[BOOK TAG] Star Wars Book Tag

Hello there bibliophiles! In honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, I’m doing the Star Wars book tag! Feel free to do this tag. (To some places/countries, it is already released!)

Darth Vader | A book that started out good but burned itself in the end

The first book that I can think of is Matched. I liked how the first book was written but the second book really ruined everything for me. It lead to me not reading the last installment of the trilogy.

Luke | A book that awakened your love for reading

I have read a lot of other book prior to reading Dial L for Loser by Lisi Harrison, but that book really awakened my love for reading. Plus, it is the first book I bought out of my varsity allowance back in grade school.

Leia | A book that split your heart in two

I’d say Crown of Midnight. It breaks my heart knowing the fact that Celaena and Chaol would never end up together. I cried like crazy reading the end of the book. I’d also say Me Before You. It was such a heart wrenching book and the movie made me feel so much pain. Seeing the heart break happen on a big screen hurts!

Han Solo | A book you didn’t want to read at first, but fell in love with it at the end

Shatter Me by . There is so much hype to this book, especially the announcement of three more books are added to the trilogy. I was scared to read it because it might be too overwhelming or it may not be something I would love. But gosh! I was wrong. I loved it!

Padme | A book where a character fell in love with the wrong person

Juliette fell for Warner, who at first was a bad person. Then we have Feyre who fell for Tamlin because she was captivated by him. But the end of the day, Juliette is perfect for Warner and Feyre found someone who she is linked to forever!

Rey | Strong female character

I can name so many strong female characters but my number one pick would always be Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series.

Kylo Ren | Dramatic character we all love

To be honest, I cannot think of any character that is dramatic that we all love, because I have like one in mind but I think he doesn’t fit well with this prompt, so I’m leaving this blank (for now).

Obi-Wan | Hot character

Rhysand all the way! We all know how hot Rhys is! Imma right?

Finn | Couple shipped but didn’t happen

I shipped Eadlyn and Kile, from The Selection Series/The Heir and The Crown. I loved them together but it sucks that Eadlyn has to marry someone else!

Yoda | Books with different chronological order

There is only one book series that I can really say that it’s not in chronological order, Shadowhunter World.

Jar Jar Binks | A book you found boring and abandoned

I would say Crossed because, to be honest, I was expecting the book to progress that why I was able to read half of it but it didn’t! It was just so boring and it seems like the whole book is a filler for Matched and Reached.

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So that concludes the book tag! If you’re a fan of Star Wars or not, you should try doing this tag! It’s fun and it really makes you question yourself!

Are you going to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi when its released on December 15th? Or to those who has seen it already, what did you think of it? (No spoilers, I’m still going to watch it!)

Thank you and til next time!

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Christmas Wish List

Christmas is just a few days away and I thought why not share to you guys the things that I badly want to receive this Christmas or just any time of the year. I will be listing just the top 10 things I want to receive or things I wanna experience before or after Christmas (or even my birthday by the following month).

Note: Just to let it out there, I don’t expect any one of you to gift me any of these things because that would just be too much. And don’t think I’m a materialistic kind of girl, because I’m not. I actually prefer a little adventure than those expensive things. Okay?

#1 ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han

I’m adding this here because ever since I found about the release of the third book in the installment, I was so hype up and failed to grab a copy on time. Or let it put it this way. I didn’t have the money to buy any book when the book got released and when I have money, the book is unavailable in our local bookstore. It sucks because up to this very day, there is no stocks of this book in NBS. And I can’t afford to buy one online because the money I have is enough to buy just one book and not enough to pay for the shipping fee.

#2 EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

Another book added to my wish list. I added this particular book, even if it was released last year, is because I wanna continue reading Queen of Shadows and when I finish it I can jump straight to EoS.

#3 CRAYOLA SUPERTIPS

I’ve been into bullet journaling for the past year and have been loving it. Along with the process of learning how to properly use my BuJo, I discovered calligraphy. I’ve been trying to make my calligraphy as good as possible. That’s why I want to have the cheapest alternative to an actual brush pen (i.e. Tombow Dual Brush Pen)

#4 WASHI TAPES (loads of them!)

This goes well with the previous item. I want to decorate my bullet journal with washi tapes. They are very easy to work with and uses less effort in designing.

