The Unexpected Everything: An Earthling Day to Meet the Lovely Morgan Matson

“Morgan Matson is coming to town!” πŸ‘Ό

After almost a year of being absent for book signing events, finally, I made it for Matson’s.

A lot has changed since the last time I attended a book signing event. Anyway, I won’t make a long-dramatic-post since I have nothing much to tell.

Papa, as usual, lined up for me. He got number forty-two (42). I only have two books of Matson because I can’t afford to buy everything since I’m currently saving up for something. I bought Since You’ve Been Gone this January, and The Unexpected Everything last month.

The said event took place at National Book Store – Glorietta branch last September 17, 2016. I arrived at around 3pm and basically just in time for the signing. I’ve missed the program, and according to some bibliophiles, they gave Morgan a birthday cake, and sang for her. So disheartened to miss that moment.😒

I didn’t say anything when I met her (Morgan) except from the fact that I just responded “I’m good” when she asked how am I; then, she said what a nice name do I have. Well, thank you for that Morgan.

After that said event, my father and I went to JCo to eat some snacks; unknowingly, I already have other plans so I excused myself and told my father I’ll just text him.

What was my other agenda? Go and visit Baskin Robbins and get some pint of ice cream. Yes, I’ve been craving for Baskin, and what a perfect time to do it but that one fine Saturday. After almost a week of stressful work, surrounded by chaotic officemates, I can’t help but thanked Baskin Robbins for existing in this world.

I ordered a pint of Love Potion (honestly I don’t know the ingredients of that flavor). How do I end up ordering that one? Mama told me it is delicious, and for me not to order strawberry for the nth time in my life.

After ordering a pint, I walked around Glorietta and notice that there was an on-going event. Yes, such a nice move for me to go to that event, and let my ice cream turned into water. πŸ™

Anyway, will tell you guys about that event in another post.

Xoxo,
Seasielle❀

Goddess Morgan signing my book. πŸ€—

BaskinRobbins: Love Potion. ❀☺

August: Reunions, Moods, and Wonderful Moments

Gloomy days were gone;
Wonderful moments have arrived.

Ten years had gone by;
Replaced by one month of laughter, memories, and happiness shone over each others faces.

Old friends came by to say “Hello, even just for a minute.”
Goodbyes were longer; another day spent thinking of wonderful memory to treasure.

Life on the path of brick road;
Walking along green meadows;
Chirping of birds hovered all over;
Indeed, memories of last month will be painted wonderfully in each other’s heart.

Getting old, but not too old for wonderful moments.

Awkward moments were gone; only laughter were left.

Wonderful 10 years of friendship πŸ€—

The Not-so-Wonders of Eating: Diner on the 16th

August is known for its gloomy weather: non-stop rains which causes floods, and mood swing for others.

The cold atmosphere made us (my sister&I) more hungry than before; since we’ve watched Taste Buddies went to grab some bite from Diner on the 16th, and even recommended it, we’ve decided to pamper ourselves on its menu.

It was a blockbuster rainy Wednesday for Diner on the 16th; we’ve just took the seat near the bar for us to be accommodated inside. (Take note: there’s no table on that particular side; one of the personnel just brought the table outside and placed it there just to accommodate us; good customer service.)

My sister and I decided to order Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken and Ube Waffles for Php 295. The said menu includes the following: 3pcs Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken and 4mini slices of Ube Waffles.
Diner on 16th is best known for their milkshakes; hence, that was our chance to indulge on their milkshakes. I ordered Diner on 16th’s Signature Milkshake for a price of Php 190. (Strawberry Cotton Candy Cone+Chocolate milk and Strawberry flavored pretzels (which I think is the one you can buy from the grocery store)+Strawberry Chocolate and Caramel Syrup+Custard biscuits+Chocolate covered mallows) In short, diabetes overload to its highest level; while my sister ordered White Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake for a price of Php 189. (White Chocolate Syrup+Strawberry Covered Biscuit Stick+Strawberry Donut+Wafer Stick+Strawberry Filled Mini Cookies).

