The Witch of Portobello

Athena, such a strong name. My book this summer or month of July. So sad, for the past four months I don’t remember finishing one book. What happened? I devoted my free time reading blogs atleast that’s still a form of reading haha or to make it sound better form of learning?

So, back to Coelho’s book. I’m glad I picked this one, a story about a mysterious woman hmmnn mysterious huh :)
I like how she was portrayed by the author, a woman not afraid to be different.

Love is not a habit, a commitment,  or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is- love simply is…


Did you ever feel like an outcast?

Oh yeah, it’s about lifeloveand yes love haha so aside from the quote above the following are some of my favorite texts from the book.

Now she knew where to find me. If it was written we would meet again, we would. The important thing is to allow fate to intervene in our lives and to decide what is best for everyone.

Why do you love me?

I don’t know & I don’t care.

Love simply is.

I’ve noticed that loneliness gets stronger when we try to face it down but gets weaker when we simply ignore it.

God hid the most important things from the wise because they can’t understandsimple.


Enjoy reading :)




1. A way of regarding situations, facts, etc. and judging their relative importance.
2. The proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity:
Try to get some perspective on your troubles.



Make time for friends.




|remember birthdays|

|be generous|

|show up|

|don’t gossip|

|make new friends|

Tomorrow is the 30th.
I remember I spent the first few minutes of it talking to my mother far away from me and at 26 really, haven’t you figured it yet mom knows best.

I wrote notes about the places I’ve been for the past five months, this month I managed to visit universal studios (yeah, I know so typical) but that’s the place I could manage to go to, believe me if only I could book a flight to Palawan, Philippines I would in a heartbeat ♥
Photos above are from pinterest yes i do have pinterest app on my phone :) Look at how amazing Palawan is, I’m not good in describing things/places aside from beautiful awesome
Let the picture do that task hehe.

So, from the happiness project the theme for June is about friendship ahhhh a simple word that means a lot in our life.


Sometimes, friendship hurts, “to have a friend” is one of like an event in our life that we have to go through (puberty, first heartbreak, first salary) or have been through because let’s be honest we have those friends whom we no longer talk to, whom we don’t see often, the high school friend, the childhood friend, the convenient friend s/he remembers you when s/he is free and or sad sometimes when happy the friend who is like a family already and the list goes on.

One important lesson I’ve learned

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes

I do not know who the author of that one is. It sure caught my attention from my constant browsing yes i am guilty

These days, people who keep the silence are considered the strong one (from my point of view) a lot would prefer to just spend their time browsing the internet (hello virtual friends) facebook how may real friends are there in Facebook?

Ahhhh think

Here’s the thing don’t be damn to DEPEND and or expect your friends to put their phones away to listen to you, leave the comfort of their couch for you, skip one video game for you, spend gas and or drive for you- do your own thing embrace reality! Now, laugh!

The coin have two sides though- you’re lucky if you have a friend :) thing is there’s nothing wrong with your 500 friends in Facebook, what I mean with don’t depend is to be responsible of your own life, a friend or your friends are not the one responsible to bring LIFE to your LIFE :) they are here to make life more exciting, easier to uhmmn manage (?) because with all the things happening everyday, a friend whom you can text at 3a.m just to share your blah blahs are one of the best part of existing.

Do not wait for them to reach out, it will not hurt if you’ll initiate the conversation, it sure will hurt if they don’t respond ahhhh at least you tried (pat on the back yahooooo TAO KA)

PS compromise

And yes, Baguio on my mind. I would love to visit Baguio again. i miss the rain




Let this be a reminder. When I woke up this morning my first thought “3 more days and it’s gonna be july”

Wow! 2014 is almost halfway over, time to assess thyself, heart, mind, goals, failures, achievement/s and relationships (?) to God, ourself, family and friends.

I’m excited to go out from work on the fourth of July. My independence day haha after working for more than 15 days straight (17 days to be exact) 6 more days…


Patience My Dear.

Story of my life, patience.



Yes, my name is Katrina.

Summer 2014


beach on my mind.

Photo from last year’s trip to Venice Beach, California.

Ahhhh beach on my mind.

I used to hate summer when I was a teenager because I was afraid of what it would offer to me (haha) what am I saying? That thing called summer love.

T hese days though, on my late 20’s bring it on summer. It’s no longer about crushes, boys, lazy summer afternoons- it’s more of learning, embracing every morning with a smile after all this will not last forever and summer love ahhh it may or may not happen:

who cares?

