Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
An end-of-the-year survey/meme from a friend in LJ (Paris would know her very well). Code's very basic and rather ugly in my opinion, but I don't make this stuff. v^_^0
|Looking back on 2006|
|Name:||Ma Jocelyn Bordador|
|How old were you in 2006?:||22|
|What was the most important thing you discovered in 2006?:||I've changed so much in the past 8 years, I hardly recognize myself.|
|What will you always remember about 2006?:||It's the year I've become stronger and regained some sense of self.|
|In 2006 did you...|
|Keep your New Years resolution?:||Yes and no|
|Go on a holiday?:||Yes, twice. XD|
|Buy anything from eBay?:||No. I don't trust them there.|
|Prank call someone?:||No.|
|Get drunk?:||Yes, but didn't have a hangover.|
|Fall in love?:||Yes.|
|Break up with someone?:||No.|
|Get married?:||Doesn't apply.|
|Get divorced?:||Doesn't apply.|
|Stop speaking to someone?:||Yes.|
|Kiss someone?:||Sort-of, I think... do cheeks and family members count?|
|Kiss someone whose name you can’t remember?:||No.|
|Make a new friend?:||Heaps! XD|
|Do anything embarrassing?:||My year wouldn't be complete without having done something embarrassing. v^_^0|
|Do something that you thought that you would never do?:||Oh hell yes!|
|Do something you have always wanted to do?:||Yes|
|Do anything that you regret?:||Sadly, yes.|
|Do anything illegal?:||I hope not, but I think I did...|
|Break a promise?:||Sadly, yes.|
|Lose something?:||Too many things to count...|
|Go crazy?:||Oh hell yes!|
|Best of 2006...|
|Movie:||Happy Feet! XD ...Does Brokeback Mountain count? :3|
|TV Show:||Encantadia/Etheria, NANA, Heroes|
|Song:||Rose by Anna Tsuchiya tied with Glamourous Sky by Mika Nakashima (both NANA)|
|Album:||Blue Monsoon by Sound|
|Thing you bought:||See "Album". And also my shoes from Liliw. <3|
|Memory:||Too many to mention, but most of them seem to be cosplay-related.|
|Worst of 2006...|
|Movie:||I'll get back to you on this later...|
|TV Show:||Jigoku Shoujo - too many loose ends, not much sense. So much wasted potential. Oh, and House and most local soaps.|
|Song:||Taralets by Imago, Hitoiro by Mika Nakashima (I dislike whoever composed it XP)|
|Album:||That one by Paris Hilton. UGH.|
|Hangover:||I'll try to add that before 2006 ends. XD|
|Memory:||Losing stuff. Saying goodbye to my sis (even if it's only for a year). Being in the middle of fights. Being betrayed. And that one thing I don't EVER want to remember.|
|What do you want in 2007?:||Weight loss. Idealism tempered with pragmatism. A raise - I keep getting all the this-is-WAY-much-for-the-n00b-to-handle-but-let's-give-it-to-her-anyways jobs. XP|
|Is there anything you would do differently in 2007?:||I would definitely try to be less paranoid and less temperamental.|
|Do you think it will be a good year?:||I don't want to assume anything.|
|What do you look forward to most about 2007?:||More financial independence, emotional stability, and contentment. Oh, and the possibility of meeting people.|
|Do you have a New Years resolution?:||To trust more, love more, bitch less and hate less.|
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Monday, December 11, 2006
I'll admit that some of my reading was not intended for my age group at all. I learned to read because my mother kept reading to me, though she says my entire family was amazed that I fast-tracked the process, having been able to read with little supervision or guidance at age two (sadly, I can't say the same thing for my writing skills). I guess that's why my mind progressed so much faster, why I became more finely attuned to my surroundings, and why I continue to value my time alone reading (and sometimes secretly sniffing the pages of) a book.
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Before Hollywood bastardized it, TWICE. It was my first full-length novel and I read it on the Christmas of my seventh year, the same age Sara(h) Crewe was in her first year at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. I am forever angry at the classmate who borrowed my novel for her report, because despite all my reminders she never returned it (not as angry as I am with myself though, since I never seem to learn to stop being so generous).
- Nancy Drew mysteries. The old hardbound ones that my sister had are still at home. They were very female-affirming, which is something not a lot of mysteries - and particularly not the "new" Nancy Drew mysteries - are to-day.
- The Velveteen Rabbit, printed on a paperback colouring book. It is melancholy but beautiful, and it still continues to hold a lot of truth about life today. I was happy he was reborn as a real rabbit, though sadly reality is not always as kind.
- A hardbound storybook featuring stories from Hans Christian Anderson. I don't recall the exact title, and I remember we gave this away so long ago, but I'll always love it for having the story about the one-legged tin soldier and the ballerina with the original ending.
- Cordillera Folk-Tales. They were a refreshing change of pace from Western fairy tales (since they were as colourful and brilliant as they were violent XD), AND they were very Filipino. I felt very sad when I went to Baguio for the first time only to find that the people of the Cordilleras were no longer as extraordinary as the people in the books, but I am glad to say they are still as resilient and compassionate.
- The Did You Know? encyclopeedia-almanac published by Reader's Digest, and other similar books. I remember my mind being like a sponge, wanting to absorb things about history, geography and some sciences. Too bad it still refuses to include chemistry, economics, and all forms of maths. =_=0
- Encyclopaedia volumes and dictionaries in general. Learning new words was always exciting for me.
- EDIT: I forgot to include the Choose Your Own Adventures series. It was fun to try and get a different ending each time. And the fact that some stories are actually historical fiction (I have a book somewhere that's set in the middle of South Africa around the 1970s) makes this series a great combination of entertainment and education.