Overall Satisfaction – Rating scale of 5 (5 being the highest):

Venue: 3
Reason/s: The said establishment is located in front of Ace Water Spa, but you have to walk in an alley since it is inside.

Food: 3
Reason/s: Nothing special. I think it is overrated because the waffles was just two slices which was cut into four; the soy ginger glazed chicken was all wings; the milkshakes ingredients were all available in grocery stores (I mean, it was all ready made; no effort exerted except for the decorations of those said ingredients), also nothing special on its taste.

Value for Money: 3
Reason/s: Somehow it was a new experience for us, but not really worth it base on the food they serve+service charge applies.

Recommendation:
I still do recommend this place to all food enthusiasts. Try, explore, and rate your experience since we are all entitled of our own.

Thank you, and God bless!

 

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Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken and Ube Waffles πŸ™‚

Diner on 16th’s Signature Milkshake πŸ˜šπŸ€—

White Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake πŸ€—πŸ“

Design 101

Design 102

Design 103

Their creative way of saying: “Here’s your total bill; kindly put your payment inside.” ❀
Diner on 16th is located at: 16, United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, 1603 Metro Manila.


Since You’ve Been Gone: by Morgan Matson

INTRODUCTION:

“Don’t be afraid to do something you’re not used to. Taking risks are the best part of one’s life.” – Seasielle

Best friends forever – words that we usually say to our closest friend ever that sometimes we feel that he/she is a part of our family more than ever; but what if one day, your best friend just disappeared and all she left behind is a to-do list? What are you willing to risk just to see him/her again?

Since You’ve Been Gone is a self discovery story about how far are you willing to let go and to sacrifice for a person that you love.

HELLO BOOK:

Sloane, the best friend of Emily just disappeared without saying any word to her. She just left a to-do list.

Emily, upon receiving the to-do list was in doubt at first; until she decided to give it a try if it’s the only way she can have Sloane back.

With an unexpected help from Frank Porter, Emily faced her fears and learned to let go of her insecurities as she unfolded all the activities written under the to-do list.

THOUGHTS:

I like the way Since You’ve Been Gone is written: very light, yet an appealing one.

We all have that kind of best friend who always push us beyond our boundaries; letting us do crazy, yet unforgettable stuff. Those things that we never thought we would do in our lifetime, but ended up fulfilled because we achieved something that we can be proud of.

Upon reading this book, I remembered my best friend; we’ve been friends ever since we were in lower school, and maintain our communication through social media. Unfortunately, we stop seeing each other last 2014, though I still leave a personal message to her Facebook and other social media accounts. It just goes that way: communicating through social media, yet no bonding moments. I honestly missed all the things we’ve done together, and those we should be doing right now. I really felt connected to Emily because her fierceness, and courage radiates as she completed the to-do list just to see Sloane back. If I’m in her shoe, I’m also willing to do such things if it is the only way I can see my best friend. Honestly, I’m always the one making the first move, yet there’s still no progress. Hoping that we can see each other soon.

Going back to the book, I love the friendship of Frank Porter and Emily. It’s so genuine, and so natural. Finally, I’m hooked to their playlist. I even downloaded half of itπŸ™‚

Someday, I wanna meet a Frank Porter as well. I guess, I should include him to those fictional male characters that turned me on. Hello from the other side, Frank.πŸ™‚

RECOMMENDATION:

I’m highly recommending Since You’ve Been Gone to all of you. Great job for Ms. Morgan Matson; cheers for more amazing books!

Thank you for reading. God Bless!

The Girl On The Train: by Paula Hawkins

Infidelity will never stop unless the person committing it becomes faithful. – Seasielle

INTRODUCTION:

Commuting is part of our daily lives. Sometimes, the ride is too long or too short; sometimes, there are stories that we had created on our mind; or there are strangers who we become friends and shared stories with; nonetheless, we are the story.

HELLO BOOK:

The Girl On The Train confused me on some parts, but then, I immediately got hooked once I felt the connection and the thrilled that got me on.

I felt lonely for Rachel and Megan. They wanted attention, and all they got was temporary love which left them more broken than before.

