04/16/14

  • Went with my sister to Saint Paul’s (my alma mater) for her entrance exam. 
  • J caught up with us. We went around the school while we waited for my sister to finish. 
  • She did really well, btw. Got 80% of the test right!
  • She was a little confused on where she’d like to go to high school, but today she decided she wanted to go to Saint Paul’s (yay! Haha). I’m enrolling her next week. 
  • Went home and watched an episode of HIMYM. I’m currently on S06E20.
  • My grandmother told me to go to my sister’s previous school, San Agustin, to get her report card so I did.
  • Went to Martinelli Pizza Deli with J for some pizza. 
  • Bacon and fries. Mmmmmmm.
  • Stayed there for like 2 hours and waited for Kuya Jonathan to pick us up. Our other batchmates were apparently also riding in his tricycle. 
  • Throughout the entire ride, he kept teasing us almost non-stop but whatareyougonnado.
  • Resumed watching HIMYM.

A day well spent. :) 

Anonymous:
hello ching, can you help me? i used to be a bookworm, i read anything. novels, comic, or short story. since junior years, i was getting busy and my parents told me not to read many books during the school days. Unfortunately, I lost my reading spirit since that time. I still loved books though. i bought some books, I only bought it, I didn't read it. When I tried to bring that spirit back, I usually ended up leaving the story hang. any advice so I can be a bookworm again? thanks! :)

Sounds like you’re in a reading slump. Don’t worry, I’ve been there and I know exactly how you feel. When you really want to read, but you haven’t been able to concentrate or even pick up a book in weeks (or days, depends on how strict you are on your reading). You’re reading the same sentence over and over again but can’t seem to understand what the words mean. Your mind starts to wander, and your eyes start to close. You can’t seem to finish anything you start, or find any book appealing. You buy books but don’t read them. You read just to “get through it”. You can’t choose what to read, and instead just don’t read. Reading slumps are dark & depressing times for avid readers, so in this post, I will try to help you get out of it. These are just things that I do or found on the internet, and I don’t even know if they always work, but it’s worth the try, right?

  1. Start reading a book you know you’ll love. Maybe you have a book on your shelf that you’ve been dying to read, but still haven’t gotten to. Or stock up on books from an author you liked. I have a few Sarah Dessen books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, and I buy her books regularly because they are pretty easy to get through.
  2. Read the synopsis again, or maybe read some positive reviews about the book you’re trying to get through. That might just motivate you to keep reading.
  3. Just ride it out. Something that someone said in a YouTube comment, which I thought was really helpful too: “(…) Sometimes a person just needs a break from so many words and ideas. Almost like an overload. Eventually a book will call out to you and you’ll be back to reading before you know it.”
  4. Make time to read, and make it comfortable for you. Make sure there is no background noise if you can’t concentrate because of that, or make sure there is background noise if makes you focus. Choose a peaceful, comfortable reading place and just do it. Just start reading. You might be on a part where it’s about to get really suspenseful, and you don’t want to miss that, do you?
  5. Do something other than reading. I know this is about getting back into reading, but you might just need a little fresh air to clear your head, so you can come back to your bookshelf or go to the bookstore with a fresh perspective.
  6. Re-read one of your favorite books. This will probably not count toward your Goodreads challenge, but you’ll get even more behind if you don’t get out of your reading slump.
  7. Focus on writing reviews. For those of you who are book bloggers: I haven’t tried this myself because I’ve only had one reading slump this year so far, but it might work to write a review on a book you’ve read recently but haven’t reviewed yet. I don’t know, just try it. 
  8. Step out of your comfort zone. A tip I’ve seen going around on the internet is reading a book of a genre you don’t normally read as much. You might just discover your new favorite book/genre/author!
  9. Maybe listen to an audiobook while you’re doing other things, if you’re one of those people who are great at multitasking. Just put it on your iPod and listen to it while walking your dog or cleaning the house or washing dishes or doing fitness or walking to school/work.
  10. Read books that people have been saying are fast-paced. The kind of book you just can’t put down, no matter how tired or hungry or busy you are. Books like The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, the Gone series by Michael Grant, or other dystopians might help you. Something that someone on the internet has said was that “feel good-romances always help me get out of a reading slump”, which I have to agree with. 
  11. Get inspired. Read blogs written by people you really admire and learn from, the people you trust when they recommend you a book. 
  12. Read a shorter book. If a book doesn’t have a ton of pages, it will motivate you more to read it, just like you’d probably rather pick up a thin book from your shelf than the big 700-page monster you also still have to read. When you finish your short book, you feel like you accomplished something (which you did, congratulations!) and hopefully start reading more.
  13. Find a reading buddy. Call one of your friends and ask them if they want to read a book together, at the same time. (Not necessarily together in the same place.) Your friend will push you to read more by being either further in the book than you (which makes you want to catch up and beat them), or you are the one further in (which makes you want to finish it even quicker so you can beat them with an even shorter time). This friend can also be helpful to discuss the book with you if you are planning to write a review on it. 
  14. Set yourself a (daily) goal and stick to it. Keep score of your progress every day (how many pages you’ve read or something), and eventually you will be amazed by how much you actually read in a certain amount of time. This will also maybe motivate you to read faster, which is always good.
  15. Visit a bookstore or go to your local library, and just browse. You will (hopefully) rediscover your love for reading and won’t be able to wait to go back to your book.
  16. (Re)organize your books. If you’re like me and love organizing stuff, this might help.

