Thursday, 29 August 2013

A Day Out: MK Gallery

Yesterday, I went to MK Gallery with one of my close friends. I needed to find an artist in there that I liked and could research about. Frankly, I found most of the art pieces weird or boring; one of the artist's paintings looked like they were done by a 5 year old. It was contemporary art, which I am not a fan of, so it was hard to find someone. I did eventually spot one - Robin Dixon. His paintings were really nice and attractive and looked easy enough to replicate and study. I need to pass Art this year!

After that, we went to the shopping centre and had a look around. We went to pretty much all of the shops and I tried some things on. In the end, I bought a new top and skirt from h&m and my friend bought nothing. He had a look around everywhere and liked some things but then decided he didn't after. I thought I was a fussy shopper! I know for a fact that he's reading this so hey, Bradley!

I arrived home around 6pm and I was really tired but I had enough effort to upload the pictures I took and printed them out so that I could complete the Art homework already.

Today, I finished both of my Art and Design work so I only have English to worry about; I'll definitely get started on that tomorrow.

I also finished typing up my post for my collab blog with Alex (allaboutamazingalex.blogspot.co.uk) so that should be up tomorrow. That's pretty much all for now.

Collab blog:
amazingalexandthemonster.blogspot.co.uk

*Book Update - Page 381*

Monday, 26 August 2013

Perseverance

So I have a massive amount of work to do before I get back to school and sometimes I seriously feel like giving up. I have art work, design work, and English work which have to be done before September. I'm not going to lie and say that this is manageable. I wish it was. I know that there is going to be a big change in the amount of work I have to do in sixth form in comparison to the work I had to do for GCSEs.

On Saturday night, I had a migraine and I couldn't do anything the day after that which was really annoying. We were meant to go to Warwick castle for a day out as a family but my bad condition and the typical British weather meant that wasn't possible. I tried to do some of my design work which was cutting and sticking pictures onto a board like a five year old. I stuck on two pictures. TWO.

Anyway, today I am feeling a lot better and I am just taking a moment right now to chill out and make sure that I don't stress myself out so much. On Wednesday, I am finally going to go to an art gallery which means that I can complete my art homework, leaving me with English and Design to deal with.

I know that loads of people are starting to worry about going back to school and it's the same every year. You're another year older but people expect you to have matured to about five times your age. It is difficult and intimidating to think that you're one year closer to finishing school - especially when you're 16 like me. If you're making the transition from middle school to high school in America or Year 11 to Sixth form (Year 12) in England, just remember that you're not alone. There are thousands of people in the same position as you and it's like that everyone else is worrying about the same thing as you.

Don't give up so quickly; always persevere and try your best. The workload will change and it won't be easy but simply giving up won't get you anywhere. Good things come to those who work for it.

*"You're Next" - Book Update - page 125* 

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Blog Updates 24/08/13

Yay, more updates!

Okay, let's get down to business.


  1. I would like to thank Phoebs from Geek Chic Notes for covering for Alex and myself on our collab blog. With school around the corner and the both of us being busy, it's nice to know that someone was able to help. This Friday, I will try my best to make sure that I post something. 
  2. I want to make sure that I blog as often as I can but with school work, projects and all that plus days out, it's going to difficult. So, if there are any days where I can't post, I'm really sorry.
  3. I've passed 4,000 pageviews! I think a round of applause is needed here - if it wasn't for the people (you) that look at this blog, I probably would have given up weeks ago so thank you so much! Cheesy, I know, but I do appreciate the people that come back to this blog even when my posts can sometimes be really boring.
  4. I have another book - "You're Next" by Gregg Hurwitz. There's a horror/thriller film coming out with the same title so I thought I'd give it a read. The genre is the same - horror - but I'm not sure if the movie and the book are the same story-wise. This does mean that you're going to get book updates at the end of each post once again.
I guess that's all for now. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

GCSE Results

I got my results today!

I did really well, if I say so myself, and I really hope that everyone else passed too. My results are:

Maths - A*
English Language - A
English Literature - A
Science - A*
Additional Science - A
Italian - A*
Statistics - B
Art - B
Textiles - A
History - A
Business (Double Award) - AA
Religious Studies - A*

Yes, I'm a nerd, geek, weirdo, whatever! If this made you feel down then remember that I am Asian and, therefore, stereotypically smart so you shouldn't compare yourself to me.

