REMINESCENCE

3009492-poster-headphones-picturesTwo weeks ago, you were the first to know about that new song and while you listened, you didn’t know the lyrics yet, but you sang along at the top of your lungs anyway. The next morning, you already had it on your player; you were listening to it nonstop, and had already persuaded your BFFs to listen to it, too.

Then the next day, it was playing on the radio. The day after that, it was everywhere. They played it at your favorite noodle restaurant; the guy in front of you at the queue to the cashier at the grocer’s listened to it; and your classmates sang along to it.

Last week, you music player was shuffled, and it came on. You listened, mostly, but you only sang along to your favorite parts.

Today, when it came on the radio again, you just switched stations.

But five, ten, forty years from now if you hear it, and if you’re alone, you’re going to turn it up loud, sing along, and remember. Remember the lyrics, as if it’s just yesterday that you were singing it; remember the radio you used to listen to, now just a   decoration; remember all of the memories that came with it.

I don’t know. I guess that’s sort of what love can be like sometimes.

For Shobe Pol :)

I have this… i don’t know, a special friend or best friend or best buddy? It’s kind of not in those terms because being a “best” friend isn’t really something you have to agree on, or something you have to propose to a person, like “Hey girl, can you be my bestfriend? because we’ve been hanging out a lot lately and we seem to agree about a lot of things…” and so on. That’s just weird. Hahaha.

I and Pol Johanna Celestino, agree that friendship isn’t a deal. It’s something you have to earn, bit by bit.

We first met at school. At first, we had our own cliques, her being with the “in” group, and I with my old friend in the higher years, content with or without company. Then I heard she’s from Quirino General High School – which is also my alma mater, and she was under the Special Science Curriculum – you guessed right! I was under that too!. hahahaha. So then we had something in common. We didn’t exactly hit it right off. We would pass each other in the hallways, nod at each other in the classroom, smile when the situation seems to call for it. Haha.

If it’s possible for life to turn out from reality into what seems like a montage from a movie, that’s what happened next. The cliques I’ve mentioned started to fall apart, and we just found ourselves together.

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This picture was taken way back when we were making our project for Biology, a documentary film about Air Pollution. We still had no idea we’d be close. hahaha. I think this was when I filled her memory card with lots of ebooks because I’ve always known she’s a reader.

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And then we started to gravitate more toward each other by countless youtube marathons and Taylor Swift sing-alongs. She was the one who converted me into a Mirfanda, if you know about that. Haha.

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We were quirky together. We shared the same weird, dorky attitude towards everything.

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….and we became moviejunkies together. We loved the same movies, reacted the same at the right moments, and shared our movie-critic angsts with each other.

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Of course, here comes the vanity sessions. Hahahaha. We have the same tiny dimples on the sides of our mouth. We have the same opinion on beauty.

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Being Ariana Grande Together. We’d mimic not only Ari’s singing style but also a lot of other artists.

And accents?? Huh. We’ve got that covered! Irish, English, American, French? Name it!😀

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As for communication… we’re very well oriented in different modes. We can understand each other just by facial expressions. Hahaha. We also have a habit of chatting, like we’ve been apart for hundreds of years.

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We have our fair share of dates, every now and then. If you must ask about disagreements? We also have them. It’s inevitable. But we talk about them sometimes and apologize. There are always allowance for mistakes.

To you, shobe, I hope this is not too mushy for your taste. Hahaha. I’m sorry. I did my best, considering you do not celebrate your birthday due to religious reasons. I respect that, but I had to make something, at the least. I love you!!! Happy Birthday!

(I know your reaction to this will be, like, “eew, eew” hahahahaha)

*Just in case readers are wondering, “shobe” is the chinese term for ‘little sister’. Pol calls me “atchi”, the chinese word for ‘big sister’.

I’m Back (for good)! :)

Wow. it’s been more than 2 years since my last post. I have been meaning to write all this time, I swear. But a lot of things have happened – things I couldn’t even imagine. One day, I just happened to look back and I was really surprised that I haven’t really been in touch with myself lately. Blame it to life.

Sooo.. to make up for those months that I have been MIA, here’s what I’ve been up to. Brace yourselves. I have to warn you. This is long. Hahahaha

FIRST… I’VE BEEN BACK IN SCHOOL. 

