Whoever said the heart was smart or that it followed directions?

~Lead by Kylie Scott

Brick-oven pizzzzzzza 😋 (at Uncle Cheffy - SM Megamall)

Brick-oven pizzzzzzza 😋 (at Uncle Cheffy - SM Megamall)

How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

Mason Street
Avery Abbot
Max Abbot
*Ray Abbot

If the famous saying “absence only makes the heart grow fonder” applies to inanimate objects as well, then i must say that the feelings i have for this book will attest to that. After my one week hiatus, i found myself yearning for the comfort reading has always given me - momentarily living in an alternate universe. So maybe, the reading nostalgia contributed to this book’s passionate story that got me welled up with tears at some point. But this story is simple and so many things at the same time on its own, no prerequisites.

Ginger Scott got the perfect combination of the elements that touches a human’s heart, i think that she didn’t write this for a certain niche but for everyone to read and spread compassion. It only took me to witness a moment of Avery and Max early on this book and i’m hooked, i felt like i was compelled to know more about the kid’s journey and the people who’ll be with him all throughout.

The girl everybody used to call Birdie in highschool who turned into a beautiful swan years later? That’s Avery Abbot. The infamous campus heartthrob who never noticed that Birdie has always seen him differently? Meet Mason Street. Although you’ll see that this isn’t just about their late-bloomed romance, but also a story of a family that transcends blood relation. I simply loved the characters and felt connected to them, regardless of their role and participation.

Being a single-mom is a challenge itself, but when you’re a single parent to a child who requires special attention like Max, it’s a whole another level of lifelong struggle. Avery married young, she and Adam got pregnant with Max, who was diagnosed with autism when he turned one. It was enough reason for him to bail out right the next day, leaving all the responsibility in Avery’s shoulders.

Then came back Mason, who once left for a shot to fame which turned into a broken dream after relying on years of false hope. Dusty’s, owned and managed by Ray Abbot, opened doors for him and he’s determined to start fresh in the same place he always treated like home. But this also meant living with Avery and her son, Max. And like a flip switch, he couldn’t get enough of the two after he had knowledge of their situation.

I understood why Avery gave in easily to Mason, it just explained that her feelings for him didn’t disappear over the years, and i’m glad that Mason came around at a time when he was needed most. I was moved by his sincere concern for Max, his respect for Ray and his desire to become a better man for them. Even though he’s been terrible at handling his life as a musician, Mason is a good man deep inside and he’s proven it time and again when he dropped the second chance he was given to follow his dreams for him to comfort Avery during her loss.

This book made me cry a little! And then to make up for the tears, it was quite an epic epilogue with my seal of HEA approval. Everything just fell right into place. Dreams fulfilled, their family was complete and ecstatic, love is abundant, business and career is soaring.

Once again, i finished a book with an uplifted spirit and broad horizon. You better include this in your list.

D x
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Noteworthies:

I just opened a door that I’m pretty sure can’t be shut. I just hope it’s a safe door, and doesn’t come with regret.

“That girl—she’ll always see the best in you. Even when she doesn’t want to.”

Us real women? We have responsibilities—and we put other people first. Because it’s the right thing to do. So no—no, I don’t just ever…stop. Too much depends on me going.

You’re going to do that because real men, Adam? We don’t lie. We fuck up…we fuck up a lot. But we don’t lie.

We’re dreamers. And that’s…that’s a good thing. But sometimes you need to remember about the important things here on the ground. Not just all that tempting stuff that’s up in the clouds.

“You love Mason, and Avery, he’s a good man. He’s real, and he’s going to drop the ball sometimes, and he might make you have to make some hard choices, make some changes in your life. But don’t give up on your own happiness just because you’re afraid it’s too damn hard to have. Because Ave, you only get to have right now once in your life—there are no re-dos, there is no going back and doing right now again. You get this once, and you can take a chance on it, or live regretting you didn’t. I can tell you what, though…the Avery that takes a chance on her own happiness is going to be a hell of a lot stronger for Max than the one that gives up.”                 

“Ray Abbot gave me his blessing to love his daughter. And he told me to be patient. Avery, he said, is careful.”

“I love that Avery is careful, I love that she puts everyone else first. I love that she fights for her son. I love her son. And I love how she believes in me—even when I don’t deserve it. But mostly, I just love Avery Abbot.”

How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

Mason Street
Avery Abbot
Max Abbot
*Ray Abbot

If the famous saying “absence only makes the heart grow fonder” applies to inanimate objects as well, then i must say that the feelings i have for this book will attest to that. After my one week hiatus, i found myself yearning for the comfort reading has always given me - momentarily living in an alternate universe. So maybe, the reading nostalgia contributed to this book’s passionate story that got me welled up with tears at some point. But this story is simple and so many things at the same time on its own, no prerequisites.

Ginger Scott got the perfect combination of the elements that touches a human’s heart, i think that she didn’t write this for a certain niche but for everyone to read and spread compassion. It only took me to witness a moment of Avery and Max early on this book and i’m hooked, i felt like i was compelled to know more about the kid’s journey and the people who’ll be with him all throughout.

