rowling, and Jane Austen. For blogging about what they love the most (which are things I also love), there’s Kaila from Rainbowholic and Tricia of Tricia Will Go Places.

What is your ideal job? I want to be a style/trend expert. Someone who knows what will be up next in the fashion world. I want to be able to give out well-studied opinions on clothes and not just “oh, that is pretty”. I want to be able to dish out and have an influence on styles. I’d have a VIP seat on every fashion show and would give commentary on the collections. I’d help RTW fashion companies develop their own collections too. Other than this, I also want to write fictional prose and poetry. So much to do, so little time! D:

What is your favourite thing to do to pass the time? Reading. This used to be going around Tumblr but then again, because of work, I don’t go to Tumblr a lot these days. I read at one point during the 2-hour commute to work and the 2.5 – 3 hour commute home. Reading makes queuing up not a problem. ;w;

Where is your favourite place to visit? The bookstore. Any bookstore for that matter. I love being surrounded by books. I used to stay in the library back in college and wait for my dad to pick me up in a bookstore. I always de-stress in a bookstore, looking for a new adventure to get myself into.

What video game would you recommend? Admittedly, I don’t play much video games. I wanted to but my parents raised me on educational games like Jumpstart and Cluefinders… and eventually Carmen San Diego. I never went through Mario and Pokemon and other games. I did have a Nintendo DS phase and all I played there was Harry Potter. =3=

Where would you like to be in 5 years time? In five years, I would be 28. Hopefully, I’m already someone important in the fashion scene that I’d even get invited to fashion shows outside the country! This blog would be my avenue for my commentaries and hopefully, lead to a fashion side blog where I’d be able to give out more commentaries. I would be financially stable. I would’ve done most of the things off my bucket list such as cosplay and learn music. By then, I suppose I’d be in a relatively serious relationship wherein the other person and I are considering marriage. :P

As for my own 11 questions, check it out below:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. If you are given a chance to meet someone who has passed away, who would it be and why?
3. What do you like most about the place you live in right now?
4. What is your favorite animal?
5. Can you draw?
6. Do you hang up posters in your room? What type of posters?
7. If you could grow your hair in any color, what color would it be?
8. What languages do you speak and write in?
9. What is your total must-have accessory?
10. Are you a pack rat?
11. What is your deepest, darkest fear?

Now, for the 11 blogs to be tagged with this award. Honestly speaking, I do not know how to check how many followers does a blog have (unless it shows on the page itself) so… hmmm, how to go about this… OTL

Just to get the posts rolling (as I am still delayed for a week), I’ll post the 11 featured blogs for this award sometime soon on a separate post~ Suspense, yes? OTL


Random Sundays: Good Ol’ Sleepy Hollow


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Given that I was sick, I also spent my Sunday at home. The lone movie I saw that day came to me in a dream… or something like a dream. I felt the need to watch Sleepy Hollow.

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 movie by Tim Burton based on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The movie plays around Ichabod Crane, a methodical and scientific police officer from New York played by Johnny Depp, who is sent to Sleepy Hollow to solve the mysterious deaths in the area.

The deaths revolve around the Van Tassel family wherein their distant cousin, the Van Garrett family — father and son — were found headless. That is followed by a series of deaths in the small town with only Ichabod, Katrina, and young Masbeth to solve it together.

One of the things I have never mentioned here before is my love for Tim Burton movies with Johnny Depp in it. I have seen most of the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp works. I personally like Tim Burton’s style — really dark and deep. His movies definitely take you on an adventure elsewhere. As for Johnny Depp, I think his acting is superb. He immerses himself in a role and just does it. I honestly feel that it’ll be difficult to separate Johnny Depp from his roles.

The only Tim Burton-Johnny Depp movie is Ed Wood. I might watch it soon. Have you seen that movie?


