ourselves (the elves)

OPM or “Original Pinoy Music” refers to music made in the Philippines regardless of the language used to write the lyrics. Sometimes we call any music made by a Filipino artist as OPM haha. Pinoy bands may choose to write songs in various languages. However, songs with Tagalog and English lyrics tend to be more popular, especially in Manila, because those two are the dominant languages. The language barrier and stigma towards regional languages are also problems faced by musicians who choose to write music in their native language. Spotify is definitely your best friend if you find yourself liking OPM.

Here are some of my favorite songs
bold = english lyrics

about me

Okay so @hello-wright-or-wrong tagged me in the lil’ 8x8 about me tag thing, and although I’ve done it recently I thought I’d extend my answers just because. I probs won’t tag anyone but here you go:

⬛ Last movie I watched: Tomorrowland - I actually don’t watch movies that often unless it’s with my family and they haven’t wanted to watch anything recently so… yeah. It was okay.
⬛ Last song I listened to: Cincinnati Clocks by Ourselves the Elves - It was in my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. I didn’t even finish listening 😂
⬛ Last book I read:  When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone - A birthday gift about the flood in Florence in 1966 (because I’m in Florence rn). It’s quite interesting so far!
⬛ Last thing I ate: My mum’s coffee cake for breakfast. I’m really lazy with breakfast… I’ll make up for it by eating Greek salad for lunch, okay?! 
⬛ Where would you want to time travel to?: Hmm, I’m not sure. I’m not much of a time travel-y person in the sense that I’m not really that interested in the idea. But maybe back to like the 70s to visit some cool places and see what life was like (because yes, I am a Youth).
⬛ Fictional character I would hang out with for a day: I always say Jeff Winger to this answer just because I’d like to give him a hug. Like a real good, squeeze of a hug.
⬛ If I could be anywhere right now, where would I be?: To mix up my answers I’ll actually say back in Sardinia, simply for this one beach we went to quite a few times which was just utterly beautiful. I have never seen the sea so blue and clear. 
⬛ Current fandom obsession: How To Get Away With Murder. GAH so addictive! My @cowboyjonathanmchale account has basically just become a side blog for it. Also, it really shows how I have a thing for fictional broken men with beards. Halp.

Past Lover (Part 2)

Shock. That’s what you felt first. Then familiarity. You knew him. You definitely knew him. And you also knew that he was more than just a friend. Then his name snapped into your head.
“Jeremy?” you whispered.
He smiled and nodded.
You were feeling mixed emotions, happiness, relief, concern and then dread.
Because now you had to tell him that you were with someone else.
“Jer I…” you trailed off not knowing what to say. Silence and staring followed.
Newt was the first to speak up. “Y/N… is he- was he-” he had quickly inserted the was, “-your…”
You nodded and bit your lip.
“Well this is bloody awkward…” Newt muttered. He extended his hand. “I’m Newt, Y/N’s current boyfriend.”
Jeremy opened his mouth in surprise and then quickly shut it. “Hi.” he said shaking Newt’s hand. He smiled but you swore you saw him glare for a second. “Pleasure to meet you.” It came out flat, not very warm.
You gulped. This was not going to end well.
Newt furrowed his eyebrows but before the situation could worsen Janson came into the room, meaning everyone had to take their seats.
He was going to call out the names of the ‘lucky’ kids who were going to be taken to some safe (well, safer) place.
“Why don’t you come and sit with us? ” you asked Jeremy. You mentally face-palmed yourself.
Really Y\N? You thought. You had to go make everything worse didn’t you?
Jeremy smiled and took your hand, placing a kiss on your knuckles. You blushed and out of the corner of your eye you saw Newt turn red as well, but from a completely different emotion. “Anything for a beautiful lady like you.” Jeremy said.
Newt grabbed your hand, the one that Jeremy was still holding, and lead you back to the table, Jeremy following behind. The brown-haired boy was smirking.
“Guys.” You addressed the Gladers. Their attention immediately snapped towards you. “This is Jeremy m-”
“Y\N’s ex-boyfriend.” Newt cut in, causing everyone to raise their eyebrows.
“Hi.” Jeremy greeted them.
The three of you sat down and it was suddenly awkwardly silent.
“So…” Thomas muttered after about half a minute. “You knew Y\N before the maze huh?”
“Yeah.” Jeremy said flashing his electric blue eyes at you and then a smile. You couldn’t help but blush.
“What was she like?” Thomas asked. Why was he always so curious?
“The same.” He replied with a grin. “Strong, smart, confident, talented and of course, beautiful.”
Your cheeks were as red as tomatoes by then.
“You forgot to add fast. And brave. And amazing.” Newt said, drawing circles on your hand with his thumb, his eyes looking directly at yours. You smiled at him.
Jeremy’s voice cut in through the air. “And you forgot to add an extremely good kisser.”
This caused Newt to immediately snap his head towards Jeremy, who had a smug look plastered across his. “Especially French kissing, the best of the best.”
Everyone’s mouth dropped open in surprise. Except Newt’s, who was glaring at a Jeremy.
If looks could kill… Jeremy would have been dead more than a dozen times by now.
“Ha ha ha…” Frypan laughed nervously trying to cut the tension. “Y\N’s good at a lot of t-things… right Winston?”
Winston raised both his hands. “Don’t drag me into this Fry.” he said before leaving the table. “I’m going to bed.”
“I think we should all go to bed, seeing how extremely well this is going..” Minho responded sarcastically. You elbowed him, hard.
He let out a grunt but kept his mouth shut.
“You know what guys, I’m really tired.” Thomas said faking a yawn. “I think I’m gonna go to bed now.”
He left. Frypan followed. Minho muttered a 'good luck’ in your ear before leaving as well. You gave him a look that said 'help me’ but he only mouthed the words 'sorry’.
“Let’s finish our food, shall we?” Newt said.
The three of you turned to your dinner.
“You know.” murmured Jeremy through a mouthful of salad. “I had given Y/N a ring on her 16th birthday, what about you?”
Newt choked on his sandwich. You knew why, he hadn’t given you anything on your birthday, because he didn’t know when was your birthday.
You didn’t either.
“I- um…” Newt chewed on his bottom lip. You could see how guilty he looked.
“Jeremy, Newt doesn’t know when it’s my birthday. I don’t know either.” you said softly.
“Oh that’s a shame.” He replied, shaking his head. “We had a grand time last year, on (y\bd). We watched movies, had dinner, and then time to ourselves…” He extended the 'elves’, smirking.
Newt clenched his fork, his knuckles growing white.
“Best day I ever had.” he said suddenly placing his hand on yours.
Before you knew what was happening Jeremy was pinned on the ground, a fist being smashed on his face, again and again.
“Newt! Stop it!” you yelled trying to pull him off of Jeremy.

