My Book and Movie List

So there’s this trend on Facebook right now that asks us to post the Top 10 books / movies / songs that have stayed with you through the years. It’s supposed to be an instinctive exercise – writing down the first things that come to mind. I posted about books, and I want to do movies, too. So since I rarely post on Facebook anyway, I’m just doing it here. 

Here’s my Book List:

1. Love Story by Erich Segal – I think I’ve read this book at least 6 times already. Still gets me everytime.
2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Ah, Stardust. ❤
3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – My first Gaiman read. I loved that I had this feeling of dread while I was reading the book. It was that effective.
4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger – I’m a sucker for time traveling and romance and hopeless love.
5. White Oleander by Janet Fitch – I was very very affected by this book. It was a very emotional read for me.
6. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – I read this AFTER I watched the first season. The worlds that GRRM created — WOW. 
7. Room by Emma Donoghue – Such a unique story, perfectly written.
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I couldn’t put this book down, I think I read it for 2 straight days (even at work haha)
9. Everyday by David Levithan – HEARTACHE
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I fell in love with the language, beautifully written. 

So, here goes my MOVIE LIST:

1. Speed – Ah, Keanu Reeves. I can watch this over and over again
2. Ever After – a retelling of Cinderella. It’s just too perfect!
3. Clueless – Every girl’s dream life is embodied by Cher’s life. 
4. Labyrinth – I remember being so scared while watching this. 
5. Hihintayin Kita sa Langit – local movie based on Wuthering Heights. It’s a hauntingly beautiful romance
6. Oculus – the scariest movie I’ve watched so far
7. 12 Years a Slave – I really thought I’d get bored with this movie, but it resonates
8. Pocahontas – I think this was the first time I ever found a Disney character SEXY. I mean, Pocahontas is just hot
9. Splash – And this cemented my desire to be a mermaid
10. Somewhere in Time – Oh God, this is one of the most heartbreaking movies ever




Survey Time

I haven’t answered a survey in so long! Well here’s a long-ish one.

► Name ➔ Tanya
► Birth place ➔ Manila, Philippines
► Hair color ➔ Black / dark brown 
► Age ➔ 31
► Eye Color ➔ dark brown
► Birthday ➔ March 19th
► Gender ➔ Female
► Lefty or Righty ➔ Righty
► Single or taken? ➔ Single
► Happy? ➔ Yes

► Are you in love ➔ Nope
► Do you believe in love at first sight ➔ Yes, but only with puppies and kittens and bunnies
► Who ended your last relationship ➔ Us
► Have you ever broken someone’s heart ➔ I would certainly hope not, because that shit sucks
► Are you afraid of commitments ➔ At present, yes very much so.
► Have you hugged someone within the last week? ➔ No
► Have you ever had a secret admirer ➔ If yes, he remains a secret! haha
► Have you ever broken your own heart? ➔ YES
► Do you usually spend Valentine’s Day alone? ➔ No
► Short or long-term relationships? ➔ Long-term

► Love or lust ➔ Love
► Lemonade or iced tea ➔ Lemonade
► Cats or Dogs ➔ Dogs, Cats BOTH
► A few best friends or many regular friends ➔ A few best friends
► Television or internet ➔ Internet, hand’s down
► Pepsi or Coke ➔ Coke
► Wild night out or romantic night in ➔ Romantic night in
► Day or night ➔ Day
► Text or Call ➔ Text
► Make-up or au naturel? ➔ Make-up

► Been caught sneaking out? ➔ No
► Fallen down/up the stairs? ➔ No
► Wanted something/someone so badly it hurt? ➔ Yes
► Prank called a store? ➔ Prank called a dude =p
► Skipped school? ➔ Skipped work!
► Wanted to disappear? ➔ Naw
► Spent all your money? ➔ No
► Met a celebrity? ➔ YES ❤
► Been really ill? ➔ No thank God
► Gotten high? ➔ Is this a trick question

