Вокруг да около: Два месяца

Два месяца в терзаниях и мучениях от бесконечной ломки пальцев, и мыслей, желающих вырваться в привычную паутину.

У кого-то жизни успевают кардинально перевернуться за это время!

Люди сдают экзамены, женятся, накачивают идеальный пресс. Диеты обещают потерю 10 кг за эти нещадные 8 недель.

Ровно столько времени доступ к любимому блогу, вместо привычного “добро пожаловать” выдавал мне “опачки”. 

То ли Tumblr решил меня проучить за излишнюю сопливость, то ли вселенная решила, что я заигралась в “блогера”! В конечном счете, сути это не меняет.

Я мучилась, стучала во все двери сообществ и тех. поддержек и вуаля, я снова здесь.

Вообщем, если кто-то вдруг заметил мое отсутствие, мало ли, скучал по мне, ребята…протрите грусть с ваших лиц - я снова с Вами.

ну а если не скучали, просто знайте, я снова буду маячить в вашей ленте.

Quotes, among other things

I remember a conversation I had once and I’m sharing the quotes that reminded me of it.

How are you? I was asked one notsogood day years ago.

On that notsogood day, I had answered with, “undecided, down, fat, irresponsible, and directionless.” 

Sylvia Plath says, “Why the hell are we conditioned into the smooth strawberry and cream, Mother Goose world, Alice in Wonderland fable, only to be broken on the wheel as we grow older and become aware of ourselves as individuals with a dull responsibility in life?”

And maybe Jean-Paul Sarte answers with an, “We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are.”

But in the end, Alexandre Dumas got it right with The Count of Monte Cristo writing, “I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.

To be happy, get ready for battle, gentlemen.
As Much As I Want to Change My Profession to "Blogger"

It’s probably a puzzling thing for foreigners to find out that the Philippines have a good number of holidays annually and what’s more, the second longest is probably on Holy Week which starts tomorrow started last Palm Sunday this week. 

Holidays for offices and employees starts tomorrow on Maundy Thursday, but as of 0530, I am going to miss work today to fly - which I think is the most joyous thing one could ever experience in this life (apart from birth, which only females can do, you know, no matter how you argue that males help also).

So, this is a hi, a wave, and a thousand apologies to those adorable people who have posted on my Ask box! I adore you, please don’t un-follow me! (/_ _)/

Here, my face!

I am going to be writing blog posts and answering your questions today!

Look forward to it!

- -

For the meantime: 

To Anon who asked, “Tokyo or Osaka?" Tokyo. Osaka. JAPAN.

To Anon who asked, "What do I do in Tokyo?" Breathe Tokyo. Eat Tokyo. See Tokyo. Fall in love with Tokyo. Fall in love in Tokyo.

To the Anon who asked, yes, I have a day job. No matter how much I want to change my profession to "Blogger,” I cannot. Besides, I need to fund all my travels, yo!

P.P.S. To another Anon, yes, I will email you your itinerary. I said I am open to helping with doing itineraries but please be nice. I think I’m quite nice, too. 

P.S.S. To another other Anon - unless you’re only one Anon - yes, I reply. My job gives me some leeway to be on my phone and yes, I do reply. Actually, I always reply. I find it rude not to reply. And I am quite nice and not rude, you know.

To all other Anons - I will get back to you on your wonderful questions - because some are hilarious, while others are serious and like doctor consultation (which I find hard to answer but I will, don’t worry), while most is about wonderful Japan and if I’m Japanese. KEEP ASKING!

I love it! Please ASK/TELL me something! \(^ ^)

Now, I ask you, how will you spend this (Holy) Week?

  • Voice Meme

So I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this thing, but I promised a treat to all of you since I reached 300 followers so I thought I’d let y'all hear what I sound like. ☺️

Your name and username.

Where you’re from.

Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY.

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?

What do you call your grandparents?

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Choose a book and read a passage from it.

Do you think you have an accent?

Be a wizard or a vampire?

Do you know anyone on Tumblr in real life?

End audio post by saying any THREE words you want.

I’m s'posed to tag people but who am I to tell you what to do? If you wanna do this, do it. 😉

{ 18,553 deep, deep bow bow }

Though 3 days late, let me tell you the profound gratitude I can’t help but be overwhelmed in now that GIRLWHOLOVESRED turns 2 - blog birthday is actually 23 January 2013.

It was only last year that made me thank every-single-one of you, dear readers who have graced this very unworthy blog site, GIRLWHOLOVESRED, with your presence. My goal last year was to hit double the amount of traffic that came last year.

Now, I can’t help but keep my head down m( _ _ )m for having almost tripled (well, x2.66) the number of visitors over the last 365 368 days! YAY!!! YOU ALL AWESOME!!! (*˙︶˙*)☆*°  

Now let me share with you some key milestones that I am truly, truly grateful for..

The best thing that happened in 2014 was getting a blog logo and identity which is all thanks to The Playground Graphic Design! *.⋆( ˘̴͈́ ॢ꒵ॢ ˘̴͈̀ )⋆.*

The highlight of 2014 is definitely attending AnimeJapan - which I haven’t blogged about in full - and traveling all over beautiful Japan, thrice.