#5 WONDER WOMAN: WAR BRINGER by Leigh Bardugo

As a huge fan of DC, I badly want to have a copy of the DC Icon books as it releases. So far the only book out there is Wonder Woman. And people have been raving about the book since it got released a few months ago.

#6 A RAVENCLAW CANDLE

Any Ravenclaw candle would do! I need to show my house pride by having this specific candle in my small candle collection. Plus I heard, the scent of the candle is amazing.

#7 A ONE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO ANY SUB BOX IN THE PH

It has been my dream since I entered bookstagram to have any subscription to any subscription box. And it would be a dream come true if ever I get to experience it someday. 💕

#8 STAR WARS NOTEBOOK

I’ve been a huge fan of Star Wars for two years. I know that’s not much compared to others but I’ve collecting a lot of Star Wars things. And I find that having a Star Wars notebook would be amazing. Plus I love collecting notebooks. I enjoy writing stories and bullet journal, so these notebooks would come in handy when I need them.

#9 SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY by Leigh Bardugo

Aside from the Wonder Woman book by Leigh, I also want to own her Six of Crows duology. A lot of people have been raving about how great the books are and how amazing Leigh’s writing style is. So I want to read those books. Plus, I don’t have to worry about when the next book would be out because both book are already out.

#10 SUCCESS

This might be the only thing that isn’t an actual thing. In life, I really want to be successful. Right now, my main goal is to have a successful business. If you didn’t know yet, I co-own Empire Crates which is a Philippine-based merchandise subscription box. It has been a dream of mine to have this business and I really wish that sooner or later it would be a success and would later on be an international subscription. (I offer all of it to God!)


So that is the end of my current wish list! This list isn’t permanent. My priority would change as time passes.

Did you enjoy my little wish list? Do you have your own wish list? Share it with me and let’s talk about it! It can be anything that you’ve been waiting or aiming to gain!

Thank you and till next blog post.

rose

10 Gift Ideas for Your Bibliophile Friend

Hello there bibliophile friends, the most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching. It is time to do some Christmas shopping for you loved ones. But what would be the best gift to give your book loving friends? Well, you clicked the write post. I’ll be sharing to you a few of my favorite shops and bookish items that would be perfect for your bibliophile friends.

Books are the most perfect gift to give to your bibliophile friends but she or he has too much of that. They don’t need more books added to their never ending TBR pile, but most would still want books gifted to them, like me. But for some, they would want to get some bookish items that would be perfect for them and for their bookstagram feeds, if they are bookstagramers.

Here are 10 items or shops you should check out for you bibliophile friend: (This is no particular order)

#1 BOOKISH OR FANDOM SHIRTS

Cozy World PH is known for there beautiful fandom shirts. You can get shirts from different fandoms, may it be bookish fandoms, tv show fandoms, movie fandoms, or anything that floats your goat. They have it! You can also get your shirt customized to fit your friend’s personality. Aside from shirts, they have a few selection of hoodies and vinyl stickers that still cater to any fandom you or they belong to.

You can find Cozy World Ph in Instagram or Shopee. I highly suggest you check out their Shopee account because you can get discounts and have from 50% off or Free Shipping when you order. So head to their shop now!

#2 BOOKISH SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

As a bibliophile, we had those dreams of getting our very own subscription boxes. Before sub box are too expensive for us bookish Pinoys, especially the shipping fee which usually cost more than the actual box. But thanks to amazing bibliophiles, they have created and started a subscription box that caters to our bookish needs in our country.

Here are a few of the subscription boxes available in our country:

Mermaid Crate: they are a monthly themed subscription box with a Hard Cover book and loads of bookish items that fit their monthly theme. (They are currently sold out, December box, but you can stay tuned and order their next boxes instead)

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Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box: they are also a monthly themed subscription box with either a paperback book or a hardcover book, depending on you preference (price also varies) and a lot more of bookish items. Get their Winter Tales box now!

Marauder’s Dispatch: they are also a monthly themed subscription box with a paperback book with so many bookish items. You can get their Lollapolooza box now or get it for your friend.

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The Book Quay: they are a bimonthly subscription box that offers limited edition of their BOTM. You can preorder both their December and January box now for you or your friend.

