2AM Random Thoughts and Memories

For something to do and while waiting for sleep to come, here are my 2AM Random Thoughts and Memories on the 9th day of 2013—


Phantom of the Opera

Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Only then can you belong to me. ♥ (Phantom of the Opera, Manila-September 22, 2012)


“Atashin’chi” 🙂

 I can relate with their everyday conversation. It reminds me of my family in anime version. I highly enjoyed it since I chanced upon my brother watching the “tagalized” version. Photo from a Tumblr blog.


Corona Beer

I answered just for the heck of it the Facebook status question which goes: “What’s going on, Joann?” And I replied cheekily: “In times like this, I am thankful that I am not an only child. nyahaha! I have a built in beer buddy :p On other days, uhmmm, sige na nga payag na ako na may kapatid ako. bwahaha! (Translation: Ok, fine I agree to have a brother.) And I add, I also have a built in movie and TV buddy. I get to enjoy his Asian favorites from animes to Korean TV show to food. Yes, admittedly, I enjoyed western TV and movies having been a 90s kid and him, he’s an anime kid having grown up in the 2000s.


Gila’s Strawberry Salad

This is Gila’s strawberry salad. Mommy and Ninang finished this whole bowl in one sitting last New Year’s eve, then Gila was looking for it the following day. haha! Sorry, Gila, nasa mabuting tiyan na ang strawberries mo. (Translation: Sorry Gila, the strawberries are in Mommy and Ninang’s {Godmother} stomach.) We owe you one kilo indeed. haha! (Photo from Mommy Mai)

adamAdam Levine *swoon*

This photo was taken from a local clothing store. And for two weeks, it’s Maroon 5 in the earphone. Yes, I am crushing on Adam Levine. Haha! And I said in a previous post: “I can’t help it, surreptitiously took this picture and was going back and forth in this area even if I don’t have anything to do with it. haha! Yeah, make a joyful noise (and be swooned) xxx”

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I am still crushing on A and his abs. haha! The Blue-bubble picture is from hdw.eweb4.com. Who’s A? I am not answering. Haha!

inoxcrom fountain pen

Inoxcrom Fountain Pen

I want a new fountain pen and a blue-black ink. I used to have four in the past, but for all the weird reason, I ended up throwing and breaking them. Picture from: gogirlcafe.jennyo.net.


I think, I am ready to finally read Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, after crying a bucket for The Kite Runner years ago.

Will buy and read the following (as per my BBC Book list)

1) Atonement – Ian McEwan 2) The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger 3) The Color Purple – Alice Walker 4) Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 5) Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 6) His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman. I have to add (I already have a copy): 7) The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald  8) Life of Pi – Yann Martel (before watching the movie which will come out this week in Metro Manila theaters) 9) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl.

Will read John Green too 1) Looking for Alaska 2) An Abundance of Katherines 3) The Fault in Our Stars

I should have a reading plan— both for leisure reading and for my attempt to write a “training material”

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I wanted to visit Bacolod again. I don’t know, but for some reasons, I feel connected with this city. Actually, this house is the Balay Negrense in the nearby town of Silay. And the chocolate cake is from Bacolod’s famous Calea.

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Pearl Farm

I wanted to go to the beach, perhaps Pearl Farm again, or Panglao, Bohol.


Or maybe Boracay once more, this time to enjoy the night life. haha! Last time, I visited, I just want to enjoy the sun and the sand, and said to myself, it’s far off my mind to visit it again, till I was reminded by someone about it, perhaps the fruit shake convinced me.


January 9- Feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo

January 9- The Feast of the Black Nazarene. It was dubbed as the “biggest Catholic feast in the country (perhaps in the world). An overnight vigil every January 8 is held annually in the Luneta Grandstand, and  grand procession will follow, which usually lasts ten to twelve hours. Masses are held in the church and a high mass at 6AM will be celebrated by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Quirino Grandstand. I was fortunate enough to take this picture amidst all the suspicious looking characters in the area during my Visita Iglesias in 2008.

And finally, a picture quote from All Famous Quote’s Facebook page.



10 Places that Don’t Exist

I found this list in the website of Lonely Planet and I can relate to some of these places, having read some of the books in the list and having watched movie tie up for the books.

