I am so sorry I haven’t been able to post these past few days. I was in vacation in Baler, Aurora where we went to the beach and tried surfing for the past 3 days. The was no wifi at the place we were staying at. Also, I might not be able to post again next week because I will be at Surigao for another vacation. I’ll probably answer questions after I get back. I’m so sorry guys!

"

So, maybe we’re the
generation of the selfie,
but we’re also the generation
that grew up in a tainted,
Photoshopped world
with every impossible beauty standard
shoved down our throat
through a tube
because eating has become
a guilty pleasure
and condemning beauty ideals
won’t go straight to our thighs.

And if, by chance,
we are able to destroy the
demons that you’ve planted
inside of us with your
constant advertisements and rules
that play behind our eyelids and
take root in our brains,
then let us take our fucking pictures
and capture that moment when
we felt beautiful because all this world
has taught us is that
our beauty is the greatest
measure of our worth.

Scoff at our phones all you like,
these delicate extensions of
our fingers, but know that
through this technology
that you couldn’t even
begin to understand,
we have smudged the entire
world with our fingerprints.
We are the generation of knowledge,
and we are learning more than
any that came before us.
So, frown at my typing fingers;
I am using them to grasp power
by the throat.

Try to invalidate us,
but we’ve heard our
parents talking about
the world’s crashing and burning
since we had sprung from the womb.
We know you’ve fucked up,
and we’re angry about it-
the kind of anger that
fuels knowledge,
that I feel in my veins every time
I read the news from my phone
before school,
that sticks in my throat like honey
in a debate;
the kind of anger that simmers,
that sharpens teeth into daggers,
that makes this generation more dangerous
than you could have ever imagined.

We are the generation of change,
and goddammit, we’re coming.

"
Emily Palermo, An Open Letter to the Men Who Told Me to Stay Out of Adult Conversations (via starredsoul)

The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare (spoiler-free review)

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Originally, I was meant to write a separate review for each of the books in The Infernal Devices series. But then I realized that I can only write the review for the Clockwork Angel if I want to save people from spoilers. And so I thought, why not make a review of the series as a whole, still withholding aspects that might ruin the entire experience of reading the books.

This series is a trilogy composed of books entitled Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, & Clockwork Princess consecutively. The Infernal Devices trilogy is some sort of prequel to The Mortal Instrument series though does not necessarily have exact connections with the events in the latter series. 

Set between late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the story revolves around Tessa Gray, an American girl, bound to meet her brother in London to live with him. Never did it occur to her that her fate would soon take a full turn as she was put to danger in the hands of two unearthly creatures awaiting her at the docks of London, instead of her brother. Her views of the world changed as she realized that everything she believed to exist only in her dreams and most terrifying nightmares were real. She began doubting her own self as she found out that she posess a unique power to change herself into another person. A talent she soon detested as a person who calls himself the Magister sought to use it for his own. 

All hope was lost as Tessa was forced to train and use her powers, under the watch of her captors, for her to be prepared for the Magister’s plan. That was until, young Will Herondale, a Shadowhunter (part human, part Angel) with his team came barging in to rescue her from the hands of evil.

Tessa was then brought to the Institute, where other Shadowhunters reside. This was where she also met Jem Carstairs, a new friend who comforts her well. The story goes on as Tessa searches for her brother the truth about her identity and the plans the Magister has for her. Soon, her life was intertwined with the Shadowhunters and their world for Tessa may either be a great savior or the worst destruction for them.

—————

Okay, so that was all that I can share as an overview of the entire series. As I’ve said, revealing more especially about the next two books would mean spoiling the whole plot. 

First of, can I just say how much I love this series, I think I prefer this over The Mortal Instruments series itself, though not with a great difference. It’s just that, I love how this was written and the Victorian feel added to its charm though this may be only for me since I love Victorian era settings. Aside from that, I love how the author utilized different prose as beginnings of each chapter, slightly hinting of their contents.