THOUGHTS:

At first, I thought that person was the one who did the crime because of insanity or split personality disorder, but as the story went through, I was so shocked to discover who finally did it. I just felt unconvinced by the way it was done because for me, there would be a solution for that one.

Paula Hawkins is such a genius; for her first novel she had written such an incredible one. I really liked the twist, and everything about this book. I’m hoping to read more of her books.

Depression is really an issue in our fast growing world. With all the technologies and medical advances, still, there’s no cure for depression or doctors and/or psychiatrist can’t detect it immediately. Sometimes, the damaged has been done; nevertheless, it was lead to broken pieces of one’s dream and/or for the person to be broken.

Let us not be a victim of depression and/or the people that we cared for. I’m not an expert who can say what to do or not to, but I know the feeling of a person depressed because I once felt it. To avoid it, always unwind every week; talk to someone; and let us not live a person’s side, especially in times when they needed us most (meaning they’re the ones who started to say “Hi” or the ones who dropped by just to see us). Let us always have a spare time to spend for ourselves and for our loved ones.

RECOMMENDATION:

I do recommend this book, especially to those people who wants a good turn around of stories.

Thanks for reading. God Bless!

Exploring the Wonders of Laguna: On Old Church Ruins and Rapids of Pagsanjan

Holy Week is the longest holiday ever in the Philippines, well aside from Christmas since sometimes it is only three days. Holy Week is the time where family bond – some goes to the province, while others goes to explore the wonders of the Philippines (which includes going to the beach and have fun) because Holy Week is also summer time in this tropical country of mine. Some considered it as the official start of summer.

WHAT WE DID LAST HOLY WEEK:

I can say that our family has a close relationship with my relatives (mother side) that’s why we always spend each holiday together. My aunt bought a place somewhere in Laguna and built a rest house (as they want to call it) where we usually spend each long weekend. Ever since it was built, we spend almost every day of our vacation being in its premises only – doing random stuffs; but this year, we did something different- we went to explore the churches of Laguna, and experienced the rapids of Pagsanjan.

Paying a visit to different churches during Holy Week is a tradition here in the Philippines and we, Filipinos, call it “Visita Iglesia.” It is usually done during Maundy Thursday, but in our case, we did it on a Black Saturday that’s why the churches were all closed (sorry not sorry).

The first church that we visited was the Nagcarlang Church or St. Bartholomew Parish Church.

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The second church: Liliw Church or Saint John the Baptist Church

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(Thanks, Oben)

Finally, the last church that we paid a visit was the one where Emilio Jacinto died. It is called Magdalena Church or St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church.

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After we visited those amazing churches, we now went to Pagsanjan Laguna to see its famous falls. Unfortunately, one boat ride is worth Php 1500 for three people, and you need to go to Pagsanjan’s Municipal to write your name for them to have a record since accidents were reported on that area. I really felt downhearted because I’ve been waiting for it for almost a year (hyperbole). I guess it was not really meant for us that day (try again next year). The owner of Casa Blanca (the resort where we rode a boat) noticed that we were downhearted so he offered us a ride until the first rapid. We all agreed, and we never regretted our decision because we saw the place where Tabing Ilog (a hit television in the early 2000’s) shoot most of their scenes, and we saw some of the amazing sceneries of Pagsanjan. We were all five in one boat; each one of us paid Php 250 or 300 (sorry I can’t exactly remember) and it was quite worth it.

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The place where Tabing Ilog had shoot most of their scenes.πŸ™‚

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After the first rapidsπŸ™‚

Indeed, an unforgettable experience. After our breathtaking adventure, we went to dine at Aling Taleng’s Halo-Halo restaurant. It is the famous one in Pagsanjan; true to its name – their Halo-Halo tasted awesome. Affordable, yet it is overflowing with varieties of ingredients. Okay, a Halo-Halo is a well-known dessert in this country, especially during summer since it is topped with ice. It is really a food to beat the heat.

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Aling Taleng’s famous Halo-HaloπŸ™‚

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Aling Taleng’s burger meal. (Not worth the price)

Heading back home, we passed by the famous Itlog ni Kuya delicacies. (Well, lots of gems can be found in Laguna). We bought Balut (it is an egg boiled with a two or three weeks old chick inside it) though I did not eat that time (personal reasons).

