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10 Things About Seoul

I’m leaving for about a month and a half in a few weeks, and today, I woke up with an urge to upload my travel photos, which is a feeling that doesn’t come around often, so let’s just roll with it. Also, I was looking at my travel tag to see which trips I haven’t posted about yet… and v. alarming to see that I may have misplaced photos from one particular trip I haven’t posted about yet… but let’s hope that isn’t the case.

I went to Seoul with Liana and Sarie back in November 2014. Can you believe how long it actually takes me to get things up on this? I think it’s the photo stuff… Like, I probably shouldn’t take so long or post so many… But anyway. A bunch of their friends from high school (which included my cousin, Maita!) were in Seoul, too, so we went around with them to places we want to go to that are also part of their itinerary.


I don’t usually go around with groups this big, so it was a different experience. S/O to Sarie, Liana, Maita, Mikee, Ange, Gica, Mej, and Gia!

(In the process of fixing this post, I realized why I get to lazy to do these things. Anyway, I take too many photos of everything is the reason. And I don’t know how to edit or pare down very well. This is a practice passed on to me by my LiveJournal, “document everything” past. But we are more than the sum of our parts, et cetera, et cetera.)


Because there were so many photos, and also because I don’t remember a lot of the details, I’m going to try and post my Seoul trip in 10 parts! I was there for about eight days, so. Um. Here we go. Read More


The Sunday Currently Vol. 33


Working my way through the books I’ve put on hold, but recently, I finished three books! The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist Vol. 1 by Michael Chabon, and A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf—which I started back in March. Eep.

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I’ve been journaling a lot lately. I have some things I’m working on. And, I’m working on a “2016 books, briefly” sort of post.


Kind of nonstop Shura! Nothing’s Real is great and is on Spotify. My favorite tracks are “What’s It Gonna Be?”, “Touch,” “Kidz ‘N’ Stuff,” “What Happened to Us?” (my favvvvv), “2Shy” aaaand maybe “Make It Up.”


Currently, as in actually currently, I’m watching Gilmore Girls for the first time, in chronological order, as outlined here. Recently, I finished The Americans, Outlander season 1, some episodes of Black Mirror, Transparent season 2…


Comfy pambahay clothes, I win.


I have been looking at other people’s journals (online, not snooping!) and it has been a wonderful black hole to fall into.


To finish things! That I’ve been putting off! And maybe to eat better… maybe.


That weird little spot between restless and uneasy.

Ink Rotation

A new addition, because it feels important. Haha.
— Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho with a LAMY 1.1 mm nib
— Diamine Twilight with a LAMY 1.1 mm nib
— Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri Same with a LAMY F nib
— Diamine Syrah with a LAMY EF nib
— J. Herbin Poussoire de Lune with a LAMY EF nib
— Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Kai with a Pilot Kakuno F
— Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa in a Montblanc
— Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris in a Pilot Metropolitan F
— Montblanc Black in a Kaweco Liliput F
— Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün in a TWSBI Eco B

Anyway, so I shouldn’t buy any more anything probably.

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Gilmore Girls pilot

Me and the Gilmores

I’m writing this sorta recap, eight episodes in, because it was at last scene of the eighth episode that I found myself fighting through genuine, earnest blubbering. I knew this was bound to happen, given the material, I just didn’t know that it was a tearful best friend reunion that would kick open the dam of tears. (Okay, it’s not a dam, just a few pinpricks of emotions.)

I don’t know why I felt resistant to the lure of Gilmore Girls. I had, after all, only caught 3 or 4 episodes on T.V. (Did it air on Studio 23?) back in the day. I just knew I preferred Jess over Dean (or, more accurately, maybe Milo Ventimiglia over Jared Padalecki—forever haunted by Deans on television) even though Dean was from Chicago, which is a great city, and also that Rory liked to read, and that Chad Michael Murray played a character/bag of dicks named Tristan, and that Luke and Lorelai is a Thing—perhaps long and agonizing, but fated to persist, like Ross and Rachel—and so on and so forth.