► Smile or eyes ➔ Eyes
► Light or dark hair ➔ Dark
► Shorter or taller ➔ Taller
► Intelligence or attraction ➔ Attraction
► Hook-up or relationship ➔ Relationship
► Funny and poor or rich and serious ➔ Humor is super important for me
► Mac or PC? ➔ Mac fangirl here
► Chapstick or lipstick? ➔ Chapstick
► City or country? ➔ both
► Driving or walking? ➔ Walking

► Last phone call? ➔ co-worker
► Last song you listened to? ➔ Falling Slowly from the Once OST
► Last thing you ate? ➔ Poptarts
► Last thing you drank? ➔ coffee
► Last place you were? ➔ err home.
► Last picture taken? ➔ Picture I took? A photo of an ad I found in the dailies, and I wanted to diss it (sorrynotsorry)
► Last outfit? ➔ Pajamas
► Last purchase? ➔ food, sometime yesterday
► Last argument/fight? ➔ Wow, I don’t remember. It’s been awhile!

Writing Challenge #2: Something You Feel Strongly About

I’ve said it a million times and I am saying it again: My ultimate dream is to one day see Michael Jordan in the flesh. I would love it if I could see him playing, but since he has retired from the game, then just seeing him, and being near him is more than enough.

Ever since the late 90’s, when he came back from his first retirement, I have been steadily getting passionate about Michael Jordan. I respect him, I am in awe at his character. I remember that I was a writer for my school paper at that time, and I wrote a poem about him. I know, I’m crazy. I don’t even play basketball.

I can point to that moment when I said to myself that Michael Jordan is someone that will mean a lot to me – not because I have met him personally but because of the passion he exudes for the game. That moment is forever known in history as the “flu game”. Battling a very bad stomach flu during Game 5 of the Finals series between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz, Michael Jordan made the game winning shot to give the Bulls a 3-2 series lead. Jordan was so exhausted after the game, he had to be carried and supported by his team mate and friend, Scottie Pippen. It was an iconic moment, and it defined who Michael Jordan is. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. This is a man who absolutely refuses to lose. This is a man who plays with all his heart, no matter what the circumstances. It is classic Jordan, and he will forever be the Greatest Of All Time.

Naturally, since I am not a basketball player, one would think that this adoration for Michael Jordan would not lead to anything. The truth could not be farther from that. Because of Michael Jordan, I learned to strive for what I want. It is not enough to be present, you also have to step up. You have to stop making excuses, you have to stop waiting for the perfect circumstances. You just have to jump in, play the game with all your heart  and WIN – at all costs.



Writing Challenge #1

I promised myself not so long ago, that I would write more often. I’ve been keeping a journal religiously, but since it remains a personal piece for me, I don’t really edit and critique what I write in it. It’s more of just a place for me to spill out everything without embarrassing myself in the internet stratosphere. Thanks to Twitter, and all these listicles, I haven’t had the desire to write long blog entries lately. I just feel that there is too much effort in writing everything down in complete paragraphs and sentences. WHICH IS SAD, REALLY. Good thing I chanced upon this Writing Challenge somewhere on Facebook. There are 30 topics for me to write about, and it’s doing its purpose of inspiring me to write blog entries again.

So, yeah. Here goes nothing.

I’m going to start light and begin this writing challenge with a list-type of article. The first topic: 5 Ways to Win Your (My) Heart. Pretty straight-forward, pretty easy. Here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Basketball. At one point during my “self-discovery year”, I realized that basketball is one of my deal breakers. I will need someone who loves basketball as much as I do. Someone who watches it as avidly as I do, and someone who knows more about it than I do. If you scratch your head and ask me what a traveling violation is, I will honestly look at you with a disappointed look on my face. SORRY.
  2. Food. You HAVE to like food as much as I do. The whole point in having a relationship is to have someone to go on random and obscure food trips with.
  3. Travel. Ditto with traveling. If you are simply too scared to go on an adventure with me, I’ll just go on an adventure with someone else.
  4. Vanity / Cleanliness. It doesn’t hurt to pay attention to your looks. I am not asking that you look like Ryan Gosling, for godsakes, just show me that appearances matter for you, and that you make enough effort to look good, and (ALWAYS) smell good. SMELLING GOOD IS EVERYTHING.
  5. Personality. Please, for the love of God, have one. Own it, and be proud of it. I am not asking that you be a weird person. I just want you to have your own personality, your own interests. I am very much willing to share my interests with you, and am very interested in learning about yours. Show me what you want and what keeps you passionate, I’ll love you for it. And no, “PASSIONATE FOR ALCOHOL” IS NOT A PERSONALITY.

