Growing up

As I’m nearing my last year in college (I can’t believe I only have 3 semesters left!), I realized an important thing that I should have realized years ago.

It’s less important to have a ton of friends, and more important to have REAL ones.

College is one step closer to the real world. Setting my priorities straight has made me realize that life is too short and special to spend it with people that sucks the happiness out of me. Real friends love you even if you’re not very lovable, and those people are the most meaningful people you’re going to meet in life. 🙂

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Spent my September 27 at SM North Edsa with the most amazing people!

Ate at Shakey’s, and of course, ordered the Monster Meal Deal because we were like, 11 or 12 at that time.

Kymie! She’s the most bangag girl I’ve ever met. During the morning, since our classes everyday start at 7 am, she would come in at around 7:20 and look like a ghost slapped the shit out of her. I’m sorry, but she’s anemic, and she still looks absolutely beautiful. 😀

Goofing off is one of the things I normally do, which makes me so happy that with them, I can show my true personality. In the past, I feel like I’m trying to fit in this world that I think I want to be in. But in reality, I really don’t fit in. God gave me these wonderful people that actually made up my own world, the one I truly belong to. 🙂

Went to eat dessert at Conti’s for the mouth-watering, heart-stopping, bad-ass mofo cake, Mango Bravo. Unffffff

Yes, I do look silly, huh? =)) People’s idea of beauty is so distorted in society that no one stops to look at the true idea of beauty. Beauty that comes from within is the most beautiful of all. 🙂 People fail to realize that physical beauty is not very important. I really really hate people who cover up or edit their faces in photos. So what if you look stupid in your photo?
YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.

Riana! One of the craziest people I’ve ever met. She’s just this little ball of energy pent up inside her that seems to never go off, except when she’s in one of her moods.

Jeje pose! Ha ha! Good bye, for now!

I will really really try my best to update this rotting blog. There are so many blessings that I have received lately, and I can’t wait to share them with you guys! Hopefully, I could find the inspiration, and the time, to sit down and write. 🙂

❤ C

Here’s to the nights that turned into mornings, and friends that turned into family.

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being a part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end.

You’re our forever friend, Swanget! Happy birthday baby!

Inna and I made this chocolate tower for her!
Ingredients:
2 chocolate cakes
1 box of Cream-O Deluxe
1 bag of Nips
1 box of her favorite chocolates, Macadamia!

We decided to celebrate her birthday 4 days early (April 16th) since she’s in HongKong for her actual birthday (April 20th)! We went to her house at about 11 PM and boy, was she surprised!

Forever friendship! ❤

Sisters at heart!! ❤

Our baby flew out of her nest

Late post! 😦

Last March 31, our youngest best friend already graduated from high school! She’s about to begin her new journey: college! Gold was being depressed because she didn’t receive any award. We all know that she works her ass off at her schoolwork (she’s ultra smart) and her dance club (she’s ultra talented) but I guess the school didn’t appreciate her efforts. So Inna and I decided to surprise her with gifts that we made ourselves!

We made a trophy commemorating the best award you can ever get in your life – MOST OUTSTANDING BEST FRIEND. 🙂 And we also bought roses, because we remember she mentioned that she never received a bouquet her whole life!

We love you soooo much! ❤

Gave them to her after she received her diploma! Credits to whoever took this picture! Kudos to you!

Soooooo proud!!!!!! ❤

I wasted a lot of time today, and I wasted it with you, which makes it time well spent.

One of my best friends, Gold, asked me to accompany her to her dad’s house so he could sign something for her trip to HongKong. We went to Shangri-La Mall after to eat! 🙂

After walking around for what seems like an hour, we finally decided to eat at California Pizza Kitchen.

Inna wasn’t able to make it! 😦 Missing you!!! ❤

For the appetizer, we had Karaage Chicken. It was absolutely divine!! It was a Japanese style chicken with yummy citrus-y dip! Also great with rice, honestly. The only setback was that it was actually served last. Boo! 😦

Garlic Cream Fettucini for the pasta. Too creamy!! 😦

Hawaiian Pizza! Gold’s favorite flavor. 🙂 Absolutely yummy!!!

Topped the night with White Hat frozen yogurt! ❤
Our favorite topping – Crushed Graham!! Gold had mangoes, and I had blueberries. 🙂

With our CPK leftovers for Inna. Happy smiles! 🙂

❤ Cae

There’s a point in every true friendship when friends stop being friends and become SISTERS.

I’ve never had a sister.

Being an only child for 11 years (too long a time) made me want a brother or a sister! In 2005, I was blessed with a gorgeous baby brother!

But this post isn’t about my undying love for my bro (I love him more than anything). It’s about the thicker-than-blood sisterhood bond between me and my best friends. I admit, I’m not a good daughter, a good girlfriend and a good friend. I tend to be temperamental. I get irritated at the smallest of things. I hate stupid questions. Those kind of questions deserve stupid answers. I’m impatient and sarcastic, and my sarcasm can be considered hurtful. I’m not sweet. I got out of the habit of saying “I love you” to my family and friends. Hearing it from my lips sounds unnatural and awkward these days. I’m superficial and sometimes materialistic. I don’t tend to listen to good advice. I’m stubborn and insecure and pessimistic. In short, I’m not an ideal daughter/girlfriend/friend.

These girls accepted me for who I am. Yes, we fight. Not a lot, but we fight nonetheless. They are the ones that any girl would feel blessed to have. And I do feel blessed! Totally! Because for my birthday, they gave me not only their love, but they made me feel like I really had sisters. The sisters I never had, and the sisters that I am lucky to have.

On the night before my birthday, we had an impromptu sleepover. We tend to do things like that, given that our parents know each of us for years now and we live near each other. So it’s easy having a slumber party!