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Famous Itlog ni KuyaπŸ™‚

Well, it was a Holy Week well-spent, and I can’t wait for our next adventure this summer.

Me Before You: by Jojo Moyes

“…And all I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.” – Louisa Clark

INTRODUCTION:

“We don’t know what will happen next in our life. That’s why live for each moment; chase every opportunity; love unconditionally; and share your blessings to others no matter how small it is.” – Seasielle

What if one day, your perfectly life turned into a worst nightmare you didn’t expect will happen in reality? Those planned travels, adventures, social events, work promotion, wedding and bonding with your family will all vanished in just a blink of an eye because you don’t have the ability to perform or to make them happen anymore?

Your physically and mentally fit body will be immobilized because some careless people hit the road unexpectedly and Boom! You’re the target. Shattered dreams are now your everyday life.

Me Before You is a story about a girl named Louisa Clark who has a perfect family, but needs a job to support them; and William Traynor who’s the most perfect guy one wishes to have – adventure seeker, well-provided job, and handsome gentleman. Until a terrible accident hit him. Destined to meet each other, their path crosses unexpectedly and created a bond that will lasts longer than any scars.

HELLO BOOK:

Louisa Clark or sometimes called Lou by her family, never goes out of her comfort zone – she never tries to explore new things and to discover herself. She’s just satisfied with the way her every moment seems to revolve until she met William Traynor.

William Traynor or Will, is the opposite of Clark. Adventurous and do what he wants to do. He thinks that every person in this world is like him until she met Lou – the person that will change his perception about life though not everything about it.

THOUGHTS:

With all honesty, I don’t know if this book is classified under YA ’cause I somehow think that it is an adult one.

Anyway, I like the way the story went through, though there were certain parts that I can’t hold on to.

I like that Lou and Will never had an intimate attachment (sexual intercourse), still, you can feel the love they had shared for each other. I just didn’t get why Will still continued his plans just because he can never be the same person he was before. I get that he was really different before – a person full of dreams who can stand on his own and has control on his whole body – unlike his current situation where he was a quadriplegic.

All the frustrations and depression he was feeling was really reasonable and acceptable. I’m just wondering why he didn’t even try to continue his life? What’s the reason? Okay, the reason for him was because he was quadriplegic, meaning he can’t do all the things he had planned for himself, and can’t even control his body movements. Is it really enough? My gosh! I won’t and I can’t accept that reason because I know how precious one’s life is.

There are thousands of people suffering for terminal illnesses every minute of the day; while some were born with disabilities which they will carry forever. Yet, they have many reasons to live, and they are fighting their way towards it. They don’t think of committing suicide or they don’t pray to vanish in this world forever. So why would someone like Will, ever do such action? Just because he was immobilized now unlike before he had the right to do what he just did. Well, I’m sorry to say but he had no right to end his precious life.

I just want to share this to all of my readers:

If you ever feel that you’re trap in a dark room with no window and no door on it, just pray. There’s always a way out because in the first place, you won’t be able to enter it without passing into something.

If you ever feel that your life is miserable, just think of those people who are living along the streets yet they have a reason to wake up every morning.

If you ever feel that your illness can’t be cured, just look at those people suffering from tremendous and deadly diseases yet they believe that they will be healed.

If you ever feel that you can’t do all the things that you ever planned for yourself because you’re immobilized, just think how much more misery those comatose and paralyzed people are feeling every single day.

If you ever feel that no one is out there listening to you, just think of those mute people who can’t even say what’s on their mind.

You see, there are many reasons to live, and much more advantage than others yet, they are the ones who enjoy life to the fullest. The irony of life. Everything is just based on our imagination and perception. According to studies, if you really think that something bad will happen, it will really occur; but if you set your brain for positive thoughts, you will see your life is changing piece by piece.

Let us learn to value ad respect our life and the life of others.

RECOMMENDATION:

Absolutely yes – just for a change if you want to read a romance book.