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Empire Crates: they are a bimonthly subscription box that mainly caters to book lover would wish not to add more books to their TBR piles or those who just love bookish merchandise so much. Our current theme is THE WIZARDING WORLD and it is open for preorders right now. If you have Harry Potter loving friends then this box would perfect for them. Get them their wizarding box now!

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Photo by @thehogsmeadereader

There are other subscription boxes available in the country that I didn’t mention. You should check them out. Don’t restrict yourself with the options I’ve given to you. You’ll never know what they have in store for you. They might just satisfy you with their goodies.

#3 BOOKMARKS

The number of bookmarks in our collection is usually times two to our book collection. As bibliophiles, we don’t only collect books but we also love collecting bookmarks, even if we don’t use them that often.

Here are my fave local shops that sells bookmarks at very affordable prices:

HER MAD LIBRARYtheir bookmarks are beautiful and very good quality. You can get a customized bookmark for you friend and for yourself as well. Get it for only 35php per bookmark.

 

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Photo by @the.bookish.marks

THE BOOKISH MARKS: their regular bookmarks are amazing. I personally love the designs and how it looks. I just wished I was able to get a bookmark or two before they went on a hiatus. But for sure they will be back with amazing new designs and variations. Keep an eye open for that.

 

ANEGELE ILLUSTRATES: they are currently having a Christmas sale, so it is a perfect time to get those magnetic bookmarks for a cheaper price for you or for your beloved friend. Don’t wait for the peak season to start because shipping would take forever.

BIBLIOFRIENDS: they are also having a sale. I’m not sure if it ended already or not, but check them out. They offer quality magnetic bookmarks. Her designs are amazing and I love how the chibi characters are drawn!

PANDAM_PHthey offer different kinds of bookish items but I want to focus on their bookmarks. I just checked their account while writing this and I fell in love with their designs. They are just so beautiful plus they are affordable. So check them out to get your own bookmarks or for your bookish friend.

#4 BOOKISH JEWELRIES

For once in our lives, we enjoy having jewelries, may it be earrings, rings, necklaces or bracelets, we love them. But one particular shop is offering a bookish theme jewelries. LITERARY SHOP is, of course, a Philippine based shop that offers bookish jewelries. They have different designs of necklaces, bracelets and rings. They also have bookish metal bookmarks and bookish key chains.

So you better check them out if your book loving friend loves jewelries. They are very affordable pieces and I heard they are great quality.

(Photos from @literaryshop’s Instagram account)

#5 CANDLES

This season of holidays, we enjoy lighting a candle to fully enjoy the spirit of the holidays. But as a book lover, we want to smell our bookish crushes and that’s why bookish candles are created. There are a lot of bookish candles being sold in our country right now.

Here are the few shops I know and adore because of their excellent bookish candles:

THE RUSTIC LIBRARYAs far as I can remember, they are the first bookish candle shop I’ve known and heard about and people have been raving about how amazing their candles are. Plus the girls behind this shop are absolute baes!

THE CANDLELIT SHELFtheir candles are amazing too and people, I mean book lovers, has been a huge fan of their candles. They offer different kinds of candles and they even went to the extend of adding dried rose petals into one of their candle scent. And it is just amazing.

THE HOUSE OF WICKSso far, they are the only candle shop I’ve tried and loved their candles. If I had the money I would buy more of their candles. They also make gorgeous candles. They have wax melts top their candles and it’s just amazing to look at.

THE BOOKISH LIGHTjust recently, I ordered candles from them for my subscription box. I opened one and it divine! I love the smell and how it looks like. Just like the three other shops mentioned, they also offer different varies and scent of candles that are solemnly based on book characters or settings (All of the other shops have this too).

So, if you know your friend is into these kind of merch, then go get them some candles. Just get them those candles that they will love, preferably from their fave books or fandoms.

#6 LIP BALM

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Photo by @bookishkaren (Photo taken from @thecandlelitshelf)

Lip Balms are essentials especially in our country that is so hot and causes our lips to crack. There are tons of lip balms out there that are carried by well known brands. But as a book lover, we want something bookish. And that is why I’m adding this into the gift guide.

One particular shop sells bookish lip balms. THE CANLDELIT SHELF also sells lip balms aside from their standard candles. So you definitely check them out because I believe their balms are amazing and cruelty free!!!

