Bohol Trip!

We went to Bohol in celebration with our 2nd year anniversary! Last Thursday, January 27, we took our flight to Bohol via Zest Air. We were so excited because it’s our first time to ride an airplane, I know its funny!;) It took only an hour and as we got there, we were picked up Kuya Toni through our availed package from Loveboholtours company. We stayed at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Room B5, and it was near the swimming pool. For me, the room location was perfect!

Here’s our itinerary for four days:

Day 1: transfer to resort

Day 2: Countryside Tour / Chocolate Hills Tour / Day Tour

– includes all entrance fees to all spots, parking fees, car/van to be used inclusive of fuel, buffet lunch at a floating restaurant
– spots: Blood Compact, Baclayon Church, Python Viewing, Tarsier Viewing, Lunch at a Floating Restaurant, Hanging Bridge, Man-made Forest, Butterfly Conservation Center, Chocolate Hills

Day 3: Dolphin watching w/island hopping

– includes: boat rental, boatman’s fee, use of snorkel gear, another boat ride to the snorkel area w/lifeguard
– spots: Dolphin Watching, Virgin Island (vanishing island), Balicasag Island
– no food included however there are fresh seafood at Balicasag Island where u can buy at your own & have it cook while u snorkel

Day 4: transfer to airport

I really enjoyed our Bohol trip! There are still upcoming pictures! More! And I still need to fix them and update this post. For now, here are some of our pics!

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I love Pretty Little Liars!

I’m done watching the season 1 of Pretty Little Liars after a one-week marathon! And I absolutely love it! I will not say much, but maybe in the future. For now, I’m still into this addictive state and can’t-move-on situation so I just have to post pictures!haha! 😉

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hanna

hanna

spencer

spencer

emily

emily

aria

aria

My Favorite Love Teams!:

caleb&hanna

caleb&hanna

caleb&hanna

caleb&hanna

caleb&hanna

caleb&hanna

spencer&toby

spencer&toby

spencer&toby

spencer&tobyspencer&toby

spencer&toby

spencer&toby

 

Love!love!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: A book review

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Started Date: January 18, 2012

Finished Date: January 20, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the first ebook I’ve ever finished! What an achievement! Even though my eyes are aching while reading it, I just can’t stop! haha! This is a wonderful read, very funny! The characters are very interesting with different personalities. I like Lola’s personality, she’s very unique, with her love of costume and fashion. Cricket is very lovable, a good sample of a boy next door! I think this book would definitely make a wonderful movie out of it. If there will be. I like Lola and Cricket, they are so perfect with each other. But there are times that I think he is so perfect thet Lola doesn’t really deserve him. Well, its ok since she loves him since they we’re kids. Anyway, I recommend this book to all!

Firelight by Sophie Jordan: A book review

Title: Firelight

Author: Sophie Jordan

Started Date: January 12, 2012

Finished Date: January 14, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

I picked this book because of the beautiful cover of the girl with a dragon-eye and red hair, I also like her pink glittery lips. In addition, I like any stories about dragons, and a story about a dragon that shifts into human form makes it more interesting. I’m torn between giving it 4 or 5 stars, and after many times of changing minds, I decided to give it a four. It should have been amazing if it is not much of teenager love. Also, it is very predictable and slow. Too much teenage life and too much kissing. Jacinda is also not likable, she’s selfish and she’s having a hard time not to be one. She’s a certified pessimist! Most part of the book contains her negative thoughts about everything and anything. Anyway, I still like the book, because I was hooked when I started reading it. Maybe because it is so slow and I needed to keep reading to see some action. The best part is the beginning of the book where she met Will in a cave as a dragon. I think it’s a perfect start, it kept me reading more. And I’m sure that I will read the sequel, not that excited though.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: A book review

Title: Delirium

Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date: January 7, 2012

Finished Date: January 11, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

Wow! This book is so amazing! I wanted to read this for so long but I couldn’t find a paperback copy in our bookstores. I have the ebook version, but I don’t read ebooks. I found a UK paperback version last week and I was so happy I bought it instantly!

I wanted to read this because of the concept of love as a disease. Oliver is an outstanding writer, she has created a new world where love has been claimed as a disease with a cure. All 18 year old citizens should receive the cure but Lena, the proragonist, fell in love with Alex before her treatment. The characters are great and well-crafted, this is the first time that I learned to like the main female character so much. The book started slow, but it has kept me in my seat and read continuously. The critics are right, this is certainly one of the most addictive books! I love every parts of it, especially the quotes every chapter. I like the part where she met Alex at the lab and he winked at her. Imagine a super good-looking guy winking and smiling at you! haha! ♥♥♥
Oliver also has given the right symptoms of love, it kept me thinking of those days that I had them. I love this book so much inspite of the killer ending..it broke my heart, what happened to Alex???!!! Anyway, I’ll be reading the next two books for sure.

Where she went by Gayle Forman: A book review

Title: Where she went

Author: Gayle Forman

Started Date: January 3, 2012

Finished Date: January 7, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

This is my first book of the year and I’m glad that I decided to read this first from my to-read bucket. Also, it is a gift from my boyfriend last Chistmas so I made this as my top priority, (thanks bf!)

