Sunday, September 30, 2012

Random: Two Weeks in Hell and Still There

Last day of September. Wow! I vaguely remember saying how it was August already and how time flies so fast. I didn’t even get the chance to welcome September and then all of a sudden it’s ending. And to further prove how fast time for me is the fact that I haven’t posted anything on my blog these past weeks. Since finals are fast approaching here in our school, it’s really hard to find time for other things what with multiple projects, exams and other school activities. To sum it off, these past two weeks have been very hectic, fun, tiring, mind-boggling and productive (in a way). How so?

Third week of September is our University Week which means no class for one week!

Looks fun, right? Unfortunately for me and for my classmates as well, that entire week was spent doing practical quizzes in two of my subjects which I didn’t have much choice for since that’s the only allotted time for us to do it. One week. We are to make an amplifier which is okay but considering that there are almost 30 of us and we have to make our own design that must not be the same with everyone else as well as all the value of electrical components we should use, yeah, tough. And then we are to submit our manual calculations for the circuit and also the expected output Monday that week.  So there I am, designing, etching, drilling, mounting, soldering with endless wires, resistors, capacitors, transistors and whatever as my company. When testing day came, I was shaking my guts out worrying that it might not work. You don’t know how relieved I am when it did! I was ecstatic!

Saturday that week didn’t come free as well. The whole College of Engineering had an acquaintance party which is a lot of fun after 5 stressful days. With all the things that happened the day before, I didn’t really have the strength to get out of bed on Sunday. My whole body was protesting and my eyes are all puffy. Nevertheless, I woke up very early to prepare for yet another activity waiting for me. Since I am the head of the outreach program and a part of our college’s council I can’t actually say no, can I? That day we headed to a community mangrove tourist site, the Balaring Mangrove Sanctuary to extend our help by planting additional mangrove trees.


We were able to plant 1,250 trees!! It was very gratifying.

It doesn’t end there, though. Monday the following week, we have two quizzes finished in the morning and imagine our dismay when we learned later that we have a practical quiz that same day for our Assembly Language Programming class. Picture me dying when our teacher added that we have one practical quiz each day for the rest of the week and also announced that our final project will be submitted Thursday this week complete with our program codes, final working project, not to mention a defense. Talk about cramming! I wasn’t even halfway through my week but I’m totally broke. Our project is to make a digital clock run by a program using a printer port.

Thankfully, the result of our quizzes was all good. We’re not finished yet. We still have a lot to do for the project, and that’s what we’ll be working on this week. Yesterday was quite uneventful save for the seminar I attended for the Gawad Kalinga the whole morning. 

The Gawad Kalinga Mission
Ending poverty for 5 million poor families by 2024:
Land for the Landless.
Homes for the Homeless.
Food for the Hungry.
My sister and I are supposed to watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the evening with some friends but our damned cinemas aren’t showing them. If they still won’t this week, we might take a little road trip to watch it somewhere its.. well, showing. Anyway, to catch up a little before this all ends, I posted or plan to post 3 reviews  I managed to write from the mere minutes I can find so watch out for them. If I still have enough time, hopefully I can schedule ahead more posts for this week. 

Okay. Wow, such a long post for someone who allegedly has no time to spare. I’m sorry for all my nonsensical ramblings, I just felt the need to pour it all out or else I’m going to burst. I guess this is my way of coping for all those weeks I was absent on blogging. So bear with me. Mind you, I'm doing this post real fast so forgive me if there are a lot of repetitions or typos. :)
Ooh. Before I forget, Marissa of For the Love of Film and Novels nominated my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award and is featuring it today on her site. I’m soo happy it definitely made my week. I probably won't have the time to feature it here but I really hope I do. If you have time please check it out and see who else is nominated. That's it, for now. Thanks so much! 

Review: Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson

Take This Regret
by A.L. Jackson
Published: July 21, 2011

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There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives. For Christian Davison, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth Ayers. For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back. Can Elizabeth forgive someone who has committed the unforgiveable? Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Mostly YA Book Obsessed

Nereyda at Mostly YA Book Obsessed is having a great giveaway to celebrate her blogs new look which you should definitely check out. It's pink and violet! My favorite colors! Her blog looks totally awesome! 