Second, is the regard for each of the characters. Yes, the books are centered toward 3 main characters but then the author was not hasty in writing about the minor characters either. Cassandra Clare gave each minor role a distinct persona and was able to show character development for everyone. She was not lenient at all and, after reading the last book, I was satisfied and was not left hanging for she gave closure for every character in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love open-ended finales but I also enjoy not having to ask questions after read a story. I just love how everyone gets a part in the ending.

Third, is the action-packed scenes and pacing of the story. I read fantasy and sci-fi books because I enjoy having my imagination expanded by different worlds created by theses authors. But aside from that, a good book for me should have a fair share of action in it. I admit to having an affinity with blood lust and this series did not deprive me of such. The battles in the books were written in great detail and I just loved them all! The suspense was there, leaving me on the edge of my seat. I also loved how at one point it was all so fast-paced and everything comes in a blur, and next thing I knew, my brain was halted into a slow but exquisite moment in between the characters. There was little of these books to be bored about and I liked that very much.

Lastly was the ending itself. I have read The Mortal Instruments and I know that Clare has a penchant for cliffhangers and this too, was still evident in The Infernal Devices series. It was a good thing that the series was completed and I was able to breeze through them all without having to wait for the sequel to come out. I wanted to know the ending so much that I finished all 3 books for less than a week. And let me tell that I was not disappointed at all. There was a time while reading the last book that I wondered what would happen, that I felt like the part I was reading seem to be a good ending already and yet there were still a hundred pages left and I have no idea whatsoever how it would all turn out. I love how it made mind mind whirl around the possibilities and how I was still lost and shocked when I read the ending. I completely adored how it ended and I was so grateful of the author of giving me such an unpredictable and splendid conclusion.

It was certainly a worthwhile read and I would gladly read all the books all over again just to be entranced by the beauty of the world Cassandra Clare has built for us. All in all I would give the series an overall 9/10 stars.

Oh and my most favorite of all the books was the last one, the Clockwork Princess. You’ll understand why when you read it, til the very end!

Seriously contemplating on whether I should continue reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I still haven’t read the A Storm of Swords onward, and I feel that I need to reread the first two books before diving into the next books because my brain badly needs refreshing. UGH. But the books are so long. But I really want to finish the series. What to do? :|

Arya Stark Appreciation.

I’m sorry, but Arya Stark is just most kick-ass character in the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I just love her. Anyone who says otherwise can get a taste of the Needle in their throats. I mean, her family died but did she mope? No. She fights and strive to live, hoping that someday, she can avenge them all.  Did you see how emotionless her eyes are when she cold-bloodedly killed Polliver. She’s like, you fucked with my friend, now I’m gonna fucking cut you.

This show keeps getting better and better, though of course, the books are always better. 

A message from Anonymous
Hi Ate! I'm an incoming PT freshie in UST and I stumbled upon your blog! See, I'm really nervous because of what I've read from different sites saying that this course is really hard, can you give me tips considering you've graduated already? :D

Well, based on my experience, it’s really true. PT is one the most difficult courses in UST next to med. I guess during freshmen year, you try to grasp the basics well because you’ll be needing it in your next year. Don’t worry, your professors are quite nice. I think you’ll meet Sir Pedrosa and Sir Jurado this year, which are, in my opinion, two of the kindest professors in our college. And if you are aiming for the deans list, be sure to take all of your subjects seriously because even the minors count. Oh and just take it easy, it’s your first year. Don’t spend all your time studying (you’ll do that in 3rd year-5th year) HAHA. Try to balance time for studying, chilling out, hanging with friends so you won’t feel burn out. :)

Book reviews to write.

I know that I have promised you guys quite a lot of reviews for books I have recently finished, and yet somehow, my mind is not in it’s proper zone. I’ve been putting off writing for a while now and it’s because I am just not in the mood to reflect and write about each book I finish. I just want to read and read and read on. And so I made a list of books I haven’t written a review yet. Here they are:

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Oh damn. That is a long list. How am I supposed to start? I do hope that I can finally start writing this week so that I still have the plot in my memory and won’t leave anything important from the story. Again, I apologize to those of you who have been waiting for these reviews. Please don’t hate me. 