For those who do not know, I am currently in college, taking up Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. So, let’s start with that.

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Here’s a look at what I and my classmates look like. Yes, we wear white. Because in the hospital is where our course is most applicable. But we can also work in various food chains, nursing homes, and even offices. For the past year, we were still kind of adjusting to the course, which proved to be not so easy. Yes, the course sounds fancy, but it isn’t the kind of course where you can take studying for granted.

Also, personally, it has been tougher for me since I am a single mom. I have to tend to my daughter’s needs while studying. Frankly, it wasn’t a walk in the park, but nevertheless, I worked really hard and still managed to get high grades. I even became topnotcher in a lot of subjects – I don’t mean to sound braggy, but duh. Hahahaha.

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Being back in school changed me in a lot of ways, and also brought out little bits of who I was before. I became this quirky, bubbly, talkative kind of person again – in a good way. I took this as a second chance, for the better.

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This photo never fails to make me laugh everytime. I can’t help but notice that I have become resilient in what other people has to say. Notice those girls staring at me like I’m a mad woman – which I am, now that I think about it, Hahaha. But I really don’t mind what others say now. No more college dramas for me because I’m confident with who I am.:)

STUDENT PUBLICATION!:)

Of course, being back at school also meant I’m back at our student publication. Before I took a time off school mid-year last 2011, I was the Editor-in-Chief. It was one of those things that gives me a pang of regret whenever I reminisce. I was having a good governance, I was happy doing what I love most – writing. But things happened and I had to give it up. Nonetheless, after a few years, here I am again!

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We call ourselves “The Originals”, because we were the only ones left from my term in 2011. Regina (the one in violet) was the editor-in-chief last year, while Christian and I were both Associate Editors.

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Okay. The poster sums it all up. hahahaha. Last September 2014 we had a Campus Journalism Seminar-Workshop and I was on the flyer!! hahahahaha.😀

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By December last year, we published our paper for the year. We were actually aiming for two papers but we never had the time. This was my comeback column in there. Sorry, the photo was kind of disgusting but there was nothing I could do. It looked fine while we were editing it, but it came out like that during printing. Sigh. Anyway, It’s the column itself that counts.

LUNDUYAN 2014 AT ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA

It was October last year when we received a memo from CHED, informing us about an activity called LUNDUYAN, spearheaded by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines, aiming to educate all campus journalists of press freedom and also of our National situation. It was a 5-day convention where we also get to meet other fellow campus-journalists from all over Luzon. We were amazed at the training they were offering, so we pushed it through. Another thing that attracted us was that the activity was planned to take place in Pampanga, one of the most historical places in our country. We’ve never been in there, so all the more reason we wanted to go.

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Upon arrival at Angeles City, we planned to have a quick tour before the activity started. Luckily, we met another co-campus journalist from the Holy Angel University, and he offered to show us around. What you see in the picture is the Holy Rosary Church, a historical church there in Pampanga. It was named like that because at night, there’s this big rosary that lights up its front and it’s very beautiful.

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In front of the Holy Rosary church, just across the street, there’s this heritage site. It’s an old house made of capiz and hard wood – the usual materials that ancient Philippine houses are made of. This house has been turned into a museum. I will look for better pictures and will post another blog entry for this next time, I promise! Anyway, I got this soft feeling in my chest when I entered the museum. I was hit by a wave of emotions, like amazement and awe. What struck me was that, the environment outside the house was already modern. The streets are all commercialized buildings, stalls, and various businesses, so when you look at the house, it really stands out because it’s the only structure that isn’t made in the 1990’s, yet it’s still very well-preserved. And when you go inside, the feeling is even more powerful upon seeing antique artifacts, furnitures, paintings, and a lot more. We even saw remnants of bombs used during the American colonization here in the Philippines. There were also letters from yes, actual people who lived way way way back. The word “amazing” would be a serious understatement to describe the experience.

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Creaky stairs have a soft spot in my heart. it’s like a reminder that a lot of people have walked on it in lifetimes past.

