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In the blogosphere, when you post something titled 'Life Lately,' it most of the time means your blog's been untouched for a long period of time and you'd like to let everyone know that you're still alive. Yes, I'm hopping on that train and doing the same thing right now because I don't know how else I'd ease my way back in here. Haha.

I haven't posted for more than a month because of... *drum roll* dengue. I really didn't see that coming. It was a weekend before the end of July, I came home from watching a theater play, and the next thing I know, I'm having chills due to a 40-degree fever. It went on for 2 days before I finally got myself checked and confined. It was the worst and most uncomfortable feeling. Days of constant fever, I had no appetite, I can't taste anything. At one point, I even had trouble breathing! After I recovered, it was back to work for me so all the blogging commitments I had had to be set aside in the mean time. Now, I'm down to one pending blog post so I guess my writing juju's back (and hopefully here to stay for a long time).

Anyway, while I'm here, I'm going to share some of the things that have kept me sane these past months that has been a roller coaster ride. Also, how is it September already?



John Paul White's Beulah. I couldn't be more excited for this. After low key and surprise gigs here and there (that sadly, I could only watch on YouTube), JP finally released his solo album! I actually pre-ordered one and can't wait to get my hands on it. If you've listened to The Civil Wars, this album still definitely has that beautiful sadness to it, which led me to think that he was the soul of TCW all along. Favorite tracks: I've Been Over This Before, What's So, Make You Cry, I'll Get Even 

EDEN's I Think You Think Too Much of Me. I never knew of EDEN/The Eden Project's existence until a friend's recommendation. The first track I've listened to was 'sex,' which is from this album, and I've never stopped hitting that Shuffle Play button on his albums ever since. His combination of heart-wrenching lyrics and uplifting beats is perfect. His other album, End Credits, is also great! Favorite tracks: and, XO, rock + roll 

Taking Back Sunday's Tidal Wave. There's only two tracks released right now: Tidal Wave and You Can't Look Back. Between the two, I prefer the latter. The music video's really cool, too. It's kind of weird in a "What the hell just happened?" kind of way. Tidal Wave, the track, is too ~punk~ for me. But who am I kidding? I'll definitely take whatever new material TBS has come up with. Heheh. 

Bon Iver's 22, A Million. Weird album name, weird track titles but still impeccable music. Three tracks from this album's already on Spotify: 22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version], 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠ (Extended Version) and 33 “GOD”. See? Weird. So far, my favorite track's 22 (OVER S∞∞N), which has a gorgeous lyric music video as well. Ahh. I'm just happy there's a new Bon Iver album right now, no matter how strange it is.

Carly Rae Jepsen's E·MO·TION Side B. Contrary to popular belief that I only like sad songs, I actually really, really, really like Carly Rae Jepsen (see what I did there?) And because we all know one E·MO·TION album will never be enough, she released 8 more tracks of bubble gum-y, bouncy, '80's synth pop goodness. There's nothing else as honest and as fun as CRJ's songs so let's shut up and dance! Favorite Tracks: Fever, Roses

TV: Stranger Things. Winona Forever! I don't know which planet you're from if you haven't seen Stranger Things. I was initially excited for this because of Winona since I've not watched her in anything big in ages, but fell in love with the compelling story line and each of the characters (even Barb!) And the kids are really the stars and boy, do they bring it! Millie Bobby Brown was a revelation! It kind of starts slow but it will slowly suck you in with all the mystery and nostalgia.

Theater: Rak of Aegis. I never liked musicals as far as I can remember. It's not that I didn't try, I did. But I end up not finishing most musicals I've seen. There's a few that I enjoyed but when a movie or a TV show is infused with singing, let's just say, it would take someone to convince me to go see it. Which is exactly how I ended up watching Rak of Aegis at PETA Theater. I didn't expect that I would enjoy and love it! I think I was clapping and singing along and all smiles the entire play! If you haven't seen it, please, please do! It's worth it! (Thanks, Jom!)

Anime: Orange. I've been seeing Orange pop up in a few anime-related Facebook pages that I follow and decided to give it a go. I've never read the manga and never seen its live action adaptation so I really had no clue about it. Apparent is the slice-of-life mood from the very beginning. I was sure that it was another typical shoujo manga. But I assure you it is not. I was so engrossed in it, I was able to finish 7 episodes in one sitting then I proceeded to reading the manga until the end for a day.

Film: Apocalypse Child. If the premise of the film is not enough reason for you to watch this film, maybe Annicka Dolonius can change your mind. For me, she really fit the character of Fiona, the wise-for-her-years almost lover of Ford, played by Sid Lucero. Her feistiness was a great contrast to the serene, picturesque waters and overall chill mood of the film. People around her seem to be living fine with all the cover-ups and half truths just waiting to explode right in front of them. The beautiful Baler is an added character to the film as well. The film is simple, the cinematography was breath-taking and the actors gave realistic performances, though I think there were some loose ends left hanging. (FYI: Apocalypse Child will have its theatrical release this October 2016!)




Bernard Faucon's Les Écritures. I accidentally found about Bernard Faucon's portfolio when I was searching for artists who uses neon lights. One particular article had a comment about how this other artist's work is a rip-off of Faucon's, so I was intrigued and Googled about it. I was brought to this page and saw his work, Les Écritures, which means The Writings.

Les Écritures consists of 12 colored photographs of landscapes with  what appears to be handwritten words on it. He actually inserted large wooden letters covered in reflective scothlite fabric that form words, texts, truisms, his personal truths. The texts appear to be illuminated within nature, as if they were strings of flourescent tubes, cursive light - text as image. (x)

My favorite is the photo on the left which says: "Un jour, on se réveille devant le plus beau paysage et on n'a plus envie que de se rendormir." It translates to "One day, you'll wake up to the most beautiful landscape and all you want to do is go back to sleep." (x)



Illustrations by Mari Andrew. I first saw an article in Bored Panda about these Brutally Honest Comics About Adulthood and of course, the adult in me had to click. I was muttering the words, "So true." at most of her creations and chuckling at a couple of others.

All of her illustrations were funny and relatable: starting from adult obligations, dating, Tinder, the single life, internal monologues and overthinking, and basically, all our life realizations. This one on the right is me most of the time! Haha. Overanalyzing things and giving more meaning than what's supposed to be.

I especially also liked this one because this is just so accurate right now that I want to show it to everyone asking me -- whenever I'm doing something different, it is always presumed to be because I'm inspired by a guy. I also read on this Huffington Post article that all of this rooted from a break up a few years back. She also said, “I was literally putting happiness on the calendar. The 30 minutes I set aside a day to create art and paint was so soothing and enjoyable for me.” Maybe I should start doing that too. Nah, I already have this blog. Haha.

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And there you have it! The long list of stuff that helped keep me in the right mind (LOL) after all the hospitalization, emotional ups and downs, extended work hours and rest day spent at the office. Work load's been pretty light since the past week that's why I've been able to catch up with all the blogging, and thankfully, another event this weekend then I'm gonna spend some time with my college friends. Hope you all have a wonderful first of September! Christmas is almost here!

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