From the book:
Religious pilgrimage has always been one of the most objective ways of achieving INSIGHT. The word peccadillo, which means a “small sin,” comes from pecus, which means “defective foot,” a foot that is incapable of walking a road. The way to correct the peccadillo is ALWAYS TO WALK FORWARD, adapting oneself to new situations and receiving in return all of the thousands of blessings that life generously offers to those who SEEK them.
Ah there’s no music, I’m glad I finished a book today, that’s one of the advantage of not having an internet connection for 48 hours, just because. This is probably the 7th or 8th book of Coelho that I read and this is the first book of him that I bought, I remember the first one which I borrowed from a cousin’s small library that I didn’t end up giving back because I lend it to someone who I thought would be interested to read P. Coelho’s book (two persons) the second one I think didn’t read it and yes! she has the book (sorry, cousin your The Alchemist is in the hand of a future lawyer) when I finished this book, the Pilgrimage I have to admit the fact that I thought about this, “where’s the sword?” hahaha butof course there’s a meaning to the end of the story, this fiction thingy huh mixed with non fiction thingy especially those quoted about Jesus, from the bible and life of a person who goes to a pilgrimage, dig deep Katrina.
My take away:
Do not give up on your dreams and don’t be your own enemy.
When you give up on your dreams, it’s like you’ve given up your belief that with God nothing is impossible and when you become your enemy; you’ve found your worst enemy.
“in order to GROW, it had to continue moving along, always moving along.”
Move along Michelle. Move along Katrina. Move along Maria.
PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO EAT ARE ALWAYS THE BEST PEOPLE.
Eat and Enjoy Life. This is not home.
Cuckoo: have lost ones mind, gone nuts.
“Seven and a half million hearts were beating in close proximity in this heaving old city, and many, after all, would be aching far worse than his.”
― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling
“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”
Yehey to the fact that I finished reading a book; it’s been a long time since I really have read/finished reading one. I was aware that this is a book written by J.K Rowling, an author I admire (her biography is so inspiring) when I started reading it and to be honest that was the reason why I continued reading though I actually felt bored while reading page 5 till the last page. The story wasn’t a page turner for me maybe because I got used to just watching an episode of Criminal Minds, after 30 minutes- there’s the UNSUB or the unknown subject.
I liked the characters though especially Robin and Strike.
Robin knows what she wants in life, what she wants to pursue and she’s a smart woman.
Strike celebrate the adversities of his life by “going on” LIFE GOES ON quote is so well portrayed by him. He finds reason to wake up every morning even if it’s at his office and not actually a real apartment.
I also love that this novel’s set in L O N D O N.
WE ARE ALL C U C K O O, remember that.
“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Thanks for the cake L and L.
Kale+Artichoke+yogurt dip from TJ’s I feel complete! Haha 😋
kambal na strawberry, where are you na?
Coffee is my forever!
Adobo is the best. Childhood favorite.
Read, write, drink coffee and be inspired! Life is beautiful.
Just because I’m inspired by the people I follow on Instagram and I have “free” time. Keep on taking photos! Be you!
August 22, 2015
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS,even if that includes going through some nightmares.
wow! 2012 summer in Sta. Monica or Venice Beach (?)
I bought this somewhere in Hollywood, end of the metro link blue line train after a long day of adventure in the City of Angels.
December 2012 I bought this in Long Beach, California.
I bought this on our way to Las Vegas (2013) my first time visit the Sin City.
I think February 2011 in Baguio City. A memorable walk in the city of Pines (Baguio, of course hehe) at around 2 or 3 a.m with friends.
From Baguio City (thanks sister)
I bought this when my friends and I went for a road-trip to San Diego (my 1st time) November 2014.
Birthday gift on my 27th birthday.
A friend sent this from Netherlands.
I bought this after our vacation, December 2012.
From Baguio City.
My sister sent this from Baguio City when a friend of ours went home.
A gift from my sister, she bought this in Baguio City. (2013)
I realized that I don’t need to collect things like dream catchers, I don’t need extra baggages, I don’t need extra dramas, I don’t need to listen to everyone’s drama (here and back home) I don’t need to please everyone.
