people disappoint all the time i don’t know why i’m not used to it yet

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"You belong among the wildflowers. You belong somewhere you feel free"

-Tom Petty

Found these photos of beautiful wildflowers (they are actually weeds, but i think they are very lovely) that i took ages ago while strolling around the university. It’s been raining really hard all day so i ended up watching hair tutorial videos on youtube, i found viviann vo-farmer’s channel very helpful especially with the heat-less curling techniques. Stay safe and dry everyone!

happy blue birthday, my love x

happy blue birthday, my love x

Instagram Diary (August 16-17, 2014)

left photo: my not-so-midnight-or-sort-of-after-dinner-snack hahaha! some left over fries from last night’s dinner. well, studying is making me hungry!

right photo: the to-do list that i made for today. adults usually make lists, so does that make me an adult already? well i’m turning 20 in a few months so..

instagram: @naelavd_

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The Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz

"We yearn for tomorrow and the progress it represents. But yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was the progress in it? or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so the past is nothing but our yearning for second chances. "

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When I was younger, I used to see my sisters read novels by authors like James Patterson, John Grisham and Dean Koontz. Most of them, or almost all of them were suspense-thriller so I never really paid attention. But now that I am in college and I am actually running out of books to read, I decided to give them a try. I loved James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series and the Maximum Ride Series. But what affected me the most is Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas series. I’ve researched about him and I have read the he usually writes long narratives. I have even seen comments that his books are kind of boring.

Despite that, I decided reading his book, Odd Thomas. I was never really excited because of the supernatural element in the book but I am thanking the heavens above that it was the first Dean Koontz book that I picked, because it was absolutely wonderful. As expected it was composed of long narratives of the main character, Odd Thomas. But I never got bored, it was actually funny at times, especially the way Odd thinks about the world. I loved how he thinks a lot older than his age. His perspective in life, in remaining as humble (well, except when he was talking about his fluffy pancakes) and as simple as possible, the way he remained faithful to the woman he loves and with the idea that they are ”destined to be together, forever”. I cried after reading the first book. I cry a lot, I must admit, but this book gave me a silent heartbreak. The ending is just sad and beautiful.

Then I read Forever Odd (it was actually the third book, i skipped the second lol), and Odd Hours. I thought it was the end of the series but i found out that there are two more books. I am still reading Brother Odd (ebook) because I can’t find it in any book store near me. And then I stumbled upon this quote, which is actually very true.

"We yearn for tomorrow and the progress it represents. But yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was the progress in it? or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so the past is nothing but our yearning for second chances. "

This book series is actually one of my favorite that is non-YA. I cant wait to read the rest of the series though, so im hoping to find the books as soon as possible! 

was never and will never be the friendly one

The place was too packed, and we were not able to have a booth reserved, so we just decided to eat at one of the tables outside.

Snapped this photo while waiting for our order. Surprisingly, it came waaay before the time they set. 

I forgot the name of this pasta dish. It was actually delicious, and the serving was also good for sharing.

I also forgot the name of this dish. Composed of chicken, bacon, garlic fried rice and corn. It was yummmmmmmy, and as usual, the serving was more than enough for me :)

Banoffee pie. It was heavenly. The chocolate was good, the crust was not too sweet and the bananas were actually very fresh.

Banoffee and dark chocolate shake.

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garden salad

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Kani salad (i prefer the first salad though)

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Lasagna. It was huge and can feed more than one person. It was also strong in flavor, with all the spices and the cheese.

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Rosemary chicken. It was a nice balance of subtle flavors i must say (naks, lol) 

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Watermelon shake. My ultimate fave. It was a great way to end our meal :)

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Don’t lose who you are

I have noticed that i’m just posting meaningless photos here on tumblr. Clearly, school has taken over my life again *insert sad face here*. Last night as i was having a conversation with my friends at this tea shop (we weren’t satisfied with the drinks, we just stayed there for hours bec the place looks really nice, lol), i just realized how us people tend to compare ourselves with other people almost all the time. Being in college i have seen some friends change their personalities or actions just to fit in with certain groups of people. It was unfortunate of course, but i guess it is part of growing up, finding yourself and finding a group of people where you think you belong. I used to judge these people but then as i grow older, i started to understand. Sometimes we think we should change ourselves, we should do things that we don’t do, just for us to be accepted. I must admit, i was on the edge of becoming one myself, but i am thankful that i woke up and figured out that it would be a lot nicer if you find people that really share the same views, same perspective in life, all without the need for you to lose who you are. 

**while typing this, Jessie J’s song played in my head, hence the title haha

Back to school tom, and its already my fifth year in college huhu. Photo taken near the UPLB main library

Back to school tom, and its already my fifth year in college huhu. Photo taken near the UPLB main library