This is my first attempt to do a mixtape. I’ve never made one for anyone before but since Ceejae has been doing good on her awesome Mixtape Monday business for some time now, I asked her if she could make me one and in return, I’ll put up something too for her. So technically, she’s the first girl who’s gonna get a mixtape from me. Haha! She’s my ang-dami-nating-feelings friend anyway; I don’t mind.

The November Rain mix is inspired by how this month was welcomed by cold weather. And what I really love during these days is we get to slack off and be calm whether when you’re riding the bus or driving a car, reading a book or just curling up in a ball while good music is on. I don’t intend to trigger the letting-you-push-the-feelings-will-suck-you button, it’s not the purpose of this. I hope anyone who would download the mix will like what I made. I know most of the artists here are not that known, but hey, this is my kind of music and I love it like that so… life.

  1. Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors - Editors
  2. Almanac - The Acorn 
  3. Walking on a Dream - Empire of the Sun
  4. Turn to Spring - Shelley O’Brien
  5. Crystalized - The XX
  6. Hospital Beds - Cold War Kids  
  7. Let It Roll - Train
  8. Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis - Brand New
  9. On Fire - Switchfoot
  10. I Don’t Want To See You - Camera Obscura
  11. Coming Home - John Legend
  12. Towers (The Karma Kid Re-Rub Remix) - Bon Iver
  13. Blonde on Blonde - Nada Surf 
  14. Undertow - Warpaint

Download the November Rain mixtape here. Photo credits to We Heart It.


Rule 1 - Post the Rules
Rule 2 - Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then make 11 new ones.
Rule 3 - Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
Rule 4 - Let them know you’ve tagged them.

leysritt14's questions:

1. What time of the day do you feel the most relaxed?

I am definitely most relaxed the wee hours of the morning, at around 2 to 4am. I love and enjoy the peace and quiet at those times.

2. A talent that very few people know about? (pics or it’s not true… kidding. but pictures would be nice :D wait, is that allowed?)

Oh damn, I don’t have many talents. I can bend my thumb so it can reach my forearm, though:

3. Would you rather spend your last day on earth righting every wrong you’ve ever committed or doing everything you’ve ever wanted to do?

I think I’d do everything I badly wanted to do since I don’t see any point in doing the former. Why go back to the past and right these mistakes which have thought me a hell lot.

4. What and/or who do you fantasize about the most?

What: I really fantasize a lot about going to Europe, specifically in London, England.

Who: I fantasize most about my fictional characters like The Doctor, Sherlock Holmes, Tobias, and Draco Malfoy.

5. Your opinion regarding the youth of today?

Well, being part of this category, I can say that we are way too much influenced by the media, which I think is bad. I mean, we follow a trends from fashion to the how to act. A lot of our youth today are so obsessed in fitting into the standards set by the society. I see it negatively because I believe that we can be so much more than what the people all around us expect us to be. And I feel like this generation has way more potential if we only try to get past all these social stigma and hierarchy.

6. What’s the worst insult you’ve ever given and who was it aimed at?

I told someone before that his existence was worth nothing and that his life is a total waste. It’s really harsh, I know that. When I look back, I regret spewing out those words. As for the reason, let’s just leave it unknown for his own sake.

7. Why is life worth living?

Why are your questions so hard?? Oh, and look at how this question is related with my answer to the previous one. Haha. I find this difficult to answer, honestly. I am an ultimate pessimist to the point that I even consider suicide. But for this, I think life is worth living because if it’s not, why does six billion people exist in this world? This seem like a poor argument but really, why would people continue with living if it’s not in any way good?  

8. Which mode of self-expression is more expressive: dancing or singing? And why?

I think singing is more expressive for me because the way words are woven into songs that can make our hearts cry out with such intensity is amazing. I know dancing is also a good mode of expression since it doesn’t need words, but singing, more so music, can connect people in so many ways.

9. If you could trade lives with any fictional character, who would it be?

Hermione Granger or River Song. It’s hard to pick just one. Hermione Granger because, duh, all those magic and brilliance and awesome adventure with Harry and Ron is enough to blow my mind. And I really live her life even if it’s life-threatening because it’s a great mixture of fun, excitement, love, challenges and magic. I also would want to be River Song because I want to be with a Doctor but not as a companion. I want to be the one he wants to get to know more and the one who he can trust. I may be the reason for his death but I will also be his wife and what is could ever be better than that?

10. You’re stranded on an uncharted island. Chances of being found are close to nil and survival is getting more and more difficult as each day passes. Would you rather kill yourself than to hold out for the slimmest hope that someone might find you eventually?

I would probably kill myself. As I’ve said before, I have suicidal tendencies and I really don’t think staying in some far-off island without any other person would drive me insane. I have very low hopes in the preservation of my life and I don’t like the feeling of being hopeless and afraid so I think I’d just drown myself or something.

11. You’re given the power of teleportation, but only for two hours. Where do you go and why?

EASY! The Harry Potter Theme Park. Need I say more?

And for those I will tag, here are my questions for you:

1. What are your views about the afterlife? Do you think it exist or not and why?

2. If you would be given the chance to be a Time Lord, would you want to be, given the consequences?

3. What book has made the greatest impact on your life?

4. Would you kill another person in order to save someone you love?

5. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

6. Do you think immortality is a gift or a curse? Choose only one and explain.

7. At this point of your life, can you honestly say that you are happy?

8. What are the top 5 songs in your iPod/iTunes?

9. If you could be invisible for one day, what’s the first thing you would do?

10. What advice can you give to the youth of today?

11. What was the biggest lie you ever said and to whom did you say it? 

Word counts

Living in the 21st century made me realize that the days of ‘sorry’ seeming to be the hardest word is long gone. It’s not hard. I’ve heard and said it one too many times; apologies are free at any time of the day and the challenge is to spot the ones drenched in fake sincerity.

Before you turn on your cynicism, consider that not everyone can plan for a well-versed apology. When you spill a drink on someone’s shirt, or when you suddenly step on a friend’s foot, sorry automatically represents you didn’t mean it. Sorry about what happened, but we can’t do anything about it now. ’Sorry’ can redeem you from unfavorable consequences, can unravel shame, guilt, and in most heartbreaking cases, the truth. It’s a saving grace, an accessible option, pride’s last resort; it leaves you with only one option— to forgive.

I’m now starting to think that there is a shortage of words in the English language because not all apologies (and the reasons behind them) are well-represented. But as it is impossible to have a word for each, there’s also a need for humanity to accept mistakes and be able to say it. A ’sorry’ cannot stand on it’s own; sorry, sorry too, sorry three, but what are you sorry four?

Sorry for knowing that it’s wrong yet still doing it? Sorry I hurt you, but you should stop crying now? or I’m sorry, so stop bringing up my faults everytime? Ahh, the not-so-apologies. But the winning apology that should be sued for word devaluation is sorry for I don’t know what. Just ‘Sorry’. Sorry because, uh, nothing— I just felt like saying it, in an attempt to make you feel better. Yeah, it really does the trick. I want some of your crocodile tears, too.

Anyone can say sorry, but only few can admit a mistake and recognize it entirely, including the damage it has caused. The truth is people want you to feel bad that you spilled juice on their shirts, enough for you to offer them a napkin (and help in the wiping process, Lol jk). People want you to be genuinely sorry, enough for you to do things the right way next time (if there is a next time), because they’ve seen you do it right before. Nobody who’s hurt really wants a weak apology, but the sad truth is that it’s better than nothing (ceejaedelrosario, 2011).