To my dream catchers, it’s time for you to leave my wall and make it clear. I’ll be focusing more of what really matters and whatever that means; my heart knows it well.
“Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
I accidentally saw this on youtube on the 1st day of August; what a great reminder.
My friends and I have been to the Griffith Observatory a few times and we never talked about hiking to the Hollywood sign until our recent hiking to the Sturtevant falls. I guess this is a sign of becoming “older” or becoming more “mature” I feel like we’re no longer into drinking until our last breath (on my part haha) we’re no longer into going to nonsense events wasting our time and money. I find walking and getting closer to the nature, short road-trips, and being with people who you really want to be with are more worth it.
Ahh after all, we’ve been living here at the City of Angels for more than 24 months. It’s time to hike and check it on our bucket list “to walk and get close” to the famous HOLLYWOOD sign.
We knew that parking space is an issue thus we woke up early and left the comfort of our comforters (yes! we use comforters in L.A) even if it’s actually hot (for people in Colorado) yay! We were lucky to find a parking space. We didn’t even check the time we started walking, we just walked! and had lots of picture on the way (of course) only now did I learn that the sign is actually 45foot tall and that there are 3 ways to gets there. We didn’t follow any instruction, we used the power of “communicating” real communication and by that I mean “we asked” “we talked to real people” and didn’t rely to our beloved SIRI. Oh it felt good! not to rely on google all the time.
It was a weekend so we saw a lot of enthusiastic people enjoying the hike, no phones (no signal) and no fire (yay) I was inspired to continue walking when I saw 50 or even 60 years older than me, young kids, executive looking men, older women and even moms and dads with a stroller, yes! with their not even a toddler child.
Okay, so here’s a link about Hollywood sign hiking.
okay, happy hiking ppl :)
Chantry Flats/ Sturtevant Falls
639 W Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA
My friends and I decided one Saturday morning to drive and hike to see the Sturtevant Falls. Thanks to instagram, 50% of my interest to join is because of the pictures/tags I saw (hehe) the thing is we were there around 8’sh and we couldn’t find a parking space already thus we were about to give up and just go home (and spend our day with our socks or pajama named as netflix hehe) when suddenly we saw a space, next issue after parking? We noticed that they’ve parking thingy on their dashboards and we were too far from wherever the office is to avail a parking paper thing; we asked a guy where to avail and guess what he offered his extra parking pass “oh it’s just $5, it’s okay just get it…” oh my! this hiking is really meant for us to accomplish hoho!
The hiking was fun! There were lots of people going and at the same time people leaving (wow what time did they arrive?) Amazing! Yes! I felt amazed when I saw old, obese, kids and parents on a Saturday morning walking and just having fun. No phones and pretensions as if busy texting someone important. They were having real conversations! Great break from busy life in the City of Angels eh! Great break from the demands of work.
Honestly though I was disappointed when I saw the falls because it’s obviously dry, not totally dry as you can see the photo below. Oh drought in SoCal eh :( anyway, i wonder what it looks like during winter time (is there even a winter season in Los Angeles) yay! okay, my friends and I need to go back after summer. It’s an easy hike, just 3.7 miles.
Another highlight of our weekend getaway, on our way back a group of teenagers suddenly screamed “there’s a bear!” what? i panicked and run and then i said to my friend “are we supposed to run?” and for 4 or 5 seconds I thought of looking back and have a selfie with the bear but ehem of course i didn’t do that ( I swear!) ahhh i wish i did haha. Well, at least for the first time my eyes saw a huge real bear! S/he didn’t harm us by the way and s/he just walked away :) awww cute! the other teenage girl broke her phone though ahhh life’s full of surprises indeed. Good and bad! and yay five minutes after we drove home guess what? it rained! Rain makes me happy and nostalgic at the same time because for more than 20 years I lived in a tropical island. Oh before I talk about how I miss home let me end this blah blah :) Enjoy my photos!
There is HOPE. Hold on! never give up on that hope you have in your heart. You know you have it and keep it burning. Don’t let the rain, wind and worst yourself to stop that one most important thing that you have to grasp and hold on to.
NEXT job is coming! Relax.
Photo is from my camera this morning when I went out for an hour of just walking, feeling the heat of the sun, wind on my face and yes! just walking aimlessly.