Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"SELFIE" on Your Dictionary

Hi Misfits! Are you aware that the word "SELFIE" has actually been voted "WORD OF THE YEAR" by Oxford Dictionaries this 2013? Well oh well, that's what Google's for, as Caspar Lee would say. I love you Caspar Lee. 

Anyway, a couple of days or maybe a week ago, I stumbled upon a Rappler post on Twitter that the word "SELFIE" is now part of the Oxford Dictionaries Online, not yet on Oxford English Dictionaries (hopefully soon enough).

The word "selfie" means: (Taken from Oxford Dictionaries Online)


Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfi/

(also selfy)

noun (plural selfies)

a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

The word "selfie" was actually used in 2003 but rooted around the time of 2002. Its use was first heard or seen in an Australian internet forum. See the Oxford Dictionaries Online Blog for further details on the story.
I think they better hurry up with printing out that new Oxford English Dictionary! Now for some, maybe it's a waste of time to even think about this or that it's totally bonkers. But why think that? I mean with the rise of social media, particularly Instagram, it's almost impossible not to be a part of the fandom. Even Obama and the Pope are in on the fun! Selfies are everywhere, wherever you may be from. I am seriously guilty with being rather obsessed with taking a few selfies of myself. Maybe not a few.


Uhm, so as much as I think that you guys will be repulsed, I would at least like to prove a point. LOL! So here are some of my selfies...

Book Review: The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan (2004)

(Hopefully, there are no harsh reactions to any of my reviews. Thank you.)

I was lucky enough to receive something special that day. My uncle sent me some money which I didn't expect. I asked him for it a few weeks back, but he wasn't replying, until one day he sent me a message saying that he sent me some cash. I headed to a pawnshop after finishing up enrolling for my second semester at school. Afterwards, I headed to the bookstore and grabbed the books that actually spoke to me while I was there. One of which is the book I'm going to be reviewing now.

I agree Agnes!!! IT REALLY IS!!!

There are a couple of books that I've read where I would actually be too attached to a character or be drawn in by a scene in a page. I would be lying if I said that I never thought Jace was real or that Sherlock Holmes could actually be my dad! And with this book, The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, I ended up noticing the same symptoms... that I've become too attached to  the characters, that each line they spewed out, either hurt or made me extremely happy. A book that actually took me to endless possibilities.

Hey Boyfriend!

Hey Dad!

The Realm of Possibility revolves on the stories of 20 teens, each with a voice, all of which are intertwined with one another or at least aware of each other's existence. The main story focuses on a gay couple-Daniel and Jed-who are in a verge of celebrating their first anniversary. But as I said, there are 20 people in the story, all of which are catered with different scenarios. There are five chapters, and each chapter consists of four people who tell their story. I noticed stories on heartbreak, moving on, self-consciousness, weakness, pain, suffering, falsity, longing, regret, discrimination and of course, everyone could not live without the LOVE bit. You could never go wrong with it.

Photo Credits to YA LOVE Blog

I fell in love with each character of the story, though some of them are way too hard to understand-why they actually go through what they are going through. But through these characters and stories, I felt a piece of myself with them, that I've actually at some way, felt the same way as they did, maybe not as much but definitely a speck of there somewhere. I believe this is one of David Levithan's amazing superpowers! He is a total genius for me! He was able to draw me in to every situation. He made me laugh, cry, angry and all of those emotions mixed into a bundle of something that you actually could not explain. I would like to call it FEELS... BOOKNERDS, back me up here!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Rewarding Day

This post is short guys. You may consider reading it, but it's my diary, so I can rant with anything that I want. LOL!

Anyway, yesterday was one of my most productive days around the house. It's been a while since I actually swept the floors of my room. I'm incredibly lazy by nature, so cleaning is not really something I look forward to doing in an everyday basis. But with my father around, it's quite impossible not to.

So yesterday, even with a heavy heart, I cleaned the whole second floor of the house. I dunno what was more demanding but it was the most tiring day I've ever had.


