Spotlight Saturday #2: All My Bags Are Packed, I’m Ready To Go

Happy weekend everybody! It’s no longer Saturday from where I hail but it still is from those living halfway across so…

Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner, dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc. 


Spotlighted Blogger

Early on my blogging career, I met this sweet lovely unicorn by the name of Summer (But she’s called Fall now. No pun intended!). I’ve followed her blog since mine was born and I can see how she accelerates twice as much in a short span. Summer blogs over at Xingsings so if you haven’t checked that out yet, YOU SHOULD.

Summer deserves every right to be spotlighted as outlined below:

  1. She’s well known to give bountiful comments on her fellow bloggers. I like how Summer goes the extra mile of reading a post and leaving nice opinions or fangirling comments after.
  2. She’s a fellow Studio Ghibli fan.
  3. To say her bookshelf is majestic is an understatement. Check it out here. Vibrancy at its finest!
  4. She hosts a discussion forum called Summer Says where topics about blogging and books are put up. There’s a lot to learn and ponder upon there.
  5. I well consider her a good friend for sharing Jem Carstairs like how a sibling would for these abovementioned facts and also for her support and kind advices on my non-bookish endeavours.

Spotlighted Blog Post

With work becoming more and more stressful lately, I barely have time to catch up on some posts. This time, I wish to shed limelight to an awesome author, Rawls E. @ Rawls E. Fantasy who fabricates fantasy stories as easy as breathing. Weekly, she participates in a Haiku Challenge and I particularly like her post about grief. E. Rawls, please allow me to quote it:

Snow burdens the pine
Dripping grief, a heavy weight,
Waiting for dawn’s light.

I love this Haiku created by E. Rawls because these words, though minimal in number, elicit several emotions. There’s not an inch of poet in me that I am in complete awe for those who have it in them. Writing could be for me but to be draw it into a poem is not (yet) for me.

Spotlighted Book

My initial goal is to finish Heir of Fire but sadly, I fell into a ToG slump lately. I wanted to read it in one sitting but work burdens don’t permit me to do so. To recuperate from this demotivated state, I plan to buddy read it with an awesome blogger, Nicolette Elzie @ A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly who will be holding a ToG week over the holidays. Fangirling with someone, why not? 😀

I’ve switched to a lighter read which is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. There’s a slight touch of fantasy to it, very Harry Potter, but so far, I’m liking it. The beginning though was slightly a struggle but as the story progresses, everything clicks. I thought of bringing it with me when I travel to occupy the waiting periods.

Spotlighted Moment

Processed with VSCOcamTwo days from now, I will be leaving for Japan for a one-week vacation. This is me temporarily skedaddling from all life pressures, 90 percent of which pinned on my ever beloved work.

I made a climate check and found that it’s fall in Japan now. Being a tropical native, my closet only holds outfits for the wet and dry season. Yup, I don’t normally wear coats, boots, or scarves unless I want to look ridiculously wrapped in a ton of fabric on a sweltering hot day. This week, I spent a fortune buying what I need for my trip and man, my credit card is practically bleeding from scratches. I haven’t even got to Japan and yet I’m already bleeding cash! Now how will I haul all the nice loots there?! Oh the things we do for vanity!

Spotlighted App

I’m a game junkie especially those demanding swift finger motions. Candy Crush? Fruit Ninha? Been there, done that. No longer exciting for me. I’m spotlighting a game app that has got me hooked every day: Cooking Dash 2016

Judge me a juvenile but yeah, this is a game that’s kept my heart racing on my otherwise boring days. Cooking Dash is a cooking game (duh!) where you do mise-en-place and serve customers before their mood drops low. Initially it’s simple but it become complicated as the game progresses. The downside though is that some levels require upgrades to get past through. Upgrades equal to another credit card swipe. Aren’t all apps? *sigh* But seriously, this game is addicting!

Spotlighted Song

Adele’s back! After a long hiatus from her last album, she’s back to say “Hello” to the world! For that, she deserves the spotlight. I miss her cold, soulful voice in her song, Hello. A month from now, she’ll be releasing her album, 25 and I’m excited. My friend fanboyed a lot on Adele and him eternally bubbling about her made me a fan as well.

Not a spotlight but can I just say “Dessert” by Dawin is already getting on my nerve?! I mean, it’s literally on loop everywhere I go. It becomes my pet peeve when a song becomes over popular, it’s chanted by ever single person I meet. If my emotions get the better of me, I will smash someone’s stereo when I hear it. Haha! I apologize for fans.

Spotlighted Quote

I’d like to quote a lyric from Adele’s Hello:

They say that time’s supposed to heal, yeah
But I ain’t done much healing

Time’s typically the best doctor of all wounds but sometimes it can be a quack. “Prevention is better than cure” a nutritionist’s mantra says. Better to think about the consequences before leaping onto an action that could wound someone so deep.

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  1. Ooooh have fun in Japan! 😀 Are you going to one area only or travel all around the country? I would really love to go to Osaka (*cough* The Wizarding World of HP *cough*).
    I agree about Carry On. It started out rather weak. Personally, I was hooked after Baz appeared.


    • Thank you Windie! I’m touring around 5 prefectures but unfortunately, the famous Tokyo is not included. And yup, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the primary reason I’m pursuing this trip!
      You were right! It was a tough start but I’m glad it’s going on smoothly as it progresses. 😀

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  2. Great post! It is always nice to see people spreading the love!
    I’m so jealous of you already having Carry On!!! I want to read it so bad!
    And I absolutely love all of Adele’s music so I am super excited for her to drop the new album. I’ve seen a really funny BuzzFeed video about it and now I can’t wait.


