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."

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 onLIFE 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.

Enjoy reading!!!

xx.Kat

P.S

WE ARE ALL C U C K O O, remember that.

Weekend and foods

Coffee is my forever!

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.

Thanks for the cake L and L.

Kale+Artichoke+yogurt dip from TJ's I feel complete! Haha 😋

Kale+Artichoke+yogurt dip from TJ’s I feel complete! Haha 😋

kambal na strawberry, where are you na?

kambal na strawberry, where are you na?

Coffee is my forever!

Coffee is my forever!

Adobo is the best. Childhood favorite.

Adobo is the best. Childhood favorite.

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Read, write, drink coffee and be inspired! Life is beautiful.

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!

xx. KAT 

August 22, 2015 

DREAM CATCHERS

From Baguio City.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS,even if that includes going through some nightmares.

-Paulo Coelho

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wow! 2012 summer in Sta. Monica or Venice Beach (?)

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.

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.

December 2012 I bought this in Long Beach, California.

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I bought this on our way to Las Vegas (2013) my first time visit the Sin City.

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.

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)

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.

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.

Birthday gift on my 27th birthday.

A friend sent this from Netherlands.

A friend sent this from Netherlands.

I bought this after our vacation, December 2012.

I bought this after our vacation, December 2012.

From Baguio City.

From Baguio City.

My sister sent this from Baguio City when a friend of ours went home.

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)

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.

xx.KAT

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An adventure to the SIGN

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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.

http://hollywoodsign.org/seeing-the-sign/

okay, happy hiking ppl :)

xx.kat

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Sturtevant Falls

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Chantry Flats/ Sturtevant Falls
639 W Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA

July 2015

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!

xx.

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HOPE

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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.

xx.

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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.

DO NOT WAIT

“Happiness [is] only real when shared” 
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“It's not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”

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“Happiness [is] only real when shared”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“Happiness [is] only real when shared”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

“I now walk into the wild.”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“I now walk into the wild.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

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“Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.” DSC_0024IMG_3443IMG_3170IMG_2906

“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.”  

“I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong… to measure yourself at least once.” 

“I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth. ”

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“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” 

“We like companionship, see, but we can't stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again.”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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“I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth. ”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth. ”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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LOVE will always win!

The quotes I used are from the book of Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild. I’m feeling in the mood to finally write my thoughts after hibernating for more than 4 months at least here in my so-called blog. My last entry was last February. A lot of things have happened and leaving my job of more than 2 years is the best thing that “I’ve decided” to do. Did you ever feel that elation when you’ve finally gathered all the sticks of wood to start a fire, when you’ve finally molded a ball of courage to throw at your fears, doubts, and maybe even at yourself just so you’ll wake up, get up and defeat what’s making you a bad person. I saved myself from making me feel bad everyday at my sure-settled-secured job by quitting. Sometime quitting is not a bad thing, maybe it’s what you need to finally step into another world or maybe yet step back into the real world and just be yourself.

Four months filled with adventures, risks, and a shade of fear is still there but that’s the motivation you need or I need to surpass what I call as unhappy-state-of-mind. I’ve worked with different people thus I learned! I went to different places thus I gained new experiences. I shared laughters and felt disappointments even rejections but that’s a part of my longing for understanding myself and not forced into a routine way of life killing the adventurer spirit in me. Cheers to more radical changes! Cheers to brave heart! Cheers to huge decision!

The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

Xx.

Katrina

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“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”