Sunday, December 30, 2012

Two Days Before 2012 Ends

Gosh, with all the  things running in my mind, I suddenly have no sense of time and even forgot what date it is today (which also happens to be the wedding anniversary of my parents) and that tomorrow will be the last day of the year already! 2012 went by so fast. Whew! Okay, so as much as I wanted to have an organized blog entry, this one would consist of some random thoughts so please bear with me.

I spent Christmas - my last Christmas here in Korea - in the solitude and comfort of my room. I was down with cough and cold. Too bad I wasn't able to attend the mass in the morning. The only thing that made me happy was my skype session with my family the night before. Guess what? I was even in the lab when we were talking. Anyway, by mid afternoon, I was feeling so all alone I decided to go to downtown and got myself a Christmas present... Hello The Perks of Being A Wallflower! 

I love the movie so I realized I needed to get my hands on the book. When I feel so stressed out already in revising my manuscript, I read The Perks. I really like the characters of Sam and Patrick (sociable, very outgoing, with no care on what other people may think of them) but I feel like I'm more of a Charlie-esque type of person (introvert and often finds himself thinking about things instead of participating in life). As of now, I'm halfway with the book. At first, I really felt I was reading a book made by a high school student. The writing is, you know, so high school. But as I read from one page to another, I got the answer. The author has captured the spirit of the book's character who is writing to his 'friend' even though he doesn't know him. And as I go on, I'm beginning to get to know and understand Charlie.

This afternoon, I watched Les Miserables all by myself. It's my first time to go solo on a movie theater. It's weird but it's also liberating. The movie itself, it's like 98% singing and 2% talking in a normal way. What should I expect? Of course it's a musical! But I was really hoping there were more dialogues spoken normally. But I should really say the actors were all so good! Singing and acting full of emotions? Well done!

Two days from now, it's going to be a new year. Can you believe that?! 2012 will be gone and 2013 is here to stay! Have a blessed and amazing 2013 everyone!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

 So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I 

 am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure 

 out how that could be. 

-Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Monday, December 24, 2012

The First Noel

"Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth with nought,
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel."

 Happy birthday Jesus Christ!♥ 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

After Six Months

Time flies. Definitely.

I just have to mark this day as one of my happiest moments here in Korea. I arrived in the laboratory at two in the afternoon, kind of worried, but lo and behold! The first person that I saw when I opened the door was him. All I was able to do was say/shout his name with a tinge of excitement and unbelief. I wanted to hug him but of course I did not. I am just so happy he's finally back. Then we had some talk, you know the usual talk of two persons who haven't seen each other for a long time. How's your stay in the US? Did you enjoy your time there? Do you miss it already? et cetera. et cetera. And then he gave me this.

A box of chocolates. For some girls, it's just common to receive chocolates and other things from guys. But in my case, he's the first one to give something like this. I don't want to put some special meaning to it aside from the fact that he has given it to me because he is my friend, but deep inside me I feel that it's such a sweet gesture.

So yeah, maybe I got an early Christmas gift.  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

See you there!

Hey guys! I have now moved to

Winter Snapshots

Two weeks ago, it started snowing here in Daegu. I felt like it's an early snowfall because during last year's winter, the first snowfall occurred on January. Or maybe last year's snow just came up late. But whatever it is, one thing remains the same - I definitely love the sight of snow. On a Saturday morning, I took some time to walk around the university campus. The sun was up and everything was covered with snow. The scenery was just perfect! There's not much people so it's very peaceful. It's just nice walking and sometimes standing in one spot looking at and appreciating the beauty surrounding me.

I probably should do that more often - walking around, savoring the view even if it's freezing cold - and make the most of my last winter in Korea.

Have a great winter season everyone!

pamella (in her furry red cape)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Home

EMANCIPATION [on going] has finally found a new home. I admit, it's not really easy. I will be using a new blogging platform. I will be logging in to a new site. The layout, colors, etc. will not be exactly the same. But the good news is, I will be able to import all the posts and comments from here to the new site.

So this is probably my last post here. It's sad that I'll be leaving Blogger. Again I should say, it has been my little piece of world here in the internet. But change is inevitable. A new home, a new beginning, you can find me at

Update: I tried and convinced myself to continue blogging in wordpress but something doesn't feel right. I miss writing here. So yeah, I'm coming back soon. New site but same look and feel! Can't wait! =)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What to do?

It's so sad. I will not be able to upload images anymore because I already reach the limit (1GB total storage). The only way I can continue posting with pictures is to upgrade and pay a monthly rate =(

Must decide. Maybe I should look for a new platform then. If that happens, if I find one, it'll definitely feel like I'll be leaving my home because Blogger has been my home, my own little world, here in the internet for two and a half years now. Seriously, it's a long time and as much as I wanted to stay, I think that would not be possible anymore.

P.S. On my way back to my apartment just a few minutes ago, I was greeted by a crazy snowfall! December 5. First snowfall of this season. Happiness!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Countryside Girl At Heart

Skyscrapers. Cabs. Lights. People. Traffic. Rush hour. Those are the words that come to my mind when I hear the word 'city'. I've never been a city girl though I was born in the city. There's not really much of a memory of what my life was when we were still living in Manila (Philippine's capital). My parents told me that we used to live in a very small apartment and the surroundings were polluted so me and my brother always get sick. That's the reason why they decided to move back to the province.

Clean environment. Fresh air. Bugalow houses. Peaceful life. Province it is. Or in other words, the countryside. I grew up in the house of my grandparents located in a small town in the southern part of Luzon. It's those kind of houses which possess an ancestral charm, built with four very strong timber as posts, nipa roof, wooden floors, and windows designed with capiz. It's just beautiful. Spending my childhood in that place and with the people I love is purely a bliss. Years went by and I've lived from province to province (spent my high school days in a province near my hometown then transferred to another province for my university studies and eventually for my work). There were a few times I went to the city, merely to meet my friends and shop. But living there? Oh, I know it's not for me. I am really not a city girl.

Even going overseas, I tend to gravitate on the countryside. I spent two months in a province in Taiwan for my internship. And one of the things I loved most during my stay there was biking along the fields after my experiment. Green fields everywhere with the sunset on the background. Waking up in the morning on the chirps of the birds. I just love all that!

And now, well, what can I say? Things got a little bit different. I am living in Daegu, the fourth largest city of South Korea. Downtown is just a few minutes away from my university, cabs are everywhere, department stores here and there, well yeah it's a city after all. But I still feel like I'm living in a countryside. Good thing it's not as big and as grand as Seoul. It's peaceful and there are really not a lot of people. Parks are everywhere and it's surrounded by mountains so I still feel close to nature. It's like I've got the best of both worlds. It's been almost two years now...and I'll be leaving soon. I'll surely gonna miss this city, my home away from home. But wherever life takes me, be it in a hustle and bustle of city life or the stillness of the countryside, I'd still be a countryside girl at heart.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Uh oh

While the world is excited about the coming holidays, here I am trying to 

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