The girl everybody used to call Birdie in highschool who turned into a beautiful swan years later? That’s Avery Abbot. The infamous campus heartthrob who never noticed that Birdie has always seen him differently? Meet Mason Street. Although you’ll see that this isn’t just about their late-bloomed romance, but also a story of a family that transcends blood relation. I simply loved the characters and felt connected to them, regardless of their role and participation.

Being a single-mom is a challenge itself, but when you’re a single parent to a child who requires special attention like Max, it’s a whole another level of lifelong struggle. Avery married young, she and Adam got pregnant with Max, who was diagnosed with autism when he turned one. It was enough reason for him to bail out right the next day, leaving all the responsibility in Avery’s shoulders.

Then came back Mason, who once left for a shot to fame which turned into a broken dream after relying on years of false hope. Dusty’s, owned and managed by Ray Abbot, opened doors for him and he’s determined to start fresh in the same place he always treated like home. But this also meant living with Avery and her son, Max. And like a flip switch, he couldn’t get enough of the two after he had knowledge of their situation.

I understood why Avery gave in easily to Mason, it just explained that her feelings for him didn’t disappear over the years, and i’m glad that Mason came around at a time when he was needed most. I was moved by his sincere concern for Max, his respect for Ray and his desire to become a better man for them. Even though he’s been terrible at handling his life as a musician, Mason is a good man deep inside and he’s proven it time and again when he dropped the second chance he was given to follow his dreams for him to comfort Avery during her loss.

This book made me cry a little! And then to make up for the tears, it was quite an epic epilogue with my seal of HEA approval. Everything just fell right into place. Dreams fulfilled, their family was complete and ecstatic, love is abundant, business and career is soaring.

Once again, i finished a book with an uplifted spirit and broad horizon. You better include this in your list.

D x
————————————
Noteworthies:

I just opened a door that I’m pretty sure can’t be shut. I just hope it’s a safe door, and doesn’t come with regret.

“That girl—she’ll always see the best in you. Even when she doesn’t want to.”

Us real women? We have responsibilities—and we put other people first. Because it’s the right thing to do. So no—no, I don’t just ever…stop. Too much depends on me going.

You’re going to do that because real men, Adam? We don’t lie. We fuck up…we fuck up a lot. But we don’t lie.

We’re dreamers. And that’s…that’s a good thing. But sometimes you need to remember about the important things here on the ground. Not just all that tempting stuff that’s up in the clouds.

“You love Mason, and Avery, he’s a good man. He’s real, and he’s going to drop the ball sometimes, and he might make you have to make some hard choices, make some changes in your life. But don’t give up on your own happiness just because you’re afraid it’s too damn hard to have. Because Ave, you only get to have right now once in your life—there are no re-dos, there is no going back and doing right now again. You get this once, and you can take a chance on it, or live regretting you didn’t. I can tell you what, though…the Avery that takes a chance on her own happiness is going to be a hell of a lot stronger for Max than the one that gives up.”

“Ray Abbot gave me his blessing to love his daughter. And he told me to be patient. Avery, he said, is careful.”

“I love that Avery is careful, I love that she puts everyone else first. I love that she fights for her son. I love her son. And I love how she believes in me—even when I don’t deserve it. But mostly, I just love Avery Abbot.”

☝️👊

☝️👊

This was quite an emotional read, and i loved every bit of it. ❤️

~How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott~

This was quite an emotional read, and i loved every bit of it. ❤️

~How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott~

Looks like a good start for a collection. San sunod na lakwatsa? :P #travelshot #collection #travel

Looks like a good start for a collection. San sunod na lakwatsa? :P #travelshot #collection #travel

TGIH. Last time i finished a book was one week ago, and today, i have to break that record. Otherwise i’ll be kicked out of my (imaginary) bookworm club. 😅

TGIH. Last time i finished a book was one week ago, and today, i have to break that record. Otherwise i’ll be kicked out of my (imaginary) bookworm club. 😅

How We Deal With Gravity

  • Mason: I love you, Avery Abbot..
  • Avery: I loved you first
  • Mason: Okay, but I get to love you more
Good before bad. :)

Good before bad. :)

The people and their penchant for shopping. #vscocam (at SM Megamall)

The people and their penchant for shopping. #vscocam (at SM Megamall)

Tags: vscocam

Yup. MUST READ. 😅

Quezon Province - Day 2 (Part 2)

Borawan Island

On our way to the next island, we asked Kuya Boatman if he could take us to a place where we can snorkel. We only have safety goggles and life vests so we weren’t planning on staying long. He said yes and anchored the boat in the middle part of the sea.

We had this perfect plan to have a photo taken while we’re on water but it happened the other way around.

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We couldn’t move properly because of the lousy life vest and add to that our fear of deadly sea creatures we might set eyes on! Lucky for us, the boat didn’t sink with all our weight on one side only. Haha!