As a reward, my dad bought me a new Acer Chromebook to use for sixth form. I'm on it right now and I'm still trying to adjust to the tiny keyboard. I'm planning on making this my main laptop since my current one can't function unless it's plugged in. The webcam is also a lot better in quality so I might go back to vlogging again. Who knows? I have taken down my old videos because they were absolutely terrible.

This Chromebook is okay - it has all of Google's features but it took forever to get the internet connection up and running. It just refused to co-operate.

Anyway, if anyone else reading this has just gotten their GCSEs or GCEs, I want to know what you got!


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

That Back To School Rush

Exam results go out tomorrow! *gasp* I should really feel a lot more nervous but actually I feel fine. I know I'm too chilled out about it but as long as I pass, it's good enough for me.

Also, since my results come out tomorrow, I have to go get them in the morning which means waking up early. Early. MORNING. I am not a morning person at all but I want to get my results the same time as everyone else and not mailed to me sometime next week.

After I get my results I will be so busy which does mean that I don't have the time to post on my collaboration blog with Alex. It sucks, I know, as she doesn't have the time either but, luckily, we have someone to cover for us. Phoebs from Geek Chic Notes has kindly offered us a post for this Friday since last Friday, we didn't post a thing either...

Between days out, I have little to no time at all for this blog; I have homework and projects to finish before school starts in September so I am going to be a very busy monster.

I will try and find the time tomorrow to post my results for anyone that would like to know so wish me luck, guys!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Where Did I Go?

I'm really sorry I didn't say anything about my little week away but I'm back now and I think it's time that I fill you in on the details.

Day 1
 We went to Bibury Trout Farm to fish for some trout and then barbeque them on site. The place is really nice. It's located in Bibury which is an old village and the buildings are all made out of cotswold stone. The farm is next to the river that runs through it and a bit is cut off where the trout is and you can fish for them. I got the first one for our barbecue!

I apologise for the cheesy face...

There were also loads of bigger ponds that contain more trout and you're able to buy cups of food pellets and throw them in the water. There was also a man there going around and making sure all of them were fed.


It did rain just after we arrived so we moved to a different picnic table under a tree with a barbecue stand so we had no need for the disposable ones we bought.


After fishing, we went to a pub called "Ye Olde Inne" in Westerleigh. On the way there, I felt we were lost but my dad had complete trust in our satnav. I had a cheese and bacon burger for dinner and a summer fruits crumbly for dessert. It was delicious! You could tell the crumbly was home made. It was really hot though and burned my tongue.

As soon as dinner was over, we went to our hotel which was in Bristol. Since there are so many of us in the family, we had to have two rooms; the girls were in one upstairs and the boys were in the one directly below us. Outside our window you could see the Severn Bridge which takes you to North Wales.

Day 2
I had pot noodles for breakfast. It was raining in and around Bristol so we had to find somewhere that was sunny. We ended up taking a two hour drive to Weymouth beach - one of the stoniest beaches ever. When we were walking alongside the beach, there was a gull with a broken wing and people were desperately trying to get it so it could be taken to be helped. We didn't go to the sandy side because it was far from where we parked and we didn't really know it existed until we left... 


Anyway, I went for a swim and it was freezing. The water was really shallow and it was hard to constantly crouch down and keep my body under water. There was seaweed in the sea (obviously) but it really freaked me out. I got scared of my own shadow and jumped thinking it was a big fish...

Then, we went to play minigolf just before we left.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at one of the services and the family got a Burger King family meal and I got a caramel frappe from Starbucks - I wasn't very hungry.

Day 3
I woke up around 10am and had instant oatmeal for breakfast. We checked out soon after and headed to the beach.

We went to Burnham-on-sea thinking it would be nice. It was the murkiest beach ever. The water was brown from sand and did not look safe at all.


We had lunch there - fish and chips - and went to the shortest pier in the UK.



The only thing in that pier was an arcade and it wasn't very big. I managed to get enough tickets for a bouncy ball so I got a pink one with green stars. We then left to go to Haven (caravan park) in Devon Cliffs, Exmouth . I fell asleep during the car journey but I was awake to see this staring at me outside of the window.


When we got there, we settled in to the caravan and went up to the arcade they had. It was massive! We won more tickets and decided to save up for the last day. On the claw game, we won a "Supersponge" version on SpongeBob and an Angry Bird light-up toy. That night, the kids in our family all had their onesies on as well (including me).