For me, this is definitely the best young adult book ever! And Gayle Forman is very good, she knows how to capture our hearts. When I started reading, it is until page 12 that I get to realize that it is Adam who’s narrating. LOL! I laughed at myself and began rereading from the first page. I didn’t know what happened there. So it is in Adam’s point of view, and I liked it, even though its about grief and depression. But it has made me understand his feelings and his situation. And halfway through the book, I became angry with Mia for being so selfish. It is on page 188-189 that I learned her reason, she hated him for making him stay. I liked the author’s writing style, the flow of the story and the concept itself, wherein they just had a night exploring New York city and the alternate stories happened to Adam. I liked the lyrics written in very chapter and my favorite is the song at the ending which maybe a favorite of everyone else too. But this is also my favorite because I kept on reading it repeatedly and I believe it says it all..
“The clothes are packed off to Goodwill
I said my goodbyes up on that hill
The house is empty, the furniture sold
Soon your smells will decay to mold
Don’t know why I bother calling, ain’t nobody answering
Don’t know why I bother singing, ain’t nobody listening”
-“Disconnect”, Collateral Damage, Track 10

It read this book for a week, which seems a long time for me. I had a hard time reading it, it was so emotional that I had to stop every time. I almost cried in this Adam’s thought: “Who says I breathe music? Who says I even breathe?”. (I remembered this is also my line when I was once depressed a long time ago, haha!)

I absolutely love this book! I included it in my favorite shelf and for me, it is better than If I stay since I fell in love here with Adam. 🙂

Top 5 Books I’ve Read in 2011!

Happy New Year!!!

Here’s my list of the top five books that entered my favorite shelf last year. They don’t mean that they were published in 2011, but rather they are the books that I’ve read last year and have made a mark in my life! I love all the books I’ve read but these are the ones that I love the most!

1. Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

 

 

This is my top book! I love the Percy Jackson series, and this is a remarkable spin-off series of it. Riordan has made the greek mythology lovable to all children and even to adults. In this book, all the characters that I so long missed came out. And I’m so excited with the next book, The Mark of Athena. It’s hard to wait for next year!

 

 

 

 

2. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

 

 

One of my most anticipated books last year! This is the best sci-fi book for me, even though not all agree. I’ve watched the movie, I am Number Four, then I read the book, and when I read this, I have realized that the books are way so much better. What I liked about it are the powers of the characters, their life stories, and the thrill that one will feel while reading it.

 

 

 

 

3. Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins

 

 

The best dystopian series ever! I also love the whole series, and I will not include here the other books, Catching Fire and Mocking bird since I love all of them. Catching Fire is my most favorite! I’m not really into Katniss, but Peeta is such a wonderful person that everyone adores him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

 

I like many things about this series such as the different mythologies, the historical places and the famous persons in our history. This series is very creative and a bit unique. I like it that he used the famous historical figures of our time such as Nicholas Flamel, John Dee, Joan of Arc, and many more. While reading the whole series, I research each of the characters and places in the net so I could have a bit of knowledge about them. And I like it every time I learn something about anything.

 

 

 

5. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

 

Do you think I’m so into children books? LOL! I know, I also love the Inkheart series but when I’ve read Funke’s Dragon Rider, I was so amazed by the awesomeness of this book. The characters are fantastic and they are so cute! haha! I love Firedrake, the young silver dragon who has a golden heart because of this kindness and courage to find the Rim of Heaven. Together with Sorrel, a brownie girl and Ben, a human boy, they made the book so remarkable! A must-read for all children!

 

 

 

These are the books that made to the top five. But of course, these are the remaining:

6. If I stay by Gayle Forman

7. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

9. Matched by Ally Condie

10. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Evernight by Claudia Gray: A book review

Summary from Goodreads:

Bianca wants to escape.

She’s been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He’s not the “Evernight type” either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

“I couldn’t stand it if they took it out on you,” he tells Bianca, “and eventually they would.” 

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can’t be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed.”

My Review:

I gave it 4 stars in Goodreads which means I “really liked” it.

To my amazement, I indeed enjoyed reading this book since I had a low expectation with it when I read the reviews. I’m also not really into vampires because I did not enjoy the Twilight books, but I liked the movies though because of Jacob. First reaction with the book, Bianca as the protagonist, has low esteem. She believes that she’s ugly, not smart, doesn’t know about fashion, and that she doesn’t fit in the school. It started with all her insecurities when she tried to escape the school. That’s the time when she met Lucas.

I was shocked when I learned that Bianca is a vampire and she knew it all along. I thought she’s a normal school girl because of her insecurities and complaints about how to belong. I liked the part when she came with Lucas to escape when she learned that Lucas is a member of Black Cross, a group who kills the vampires. It seems that this book is a vampire version of a Romeo-Juliet love story or a might-have-been romance of Bella and Jacob, just think of Bella as a vampire and Jacob as a human slayer of vampires.

Well, I liked the book. But that doesn’t mean that I’m eager enough to read the sequel. I think it is okay to end it there. But I might read the second book if the opportunity will come this year. 🙂