I do not usually post Youtube videos that  enjoy here on my blog but this is just to brilliant not to share with you guys.

Please spare 10 minutes of your time and watch this performance. It’s not only the cuteness of this child that will get you but his amazing thoughts. Seriously, what he said in the end would melt your hearts. 

HE IS SO FUCKING ADORABLE. OMG.

"Sometimes, our lives can change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. It’s those times, I think, when our lives have altered but we still long for the time before everything was altered— that is when we feel the greatest pain. I can tell you, though, from experience, you grow accustomed to it. You learn to live your new life, and you can’t imagine, or even really remember, how things were before."
Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel)

Watched Divergent today.

It was really good & followed the book quite closely, except for the fact that I hate the Ferris wheel scene & that my mind refuse to accept the image of Theo James as Four. Although I think that Shailene Woodley did a great job as Tris, despite the complete lack of resemblance to book-Tris.

I’ll be posting a more detailed review of the movie after a week to give time for people who haven’t watched the movie yet. I know how you people hate spoilers even if you already read the book a hundred times.

Let’s just say that it was not a bad adaptation and I’ll give it a 7/10.

After 5 long years of stress, tears, blood, and sleepless nights.. I am an official graduate of the University of Santo Tomas - College of Rehabilitation Sciences BS Physical Therapy.

I am just so happy that I am finally done with college. Though of course, the board exam is approaching real fast and the review would start on the 3rd week of April. Nevertheless, I am excited of what the future will bring. 

Bauyon, Biernadette Grace O.

BS Physical Therapy Batch 2014

Now signing off..

Officially unemployed. Haha.

ONE BIG MAKE-UP HAUL.

So my graduation is coming up and one big dilemma we all have is that we don’t have time to go to any salon to pretty up. Why? Because the event starts at 7 freaking AM! Goodluck finding a make-up artist willing to wake up at wee hours in the morning.

So my solution? I am going to do it myself. Yes, I am a bit well-versed in terms of make-up and I do know how to do it myself. And so I went out with my mom to buy some products I can use. I think I splurged a bit too much on these babies. But hey, yes I am a huge fan of make-ups and I love wearing them & trying out new ones but let me just clear things out for other people out there. Being into make up does not mean that I am:

Insecure of how I look - most people tend to think that make-up lovers are using these products as mask because they don’t want their actual faces. Well, that may be true to some, but for me, I use it to express myself and seriously, I just love how I look with them on.

Attention-seeker - I don’t know why but some other people especially other girls believe that those who wear make-up do so to attract boys’ attention. This may be partly true, but can’t a girl just enhance how she looks for herself? 

Fake Plastic - Of course there’s a big difference between my natural bare face compared to the one with make-up one. But that does not give people the right to say that we are fake. Make-ups are tools to complement what we already have. And yes, some may even conceal and act as masks but hey, it depends on how we use. Some are for costume parties, for formal occasions, or like me, as an everyday wear. Putting on make up is not hiding one’s true self.

 Okay so on with the haul. Here’s what I got:

Primers

  • Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser (Php 239)
  • ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (Php 399)
  • Etude House Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base (Php 628)

Foundations

  • Shu Uemura UV Liquid Water Resistant Foundation (Php 979)
  • Loreal Lucent Magique Light Infusing Foundation (Php 859)
  • 4U2 Dream Girl Faith BB Cream (Php 184)

Powders

  • Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Silk Poreless White Powder (Php 378)
  • ELF Clarifying Powder (Php 129)

Lip Stick/Gloss

  • Elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick - Ruby Slipper (Php129)
  • Clinique Long Lasting Lipstick - The Non-Blonde (Php 680)
  • Elf Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick - Nude (Php 199)
  • Etude House Rosy Tint Lips - #7 (Php 478)

Eyeshadows

  • The Body Shop Limited Collection For Eyes - Boho (Php 789)
  • Elf Flawless Eyeshadow - Party Purple (Php 199)

