MMI: Do the Right Thing

This week’s music inspiration is “All at Once” by The Fray.

I love a lot of songs from The Fray and this is just one of them. I never actually know what the whole song is about until today when I read the whole lyrics because ever since then, this is the line that strikes me the most.

All at Once

Back then, I was in a bad relationship. I knew I had to let go with that person but it was too hard for me. It hurt to let go but when I finally did, I ended up being happier.

In our lives, we face different situations where we find it hard to do the right thing even though we are fully aware of it. We follow our hearts more than our minds despite the pain. This doesn’t only relate with relationships, okay?

I dare you to do the right thing today. You deserve to be happy.

How’s your heart today? Share it in the comments!

February 2016 Movie Diary

Hello! I am documenting the movies I’ve seen this year and will share a little something about them.

Before you read this post, you can also check my previous movie diary by clicking the name of the month:

January

Last February…

6. Hail, Caesar (2016)

Date: 02.06.16
Source: Movie House
Comment: It’s anΒ all-star feel-good movie about films in the 50’s.Β My hubby and I like it. πŸ™‚ There were indeed funny moments in the movie but I think not everyone will appreciate this film.

7. Deadpool (2016)

Date: 02.13.16
Source: Movie House
Comment: Definitely.Not.For.Kids. Don’t even. It is a superhero movie like no other because of its humor. That kind of humor where the filmmakers even make fun of the movie itself. I bet you’ll get what I mean if you watch it. Hehe.

8. Zoolander 2 (2016)

Date: 02.19.16
Source: Movie House
Comment: I already knew it wouldn’t be good but still ended up watching it. It was super corny. Haha. Seriously, no one’s laughing in the movie house except our 13-year-old niece. If you like celebrity cameos though, I recommend this movie. πŸ™‚

 

What’s the last movie you’ve seen? What can you say about it? Share it in the comments!

 

February 2016 Happy List

What? February is over? How time flies. These are the things that made me happy throughout the previous month.

1. Subscription Boxes

My husband and I have been eyeing these monthly subscription boxes for a while until we decided to give them a try.

  • Loot Crate

My hubby’s choice. This box is for geeks and gamers.Β  He started to subscribe last January where the theme was “Invasion”. Basically, the box includes random stuff based from Alien-themed movies and TV Shows. Last Feb, the theme was “Dead” and it features exclusive items based on Deadpool and The Walking Dead. The monthly subscription fee is about $20.

February #LootCrate #Dead #Deadpool and #TheWalkingDead

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  • Popsugar Must-Have

And this is my choice. I’d like to try this because it includes a little bit of everything from beauty products to food. I guess I entered in a good month because the February 2016 box as I’ve heard is the best so far. It even includes a $20 Victoria’s Secret gift card! For only $39.95 (minus $5 for my first box), the total retail value of this box is almost $300. Interested? Click here to subscribe and get $5 off for your first box.

My first ever #popsugarmusthave box. #February So many goodies. πŸ™‚ Can't pick a favorite…

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2. Superbowl Halftime Performance

This had been trending because they say Beyonce and Bruno Mars made awesome performances while “stealing the show” from Coldplay who are the main performers . It sounded like Coldplay was bullied by a lot of netizens.Β This is my first Superbowl in America so I really don’t have a basis of comparison when it comes to halftime performances (except Katy Perry’s last year) but honestly? I think the band did a great job! I love the medley of their songs and everything about their performance.

3. Movies!

I just realized I watched movies in the movie house for three consecutive weeks: Hail, Caesar!. Deadpool and Zoolander 2. I won’t share anything about them yet because I’ll post it separately on my February Movie Diary.

4. My Apps of the Month

  • Color Switch

I’m actually not sure if it made me happy or annoyed. Haha. I couldn’t stop playing it. If you are looking for an addictive game or something just to pass the time, download Color Switch on your phone now. πŸ™‚

I can't stop. 😦

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High Score Update: 37

  • DMV Genius (or Genie?)

One of my goals this year is to learn how to drive. The first step is to get my Driving Permit test. I tried to read the handbook for review but it just makes me sleepy everytime. Then, I discovered this nice practice test app! It’s a compilation of questions based from your state handbook. The questions are also categorized and have explanations after you answer them. It’s really cool! Hopefully, it will really make it easier for me once I take the test.

5. Street Fighter V

If you are a 90’s kid, you probably played this game when you were young.Β  I remember when my cousin and I would always choose Chun-Li because she’s pretty. Haha. So my hubby bought the new Street Fighter V and we enjoy playing it. As one of my FB friends commented, “The couple that plays together, stays together. ”

Hubby and wifey playing #StreetFighterV.

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6.Major Award Shows

  • Grammy

I can say that I enjoy watching the performances (Yep. Even Justin Bieber’s)! The results are okay, too. Taylor Swift won Album of the Year. I don’t hate her.Β  I actually love 1989 but I remember Sara Bareilles being nominated in the same category last 2014 and didn’t win despite her album being a genius masterpiece. I won’t argue because Daft Punk won that category that year. I guess, it’s just not her time yet.

