In Between Dreams

 

It’s strange to talk about one’s dreams and goals in life, especially when you are getting older. When I was a lot younger, I was very open about sharing mine. I wanted to write and work for a magazine, establish an art and culture collective for Create disadvantaged youths, set up my own bookstore/cafe, travel the world, and be financially stable and successful.

Unfortunately, I haven’t fully pursued those dreams yet. I have yet to take baking and cooking classes, write for a major magazine, and I still don’t have the funding to establish the creative collective at the moment. Right now, I am doing what I can to learn about the world that I am in, and develop the appropriate skill sets and attitudes that come with my current circumstances. In addition, I have to get over a flurry of personal issues that are getting in the way. Despite my current set-up, I am still hanging on to these dreams, while building new ones as I go along. Allow me to share some of them:

  1. Own a pet shelter. I grew up with animals, and having them around would relax and uplift me. I want to be able to help ease the emotional troubles of others through pets.
  2. Pursue further studies in creative writing (specifically creative non-fiction), or journalism. Although I have taken several courses in writing back in university, I still want to further improve on this skill. I want to be able to write compelling and engaging lifestyle pieces in the near future, and I honestly think that these writing classes would give me a boost.
  3. Work at an art gallery. I secretly blame Girls, Vogue, and my previous internship at a museum for fuelling this dream of mine, but it would be a fun experience to immerse myself in art history and culture 24/7.
  4. Write and develop my own comedy series for Philippine TV. This is a long shot, but I really, really want to develop a comedy series about Filipino millennials in the future.

I know that I still have dreams to build as I go along, but writing about these dreams made me realize not to give up, especially during these challenging times. The lesson here is that building your dreams is just as important as achieving them, so don’t give up and have faith in them— even if they are big or small.

2015 Lifestyle and Pop Culture Favorites

Happy new year, everyone! Kicking off the new year with a list of my favorite things from pop culture and lifestyle in 2015. Check out what I came up with:

  • Film
    • I may seem like I’m cheating with this choice, but Honor Thy Father was my favorite film of 2015. I watched it at the tail end of December (which was around less than a week ago, mind you), but nevertheless, I thought that this film deserved to be a year-end favorite of mine. The visuals, the acting, and the story are on point.
    • As for honorable mentions, Inside Out and  Heneral Luna were two of the films that I also really liked  in 2015.
  • TV
    • Master of None, Empire (season 1) and Parks and Recreation (season 7) are three of of my favorite international television shows in 2015. I don’t really have much to say about these shows, except that I enjoyed them very much…and I want Aziz Ansari to be my (fictional) boyfriend.

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  • Books
    • My favorite books for 2015 are Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Regina Brett’s God Is Always Hiring.Again, I may be cheating with these choices, since I read these books only last December.  Just Kids is Patti Smith’s memoir about her relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. What I liked about the book was how Patti shared her relationship with Robert, and how the book is a tale of friendship and unconditional love. On the other hand, God Is Always Hiring is a book that I picked up and finished in one go. Although this book is categorized as self-help, I think this book is more of an inspirational one, due to Regina Brett’s experiences with her faith, as mentioned in the book (Regina Brett mentioned Jesuits! Yay!). Anyway, what I loved about this book is how her essays encourage readers to find  fulfillment in work. Aside from her encouraging words, what got me hooked to this book was how she is not too preachy about building a better relationship with God in the midst of working. I might have said a mouthful, but these books were the ones that I genuinely enjoyed and loved (and read in one go).
  • Food and Drinks
    • My favorite meals in 2015 were Recovery Food’s sisig, my dad’s homemade carbonara, and Army Navy’s bacon breakfast platter.
    • As for drinks, I have been enjoying drinking tea and coffee a lot, and I alternate them from time to time. My favorite coffee beverages are the flat whites from Local Edition and Toby’s Estate, and the Dark Matter Theory from The Curator, while my favorite tea is Lipton’s Clear Green Tea. However, I have been straying away from coffee, since it hasn’t been helpful in alleviating my stress.
  • Places/Memories
    • I’ve mentioned this in a separate blog entry, but I really enjoyed my trip to Tokyo last May. 6 days was not enough to cover all bases.
    • Favorite memories? Graduation day, my first day at work (surprise!), and meeting Martha, my pet cat for the first time.
  • YouTube!!!
    • 2015 was the year where I discovered the bottomless pit called YouTube (just kidding). But in all honesty, 2015 was the year where I discovered YouTube as a helpful resource for finding new hobbies and learning new skills. Anyway, here’s a list of my favorite YouTube personalities and channels in 2015:
      • Saturday Night Live’s official YouTube channel (for the sketches!)
      • Ingrid Nilsen (for beauty/lifestyle tutorials, insightful videos)
      • Hannah Hart (for food porn, and her sense of humor)
      • Estee Lalonde (for beauty/lifestyle videos— and Estee’s overall aesthetic is #GOALS)
      • Jim Chapman (Baking With Jim!!)
      • i-D magazine’s official YouTube channel

And that’s my roundup of lifestyle and pop culture favorites! I know the writing is a bit rambly and incoherent, so I apologize for that. I hope you enjoyed my list!

 

The Lipstick Tag

A post I nicked from Carina! I don’t usually do this, but it’s fun answering these things.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?
I have 18 lipsticks, but I have 24 lip products all in all.

2. What was the first lipstick you owned? 

The first lipstick I bought for myself was Nyx’s Round Lipstick in Milan, while the first high-end one that I have is Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin.

3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?
My favorite lipstick brands are Nars, Happy Skin, and MAC.

4. What is your most worn lipstick?

My most-worn lipstick is Happy Skin’s Shut Up and Kiss Me lippie in Crushing On You.

 

5. What is your favorite finish?
I like lipsticks with creamy, satin finishes [Nars Audacious Lipsticks] and mattes.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

Lip products are my weakness! I bought two lip products from Nars last week: a Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita, and an Audacious lipstick in Julie.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
3-4. I usually have the lipstick I am wearing on that day, two neutral lip colors, and a bright one—- in case I need to look vibrant.

8. What is your favorite red lip color?
I don’t have a red lipstick yet 😦

9. How do you store your lipsticks?
I put them in a makeup bag.

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
Hmmmm I’m lusting for Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils in Train Bleu, Dragon Girl, and Cruella, and MAC’s Velvet Teddy lipstick.

 

Project 52: Lea’s Writing Project

 

I don’t normally pursue personal projects that require long-term commitment, since I never really follow through with them anyway. However, this year, because of my new personal motto of “being intentional,” I decided to take on a year-long writing challenge of sorts. This year, I will be writing on a weekly basis on my blogs (WordPress or Tumblr, depending on the topic and the speed of my internet connection), and I will be writing about anything and everything that tickles my fancy. Aside from this weekly writing challenge, I have also challenged myself to have my work published this year. Even if I have a day job, having a creative outlet such as writing will help me feel more at ease and achieve some balance in my life.