Mascara/Liner

  • Maybelline Rocket Volum Express Mascara (Php 399)
  • FS Black Gel Eyeliner (Php 299)

 

Now that I am done with 11 months of internship, and am only finishing my make up duties in some of my centers, I have so much time for reading!
I have been somewhat banned from reading my books during the past year due to a lot of academic-related stuff to fulfill for my graduation requirements. But now that I am almost that and just waiting for the 25th for the most awaited day, I have an excess of bum time. And what other best way to spend it than to start a reading marathon!
I think it’s an understatement to say that I am itching to finally knock of some books from my to-be-read pile. I have just finished rereading The Night Circus and I absolutely loved it! It made me ache for fantasy/magic-centered stories, and so I picked these 3 books for this week:
The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I have been meaning to start with The Infernal Devices series since I am done reading the published Mortal Instruments series, and I am dying to get my hands on the next book (City of Heavenly Fire). So I thought it’s perfect to finally delve into this prequel series.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman - I have been a Grossman fan ever since I read the first few chapters of The Magician. It’s like Harry Potter and Narnia put together. That is enough reason for me to buy the sequel. Now, I can finally get back to his brilliant magical world.
The Future of Us byJay Asher & Carolyn Mackler - I know that this book doesn’t really fall into the fantasy/magic category, but more on the sci-fi genre. But  hey, any internet-related & future-altering themed book is good for me. Though I have read mixed review regarding this book, I think I’d still give it a try.
How about you guys, what books are reading this week?

Now that I am done with 11 months of internship, and am only finishing my make up duties in some of my centers, I have so much time for reading!

I have been somewhat banned from reading my books during the past year due to a lot of academic-related stuff to fulfill for my graduation requirements. But now that I am almost that and just waiting for the 25th for the most awaited day, I have an excess of bum time. And what other best way to spend it than to start a reading marathon!

I think it’s an understatement to say that I am itching to finally knock of some books from my to-be-read pile. I have just finished rereading The Night Circus and I absolutely loved it! It made me ache for fantasy/magic-centered stories, and so I picked these 3 books for this week:

  • The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I have been meaning to start with The Infernal Devices series since I am done reading the published Mortal Instruments series, and I am dying to get my hands on the next book (City of Heavenly Fire). So I thought it’s perfect to finally delve into this prequel series.
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman - I have been a Grossman fan ever since I read the first few chapters of The Magician. It’s like Harry Potter and Narnia put together. That is enough reason for me to buy the sequel. Now, I can finally get back to his brilliant magical world.
  • The Future of Us byJay Asher & Carolyn Mackler - I know that this book doesn’t really fall into the fantasy/magic category, but more on the sci-fi genre. But  hey, any internet-related & future-altering themed book is good for me. Though I have read mixed review regarding this book, I think I’d still give it a try.

How about you guys, what books are reading this week?

I am so sorry for plastering this huge face in your dash tonight. It’s just that, finally, it’s my time to graduate!

I have to warn you though, this is going to be quite a long post. I SWEAR.

So this is it. GRADUATION. I have never been one to be emotional during these kinds of ceremonies but this time, I guess it’s different.

5 years ago, I felt like I was one of the luckiest people, having the opportunity to study in UST, my dream school. I wasn’t really planning to take BS Physical Therapy that time & it was my second choice. But then due to the unknown magic of destiny, I passed up the chance to take BS Psychology and head on to BSPT. At first, I was really unsure of what I put myself into.

And then it started. I don’t remember when exactly I started feeling at home in this college. First year came with a blur and I realized that this is the path I’ve chosen and there’s no turning back. I also learned of what the profession really deals with and its purpose. I began to value our importance in the world.

Then came second year where I felt more at ease with my course and met a lot of friends who are, until now, the very best people I know. This is the year I became a little bit reckless and carefree. I would cut classes just to go out with my friends. I know it’s not model-student behavior, but hey, I was able to pass all of my subjects despite these. Sorry parents! Haha.