  • Oscars

After the #oscarssowhite controversy, the biggest movie award ceremony was finally held last February 28. Chris Rock hosted the show and he had so many good points on his monologue. Anyways, I’m also happy that Leonardo Dicaprio finally won an Oscar! I saw The Revenant and I truly agree that he deserves it. πŸ™‚

7. Aos Application is Approved!

Yay! I’m now a permanent resident here in the US. That means I won’t be deported soon. Haha. The Adjustment of Status interview is the final step that you have to take after entering the US through a K1 Visa a.k.a Fiance Visa. Once you’re approved, you don’t have to worry about any paperwork for almost two years, anyway.

 

What made you happy this week? Share it in the comments!

My Infinity: 8 Songs I’ve Written About Love and Distance

Last time, I shared the songs I considered as the official soundtrack of my love story. That includes popular songs from popular artists. This time, I would like to share to you the songs I’ve personally written for the love of my life. My bestfriend who is in LDRΒ  listens to some of my songs as she can relate with them so hopefully, if you are in a long-distance relationship, you will like them, too. πŸ™‚

1. First Love Song

And now, I’ve learned to write a love song ’cause you showed me how to love
Listen to my song ’cause this is what my heart wants you to know
I am so in-love…

Story Behind the Song: I wrote this even before my then-boyfriend-now-hubby became official. Since I couldn’t give him any present for his birthday, I thought of just writing a song for him. I was also planning to say “yes” to him on his birthday (he was still courting me at that time) but I couldn’t help it so it happened a few days early. This still stayed as my birthday gift and he was so happy about it. He told me that I beat all the “special” presents he received before.

It is literally the first love song I’ve written. I tried to write songs before but they would always be corny and mostly about heartache and foolish love. So this song means, because of him, I can now write love songs now that I feel that I am trulyΒ  loved.

Note: This version features Gorga Simobolon. A great artist from Indonesia. He’s my friend and was kind enough to play the music for me.

2. Infinity

‘Cause your love has taken over me and I can’t resist
To be with you, I’ll take every risk…

Story Behind the Song: This is the second one I wrote for him. It’s not as good as the first one but it still talks about my feelings for him. “Infinity” is kind of our thing because our anniversary is on July 8th. πŸ™‚ “Baby” or “beb” is our term of endearment.

3. Do You Still Love Me?

Do you still love me, baby?
‘Cause I will still love you, dear

Story Behind the Song: This is the song that my hubby doesn’t like. Haha. Well, it’s pretty obvious. But I will include this just so you know that our relationship had experienced some problems, too. The chorus was supposed to be “Will you smile for me, baby?” but then it changed when I received some painful text messages from him. That time, we hadn’t met in person yet. And I felt that he’s kind of cold. And so the words in the verses came from our conversation about it. When you’re far apart and haven’t met in person, it’s only normal to ask yourself how you really feel. I couldn’t remember what happened next but all I know is our relationship as boyfriend-girlfriend lasted for 5 years and now we’re happily married.

Note: This version is produced by David Diem. An incredible artist and my friend from France.

4. But I Do

I know we’re miles apart but I do, but I do love you much
I know we’re miles away but I do, but I do love you, anyway

Story Behind the Song: I think this is my personal favorite. This is really about long-distance relationship. I described what I felt with him despite the distance and the other struggles that come with it like opposite time zones and discouraging people. (Read the full story and lyrics here.)

Note: This version was accompanied with drums played by Marcos GC, a talented drummer and a friend from Spain. πŸ™‚

5. Worth the Wait

And I won’t wait this long if it’s not you that I am waiting
And I know a happy ending will be right there for me
In its time

Story Behind the Song: To be honest, I never really imagined myself being in a relationship with someone I had never met in person yet. And to wait for so many years just to be with him? Well, I just knew that he was worth the wait. If it was not him, I would not be in this kind of relationship. (Read the full story and lyrics here.)

Note: Another song accompanied with drums played by Marcos GC.

6. Forever Starts Today

Everyone says that what we have
Will never last ’cause it’s different
But we proved them wrong and we’ve gone so strong
We will sing a thousand love songs

Story Behind the Song: I wrote this during the during the 3rd year of our relationship. I am just so amazed how we started out as on-line friends and turned to on-line lovers after 8 years. Who would thought of that? And despite the distance and challenges, we overcame it. This song is also about looking forward to the future. πŸ™‚

Note: This was again accompanied by drums played by Marcos GC. He’s really so kind to help me make my songs sound better. πŸ™‚

7. Glass

When oceans and lands are between us
The love that we have is the kind that will last

Story Behind the Song: This is another LDR song. It’s about missing him. The glass is the computer monitor. Hehe. We see each other but there’s still great barrier between us.