But was able to survive. And in all honesty, I found the cleaning, rewarding. It wasn't necessarily fun, but when I saw how SHINY the floor got and how symmetrical the bed got, I said to myself "Good job Jayvee. You deserve a pat on the back..." *pats back*.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

When Bored... I Watch Youtube Videos

If every person in this planet,who died, would be required to write a letter to God before they enter heaven (or hell), with the list of things that they've loved while they lived, I'm pretty sure that most people would write about money, sex, drugs (hopefully these things did not make you happy), friends, family, a Ferrari, a girlfriend and those what-nots that we've received throughout the course of our lives. We've all learned how to love sweet nothings throughout our existence since things nowadays are pretty much given in the form of sweet nothings. Do you get my point? Maybe not.

No one better to point it out than Charlie...

Anyway, since I am bored today, with nothing much to do, except, tweet, tweet, tweet, I decided that I should do another, When Bored, I...episode. And to give an answer to my query on top, (which is not exactly a question), then one thing that I would definitely write and thank God for is the existence of Youtube.

HEP! Not just simple home videos with cats scratching their ears or something or someone who suddenly tripped off the couch and everyone started laughing about it, I would thank God for Youtube and more so, the Youtubers who shaped and made YT a sensation.

Oh. WOW! To think Sheldon got that... HAHA!

Which is why, I've been subscribed to top YTubers such as Ryan Higa, KevJumba, SMOSH, TheFineBros, Shane Dawson and many more over the course of 3 years being an avid YT fan. However, I ended up losing my old account, so I had to make a new Google Account, which is sad because there were some YTubers who are good, but I don't remember who.

This GIF was pretty much how it was when I watched the video. I had to repeat the whole scene to make my stomach ache from laughing too hard... RYAN IS A GENIUS!

Till recently, I found some new ones like Jack and Finn Harries of Jack's Gap, Marcus Butler, Caspar Lee, Zoella and more...

Uhm, hello Jack, Finn... *waives quite shyly* TEEHEE! Wait, that's supposed to be for Ryan... HAHA!

I couldn't ask for a more eventful day than to procrastinate, bore myself out and end up watching Youtube videos. And heck, it pumps up the rest of my day, which is very wrong to say so myself since usually I watch videos at 3 in the afternoon (on weekends and when there's no school), so I'm pretty sure I wouldn't get some decent sleep at night... HAHAHA!

In Need of Every Help They Can Get

I don't know what it feels like to lose a home to a calamity, but I certainly feel for my countrymen, here in the Philippines, especially those in Visayas, ongoing through the spite of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Situation in Legaspi, Albay, one of the cities, attacked by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Situation at Guiuan, Eastern Samar, one of the places/cities attacked by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
Photo credits to Rappler (News Inserted)

With almost a week's worth of news, I barely could look at the photos of the tragedy, but it drives me to do something for my fellow Filipinos, somehow, someway.

And with so many foundations laid out in the country, you could never go wrong with each institutions you decide to send in your help to.

So if you will donate, then please, these are the primary necessities needed:

Food (Canned Goods, Rice, Instant Noodles)
Hygiene Equipment
Toys (for the kids)

You could donate them to Sagip Kapamilya:

Immediate Information about Sagip Kapamilya Operation Yolanda

Telethon Numbers: 411-0013/ 411-0014/ 411-0015/ 411-0182/ 411-0183
Volunteers: 411-4995
DZMMM Helpline: 416 6300

Visit this Sagip Kapamilya link that will take you to all the necessary information you may need. Bank accounts for cash donations are also listed.

You may also buy their Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na Shirts that sell for 250Php. All proceeds go to the releif operations of Sagip Kapamilya. You may avail this at the ABS-CBN offices.

