“I thought we’d go for a walk,” Sophie said.

Agatha leaned against the door. “I’m still trying to figure out why you’re friends with me.”

“Because you’re sweet and funny,” said Sophie.

“My mother says I’m bitter and grumpy,” said Agatha. “So one of you is lying.”

– The School for Good and Evil, Chainani


P. S. Thanks to Bea who have lend me this awesome book. I’m actually more of a classic and books-that-don’t involve-power-but-real-life-scenario kind of reader. This is the first fantasy novel I’ve buried my nose. This day realization is that, you should always read something new. Be out of your comfort zone and wander in the world of literature. As a reader, you should not get to choose what to read because sometimes, in unexpected circumstances, there you’ll find the true magic and lasting happiness and contentment.


How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?

– Emma Watson


Making the world more open is not an overnight thing. It’s a ten-to-fifteen year thing.

– Mark Zuckerberg

Today’s Mantra / 02

In my field, I see people that come into it with big, idealist visions of becoming the leader that will create a better world. They enjoy the goal but not the process. But the reality of it is, the true work of improving things is in the little achievements of the day, and that’s what you need to enjoy.

I was working for this organization that helped villages in Mexico and their concerns was how to get the pencils sent to kids in those little country schools. It was not about big, revolutionary ideas. It was about pencils. I see the people that do the real work and what’s really sad is that the people that are the most giving, hardworking and capable of making this world better, usually don’t have the ego and ambition to be a leader.

They don’t see any interest in superficial rewards. They don’t care if their name ever appear in the press. They actually enjoy the process of helping others. They are in the moment.

– Celine, Before Sunset (2004)

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” ― Yann MartelLife of Pi

Artworks by Himbon Contemporary Ilonggo Visual Artists Group at 2nd level SM City Iloilo. I wish there could be more galleries that will showcase the artistry of Ilonggos. Artists are like mushrooms. They are existing anywhere. And their passion is just there. It just takes more people to appreciate and kind hearts to support, for them to do better in their craft and continue making heartfelt masterpieces to save the lovers of art from the tragedies and loneliness in their lives.

“If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. A writer who appreciates the seriousness of writing so little that he is anxious to make people see he is formally educated, cultured or well-bred is merely a popinjay. And this too remember; a serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.” ― Ernest Hemingway