Day 4
I woke up late...

We had a cooked breakast for once and then went to the pool.

During that night, we went to one of the shows and during the disco, my dad got told off for sitting on the stage with my little sister. The show itself had a very hyper-active host who was hilarious. 


There were mascots there as well to perform for the kids. 

Day 5
We went to Sandy Bay beach which was within the caravan park. When my siblings, my dad and I went to the rock pools, I fell over... twice...
The first time was right the beginning, just after I got onto the rocks; the second time was on the way back. I had the bucket with the little fish we caught and I spilled it all back into the pools... My dad may have been upset but I consider myself to be the life saver of those little fish.


Back on the actual beach, I sculpted a fish out of sand.


 My little sister trampled on it after so I turned it into a a castle.


The last thing we did after the beach was go back to the arcade and win more tickets. In the end, we got 1,044 tickets. My brother got a toy gun, the other one got a sword, my sisters got a fairy wand and crayons and my dad got a domino set. Me? Nothing. There wasn't really anything there for people above 13 years old unless you got around 3,000 tickets. Then, I would have gotten myself another watch.

We left Devon around 8.15pm and we got home at around 12.30am...


I recorded everything on a word document on my phone so I could write this blog post. My memory is not brilliant at all.


Monday, 19 August 2013

Liebster Award

I'm back!

So it's been about a week since my last post. I've been away on holiday to South-West England (Bristol, Weymouth and Devon) and I had a very limited amount of internet.

Liebster Award
So I got nominated for a Liebster Award by Alex McGinniss (allaboutamazingalex.blogspot.co.uk) and there are certain rules that apply to it. The ones she gave were pretty basic (sorry) so I looked up the award and found about 3 blogs that said this:

The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It's a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow.
http://jenlittlebirdie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/liebster-award.html

I took the quote from the one above because it was pretty clear to me and that's what I'm going to follow here.

Since I got nominated by Alex, I must now answer her questions so here we go:

1. When did you create your blog and why?
 I created this blog about 4 months ago. Why? Boredom. I had nothing to do but I had motivation to do something and this happened.

2. How do you try to get more followers on your blog?

Twitter.

3. What is a fashion statement that you need?

A watch. Not really a fashion statement, I know, but I need something on my wrist and I have a load of watches because of it.

4. What are 3 things that you can't leave your house without?

My phone, eyeliner around my eyes, and a watch on my wrist.

5. What is your favorite makeup brand and product? Why?

Maybelline New York's dramatic eyeliner. It's waterproof and dries quickly.

6. What is your favorite social media connection? (Instagam, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Facebook!

7. How many hours a week total do you spend blogging, editing, working on a layout, etc. ?

Only 30 minutes to an hour. I have really low maintenance with this thing.

8. Who is your favorite singer, song and why?

Two favourites (not individual singers): Paramore - Born For This and Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead 

9. Who is your style and beauty icon?

I don't really have one. Bubzbeauty, I guess, and I skim over Michelle Phan's stuff as well. 

10. Where do you do most of your shopping? (Pick 3 stores since I know 1 is too difficult.)

h&m, New Look and isme.com 

My Nominations - I don't follow 11 small blogs. I follow 9, at the moment, so here they are:

My 11 questions:
  1. Who's your favourite model?
  2. Describe your perfect outfit.
  3. What's your favourite ice cream flavour?
  4. If you could have any celebrity as your best friend, who would it be?
  5. Burger King or McDonald's?
  6. What do you think is your best quality?
  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
  8. What's your biggest fear?
  9. What do you want to be in 5 years time?
  10. What's your favourite time of the year?
  11. Describe your perfect partner.

And, finally, 11 facts about myself:
  1. I love the colour purple.
  2. If you show up at my door with a BBQ pizza, a mocha frappe, and a load of ice cream, you will be my best friend in the whole world.
  3. I still sleep with a teddy bear.
  4. I am scared of dogs.
  5. My favourite flower is a purple tulip.
  6. When I am introduced to someone new, I will not start the conversation; I will wait for you to do it.
  7. I have been in a relationship for the past year and a half and it's going pretty well.
  8. Even though I spend loads of time on my laptop, I'd rather be outside whenever I can.
  9. I am 5ft 5in tall.
  10. My favourite animals are: domestic cats, squirrel monkeys and meerkats.
  11. I am the eldest out of 6 kids.