I’m aware that this is a CRAZY LONG list, but if you’re really out of options, I hope there is enough in this post to get you back into it. :) 

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Thank you Patti (buffpaper) for tagging me! ♡ 
1. What are you wearing?

Pajama bottoms and a sweater. 

2. Ever been in love?

Yep.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Sort of. Yeah. 

4. How tall are you?

5’2”

5. How much do you weigh?

44 kg.

6. Any tattoos?

None but I want one though! In white ink. 

7. Any piercings?

Two on each earlobe. 

8. Otp?

Marshall/Lily (HIMYM), Jenna/Matty (Awkward), Spencer/Toby (PLL), Anna/Kristoff (Frozen), Tobias/Tris (Divergent), Jace/Clary (City of Bones), Percy/Annabeth (Percy Jackson and The Olympians), Elena/Damon (TVD), Hazel/Augustus (TFIOS)

9. Favorite show/s?

How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries, and Awkward.

10. Favorite bands?

The Paper Kites, Two Door Cinema Club, All Time Low, Florence + The Machine, The Maine, Bastille, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, The Summer Set, Mayday Parade, Panic! At The Disco,  Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, A Fine Frenzy, The Killers, The 1975, Mayday Parade, Of Monsters and Men, One Republic, Passenger, Parachute, The XX.. 

11. Something you miss?

Seeing my best friends every day at school when we were in high school.

12. Favorite Song?

I have a lot but Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol is my all-time favorite.

13. How old are you?

17 but I’m turning 18 next month!

14. Zodiac sign?

Taurus.

15. Quality you look for in a partner?

Someone who’s monogamous, consistent, faithful, trustworthy and honest. Maybe even someone who’s spontaneous.

16. Favorite quote?

"An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you." - Goi Nasu

17. Favorite Actor/Actress?

Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley.

18. Favorite color?

Mint green/Teal/Turquoise.

19. Loud music or soft?

It depends on my mood but mostly I like soft indie music.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?

In my room or to the bookstore. Sometimes I go to cafes, pastry shops or restaurants and eat my sadness away, lol.

21. How long does it take you to shower?

20-30 minutes.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

At least an hour.

23. Ever been in a physical fight?

Never.

24. Turn on?

Guys who are musically inclined, play soccer, smell good, have a good sense of humor, chinito. Especially when they have that playful half smile and that V thing near the hips, omg.

25. Turn off?

Smoking. Major, major turn off.

26. The reason I joined Tumblr?

I needed a place to vent out. Keeping a diary or journal never really worked out for me.

27. Fears?

The dark and cockroaches. Ugh.

28. Last thing that made you cry?

It was a movie but I forgot which one.

29. Last time you said you loved someone?

Last night.

30. Meaning behind your tumblr name?

My real name is Selena. I used to be selenaium but then people from school found out about it in high school so I changed it to seleneium. They still found it though but I don’t really care anymore so I kept this url.

31. Last book you read?

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti.

32. The book you’re currently reading?

Speak by Lauren Anderson.

33. Last show you watched?

HIMYM.

34. Last person you talked to?

My sister.

35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

Umm.. Dating? HAHAHA. Idk. He’s not my boyfriend officially but we’re sort of committed to each other? Idk what that’s called.

36. Favorite food?

Lasagna.

37. Places you want to visit?

Europe! The countries there are just gah.

38. Last place you were?

My dentist’s.

39. Do you have a crush?

J, the guy I’m dating seeing rn. 

40. Last time you kissed someone?

Saturday. Omg, lol.

