August Break 2016 | day 5

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Midday.

My least favorite time of day to shoot, but then, I saw these pretty colors, ever so vibrant, and all in one place. Problem solved.

Loving the long stretches of blue, red and green,

and the touch of yellow in between.

and it rhymes!:)

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August Break 2016 | day 1

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Morning light.

I took 4 different photos for today’s challenge, but I thought this would best portray how today’s morning light looked like where I’m from. So cold and gloomy. Hello August! You make me want to have a nice cup of hot chocolate and just sleep in on a Monday.

Listening to: Bob Marley because my sister played a whole playlist of his songs all morning. Reggae + Rain = perfect combination. 🙂

Also read today’s reading entitled: The Best is Yet to Come. Cue “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. 🙂 Can this day get any better?

Hope we all have a wonderful August!

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I’ll Be There For You

I’ve never had a chance to watch FRIENDS back when it was still shown on tv because for one, we never had cable tv, plus I was too young to even get the jokes of twenty somethings. Fast forward to the second decade after it first came out, I’m having the time of my life watching reruns of the show. Call it the grand FRIENDS throwback!

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I actually find the timing very appropriate since I’m in my early twenties and I can never relate to it as much as I can right now dealing with quarter life crisis, job problems, love problems and all that drama. Thanks to ETC for giving a late bloomer like me a chance to relive one of the greatest shows of all time. It was actually how I got started on watching the show, by seeing reruns before lunch time everyday. When I finally got myself a copy of the show on DVD, it wasn’t but a mere, single season. I had to settle for it, even if it was the third season already or else I wouldn’t get a chance to see it, not unless I buy myself an original copy, which sadly I can’t afford. It’s not as if I had a choice, thinking how rare it is to find FRIENDS nowadays, even on sites that offered free streaming. It’s that rare!

I spent about 7 hours watching the whole third season and I can’t say that I did not enjoy because I was indeed having so much fun, but I found it a million times more meaningful, though terribly sad because I actually related to the whole Ross-Rachel, love-hate thing they had going. I honestly was a bit torn between laughing my a** off and having my heart broken into pieces. It was that relatable. 

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On a lighter note, FRIENDS marks its 20th year this year and I didn’t realize it until now that I have written about it and remembered in one of their interviews that it first came out in 1994. I just had to watch all the interviews because it’s been a while since their last season aired and it always feels great to look back at the good, old days. Seeing how different life used to be back in the day, what could be more relaxing than that, complete with a huge bucket of timeless jokes? Here’s one that was done by Oprah herself. Just seeing her on that show is a nostalgic time travel in itself. 

What was mostly surprising for me to see was how Matt LeBlanc was when not playing Joey. His character was very well played that I didn’t realize that he might be the very opposite of how he played Joey and true enough, he really was. I remember being a fan of his show Joey, even before I saw FRIENDS, which is odd, and he acted in the exact same way (Well he should, since it was a spin-off from FRIENDS), a very hyperactive, goofy Italian womanizer and frustrated actor. Seeing him in the interviews, it was a bit of a fresh air but it suddenly makes it even more heartbreaking to see him that way. No more of the goofy, hyperactive guy. 

Here’s one memorable interview right after the last episode ever was aired. What I loved about it was when the “original pitch” that was written by the creators 10 years before, was first ever read to the cast, :

It’s about sex, love, relationship, careers, a time in your life when everything’s possible, which is really exciting and really scary. It’s about searching for love and commitment and security and the fear of love, commitment and security. It’s about friendship because when you’re young and single in the city, your friends are your family.

I thought that that was more touching than anyone can ever write about friends. It’s simple but it’s true, like how friendship should be. 

P.S. I think the photo below was their final bow since apparently sitcoms used to have live audiences, hence the genuine audience reactions. I should really look for the video of their last episode since I cried like a baby when I saw That 70’s Show‘s final bow, to think I’ve only seen a season of it.

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Books Gone Wild!

Earlier today, my friend, Jannina and I went to the Books For Less warehouse sale in Pasig. It is an annual book fair held along Mercedes avenue selling 2nd hand books for the whole month of August. In the past years, they used to sell books at discounted prices for up to 70% off, but lucky for us, this year, all books are on sale for P10 each (according to the lady who managed the place)!

Well isn’t that just plain heaven here on earth? From bestselling fiction novels to children’s books, hard bound books, paperbacks, textbooks, non-fiction books to magazines, all for P10. That is way, way cheaper than that famous drumstick ice cream that you can buy for double the price. The next time someone asks you how far your P20 can go, you already know what to say. 😉

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Bought a total of 20 books which I managed to conveniently stack into one of my ever dependable canvas totes! You can never go wrong with a bag as sturdy as that!topshelfNow I know what that empty top shelf is for!

I know it’s only the 15th, I still have half a month to turn the whole place upside down! Kidding aside, I know there are more treasures awaiting in that little warehouse and this isn’t the last time I’m visiting that magical place. 🙂

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