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I Saw A Meteor Shower

Hey! Last night, our family saw a meteor shower - it was so pretty. We were outside for about half an hour at midnight so we tried not to make too much noise. My baby sister, on the other hand, had a different idea; she sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" over and over again until we were back inside. She also cried whenever someone tried to take her off of me. I was so tired last night and I'm pretty tired still. Lately, I've been waking up more and more into the afternoon which is not healthy at all.

Last night was the first meteor shower I've seen. The sky wasn't completely dark so I didn't see that many stars but the meteors were really clear as they shot past. It's times like these when I wish I was back in Philippines. Where we lived, there were millions of stars in the sky every night. It's one of the many benefits of living in the countryside. You're away from noise, city lights and traffic. Everything is so serene and relaxing.

Today, I'm going to go fabric shopping again for a bag for Carys (littlewelshgirlvlogs.blogspot.co.uk). After that, I'm just going to chill out and wait for the orders my mum and I made at isme.com. I ordered three day dresses and a denim skirt - my wardrobe needs a more girly touch and I wanted new clothes for sixth form.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

A Day Out: Woburn Safari Park

Today, our family went to Woburn Safari Park to, obviously, visit the animals and chill out.

The first thing we did was the safari. We saw the popular zoo animals: elephants, rhinos, monkeys, lions and bears. They were roaming around freely in this gigantic space of grass, hills and ponds. Frankly, the animals looked bored out of their minds. They did approach some of the cars though which was great; it was nice to see some of them up close. During the drive around, one of the zebras got isolated between two lanes of cars. Most cars did give it a gap to pass through but it refused. Eventually, it was chased away by one of the stags and nearly ended up in the monkey enclosure. That would have been hilarious! The monkeys would climb from car to car and hitch a ride until the car would stop again. People were putting food on their car windows to make them sit on their cars - it wasn't allowed but it sure was hilarious - and my mum got annoyed because none of the monkeys would sit on our car.



We also passed some deer and elephants going for a walk. There was also a giraffe that kept staring at our car and it also felt like it was staring directly at me. It was really creepy. My brother hated it when we opened the window to see them better since he was afraid that they would eat him.

After that, we went around the closed area of the park where the animals were fenced up. I went into the squirrel monkey enclosure, with the family, and saw monkeys leaping from tree branch to tree branch. I'm pretty sure the fences weren't high enough to keep them inside. In the bird enclosure, there were lots of tropical birds around. At first, it didn't seem like there were a lot - there were two that were fighting and the rest were perched up on the bars of the greenhouse's structure, resting. When you opened a few bushes and get a peak under some leaves, there were loads more! One nearly flew straight into my face; it was quite terrifying!

But, my favourite enclosure was the meerkat enclosure. They were so adorable and cheeky. The would hide under a cave made of sticks whenever they would hear a plane, bang or any big noise. Then, one by one, they would peer out on the entrances and come out again. They weren't afraid to approach people either.


Just before we went home again, we stopped by a tall play structure with a slide and rope ladders. I liked sitting at the top; I had a nice view. When I went down the slide, I landed on my bum on the ground and it really hurt. I didn't think I'd be sliding down it so fast that I couldn't stop. After that, we had our dinner on one of the picnic tables and went home.





Saturday, 10 August 2013

A Day Out: Never Watch Horror Films Alone

Today, after volunteering, I went to the city shopping centre and then to Cineworld with a friend to watch "The Conjuring." It was a really good day overall and my feet hurt from all of the walking.

We met up near McDonald's, as usual, then went around the shops to hunt for clothes for sixth form. However, we didn't actually buy any - the clothes we're too slutty and most of the clothes we wanted were quite expensive. Is it me, or is New Look getting really pricey with their clothes? I swear there was a time when tops from there cost around £6 and not £20.

Anyway, when we reached "The Works", my favourite place for art supplies and stationary, I saw the sign "We're Closing!" everywhere! Everything was on sale and I bought a big pad of lined paper. I don't know if I should have bought a folder as well but I can always go to WHSmith for those. I'm wondering if that's why they're closing - WHSmith is more popular and bigger as well.