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We also passed by this miniature Eiffel Tower, in front of Gustav’s reataurant. It’s awesome:)

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What I liked most about the entire activity was that they gave us a Basic Masses Integration, where all of us went into Porac, Pampanga, and got to take a look at what life for people in there looks like. It was during that activity that I got to meet Mirjan Hipolito, she’s so tall, right? hahaha. From what I know, she’s already the Mutya Ning Angeles in Pampanga. She won a beauty pageant in their city.:)

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On the last day, we had a surprise lecturer for Feature Writing, the one and only Eros Atalia! He is one of the most famous authors here in the Philippines today, and being a bookworm, I never passed up the chance of taking a photo with him and requesting an autograph.😀

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On the last night, we had cultural night where we presented something that represents our regions. We got teamed up with region 1, and we presented something like a dance, while some of us sang. If you’re wondering what my cultural attire is, it’s the traditional mode of dressing for ifugaos.

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For me, meeting new friends is still the best part of the ativity, It managed to bring different people from different places together to work towards one common goal : PRESS FREEDOM.

FASHION SHOW 2014

It is required in our course to create a culminating activity in the 3rd year. Last year, the third-years in our college made a fashion show for their culminating activity. And it so turned out that only a handful of people could make it, so they required our year level to attend.

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Of course, every girl has those times when they feel pretty. For me, this night was one of those. Haha. No one ever passes up a good chance to feel confident about herself/himself.

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REGIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION PRESS CONFERENCE AND BAGGAO ADVENTURE

Every December, the RHEPC is being held at Tuguegarao City, and last year, I was again given the chance to join. The RHEPC is a press conference in our region, and is mostly a contest of writing and photojournalism skills. I chose to join photojournalism english.

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This is just us chillin’ at our hotel room. Gearing ourselves up for the upcoming contests.

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I can proudly say that at the awarding ceremony, I got the chance to go up the stage and claim my certificate by being the eighth place in Photojournalism english. Not bad, since it’s my first time to join photojourn.

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After the RHEPC, we decided not to go home yet, but to explore more of the beautiful places in Cagayan. Next destination? Baggao!

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We arrived at our destination by 5 pm. But since it’s raining, we decided to spend the night at Regina’s house and proceed to Baggao the morning after.

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We even got photobombed by the best photobombers ever! hahahaha.

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That night, we couldn’t sleep early. HAHA. We were all hyped-up on coffee and even though we were sleep deprived for more than 24 hours already, sleep wasn’t an option. We even had th nerve to do an energetic groufie. Haha.

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The next morning, we woke up really early to go to Baggao even though it was still raining and it was very very cold. We walked up to the beautiful part of it – and IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.

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This is how it looked like there. Beautiful, right??:)

And of course I cannot pass up taking selfies:)

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After the trip at Baggao, we headed home. But of course, we had the pleasure of eating at Mang Inasal, courtesy of our adviser, Maam Bless.

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By March I got my glasses…

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And I don’t know how, but somewhere along the way, my appetite just flared up…

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And I suddenly became THIS fat.

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I’m not complaining, or anything. In fact, I’m loving how I look like now:)

NATIONAL STUDENT PRESS CONVENTION 

Okay!! This part deserves an entire blog entry!! But since I still don’t have all of the pictures, this is enough. FOR NOW.

Last May, we attended the National Student Press Convention at Benguet. I’m just giving you the gist, hahaha. No spoilers, I will be giving a DETAILED report soon!

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:) Notice that almost all pictures I post are pretty much of myself. Ugh. Hahaha.

MORE TO COME SOON!

(I’m kind of tired from typing, i’ll update this again tomorrow)

AU revoir mon cheire!:)

Let It Snow

 

LetItSnowRepkgAUTHOR: Lauren Myracle, John Green, Maureen Johnson

NUMBER OF PAGES: 352

DURATION OF READING: 4 days

SOURCE: www.tuebl.com

QUOTES: 

“I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending. Do you know what I mean? There is so much to lose.”

“There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, then all at once it gets awkward.”

“I stood under the awning for a moment, but finally I decided that being in a bad mood with your friends beats being in a bad mood without them.”

PLOT SUMMARY: 

Let it Snow is a series of three interconnected novellas, which center around theWaffle House of Gracetown, North Carolina, on the snowiest Christmas in 50 years. The story starts when a train carrying Jeb (a Gracetown local), Jubilee (on her way to spend Christmas with her grandparents in Florida, because her parents are in jail following a riot at the manufacturers of collectible ceramic Christmas villages), and fourteen cheerleaders (all named Amber or Madison) breaks down right across the interstate from the Waffle House.