Well, that was easy. I am quite liking these writing challenges.
I’ll probably make this a weekly thing.

Tuesday Thank You’s

Today, it is very difficult to be upbeat. Our country is undergoing a major tragedy brought about by Supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The images from the news are heartbreaking. What everyone is going through out there, it must be terrible. Horrible. I feel so guilty working right now. I work in a company that brings in LUXURY brands from different countries, and honestly, I don’t feel good working on any of our advertising campaigns that convince other people to shop. It makes me feel guilty. My heart isn’t in my work these days. But, there is still a lot of things to be thankful for, and mainly, I am thankful that I have the means and the resources to HELP the typhoon victims. Though I cannot go to the region to personally give out donations, there is still so much I can do while I am here in Manila.

You can also help, there are so many ways to help. You don’t have to be super wealthy to help. Every cent helps. Every little thing helps. The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized volunteers and countless relief efforts. They have been preparing days before the typhoon hit the country, and they are equipped with enough support and resources to get things done.

You may check out their website for various ways to help:

For me, the easiest way to help is via SMS (Philippine residents). Helping is just a text away!

Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

You may also help by checking out the image below:


Tuesday Thank You’s

I was going through my previous blog entries and found this entry of Tuesday Thank You’s. So, okay, let’s make this a regular thing. 5 things I’m grateful for today. 

  1. Enzo’s fine after a bout with dengue. Thank God it didn’t get worse and he was able to get well immediately.
  2. My work. 9 months in my new job, I am still enjoying it. I’m busy enough so I don’t get bored, and chill enough so I can still blog. Perfect balance, so far. 
  3. My friends. I may not meet them regularly, but I am so thankful they are in my life. They give me joy. 
  4. Books. Still thankful for these. I will forever be thankful for these. And because of technology, I get to read as many books as I want without spending too much!
  5. The Internet. Seriously. I love you Internet. 

So Another Chapter Begins…

I’ve been stuck since my last entry. As soon as I wrote it, things went crazy. But now, things are settling, things are becoming clear. I now set about on another journey. Nothing new in my life, really, but this time, I’m ready to go to adventures by myself. Over the past few months, I gradually came to realize that it’s not so bad being alone. In fact, right now, that’s exactly what I need. I need to be okay with myself. I need to explore who I am and actually like what I see.

And so I will.

This text, written by Kate Bartolotta, is a delight. I’ve reconfirmed several things about myself. Reading the whole text, I find myself giggling at the truths behind most of the lines. I am this person. And I would love to explore myself more.

Here are some excerpts, some lines that hit home for me.

Hello, world, this is me. 🙂

If you love a writer, you will be immortal. She will capture you for all time as she remembers you walking with snowflakes gently falling in your hair, or the way you looked at her right before the last time you kissed. She’ll use a turn of phrase—or an inside joke—to include you in her work…

I’ll let you in on a secret: she likes her alone time… She loves having time to get lost in her world of words, and sometimes forgets to stop to eat, or shower or spend time with people. The world on the page is as real and important to her as the “real” world. So if she bursts into tears over her cup of Genmaicha, don’t take it personally. She finally realized how to end her story and is going to miss her characters terribly.

If you want to give her a gift, think metaphor—not cliche. Skip the roses and give her daisies. Better yet, send her some of her favorite tea or a book that made you think of her. Give her bits of stardust and remind her that life is much more than just words on a page. Remind her that some of the best stories are collaborations. Write her letters and she’ll keep them forever. Write her a sonnet and she’ll keep you as well.