#7 BOOK SLEEVES

Book sleeves are pouches specifically designed to fit a book, whether a paperback or trade paper back or hard cover. It is used to protect one’s book from folds, tears, rain and everything that would bring harm to our beloved books.

So this Christmas, why not gift a book lover friend a book sleeve? You can get yours at THE RUSTIC LIBRARYThey have a variety of designs (below are some of the designs they currently have) and sizes. But hurry up, their designs are limited and might possibly not restock with the same exact design the next time around. Better grab one for yourself or for your friend this Christmas.

#8 TOTE BAGS

Tote bags are a book lover’s friend. Why?, you ask. Well you can carry a tote bag filled with books any where you want to! When going book shopping, you can bring a tote bag and place you book purchases inside and no one would know you bought that much books in one go!

So, why not buy yourself a tote bag this Christmas or buy your friend a tote bag! You can get yours at BOOKISH PANDA PHThey are a sub shop of a subscription box here in Ph, Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box. Currently, they don’t have tote bag designs posted on their account but you can inquire. It doesn’t hurt when you do. (I’ll be getting my own tote bag from them soon).

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Photo by @thenocturnalfey

Above, Pouts and Fluffs included one of their tote bags inside their Subscription Box. And it looks amazing! Just look at it!

#9 ROLL-ON PERFUMES

This time around, I might have mentioned them twice already but since they are the only one I know that sells Roll-on perfumes, I just have to mention them. THE RUSTIC LIBRARY is also selling roll-on perfumes that are inspired by bookish characters. A lot of people has been raving about them and a lot has express their love towards the product. So you should definitely get this a a gift for yourself or your friend this Christmas.

#10 TWINKLE LIGHTS

Here is the last and final gift idea for you book loving friend. If he or she is into bookstagramming, then this is perfect for them. Twinkle lights are one of the most used props in bookstagram, especially now that it’s Christmas season.  So better get them now because most of them are on sale this time of year. I found one earlier that cost Php 88 per 5m white twinkle lights.

Just look how amazing those photos are!


That concludes the 10 gift ideas for your bookish friends. Just so you know, there are a lot of other things to gift you bookish friends. But for me, those 10 things are what I want for myself if I had all the money in the world. Hahahaha

Anyway, I hope you loved my post and enjoyed it. And I hope it helped you out a bit. Til my next post, bibliophiles!

rose

WRAP-UP & TBR [Nov-Dec 2017]

Hello bibliophiles! It’s that time of the month once again. Imma share the books I’ve read this month and the month I plan to read next month.

NOVEMBER WRAP-UP

Let’s start with the books I was able to read and enjoyed this month.

  • LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins

Just like the first book in this trilogy, I loved this book as well. But there a few things I didn’t like but there are more things I love about it. I love the writing style of the author as always. I enjoyed how things progress in the book and how someone who thinks she’s no longer in love with her neighbor. I like that she didn’t forget about who she really is just to impress someone. I like that about Lola.

  • SHATTER ME by Taherah Mafi

With the hype about the additional three books, to the once trilogy now a series, Shatter Me, I decided to jump into the bandwagon and read the first book. I really love the story so much. I regret not reading it back in my high school days. But I’m not too late for this series though. There are still three books coming our way, so no pressure there.

I know most of the fans ship Warner and Juliet but while reading this book, I’m shipping Adam with Juliet. But I know that it would eventually change, like what happened when I was reading the ACOTAR books.

  • BOY BAND by Jacqueline E. Smith

I’m not gonna talk too much about this book. I’ll just tell you how great this book is and you should really read it!

I have a full spoiler free review up, here.

  • UNRAVEL ME by Taherah Mafi

Oh, look. I’ve actually finished the second book and completely have a change of heart regarding my OTP. I’ll probably write a proper review of the first three books in the series soon. But for now, lemme just tell you that I love this book so much. I really enjoyed the writing style of Taherah. I wanna read more of her books soon.


Despite a not so successful start of the month, I was able to read just four books. It’s not too much but that’s the least I could do this month. But expect that I will be reading more books next month since I have to complete my Good Reads challenge.