PS: Photo is not mine. I couldn’t find my original source anymore. TAT

[Un]Eventful Saturdays: Alive While Watching Princess Hours


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The reason why haven’t been able to blog a lot in the previous week was because of an illness. I got myself a fever since last last Thursday (and just got out of it last Tuesday). OTL

I spent my Saturday in bed. I remember waking up at 8am and being fed by my mom prior to drinking this medicine that was supposed to make me feel groggy. My brother and I were left at home minutes later. We were watching Adventure Time in the laptop when the pill kicked in and I was pretty dead until 1:30pm. D: There’s nothing much to report after that. I attempted to read but that pretty much failed. I just watched Princess Hours until I needed to take another pill and zonk out. D:

What is Princess Hours?

Also known as Goong, It is a Korean drama about a poor girl, Chaegyung, who married the crowned prince, Shin, through an agreement formed by their grandfathers. Of course, this whole arrangement brought about the typical arranged marriage problem — not liking one another and liking someone else — along with their young age and someone’s desire to make her son, Yul, king instead of the crowned prince. Add the fact that the other prince is in love with the poor girl. Ah, so much drama!

This is one of the few k-dramas that I totally loved watching on TV. The story is pretty amusing despite the repetitive issues. I think that the issues made the characters stronger. It’s 24 episodes long of pure romance and drama… which they cap off with these adorable bears. It’s from the Bear Museum in Korea!

Also, they have an awesome OST, awesome set and awesome costumes. I want Chaegyung’s whole wardrobe!!! Here are some screenshots to show you a bit of the world of Princess Hours. I took them by random. :3

I loved watching it again even though I started in the middle. It helped alleviate my spirit a bit. :D

What K-drama should I watch next? :D


Fashion Fridays: Karimadon’s Contest Update


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I previously talked about Karimadon’s Fashion Design Contest and honestly speaking, my drawing needs to be colored. My sister is done coloring but needs to put the moodboard. We totally need more time and just last week, we found out that the contest is EXTENDED!!!

Plus, I was looking around at the Karimadon FB page when I saw this inquiry and answer:

This is pretty awesome. My sister and I can make more but hehe, first things first! Must finish our first moodboards. May the odds be ever in our favor!


MORE DEETS: https://www.facebook.com/karimadon.fashion

Terrific Thursdays: Travel Question & Answer Time!


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I received a text today from a local community magazine, asking me to contribute to their column on travelling. Where have I been to last and where do I want to go next? That sounds easy enough, right? This contribution of 200 – 250 words or four sentences more or less also includes a photo shoot. 

Of course, I am simply ecstatic over this opportunity to regain myself from a previous magazine appearance! I will not share because I still cringe over the fact that my pug face is on a magazine page. D:

To answer the first question, I have been to Pampanga, my mother’s province during the Holy Week. It was nice being able to reflect, relax, and take in the fresh air for a couple of days, away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The bonus point is the good, fresh sea food and of course, moments to reflect on life. It is supposedly a time for reflection, yes?

There are many places that I’d love to see. Locally, I’d love to see Vigan in all of its splendor. I just don’t have anyone to go with me because it’s rather far. Outside the PH, I’d so love to go to Japan and Korea for many many reasons.

So how about you guys? :D

PS: Due to ill weather, I guess this would not push through until God-knows-when. No contact has been made since last week! Oh well. =____= 


Tell-All Tuesdays: The Art of Corsetry


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Because I have been able to buy my first corset from Lacey Leatherie last Tuesday, I have planned to write about corsets. It took a while to get the research together but here’s what I got for you guys!

What is a Corset and its Purpose

Wikipedia states that “a corset is a garment worn to hold and shape the torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes (either for the duration of wearing this item, or with a more lasting effect).” It is basically worn around the waist to make it slimmer. This has been around since the 16th century and it has been worn both under and over clothes.

Corsets are also used for waist training, wherein you wear a corset for a period of time so that your body takes the shape of the corset. It affects your body on the inside and out as wearing the corset for long periods of time causes organ movement and bone restructuring to adapt to the limited space caused by the corset.

Shapes and Types of Corsets

There are four shapes of a corset, depending on its use.

The first type is the hourglass. It is the basic corset type which occasional wearers would enjoy. This is the best type to start waist training with because it doesn’t give too much pressure to the waist.

The conical corset, as the name suggests, turns the body into the shape of a cone. This is not a starter corset and requires experience prior to wearing it. It places a lot of pressure on the lower ribs to get the cone shape.

