September Playlist

Time flies so fast, literally! I can’t believe it’s already September and 3 more months before my favorite time of the year!! Ahhhh!!!! And by that, I want to share my September Playlist to celebrate!!!

BUT! Don’t worry or be disappointed, this playlist doesn’t have Christmas songs yet. Perfect for someone who thinks it’s too early to hear Christmas songs. But for someone who wants to hear Christmas-y songs to get in the mood, don’t be so disappointed about the playlist but enjoy the music while you can! 

Rude (Acoustic Session – Miami)Magic!

Latch (Acoustic)Sam Smith

Rather BeClean Bandit feat Jess Glynne

Try Hard5 Seconds of Summer

Ready or NotBridgit Mendler

ShowerBecky G

This Is How We DoKaty Perry

All NightIcona Pop

It’s OverJesse McCartney

Dear No OneTori Kelly

ChocolateThe 1975

MarryJason Derulo

Am I WrongNico & Vinz

Take Me HomeCash Cash feat. Bebe Rexha

XOJohn Mayer

Me and My Broken HeartRixton

Boom ClapCharli XCX

Everyone who has Spotify can listen or/and follow this playlist here: September Playlist!! You can also follow me at kathrinestan to know what songs I’m currently listening to!

Enjoy the first month of ber months with this playlist!!

Self-proclaimed blogger,
Kathrine

Book Review Guidelines

I’m sounding like a pro book reviewer about this book review guidelines thing, but to tell you honestly I’m not haha. I just made this to make things clear. I’m not a literature related girl. I don’t have a background about how books should be written. I had a Technical Writing class but we’re talking about Creative Writing here so it’s very different. Like what my prof said, in Technical Writing an apple is just an apple but in Creative Writing an apple could mean something, so yeah. I hope you get my point.

Another thing, I’m not good at writing book reviews. I can’t collect my thoughts properly so I can’t write and make sense. But as the saying goes “if it makes you happy, do it” so I’m doing this book review thing! It just that it’s not a pro, I’ll just share my opinion about the book and how it affect me. I also will tell about stories while reading the book I’m reviewing. Just a chill review and stuff.

So let’s start with the book review guidelines. I’ll rate everything with the scale of 1-5. And because I don’t want my book review posts to be a long plain boring full-text posts, I will use memes. 9gag and tumblr kid here!! hahaha :D

Poker Face Meme: Rate 1

I don’t like the book or the story of the book was just not the kind of stories I’m into.

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Okay Guy Meme: Rate 2

The book is okay. The story is good but didn’t affect me too much.

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Obama Not Bad Meme: Rate 3

I like the book. The meme say it all, not bad. The story has lesson, well, every story has but on this the lesson affect me. And if you’re planning to buy a copy of this book, go and buy it but only if you will spend your spare money. But if you’re going to buy this even if you’re out of budget I suggest you just find another book to buy.

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Me Gusta Meme: Rate 4

I really like the book. The story really catch my attention. It has something in it that I really want to read (i.e romance hahaha). Buy this book and thank me later.

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Everything Is Beautiful Meme: Rate 5

I LOVE the book!! The story has everything in it and by everything, I mean, everything I want to read. Romance, friendship, family, suspense and lesson. The story really affect me big time and this book is one of the book I want to read over and over. It’s kind of book I can’t put down haha. Please buy this book immediately and you will thank me forever choss!!

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Like what I’ve said, I’m not a pro book reviewer I just want to share my opinion on the books I’ve read. Some people (readers) may agree on my opinion, some people may not and I’d like to read opinions or thoughts about the books, too. It is just one comment away! I’ll review the books the best that I can, I may be a little bias sometimes but I promise I’ll do this thing with all honesty.

I will also have “Will You Recommend This Book” in every end of the review. And the same thing with the rating, I’ll use meme to make the blog post more interesting haha.

Yes, indeed.

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Maybe, I’ll recommend this to some people.

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No, I won’t.

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This will be my book guidelines. I hope I already made things clear before I start my first book review. I don’t know but I’m so excited to do this hahaha. I hope my readers (I have?) would like this kind of review. I’ll use .gif too if it will suit with the review and to make it more interesting. And I will also link this post on my sidebar so people that wasn’t able to read this post will still be able to know about my guidelines :)

I believe that if one person already decided what he/she wants, no one can ever change that anymore. And my writings are not an exception. I can’t change the decision of whoever will read my book reviews, I’ll just share my opinion and that’s it. But maybe, just maybe, I can help.