After that, we went to see "The Conjuring." The trailers before the movie really put us in the right mood; they were all horror films. We sat in the back row and hid our faces behind our hands and our hoodies for the majority of the film. I can honestly say that my friend is a lot braver than I am - she managed to keep her hands away for a longer time than I could manage. It was a really, really good film!

When that was all over and done with, she went home and I went to McDonald's for food. I'm not as shaken up as I thought I would be but I think that's because it's pretty bright outside still. The last time we saw a horror movie together was when the sky started to darken around 5pm and we left with the sky pitch black outside - we watched "Mama" together; it had a terrible story line, I have to admit, but the jump scares were pretty good.

Friday, 9 August 2013

I Needed To Clean

Remember that magazine weave box I made a few months ago? I put my stationary in it and lately, it's been refusing to co-operate. The pens and pencils in it wouldn't stand up on their own anymore so I put dividers in the box. I feel a lot better now.
Before and After

However, the shelves and drawer within my bedroom desk was a mess. I have a load of school books that I haven't thrown away; my mum's a sentimental person and doesn't let me put them in the bin. I forced myself to clean that up too. On the top shelf, everything, and I mean everything, was useless. There was make-up that I haven't touched since Year 7, a broken hair dryer, broken toys and paper. Look at all of this space!


In my cabinet, I keep cardboard because I know I'll have some use for them later on. Within the massive pile of cardboard, I found a "Skechers" shoe box so I took the lid off and put my perfumes and colognes in it as well as my nail polish remover. I thought it would be enough to fill the shelf but apparently not.


I didn't have anything else to put in there but after a rummage through my cabinet I decided to add my watercolours, make up and small box of key rings. I used to be obsessed with collecting key rings. I'd have a few on each of my bags and my friends would complain since I'd jingle everywhere I go.

Anyway, the top drawer now has my make-up bag, my nail polish bag and other stuff. My middle shelf has my perfumes, and the bottom drawer has all of my old school books.


This isn't everything. This shelf is pretty full now.


My room may look clean now, but open the doors to my cabinet and my wardrobe and all you'll find is a mess!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Life Updates 08/08/13

Updates! We love those, don't we?


  1. I have added a Google+ Followers button onto my blog. It's right at the top of the grey line of buttons along the right side of the page. Right there ---------------------------------------------------->
  2. I've decided that I'm going to go back to posting when I feel like it. It's less work for me and I've been pretty busy lately.
  3. I've finished "A Game of Thrones" and I really want the second book - "A Clash of Kings" - and if there are any other books people recommend then, please, inform me. I haven't watched a lot of TV since my brothers have found their love for the whole Halo series again. I'd join them but I haven't played in ages so I probably suck at it now.
  4. Tomorrow is Friday! You know what that means? A new post on my collab blog with Amazing Alex. To check it out, click here or the tab under the title of this page which says "Fashion Fridays."
  5. I'm still looking for a job and, to be honest, I'm getting pretty desperate. I am making a bag and plush toy for a few friends of mine (they're paying me). I really want money for a bigger sewing machine. The one I have right now is made to fix tears and holes; it's not made for crafts! 
That's pretty much it. I am really tired - I'm out a lot, staying up late and cycling nearly every day. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

20 Questions

I found a tag that I thought would be fun to answer. Post is from dazzledust25.blogspot.co.uk/

1. One thing you cannot leave the house without?
My phone. I feel a lot safer with my phone. 999 is always in the back of my mind. I don't know why but I know that I will forget the emergency number when I need it most.

2. Favorite brand of makeup?
Maybelline New York just because I love their gel eyeliner. It lasts a long time and it's waterproof which is really handy when you're in Britain.

3. Favorite flower?
Purple tulips. Some say they represent true love whilst roses represent romance; others say they represent royalty and wealth. I find them absolutely beautiful.

4. Favorite clothing store?
New Look and h&m. I can't really choose between them.

5. Favorite perfume?
DKNY Red Delicious - I got it for my 16th birthday and I wear it more than my other perfumes and colognes. I have more than I need so I smell different every day.

6. Heels or flats?
Flats! Heels when the occasion asks for them but I prefer flats.

7. Do you have good grades?
Hopefully all of my GCSEs are at least a B but I won't know until results day. During school, I did pretty well and got a lot of Bs and As and few A* here and there.

8. Favorite colours?
Purple!

9. Do you drink energy drinks?
I love Monsters!

10. Do you drink juice?
Yes, although I really don't like orange juice...

11. Do you like swimming?
I like swimming in pools. At beaches I just stand there because I'm scared of being carried away by the current if I take my feet off of the ground.

