We went to ParadiZOO, Tagaytay for a field trip in our Zoo 122 (Animal Behavior). After which, we went to Calatagan, Batangas for lunch and leisure.
^me trying my hand at milking a goat.
^Cristel @ the pretty flower farm.
^Athletic Sean in the picnic area.
^trying my hand at vintage (ish) post editing.
^pretty girls perched on a tree.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
I love this :)
okay, after the first week of classes this June, I, along with Pao brought the car that my parents let me drive to Laguna, so that I could practice drving here. It made me excited, knowing I could drive to and from school now and even if i had problems with parking slots (there’s not a nearby convinient parking slot to my house) I was positive it would matter.
the morning after our trip from manila I decided to use the car to go to the university and the to a nearby coffee shop because I had a meeting with my orgmates then. I got the car started and it was going well for a while until it DIED. not just the engine but the entire thing, at first I didn’t know what happened because even the lights weren’t responding, which was a problem since i was stuck near the middle of the street and although it was just along a small intersection it was the only street to the campus and i was causing traffic. it was a holy shit moment because I don’t know what the fuck to do, it was my first time having any car trouble and I was alone. I called my boyfriend and because it was a monday, he couldn’t get out and get me because he was stuck at work. he told me to ask for help to push the car towards a slot where i could leave it. conviniently there was a tricycle stop nearby and the drivers helped me, i was steering and because the engine is dead, powersteering was dead too. it didn’t register then how hard it was to move the wheel because i was too shocked and panicked in the head to think straight. while the car was being pushed backwards i had the wheel at angle since we were turning the corner. I felt that the street wasn’t level, meaning it was going down backwards and because it was being ushed backwards, it fell back really fast and me being really panicked in the head not being able to think straight forgot to step on the brakes so from the corner, the car made a C shaped loop and most unlucky for me, I hit a car.
it was hard enough that i was alone have car troubles, but add to it the fact that i hit car (no matter how negligible the scratch was, yes it was only a scratch) and on top of that it was in the middle of a busy street so everybody was looking (and you know how i don’t like that kind of attention), it was only 10 am and i was having the worst day for as long as i can remember.
it was by the grace of God that one guy helped me fix the car and talk to the owner of the car i hit so that i didn’t have to pay them anything. His name was Kuya Ed. after i hit the car, he asked me if i wanted him to drive because he noticed how hard of a time i was having turning the wheel. and then after he was able to park with the help of the other drivers, they popped the hood and saw that one of the things connected to the battery wasn’t connected anymore. and so that was the problem that was why the lights were out in the car. kuya ed connected it but suggested that i buy a replacement so that i’d be assured that it wouldn’t pop out again.
after the whole incident, i was still able to drive to the campus and although i was an hour late to my meeting in the coffee shop i was able to get the courage to still drive towards my destination. after that though during lunchtime Pao, met me and I broke down. i was crying because of the frustration the embarrassment and just having my confidence slapped in the face again, just as when i was really excited to drive (and my close friends know how hard it was for me to get that feeling). in the end, Pao drove the car to a nearby parking lot because i told him i wasn’t gonna be able to touch that car for a long time, unless i wasn’t driving.
after the incident, i called my dad, and he was really worried about me. he even offered to go to laguna if i needed him to, later on that day, my mom also called and told me that my dad was feeling bad because he felt like the car let me down, add to it the fact that for a week before I brought it to Laguna, he was using it so that he’ll know what to get fixed before I use it.
after a couple of weeks though, i was able to use it without problems until last week. it was again really frustrating and i broke down harder.. but that story is for another time.
^this is kuya Ed fixing the car battery. i’ll post a picture of the scratch I got from hitting that other car.
I hope you have a better driving experience than me. ciao.
during the summer, my sister and I tried baking. :) it was our first time having an oven that works and so we were excited! we even bought baking things. it was a lot of fuun!
the first thing we ever tried was to bake a Betty Crocker ready-mix of chocolate chip cookies. needless to say it was a huge success since the only thing we did was mix the powdered ingredients with water and eggs.
next thing we tried was to make cupcakes from scratch. like literally start from flour and eggs. with the help of Google and some legit looking cupcake websites we were ON.
my sister and I were quite happy on how the cupcakes turned out. but we did too many and we weren’t able to finish them all. quite a waste really. the thing that made it even worse was when mom said it wasn’t really that good. way to encourage us in our baking, mother! well, i must admit it didn’t taste very special. i’d say we did good on our first time tho! this was how it looked like:
^and yes, we also did the frosting ourselves. and also, yes, we wrote each of our names in one cupcake along with some other famous shapes.
the next thing we tried to bake was LECHE FLAAAN. it was a succeessss!!! but on our first try I thought we put too much vanilla on the batter but it was good, nevertheless. on our second try, the thing came out a little tough because there weren’t enough batter on each llanera and sho it got overcooked. it looked like this:
^also, the caramel was a little bit too runny, i was afraid to cook it longer because i’m afraid it’ll burn.
the last thing we tried to bake was CREAM PUFFS. we didn’t plan it, we thought it would be a good idea since we had flour and stuff left over, surprisingly it was supeeerrr successfull! :) instead of putting whipped cream inside as filling we made vanilla custard and put that in instead. it was heavenly. one thing i would change tho was making really crispy caramel to put on top of each puff instead of just putting powdered sugar on top like we did, because it doesn’t taste as sweet and while i’m eating it i miss the crunch of the caramel. it looked good tho! my mom even said it was good. :)
im looking forward to baking bigger and better things in the future. :D haha.
it’s time to get posting.
ok. so school’s back and i haven’t got the time to update my tumblr at all. there were a lot of pretty big things that happened to me this past week and i still feel bad about and so i don’t have the spirit to share it to the internet. all i can say is.. school’s back and i’m excited. doing nothing is sucking the life out of me. i hope i don’t choke this semester.
til next week? i really hope i can update earlier but then.. well, see you soon.
ynamonte asked: can I just say, your recent photos blown me away :) galing. a "like" is not enough for that entry :)
People. wake up. This bill needs to be passed.