In The Jubilee Express, by Maureen Johnson, Jubilee is the first one off the broken-down train, desperate to get away from the cheerleaders, and bemoaning the fact that her perfect Christmas with her boyfriend is ruined. When the cheerleaders follow her into the Waffle House, however, she takes off with a local named Stuart, who, despite the fact that he’s wearing plastic bags on his feet, is at least offering a warm and cheerleader-free place to spend the night.

In A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, by John Green, the head cashier at the WaffleHouse calls his friends to inform them of the sudden influx of cheerleaders. Tobin and JP are excited by this news; Duke (real name: Angie) is rather less so, but is willing to tag along provided she gets hash browns at the end of it. Unfortunately, getting to the Waffle House through a raging blizzard turns out to be more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.

The last story, The Patron Saint of Pigs, by Lauren Myracle concerns Jeb’s newly exed ex-girlfriend, Addie, as she deals with her breakup, her lost love, her crisis, and the absolutely crazy morning shift at Starbucks on the day after Christmas.

PICKING MY BRAIN:

I really really love how these three short stories were knitted to make a good YA fiction. Although I’m a nerdfighter and I tend to be a bit biased toward John Green’s books, I can honestly say that the stories are absolutely amazing. The Jubilee Express was my favorite, the story are completely relatable (if that word even exists) by most. It shows that people shouldn’t stay in a relationship with someone just because they’ve been together very long, or because they’ve met each other’s parents and friends and they feel that they are already accepted in each others’ social circles. It is the emotional aspect, rather, that one should look into. Jubilee, in this case, is often ignored by her boyfriend, and despite being through so many glitches in just a day, his jerk of a boyfriend just told her he’d call him back because HE’S BUSY. WTF! If you really love a person, you would MAKE time no matter how busy you are, right?? (Sorry, I tend to take things personally. Haha) So, anyway, Stuart here, comes to the rescue, much like a knight in shining armor. From the first moment they started up a conversation, I was hooked. It’s like I found my ideal man, with just one crucial flaw: HE’S IN A BOOK.

A Cheertastic Christmas, on the other hand, makes us realize that sometimes, you set out for something you think is just perfect, only to find out during that journey, that you don’t need that thing you are travelling for, because what you have by your side is enough to take your breath away. Yes, the one you love might just be around the corner, or even closer😉

The Patron Saint of Pigs, also teaches valuable lifeslashlove lessons: That friends are not there to be biased about your attitude, but to help you in changing into a better person; that people need to change in order to be worthy for the love of others; and that love gives a lot of chances for someone who deserves them.

Highly Recommended!!

RATING: 5/5

 

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park

ELEANOR AND PARK

AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell

NUMBER OF PAGES: 320

DURATION OF READING: 6 days

SOURCE: tuebl.com

QUOTES:

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something”

“What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you couldlove forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.”

PLOT SUMMARY:

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

PICKING MY BRAIN:

I saw this book on the list of a fellow bookworm. I liked the cover, so I decided to take a shot at it. I might admit the characters are a bit young for the kind of love the book is trying to imply, but since I think all is fair in love and war, then, it’s not so bad.

This is the kind of story that has, like a subtle beginning. And then as the story progresses you’ll get intrigued in bits and pieces, like the notes on Eleanor’s textbooks. As for the conflicts, it was kind of predictable for their Park’s mom to disagree with their relationship, but when she discovered that Eleanor came from a big family, she instantly liked Eleanor, because she came from a big family herself. Park’s dad, on the other hand liked Eleanor from the start, which is something that made me grip onto this novel.

The ending, though, is entirely a different story. It’s all about two young lovers, who already feels like they’ve got their hands full of problems because of Eleanor’s stepdad, yet they faced an even bigger problem – separation. This is the part where every readers might want to grab a box of tissue, for every word strikes through the heart, and will make you relive your first love.

I felt like Hazel Grace Lancaster at the end of this novel, wondering about what happened to Sisyphus the hamster. What, Rainbow Rowell, happened to Macy and the others?? What??

A book recommended for all young at hearts!