8. You Are

You, You’re the best dream I have that came true
The one who makes me smile when I am blue
You are mine and I belong to you

Story Behind the Song: This is just a fun song about how he is to me. πŸ™‚

 

Which one is your favorite? Share it in the comments, please! πŸ™‚


This post was inspired by the LDRBN prompt: Soundtrack
Other posts I love with the same prompt:
Not So Original Soundtrack
Anna + Jade: The Soundtrack
Based on a True Story

My Vinyl Collection: January and February 2016

I love music! And I’m taking it to the next level by starting a vinyl collection of the records that I love. My aim is to have at least one vinyl record a month but since I’m just starting, I can’t help but purchase more than my goal. πŸ™‚ Here’s my collection so far…

Vinyl #1: Kaleidoscope Heart | Sara Bareilles

 

How I Got It: My first ever vinyl given to me by my loving hubby for Christmas. My fave album of all time (or so far). πŸ™‚
Songs You Might Know from this Album: King of Anything, Gonna Get Over You, Uncharted
My Personal Favorite: Every song is awesome that’s why it’s my favorite. But I’m going to share this one: Hold My Heart
Reason: Can you try not to be emotional while listening to this song?

Vinyl #2: Jagged Little Pill | Alanis Morissette

 

How I Got It: The original turntable that my hubby gave me for Christmas was Crosley. However, when I tried my Sara Bareilles album, it was skipping. He surprised me one day with this vinyl record. I also love Alanis so I’m pretty happy with what he bought for me. Now, we would try if it was a scratched vinyl or it’s the turntable that we needed to replace. Turned out, it was turntable. We returned it and bought Audio-Technica. Now all my vinyls are playing on it properly. πŸ™‚
Songs You Might Know from this Album: Ironic, Hand in My Pocket, Uncharted
My Personal Favorite/s: Ironic and Head Over Feet
Reason: They are part of my life’s soundtrack. πŸ™‚

Vinyl #3: X | Ed Sheeran

Vinyl #3. Si Batman talaga nag-co-collect ng vinyl records, 'di ako. #sponsoredbyhubby #edsheeran #x #multiply

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How I Got It: I asked my hubby to buy me a new vinyl as a joke. When he got home, he gave me this. I told him that I was just kidding. I love Ed Sheeran but I want to buy the old albums first. I still appreciate it though. πŸ™‚ Plus, this album is on my iPod which is what I consider first before buying a record.
Songs You Might Know from this Album: Thinking Out Loud, Photograph, Don’t
My Personal Favorite: One. I actually just heard this song when I listened to the vinyl. I didn’t know it was his single. It’s so underrated.
Reason: It’s just so good to listen to. Its music and lyrics are both awesome!

Vinyl #4: Juno OST | Various Artists

Vinyl #4 and #5. First time that I was the one who purchased them. Hee. #Juno #SheandHim

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How I Got It: I went to Barnes and Noble to buy a vinyl record for the first time. It was like heaven! I was thinking what to buy first until I saw the OST of the movie Juno! I love that soundtrack and I was just surprised to see it. Since it was cheaper than most of the vinyls, I already made sure that I would purchase it.
Songs You Might Know from this Album: Anyone Else But You, I’m Sticking With You, Superstar
My Personal Favorite: Anyone Else But You and all the Kimya Dawson songs in the album. πŸ™‚
Reason: The lyrics are genius! Haha.

Vinyl #5: Volume One | She and Him

How I Got It: As I continued browsing, this was the the next one that I planned to buy and eventually did. It had the same price so I bought two at the same day.
Songs You Might Know from this Album: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?, I Should Have Known Better
My Personal Favorite: I don’t think I have a personal favorite, honestly. But I do like all the songs.
Reason: They are all catchy and it’s the perfect album to play on a turntable because they sound so classic.

Vinyl #6: The All-American rejects | The All-American Rejects

Vinyl #6 First splatter vinyl. #highschoolmemories #TheAllAmericanRejects #AAR

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How I Got It: The first record I bought on-line (Amazon)! I made a wishlist of the ones I want to buy in the future but this is definitely one of my fave albums so I got it first.
Songs You Might Know from this Album: Swing Swing, Time Stands Still, The Last Song
My Personal Favorite: The Last Song
Reason: It just brings me a lot of high school memories. πŸ™‚

EVinyl #7: Everybody | Ingrid Michaelson

Vinyl #7 white vinyl. πŸ™‚ #IngridMichaelson #Everybody #GurlsRule

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How I Got It: This is my fave album from Ingrid but for some reason, it wasn’t on my Wish List. It was either not available or very expensive at the time I made the list. While I was browsing Amazon one day, I saw how cheap it was. I didn’t think twice and bought the album.
Songs You Might Know from this Album: Maybe, The Chain, Everybody
My Personal Favorite: Everybody.
Reason: It reminds me of my bffs– Chax, Bax and Dax.

 

That’s all for now. πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite album of all time? Share it in the comments!