Wander Weekly 05: Exploring a New Musical Terrain

I know it has been months since the last time I wrote for the Wander Weekly series in my blog. When I first started this series, I promised I would publish at least two chapters every month, but somewhere down the road I swept that promise under the rug and decided to confine my mindless musings within the frayed yellowing pages of my tattered journal.

That being said, I have something a bit more interesting to share. I am going to share two of the albums that I am currently exploring these days. I am a huge fan of indie rock as well as progressive rock, but my inclination towards post rock comes as no surprise to me at all as I find this genre a beautiful creation on its own fueled by a passionate stream of heavy rhythm and tenacious slow burn.

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In Silence We Yearn (2015)
by Oh Hiroshima

In Silence We Yearn is a perfect blend of rich musicality and creative visualization. Powered by airy arctic vocals and thick texturizing guitars, the album creates a kind of exploration which transforms the listener to a wanderer and takes him to a long cosmic odyssey in search of silence, and finally returns him beaten with bliss.

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Departure Songs (2015)
by We Lost the Sea

Departure Songs takes its inspiration from the tragic stories of people across history. The five melodramatic songs in this album are both a celebration of the extraordinary feat of human will and determination as well as a tribute to those witnesses of the appalling horror of catastrophe which unfolds before us every single day.

As the artists put it, this album is a tribute and a catharsis of emotion and honesty. True enough, the range of human emotions embedded in the album extends from the absolute tipping point of bliss to the absolute tipping point of torment, each becoming ever stronger with every single note.

This instrumental album is a wordless attempt to recreate expression by means of translating meaning to melody and to communicate the message through the cosmic language that is music.

I am going to leave a link to the artists’ official websites here in case you might be interested to check them out.

In Silence We Yearn (2015)
by Oh Hiroshima

Departure Songs
by We Lost the Sea

The Lottery Tag

About a week ago, Natalie published a new interesting blog tag named The Lottery Tag. Here is a quick synopsis of the tag.

Imagine you won the lottery. There is no set sum of money – it could be $100 or $100m dollars – let your imagination run with it. All up for interpretation. Tell us what you would do with that money, and then tag a couple of your blogging friends to do the same.

I love creative blog tags. They allow for a chance to stretch your imagination and they are so much fun to write. Here’s a shout-out to Natalie for coming up with such a unique tag.

Today I was more than happy to be nominated for this tag by none other than the pretty beauty blogger Siyana.

Let’s begin with the tag!

SMALL STUFF:

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If someone hands me my lottery winnings right at this very moment, I would definitely run straight to the nearest mall to purchase a Canon G7X Mark II.

I’ve been wanting to own a good camera for as long as I can remember. I was so close to buying one last year but decided to purchase a smartphone instead. While I don’t regret my Iphone, I still feel unsatisfied with the entire Iphoneography experience and still wish to take better photos with a more powerful camera.

BIGGER STUFF:

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I would take my family to a trip around the country. The Philippines is well known for its beautiful beaches and exotic islands. If I have the money to spend, I wouldn’t miss the chance to tour and to go island-hopping.

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I would also love to go backpacking across Europe and to visit some of my most favorite cities such as Amsterdam and Prague.

I would also set aside some money to finance my graduate studies. But even without a lottery win, I am still going to make this happen, hopefully within this year or the next.

REALLY BIG STUFF:

I would contribute to the local organization which supports mental health recovery and advocacy. I would also establish some kind of a recreational community program for those battling with anxiety and depression. I know it sounds like your average support group session but I envision something more engaging and more connected to the passion of each individual. It is my wish to be able to help in any way I can those who suffer from mental illness.

Finally, somewhere in this blog I wrote about my all-time bizarre dream of reaching outer space. If I could have the means, I would buy myself the permission to travel in space and if I were lucky, maybe land on Mars or the Moon haha.

ON THE MATTER OF MONEY:

I like to end this post with a video from one the most successful vloggers to ever come out of YouTube. Michelle Phan almost hit the lottery jackpot so to speak by becoming one of the most influential beauty creators in social media. But even in the sea of fame and fortune, there was still a part of her that no amount of money or success was able to satisfy. In her latest video, she narrates her story on how money was able to buy many things like peace of mind, comfort, status—anything but happiness.

MY NOMINEES:

That is all for today’s blog post.
See you again in the next one.

Thank you for dropping by! 💕wander-summer-blog-signature

Under Northern Skies

I know myself too well and I know for certain that when someone asks me to go out of town, I would be quick to run for the nearest exit before I could even say no.

I am a terrible traveler. It takes me forever to pack for a trip. I always get motion sickness twenty minutes into the ride. I have a set of feet made only for strolling city streets and I have zero sense of direction.