DECEMBER TBR

For next month, I’m putting these books on the very top of my TBR pile:

  • BACKSTAGE
  • THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD
  • THREATENING SOULS
  • SILENT NIGHT | HOLY NIGHT

Those four are on top of my list. I might read other books not mentioned. You’ll find out about it by the end of the month. But for now, those are the books I badly wanna read and review.


 

So what are you plans for the month of December? Have you written you Christmas Wishlist? Lemme know in the comments!

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

rose

BOOK REVIEW: Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith

Hello bibliophiles! It’s time for another book review.


Title: Boy Band 23966802

Author: Jacqueline E. Smith

Published: April 21st 2015

Publisher: Wind Trailing Publishing

Format: Paperback (Review copy)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music

Grab a Copy: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Kindle

synopsis

Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.

After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.

Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.

It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.

my thoughts

Before anything else, I would like to say a huge thank you to Ms. Jacqueline E. Smith for trusting me with her books. I am honored that you agreed with my request. Thank you so much.

I enjoyed this book so much. It reminds me so much about my fangirl days, not a few years ago. Being a huge fan of a boy band, I read this book with ease! I relate to most of the things that was mentioned in this book. (And I know most of you would too.)

The boy band in the book, The Kind of September, reminds me so much of my favorite boy band, One Direction. I don’t wanna makes claims and all, but I assume that the boys of TKoS are based to the books of 1D, not sure though. (PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong) But truth be told, they remind me so much of the 1D boys and it breaks my heart that the boys are on a hiatus right now, but that’s another topic for another day.

The whole plot of this book is not that unique but I don’t care because it really brings me back to my old days. I love it despite it being cliche and all. But who doesn’t love some cliche romance once in a while. I love it in all it’s glory. (I miss writing some fan fictions though.)

I love the boys of TKOS. They are the typical kind of boy band that each boy has different personality and attitude, which I love! I love Sam the most though but I love them all (expect the other boy that ruin me as the boy ended, CLIFFHANGER!)

I’ll give more of my thoughts in the next book, Backstage.

rating

5 hearts


Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed the non-spoiler review, get your own copy now! (Links to online book shops are linked above)

Til next upload 👋

rose

Siquijor Adventure

Hello bibliophiles, this is a bit different from what I usually post here. I post a lot of book related stuff but I don’t spend my life just reading books. I also enjoy travelling with the people I love. Just a week ago before our second semester started, we went to the island nearest to the city I’m from.  The island that is called Isla del Fuego or the Island of Fire, Siquijor.

This trip was just a short one and we were able to visit only three places or tourist destinations when we were there. But those three were the huge highlight when you visit the island, namely the Century Old Balete tree, Cambugahay Falls and Salagdoong Beach. You can actually go around the island in one day.

HOW TO GET TO THE ISLAND?

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Map from Google

Before we talk about the three places, let’s talk about how to get to the island. There are two ways to get there, either by boat or by plane.

If you’re coming from the north, Luzon, you can take a place to either Dumaguete City or Cebu City, which ever want. Then take a plane to the island, which would only take you a couple of minutes compared to taking a boat ride to the island. As far as I know, there is no plane going directly to the island from Manila.

But if you prefer a boat ride, you take that too. For us to get there, we took the boat ride as we were bring a car going there. And I highly recommend to take a car with you as it would be more convenient for you. The fair from going to one place to another is too expensive. So, if you want to save, bring a car. (If you’re coming from Manila, you can rent a van in Dumaguete and take a barge going to the island.)

PLACES WE VISITED 

CENTURY OLD BALETE TREE, SAN JUAN

The Century Old Balete Tree is located in San Juan, Siquijor. It can easily been seen because it is located along the national road. The balete tree looks so enchanting because of the vines and the size of the actual tree.

Aside from the enchanting tree, you’ll enjoy being there because they have fish spa. You just have to pay for Php 10 per pax and you’re good to go. You can sit down and let the fishes do their thing. You’ll definitely enjoy it. It might give you a little tickle if you’re ticklish.

CAMBUGAHAY FALLS, LAZI

Cambugay Falls is around 2 kilo meters away from the Lazi Church, San Isidro Labrador Church. You’ll eventually know you have reach the falls when you see loads of vans and motorcycles along the road. From the high way, you won’t be able to see the falls right away. You have to take around 135 steps going down the stone stairs. I suggest you bring a drink if your not used to going down and up that much of steps.

