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Monday, September 7, 2015

Weekend Rambling [#6]: My Life Lately: Smule, #PLF2015 and College!

Weekend Rambling is where I discuss/rant/ramble about random things, bookish or non-bookish alike. Everyone's welcome to share their thoughts!

So it's been a while since I posted a personal post here. I missed you, loves! I'm practically buried under real life stuff, ya know. Things have been kinda crazy, hence the inconsistent posts. Anyway, I'd just like to share with you guys what's been happening in Julie-verse lately. ^__^  

  • Smule. I recently discovered this music-making app through a local celebrity I've been following online. It's really fun to sing duets with other people all over the world. I have a terrible singing voice so I'm not going to share my recordings (haha!), but I don't care; I just sing my heart out. ^__^ I'm somewhat addicted to Smule now. #noregrets
  • College. Me complaining about school is nothing new. It seems like I'm always neck-deep in schoolwork that I rarely have time to read and blog lately. As of this writing, it's midterm exams week, what am I doing here? I should be studying! we have a stage play I have to write a script for, and demo teaching I have to prepare for. AAAHHH I need a timeturner!!
  • #PLF2015. I went to my first bookish event! Eeeeeep!! The Philippine Literary Festival 2015 was held last August 28th to 30th at Raffles Hotel, Makati City, and our Advanced Composition class attended the Day 1 of the festival. I literally fangirled so hard when I was informed that our professor was encouraging us to attend. ASDFJASHDKGJL!!! ^__^ I was ogling the schedule days before and it was hard to pick which panels to attend since there were at least three happening simultaneously. In the end, my friends and I decided to go to these panels: 
  1. Visual Literacy: Films Educate (With screening of Film excerpts, for teachers and students) with Prof. Nick DeOcampo. 
    This was a really engaging talk. Prof. Deocampo is an eloquent and compelling speaker, and there was never a dull moment during his lecture. He talked about how film literacy could be integrated in the K-12 curriculum. I was starstruck the whole time I was listening to him, so I actually forgot to take notes. *facepalm*

  2. Is Flash Fiction Fiction? with Noelle de Jesus, Justine Camacho, Nathaniel Chua.
    (L-R) Noelle de Jesus and Justine Camacho
    Flash fiction is something new to me, that's why I chose this panel. The photo above shows Noelle de Jesus (editor of Fast Food Fiction: Short Short Stories to Go) answering the question "Is flash fiction fiction?" (She said yes, of course.) The text behind her was actually Justine Camacho's powerpoint presentation. So basically, flash fiction is a new genre(?) for really short stories, maybe less than 1,000 words. That's something you can finish in just one sitting. Their book, Fast Food Fiction is a collection of such short stories. I haven't read the book, but it's really appealing. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to buy any book from the festival because I'm broke. T_T

  3. Gayness and Happiness with Danton Remoto, Art Sta.Ana, J.Neil Garcia, Trixie Maristela.
  4. Now, this panel made my stomach ache from laughing and my heart burst from happy feels. Hearing these people talk about their experiences being in the LGBT community is an enlightening and inspiring experience. And the love story of Art and Trixie had the audience swooning! Aw, my heart! ^__^ 

  5. Beyond Bakla: Writing a Post-Acceptance Voice in the Pre-Acceptance Philippines with Wanggo Gallaga, Evan Tan, Don Jaucian, Martin Yambao, Jonathan Ong, Elfer Mallari, Paolo Lorenzana of Team Magazine
I'm sure by now you can tell that I suck at taking pictures.
So the only reason I got to this panel was because it had hot gay men. LOL :D Okay, maybe not the only reason. (Hehee..) Anyway, this talk came after the Gayness and Happiness one, and I was curious about what the Team Magazine has to say on writing about being gay in our present society. Team Magazine is a gay Filipino mag, and it was the first time I heard of such so of course I had to go to this panel. I love LGBT talks because I don't think they're given enough voice, especially here in the Philippines. (Filipinos are conservative, ya know.) This was also an interesting lecture, not to mention that my eyes feasted on these hot guys. :D

Oh, and Meg Wolitzer and Matthew Quick also had their book signings, but I also didn't attend because those were in the second and third day, and I don't have copies of their books anyway.

PLF 2015 was such a fun experience, doubly so for a bookworm like me. Although like I said, I wasn't able to buy any books. *sniffs* And I'm still grieving over the fact that I only attended the first day. I really wanted to meet Ricky Lee and Mina Esguerra, whose events are both on the second day. Hopefully next year I'll be able to attend all three days of the festival. Hopefully.

That's pretty much what's been happening in my life lately. Whew! As you can see, PLF is the only exciting thing that happened. Meh.

 What about you, folks? Share your recent hobbies and adventures! What keeps you busy nowadays, aside from reading and blogging? I'd love to know! ^__^

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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