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Friday Favorites

1. Wonder how it’ll be if we assign kids to write scripts for adults? Watch this and find out!

Original source: http://blog.petflow.com/this-is-the-cuteness-you-get-when-kids-write-scripts-for-grownups-im-obsessed/

"Umm, I need to sell, uh, a penguin." “A real penguin or a pet penguin?” “A pet penguin.” Aaah, I die of their cuteness!

2. A wine lover? Check out this list and tell me which one is your favorite.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christianz/12-items-to-improve-your-wineaholic-lifestyle-1pyg?bffb

 This one’s mine:

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Vino2Go Portable Wine Glass

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25 Layers of Kimukatsu Goodness

Almost every Sunday after church, my parents and I (with our strong, varied preferences towards food and restaurants) have to go into a 15-minute argument over where we should eat before finally deciding on a place. Luckily this last Sunday, we were spared by the unwanted stress of having to choose, argue and decide, as we were invited to try out a new Japanese restaurant around the block.

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Kimukatsu is conveniently located at the fifth floor of Shangrila Mall’s East Wing, and as you can see in the photo, it can be found right across Bratpack and Flight 001. While this local franchise opened a branch here just last December, Kimukatsu has had multiple locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, and Sendai for a while now, and is very well-known for their pork cutlet.

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Friday Favorites

I am starting a new section in my not-so-sectioned and not-so-updated blog, and it is called “Friday Favorites.” Picked up from the blog of my girl crush to end all girl crushes, Lauren Conrad, I am to compile random things that piqued my interest all throughout the week, and post them all on Fridays. To make things more consistent, I hereby commit to positing five (Another F!) every (other) week.

So here are my Five Friday Favorites at the moment:

1. 21 Things You Suddenly Start Wanting In Your Mid-20s by Chelsea Fagan

http://thoughtcatalog.com/chelsea-fagan/2014/03/21-things-you-suddenly-start-wanting-in-your-mid-20s/

Can’t be more relevant! Well, all except yoga. I still don’t think I am made to do it.

2. Olivia Palermo’s pleated skort.

My favorite ensemble is the one in the middle. It’s eye-catching from red to toe. (Hehe.)

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*This is taken from People’s Style Watch Magazine – June 2013 issue. :)

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If there is one thing I would ask of you today, it is to watch Stuck in Love. Here’s the trailer to lure you in. 

I know the title reeks of insane cheesiness but when you actually dive into it, you find out that the title doesn’t do the story justice. 

And because I fell in love with the movie so much—and this happens rarely these days, I will tolerate the urge to talk about it more than you’d like to hear about it. :D

Here’s a list of what I liked about the movie:

{WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!}

  • "I remember it hurt. Looking at her hurt." If that’s not a gripping intro, then I do not know what is.
  • You know how some movies attempt to do a Love Actually format, where it’s about intertwined lives and romances? Usually, by trying to fit so many stories in one movie, they fall short in the way their characters blossom and most times, their connectedness appears to be forced. But not this one. Somewhat like Crazy Stupid Love, this is a movie about family, too. Except that this is much more profound, and much more real. No photoshopped abs whatsoever. Haha.
  • I loved how they used “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as their music to the opening scene. Well, at first, it didn’t feel like a perfect fit but later on, when they used it again, it finally made sense. The kind of sense that words can’t really express. The kind that only your heart can understand once you see it for yourself.
  • Logan Lerman. Who says nice guys finish last? He seems very number 1 to me. Hehe. (Not as number 1 as my boyfriend, Josh, though, of course. HI LOVE!)
  • This scene. <3
  • How Jennifer Connelly and Lily Collins both have thick eyebrows. Like mother, like daughter indeed! Hehe!
  • How the movie was stringed along by two consecutive Thanksgivings and how it helped me see how far they’ve all come. 
  • The good lessons I learned from it. I know it sounds very elementary-like to ask what the moral lesson is in the story, but for me, that’s what good movies are about. You stay still for about two hours with no distractions (hopefully) and you open your heart to the possibility of it teaching you something new. If not, at least the possibility of it reminding you about something you already knew but just happened to forget about. 
  • Speaking of good lessons, it gave me a different perspective about marriage and what it means to be in one. Usually, when a person asks me what I would do if I found out my partner was cheating on me, I would say I’d leave him without even blinking an eye. But for the first time, I saw the value of what it means to lay down one’s pride, forgive, and even take back people who hurt you. Even if they did so for three long, excruciating years. I’d normally think the marriage was forever stained and messy and “What about their pride?” I ask. “Don’t they want to leave some for themselves?” But for the first time, I saw the potential of that kind of relationship and love being beautiful again. After all, there’s no beauty like grace and redemption.
  • "You make me feel less cynical." Because sometimes, a glimmer of hope is all you need. :)