The guy was bleeding by the time the guards had managed to pull Newt away.
They half-carried Jeremy to the infirmary.
You grabbed Newt’s wrist and lead him to a more private area. “Newt!” you whisper-shouted. “What the hell were you thinking! You just sent someone to the hospital!”
Newt ran his hand through his hair. “Look, I’m sor-”
“Sorry isn’t going to cut it! You nearly killed him! I bet you would’ve if-”
“Just listen to me! I got bloody jealous okay?! His taller and handsomer and a lot more muscly, his way more better for you than I can ever be! And I got jealous! I don’t want to lose you to some arrogant douchebag-”
You slammed your lips onto his cutting him off. He wrapped his arms around your waist, pulling you closer and deepening the kiss. You snaked your hands around his neck as his tongue entered your mouth. Butterflies swarmed your stomach.
You pulled away after a minute because of the need of oxygen, your face flushed red.
“I’m not going to forgive you this easily next time.” you muttered putting your hands on your hips. “So don’t nearly kill someone for me.”
He smirked and circled one at around your waist, placing a kiss on your temple. “I’ll try, but if anyone lays a bloody finger on you they’re already six feet under.”
You couldn’t help but smile at his protectiveness.

Red vs Blue Secret Santa 2015

We haven’t seen any others trying to start a secret Santa for the RvB fandom on Tumblr so! We decided to try it ourselves! Me and the other elves are super excited to get things going (though a week later than planned, we’re incredibly sorry about that!)

It’s really easy to join! Simply fill out the questions posted below and submit them here! We’ll have signups open from Nov 23 until Dec 6. We will put all the URLs in a hat and pick Santas at random, Santas will be messaged by Dec 7 with their assigned person. If you don’t receive a message by the end of the 7th, message us so we can resend! Santas should complete and give their gifts between Dec 20 through Dec 25, though they can be late if you let us know so no one feels left out!

Not a lot of rules but here are the few we’d like followed :)

  1. Gifts must be Red vs Blue only! I love all of RT but this Secret Santa is only for RvB! Any part of RvB is allowed, BGC or Freelancers, etc.
  2. Please let us know if you can’t provide your gift so we can re-Santa someone!
  3. Any kind of fanwork is allowed! Fics, pics, gifs, fanmixes, etc.
  4. If a Santa gets someone with a gift list they feel uncomfortable with, they can message us to be swapped with another Santa.
  5. In the “Rating level” section, please respect the ratings people ask for, don’t go above their rating! Also, if someone’s rating level is Mature, you don’t have to make your gift mature, that’s simply their highest preferred rating.
  6. If you are under 18 and request Mature gifts, you will not get them, sorry. No adult content/smut/sexual themes for under 18.
  7. You can submit your gifts here, post them and tag the person you got, or submit it to the person’s blog! If you’d like to remain anonymous, submit it to us and tell us in the title you want to remain unnamed!
  8. Everyone who signs up will be gifted something, no one will be left out at all, we’ll personally see to that.

The questionnaire to fill out is here:

URL: (even if it’s the same URL you’re submitting with, please put it here, too)
Rating level: (typical ratings like G, PG13, Mature, etc. Only the highest you’re comfortable with getting and giving)
Gift list: (list all things you’d be interested in receiving from your Santa!)
Uncomfortable with: (list all the things you’re uncomfortable making ((such as certain pairings or characters, situations, etc)) so we can be sure to Santa you to a person who’s list you are comfortable with!)
Pinch-hitter: (If you’re willing to step in if someone’s Santa drops out, please let us know here! It’s entirely optional.)

As gifts are made and posted by Santas, we will reblog them here with the intended person’s URL tagged, if you cannot find your gift otherwise. (Anonymous Santas will not be named and their work will be published here for their intend person to be tagged in) If for any reason you haven’t been given a gift by a Santa and cannot find it here by Jan 1, let us know ASAP and we’ll provide something for you within the week.

Thanks for checking us out and hope you have plenty of happy holidays!

    ♥ Holly Tinsel (head elf)