My face last March traveling and doing selfies on my own in Tokyo!

The most wonderful thing of 2014 is, hands down, being in Tokyo with The Kareshi last December during the holidays. This was us last White Day.

And lastly, thank you.. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to my old and new readers, the followers - who I always think must’ve hit the button wrongly - and the people who comment in my useless blog.

I have big dreams about GIRLWHOLOVESRED. It will make me most happy, if at any point, this blog has been of use to you.

Let’s triple the hits next blog birthday~ (*ฅ́˘ฅ̀*)

Tokyo, Oh, Tokyo!

It’s my 5th day in and I have this panicky, overwhelming urge to desperately buy any device that can put you in two places at once / stop time or even slow it down some!

Even if my first trip to Tokyo was a mere 4 months ago {December 2012}, there are still so many places to see, and I’m running out of time! (Sweat drop)

It’s a good thing the family is spending the holidays here!

So, a dreamy, happy smile from Tokyo and a wave to everyone! (*¯︶¯*)

#ASK girlwholovesred ANSWERED

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE! I answer all questions/comments now.. (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

To questions about MY Japan travels, please see JAPAN tag. Will update this soon! Cross my ❤! 

For Japan VISA concerns, click hereIf you still have questions, ASK some more? Or leave Anon comment on Disqus (it’s allowed)!

To Anon who asked, “Do you regret your current profession, and instead wanted to be really a blogger? :)" 

I am second-guessing you and wondering if you are from my profession ٩(^ᴗ^) Nevertheless, though not reflective with GWLR, I’ve been blogging since before the word was famous, 2004 thereabouts and moved around since then. I thoroughly enjoy blogging but found that I’m too open and "out there” hence the move away from (Insert Emotion Here) emo-ness to more mature emo-ness here.

If you don’t know yet, I wasn’t able allowed to pursue what was in my heart which was ultimately, writing (and traveling). I was told in not so many words that being a writer does not put food on the table and would ultimate lead to unhappiness. Do I regret my current profession? I don’t think I do. I’ve met a lot of really good friends, earned a lot of life experiences, and probably a few good points in Heaven with my profession. It’s not easy though. There’s no money in it, too, contrary to popular belief. 

But really, I considered myself a teacher more. That’s one of my part-time jobs ✧(・ิᴗ・ิ )

If you want to find out more about me, what I do, or anything you want to say? The ASK box is open 24/7!

To Anon who asked, “Do you support other blogs?”

And for other questions regarding exchanging buttons:

Please install my button first up on your blog, and if your blog is better than mine, click on GWLR ❤ BLOGS via Passionfruit ads, and I’ll approve your button immediately on GWLR! 

I get notified and can instantly approve ad purchases and button exchanges when you go through Passionfruit vs the old way of manually installing code and html (which takes more time).

To Anon (WHY ARE YOU ALL ANONS ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌) who asked, “What about Japan did you fall in love with?”

Trick question. WHAT’S THERE NOT TO LOVE!

It’s now 0331. I need to be up by 0530. So that gives me less than two hours of sleep if I do get to sleep. 

Please don’t unfollow me~!

Is your question still unanswered? Still have something to say? 

The ASK box is open 24/7! ♡´・ᴗ・`♡

OHHH MY G-D i just noticed that the prson who made this post (which was then beautifully torn appart by lesbianpri/vileges) is the same one who accused me of being a r*pe apologist, spread lies about me, was INCREDIBLY lesbophobic, said that ‘dyke’ can be ~reclaimed~ by any ‘feminine non-straight person’, defended the use of ‘monosexism’ and claimed that lesbians oppress them(they identified as bi at the time)

{ 6,958 deep bows }

It is the year 2014. How was the first three weeks of the new year been for you?

As of the 23rd day of the first month of this new year, my blog has had 6,958 pairs of eyes go through it. I thank you all (bows deeply) m( _ _ )m

It is now 0307 says my Mac and while Songza’s “Indie Goes Epic” playlist keeps me company for the activity, Staying Up All Night, I am feeling quite overwhelmed and truly grateful (bows deeply again).

The year 2013 was said to be a bad one for my sign (do you know what yours is?) and though I wasn’t armed with any charm or amulet, I think I came out stronger, calmer, and more focused on what I want to do with my life.. Plus, 2014 has opened with so much work (teaching), opportunities (writing, hopefully, with fingers crossed!), and events (new classes, birthdays, Chinese New Year) that I couldn’t help but feel good on what I can do better this year.

Let me tell you a secret, since you’re all being so nice to me.

It’s the first birthday I celebrated without crying. I feel absolutely loved and blessed for welcoming 2014 with such happiness (and friends do tell me I look it)!

Alas, the Great Procrastinator in me has really left a number of posts unwritten: anime and cosplay conventions, the last installment for my SnK review, travel stories, teaching posts and tips, and general life updates, to name a few.

While I am sure I’ve lost some followers / readers because of the inconsistent updates and posts, I do aim to not bore anyone this year and to double the number of bows by 2015. Big, big words.

I’ll show you how I’m made of stronger stuff now, just you wait!ヾ(*´∇`)ノ