12. Do you eat fries with a fork?
If my nails are drying or if I'm at a restaurant then yes. At any other time, you'll find me shoving about 5 fries, covered in barbecue sauce, into my mouth at once.

13. Favorite moisturizer?
E45

14. Do you want to get married later on in life?
At the moment, not really. It seems like a costly thing to do and you can devote yourself to someone without it being on paper. Most marriages end in divorce anyway.

15. Do you get mad easily?
When you push the right buttons, yes, but most of the time I'm calm and chilled out.

16. Are you into ghost hunting?
No.

17. Any phobias?
Dogs. They're beasts!

18. Do you bite your nails?
I used to. My nails have grown past my fingertips now, which makes it more tempting, but I just leave them between my teeth. I don't bite them though. For some reason, it fights the urge to bite them but I do walk around like I'm sucking my thumb.

19. Have you ever had a near death experience?
I've been nearly hit by a car a few times...

20. Do you drink coffee?
Coffee might as well be in my veins. I always drink coffee. Pure coffee - no sugar, no milk, no sweeteners.

Alex McGinnissCarys Higgins are tagged :-P

BOOK UPDATE - page 600 

A Day Of Rest

Today was the first day, in a long time, that I could stay at home and put my feet up. I woke up around 11am since my sister had a hospital appointment at 1pm so I had to look after my siblings. My mum took both of my sisters to the hospital so I could chill out. My youngest brother was outside with his friends and my other brothers stayed indoors.

I stayed at the top of the stairs where I read more of my book. It was weirdly comfortable up there. I read quite a few pages and I checked on my brother outside from time to time.

When my mum got home, she had pizza. It was spicy and my little siblings ate it with the top scraped off; my didn't know it was spicy when she bought it.

Around 5pm, I went cycling for half an hour. I felt like giving up after 20 minutes but I really wanted to see how far I could go and to push myself. I purposely led myself to the bottom of the hill we live on so I could cycle back up. I did this next to the roads so I had to keep going - I didn't want to make a fool of myself. When I got home, I was sweating so much and I was really hot; I wore a hooded  jumper so that I would sweat more so I kind of expected to return home as a walking puddle of sweat.

Today has been pretty relaxed and chilled out. I spend a lot of time reading and sitting. I also ate nearly half of a watermelon and an apple. I haven't had fruit in a long, long time.

Book Update - page 400

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A Game of Thrones: Expectations and Reality

So there's no hiding the fact that I'm currently obsessed with "A Game of Thrones" - the book, not the TV show. I'm currently on page 321 and, I have to say, it's very different to how I thought it would be. I know that a lot of people love the show and the books but I never really got myself to look at either - two reasons: the book is really thick so I was afraid that I wouldn't have the time to read it; and the expectations I had also put me off.


Expectations
  • It's an "adult" book - I honestly expected nearly every chapter to contain sex. That seemed to be the only thing on people's minds when they talk about it.
  • Long chapters.
  • A confusing story line - from what I hear from other people, there's about 10 new characters per episode so I found it confusing and something that I wouldn't be able to keep up with.
  • There's going to be a lot of words that I don't understand.
  • It's going to be like any other war story/movie/show/book on the planet.
When I read the first few pages, it was pretty captivating. I wanted the rest of the novel to be like that and it was. I'm pretty impressed! I still have the other half of the book to get through. I'm reading around 80 pages a day. The reality of the book is a lot different to my expectations and I really wish that I had picked this book up sooner.


Reality
  • There is barely any sex in the books which made me a little more comfortable with reading it. The mentions of sex aren't that long either - the longest was about half a page. It's still pretty vivid though.
  • The chapters are only around 15 pages long since each one focuses on different characters. I didn't know that before I started reading the book - I thought each chapter would be around 50 pages.
  • It's really easy to keep up with the storyline and characters. George R.R. Martin is really clever in making sure you don't forget who each person is.
  • I understand all of the words.
  • I'm not going to lie and say that this isn't like any other war story/movie/show/book because it is. There's a hero; there's a villain; there's a mystery. I know that's the base of pretty much every story but there are points in the book where things become predictable and it's like something that you've read or seen elsewhere.
I'll keep you guys updated on what page I'm on at the bottom of future blog posts. I seriously recommend this book to people. I already know that pretty much everyone knows about "A Game of Thrones" or has some idea of it. It is a really good book!