Shirt design of Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na
Photo Credits from Star Magic Facebook Page

Follow or tweet them: @ABSCBNNews for news updates or go to the ABS-CBN News website

GMA Kapuso Foundation:
Immediate Information:
Operation Bayanihan Telethon Numbers: 928-9351 or 928-4299 to accept pledges and donations.

More information on how you could help by going to the GMA Kapuso Foundation Website

Follow or tweet : @gmanews for news updates or go to the GMA News TV website

Philippine Red Cross:
Immediate Information:
Hotline: 143, Trunkline: 527-0000

Or send your in-kind donations to: Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, PO Box 280, 1018. They also accept cash donations here. You may also send in your cash donations through 7-11 and Cebuana Lhuillier.

For further information on the list of banks and other related know-how's by going to the PRC website

Follow or tweet them: @philredcross for updates and any news on missing people/survivors.

You may also go to the nearest foundations that you have around your area that support the cause... Check local radio stations or TV Stations that have information on how you could help. Your schools may also have  advocacy foundations or organizations that may want to help.

For those in other countries, you may also refer to the websites for information on how you could send in your cash donations or how you could be a part of helping out. Thank you so much.

In my own little way, I hope that I could be of help. I will be donating a few things myself but of course, we'd also need your help with such a large cause. Thank you already Misfits, and to anyone who has viewed this post. Please pass it on to your friends who need immediate information and links. Thank you.

That's it for my post. My fellow Filipinos in Visayas, please do take care. You can survive this. I know you can. We'll constantly pray for your rehabilitation...

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Angst/Joy of a College Student Going Through... Viewing of Grades..

It's been a while since I've done this Angst and Joy episode. I mean, I've only done it once but it seemed too much if I didn't do it at an appropriate time. So today's episode is going to focus on both Angst and Joy since we are gonna talk about, yup! Grades.

Now for sure any college student's either pissed or jumping for bliss once they see/saw their grades... I for one am part of this huge spectrum. Okay, let me start...

Le Angst!

So college mongrels, how were you're grades? Did you cry over them? Did you want to rip off that piece of evidence that you almost failed a subject, apart? Yeah, I feel yah brother. And as much as I would like to think that being in college is much different than when we were in high school, I can't help it dudes, I'm sorry.

I put some heart and soul into my studies over the course of the semester, but why is it that my grades were in the verge of giving any genius a heart attack? I didn't fail though guys. Phew. But coming from decent grades before, I sincerely feel bad for the grades I received this term. I don't want to blame the teachers at all because I know that I had my cracks to fill, but then again, I end up worrying about my distant future.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review: Wag Lang Di Makaraos by Eros S. Atalia (2011)

I've been doing a lot of reviews and as you've noticed, their more on movies, especially since I've been into some indie ones. Anyway, if you are not aware of it, I am a self-acclaimed and proud book nerd! I have been since I was 6! LOL! Seriously though, I have had an affinity with books since I can remember. I even read most of the books at our high school library. If you don't believe me, you can ask my friends and the high school librarian too...

What I'm trying to say is that I love books and I want to share my thoughts with you about the books I read. And this is not just to brag that I have this book and that, but more on trying to give a sense of what the book is trying to convey (in my point of view, of course). Don't worry. I don't plan on bashing the books, rather be subjective with it and give my most honest opinions... Shall I get started?

With my first INKBLOTS visit (I'll talk about that later), came the sale of Sir Eros S. Atalia's books. If you don't know who Sir Eros is, well, I feel incredibly sorry for you... Sorry... Not sorry... Anyway, he is a known author and a Don Carlos Palanca Awardee for Literature. He also writes for Pilipino Mirror which is a tabloid.

I've got fangirl issues with authors... TEEHEE! Sir EROS! YOU ROCK!!!

Getting back to the books, I bought four of them and one is Wag Lang Di Makaraos (2011), which I read during my 1 week hospital stay. No internet, No TV meant I had all the time in the world to read.

Wag Lang Di Makaraos features 100 flash fiction stories, all written by Sir Eros, subdivided into different
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