With just a few steps remaining, you’ll be able to see the falls and lemme tell you it’s beautiful. It is much more beautiful up close. Also you have to have a tour guide to help you get to the other two falls. It’s kinda hard because you have to cross the falls to get to the other side of the falls.

The falls is known for it’s Tazran kind of gimik. I suggest you try it because it would make your time there worth while. (And oh, did I tell you that there is no entry fee or what not. You’ll only have to pay your tour guide any amount you want.) There are three different heights of the Tarzan swing. Each height costs Php 20 for Filipino and P50 for foreigners. You can swing and jump as much as you can one you have paid the fee.

SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR CHURCH, LAZI

As I’ve mentioned above, San Isidro Labrador Church is just 2 kilometers away from Cambugahay Falls. This church is a must visit because of it’s old look. Even the inside of the church looks old but still in one piece. You’ll definitely appreciate it because of the structure and the materials used before to build this amazing church.

SALAGODOONG BEACH and SALAGDOONG FOREST, MARIA

Salagdoong Beach is the most famous beach in Siquijor. So this place should be on your list when you decide to visit Siquijor. The resort is around two to three kilometers away from the highway, in which you will pass by a Man-Made Forest. It is gorgeous and it reminds me so much of the Man-Made Forest in Bohol, but with different trees.

At the end of the windy road, you’ll reach the gate to the Salagdoong Beach Resort. They have an entrance fee of Php 25 for adult (per pax) and Php 35 for vehicle parking. You’ll have to pay for it first before you can enter the resort, obviously! Just from the entry way of the resort, you can already see the gorgeous white sand beach of Salagdoong. It is gorgeous and you’ll definitely be tempted to dive right into the waters, plus the beach is clean so you don’t have to worry about those stray see weeds or trash.

Salagdoong Beach is also known for cliff jumping with two level or heights. When we were there, it was high tide so most of the people who jumped were jumping from the lower flat form. And others were jumping from the higher flat form, which believe me, IT IS SO HIGH ( I didn’t jump though, I was too scared to try it).

If you wish to enjoy the beach more, I suggest you stay there for the night. They have rooms that are very cheap and quite nice. You’ll be able to witness a gorgeous sunset if you decide to stay for the night, and lemme tell you I was mesmerized by how gorgeous the sunset was and how it left the sky with purple, pink and orange tints. It was too gorgeous not to take a photo of it.

Just look at that gorgeous sunset! Just look at it!!! This sunset really turned my mood. I was not feeling the best when we were on the trip because of my monthly visitor (which meant I was not allowed to go swimming and all). So when the day ended and saw this gorgeous thing, I just feel so okay again. You can never go wrong with a gorgeous sunset view along the beach.

PALITON BEACH, SAN JUAN

On our second day in the island, we decided to back track. So we went to church and went back to Cambugahay Falls and after, decided to visit the other white beaches in the island. The one that my aunt kept on talking about is the Paliton Beach. She said, it is so beautiful there and the beach is super clean. So we decided to visit that particular beach.

The beach didn’t fail us! It was along ride going to the beach from the high way. But it is worth it. The beach is open to public but there are two establishments there. One of which is still under construction, while the other one was operational. It is a diving resort. We didn’t go there, instead we went to the public area of the beach. Besides, Paliton beach doesn’t only occupy one space and all.

The beach, or this side of the island, is directly facing Negros Island, the island I came from. The famous Apo Island can also be seen from where we were standing as we stroll along the coast of this beautiful beach.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH, SIQUIJOR

Upon reaching Siquijor, this is the first destination that you will see as you exit the Siquijor port. This church is so beautiful. The architecture design of the church as well as the materials used in building this church is still the same, I believe.

This is a must visit when you travel to Siquijor.

A MUST TRY:

So aside from the different tourist destinations in the island, I highly suggest you try a few of their delicacies or the food being offered in the island. One of which is the Torta of Larena, Siquijor. According to my aunt and uncle, their Torta is very famous and very delicious. I was given the chance to taste it and it was softest Torta I’ve ever tried. I love the Torta in Dalaguete, Cebu but this is so soft and tasty.