Self-proclaimed blogger,
Kathrine

What’s Inside My Bag

I’ve been in a long hiatus this past few weeks with my usual reason – school. Fortunately, I survived last semester and now I’m back!! This post is a long overdue as usual haha. All the photos were a month old already and there are some changes but there’s no major change so here’s my post about WHAT’S INSIDE MY BAG!!

I’m currently using my backpack going to school because I’m cool like that hahaha kidding. I got this bag from Forever 21. I’m not supposed to buy this but it caught my eyes and I think we’re meant to be so.. HA!

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It’s not so big but not so small, just the usual backpack so it’s convenient for me. It has outside pocket just like the ordinary backpack. It also has pockets on the inside, one with a zipper in the back part and one open pocket for hair pin, headphones or whatever little thing in the front part. Do I make sense? Hahaha.

ANYWAY! Because I don’t have anywhere to go to except for school all the things inside my bag are school related but it’s boring so I don’t include all the school requirements anymore. I only include all the things I usually bring every day.

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1. Plastic envelope from National Bookstore that contains all my important school documents, tuition fee receipt, certificate and such. And you know, a piece of paper with Mrs. Tomlinson on it hahaha.

2. I don’t have a car yet so I need to commute going to school and braving the heat in the process that’s why I always bring my tumbler with me. Also, I’m always whole day in school so I need to rehydrate. Health is wealth, drink more water!

3. Planner that I got from Starbucks that keeps me in check with my schedule for the day. Though, I always compromise with my schedule haha.

4. Phineas and Ferb notebook where I write all my notes and random quotes and blog ideas. (I forgot what episode is this, any help?)

5. Wallet for paper bills, receipt, card, etc.

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These are the things inside the outside pocket of my bag.

6. School ID because same as all the school, we have “NO ID, NO ENTRY” policy.

7. Minnie Mouse pencil, all the way from Hong Kong. A gift from my group mate!

8. Mechanical eraser for, well, erasing my pencil mistakes haha.

9. Mechanical pencil that I use for jotting down notes when I’m lazy, which is every time..

10. Comb that I barely use. You know, just for emergencies hahaha.

11. Mirror that I use to check if my face still fresh or something. I can be vain sometimes.

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And these are the things inside those little pockets.

12. Coin purse that I got all the way from Bicol. Magayon means maganda, pretty, beautiful that really fits me. CHOSS!

13. Samsung phone that I barely use anymore.

14. HTC phone that I use all the time.

15. Headphone because I can’t live without music. HA!

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I barely bring make up kit anymore because I’m testing my make up’s staying power haha. But when I do, these are things inside my make up kit.

16. Celeteque BB Cream that I don’t use anymore. I now use Skinfood Aloe Sun BB Cream.

17. Celeteque moisturizer that I use before putting my BB Cream. Of course. Duh.

18. Rimmel London Scandal Eyes mascara. My all time favorite mascara!!

19. Eyelash curler that I got from Watson because I don’t have money to spend on high-end eyelash curler. Poor kid.

20. IN2IT Waterproof Eyebrow Kit that I’m using for a very very long time now.

21. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in transparent. This powder works like magic. I love this!

22. Mac concealer to conceal the baggage under my eyes caused by all the all-nighters I had.

23. MUA Kiss You lipstick in Rock Me Louis because why not?!

24. Carmex lip balm that I put before my lipstick.

25. Nyx matte lip cream that I use every time!

So there! I don’t bring a lot as you can see because it’s bad for my health haha. I’m not allowed to bring heavy things. And I only read books using my phone these past few months and it’s heartbreaking, I miss the smell of books.

I hope you guys enjoy this!

Self-proclaimed blogger,
Kathrine

Gift - Singapore Drama Short Film ›

A son confronts the resentment towards his father only to realize his true intentions.

I want to share this inspiring short film I stumbled upon this morning. What a great way to start my day. Happy Friday! X

"Being rich is not about how much you have but how much you can give."

20 Facts About Me

Because I’m starting a new with my new blog, I decided to do this so my readers (if I have any haha), old or new, will know more about me. My readers are my friends therefore sharing some facts about me is definitely a must, right? HA!

1. I don’t eat vegetables. And by this I mean, I can’t. Not being maarte or something but I just can’t eat vegetables. Every time I try to eat some, I gagged. But I’m working on this!

2. I don’t drink milk. I’m also working on this!! I need to drink milk for my health purposes so I’m trying various strategies not to vomit while drinking milk.

3. I spend too much time, effort and money on my eyebrows. #kathrineproblems

4. I’m a picky eater. Obviously.

5. I have a massive love for Louis Tomlinson. Like seriously. And it’s so terrifying sometimes to the point where I’m not fangirling anymore, I just actually love him. 

