Giveaway || Win an Espresso Patronum hoodie!

Hello there! Here’s a quick and fun giveaway for all of you. I am pleased to announce that I am giving away one (1) Espresso Patronum hoodie! Many, many thanks to my home organization, UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students (UP ALCHEMES), and Alchemy Shop for generously sponsoring this.

The rules and mechanics are as follows:

[1] The TBB Hoodie giveaway is open internationally and will run until 12:00 AM, 01 November 2016 – (GMT+08:00) Philippines.

[2] In order to officially qualify, you must watch our advocacy video and give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

[3] Cheating is strictly prohibited. Participants found to be cheating will be disqualified from the giveaway, and all their entries will be deleted from the pool.

[4] The winner will be contacted via email and will be given 48 hours (2 days) to respond in order to claim his/her prize. Failure to do so will result in randomly selecting another winner from the existing pool of entries.

[5] Enter the giveaway (via Rafflecopter) by clicking on the image below:

And that’s it! Best of luck to everyone participating!

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Poetic Attempt || Five

[ o n e ]
It amuses me how
you think of me as a lake
but i am an underground stream
and i span for miles
beyond your line of sight
you think of me as
something meant
to be contained
(trapped, really)
within the confines of a dam
a fortress built
by the labor of your hands
and strengthened
by the iron of your will
and yet the height of these walls
anger you
simply because
the barriers are taller
than the grandest of skyscrapers
so much so
that even you
(especially you)
are incapable of
overcoming them


Quick blogging update – 10/20/16 (+ GIVEAWAY)

My previous blog post was a pretty depressing, self-loathing read. On a much, much lighter note, here’s a short and quick update of what I’ve read and what I will read. And other miscellaneous babble.

What I recently finished reading

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.


Bouncing back from an unplanned blogging hiatus {and minor emotional turmoil}

How do I even begin this post? It has been pretty crazy lately. Last August, I conducted a major rebranding and relaunch for my blog. A few weeks later, the influx of my blog posts started to become discontinuous, sporadic and rare. I wish I could pin all the blame on college and the constant accumulation of work and requirements, but then I’d be lying both to you and to myself.

Which brings me to what could possibly be your question: What exactly happened here? What’s with the abrupt hiatus?

First of all, academic workload aside, my extracurricular activities have kept me pretty busy as well. I am a member of two student organizations (a department-based academic organization, and a service organization); however, this semester, I tried applying for other organizations that interested me. In addition to these extracurricular, non-academic activities, I have been pushing myself to experiment with numerous, different things as a way for me to discover more about myself.


Excerpt || Why you will never find your name in any of my sonnets

I never write about you. And you hate that I don’t.

I am a writer. I breathe language. Words trickle effortlessly from the crevices of my mind and flow smoothly into sentences upon touching the unsullied earth, gradually accumulating into an interminably vast ocean of poetry and lyrics.

But not once have I ever written about you. I never write about you. And you hate that I don’t.


Review || Omari and the People (+ GIVEAWAY)

Title: Omari and the People
Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Copy: Audiobook (11 hrs and 17 mins – unabridged)

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Before anything else, I received an audio copy of this book, which was sponsored by the author and narrator, as part of my participation in the blog tour hosted by The Audiobookworm. To win an audiobook copy of Omari and the People (gifted via Audible) for yourself, enter my giveaway!

Omari and the People is a wonderfully written, epic adventure centered on a notorious, thrill-seeking thief named—as the title suggests—Omari. After unintentionally burning down an entire city, Omari, in an effort to redeem himself, deceives the displaced people into believing in the existence of a safe haven which only he can show them. From there, the readers are taken on a captivatingly narrated, arduous journey and personally, the more I travelled alongside Omari (so to speak), the more compassionate I felt for his character and his attempt at repentance for all he’s done in the past.


Tour stop || Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield (+ GIVEAWAY)


Chicago-born Stephen Whitfield began writing as a Marine Corps print journalist. His writing has appeared in military publications, as well as the Kansas City Star and the Jersey Journal. He holds degrees from from Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. His various adventures have taken him to such places as London, Paris, Trondheim, Johannesburg, Beirut, most of The Virgin Islands and the wilder neighborhoods of Chicago.


Curt lives in Seattle and produces and narrates audiobooks in his home studio. Following the birth of his daughter in 1984, he left the performing arts to pursue a more “stable” profession managing projects. Then, in 2014 he returned to the professional stage for the first time in over 30 years as Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car by Stephen Dietz. He has also appeared recently as Lyman in Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Ralph in The Last Romance by Joseph DiPietro. Omari and the People is Curt’s sixth audiobook.


The tour, hosted by Jess from The Audiobookworm, started its run on September 25th and will end this coming October 15th. It is being sponsored by Stephen Whitfield and Curt Simmons. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!