  1. Middle Earth (J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings)
  2. Oz (Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
  3. Brigadoon (book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe)
  4. Atlantis
  5. Camelot (King Arthur’s famed castle)
  6. Wonderland (Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  7. Neverland (Peter Pan’s)
  8. El Dorado
  9. Narnia (C.S. Lewis’ Chronicle of Narnia books, there are 7)
  10. Hundred Acre Wood (A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books)

10 places that don’t exist (but should)

Venessa Paech


Books and Cups

It is Good Friday and I was tired of staring at my bedroom ceiling and I am not in the mood to watch TV or surf the net. For something to do, I decided to rummage my Mom’s china; two sets were from the 1970s, one set from the 1980s and the 1990s. I already asked her to bequest it to me (along with some narra furniture) and yes, she agreed to do so.

I played with my camera out of my day’s nothingness and I have also added some of books which helped me these past few years. The books were my source of comfort when I am kinda down and emotional on some things. I was able to collect them. Some were gifts, others, I found in book expo, some, I found in small bookstores in the mall and some I bought from the major bookstores.

Here are the few which I was able to pull together for some photo ops with the cups and some of my favorite quotes from the books.

“Ask once, Believe you have received, and all you have to do to Receive is feel good.” – The Secret

 I first read Lives of the Saints in High School, during Library period when I do not want to do some school work. I alternate it with How to Help your Aging Parents.  So, I can answer some questions about the Saints up to this date.

Crossing the Threshold of Hope

Pope John Paul, II

Lives of the Saints

Sr. Anna Bagadiong, FSP- ed.

LOVE The Words and Inspiration of Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa in my own Words

Jose Luis Gonzales-Balado

The Secret

Rhonda Byrne

How to Live a Life of Miracles

Bo Sanchez

“I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.”- The Greatest Salesman in the World

Tuesdays with Morrie made me cry (one of the few books which really made me shed tears). My favorite line is “The Most Important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in. “


The Greatest Salesman in the World

Og Mandino

Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The Fifth Mountain

Paulo Coelho

I am also fascinated by the Buddhists’  meditation practice and how they achieve calmness of mind and body. I was fortunate to find these helpful pamphlet/reading materials when I attended a book fair sometime in 2009.

An Introduction to the Sutras and Dharma Instruments

Buddhist Art Booklet Series

Buddhist Rituals and Observances

Buddhist Art Booklet Series

The Enlightenment of an Indian Prince

Buddhist Art Booklet Series

Buddhist Perspectives-Spiritual Practice

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

The Essence of Buddhism

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

The Fundamental Concepts of Humanistic Buddhism

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Thoughts on Being at Peace

Thoughts on Being Happy

The Essential Dalai Lama is one of my favorite books of all time, after all the Dalai Lama is all for loving compassion. And when I am hit by the blues, Hope for the Flower and Being Happy always brighten my day.

The Essential Dalai Lama

Rajiv Mehrotra- ed

The Master Tells Stories

Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Hope for the Flowers

Trina Paulus

Being Happy

Andrew Matthews

I was in this Southside mall when I found this small bookstore which carries inspirational books from Blue Mountain Press which includes those in the pictures. It is inspirational, an easy reading material for anyone who wants an instant inspiration. It is also pleasantly colored which makes it soothing to the eyes.

The 78 Things they didn’t Teach You in School is such a delightful read. It talks about things you will do on your own when you decide to move out from home.

“It may take a while. And you may need to deal with things you’d rather not dwell on. But if you want it bad enough, your courage will carry you to a brighter day. There is always a way…to get you to the place where you can live the life you’ve always wanted to have.”

From Blue Mountain Arts Collection

30 Beautiful Things that are true about you

Donald Pagels

Ideals for Women to Live By

Patricia Wayant-ed

The Language of Recovery

Patricia Wayant-ed

78 Things they didn’t Teach you in School But You Do Need To Know

Emily Falk

I accidentally come across the Everything Series in a bookstore in Makati while waiting for my friend. My first ever Everything Series was about Paganism which discusses ancient religious belief. And from then on, I now have seven books from the series which includes these 2 books. Yes, the Saints continue to fascinate me all throughout these years. The Everything Saints Books cover both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church’s Saints.

From the Everything Series

The Everything Meditation Book

Rosemary Clark

The Everything Saints Book

Jenny Schroedel