Enjoy your summer 2014

First Bed


Hello May 2014 :)

One memorable thing:
I bought a bed. Yes, a bed for myself :) and for a 26 years old on her own living in an apartment I’m not ashamed to admit that it’s from a thrift store hehe. Growing up, I shared a double deck bed with my sister, college days? Double deck kind of bed too “hello roommates” When I had my first job, I rented a room near the hospital and as expected the bed was a double deck (thank God I didn’t have a roommate for atleast 5 months) I know it’s different when you’ve a roommate to talk too (4 years in college) last experience with a double deck bed was when I rented a room for 6 months when I worked as a community nurse yay! For more than a year I slept in a matress when I arrived here in Los Angeles :D

Okay, nuff said about the history of my BEDS haha.
One thing I learned from this experience “ask for help”
I’ve been wishing and checking offers online for months now and never make my plan of having a bed come true and on the first weekend of May I finally asked for help from my neighbor and so to cut the story short he drove me to a thrift store yey! He knows what I can afford haha.

I really prefer “thrifting” and I’ve been a fan of second hand stuffs since college, ukay ukay thing in the Philippines especially when I’m in Baguio City (oh I miss those nights in Baguio)

I remember my first time to enter a goodwill shop here, I was like “oh may ukay din pala sa Amerika” it’s different though cos they do it for charity, people donate their used or even new items and the Goodwill or Salvation Army will sell it- the profit of course goes to their programs to help.


Location: 210 North Avenue 21 Los Angeles California 90031(photo is from Pinterest)

So this is where we went last weekend, where I bought the so-called “first bed” haha. For more information their website is

It’s a warehouse type kind of store, they sell good items, lots of things from appliances, clothes and books (which I wasn’t able to check) a sign that I should go back to that place :) maybe when I decide to buy a curtain haha.


In this California King bed :) we're NOT 10thousand miles apart ♡ woottt


Some of the stuffs that I saw there that caught my attention :)

No act of charity is foreign to the society


I need to read this book again :)

Oh yeah, while staring at my new bed I remember the book “adulting” by Kelly Brown. I felt like an adult when I actually used my card to pay something different aside from my usual purchases (mostly just foods and clothes either from forever 21 and H&M haha)

aha grown up, is it?

Oh yeah! I’d a great sleep by that I mean no nightmare during my first night @ my “own” bed yay!


That wasn’t the bed that I bought but that’s what I wanted to buy :) too big for a single lady ♡ maybe next year haha.

Let’s go places (April) II

Lighten up


Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's bestfriend...never owned a dog.

The theme of April from my book The Happiness Project.

¤Sing in the morning

I don’t sing in the morning (haha) I listen to songs before I get up from bed. One or two inspirational songs and I’m ready to face another day of challenge.

¤Acknowledge the reality of people’s feelings.

Over the time of wandering on my own I realized the fact that it’s my responsibility to keep myself sane and not to rely on other people even your close friends… I acknowledge their feelings by letting them go, by letting myself off from the picture & by respecting their decisions.

We all have own battles.

¤ Be a treasure house of happy memories.

I guess I tried or I’m trying everyday to make happy memories from this “on my own” life abroad. I’m embracing this chance, the independence,  the solitude…

¤ Take time for projects
This I have to work on, what am I doing? Aside from reading blogs and browsing the internet, listening to music… time to think of a project.

How about my love for scrapbooks? Hehe…that’s a project, right? (Hmmm for a 26 years old?) Awww

My love for photography?
My love for books?
My love for writing?


Beach on my mind.

My love for roadtrips?


I love water, beach, sand, sun, friends and eveything that I feel when I see the sun by the beach.

So, the title is let’s go places (hey talk about the place you’ve been to haha)

My friends and I’d a quick trip to the beach ♡ and before that we spent less than an hour at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad California.


Flowers for me?

I read that it’s a 50-acre Flower field set on a hillside that overlooks the striking Carlsbad, California coastline. We strolled around but didn’t get to try the wagon rides/tractor (a sign that I will be going back with a happier heart)

Hello Spring

It is open to the public during spring season and I’m happy to have been invited by friends I sure love flowers :) After the spring season and the farm is closed to the public, the flowers are allowed to dry. Then in mid-summer, workers dig up the bulbs to be distributed for sale. soon the planting begins for the next cycle of life

The cycle reminded me of Ecclesisates 3

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What do workers gain from their toil?

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.


A time to look at the brighter side of everything....


A time to embrace silence and just move forward.


A time to focus on more important aspects of life.


Ranunculus are the flowers produced at the Flower fields.

When at the flower field, take in the beauty of the flowers. Walk and be amazed of God’s wonderful creation… feels like you’re staring at a big painting when you’re there.

There’s an outlet there too, walking distance from the flower farm. One good reason to go back next spring season yay to shopping.

makami .


Happy Easter! Endless possibilities :)

Another important event of every April is Easter!

Easter is Hope.

Let’s go places (April)


April 12, 2014

My friend invited me to join them at Renaissance Pleasure Faire for her birthday get together.  I didn’t have any idea that I’ll see people (almost everyone) with their renaissance outfit while I was on my plain white shirt and black pants thank goodness I wore flats ’cause I atleast was correct that it will involve lots of walking which I enjoyed (except for the dusts) yay hey it’s renaissance era remember :)


I see you!