And who's my favourite character? Tyrion Lannister. That guy is so clever and hilarious.

Monday, 5 August 2013

A Day Out: MK Filipino Fiesta 2013

Yesterday, the family and I, along with some friends, went to Campbell Park in Milton Keynes for a barrio fiesta. It's pretty much a fair to celebrate Filipino culture with food stalls, merchandise and stalls with products from the Philippines.

We got there around 1pm but my friends didn't get there until around 4pm. But, that was alright since there were other people that I knew so I stuck around with them. As soon as we got there, I bought a halo-halo which was so nice!

Along the top of the park, there were the typical rides you find at any fair: the Ferris wheel and the dodgems. I didn't see that Ferris wheel move once. The dodgems, on the other hand, were pretty much always moving. We had a turn on their as well - I was in a car with one of my friends, my brother in another car with one of his friends and the rest of us filled another 3 cars. The whole thing was like war. We got bumped and pushed around a lot. I think everyone left the dodgems with some form of injury on them. I hurt my ankle.

After that, we walked around the park's stalls. There weren't as many as the years before - that goes for the amount of people too. I think it was the weather; it was really, really cloudy and there were little drizzles of rain. We sat near the front of the stage for a while then retreated to the spot my parents were in. They'd deserted it so we took over for a bit. A little while longer, my friends (the ones I was actually waiting for) arrived and we introduced them to the people that were already with us. We formed a pretty big group. My brother left with some of them after an hour to go on the dodgems again.

We sat on the grass in front of the stage for the rest of the day. I bought more halo-halos and ate them whilst watching the performance. Frankly, I was a little disappointed with the bands and the performances in general. There were barely any Filipino people and it felt more like a concert to promote the local bands. The people the were watching were also pretty unenthusiastic. If you're going to watch a band, you're going to have to clap and cheer - they were good bands! It was the right thing to do; you don't let them leave with silence.

We got bored of sitting on the grass after a while so we went for a walk around the hill. When we got back, they were doing a raffle and we wanted so bad to hear our parents' names get called out. Unfortunately, that didn't happen once. There was a roast pig to be won!

Overall, it was a good day. I spent some time with friends, had a laugh and relaxed. I just wish the weather was a bit better.

Outfit
Vest: Primark
Skirt: Next
Shoes: Primark
Bag: Claire's Accessories
Necklace: Present from a friend - It's a green stone on a gold chain
Watch: Select 

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Summer Street Party

STREET PARTY! Every single year our street has one. Last year, the theme was Hawaii. This year? Pyjamas. That's right. We had a pyjama party. We're all very mature. Both kids and adults dressed in their pyjamas and onesies.

Some friends of the family also came over. We spent the duration of their time here indoors; they got here just after I got back from volunteering. At this point, I wasn't in my onesie yet - but the little children were. We watched "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and, since the food was inside, we ate in the living room as well. It was nice and relaxing as well as filled with lots of banter. We sat in an awkward but comfy position - I leaned on one person whilst another was lying on my stomach and the last one sitting upright, being leaned on as well. However, as soon as they were gone, I was outside looking after my baby sister.

It was really, really sunny. I was in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. We had a bouncy castle outside as well. I kind of disappointed me how little it was; I was expecting a big bouncy castle that took up half of the area between the houses like last year. The one we had today was a meak, little one meant for small children although the teens had a go inside as well. We also had a barbecue going and I'm pretty sure I ate more than half of the kebabs...

We had games (which the adults took part in as well) and that resulted in one injury. One of the dads hurt his foot and had to be taken to A&E. My brother and his friends found fun in swinging little children by their hands and feet into the bouncy castle. I thought this was going to end badly. It didn't. There were no injuries and the children lined up again and again to me thrown into this plastic paradisemade alive with air (wow... I read too much "A Game of Thrones"... "plastic paradise"). Then one of the burlier dads decided to have a go at being swung. My brother and his friend tried their best but only managed to throw him no further than a few centimetres away; he landed on the edge of the bouncy castle.

By the time it was dark, it was also cold and that led to the adults changing into their pyjamas and onesies as well - I changed into my cat onesie. There were cats, tigers, zebras, cows, monkeys, dinosaurs and monsters. The street looked like a zoo that got out of hand.