41. Last time you were insulted?

Earlier. Some random guy made wooing noises and the other one whistled at me. God, I am not a dog. (And I was wearing jeans and a sweater like wtf?)

42. Favorite flavor of sweet?

Chocolate.

43. What instruments do you play?

I don’t play any instrument anymore but I used to play the violin and I also took piano lessons one summer.

44. Favorite piece of jewelry?

My snowflake necklace. 

45. Last sport you played?

I think it was volleyball. Not really a sporty kind of person.

46. Last song you sang?

Counting Stars by One Republic.

47. Favorite chat up line?

I don’t use chat up lines.

48. Have you ever used it?

Nope.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?

Last Saturday.

50. Who would answer these questions next?
silhouettedreeams, therecklessweirdo, deprivedwords, inthruvurt, puzzledinalabyrinth, smilinglittlealien-madeline, starofmyreveries, mjcsarmiento, theparisiandreamer, captainjuvenile, alyssatothewest, 320pixelsofauradelle, blaancaflor, sheiscrazyesha, sarygarfield, kathrynreads, thediaryoftheawkward, amielaaa, imalittlequirky, astrenuouskid 

Thank you Patti (buffpaper) for tagging me!  

1. What are you wearing?

Pajama bottoms and a sweater. 

2. Ever been in love?

Yep.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Sort of. Yeah. 

4. How tall are you?

5’2”

5. How much do you weigh?

44 kg.

6. Any tattoos?

None but I want one though! In white ink. 

7. Any piercings?

Two on each earlobe. 

8. Otp?

Marshall/Lily (HIMYM), Jenna/Matty (Awkward), Spencer/Toby (PLL), Anna/Kristoff (Frozen), Tobias/Tris (Divergent), Jace/Clary (City of Bones), Percy/Annabeth (Percy Jackson and The Olympians), Elena/Damon (TVD), Hazel/Augustus (TFIOS)

9. Favorite show/s?

How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries, and Awkward.

10. Favorite bands?

The Paper Kites, Two Door Cinema Club, All Time Low, Florence + The Machine, The Maine, Bastille, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, The Summer Set, Mayday Parade, Panic! At The Disco,  Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, A Fine Frenzy, The Killers, The 1975, Mayday Parade, Of Monsters and Men, One Republic, Passenger, Parachute, The XX.. 

11. Something you miss?

Seeing my best friends every day at school when we were in high school.

12. Favorite Song?

I have a lot but Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol is my all-time favorite.

13. How old are you?

17 but I’m turning 18 next month!

14. Zodiac sign?

Taurus.

15. Quality you look for in a partner?

Someone who’s monogamous, consistent, faithful, trustworthy and honest. Maybe even someone who’s spontaneous.

16. Favorite quote?

"An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you." - Goi Nasu

17. Favorite Actor/Actress?

Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley.

18. Favorite color?

Mint green/Teal/Turquoise.

19. Loud music or soft?

It depends on my mood but mostly I like soft indie music.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?

In my room or to the bookstore. Sometimes I go to cafes, pastry shops or restaurants and eat my sadness away, lol.

21. How long does it take you to shower?

20-30 minutes.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

At least an hour.

23. Ever been in a physical fight?

Never.

24. Turn on?

Guys who are musically inclined, play soccer, smell good, have a good sense of humor, chinito. Especially when they have that playful half smile and that V thing near the hips, omg.

25. Turn off?

Smoking. Major, major turn off.

26. The reason I joined Tumblr?

I needed a place to vent out. Keeping a diary or journal never really worked out for me.

27. Fears?

The dark and cockroaches. Ugh.

28. Last thing that made you cry?

It was a movie but I forgot which one.

29. Last time you said you loved someone?

Last night.

30. Meaning behind your tumblr name?

My real name is Selena. I used to be selenaium but then people from school found out about it in high school so I changed it to seleneium. They still found it though but I don’t really care anymore so I kept this url.

31. Last book you read?

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti.

32. The book you’re currently reading?

Speak by Lauren Anderson.

33. Last show you watched?

HIMYM.

34. Last person you talked to?

My sister.

35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

Umm.. Dating? HAHAHA. Idk. He’s not my boyfriend officially but we’re sort of committed to each other? Idk what that’s called.

36. Favorite food?

Lasagna.

37. Places you want to visit?

Europe! The countries there are just gah.

38. Last place you were?

My dentist’s.

39. Do you have a crush?

J, the guy I’m dating seeing rn. 

40. Last time you kissed someone?

Saturday. Omg, lol.