Here's what you can win:

For US residents
Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson (finished copy)
A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies (finished copy)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (ARC)
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (finished copy)
Entice by Jessica Shirvington (ARC)
Promised by Caragh O’Brien (ARC)
Soulbound by Heather Brewer (ARC)
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (ARC
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (ARC)
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton (ARC)
League of Strays by LB Schulman (ARC)
Flirting In Italian by Lauren Henderson (finished copy)

International Entrants
$25 Gift Card from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or The Book Depository 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Me and My Bookshelf (4)

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are newly added in my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

Hi, everyone! Having a nice weekend yet? Me? Definitely. It's nice to have some time to relax after  a very tiring week. Now, lets move on to the topic at hand. I didn't actually have time to go book shopping last week but since I failed to post the books I got last time, I'm posting it here today.

So, here are what's new in my shelf.

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2)
by Ally Carter

Thursday, September 20, 2012

From Page to Film: Stardust

When we hear of a favorite book being turned into a movie, we are very much anticipating at how it will turn out. In a way, there are things that we are looking for when this happens. Will it be satisfying for our taste? Will it be just as good, suspenseful and clever as it was on page? If we loved the book, our expectations for the movie are much higher and more searching. And most of the time there are things that we can’t help complaining about after like, “That was not in the book”, and “Why is this scene not included? That was supposed to be the best part!” But the reason movies are not entirely the same with the book is that those who made them wants viewers to experience a different kind of suspense we need that was for instance, not in the book. It is because we already know everything in the story that we may as well find it boring since it was just that, a word by word transformation of a book to real life.
There are many movies out there from books that I’ve seen and loved just as much. One of my favorites is Stardust based on the book with the same name written by Neil Gaiman.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan

Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: March 5, 2012

1. Receive assignment.
2. Save a life.
3. Sleep.
4. Repeat.

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until one of her assignments—a human boy who shouldn’t even be able to see her—follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? But Nate and Vi are about to land themselves in even bigger trouble—and it’ll take all Vi’s training to get them out alive.

(A novelette)

 Labyrinth (Creepy Hollow #2)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: April 1, 2012

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale has officially been suspended for bringing a human into the fae realm. No assignments, no training, and goodbye to that position at the top of the class. While this sucks, it at least allows her time to secretly keep visiting Nate, the human boy who caused her suspension in the first place. It’s not the wisest move to continue breaking Guild Law, but no one’s going to find out. And Nate is worth the risk, isn’t he?

To prevent herself from going into assignment withdrawal, Vi throws herself into investigating Nate’s real mother, Angelica, a woman who seems to be mysteriously connected to the world of the fae. Nate’s never given her much thought, but that was before an insane faerie abducted him in order to blackmail Angelica out of hiding. Now Nate wants answers, and Vi’s got the perfect ability to help him.

(A novelette)

Traitor (Creepy Hollow #3)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: May 25, 2012

Violet and Nate may have escaped the labyrinth, but only one of them came out unscathed. Nate is now the bearer of a mysterious eye-shaped tattoo, a mark he has no memory of receiving. While Vi is intent on discovering the meaning of the tattoo, Nate seems less interested. His experience in the labyrinth has caused recurring nightmares, and he’d prefer to pretend none of it ever happened. But Vi has never been one to let a mystery go unsolved, and she’ll do whatever she can to discover who’s behind the tattoo—even if it means leaving Nate out of her plan.

(A novelette)

 Masquerade (Creepy Hollow #4)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: July 27, 2012

Betrayed by someone she never expected, Violet deals with her anger and hurt by teaming up with her archrival Ryn to help him find his missing sister. Hanging out with Ryn isn’t high on Vi’s list of things to do, but she kind of owes him after he inconveniently saved her life recently. As the two of them struggle to put their differences aside, they find themselves drawn into a plot much greater than a single missing child. A plot with Violet herself at the center.

(A novelette)

Music and Lyrics (2)

It's Time
by Imagine Dragons

 Love, love, love it! This is one of the songs on The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie trailer. You can see it here.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Published: February 1, 1999

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Standing on the fringes of life... offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: Variant by Robison Wells

Variant (Variant #1)
by Robison Wells
Published: September 26, 2011

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Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape--his only real hope for survival--may be impossible.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cover Reveal: Reaping Me Softly

Reaping Me Softly
by Kate Evangelista
Expected Release:  October 30, 2012

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Link to Goodreads 
Hosted by: AToMR Tours

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Published: January 10, 2012

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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Monday, September 10, 2012


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