We got a fire going and roasted some marshmallows. It's fair to say that we're not the best at this: some caught fire; some burned to a crisp; and some fell of their sticks. A few did turn out quite well and tasted delicious too. As the night went on, the kids went to bed, one by one and the adults got the alcohol out and chatted amongst themselves. My dad put the music away around 11pm.

And now, I'm here, in my room with a nice cup of tea, a glowstick on my desk, and I'm still in my onesie. I am freezing! I read more "A Game of Thrones" outside under the house's garden light until I couldn't take the cold anymore. I spent most of the night in the garden or chasing my sister around the street. I don't talk to many of the neighbours - usually no more than a "hello" to them. My parents, on the other hand, talk to every single one of them. I felt extremely shy but I was left to it and I had my book (and food) for company.

I'm off to bed now. I have another (hopefully) eventful day tomorrow. Goodnight!

What's Going On?

I've realized that I haven't done the best to keep you up to date on what's happening in general in my life. So, here are some updates.


  • I've finished reading "The Perfect Lie" by Emily Barr. I'd give the book a solid 4 out of 5. It was a good read, intense but humurous and kept me awake. It would get a perfect 5 if it didn't have so many typos and spelling mistakes. I'm now reading "A Game of Thrones" - something that's more popular amongst people - and I'm currently on page 83.
  • I haven't made much progress on my plan to finish "Gundam: Dynasty Warriors" on Xbox. If you don't know what I'm talking about then click HERE. I have lost a bit of weight and I've toned up slightly, thanks to my bike.
  • I'm going to be making a bag for a friend and, at the end of the summer, start a plush toy for another friend. I would start it sooner but the felt that I need is currenty not with me. It's with someone else (hopefully) and I can get the felt at the end of the summer.
  • I've bought two more tops, leggings, and a dress for sixth form. I now have a total of four tops, one pair of shorts, leggings and a new dress for the next school year. If you mix and match it with the clothes I have now, I have roughly 15 new outfits.
That's all for now. Not very interesting, I know, but at least you're up to date with the life of the monster.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Strangers

During one of my bike rides a few days ago, some random guy stopped me and started talking to me. He said he saw me the day before which was pretty believable - it's hard to miss someone on a pink bike in a bright pink hooded jumper with "ATLANTA" printed on the front. Then, he started asking me where I live, what my name was and what my number was. Of course, I lied about everything, didn't give him my number and desperately tried to look for a way out. The area where I live doesn't have the greatest reputation when it comes to safety so you have to be alert when you're going in and around it.

The conversation I had with him was very brief since he got creepier and creepier. He said he would be my friend and that he would give me his number. Again, I told him "no thanks" since I was really wary on my actions and surroundings. I knew that if I accepted, I would need to take my hands off of my bike which would have made me an easy target since I couldn't run or cycle; I kept a firm grip on my bike's handles. In the end, I told him I had to go and sped off on my bike. I took the opposite turn to where I was supposed to go (home) in case he was still watching me. I'm still quite wary and I've been avoiding the area where I saw him for a while now. Hopefully, I don't bump into him again.

This also meant that I had to cut my route short but it started raining so I didn't mind. I only completed 15 minutes on my bike on that day.

Be careful on who you bump into. They may look friendly but if you pay close attention to their words, you can pick up their intentions quite well. I really didn't want to stick around for any longer after I heard the words "I know a shortcut for you to take" - I didn't tell him exactly where I lived. I said I lived near the area - not in the area - and didn't give away anything else about me. I lied about my age since I look like a 14 year old. I didn't want to be an even more ""attractive" target than I already was.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Favourite Moments Of July 2013

I thought I could make this a thing. Every end of the month, I'll post all of my highlights from the month in one post. It'll be a nice little reflection on life so far and I always like to focus on the positive things that's happened to me. So, here goes:

Favourite Moments of July
  • Going to Wendover Woods for my brother's birthday
  • Prom!
  • Fixing my bike and being able to ride it again
  • Seeing friends I haven't seen in months
  • The high amount of barbecues I've been to
  • Being able to sit in the sun for once
  • Making a bag for myself
  • Remembering how relaxing it was to read books
  • Losing weight
  • Being able to lie on the beach and sleep
I hope August will be as eventful - hopefully more - and lots of fun as well! I really hope the rain and thunder stops soon.