Here are my observations, so far:

  • “Surprisingly into it. It’s something that’s still annoying to me, but is also heavily tinged with “aww.”
  • “Partly still watching for Paris and Rory subtext.”
  • “Very weird to see these people as babies. Enjoying performances of Alexis Bledel and Dean [sic] P. (skull drawing)”
  • “Lorelai remains (to me) insufferable though her immaturity/petulance feels like The Point of her char.”
    • above character assessment may or may not be totally fair to Lorelai, a mom who has raised her (very charming) child pretty much alone, though in many ways she still is kind of more sixteen than Rory, an actual sixteen-year-old
    • Can very much relate to her love for coffee
    • One of the joys of Gilmore Girls is seeing Lorelai bicker with her mother, Emily
  • “I want a Lane Kim spinoff”
  • Really enjoyed the scene where Lorelai and Rory got into a fight and they both put on Macy Gray’s “I Try” and sulk

  • Part of my “distaste” for the show kind of rests on me not liking how the entirety of Stars Hollow feels a lot like a studio set. Which it is, but you know
  • Can’t get invested in Max/Lorelai because of aforementioned, very heavy allusions to Luke/Lorelai
  • Rory is very cute, I am dead and also helplessly endeared
  • I let out an actual screech at the kiss at aisle three, by the ant-spray
  • Another point of “distaste” is them talking the same way—really fast—and I know that’s sort of the show’s signature, because that’s part of what kept me from watching it, but I guess I don’t mind it as much anymore… maybe. I don’t know yet
  • Anyway, so, it’s very cute

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So, I’m about to start episode 9, and it’s laughable how long the journey that lies ahead for me is. Season 1 has 21 episodes and there are 7 seasons. Rory, help me.


Currently: Everyday Carry

Hello! I’ve been wanting to make this post for a long time, mostly because I’ve changed my set-up quite a few times since this post (made in 2014, wtf?), and I’ve had a lot of iterations that went undocumented, but this one’s been working the best for the longest, I think. Wrote this up quickly when

This is currently my Everyday Carry (hereafter known as EDC): just two Midori Traveler’s Company Notebooks (passport size) and a blue black Uni-ball Signo RTI with a 0.38 point.



This was my second MTN/TCN—a Star Ferry edition I found in Hong Kong in 2015. I use this for scheduling and to-do lists. The first insert is an any-date weekly notebook and the second one is a ledger-ruled notebook, both from the Field Notes Ambition edition. Read More


The Sunday Currently Vol. 32

Just a quick post before I get to work (on a Sunday, but it’s totally my fault).


Still at Jessica Hopper’s collection. I’m at the point where she starts talking about Bruce Springsteen a lot, which unfortunately is a very Americana, uninteresting concept to me, so I’ve re-picked up Lydia Davis’ short story collection, Can’t and Won’t, before sleeping last night.


I’m hoping to be a writing machine today. So, we’ll see.


Currently, I have Thursday’s Full Collapse on, which (in my opinion) holds up really well after all these years. I went on an emo spiral a couple of days ago, and my usual progression is Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends, maybe Brand New’s Deja Entendu, and then Full Collapse.


I listened to Tell All Your Friends and Full Collapse pretty extensively in high school and I realize it might be because they were CDs I could buy locally, and the CDs were just Php 250 each—a full Php 200 cheaper than most other non-OPM albums.

I also found and revived an old iPod and found gems of playlists and realized I missed making those. Listened to a lot of Frightened Rabbit, Sorority Noise, and gave Nice As Fuck’s latest release.


Not watching right at the moment, but all time has been lost to trying to multi-task with The Americans on. I’m about 5 episodes from finishing season 2. I started watching this in honor of Emily Nussbaum’s Pulitzer win. I absolutely don’t regret it. Some of the cheesy aspects aside—which I obviously can and will roll with—the episodes are so consistent and even. I mean, if you have to pause and marvel at how great the pacing is… You know it’s a good show.

Anyway, what I like about it is that it doesn’t really fall into the trap of relying on senseless shock and drama to propel the story forward. But I guess if you’re telling a story on KGB agents who are masquerading as an American family, you’re bound to find lots of material for a good story.


The pointlessness (at least, on some level) of things and why I feel bad about it, when it used to make me feel relieved. Yun lang naman.


That I didn’t feel like staying home so much because I also really, really want to go out and go watch a gig or something. I was feeling a little sad about missing Pride yesterday, but also I had to do some work I’d been neglecting for a while. Again, my fault.


For the best, just hoping nothing happens, a thousand clever lines unread on clever napkins. /superfunny


I’m feeling quite ambivalent about most things right now. Like I’m enjoying a lot of things, etc. but to an extent that somehow falls short of love, I guess.


I kind of want to learn how to either play an instrument or a language or a life skill.


I don’t know. I feel very emotional for reasons I know I shouldn’t. Let’s leave it at that.


(mostly on my Pocket, which I have to get used to using)

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