I guess the turning point really happened when I reached 3rd year. I was stretched to the limit and this was the first time I experienced struggling with my studies and fearing that I might fail. It was the year I first doubted myself and my skills, feeling that no matter how hard I try, I still come up short. With all the major subjects thrown into our faces, all the stresses I never had the chance to feel before, I realized how serious this course was. But then, with the help of my friends, family and professors, I was lucky enough to pass.

4th year was like an extension of our 3rd year but with the added anxiety of having to pass so that we could become interns the next year. It is the year where I met my groupmates that would be my family for the next 2 years. This is also the year we started learning about the structure of patient treatment and the basics of writing goals. This is the year we prepare for the internship and I had to admit, it was really nerve-racking.

And at long last, 5th year. THE INTERNSHIP YEAR. Toxic. Notes. Revalida. Decury. Orals. Thesis. GD. HH. New friends. IS. Merits. Demerits. Make-ups. This is the year we really got a taste of how it’s like in the real world. I have learned so much from dealing with different kinds of people to balancing the little time we have. This is certainly the most fruitful, exciting and happiest year of our life in college despite all the stresses that goes with it. I can clearly remember having my first patient, struggling & trembling with nerves while taking my first ever patient history & assessment. But then, after 11 months of clinical rotation, 10 written revalida, 5 decury exams, oral revalida, and thesis defense, we have finally reached the end of our journey as PT interns.

And with that I would like to thank everyone who has been there with me in this very long journey.

To my mom and dad, this is for you and for my other relatives as well. I am sorry I wasn’t able to bag any medals this year but I hope it’s enough that I was able to graduate without any delays. Thank you for the support (financially and emotionally) that you’ve given me. I know that it wasn’t easy for you. I know that don’t show and express it that much but know that I love you and I did the best I could to make you proud. 

To my friends, I could never ever survive the past years without you. You guys were always there whenever I need you, no matter what. We’ve been through everything together, from all the laughter, the depression, the stress, the eating, the binge drinking, the heartbreaks, everything! And I felt so loved when I’m with you guys. You have given me a reason to fight when everything feels like shit. You are truly my second family, sometimes even overpowering my actual family. I love you so much and it is my pleasure to stand there at the Q Pav, graduating with you guys.

To all my CS, thank you for all the knowledge you have shared with me. I hope I was not a disappointment to you. I am really glad to be your intern and it is an honor to be mentored by you. You guys were the one who built up my confidence and shaped me as a PT. You thought me how to care for my patients and to take the treatments seriously. I promise to keep and treasure your every advice and live by them always. 

To all my professors, thank you so much for giving me the chance to learn from all of you. I know that I am not the best student there is but I tried my best to absorb everything you have shared with us the past 5 years.

And of course, to all the patients and clients I have handled for the past 11 months, thank you for letting me help you recover with whatever conditions you have. I hope that somehow, even in the smallest way, I was able to make a difference and improve your quality of life. Every single one of you has a special place in my heart, knowing that it is because of you that I learned how to value perseverance, hope, optimism, and how to cherish life.

So there, the 5-year journey of joy, tears, stress, pain and blood has finally come to an end. To the UST BS Physical Therapy Batch 2014, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US! We really deserve this after all the hardships we’ve been through. The sense of fulfillment is overwhelming and I hope we treasure every single day of the past 5 (6 or 7) years of our stay in this college. I know other people cannot fully grasp our excitement and some may even wonder why we feel so emotional. But their opinions don’t matter. It is this batch who truly knows the extent of how it feels like being in this course. Through thick and thin, we fought our battles together, despite the unfortunate things thrown at us. WE TRULY ARE STRONG AS ONE.

I used to think that the worst way to break someone’s heart is to leave them and hit it off with a close friend. I guess I had it all wrong.

The worst kind of hurt is when you discovered that it is your own sister he’s longing for. It’s like the worst slap in the face, and there’s nothing you can do about it because, honestly, how could you react to that? 

I guess it’s gonna be just me and my books in the end.