6. I’m a photography enthusiast. I love taking picture of places or of everything. It fascinates me!

7. I’m a Maria and model wannabe. I actually made my classmates and schoolmates believe that I have Maria on my name. HA! And some of my friends call me Maria now! My modelling career is too far for my reach as of the moment but I took a risk last year and joined some modelling contest. I’m still scared though!

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8. I have ugly feet. Not really proud of it but I think I needed to add this.

9. I don’t have my own room and I’m not allowed to use cushion bed due to my scoliosis.

10. I love the cold weather and I have a love/hate relationship with the rain. 

11. I’m a big coffee lover.  But I need to limit my caffeine intake because of my palpitation.

12. I can’t play favorites. My favorites are always changing! Except for my favorite book, pba team, nba team, uaap team and basketball player. 

13. I like hugs more than kisses.

14. I have the memory capacity of a goldfish and the attention span of a squirrel. I’m not good with names!! And I can’t focus on anything more than an hour!

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15. I love reading books. Books make me calm whenever school’s stressing me out.

16. I’m a frustrated cook and singer. 

17. I prefer wearing cap/hat more than sunglasses. I already let go of my case finding a perfect sunglasses thus settling with caps/hats.

18. I’m scared of gods and I love cats!! I actually have my baby boy (cat) named Marcel.

19. I’m a big fan of fans. Big fans, actually. I really don’t like heat.

20. I’m a hopeless romantic! And I blame all my books and disney movies for being like this hahaha.

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I hope you had fun reading this as I had fun doing this! Let me know about your random facts!!

Leave all your blog suggestion on my ask box!

Self-proclaimed blogger,
Kathrine

When Love Arrives by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

I knew exactly what love looked like – in seventh grade

Even though I hadn’t met love yet, if love had wandered into my homeroom, I would’ve recognized him at first glance. Love wore a hemp necklace. 
I would’ve recognized her at first glance, love wore a tight french braid. 
Love played acoustic guitar and knew all my favorite Beatles songs.
Love wasn’t afraid to ride the bus with me. 
And I knew, I just must be searching the wrong classrooms, just must be checking the wrong hallways, she was there, I was sure of it. 
If only I could find him.

But when love finally showed up, she had a bow cut. 
He wore the same clothes every day for a week.
Love hated the bus. 
Love didn’t know anything about The Beatles. 
Instead, every time I try to kiss love, our teeth got in the way.
Love became the reason I lied to my parents. I’m going to- Ben’s house. 
Love had terrible rhythm on the dance floor, but made sure we never missed a slow song. 
Love waited by the phone because she knew if her father picked up it would be: “Hello? Hello? I guess they hung up.”

And love grew, stretched like a trampoline. 
Love changed. Love disappeared, 
Slowly, like baby teeth, losing parts of me I thought I needed. 
Love vanished like an amateur magician, and everyone could see the trapdoor but me. 
Like a flat tire, there were other places I planned on going, but my plans didn’t matter. 
Love stayed away for years, and when love finally reappeared, I barely recognized him. 
Love smelt different now, had darker eyes, a broader back, love came with freckles I didn’t recognize. 
New birthmarks, a softer voice. 
Now there were new sleeping patterns, new favorite books. 
Love had songs that reminded him of someone else, songs love didn’t like to listen to. So did I.

But we found a park bench that fit us perfectly
We found jokes that make us laugh. 
And now, love makes me fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies. 
But love will probably finish most of them for a midnight snack. 
Love looks great in lingerie but still likes to wear her retainer. 
Love is a terrible driver, but a great navigator. 
Love knows where she’s going, it just might take her two hours longer than she planned. 
Love is messier now, not as simple. 
Love uses the words “boobs” in front of my parents. 
Love chews too loud. 
Love leaves the cap off the toothpaste. 
Love uses smiley faces in her text messages. 
And turns out, love shits!

But love also cries. 
And love will tell you you are beautiful and mean it, over and over again. “You are beautiful.”
When you first wake up, “you are beautiful.” 
When you’ve just been crying, “you are beautiful.” 
When you don’t want to hear it, “you are beautiful.” 
When you don’t believe it, “you are beautiful.” 
When nobody else will tell you, “you are beautiful.” 
Love still thinks you are beautiful. 
But love is not perfect and will sometimes forget, when you need to hear it most, you are beautiful, do not forget this.

