Yearly Archives: 2014

Photo of Something You Ate Today – Day 02 of 30-Day Blog Challenge

For day 02 of my 30-day blog challenge, I was tasked to post a photo of something I ate today. My sister and I are on a diet right now, and I’m taking full responsibility for it by preparing our weekly meals ahead of time.

What I Ate Today Meal Prep Sunday

These meals are around 300 calories per container. Before doing this, we ate almost anything. We didn’t care about our weight. Now we’ve decided to turn things around and start eating healthy. We do have cheat days because we’d definitely go crazy if we don’t have days when we can eat something that we really love. So far I’ve lost about 15 pounds since starting this diet. We’re hoping we could keep this up. It’s a bit tiring to prepare, but you’ll just have to do it once or even twice a week.

Photo of Yourself – Day 01 of 30-Day Blog Challenge

Okay. This is the third 30-day challenge that I’ve done. I never got to finish the first two because of… reasons. Haha. But now I’m really hopeful I’ll be able to do this challenge through day 01 until the 30th. Wish me luck!

30 day blogging or writing challenge

Day 01: A photo of yourself and a description of how you day was

A photo of me for 30 day blogging challenge

I’m so glad no one ever reads my blog, so I had the courage to post this not-so-flattering selfie of mine using my laptop’s camera. Hopefully, no one I know will see this picture, because they’d have a good photo to blackmail me with. Haha!

How was my day? Hmmm. It was boring as usual. I finished work at 5:30 in the morning, and I slept at around 6 or 7:00 AM. I woke up at 1:40 PM and surfed the Internet, then went to sleep again at around 3:00 PM. Then I woke up again at  6:00 PM and decided to do the 2-day old dishes on our sink. Right after I finished, I went ahead and continued reading the book, “Take” by Ella Frank. It’s a sequel to the gay erotica novel that I’ve been reading. I read until around 8:00 PM when my sister finally arrived from work. At 9:00 PM, I signed in at work, procrastinated a bit, then now at 4:00 AM, I’m doing this 30-day blogging challenge. That’s about it. I’m looking forward to continuing my reading before I hit the sack. And I’m also planning to visit our home in Malabon City to get the Honeydew Melons that my mom picked herself at some farm in Laguna. Hopefully, I’ll get to see my friend, Osang, and eat at my favorite “tapa” place.

My Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge: Read 20 Books

Kenneth Ignacio Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
When I was finally able to buy my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader last March 2014, I decided to take on GoodReads’ 2014 Reading Challenge. What you do is you set up a target number of books that you want to finish reading in a year. Other participants where putting in 100 or 200 books, but I’m pretty sure I’ll just fail the challenge if I do that. I chose a more realistic number. Finishing
20 books for 2014 sounds achievable. Or so I thought.

GoodReads 2014 Reading Challenge

We’re halfway through October and I just finished reading my 10th book the other day. I’m seriously panicking now on how I can finish another 10 books in less than 3 months. Good thing I found a loophole in this challenge. There was no set criteria on what books challengers must read, so it’s totally not cheating if I choose light reading books that have less than 300 pages. Heck, I’ll even read a children’s picture book if I need to! Haha!

GoodReads 2014 Reading Challenge Status

So far, these are the books that I’ve finished reading. I’m still 10 books behind, but with my new strategy, I’m positive that I can even go over my target of 20 books this year! (*Evil laugh*)

Try Erotica Book by Ella Frank

Ella Frank’s “Try” is the first gay erotica book that I’ve ever read, so I have no idea how to rate it. But if getting intensely hot is any indication of how good the book is, then I’d say it’s a VERY, VERY good read! It’s one of the books I’m so excited of reading, like I’m rushing home from grocery shopping just so I could continue with burying my face on my Kindle. And by the way, I have just started on the sequel, “Take,” and I can’t wait to follow the story of Tate and Logan. <3

David Levithan's Every Day

“Every Day” by David Levithan is a book that I had a hard time putting down. I think I conquered it in just a week, and that’s quite an achievement to me already! Haha! I love that it’s not a typical love story. And even though people are criticizing and poking at holes in the story, I was still able to enjoy it. Good thing I have this ability to look past incongruities in the plot and just experience it as it is. I wouldn’t change a thing, not even the not so happy ending.

Willis George Emerson's The Smoky God

“The Smoky God” by Willis George Emerson is a truly captivating story. It talks about the protagonist’s journey into the center of the Earth, where majestic creatures that used to roam the surface of the world grazed freely, including giants and wholly mammoths. Now I’m even more convinced that the “Hollow Earth Theory” is real and I’m secretly hoping that it will be proven in my lifetime.

Yann Martel's Life of Pi

I’m so relieved that I was finally able to finish reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. I started reading it in 2012, but I got a little bit busy and I never really got to finish it. The film adaptation of the story was already being shown in cinemas, and I haven’t reached the part where their boat sank in the book yet! Haha! So in short, I read this book for 2 years! Oh my!

J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I read “Fantastic Beats & Where To Find Them” by J.K. Rowling to fill in the empty space that used to be occupied by the Harry Potter series. I seriously miss Harry’s story, and reading this book surely made me feel like a high school boy again! This is quite a light read, and I was thinking that it’s considered cheating if I added this on my Goodreads challenge. Haha!

Ransom Rigg's Hollow City

“Hollow City” is the sequel to Ransom Rigg’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” To be honest, I don’t remember much about the story, so I might just read some summaries online to brush up on the story. All I know is that there’s a cliffhanger at the end and I need to wait for the third book to find out what will happen next to the “peculiar children.”

Ransom Rigg's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I grabbed this book at a local bookstore mainly because of its eerie cover. To be honest, I initially thought that it’s a horror book, so I put off reading it for a couple of weeks. When I finally found the courage to start reading it, I found out that the story’s not scary at all. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs was a fun read. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then this book is right up your alley!

J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard

I don’t know what took me so long to finally read “The Tales of Beedle The Bard” by J.K. Rowling. It’s a good thing that I saw it on the Recommended List on my Kindle, so I decided to download it. It’s quite a quick read, but it didn’t fail to stir up my inner 12-year-old Potterhead to life!

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars Book

“The Faul in Our Stars” by John Green was recommended to me by a friend. At first, I was sorely hesitant of reading it, because I hated love stories. Boy, was I wrong! This book made me weep a bucket of tears, and it made me miss the feeling of being in love! Damn!

Orson Scott Cards' Ender's Game Book

“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card was the first Science Fiction story that I’ve ever read, so I had a hard time conjuring up mental pictures in my head of the story’s setting. I was truly glad that I read the book first before seeing the movie, because then I knew perfectly well what the story is all about. Also, the movie supplied the visuals that my own imagination was not able to provide. Asa Butterfield played the role of Ender Wiggins. I’m a big fan of his, and I couldn’t imagine any other kid rightful to play the part.

My 10 Resolutions for 2014

We’re halfway through January and I’m still working on my New Year’s resolutions. But I know it’s not yet late to initiate a change for the better. The past years went by fast, and somehow I forgot about myself. I forgot to take care of myself. This year I plan to resolve that. My 2014 will be epic!

This 2014 I will:


1. Lose weight.

This is my number one priority for 2014. I’ve been living such a sedentary and gluttonous life for the last 3 years. I just woke up one day to a realization that I weighed a staggering 258 pounds.


2. Travel alone.

I’ve always traveled with my family or friends. This year, I plan to overcome my fear of traveling alone. I will let this resolution be my prize once I finally hit my ideal body weight of 145 pounds. I have a hundred pounds to go, so wish me luck!