Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Five Years!

Yesterday (23rd June) was my fifth anniversary in Ireland, and the fourth anniversary of this blog! It seems surreal, because I feel like I have been living this part of my life for, well, as long as I am living. The experiences that I have gained through living in Ireland is worth about twenty years of the life I lived in the Philippines, but maybe that's just because I was young, and my experiences then normally equated to counting pretend money. The time that I have had here so far has been invaluable, and everyday I'm gaining more and more experiences that will hopefully one day turn into stories that I will tell my grandkids. So today, I thought we could take a stroll down memory lane and, running the risk of embarassing myself, see how I turned out in my five years of living here.

I was very impressed by the trees.
I think this was my first OOTD!
Youth wasted on the young.

Me and my choir teacher, Ms. McCarron, after the first year mass

But then things got considerably better.

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Who spies the leafleft for the then-new iPhone 4?

We started to multiply.

So this was a phase that happened...

Delphi during TY!

Ah yes. The time Rome captured my heart.

So the moral of the story is that the OOTDs get significantly better. Hang in there.

I just want to thank all of the readers of this blog, if there are any. I want to thank you for sticking with me in the past five years and hearing about my woes and my rants. I promise more good things are coming this way.

That's all, folks.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

World Cup Season Is My Favorite Kind Of Season

I'm writing this during the one hour break in between the World Cup matches, about half an hour to go before the battle between Argentina and Bosnia And Herzegovina begins. I've been watching the World Cup this year fairly regularly since Friday, and I've really been enjoying it so far! I gotta say I'm not the biggest sports fanatic, but ever since the Spanish celebration I witnessed in Dublin in the semi-finals and finals of World Cup 2010, I've been hooked in watching one of the biggest sports tournaments of all time. I guess it just suits me. If I'm going to be a fan of something, I'm an all out fan of it, and so I can't be just a fan of soccer in general, because I don't have the time to see every match, get furious at every foul or unfair red card, and feel euphoria at every goal. The World Cup is perfect for me. I get so invested in that four weeks of soccer every four summers, and in between, I think absolutely nothing of sports. Until the next World Cup of course.

Bosnia and Herzegovina singing their national anthem.

As I said, Spain is the reason I became a fan in the first place.


As I was saying. Spain is the reason I became a fan in the first place, and so their team will always and forever hold a special place in the sportily-clad part of my heart. However, after seeing their embarrassing defeat against the Netherlands last Friday, I do feel just a little bit disheartened and cautious of the Red Fury. Having said that though, Spain remains my default team.

Half Time. 1-0 to Argentina.

Anyway, yeah. Spain remains my default team, but I'm still observing the teams and maybe after seeing Spain go against Chile on Wednesday I would stay loyal, or maybe not. Hopefully they'll turn their performance around.

I'm really really going to try and buy tickets for World Cup 2018, which is supposed to be set in Russia. Honestly I'm a little bit disappointed it's not in a hotter country, but whatever. I'll definitely see what I can do.


This is another thing I love about soccer, I think. The burst of satisfaction you get when the team you support gets a goal, looking at the slowed-down replays of the players' faces when they get that goal, it makes me feel happy, and in a weird way, accomplished. Even when I'm not (and probably will never be) the one playing in that field. It's still a great feeling.

Not to go on a tangent here, but am I the only one who measures her life in World Cups and Olympics? Four years ago I was a very different person than I am now, and in four years, I will be in college. It's strange to see it that way, no? It's very introspective, World Cup is. I love it. I love the feeling of unity, and, with the risk of sounding very cliché, the one-ness. It's a form of the mob mentality, I guess, but a lot more positive and a lot more socially acceptable. I've never been athletic, but watching the World Cup offers me that feeling without asking for anything much in return. Here's hoping that the Philippines gets in in 2018! A bit unlikely, but so is the 5-1 outcome of Netherlands vs. Spain last Friday. Still distraught about that.

I'm going to go now, because as seen by the stunted layout of this blog, I can't write and watch the World Cup at the same time. It's just not happening. So I'll see you guys later. And I don't want to jinx it, but Argentina's probably going to win this one. I'll P.S you all about it.


P.S. 2-1, Argentina wins. Thank God for Messi.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Burning Cathedral of Summer

It's finally here! Summer! The title of this post is taken from the beauuuutiful quote from Violette Leduc's Mad in Pursuit:
I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips. 
So first of all, I wanted to say I'm sorry for the neglect this blog has suffered over the last few weeks! The end of year exams, plus other various things that I may or may not talk about over the course of this blog post, made life a little too crazy for me to post on this blog. Now that we're on summer holidays though, hopefully I can post more regularly in here!

A quick update of what happened during the past couple of weeks: I finished the summer exams, still alive thank you very much. Chemistry and Maths went dreadful, but other than that everything else was tolerable. I also got a job, which should help me get a ticket to go back to the Philippines this year! I'm excited!

So far this summer (like four days), I've been doing really good in terms of not being cooped up inside my house in front of the computer. Exams ended on the 29th of May, and on Saturday I went to town with my cousin, Sunday there was a party held in my house and then me and my cousins went for a walk around my estate, at nearly midnight, and it was a lot of fun, and then today, we went to the beach! Over the last couple of days the weather has been AMAZIIIING. Hopefully it will stay like this all through the summer!

It's been great so far, even though it's only been four days! Hopefully the rest of the summer will be like this. I'll talk to you guys later!