2017 Journal Set Up (Rose Gold) & Michaels Haul

Last year, I got a kikki.K planner slash journal for my birthday gift to myself. This year, I decided to buy a new planner and start from scratch. I was hesitant in jumping from one planner to another because I felt contented with my peach perforated kikki.K planner. I had tons of fun memories with it but I guess, once you started to explore stuff about doing journal, you can’t avoid buying new cool stuff.


Let me share to you my first ever trip to Michael’s. I was lucky because the year just started and they’ve had everything on sale. I swear, the moment I set my foot into this place, my eyes feast with different art and craft supplies. It felt like heaven for a moment! I was glad, excited and ecstatic into idea of diving and hoarding unto these different craft supplies. Continue reading “2017 Journal Set Up (Rose Gold) & Michaels Haul”

IMPRESSUM #1

Today is February 17, 2017, time check: 2:17am.

I decided to add this category Interview under the name “IMPRESSUM” in my blog to feature people I know, I have known or will know in the future. Since this blog is created solely to inspire other people, I thought that maybe sharing  other people’s stories would be a great medium to inspire others. I will have 10 questions for every people that I will feature.

  1. Describe a typical day for you.
  2. What’s the one thing you would like to change about yourself & why?
  3. What’s in your bag?
  4. What’s your favorite book/movie/song of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  6. What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you
  7. How would you spend a million dollars?
  8. What’s an ideal weekend for you?
  9. If a genie granted you 3 wishes right now, what would you wish for?
  10. Finally, happiness is…

Continue reading “IMPRESSUM #1”

Scribbles

I am really fond of reading quotes, short messages and phrases. I believe that the length of a message does not justify its depth of meaning. I started practicing calligraphy last February 2,2017. It makes me feel relaxed and calm. It lets me express my thoughts thru writing. I’ll update this entry from here and then for my new scribbles in the future. Here are some of my collections of scribbles. Pardon my writing i’m still learning 🙂wp-1486425743147.jpg

02/06/17 (3am) – I cannot sleep so i decided to learn modern calligraphy via youtube. It’s so much fun (& inexpensive). I recommend for you to watch youtube for beginners like me.wp-1486425864683.jpg

02/06/17 (7am) – After 4 hours of practicing, i amped up my writing game with applying water color. I used shades of pink, lavender and white. The rose gold journal in the background is my advance birthday present to myself (hehe).  I am doing a separate blog for planner / journal essentials and my journal lay out so watch for it. 😉

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02/08/17 (10:11PM) – I’ve been listening nonstop to radio while decorating my workstation. Found some inspiration. PS

much love, J.

 

Show Us Your Pass! (Happy Canada 150)

Canada just turned 150 this 2017! This year, the government issues free passes to visit Canada’s most amazing destinations. This is one big step for promoting Canada’s tourism.

Along with my blog under the category “travel” , i showcased some of the most jaw dropping destinations that I have gone through. It’s not only the beautiful scenery that I can take photos with but it’s the historical sites that tells untold stories. It’s the people with  different culture  who gather together as a group and contributes to Canada’s cultural diversity.  Continue reading “Show Us Your Pass! (Happy Canada 150)”

Hide And Seek

We’re standing across the room, but it feels like we’re the only two people in that room. We’re both in conversation with other people, but it doesn’t matter, because I am not listening. Not really. I just steal one quick glance and feel the moment. For only God knows when will I be able to feel the warmth of your smile again.

 

Moraine Lake

 

I used Samsung note 5 for taking this photo and edited it using Adobe Photoshop CS6. I’m still in the process of learning this software. I am not the god of photoshop or anything but let me just share to you what i have learned. 🙂 I added layer of a googled image of milky way, used magnetic lasso tool, erased some part of the original layer, for the mirrored part of the image, i did the same thing but i rotated the googled image which is the”milky way”180° to make it look like a reflection. I adjusted the brightness and voila 🙂

(Moraine Lake, April 2016)

Fill Your Life With Experience

 

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.

We were ambivalent in pushing thru this hike because apparently, the weather was not going well. It is a 2-hour drive from the city. We surely packed everything that we needed such as cameras, food and drinks, and of course courage and determination to push thru despite of the bad weather.wp-image-75497160jpg.jpg

These were part of the trails we needed to climb. It is not that steep as it seems.  The Rockpile Trail along the actual lake is approximately 300 meters long. Continue reading “Fill Your Life With Experience”

The Best Form of Love

“You cannot give what you do not have.”

 I started to fall for someone, rather, infatuated at a very young age. Nobody taught me what was the difference between love and infatuation then. Labeling it was not important. For me, all I know is that this person was the center of my school days, everyday. I can still remember every time I gaze up on him without being noticed. I was not a stalker but maybe a die-hard fan of someone who is just an ordinary person on anybody’s eyes. For me he was so special. Days passed, we both grew up and my feelings was given a chance. Everything went fast but just like a summer love kind of story, everything was shattered into pieces. It was very emotional for me.  After that first outbreak of romance, It seemed like I experienced different kind of whirlwind romance on and on. They all gave me thrills, they all caused me tears but I knew deep inside that they were all different.

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

                                                                                                                            F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the end, I thought, why do we all need to compare? Why do we usually resent the one who hurts us the most? Maybe because we don’t want our ego to be stepped on just like that? So, who did we really chose to love in the first place? Why are you hurting in the first place? Is it just because that someone hurt you or is it because you choose to love yourself? Why you are crying with that heartbreak? Because you thought you deserve someone better than him. You knew that he is not the right guy and yet you fell for him or maybe you both have the mutual love that everybody’s looking for but the timing is just not right. You can have all of the reasons in the world but in the end, the reason you are crying is because of him.