    • Thank you!
      I bought it the first day it was released but since I was bingeing on Throne of Glass then, it had to wait. I hope you’ll love it!
      Yup! Adele still has these songs that tug at the heartstrings.Her comeback was the bomb! 😀

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  3. HAHA, the song “Dessert” is definitely getting on my nerves too! I don’t know if I can’t stand it much longer honestly.


  4. Hmmm, another Jem Carstairs fan?! (isn’t he just amazing?)

    Having just returned from Japan a couple of days ago, I can say that I’m extremely envious of you… I loved it so so much!!!
    I don’t think you’ll need the boots though, I don’t know where you’re going, but Kyoto was extremely hot and Tokyo had nice weather, they were around 23-26ºC, and it never rained.

    Have a nice trip 😀


    • HE IS AMAZING! I’m just glad he had his own fairy tale ending 😀

      Yeah! Your instagram photos made me super excited for this trip, Christina! Whoa really?! Aww too bad I bought a pair already! I was planning on bringing an umbrella but thanks for this weather update. Looks like I no longer needed one 😀

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      • Ahh THANKS BIG TIME! But being used to a tropical weather, I’m worried that what’s hot for some is already cold for us. Don’t you think? My trips not gonna cover Tokyo as we’re on a time-constraint. Just Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, and Nagoya. 😀

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      • I felt it was pretty mild temperature, my mom thought the same and she lives in Africa, in tropical climate too. Just don’t take too much cold clothes, just some ;).

        I really liked OSaka, but I was just there for a few hours 😀 and Kyoto was amazing. Everything else I didn’t see. Are you posting pictures? 😀


      • Ohhh alright! I will heed that advice! It’s a favor to me since I’m saving a lot on baggage allowance so I can haul a lot of goods from there lol
        We will be staying in Osaka so prolly that’s where I’ll be most familiar with. I’m just jealous
        you went to Tokyo! Those green tea pastries looked awesome. And your pictures in Meiji Shriine!! Yup, I’m posting pictures too 😀

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  5. Hope you enjoy your holiday and feel better when you come back! 🙂 Don’t worry about the credit card, just indulge yourself! (Well, maybe not too much lol). I love Cooking Dash and all the time-pressured games, there is just something addicting about it XD


    • Thank you! That really means a lot to me. I will completely erase work while I’m there. I’m gonna live a pauper’s life after this trip!

      Yay! Another Cooking Dash junkie! What level are you in? I can’t get past the Valhalla resto and I’m running out of gold bars! 😛


  6. TT.TT Oh my golly gosh gosh! I feel so honored, thank you so much, Trisha!! ❤ I hope you know I consider you a close friend on here as well. It's been so great seeing how we've both grown as bloggers. Thank you for being with Xingsings since the beginning too (I actually think you were one of my first 20 followers, which is crazy). I'll forever remember our many talks on traveling, future careers, Studio Ghibli, HP, and so much more! AND HOW COOL! I am so excited for you (I'm speaking of the trip)! Please share lots of pictures on instagram if you get the chance; I'd love to keep up with your travels! And Carry On! I'm still so guilty of not reading any Rainbow Rowell yet. I've been promising all these readers/bloggers all over that I'll read some of her work since… beginning of this year? It must happen someday! Anyway, hope you get to see this comment before you trip… Have a super wonderful and safe trip! Wishing you lots of fun; make sure to eat yummy food! 😀


    • You deserve this spotlight, Summer and you’re welcome! 😀

      You were among the very first few who bothered checking out my boring book posts and thank you for that! Haha! I greatly appreciate the long comments and you taking time to catch up on blogs despite your hectic academic life! Good luck to our future careers and of course, to your future trip to Ireland! 😀

      Well, we’re all guilty of promising to read a book until that got buried deep on our TBR list lol. (and with such a huge book collection of yours, I wouldn’t even know where to start!) But yeah, I hope you get around to reading a Rainbow Rowell book soon 😀

      I read this comment before I left but you know what’s weird, it’s only now that I saw your entire post! Haha! And PS authentic Japanese Ramen and Sashimi are the freaking best! 😀

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      • Oh, that’s okay! You’re not the only one! For some reason WP shortens longer comments in the notifications setting, which is pretty annoying but I’m glad you were able to see the rest of my comment. And aww, thank you again, Trisha! ❤


  7. Thank you for spotlighting my haiku, Trisha! ❤ It fills me with encouragement when something I write touches another person. That is my main goal in writing, and I'm so glad this haiku has accomplished that.
    "who fabricates fantasy stories as easy as breathing"–You are good for my self-esteem, Trisha. This has given me a boost of confidence, thank you so much! *virtual hug*

    You are going to Japan? I would love to go there some day! Are you visiting someone you know there? Will you go sight-seeing? I'm looking forward to all of the photos you'll take and hearing about your trip! 🙂


    • Your weekly haikus are the best! Seriously, I went through high school dreading the days when my English teacher would ask us to construct haikus, poems, etc.I’m a hundred percent sure of a promising writing career ahead of you ;D

      I just came back from my trip! Have you been to Japan yet? It was soooo good I wished I could stay there *sigh* I’m an English teacher for Japanese students so while we were on tour, we went to visit them as well. All Japanese people are so kind and patient! That’s what retained to me the most out of this trip. 😀


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