I actually had a hard time getting back on the boat, and they had a good laugh out of it.

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The boatman pointed us this face-shaped rock formation. It made me curious what the whole thing looks like underwater. Maybe it’s a man holding a rock. Clever.

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Unlike Dampalitan, Borawan is more famous as it’s well-commercialized. Had we known of this earlier on our trip, we could’ve spent overnight here to watch the sun set/rise!

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Borawan’s name is a combination of Boracay and Palawan, named because of its relatively fine white sand and its rock formations reminiscent of Palawan’s. -Rappler

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This was the entrance to a secret cave in the beach area, i didn’t go in because i was afraid i won’t fit. See, i love my body but sometimes it has issues too.

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Inside the cave. It was pretty wide and you can even stand. Perfect hiding place!

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Who cares about the rain shower anyway?

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Looks like a gigantic crocodile ready to swallow me whole. I didn’t go down the water.

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B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

Other than the spectacular view, it was the people in that place that made it a truly good experience. They’re really kind and accommodating, in spite of Ate’s remark that i should lose weight with a tap on my fat arms. Hahaha!

I think i will skip describing the place because the photos can do more justice. :)

We’ll be back to explore the waterfalls and probably more caves, for sure!

~D x

Quezon Province - Day 2 (PART 1)

Island Hopping (Dampalitan Island)

We were so dead tired from the hike that all i looked forward to was where to find a decent bathroom for a change of clothes and a bed to rest my sore muscles - everything else will follow from there.

The tourism office showed us a brochure with the beach resorts surrounding the Atimonan area, and we initially talked to the management of De Gracia Beach Resort for the rates. Couldn’t remember the exact amount but it was more or less Php1,000 for an overnight stay, and we were quite thrilled that they have these floating cottages where we can snorkel and feed fishes for an additional fee of Php800. So we made the reservation, and took a 20-min. bus ride to the resort, but i think we had a better visual on our head than what we saw when we got there.

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Swear, it doesn’t look that bad to me, but we prefer the beach to have a clean sandy shore to walk on and this one was rather rocky which weren’t really visible that time because of the high tide. So we politely cancelled our room reservation and went looking for another resort.

The nearest one is Sea Breeze Village & Resort, which isn’t really better than the first one. It has two small pools and few rooms aligned right at the entrance, the place was really small for a “resort” and we were leaning towards the idea of going back to De Gracia. But it was already 7 in the evening and i told them it’s not safe to explore other places at this time, so we stayed there for the night. No choice.

Honestly, it was a 2 out of 5-star service. We paid for Php1,000- negotiated an additional mattress with no addt’l fee-but we weren’t provided with a bath towel (!!!) because according to them, all the towels were in the laundry. I mean, WTF, you just can’t tell your guests that and assume they’ll be okay with it. So we asked for an extra blanket, and that’s what i used to dry myself after bath. As a point of effort, they also granted our request to borrow a t-shirt that will serve as our towel. Excellent. In fairness to the food though (fried chicken and vegetable), it was worth two platters of rice for us.

I just needed to say all of that. Now let’s get back to business.

The three of us didn’t want to end the adventure so my dear friend, Noelyn, starts digging the internet for a nice beach to go to in the morning. She found the three neighbouring islands of Puting Buhangin, Dampalitan and Borawan situated in Pagbilao, Quezon. It was far from where we stayed, but the pictures we found sort of hypnotized us to do whatever it takes to get there - which means waking up at 6 in the morning in all our muscle-pain glory.

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                  Hip van, it has a TV and surround sound system!

We took a tricycle ride to the public terminal and rode the van to Malicboy crossing (Php70 flat rate). From there we took the jeepney to Padre Burgos and then rode the tricycle en route to the starting point of the boat ride to the islands.

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The stall owner took this photo upon convincing him that we’ll promote his business! Hahaha! We bought some items, they’re cheaper than usual, really.

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We chartered this boat for Php1,000 (supposed to bePhp1,200), good for touring the two islands (Dampalitan & Borawan). The tour for the three islands costs Php1,500, i think. I love how there weren’t so many tourists, it was perfect for a pictorial. LOL

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First stop: DAMPALITAN BEACH

We only paid Php60.00 for the entrance fee, and that’s it, roam around all you can! I’m not sure though if they can accommodate overnight stay, because the area we saw was surrounded by small cottages and benches only.

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We were advised not to go too far from the shore because we might get stung by a jellyfish, but my two friends were not threatened by this as they went swimming and see a bit of the underwater.

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I warned them to not go on the deeper waters because my poor swimming skills couldn’t save a life. Glad they’re obedient.

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Found these crown-like coral reef on the shore and went silly over it. ;)

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It was an expanse of white sand, clear blue water, serene environment and budget-friendly. :)

UP NEXT: BORAWAN ISLAND!

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Treasure on the shore. [Phone not included. :P] (at Dampalitan Island)

Treasure on the shore. [Phone not included. :P] (at Dampalitan Island)