If you could be part of any fictional universe, what would it be?


Well, it’s simply been a long time since I’ve answered a prompt (excluding Photo Challenges) and I’m really excited about this one, simply because my life pretty much revolves around fictional universes. Take the last few days, for example: from the moment I wake up until the moment I sleep, I’ve been reading Harry Potter fan fictions, watching old Doctor Who episodes and just last night, the last train of thought I had before slipping into dreamland was “Doubt thou the stars are fire…”

This prompt opens a whole load of possibilities for me: I would enjoy travelling back in time with the Doctor in the TARDIS. I would love to hang out with Percy, Annabeth and Grover and battle some monsters. It would be a dream come true to be able to bend an element and have fun with the Gaang, fly with Eragon on Saphira’s back, wear a medieval dress and go to King Arthur’s court…

But I think, most of all, I would love to step into J.K Rowling’s magical world, to attend Hogwarts for the next seven years, get Sorted into Ravenclaw (if I do say so myself), and fly on broomsticks and just cause general mayhem.

It would be a very unique — not to mention jaw-dropping — experience to actually meet face-to-face the Golden Trio and the Weasley family. I would go all Colin Creevey on them and take millions of pictures and ask question after question after question… I’d probably annoy Harry, but oh well.

Aye, there’s the rub.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up


The first time I went to Cebu (the first time I remember, anyway) was on May 2010. I was with my grandparents and my brother, and the purpose of our journey was to visit the Sto. Niño Church. Being the oldest church in the Philippines, it was a magnificent sight to behold. That’s coming from the naïve teen’s point of view, because it didn’t really occur to me that the Philippines would have ancient old architecture that survived the times. I know, silly me ^__^

The pictures below are of Magellan’s Cross, located near the Sto. Niño Church. I’m not sure if it’s the same cross or just a replica, but I remember stepping inside that little building that housed it, looking up and feeling awed… and humbled. Awed because I’m standing where history happened, but humbled as well because I never even thought about it before despite the numerous History classes I endured.

“Who’s Laughing Now?”


Dear Jessie J,

About your new music video… I quite like it, even though gloating about your success to those who picked on you in primary school seems a tad harsh to me. (But after all, revenge is a dish best served cold, right?)

I know the song’s supposed to be motivational, and it is a little bit, but sounds kind of negative to me. It focuses on the fact that compared to your old classmates, you’re the most successful and you’re rubbing it in their faces. Not a personality trait that I’d like to promote, but it’s understandable. You can’t be human without feeling that emotion every once in a while.

My favourite part of the video is the little girl you got playing a younger version of you. Where did you get here? She’s very talented. And I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea that your hair is natural. How do you manage to make it look like that?

Sincerely,

from one of your fans

PS. Have you got anything against the colour pink? I do as well… =P

Avatar: The Legend of Korra


When it was announced months ago that there was going to be a sequel for the popular cartoon Avatar: The Legend of Aang, my reaction was “Meh, I don’t care. It’s not like I’m an avid fan of the show.” Back then, I only watched the show on TV because there would be nothing else to watch. However, when my brother downloaded the entire three seasons and forced me to watch everything with him, I found myself loving Aang for the cutie patootie that he is.

Not that I have a crush on him or anything, because that’s just weird. (Zuko, on the other hand… ;D)

Anyway, I’m a big fan of the TV series. The movie, not so much. The sequel? I’m not quite sure yet. From what I’ve gathered from the one minute and nineteen second preview below, it’s set waaay into the future. I mean, look at the skyscrapers.

Specifically, it’s set 70 years in the future and it revolves around Korra, the new Avatar. She is of no relation to Aang, but her Airbending teacher Tenzin happens to be Aang’s son. His wife? Katara, of course!

I’m excited for the sequel, but I really am trying hard to not get my hopes up because in my heart of hearts, I don’t think anything can compare to Avatar: The Legend of Aang. The movie was a real disappointment, and I know this sequel is going to be really different as well. I suppose only time will tell whether or not it would be as wonderful as its predecessor.

Connecting Dots Because You Have Nothing Else Better To Do


So I was watching Doctor Who today (which I seem to be doing a lot these days), when I realized that Never Let Me Go actors Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan both starred in at least one episode in Season 3. Andrew played a New Yorker named Frank and was in Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks, while Carey was in Blink as Sally Sparrow.

It’s a small world after all, eh? I believe those to stars rose to fame because of Doctor Who, though my theory has a ninety percent chance of just being hogwash. But it’s nice to dream, yeah?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers


Who doesn’t love taking pictures of flowers? They are like nature’s fashion models, after all. That, and I believe they have magic powers — or at the very least some kind of hallucination drug — that make you believe you’re an actual photographer when you’re taking a picture of one.

The flower’s aren’t mine, sad to say, but my friend’s — well, my friend’s family’s. It’s from their back garden, actually. They have such pretty flowers, and I don’t know if it’s the cool, fresh air or just my eyes playing on me, but the flowers here in England are much nicer than the flowers in the Philippines. The colours are more vivid, for one thing. And for another, it seems British people are more into gardening than most Filipinos — well, just my grandparents, at any rate.

Unfortunately, my vast knowledge of the world does not include the names of particular flowers, so I don’t know what these ones are called. For all I know, they could be weeds. I doubt they are rare breeds or anything like that, but you’ve got to admit they are pretty.

Oh, and just for fun, here’s a little verse I found about flowers. It’s not the entire poem, so if you want to read it you’ll have to follow this link.

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”

Eat ‘Em Up, Twi-Hards!


So apparently, Summit Entertainment released some new stills of the upcoming Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn (Part 1). I have to say though, despite my decreasing interest on the franchise, the small part of me that’s still a Twi-hard is jumping up and down in sheer excitement. I can’t wait for the movie!

I quite like the one picture with Edward’s arm around Bella. (They’re wedding rings stand out like beacons, don’t they?) *Sigh* They just seem so happily married, you wouldn’t think that their marital bliss would be shattered in the form of  half-human, h}alf-vampire baby.

What do you think of these new pictures?

“Full Size Me!” says the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 Cast Poster


And this is what we get:

Personally, I quite like the other poster better, though that might be due to the fact that I think the cast here were Photoshopped too much. Well, that and this seems entirely too cluttered than the peaceful ‘breaking dawn’ that was in the first poster.

But never mind me; everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and sometimes I do think that I’m an old lady stuck in a young girl’s body. Strange, but there you go. ^__^

Oh, and if you’re interested… ;D

When You Get Tired of Fast-food and Takeaways…


…you buy yourself a cookbook! Which is what I did and as of this afternoon, I am now a proud owner of Cooking for Beginners.

I bought it from The Works, a discount bookshop in the town centre. The book only cost me three pretty pounds, and considering its original price (£9.99) and the price at Amazon (£6.49), it’s a steal.

Seeing as I’ve grown tired of eating fast food such as McDonald’s and KFC, I’m sure I’d be using the cookbook very often the next few months. (If I do say so myself,) I’m quite proficient in the arts of cooking pasta and heating up cans of tuna, so I’m more than ready to expand my repertoire.

Satisfying the child in me: Teddy Bear pasta :)

But if all else fails, I’m sure a quick trip to the town centre for a KFC snackbox — or a McDonald’s happy meal — would be enough to tide me over until the next meal. ^__^