The only time you know you have moved on and let go is when you don’t blame someone for your feelings except for yourself. You stop acting like a child and start to take responsibility of your actions. Little by little you will realize that the love you’ve had whether it is your first love or you thought it’s ought to be the greatest is not the kind of love you think it was. What’s good about heartbreaks is in this phase, you start to love yourself. You started from bitterness and eventually you’ll come at a point to choose whether to forgive that someone who hurt you, or just forget everything and start anew or do both. Both of them are not easy. But whatever you do, whatever you choose, you should know that every single thing you do is not ONLY bounded between him and you. Most importantly, you do these things for yourself. So, when someone will ask me what is the best form of love, I will answer “Loving yourself is the best kind of love”.

Forgive yourself, accept yourself, love yourself.

 

I ride alone but it never felt lonely anymore.

“There’s nothing more freeing and empowering than liking your own company.”

Almost everybody in their quarter life has a fast-paced lifestyle. No me-time, no time for this and that, schedule’s too crowded, always on the go, fast food sometimes is the best choice for meals, no time to be alone and at peace. I don’t know about you but i really value my solitude, a time for me, myself and I. I feed my soul by reading books (esp. Elizabeth Gilbert’s), I cherish the quiet times away from traffic noise and pollution but sometimes, due to external factors such as work, school, different occasions/holidays, paper works and errands, I slowly lost my inner peace. I noticed that I am slowly becoming a robot that do nothing except going with my everyday routine. I did not had enough time for my self. My thoughts are becoming meaningless. That was my problem until one night came and I rode the subway as i go home. Nothing uncanny or special happened. It is my same world of mundane every single day. But at that night as I go home from work, I suddenly wanted something new that could happen right away. I craved for a change. So, when I rode the subway, I tried to sit on the floor. Nothing special eh? People always do that. But for me, that was so special because it was my first time to do that and it was a little bit awkward for me ’cause I am not used to sit like that in public places. But I did. To satisfy the cravings of change I had within me.

“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.”

My subway ride usually takes 15 minutes from home to work and 30 minutes from home to school. I never thought that I spend to much time in commuting. As I sat on the train floor, first thing that i felt was a great relief. After a long tiring day, I got a chance to relax. I realized it is more comfortable to sit on the floor than on a chair inside the train. I don’t have to mind other people’s elbows bumping on mine. I don’t have to pretend that I am sleeping just because sometimes it makes me feel awkward sitting in their with other people’s face right in front of my face. I don’t have to sit up straight and avoid getting too much space because other people beside me might feel uncomfortable. I suddenly felt I don’t need to worry about other people. I sat in the floor, relaxed, feet crossed and minding my own business. I read a blog post about Zaha Hadid and her works (Godbless her soul). I drank my cup of coffee, listened to my earphones. And then I caught myself daydreaming. It is funny because I am a loud,talkative,outgoing person but I really enjoy being alone. For the first time, I never have to worry about other people anymore. I realized, this is a perfect way of having my long time craving, my “me-time”. As I walked on my way home, I had a fulfilling sigh.. I am thankful for that subway ride because I felt complete and had a grip on “me” again after a long time.

True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things. It can ONLY be found within. And then once we find and nurture it with ourselves, it radiates outward.

– Buddha

Kikki-K Medium Sized Peach Perforated Planner Unboxing

Hi! welcome to the unboxing of kikki-k’s medium peach perforated planner! Kikki-k is an Australian/Swedish brand and community that sells stationary supplies, generates craft ideas all about art and paper love! This last February, I got a gorgeous package from kikki-k and it’s absolutely stunning! Continue reading “Kikki-K Medium Sized Peach Perforated Planner Unboxing”

How Silence Calms our Soul

Spending time alone allows us to develop more meaningful relationships not just with others but within ourselves as well. “To be fully human we need relationships with other people, with the nonhuman world, and with our own inner depths. In solitude we have the opportunity to explore all these domains of relationship” (Kull, 2008, p. 319).
Our brain is wired to connect. People are often drawn to things in related with socialization as if it is a physiological need. Everyday we are preoccupied to socialize to the extent that meaningful relationships and real connection are slowly fading away in the background.

(headlights. photo taken at metro manila using d5100 nikon)

We always keep in touch with others yet we forget to keep in touch with ourselves. In order to have a meaningful relationship with others, we first must have a deeper connection within ourselves. Solitude offers time for us to be emotionally aware of ourselves and our feelings for us to be able to cultivate deeper relationships.

WHOSOEVER DELIGHTED IN SOLITUDE IS EITHER A WILD BEAST OR A GOD

– Aristotle

Continue reading “How Silence Calms our Soul”

Make a Wish

Some might see it as a weed,

some might see it as a wish.

Whatever it maybe,

it’s up to the person who sees.

Yellow flower resembles the sun,

Blowing it to the wind gives you”fun”!

Puffball resembles the moon, Continue reading “Make a Wish”

Summum Bonum

What defines your happiness? Maybe a nice weather while cuddling in bed with your espresso and your favorite book or maybe it is when you get to spend time with the people you love the most. Some of us might define it just like any other dictionary says, a state of well being. Some might say happiness is just as same as dolce far niente or the sweetness of doing nothing. Oh, maybe an email from an overseas friend or tons of likes that you get from social media. Satisfying physiological needs? Passing grade? Having peace of mind perhaps? It would take infinity to identify things that makes us human beings happy but it only takes a second to know if you are happy or not. Just one question, are you REALLY happy? Continue reading “Summum Bonum”

Perspective

Everybody has their own point of view. Each of us has our own limited perception thus, we cannot know everything. The information that we have might be not sufficient yet we make our own presumptions. Maybe that’s the reason why even though we were all in the same situation, we all believe that our own perception is true. Continue reading “Perspective”