This reminded me of how poor I am with directions haha always have been on the passenger’s seat



So, Renaissance Faire is a 20 acres of pure fun (according to its site)
Location: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Irwindale California.
From April 5 thru May 18, 2014.


Felt like I was in a movie...

And so after almost half day of roaming around I checked what renaissance faire is hehe it is an outdoor weekend gathering, usually held in the United States, open to the public, which emulates a historic period for the amusement of its guests I was amused :)


Feels like "time travel" medieval period?

The Faire include an abundance of entertainers or fair-goers, musical, and theatrical acts, art & handicrafts for sale, and festival foods.

(Thanks Wikipedia)

I saw lots of handicrafts but didn’t buy :( I was looking for a dreamcatcher but didn’t see one.


I wish to have a picture wearing that same kind of fashion statement ♥ yay


I wish to have a picture wearing that same kind of fashion statement ♥ yay

I’ve always wondered how women managed to wear that kind of fashion/skirt before :) what a nice way of hiding a not so Beyonce butt, what ya’ think?


I enjoyed watching ride whatever they call the game haha.

It’s amazing! Felt like I was a part of a movie being shoot… I admired the performer’s enthusiasm ( we all are unique indeed) some are born to entertain and I belong to the audience’s seat which is fine and more fun haha.


Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Kids and their innocence, always been fond of kids- just look @ them and you’ll be reminded of how we should not take everything seriously, we’re suppose to enjoy life :)

Oh today’s the last day of April. Hello May! Let’s go places? please



Let’s go places (March)

I welcomed March with laughter :)

My friends and I spent the first day of March roaming around Los Angeles “road trip” and had fun though it was raining, we watched a movie then found ourselves after in a Japanese restaurant with a black and white theme and a one order of sushi is 35$ and so before we commit one big mistake of wasting our money (haha) we walked out and left the place, I guess they were wondering what went wrong because they welcomed us politely, we even used their bathroom (hoho) sorry

I forgot the title of the movie.

So, we had our lunch and early dinner at taco bell (hello cheaper foods) oh well, be practical :)


Laughter? It’s because, we watched Vice Ganda’s concert :)

I love Vice Ganda ever since I started watching SHOWTIME (2009)

 "Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness." -Vice Ganda

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”
-Vice Ganda

He said during his concert that he wanted his audience to have FUN even for awhile because he understands the life of Filipino people working abroad, he knows how difficult it is to be away from ones family in order to provide for them, and even mentioned how some people don’t understand the fact that Overseas Filipino Workers don’t just pick money here in abroad like leaves (Undeniably true for some families)

Thing is I had fun :) Just a little warning though when you bring kids to his concert, you know what I’m saying (Parental Guidance) his jokes are for adults FOSHO.

And so it’s true, after all the laughter we have to go back to reality, just like any other road trips; be ready to be on your own again and just flash a smile, understand that “that’s how it is” after that night of fun I remembered this and got to realized how true it is.

Romans 12:2 (Photo not mine)

Romans 12:2
(Photo not mine)

Looking back on Vice Ganda’s tweet “You don’t realize your strength until you come face to face with your weaknesses.”

One of my weakness is to be alone although I love solitude and being on my own I fear to be left behind and find myself struggling alone but I find it wrong to think that way- we may be on our own but we’re never alone! These days, I realized the reality of the statement “Be Strong” which I usually just read or simply write on pages of a friend’s birthday card, slum book (high school days), text message to a friend without really thinking of how it means to be strong while in a crisis.

At the end of the day with you just being on your own, you’ll realize that “You really, will just be fine.” You are nobody’s responsibility, you’re on your own, you have to find a way to stay sane while on this battle, and hey! don’t you know that they too are battling their own war! So, don’t depend and most of all don’t compare thy life. Make your own blueprint. Do not conform, right?

Embrace changes.

Embrace changes.

In just one suddenly, God can change the situation.

In just one suddenly, God can change the situation.

Coffee forever.

Coffee forever.

Another great thing to do when you don’t want to find yourself at your apartment lamenting over the fact that you are just by yourself is to go out and explore new places, happy to have tried the 10 minutes walk away from my place café (will write another post about it :) naksss feeling blogger)


Sometimes, it’s scary when you didn’t hear human voice personally for more than 36 hours, it’s not wrong to call a friend and ask her to go out with you for a cup of coffee or simply just catch up (but ask her first if she’s going out with her boyfriend) and yeah it’s extra special when they are one who calls you early morning to go find a coffee shop…

Now, I am thinking maybe the title of this should not be “Let’s go places” haha. So my March was simply spent here in Los Angeles, Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach) and Huntington Beach OC.

One highlight of every "march" of my life.

One highlight of every “march” of my life.

finally, I took the courage to have a short hair :)

finally, I took the courage to have a short hair :)

Did I change?
I think my role just changed…

I remember the movie’s title: “Non-stop”

What did I learn from the movie?