41. Last time you were insulted?

Earlier. Some random guy made wooing noises and the other one whistled at me. God, I am not a dog. (And I was wearing jeans and a sweater like wtf?)

42. Favorite flavor of sweet?

Chocolate.

43. What instruments do you play?

I don’t play any instrument anymore but I used to play the violin and I also took piano lessons one summer.

44. Favorite piece of jewelry?

My snowflake necklace. 

45. Last sport you played?

I think it was volleyball. Not really a sporty kind of person.

46. Last song you sang?

Counting Stars by One Republic.

47. Favorite chat up line?

I don’t use chat up lines.

48. Have you ever used it?

Nope.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?

Last Saturday.

50. Who would answer these questions next?

silhouettedreeams, therecklessweirdo, deprivedwords, inthruvurt, puzzledinalabyrinth, smilinglittlealien-madeline, starofmyreveries, mjcsarmiento, theparisiandreamer, captainjuvenile, alyssatothewest, 320pixelsofauradelle, blaancaflor, sheiscrazyesha, sarygarfield, kathrynreads, thediaryoftheawkward, amielaaa, imalittlequirky, astrenuouskid 

04/12/14
Met up with J today at our previous school. My mum asked me to get the needed requirements for my sister’s application. She’s going to be in high school next school year.
Talked with Sir Rick and Ma’am Juliet at the Business Center until lunch time.
Went to Jolibee but there were a lot of people. Tried Chowking but they also had a lot of people, apparently. Finally ate at Fat Choi.
J and I separated and I stopped by our hardware store. 
My grandmother asked me to buy a case for her phone. I found none.
Went home and took a 30-minute nap.
Met up with J again at Lorenzo’s Cafe. First time that we had a date went out here in our hometown, Ormoc. 
I was a little cranky since I just woke up but after a while I was so hyper.
Ordered a blueberry cheesecake and took photos while we waited. (I know, vain. Hahaha)
J: I’m not instax-genic!Me: But I am. I mean…. Aren’t I?J: Yep.
I was just kidding, btw.
Angelo went to the same cafe and we talked for a while. I missed him! Definitely need to hang out with him and the others soon. :3
Went home at around 5pm and spent the rest of the day watching PLL and HIMYM.
Most of the time we hold hands when we’re together. Didn’t really care that people sort of stared or kept looking at us. Seriously, people. We’re just holding hands. I forgot how it was like here in a small town. People make a big deal out of things like this. In Cebu people wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess I got a little used to that. 

04/12/14

  • Met up with J today at our previous school. My mum asked me to get the needed requirements for my sister’s application. She’s going to be in high school next school year.
  • Talked with Sir Rick and Ma’am Juliet at the Business Center until lunch time.
  • Went to Jolibee but there were a lot of people. Tried Chowking but they also had a lot of people, apparently. Finally ate at Fat Choi.
  • J and I separated and I stopped by our hardware store. 
  • My grandmother asked me to buy a case for her phone. I found none.
  • Went home and took a 30-minute nap.
  • Met up with J again at Lorenzo’s Cafe. First time that we had a date went out here in our hometown, Ormoc. 
  • I was a little cranky since I just woke up but after a while I was so hyper.
  • Ordered a blueberry cheesecake and took photos while we waited. (I know, vain. Hahaha)
  • J: I’m not instax-genic!
    Me: But I am. I mean…. Aren’t I?
    J: Yep.
  • I was just kidding, btw.
  • Angelo went to the same cafe and we talked for a while. I missed him! Definitely need to hang out with him and the others soon. :3
  • Went home at around 5pm and spent the rest of the day watching PLL and HIMYM.

Most of the time we hold hands when we’re together. Didn’t really care that people sort of stared or kept looking at us. Seriously, people. We’re just holding hands. I forgot how it was like here in a small town. People make a big deal out of things like this. In Cebu people wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess I got a little used to that. 

Hi guys! An anon asked me a week ago if I could make a wish list for my birthday (May 15). Sorry it took so long. I’ve been so lazy busy lately but, here you go:
Books
Instax mini film 
A mixtape/playlist
Letters (preferably handwritten because I just love handwritten letters)
Roses and helium balloons
White Chuck Taylors or a pair of topsiders from Sperry (mine’s kind of worn out already)
Dreamcatchers
A fisheye lens for my iPhone
Anything Frozen-related, really
A Song of Ice and Fire boxed set by George R. R. Martin
Band shirts
Posters of my favorite books/bands/movies
A mint green typewriter (yes, I’m serious)
But most importantly, books
I guess that’s it. I’m turning 18 this year and in the Philippines, we have the traditional debut. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. I don’t know, having a debut is just not me. Being the center of attention (even if it’s just my family, friends, and relatives) makes me really shy. (I am an introvert, lol) I love being invited to debuts but the idea of me having one is an entirely different thing.
So, I’m not having one. I’m traveling instead. People tell me that having a debut is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. And well, they’re right. But I’ve made up my mind. We already booked the flight and I have no regrets at all. :) 

