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Truth Thursdays: Happiness Is

Happiness is subjective.

I could probably tell you a thousand reasons (things/people/situations) that make/made me happy. But somehow I feel like it's always just for a fleeting moment.
Eating breakfast food at midnight. Being appreciated. Watching movies that hit the spot. Seeing old friends. …

20 Movies To See In 2014

So many great movies this year! While the internet is buzzing with the news that 2015 just might be the biggest movie year ever because of the gigantic sequels (OMG, there's a Jurassic Park 4!) and some other upcoming movies that already have a considerable following around the world, let's just hold our horses for a minute and appreciate the beauty that is 2014 because it is, after all, brimming with excellent movies as well.

A lot of 'must see' movie lists already sprouted at the beginning of this year and I browsed and browsed and browsed and picked a few out of it and made a list of that I will definitely be watching:

(Some movies have no official poster yet since they are still in production.)

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Image from here.
Plot: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

My Reason(s) To Watch: So far, all the Wes Anderson movies I've watched haven't disappointed me. I'm sure this will not too. Prepare for extreme quirkiness!

Release Date: March 7, 2014

2. The Fault in Our Stars
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Plot: Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

My Reason(s) To Watch: I really liked the book, and I'm just as curious as everybody else how they translated it to film.

Release Date: June 6, 2014

3. Nymphomaniac Volume 1
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Plot: A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

My Reason(s) To Watch: It has mixed reviews. I read somewhere before that when something gets both great and bad reviews, it's worth the watch. So far, it's true. But it's getting a lot of hate as it is linked to soft pornography and having Shia LaBeouf in the cast. Hahaha.

Release Date: March 21, 2014 and April 18, 2014

Arbitrary Theory

There was the silence while walking, and the back of our hands touched every now and then.

It was not awkward.

And it was electric.

Skhizein by Jérémy Clapin

After being struck by a meteorite, Henry wakes up and finds out he's now living 91 centimeters from himself. Yes, an odd situation he suddenly found himself in. Imagine going about your daily routine: answering the phone, peeing, looking out the window, etc. and you have to place yourself 91 c…

Baguio 2013: Day 1

I know this post is long overdue! Yesterday, I finally decided not to be lazy and compiled and fixed every photo and tried to remember everything about our Baguio trips last year! Muffet, Ian and I loved our Baguio trip last September so much that I decided to celebrate my birthday there with them, too. Baguio definitely holds a lot of memories for me, especially when I was young. My family and I would frequent Baguio be it ordinary weekends or long holidays. It was nice to go back after a long, long while.

A lot of things happened in the last quarter of 2013. I got busy (yeah right) and I went to so many places that I never got the time to post anything about our Baguio escapades since then (and I might have procrastinated a teeny bit). This post is for our September trip, I figured I'd have a separate entry for our October trip because I got really confused with the timeline and all. Hehehe.

After the cut:

Glenn 50's Diner
Tam-Awan Village
Zola Cafe

What I Think About When I Think About Dating

1. I absolutely dread dating because I don't know how to.

2. I really don't know how to. I've never actually dated. Anyone. Ever. I mean prior to being in a relationship. My last relationship went on for 8 years. And it was my first. So yes. Never dated. Ever. Noob, I know.

3. I have th…

Favorite Things #19

1. Weekend mornings at home (HAHA. That's my weekend look.) 2. Weekend mornings at Guadalupe #medyoboarder 3. 'Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too' book cover at the back of a matchbox 4. 'Our Bipolar Bears' by Elli Austria*
5. 'Alice Dixon in Wonder Bra' by Marius Black*
6. De …

Arbitrary Theory

He was sitting on the opposite end of the bed, his face only illuminated by soft, yellow light.

The air was thick with unspoken words and everything unacknowledged. She could see from the corner of her eye that he followed her every move. He said nothing. After she took a drag on her cigarette, sh…

Ally's All-Day Breakfast Place

Once in a while, you find yourself in a dark place. But life has this silly way of knocking some sense into you and tell you, "Hey, stupid! You have the greatest friends and... breakfast. So cheer up!" That's exactly what happened. Well, not literally but my friends were just uber awesome, we're not supposed to eat out that day but we did. And surprise, surprise, they chose an all-day breakfast spot that was quite far from our office. (Considering it's the middle of the work week and Ian has to go home to Cavite.) I love them to bits. I was really touched. Haha.

I first knew about Ally's through Helga's post about their food. She wasn't really thrilled about the food that they ordered but I have faith on their pancakes. Or anything else on their menu that Helga didn't order. Hehehe.

We got there with the help of Google Maps (but the pointer was about a corner away from the actual spot). Ally's All-Day Breakfast Place is a hole-in-the-wall nook with happy, sunshine-y colors which probably can accommodate 25 people. Ally's is to Malingap Street as Milky & Sunny is to Kapitolyo. There were also other food joints in the area: Uncle Moe's Shawarma Hub, π Breakfast and Pies, Pino and Pipino.

There were a lot of choices on their menu -- rice meals, crepes, pancakes, appetizers, french toasts and a wide selection of beverages!

Loops & Links

Got time to waste? Click away!

1. This Isn't Happiness. A Tumblr account that showcases art, photography, design and disappointment. I'm on the 61st page already and I've no intention yet to stop browsing.

2. Paul + Wendy Projects' Typing by Michael Dumontier and Nei…

3 Headed Dog Album Launch at 19 East

Last Saturday, after my best friend's birthday celebration, I headed to 19 East to tag along some of my friends (Muffet, Burn and Drei) for the launch of 3 Headed Dog's album, Maynilad. I really knew nothing about the band except that Wolf Gemora handles the drums.

It turned out to be such …

Arbitrary Theory

Currently re-watching the Veronica Mars series. (So excited for the movie!) Came across this line when Piz and Veronica were talking at the school cafeteria.

Some might argue that something is better than nothing. But for me, I'd rather not settle for the crumbs. Not anymore.

Truth Thursdays: This Is What I Mean When I Say

If ever it came to a point when you start to be a bit puzzled, then you ask yourself certain things or you try and rationalize it with yourself then, congratulations, you may be back to that all too familiar place you are trying to get yourself out of.

I don't understand why you gravitate towa…

Restart: A Playlist

And you said, “This is the first day of my life, I’m glad I didn't die before I met you. But now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you And I’d probably be happy.”

01 // Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - Shampoo
02 // Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life
03 // The Lumineers - Dead Sea
04 //