What I didn’t like about the movie:

  • The title. 
  • Nothing more. 
Because I turned 24 in 2013, I have listed down 24 things I am grateful for in the past year:

Acquiring my first ever signature bag at the start of the year
Awesome workmates and all the fun we had! Special mention: The Junipers, The Circle, Chubbylandia citizens, BBB, DenTon Enterprise.. Haha! I apologize for these weird names!
A song collaboration with international Christian superstars Unka Glen (aka The Poolhouse Guru) and Jed Brewer for Bridge Box 
Crossfit Bootcamp with Shavonne, Isa and Being
A much-needed and much-awaited laptop upgrade
Hong Kong trip with both of my parents
Disneyland on my 24th birthday (!)
Post-birthday Tagaytay trip with TBSG
An exceptionally fun EK trip with friends and officemates
Watching The Croods with my parents haha
QH reunion and sleepover in early May
Wanderland 2013
Seeing Nick Vujicic live twice
Being chatted by Josh for the first time on May 19/20
July 7
Japan trip with Diane and Donna
Living on my own for almost two months at the Fort - who would have thought?
"Part 2" with Josh in August
Occasional Diane dates
Hitting my sales target early and exceeding it by end of year
Indonesia trip with Toni
Disney on Ice with Josh during the holidays
Unexpected Christmas gifts :)
That every breath is always a second chance - God’s grace &lt;3

Because I turned 24 in 2013, I have listed down 24 things I am grateful for in the past year:

  1. Acquiring my first ever signature bag at the start of the year
  2. Awesome workmates and all the fun we had! Special mention: The Junipers, The Circle, Chubbylandia citizens, BBB, DenTon Enterprise.. Haha! I apologize for these weird names!
  3. A song collaboration with international Christian superstars Unka Glen (aka The Poolhouse Guru) and Jed Brewer for Bridge Box 
  4. Crossfit Bootcamp with Shavonne, Isa and Being
  5. A much-needed and much-awaited laptop upgrade
  6. Hong Kong trip with both of my parents
  7. Disneyland on my 24th birthday (!)
  8. Post-birthday Tagaytay trip with TBSG
  9. An exceptionally fun EK trip with friends and officemates
  10. Watching The Croods with my parents haha
  11. QH reunion and sleepover in early May
  12. Wanderland 2013
  13. Seeing Nick Vujicic live twice
  14. Being chatted by Josh for the first time on May 19/20
  15. July 7
  16. Japan trip with Diane and Donna
  17. Living on my own for almost two months at the Fort - who would have thought?
  18. "Part 2" with Josh in August
  19. Occasional Diane dates
  20. Hitting my sales target early and exceeding it by end of year
  21. Indonesia trip with Toni
  22. Disney on Ice with Josh during the holidays
  23. Unexpected Christmas gifts :)
  24. That every breath is always a second chance - God’s grace <3
I haven&#8217;t really had time lately to reflect on and actually say goodbye to my 2013, let alone set in stone the goals I have for this year. I intend to do it The Happiness Project way, though, where I break them down per month so as to concentrate my focus and energy on only a few things at a time. Quality over quantity this time around! 
For now, I think this will do. :)
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A bad habit I’m going to break:Always rushing prep time before leaving the house. 
A destination I’d like to visit: Booked - Hong Kong (February) &amp; Boracay (May). Want to book - somewhere new, outside of Asia and very urban.
I’m going to work harder at: Not just reading but actually finishing books!
A project I’d like to finish: Fixing my room.
A class I’d like to take: A fitness class just for kicks!
I’d like to spend more time doing: Spending time with God because I am always out and about and/or distracted.
A food I want to eat more of: Greens? Steak!

I want to wear more: Heels and makeup!

I haven’t really had time lately to reflect on and actually say goodbye to my 2013, let alone set in stone the goals I have for this year. I intend to do it The Happiness Project way, though, where I break them down per month so as to concentrate my focus and energy on only a few things at a time. Quality over quantity this time around! 

For now, I think this will do. :)

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A bad habit I’m going to break:
Always rushing prep time before leaving the house. 

A destination I’d like to visit:
Booked - Hong Kong (February) & Boracay (May). Want to book - somewhere new, outside of Asia and very urban.

I’m going to work harder at:
Not just reading but actually finishing books!

A project I’d like to finish:
Fixing my room.

A class I’d like to take:
A fitness class just for kicks!

I’d like to spend more time doing:
Spending time with God because I am always out and about and/or distracted.

A food I want to eat more of:
Greens? Steak!

I want to wear more:
Heels and makeup!