There’s no buddy like a middle brother

오빠 – 동생 quote. ( Oppa – Dongsaeng) 

Oppa is the Korean word used by a younger sister to address an older brother. 

Dongsaeng is the Korean word used by an older sister/brother to a younger sibling. 

(image from pinterest)

I seem to be talking a lot at home whenever my middle brother is at home, which is not very often. As for the talking, it’s because I don’t have anyone else to talk to when he’s not around but myself. And because I share the same interests with him in most things, I can talk to him about these.

The ‘kwentuhan’ (chatting or dicussing) started with the movie “About Time” then it went to how pale and how ginger Domhnall Gleeson (Tim in the movie) is; to what “something rectangular” means from one of Tim’s dialogues; then it was The Legal Wife as I had my TV tuned to the program; up to Giordano’s Korean superstar endorsers So Ji-sub and Shin Min-ah and Jang Dong-gun as well as former Giordano model; Wes Anderson’s movies; Divergent’s Shailene Woodley; and how The Fault in Our Stars is a bit too predictable and teenybopper; Meteor Garden, Princess Hours, Lovers in Paris; how Dakota Fanning now have more competition in the presence of Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld; the new horror Oculus; to the two Pinay runner ups’ at Asia’s Next Top Model; to Paulo Avelino; Kathryn Bernardo; Pangako Sa’yo; and the now married Keira Knightley, Carrie Mulligan and Sienna Miller who happen to be friends; Jude Law; James McAvoy; Tilda Swinton; Eddie Redmayne; Rinko Kikuchi; Felicity Jones, Robert Pattinson; the upcoming movie Crimson Peak, Snowpiercer; Mia Wasikowska; Daniel Radcliffe; Jessica Chastain; the upcoming Cinderella movie; Ethan Hawke; Alfonso Cuaron; and Juno Temple – the curly and bad cousin from Atonement who looks so different now.

That precious F4 Pepsi poster

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I had the sudden urge to clean the poster just now, wiped it with alcohol because it’s so dusty.  A little tattered on the edges now, but still a precious piece of growing up.

I remember getting this poster from a 7-eleven branch that used to be near my place. That time, I didn’t know how to avail of such so I asked the shop attendant how I can get the poster.

It was covered partly for quite awhile with a corkboard. And when I looked at it awhile ago, I decided to ditch the corkboard that has gone so useless, dusty and to make way for the poster to shine again. ^^

Feeling great with Hazelnut Macchiato

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Yesterday, that feeling of sipping Starbucks’ new beverage – Hazelnut Macchiato, and only paying P30 for it, because I received a promo code last Thursday is just pure awesome. P30 for a venti Hazelnut Macchiato, I didn’t even felt the need to buy food because venti is more than enough for me.

This and while reading a newspaper and almost finishing “The Deep Blue Sea.”

The birthday to have made me smile

I call him my gorgeous sunshine

I call him my gorgeous sunshine

I don’t really wake up that early on a Sunday, but I did on his birthday. Whose birthday am I talking about? It’s not a boyfriend because I’ve never had one. It’s not even a close friend from college or high school. It is the birthday of Tom Hiddleston who is miles away from me. I’ve never met him or even seen him in person, but I just know for some reason he’s a beautiful kind-hearted man – more than just being a celebrity.

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Tom’s birthday cakes

It’s a common fangirl thing to be celebrating the birthday of your ‘biases.’ I do it most of the time, whenever one of my biases is celebrating his birthday. I seriously go out of my way to buy a cake for the birthday celebrant, though he won’t really see it anyway or even eat it.

Tom is no exception; he is now a certified bias.  His birthday has totally lifted my spirits from a week of big ruin that was directed at me. I just literally lost all enthusiasm to even go to work, after that big bad news on the first day of the week. And then 9th February, Sunday, t’was Tom’s birthday and for a day, I forgot what happened days before.

I was just simply excited to take a picture of the mini cakes and tweet it to him. And when I went online to check my mail, Facebook, that’s when I saw this fan video of him getting out of the Donmar Warehouse. He was pretty surprised to be welcomed by fans outside, saying happy birthday to him. He was totally smiling, it really made him happy. He said thank you and had this phone sign gesture while saying “I have to go” while still smiling as he got in the car.

That thought of him smiling when he was greeted by fans just made me really smile. It always leaves me in awe how he’s always so appreciative of the fans gesture of love to him. I can only wish I was there to greet him personally.

He’s been such a figure of happiness and inspiration to me, which is why I wanted to thank him, from Manila all the way to London. I actually spent something to send him a birthday package containing one of my favourite novels ever – Haruki Murakami’s “South of the Border, West of the Sun,” a pouch from Kultura, a letter, and some postcards sans the tea. He really loves tea so I really wanted to let him have a taste of a different kind of tea, but there’s a restriction to sending stuff like this.

My birthday package for Tom's birthday

My birthday package for Tom’s birthday

I don’t really spend this much when it comes to bias gifts. With the guys of Shinhwa, I usually just ask friends attending the Seoul concert to hand the gifts over, or I hand it over myself to the concert stop I’ll be going. However with Tom, there’s just no other way I can send him something other than to send it to his management in London.

I hope he finds the book enjoyable and the pouch useful every day. I hope the postcards have shown him a bit about the Philippines for him to consider having a vacation on his days off. And the letter, my three-page long letter, I hope I was able to convey my many thanks and hugs for his presence and the beautiful inspiration he sparks (although not personal presence) in my simple happy fangirl life.

And oh, here’s a little story at the office in reference to dear Tom’s birthday from my editor. (From len_armea @Instagram)

I gave the two cupcakes to my editor and to ate.

I gave the two cupcakes to my editor and to ate.

I just arrived when my editor was talking to someone on her phone, so I just left the cupcake on her table. She was a bit annoyed and when she sat down after the call, she saw the cupcake and asked who’s it from. I told her it’s from me. Knowing how thrifty I am, she asked for the reason. Ate (older sister) told her, “It’s because it’s Loki’s birthday.” My editor was like, “Seriously?” So I nodded. And she couldn’t help but laugh. See, Tom’s birthday is giving positive vibes not only to me but to others too. So thank you, bless you my gorgeous sunshine.