But things were different this time around. When mama asked if I wanted to come and take a road trip to the North, I caught myself by surprise when I immediately said yes.

It was a quick single day trip. We were going to pay a visit to an old church and to attend a luncheon for someone in the extended family who successfully passed the recent bar exams.

Early Saturday morning, we were picked up by a private bus which will take us to the province of Pangasinan. The road was slippery and the skies were heavy with rain.

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By the time we got to Tarlac, the skies started to clear. From the bus window, I watched the great span of green stretching across the horizon. For a moment, there were no busy boulevards and towering skyscrapers in sight, but only the marriage of earth and sky.

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We reached the church at around 10 am. The place was pretty crowded and there were people in every direction. It was difficult to determine the locals from the tourists as the faces of strangers melted into one.

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I didn’t take a lot of photos that day. I just took my time looking at things and wanting to know what it feels like to look at them for the first time. I am not a Catholic and I do not have that flaming sense of religiosity one usually has when visiting a church, but there is a kind of serenity in being one with other people’s belief and taking this understanding was the heart of my experience.

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By modern standards, I might be a terrible tourist. I cannot for the life of me take a proper selfie in front of the shrine, or take other people’s photos without cropping their heads or their feet.

But I am glad that somehow I am still able to see new lands and to recognize this sense of wonder for a place so foreign yet so familiar. It is my wish to throw myself out there and to see more of my beautiful country and maybe get myself a good camera too so I can capture places more beautifully.

Blog Update: 500 Followers | Q & A: Ask Me Anything | Blog Awards and Tags

Hello and happy first of June everyone!  I am going to jump start the month with a blog update.

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Book Review: Descending into the Lonely Spiral of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

book review the bell jarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies.

A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic. (Goodreads)


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Book Review: A Return to the Absolute via Quentin Meillassoux’s After Finitude

book review after finitude After Finitude by Quentin Meillassoux

The exceptional lucidity and the centrality of argument in Meillassoux’s writing should appeal to analytic as well as continental philosophers, while his critique of fideism will be of interest to anyone preoccupied by the relation between philosophy, theology and religion.

Meillassoux introduces a startlingly novel philosophical alternative to the forced choice between dogmatism and critique. After Finitude proposes a new alliance between philosophy and science and calls for an unequivocal halt to the creeping return of religiosity in contemporary philosophical discourse. (Preface, Alain Badiou)


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An Ode to Sinking Sorrows

There should be a word for the gap in our souls, for this hollow space in our chest where our hearts used to be.

I reach out for myself, dragging my hand all the way down my trembling lips, my bruised neck, my aching collarbones, and notice the cracks stretching infinitely into that lonely cave they call heartbreak. I let my hand wander further and find my skin a vast ocean of memories. My eyes water, my tears forming pool and tracing an island of scars.

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The Cramm Award & The Dawn Dagger Challenge

Hi there! I’m going to share some more blog awards today. I’m sending my thanks to Bella Inizio for nominating me for the Cramm Award, and to Jordyn for tagging me for the Dawn Dagger Challenge. Thank you for putting me on the list, lovely ladies. Also, special thanks to theCramm for creating this award. Continue reading “The Cramm Award & The Dawn Dagger Challenge”

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hello there! Today, I am going to share with all of you another exciting blog award. Last week, I was nominated by My Tragic Universe for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you for the nomination, MTU. I honestly find her blog poetically beautiful, so please take time to check it out. Also a huge thank you to Okoto for creating this award.

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Blog Update: 400 Followers | 50K Site Views | Blog Awards and Tags

April has been a dry season for this little blog, as I was able to put up only four blog posts for the past four Saturdays of the month. Today, I thought it appropriate to finally cap off this month-long inactivity by giving a quick update on the blog and by thanking everyone for their continued support for this little space on the Internet that is my cyber home.

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Inside my Homicide: A Verse in Purification

I thought I would never to be able to bring myself to write another entry here.

But here I am once again: scribbling a letter after another until I finally make up a word, a sentence, a paragraph that’s lucid enough to express my apparent ambiguity and my obscure speculations about the world, about everything I know (or thought I knew).

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Wander Summer First Blog Party

Hello everyone! A few days ago, I reached the 300 Followers Milestone and to celebrate this achievement, I am putting up my first blog party. I know 300 doesn’t seem much at first but it’s more than enough for me to be extremely grateful for getting to know other bloggers from all over the world and for being a part of this wonderful blogging community.

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The Liebster Award

Hello everyone! Please excuse me for posting twice today. I just want to publish these blog awards as soon as possible, so I could share these blog awards with other bloggers too.

In line with this, I would like to thank Siyana for the nomination. She’s such a sweet pretty blogger from the UK. Please feel free to check out her lovely blog. 💕

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The Blogger Recognition Award

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