Love is not who you were expecting, love is not who you can predict. 
Maybe love is in New York City, already asleep;
You are in California, Australia, wide awake. 
Maybe love is always in the wrong time zone.
Maybe love is not ready for you. 
Maybe you are not ready for love. 
Maybe love just isn’t the marrying type. 
Maybe the next time you see love is twenty years after the divorce, love is older now, but just as beautiful as you remembered. 
Maybe love is only there for a month. 
Maybe love is there for every firework, every birthday party, every hospital visit. 
Maybe love stays- maybe love can’t. 
Maybe love shouldn’t.

Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to, 
And love leaves exactly when love must. 
When love arrives, say, “Welcome. Make yourself comfortable.”
If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her. 
Turn off the music, listen to the quiet, whisper, 
“Thank you for stopping by.”

An Open Thank You Letter for Rainbow Rowell

Ms. Rainbow Rowell, first and foremost before I start this open letter for you, I want you to know that I am not into field of writing and I’m not a good book critic so if I will make any mistakes and misunderstandings because of this, I apologize.

I first stumble to your novel, Eleanor & Park, last year when I’m searching for a good book to read. I’ve read the first few chapters before school suck me in and drown me with papers, exams and more papers and exams, totally neglecting your novel. But one day when my friends and I visited a bookstore to buy something we needed for school, my friend saw your another novel- Fangirl- and asked me if it’s a good read. I remember saying I haven’t read it yet but I guess it’s good because you wrote it (well, base on the first few chapters I’ve read from Eleanor & Park, I think you’re a great writer). Then right there, I promise to myself I’ll finish Eleanor & Park and read Fangirl next.

As true to my promise, I finished reading Eleanor & Park and also finished reading Fangirl. I read your two novels last year and while I’m struggling* to finish Attachments today, I suddenly missed Levi (the guy from Fangirl) and decided to reread Fangirl. As I reminded myself how a great guy Levi is, I decided to write you this letter for creating him.

Thank you for creating Levi and sharing him to me and to your readers who love him as well. Thank you for creating a guy who is sure of himself but not full of himself. A guy who rarely got nervous. A guy who is patient. A guy who will respect your decision. A guy who’s not afraid to tell you his feelings. A guy who’s very supportive of you. A guy who will insist on carrying your laundry even when you tell him not to. A guy who will make you make him understand what he don’t understand. A guy who will sit outside your room for being sorry and apologize to you even when it’s not his fault. A guy who can’t even go nine hours without seeing you. A guy who will always there, especially when you needed him the most and offer you half of his banana. A guy who will make you feel an idiot and not yourself when he smiles at you. A guy who kiss you on your forehead. A guy who take things slow. A guy who will asked you if you’ll panic when he kiss you. And a guy who is polite, always smiling and nice to everyone. A guy who will choose you over everyone..

Also, thank you for creating him realistically. He is also a guy who will get angry when it’s right to get mad. A guy who got jealous. A guy wanted to be loved and touched. A guy who got insecure sometimes. A guy who will say or do things that will hurt you but not intentionally. Thank you for making him “sometimes annoyingly” nice that will make you confuse if he’s only being nice or if he’s really like you. Thank you for making him the normal guy and not the prince charming type.

Again. Thank you for creating him and sharing him to us, me. Thank you for making me experience having that kind of guy, even just in my mind and for a while.

Can you please tell me his real name? Thank you.

Have a good day, Ms. Rainbow Rowell.

Kathrine Tan

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*I think Attachments is not my book but I’m trying to finish it and maybe change my mind for thinking that it isn’t my book.

PS: I know some people may or may not agree of my interpretation of Levi. Some people will find this letter pathetic and not making sense. Some people will judge me for being hopeless romantic or being soft hearted. Some will give this a painful critic. To those who agree and appreciate this, thank you. For those who don’t agree and don’t appreciate this, to those who will criticize this, still thank you but please keep in mind that this is only my opinion. You have yours, I have mine. Let’s respect each other’s. Thank you.

WELCOME HOME

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I’m home again from years of exploring the fields of blogging sites. I’ve been a lot of blogging places. I’ve experienced difficulty and enjoyment, sadness and happiness, self-doubt and pride. I’ve experience everything but contentment and safety. Every place I’ve been to, I felt like someone’s watching my every move. Someone’s listing every wrong I did and about to do. Someone’s there to make me feel I don’t belong here and I should stop. But I’m not anything near stopping. I want to be in this world, to be part of it. I’m not stopping.

And after a long time of wandering, I find my way back home. The place where I can ignore and not hear those people monitoring my every move and taunt me when I did something wrong. The place where I can say everything I want to say without restrain. The place where I can freely express myself. The place where I can be myself. The place I first fall in love with and still do.

I’m back tumblr. This time it’s for good.

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