My 2020 Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag, and I’m Definitely Freaking Out!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

2020 hasn’t exactly been a pleasant year so far and I really hope we’ll have a hundred and eighty degree turn soon. Reading-wise, though, things look a little brighter for me although I have only read 23 books to date. 😉  Here’s my mid year book freak out post aka pardon me if almost all my answers are related to MEGHAN QUINN and her books! 😉 Continue reading “My 2020 Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag, and I’m Definitely Freaking Out!”

I’M BACK? AGAIN? I guess so.

Who am I? What am I doing here posting an update? Do you still even know me? I’m sure you don’t anymore because I have been soooo out for so so long. I’m sorry?

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Anyway, let me reintroduce myself because why not – I’m Kat, a twenty-something lawyer by day and reader at all the hours in between from the Philippines, and you can always find me ~reading after ten~ (o’clock? Yes, my blog name definitely pertains to a reading time reference) 🙂 Why are you only seeing me now, you may ask? No I’m not a guest blogger here. I’m actually your resident blogger  but life has gotten so much in the way this year that’s why I have been MIA for almost 7 months. I have been reading a lot of contemporaries and small town romances during the early part of this year — I haven’t been reviewing them though and it just feels so freeing, if you know what I mean? Reading without reviewing has definitely lifted so much pressure off my shoulders, hence you won’t see any 2020 reviews here so far.

But lately, I feel like I have been missing doing tags, posting reviews, and just writing in general. So here I am! I hope you would welcome me back just like nothing happened.

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Don’t be a stranger! Post in comment section below what your BEST READ for 2020 so far is! I would love to catch up with each one of you!

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Living Through a Pandemic: Day 75

I can’t believe it’s Day 75 already.

When work was cancelled on March 16, 2020, I thought it was just gonna be a one month thing, maybe two if things get “worse”. But look at where we are now – at Day 75, and we can’t even see a flicker of light at the end of this tunnel called COVID-19.

While there was already a buzz about the corona virus spreading as early as December 2019, it really was’t given attention at least here in the Philippines. Back then, corona was just “some virus spreading in China” and it was only after two months when everything started to get really serious. In February, the first death outside of Wuhan was reported by the Philippine government, and of course I can’t explain the panic we felt then because by this time we already know that the virus has spread outside of China, and worse it’s in the Philippines. By early March, the government confirmed two cases of local transmission. The unthinkable slowly started to happen — cases began to increase in number prompting the government to declare suspension of classes, work, and closure of some businesses.

Still by this time, it was just “some virus spreading around”.

For me personally, and I would like to think for a lot of Filipinos too, it all sank in when the whole island of Luzon was placed in quarantine on March 17, 2020, while the whole country was placed under a state of calamity. In effect, everybody was just home. Schools were closed, work was suspended both in government and the private sectors, malls and markets were shut, all means of public transportation were suspended, the roads were clear and nobody would dare go outside. It was just so scary and everything was just so uncertain.

The days that followed after the declaration of the lockdown were honestly such a blur to me. I worked from home, I conducted online hearings – which, of course, is unprecedented and definitely experimental on the part of judiciary. With the work-from-home set up, I should have been feeling more well-rested but instead, I was restless.

Now, we live learn to live one day at a time. No planning ahead for sure, because who knows what can happen, what might happen?

Here’s to brighter days ahead.

Stay safe.

Book Talk: That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn

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BOOK TALK: LOVE, SINCERELY YOURS

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What is the “new normal”? Life after COVID-19?

As I was making my coffee this morning, a certain phrase that I keep on hearing during  the past days kept on reverberating in my head — “the new normal”. I have heard heads of states, heads of agencies, leaders of the world, even inspirational speakers, talk about us going back to our new normal once all these – the corona virus, the quarantines and the lockdowns – are over.

But what does it really mean, though?  Yeah, I get that the new normal is our *changed ways*, our more simplistic lifestyle, people being more aware, living more purposefully. I get those, believe me. But are we really ready for it? Or will we just go back to the comforts of our old lives having been deprived of them during the whole quarantine period? 