Hi guys! An anon asked me a week ago if I could make a wish list for my birthday (May 15). Sorry it took so long. I’ve been so lazy busy lately but, here you go:

  1. Books
  2. Instax mini film 
  3. A mixtape/playlist
  4. Letters (preferably handwritten because I just love handwritten letters)
  5. Roses and helium balloons
  6. White Chuck Taylors or a pair of topsiders from Sperry (mine’s kind of worn out already)
  7. Dreamcatchers
  8. A fisheye lens for my iPhone
  9. Anything Frozen-related, really
  10. A Song of Ice and Fire boxed set by George R. R. Martin
  11. Band shirts
  12. Posters of my favorite books/bands/movies
  13. A mint green typewriter (yes, I’m serious)
  14. But most importantly, books

I guess that’s it. I’m turning 18 this year and in the Philippines, we have the traditional debut. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. I don’t know, having a debut is just not me. Being the center of attention (even if it’s just my family, friends, and relatives) makes me really shy. (I am an introvert, lol) I love being invited to debuts but the idea of me having one is an entirely different thing.

So, I’m not having one. I’m traveling instead. People tell me that having a debut is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. And well, they’re right. But I’ve made up my mind. We already booked the flight and I have no regrets at all. :) 

I’ve been on hiatus for almost two weeks now due to school stuff - finals, quizzes, requirements, etc. and these are the things I wasn’t able to blog about:

  • After finals, my college friends and I treated ourselves by going on a food trip. We already planned a week or two before finals that we’re going to save our allowance for this. We went to a Korean restaurant and went to a new place called Ice Giants for dessert. 
  • We had a program called Awards Night to recognize the achievements the College of Nursing and it’s students accomplished all throughout the school year. They announced the Dean’s Listers for the first semester and then had a farewell for the graduating batch this year. Everyone dressed up to the theme which required us to wear anything pastel-colored. Of course I took my instax with me. It was fun. 
  • I went home to Ormoc to attend my sister’s graduation. She’s the class valedictorian. Proud sister here. :> 
  • Aaaand finally, attended the 4th year’s graduation since I had some of my closest ate’s and kuya’s there. 

Basically, my goal is to graduate on time in 2017 and to accomplish that, I’d have to pass all of my prerequisite and major subjects so I don’t become an irregular student. I just really want to graduate on time and finish this course in 4 years, okay. Consistency is key!

Omg, I’m a sophomore now. I’m going to let that sink in.

(More photos on my Instagram, @selenapinote)

Random fact: I like school/office supplies.

My dad went to SG a couple of months ago and bought these for me. I was only able to receive them last Saturday when we met at my sister’s graduation though. Still, thanks dad.
Most of them are from Smiggle. Gah, I can’t tell you how much I like artsy things, crafts, and office supplies. Idk, I just do. Like, when I go to National Bookstore to shop for school supplies, I always linger in the highlighters and assorted pens section. I’m even choosy with my binder, etc. 
I mean, who gets excited over office and school supplies? Oh, that’s right - me.
Random fact: I like school/office supplies.

My dad went to SG a couple of months ago and bought these for me. I was only able to receive them last Saturday when we met at my sister’s graduation though. Still, thanks dad.

Most of them are from Smiggle. Gah, I can’t tell you how much I like artsy things, crafts, and office supplies. Idk, I just do. Like, when I go to National Bookstore to shop for school supplies, I always linger in the highlighters and assorted pens section. I’m even choosy with my binder, etc. 

I mean, who gets excited over office and school supplies? Oh, that’s right - me.

Finals week ahead! I haven’t really been active since the second semester started. Things were - are - just so busy and hectic that I don’t have time to go on tumblr as much. Luckily, it’s almost summer break so yeah, hopefully I could fill my blog with posts and updates again. :) 

Just one more week left. I can do this!

Finals week ahead! I haven’t really been active since the second semester started. Things were - are - just so busy and hectic that I don’t have time to go on tumblr as much. Luckily, it’s almost summer break so yeah, hopefully I could fill my blog with posts and updates again. :)

Just one more week left. I can do this!