RATING: 3/5

 

Pain is Good

redIf there’s something I learned about people’s so-called “lovelife”, it’s this: PAIN IS GOOD.

Of course it’s always inevitable for a person to get hurt when it comes to love, since those two words are intertwined, and one can’t experience one without the other. Kind of a package deal.

Yes, I know. It’s never too easy to handle pain. Been there. It usually feels like you can’t take everything anymore, and the slightest prod at you might break you to pieces, like LITERALLY.

But, I can say that pain is what makes us grow. Pain makes us handle things things better. If you get hurt, you will have to deal with it for a span of time, but eventually, as you get over it, you will improve as a person and is bound to handle things that are much worse in the future.

ANOTHER THING I’VE LEARNED IS THAT:

Yes, you will get over the negative feelings. But it’s just that, the feelings. Once you start loving a person, you’ll never stop loving him/her. It might be less or more in the future, but it never stops. That’s why, even if you get over the pain and feelings, you will never get over the person. Sad truth.

But, as I have said, that is what makes us STRONGER.

The Heirs

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For those who doesn’t know, THE HEIRS (also called THE INHERITORS)  is a South Korean television series starring Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye. A trendy drama set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich, it aired on SBS on October 9, 2013.

My younger sister copied the episodes from one of her classmates who downloads the episodes online. No, scratch that, she bought it. hahahaha. She sacrificed the money she saved, for this. Addict. hahaha.😀

“The Heirs” depicts the friendships, rivalries and love lives of young, rich heirs led by Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) and a girl named Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye). The series follows a group of privileged, rich, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families’ business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control, except their love lives. Kim Tan is a handsome and wealthy Korean heir to a large conglomeration who is sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality, it’s a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home, Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk) schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), who has arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. Slowly, he feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she’s the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. When Kim Tan’s fiancée, Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji Won), arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. Meanwhile, Rachel’s future stepbrother and Kim Tan’s former best friend, Choi Young Do (Kim Woo-bin) goes to the same school as Kim Tan and Eun Sang. The troubles arise as the heirs realize the differences between money and the real world.

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This is the part where they are still establishing what is there between them Not just a mutual understanding, but an official relationship. This is the part where viewers will definitely fall in love over and over again, especially since the character of Kim Tan is soooo perfect.

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Right. I forgot that this should come first. hahahahaha. Of course, their rapport started when Cha Eun Sang went to California, expecting to have a better life with her sister, Stella. Destiny brought Kim Tan and Eun Sang together, under the unexpected circumstances. Undeniably, they have a spark. But because of financial and personal issues, they have to part, since Eun Sang has to come back to Korea, a place where Kim Tan has to have rash boldness and courage in order to set foot in.

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I just wanted to add this picture. haha. I can’t help but sigh at this. it’s sooooo surreal.

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And i must admit it, Lee min ho is hot!😀

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These two are the cutest couple I have ever seen in Koreanovelas. Lee Bo Na and Chan Young.:) They lighten the scenes, they bring laughter to the viewers, and you can’t hep but let them acquire a soft spot in your heart.❤ I seriously ended up half-laughing and half-crying as I  watch them. haha.

HERE IS ONE OF THE SCENES THAT MADE ME LAUGH:

KIM TAN: Cha Eun Sang slept at your place? (relieved)

LEE BO NA: Yes, she did.

KIM TAN: Raise your hand.

LEE BO NA: (raises her hand) why?

KIM TAN: (slaps her hand) good job!

LEE BO NA: Why are you touching me?? Chan Young!! (runs away while calling for Chan Young)

hahahahaha.😀

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back to Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sang:)

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This is the part where Kim Tan came to Eun Sang, crying. This is where they decide to work on their differences. *sigh* I feel so sorry for them. Star-crossed lovers. T_T

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God. Makes me want to cry just by looking at the pictures. *sigh* *sob*

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This is the last episode I watched. It broke my heart. I was soooo struck to the heart. What could be more worse than being separated to the one you love? What is more heartbreaking than knowing it’s nearly impossible for both of you to see each other again? I feel for them. I really do.

There are just some things that can’t be helped no matter how much you wanted to change it. Sometimes, even the bravest and toughest people in love cannot do anything against the forces of nature, of society.

And I really need to finish the series, I feel so stuck.. like them.😦