The Stylish Scholar

Meliora Eligo. I Seek the Better Things.

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Screen Mode: Lovest (Love Stage!! Opening Theme)

For me, Izumi and Ryouma are certainly among the cutest BL couples ever. Hihi. :”> It’s really nice when the manga series that you’ve been reading for years gets turned into an anime. The OST truly matches the cuteness of this couple. Looking forward to the future episodes (I wonder how the other ~cough~ scenes will turn out? LOL). :))

~Cris, August 19, 2014

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2014 SFTI International Conference and Invited Exhibition

Honestly, I don’t know where to start. But all I can say is that being part of the recently concluded 2014 SFTI International Conference and Invited Exhibition was a very memorable experience for me.

Being the only fresh graduate, it was a bit daunting to have my creation displayed alongside the works of professors and other professionals from different countries. Inasmuch as it made me feel humbled, it also makes me feel so proud to be a Filipino. :)

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When I saw my name and the photo of my work in the lookbook given during the event, it made me really happy. This kind of opportunity is one of a kind, so I’m lucky to have been selected to participate.

It was also nice to meet delegates from other countries - I found myself bowing in greeting and saying “Annyeonghaseyo” a lot. LOL. :))

This kind of event is highly commendable because people from different parts of the world are brought together - sharing an experience which would lead to a better understanding and appreciation of the culture and traditions of other nations. I believe that all of the artwork presented in the exhibit left a deep impression about the heritage of the respective countries in which the garments originated.image

I enjoyed the different speeches and academic fora. Definitely, I was able to learn a lot. Furthermore, I realized that the additional knowledge I gained will be useful as I pursue my path to being a future professor. Actually, attending this event together with my former educators in UP made me feel like I’m a teacher as well. Haha.

Truly, it was an honor for me to represent the University of the Philippines-Diliman and my country with my creation “Sinag”. Thank you so much to everyone who supported me in this endeavor. :)

~Cris, August 17, 2014

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Above are some photos I took from the artwork exhibit of the 2014 SFTI International Conference and Invited Fashion Exhibition with the theme: “Empathy in Fashion Towards More Sensitive, Responsive and Conscientizing Design”. The featured designs are made by the selected delegates from Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, United States and the Philippines, including yours truly.

Will write about my experience during the event soon. ;)

~Cris, August 14, 2014

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Missing the UP Life

Yesterday, I realized that I never truly appreciated holidays until I finished college and became part of the working sector. I’ve been employed for a month now, and although I like and enjoy what I’m doing, there are some moments when I want to take a short break. A few minutes to pause and to think about… life. LOL. :))

While I was still in college, whenever my friends who graduated ahead of me would come to visit, most of them say that they miss being a student. Life in the labor force was very different, and it’s nice to return to the times when your major problems are the upcoming exams, passing that class with the terror prof, or how will your crush notice you (this would be a nice topic to write about, hihi). Now, I’m slowly beginning to understand what they meant.

Anyway. After I conducted a store visit yesterday, I met with a close friend who I haven’t seen for almost a month. The two of us met in UP because I said that I miss eating the food in school. 

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Clockwise from top: ROC Banoffee Pie, ROC Caffé Mocha, Tiramisu, Dark Mint and Cookie Dough milk teas from Tea Please.

We had afternoon snacks at ROC (Restaurant of Choice) at the UP Bahay ng Alumni. Initially, I wanted to eat my favorite cake (Devil’s Food Cake!) from The Chocolate Kiss, but our attention was caught by the tarp with luscious cakes (strawberry and white chocolate cake…mango cheesecake…banoffee pie…) at ROC. I had banoffee pie which was their specialty. After which, we tried the milk tea at Tea Please Maginhawa. :)

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While my friend and I strolled around the campus, I felt like a tourist - taking photos of the random things that I missed in school. My favorite book shops, the refreshing greenery, the architecture, the stray cats and the wide selection of food. Yes, especially the pancit canton combo meals at the food kiosks. Hahaha. I usually bring lunch and snacks at work (being thrifty is a must), but whenever I don’t have baon, I can only buy at the convenience stores near our building. I actually like some of the budget meals they offer, but honestly, they can get very tiring. That’s why one of the things I miss most about UP is the unlimited food choices. LOL.

It’s strange how you want to leave school when you’re still a student, then wish to return when you finally get out of it. True. Because I’ll be returning to UP after a few years to finish my BA in European Languages and eventually take my master’s degree. Hihi. But for now, I’m focused on the work that I have.

Looking forward to my next holiday (and the Devil’s Food Cake. Teehee). :”>

~Cris, July 30, 2014

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Zetsuen no Tempest

After being preoccupied with work for the past weeks, I was able to find time to watch anime again (yay). I finished watching Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of Tempest) yesterday. :)

The story revolves around high school student Takigawa Yoshino and his childhood friend Fuwa Mahiro, whose sister was mysteriously murdered one year before. Mahiro is contacted by Kusaribe Hakaze, the strongest mage in the world who was left stranded on an unknown deserted island by her followers. Mahiro agrees to help Hakaze in exchange for the use of her powers in finding the culprit for the death of his sister Aika. Upon learning of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the Kusaribe clan who intends to awaken the “Tree of Exodus” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.

Several dialogues and plot elements in this show pay homage to two works of William Shakespeare - The Tempest and Hamlet, which are two stories about revenge, yet have very different endings. One is a tragedy and the other a happy one. Although I am a voracious reader, I’m not that fond of Shakespeare’s works, haha. >.<

Anyway. The story was interesting, as I enjoy watching series with magical elements, but has the modern world as the setting. Though, what I liked most about Zetsuen no Tempest is the relationship between Mahiro and Yoshino. Teehee. :”>

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Yes Sensei, your intuition is right on point. ;)

This anime/manga is actually not BL, but one can still imagine. LOL. Even Aika told Mahiro that he is the right person to stay beside Yoshino (see, there’s approval from the little sister). Hooray for bromance that transcends ancient tree deities, people transformed into metal, girls with strange powers and magic. Hihi. :))

~Cris, July 27, 2014

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