Monday Things // Vol 3


Photographs of forgotten housing estates in Paris. I’ve been looking so much into this city recently. Not so sure if it’s my heart that has been doing all the calling (yearning).


I’m currently looking into learning another language. Okay, so I have to admit that I have tried learning a new language before: Spanish in fact, thinking it would be easy for me to adapt (since most Filipino words are derived from said language). However, after few weeks in, I gave up. The most I could get to it were a couple of phrases that I didn’t even learn from my self learning whim, but from Dora the Explorer, which I used to watch every morning when my two year old niece still lived with us. How sad, really.

But this post from Victoria McGinley, How to Learn Language as An Adult is a true gem on its own, and me stumbling upon it has perfect timing. I’m hoping to take Global Studies as a certificate course later in the year and it would be a great help once I start taking my Japanese (or Korean? Haven’t decided yet) language classes.


I’m currently drooling over this AirBnB Guide to Paris. By drooling I mean partly crying on the inside, as well. Until my dreams of visiting one of my favorite cities, this stays bookmarked and buried under a special place in my heart.


My friend Jonver and I were discussing dreams and plans about New York one night and he sent me this amazing podcast by Allison Behringer, a media intern narrating about her newfound work and life in the said city. Her genuine honesty adds to the raw, charming quality of the podcast – listening to her would make you feel like you’re simply having a catch up with an old friend, over coffee.

And to add in the list of podcasts I’ve been listening to lately: Modern Love, a collaboration podcast by New York Times and WBUR, Boston’s NPR News station. Familiar voices include Judd Apatow, Sarah Paulson, January Jones, and many more.


Sometimes I am envious of JK Rowling’s ability to come up with any bouts of information regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and a huge portion of the human population would be at her mercy. Imagine that kind of power, darlings. She could literally tell me that Dumbledore’s eyebrows were heavy carat gold at one point and I would still cry out of happiness because it’s brand new HP information.

Nevertheless, weeks ago, she announced four new additions to schools in the Wizarding world. How amazing. There’ve been a number of AUs and Wizarding World school concepts on tumblr before but this time we actually have descriptions of canon!schools that existed. Imagine the amount of new fanfiction and fanart we could get!! (!!!!)

And also, we’re getting a publication of The Cursed Child. I’m honestly not too excited over this as it isn’t remotely close to a new Harry Potter book that we’ve been hoping for, no matter how much the media likes to blow it out of proportion. It’s not even written by JK Rowling herself but by someone named Jack Thorne, and it is only a published script/screenplay of the production that was held in London months ago. Still, I’m happy for some growth in the HP world and anything new is enough to quench my Potter thirst (for now).

That’s it for Monday things. I’m doing my best to update this blog more frequently, because I have too much that I’m thrilled to share: playlists, recent finds, things I adore and love. And I’m trying to write more often, too. I’ve been immersing myself in so much things that used to spark inspiration in me: reading, staying in coffee shops (and observing people), watching films and such.

My life in the past week has been all about work (which I’m enjoying immensely despite the overwhelming frenzy) and looking for a new home. On my second day at the sales floor, our department became number one in the store, the district, and the region in terms of numbers! I’m so happy. Some of my friends from Tommy have also visited me over the weekend. March has been great to me so far and I couldn’t be any more grateful.

Hope everyone will have a beautiful week. <3


Cara likes to read, write and laze around in her spare time. She goes into trance whenever she walks into bookstores and antique shops. She hopes to write about many adventures she'll have one day.


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    Louise Ramos

    March 15, 2016

    Also trying to learn a new language. And also gave up. I was too immersed in it for about two weeks, practicing and reading daily–then poof–gone. LOL. I opened up the article you linked and maybe (hopefully), it’ll get me back on track again.
    Caffeine Rush

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      March 15, 2016

      Hi Louise, let me know how it goes with your journey of learning a new language! 🙂 I still haven’t made enough time out of my day to dedicate myself to at least learning five new words but I’ve been so busy with my job. Hopefully I’d be more committed to this, as I thought I would be /lol.

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    March 21, 2016

    I used to think that going to Paris is such a cliché thing to do. It’s like everyone’s bucket list has the Eiffel Tower on it. But seeing the forgotten housing estates and the AirBnb guide is making me re-think or re-imagine Paris in a different way. I’m starting to dream of it too. 🙂

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      March 27, 2016

      Hi Denise, I quite understand how you feel about Paris, I used to think that the city itself is the epitome of a romantic cliche. But now, I think otherwise, because I realized that each city always has a different charm to offer: those empty streets, sidewalks, the local diner in the corner… just small things like those. It’s those spaces in these cities that make me want to travel, really. 🙂

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    March 22, 2016

    I learned Nihongo in highschool because it’s part of the curriculum. It’s really fun to learn a new language, but it’s also hard haha In college, I was able to take two semester of Spanish and a semester of Nihongo (the advanced one). I also thought Spanish is easy because most of Filipino words come from Spanish. But I hate verb conjugations! Haha Based on what I learned, I ca say Nihongo is easier than Spanish. Hehe

    Until now, I haven’t read or watched HP films haha I’ve watched a few scenes, but that’s it. I also tried to read the book, but that was way back in highschool when I have 0% interest to books haha so i am not updated with JK ROwling, or any authors, in that case. Hehe

    Hope you could write more! I love reading them 🙂

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      March 27, 2016

      That honestly sounds so cool. My school offered language lessons but they weren’t necessarily part of the school curriculum, they were simply extra classes that you take on weekends, and awkward, teenager me didn’t want to give up her “me time” to learn French. I doubt the handful of my classmates who applied learned anything either, so I have no regrets. But I *do* wish that I was more serious about this when I was younger, I think it would’ve been easier for me to learn new languages then.

      (I’ve seriously given up on Spanish.)

      I love, love, love, love, love, love, love HP right to the dry ends of my soul and the bottom of my heart, but I also understand that not everyone is as passionate about it as I am. I mean… I live and *breathe* HP. Hahaha. Don’t worry. We all have our own thing. 🙂

      Thank you for liking my writing!!! <3 This always makes me so happy. I've written lately, to my heart's relief. I'm just thinking of whether or not to share them, because they seem too raw and personal (as always).