The next type is called the pipe-stem. It may look like an hourglass but this has a tighter grip on the waistline. It narrows down the waist to a less natural size. It is also for experienced wearers as this exerts pressure on the body.

The flat-fronted / S-bend type of corset is rather different from the first three. This is very sturdy and inflexible, forcing the body into an S-shaped silhouette. It places tremendous pressure on the back which is why this type is for experienced wearers only as well.

There are, however, two types of corsets — underbust and overbust.

As the name states, the underbust doesn’t cover the chest while the overbust does. The underbust gives your chest a boost from below, making it appear fuller while the overbust squeezes the chest together from the sides to give it a fuller look.

How to’s

Originally, I was planning to get a corset for my size which was around Large or XL. But when Lacey and I talked about it, she said that I’m a Medium. Why? You have to subtract 4 – 6 inches off your waistline to find the perfect fit. (I must also note that I’m a medium for underbust corsets but for overbust corsets, I am a large due to my chest size. ;w;)

When I met up with Lacey, she helped me try on the corset. She put it around my waist and close the front buckles. Then, she tightened the laces. It fit. I could still breathe and move freely. It was all good. I asked if it’s possible to do self-lacing and she said yes. It takes practice but it is definitely doable.

Here’s a visual guide on how to wear a corset from Lacey:

Where to Wear One Today

Corsets nowadays are used for costume purposes (whether for cosplay or for adult playtime) as it is no longer ideal/convenient to wear such garments. There are girdles made with the same purpose and hurt and cost a whole lot less.

Anyway, that is all from me. I left my source links below for you guys to read about it too. I look forward to completing my steampunk costume and wearing my first ever corset with it! Yay!


- https://www.facebook.com/lacey.leatherie
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corset
- http://www.mookychick.co.uk/indie-fashion/vintage/corsetry-information-ultimate-corset-guide.php
- http://lucycorsetry.com/category/general-information/
- http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com/tag/how-to-fit-a-corset/
- http://www.corsetdome.com/lace-up-corset/

Blogger Mondays: That Brown Wig


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Because I ended up on the verge of shedding tears of joy, I never really got to tell Stephanie Perkins why I want (and did) thank her profusely. National Bookstore managed to get a photo of me while talking with Stephanie. Lookie!

You see, I have never read a book about a girl I could connect to on a really deep level. Lola was this girl who had big dreams and big plans. She was doing everything in her capacity to succeed and actually show the world her true self loud and proud. I couldn’t do that. Not at that age.

I have mentioned in a previous blog that society can be unkind especially to people who don’t fit their moulds of normal. I am this robust human being who wore skirts and tights and the occasional wigs, given a bad hair day or an event that would make it seem alright to wear it or a mood that made it seem perfect for it. Society would stare and ask why the heck am I doing this. It is not right. Just be normal. You’re too old for that. You’re weird. The list goes on.

I have conformed to this until I left college when self-expression seems to be no longer limited within halls and that being different was somewhat welcomed with open arms. I started wearing wigs and J-fashion outfits out in the open. Haha. Reading how Lola had her sense of being, I felt that, if I read this earlier in life, I might have been a whole lot happier and more open about being cut in a different way. But heh, it’s never too late to be happy being me so huzzah to that! :D :D :D

So the day before the book signing came. I had intended to wear this wig because the dress called for it AND my hair is not cooperating these past few days. I changed shampoos, you see. Then, when it dried itself out, it resembled normal and less of Hagrid’s poof (it has gone way beyond the book-Hermione poof). At that point, I have decided to just stay black throughout the end of the day. Then, my friends and I spoke of wigs and how it is worn properly and… they asked me to wear mine after explaining why I brought it with me. So I ended up with long brown hair with light brown streaks throughout the event.

When I got to meet Stephanie, she claimed that I was very Lola. I held onto her hands and thanked her. I also got to hug her after the first photo was taken. Thank you to the photographer of NBS for capturing this moment that I’ll never ever forget!

Thanks for the awesome memories, Stephanie Perkins and National Bookstore. :D




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