But what I highly suggest you try is the Halo-Halo in Larena, Siquijor. Living in a tropical country, Filipino enjoys the coldness of Halo-Halo. In fast food chains, restaurants and other places, their Halo-Halo are usually composed of beans, ice cream, leche flan and just a tiny addition of fruits. And I honestly don’t enjoy that. I prefer a Halo-Halo with fruits and no beans. So upon learning that we will be trying out the famous Halo-Halo in Larena, I wasn’t expecting that the Halo-Halo would be an all fruit Halo-Halo with ice cream and leche flan.

The Halo-Halo has the traditional ice cream and leche flan but this specific Halo-Halo has bananas, mangoes and coconut meat, LOAD AND LOADS OF THOSE THREE!!! It’s like Heaven in a bowl! It was the best Halo-Halo ever!

So you should try it out! It is totally worth it!


So that was it! I hope you enjoyed it and lemme know if I should do this kinds of things here.

Until then, thank you for reading and until my next upload.

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Mini BOOK REVIEWS [Colleen Hoover, Melissa de la Cruz and more]

Hello bibliophiles!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been MIA and wasn’t able to post any book reviews. That’s why I decided to have this blog filled with mini reviews.

In my October wrap-up, I’ve discussed a few things about the books I’ve read but failed to give more in depth thoughts.

POINT OF RETREAT by Colleen Hoover

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Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…
Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world and the lives of those who depend upon them the most…

Let’s start with Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover. I read the first book, Slammed, a few months back and totally enjoyed it. It took me over a month before I got the chance to read Point of Retreat. But I totally enjoyed it, except for those parts that made me cry and all. We all know how every CoHo books do to us!

Though there are times when I find it too cliche and all, but that’s my own opinion. I also sometimes find Layken annoying but I guess that’s how Colleen pictured her. But I salute her for being so strong all throughout the problems.

I cannot wait to read the next book. I might buy the book first or listen to the audio book instead.

ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa dela Cruz

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Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa dela Cruz

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There’s no place like home. Especially if home is the infamous Isle of the Lost. Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay haven’t exactly turned their villainous noses up at the comforts of Auradon after spending their childhoods banished on the Isle. After all, meeting princes and starring on the Tourney team aren’t nearly as terrible as Mal and her friends once thought they would be.

But when they receive a mysterious invitation to return to the Isle, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay can’t help feeling comfortable in their old hood—and their old ways. Not everything is how they left it, though, and when they discover a dark mystery at the Isle’s core, they’ll have to combine all of their talents in order to save the kingdom.

I’m going to review the two together since both are in one series.

You might have already learned that the reason why I read the books is because I was having a Descendants hangover. I watch the two movies too much and was finding other ways to read or watch more about Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay. So I didn’t expect that the book would be as great and as entertaining us the movie. It was easier to read the book because I can imagine Dove Cameron as Mal, and so on.

I love the fact that the book acts as fillers for the movies or the other way around, which ever way you see it. It’s nice to see the friendship of the main characters develop. I didn’t expect that they started not being friends and that through the course of the first book, they have develop a friendship that is somehow difficult to break. I love that despite their differences, they were all able to build a strong friendship.

I really love the plot in the first book. It’s nice to see how things work in the Isle of the Lost compared to Auradon. It’s really made me love the world more. It made me watch the movies more than I intend to. I love their little adventure in search for Maleficent’s staff and it somehow made them think twice about who they truly are. And it’s cool.

I also love the plot in the second book. It shows their real struggle of being good or following their parent’s foot steps. But I’m glad they chose to follow their hearts.

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins

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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

It took me months before I got the chance to read the second installment of Anna and the French Kiss. And how I wished I read it sooner.

I really enjoyed this book. I kinda like Lola even if she’s super weird and all. But she made the whole story worth it. And Cricket is such a cutie! I used to not like him at first but as things got more interesting, I’ve grown to like him. Though there are times that I wished he showed himself more to his family, especially that he has a great talent in building things.

I knew that St. Clair and Anna would have a cameo but I didn’t expect it to be that long. It’s like they are a part of the entire story. I hot no complains though.

I like that Stephanie created a very good reason why Anna and St. Clair are in San Francisco instead of Paris. Such a brilliant way of making the books connect.


That’s the end of my mini reviews. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope it interest you to read the books mentioned if you haven’t.

I got full reviews coming your way, so stay tuned. I’m back with my reading game!

Thank you and til next update.

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