I’m not expecting any gift because Inna and I have been working the whole week for Gold’s graduation/early birthday gift so I don’t think they’re up to anything for me! But here they are, not only giving me a gift, but making it!

Inna, “buipren”

Gold, “swanget”

Here’s the lovely cake they baked for me! Inspired by the famous KitKat cake that is all the rage in Tumblr. (See photo below)

See any similarities? Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right? Lol 🙂

I have sweet (and gorgeous) friends!

Yes, I foiled their surprise. 😦
They were supposed to surprise me with the cake, but being stubborn me, I accidentally saw it in our refrigerator while getting some leftover cake (the cake that my college barkada gave which I will post soon!)! They honestly didn’t know what to do and they were distraught! Ha ha, sorry!

 So we decided to celebrate my birthday early.
It was 10 o’clock in the evening that time. Not quite my birthday yet, but still! The show must go on, right?

 And yes, God granted my birthday wish. No failing grades for me! 😉

Their surprise isn’t over yet! I only foiled half of their plans.
(Yes, they blindfolded me with my underwear)

 When I uncovered my eyes, they instructed me to turn around, and saw this tarp they made themselves! It made my heart melt when I read it. Still makes my heart melt whenever I read it, which is perfectly placed at the foot of my bed.

With Inna!
“Magulo na rin naman yung kwarto mo eh, guluhin pa natin lalo!”
(Your room’s messy already, let’s make it even messier!)
Yes, please do forgive my messy room. I’m a, um, creative child.

 Some charms at the bottom of the banner!
L-R: Some flowers symbolizing Marigold, a C2 Green Tea bottle symbolizing my boyfriend Cito, the letter ‘K’ symbolizing a lazy way of spelling my name (Lol), and a mother symbolizing Inna (Ina is the Tagalog translation of mom).

 Yes, they know I love books.
“We love you buip/swanget! Happy 18th b-day! Yahoo! hahahahahahaha! Bili ka na ng cam for Palawan! Tanda mo na! Pwede ka na… MAKULONG LOVE YOU!”
(We love you buip/swanget! Happy 18th b-day! Yahoo! hahahahahahaha. Go buy a camera for Palawan already! You’re getting old! You can now get arrested! Love you!”)

 Le banner!

To show you how creative my friends can really be, here’s a look at last year’s birthday gift! It’s a mini scrapbook 🙂

All photos courtesy of Gold!
More birthday updates soon!

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Here is the place where I love you

Okay, so let me just tell you how much I love The Hunger Games.

Image courtesy of: Goodreads

When I was at the wee age of 16, whenever we come into a bookstore, I would grab a copy of the book and silently read in one corner. Every. Single. Time. That was just the time when getting my parents to buy me books would be considered a huge crime because I wasn’t that big of a reader yet. I had no idea what the book is about, but I always find myself holding it in my hands, reading anything readable (What? Lol) on the covers. The books are always sealed so I couldn’t read even a chapter. I don’t remember what I usually did on the internet back then, (I must be pretty boring) but I never had the thought to just darn research about it and get it off my system, but noooo. I just HAD to wonder, don’t I?

Fast forward to a year later.
When I hit college, I was a commuter. I had to commute for a minimum of two hours from Laguna to España every single day. In my first semester, there was no direct bus to Lawton, which was only a jeepney away from UST. So I would ride the LRT from Gil Puyat station to Bambang station wherein I would ride a tricycle to UST after. The LRT would pass by SM Manila and I could see the billboards and ads on the side. I was shocked, one day, because the third and final book in the trilogy was right before my eyes. I was more determined than ever to buy the series.

Buying the whole set was kind of the spark that ignited the fuel I have for reading books. Since then, I started buying books from left to right! Because of that, I actually succeeded in my Goodreads 100 Book Challenge for 2011! 🙂

I wouldn’t tell you or force you to read this book. This book is the kind wherein you have to do it willingly or otherwise, you wouldn’t get the story and the underlying morals it voices out. Look past the love triangle, never compare it to Twilight or Harry Potter, and remove any Battle Royale prejudices from your head. Because The Hunger Games is more than just a love triangle, pretty boys and violence. It speaks about politics, the government and the brutality that people can do to fellow humans.

Last March 21, 2012 was a glorious day for me. I waited for almost 2 years for this movie to come out, that I didn’t even think of it disappointing me. I mentally conditioned myself to just be glad that the movie was out, and don’t even think about the how the book was better (even though it really was. All the time).

I’m very lucky to have a boyfriend and best friends who are readers! Every book I read, my boyfriend reads as well. We’re cool like that, yeah? 🙂

So we watched the movie 2 days prior to the US release date at SM City Calamba. It was during finals week and I went back to Manila the day after!

Us getting excited on the way to SM!
©Marigold Arcilla (the lovely girl on the left)

©Kitana Goyena (he has WordPress!)
Yay for shirts! I got the ideas for the design at DeviantART and we went to Transfer It to make it. For people who wants to get t-shirts done, I don’t recommend Transfer It because the stickers peel off after a few days.

©Kitana Goyena
Us giddy holding the tickets

 ©Marigold Arcilla

Getting giddy over the movie poster!
©Kitana Goyena

©Kitana Goyena
At the backs of our shirts, are our districts (based on thecapitol.pn). I reside in District 6 which specializes in Transportation. Inna (the girl on the right) resides in District 11 which specializes in Agriculture and Gold (middle) is in District 12 which specializes in Mining.

Yes, I do realize that I have the best boyfriend ever.
©Kitana Goyena

 See? I told you so. ❤
©Kitana Goyena

Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor! ☺

Ciao!

❤ Cae