At this point my brain is just really curious, if you could call it that, about how our lives are gonna be once this pandemic is over. Am I going to have a new normal? Or will I just revert back to my old cycle as if nothing had happened? I know I’ll still drive to work every morning, get coffee from my favorite cafe if I fail to brew my own at home, spend the next 8 hours in the office, go home afterwards, play with my baby sister a little, and then go to sleep. The cycle is going to repeat itself until I don’t know when. So will it be my new normal if it is my old normal? 

I need to know how to handle this, really. Your thoughts?

 

 

Book Talk: Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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REVIEW: My Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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Kissing 2020 Hello!

I know it’s kinda late to be posting resolutions and all since we’re already a couple of weeks into 2020, but for accountability purposes I’m still doing it so I could just have something to look back to when December comes.

I honestly am not a resolutions kind of girl since I know in myself that I don’t actually get to do and keep them. But it’s the new decade, and I’m feeling the need to be more *disciplined?* in all that I do from hereon forward. So yeah. Here we go.

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I don’t need to always be updated on Facebook. *DELETES APP*.

I can say that during the last decade, I have totally been consumed by social media, especially by that big blue F. Hence, I always know things about people – where they went for vacation, the new car they bought, breakups, new relationships, etc – that I now realize I don’t need to know about. While Facebook is great in connecting people – oh, I’d definitely give it that – I realized that there are just so many UNNECESSARY things that I am bombarded with when I do my scrolling. Things that my brain would sometimes process as important and relevant, but in reality are just posted there to intimidate, make one feel insecure about himself/herself, or just plain useless. Hence, I’m doing my brain a favor and am freeing it this year with some Facebook space. Yay.

I love reading and collecting books, but I need to finish reading at least half of what I own yet! In short, *NO BOOK BUYING*

Oh god, buying and collecting books are my Achilles’ heel(s?) and this probably is one of the most painful resolutions I am doing this year.

Let me paint you a clear *literal* picture:

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These are all the unreads in my shelf. They are around 85 and for the love of god, I will not allow them to reach a hundred by buying more. *Unless of course I am gifted with books, that is na exeception and that would be very much welcome* Anyway, I am not buying anymore books for the first quarter of the year or until my unreads has reached 65, I guess? Lord help me.

Minimalism actually feels right and sustainable.

I have recently been listening to some podcasts and TED talks about minimalism, and I am slowly getting inclined to practice it. Marie Kondo’s Netflix show is a big convincing factor too. However, I feel like I have so much to dispose and this is going to be a loooong minimalism journey for me, so for this year I plan to start small – less purchases of unnecessary things, cleaning up my room and donating stuff I don’t need – just the small steps. I’ll get there. 😉

To be more informed and to go out of my shell.

I guess I just have to be more involved in what’s happening around me and to not totally be consumed by fiction and Netflix (*curls up in guilt*). Need to go out more, interact with people, be in the know re: current event, etc. You, know. Get more mature? Yes.

 


That’s all for now folks! Hit me up in the comments section for your own resolutions that you wanna share – as I wanna do them too? He he. Have a blast this 2020!

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Christmas 2019 at Wind Residences!

We spent our Christmas 2019 at Wind Residences, Tagaytay through AirBnb and it was such a great experience.

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Spending Christmas in the highlands was a last minute decision as we initially planned to just spend it at home since Dad and Gil are both away this year. So when Mama agreed that we just spend Christmas in Tagaytay, I immediately looked for hotel accommodations but grandly failed to book any because it’s peak season. Hence, I turned to the ever trustworthy AirBnb and lo and behold, I found a hotel-like listing at Wind Residences! 🙂

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This condo unit was listed at AirBnb as “SkyWind Tagaytay (Taal View, W/ Parking, Netflix)”. In sum, I super recommend this place if you’re staying in the highlands. Rio – the owner – was super quick in her responses to our queries. The unit was very well-maintained and according to its owners, it was actually designed like a hotel room so that their guests would feel like they’re actually checked-in to one.

We had such a lovely  stay here, and Mama and I even had our traditional ensaymada and hot chocolate on Christmas morning:

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We had a very simple Christmas this year. Met up with the rest of Mama’s side of the family later in the day for lunch in Nuvali, and headed home right after ‘coz Typhoon Ursula is at signal number 3 already! *Yikes* I can’t believe I was able to drive Mama and Celine home safely considering that it was my first time to drive to the highlands! Hehe. 

Hope you guys had a peaceful, meaningful and happy Christmas too! 🙂


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