Random Shoutout 012: Taylor Swift’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Personally, I like Taylor Swift’s “Lover” album as much as I liked her “Speak Now” album back when I was in elementary. I’ve never been a huge fan of Taylor, but I really appreciate the music she creates and I admire the talent and passion that she has to be able to create such music.

Also, I don’t watch much of her live performances, so I don’t know how they usually go, but I really liked this one because she seems so down to earth, talking about her songs in a personal way, and performing it in such a way where you kinda really see the passion and emotion in the songs in a kinda new light.

My top five favorite songs, so far, from this album of hers has got to be:

  1. Paper Rings
  2. Cornelia Street
  3. ME!
  4. The Man
  5. Cruel Summer

I’m actually not sure as to whether or not I’ve properly listened to all of the songs in the album, but I’ve been listening to those five songs above over and over again for the past two weeks or so.

Anyway, back to studying for me. I hope you all have a blessed week ahead~! ❤

 

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Flash Post 047: Another Skip Month

I’ve missed writing, but there’s honestly nothing for me to write about. I know, for writers, there has to always be something to write about whether it’s a slice of life kind of thing or something extraordinary. But that kind of thinking requires a certain level of skill and inspiration, both of which I lack.

Anyway, I’m writing now because I introduced a recently close (I would say) friend of mine to my blog and, though I’m not very proud of it, I kinda have forgotten about this just a bit. Let’s just say I’m not in very good terms with writing stuff like this and reading for fun at the moment.

I guess I’m writing this post as an update to my future self about the life I’m living right now..? I’m in my fifth year of college but I have another whole year after this till’ I graduate. I’ve come to terms with it and, hopefully, my mother has as well. I’m taking 18 units worth of classes this semester and today’s one of the days where I can technically relax a bit since my next legit exam isn’t till next next week. Although I do have to start studying since I’m  expecting that the weeks that follow that week will be hell weeks for me.

I’m still very sleepy and inefficient as a person which is very bad considering the course I’m taking up. But I would like to say that I like what I’m doing nowadays. Aside from academics, I’m blessed to be one of the officers in the organization I consider my home away from home. And some other stuff every now and then which I also enjoy doing.

I would like to say that I’m interesting as a person because I need to have a certain level of confidence when I “market” myself to people. I don’t know. It sounds weird, but in the “outside world” I feel that people need to “market” themselves to other people one way or another. I haven’t really though about it much, but I think it’s important.

This isn’t me going back to square zero and losing all of the progress I’ve been working on for months. I say “working on” but really it’s just immersing myself with all the other wonderful things I have going in my life. Again, these are just remnants of all those feelings I had for you which never went beyond my having a crush on you. I’m sorry for being so messy. I’m always thankful to you for not being awkward with me.

AND that is all for now. Hopefully, I have better content next time. This blog has never really been about the quality content, but I kind of owe it to myself to write something more decent in this blog.

 

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P. S.

I badly want to watch “Love Alarm” on Netflix, but I’ll have to wait till’ Christmas break. OMG I seriously do not know who to ship with Jojo :(.

Is it Sun Oh?

OR is it Hye Yeong?

 

P. P. S.

If it isn’t getting a season 2, I don’t know if it would be good for me to push through with watching it.

If Only

If only we were born of different descent and name,

To the world, my undying love for you, will I proclaim.

The fate that destined us to be each other’s enemy,

Made me fall in love with you despite your identity.

 

 

If only we had met in a different time and place,

Maybe I could have even held your hands and touched your face.

Instead, I am forced to hide as you risk your life for hers.

I feel helpless for my heart longs for no other’s but yours.

 

 

If only you would drop everything else and choose me

We could start a new life together and, from here, we flee.

But this nation of yours is above what I mean to you.

I’ll wield my sword against my own kin for you to push through.

 

 

“If only I hadn’t met you” – a thought that goes through my head.

But I loved the life I had lived, even just as your friend.

The moments I had with you, I will cherish forever.

None can take my love for you, they may be whomsoever.

 

 

If only you would call and remember me by my name.

A memory of my love for you which caused a huge flame.

T’was love at first sight. From then on, my life was not my own.

As I breathe my last, I wish you live happily on the throne.


 

I’m ever so slightly frustrated with this poem I made because I feel its inadequacy and the lack of justice it gives to the character I admire the most in the latest Korean drama I finished. I really would have preferred to continue it, but it’s already 1:22 in the morning and I have school tomorrow. Ugh. I want to write. But maybe some other time.

 

 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”- Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

Favorite Worship Songs

A wonderful day to all of you! As promised, I would like to share my favorite worship songs so far. Without further ado, here they are in no particular order!

Chris Tomlin – Jesus

 

Who Am I – Casting Crowns

 

What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship

 

At The Cross – Hillsong

 

More Like Jesus – Passion

 

Trading My Sorrows – Hillsong

 

Our God (is Greater) – Christ Tomlin

 

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me – CityAlight

 

We’ll Be Faithful – Hosanna Music

 

Hallelujah To The Lamb – Don Moen

 

The reason why I’d like to share it with you all today is because they were written and are being sung for the sole purpose of praising and glorifying God and God alone. It’s actually very beautiful to be in fellowship with people, praising and glorifying God through these kinds of songs. Whether your alone or with your family and friends, I would like to suggest that you listen and sing along to these if you are compelled by the Holy Spirit to do so. Personally, I’d listen to these songs during my daily commute and sometimes when I’m at work.

I know that I’m in no position to be telling you how to live your life, but personally, these songs really help me as I go through my daily struggles in life because it reminds me of how beautiful and awesome God is. He gives me hope and strength through so many ways, including these songs.

If you’re going through a difficult time in life, I would like to suggest that, aside from listening to these kinds of songs, you try reading His word, The Holy Bible, (personally, I use my Bible app which I think I included in my previous post) and attending your local church and

Also, I know that there are PLENTY of worship songs and these are just some of them, so if you’ve got any suggestions for me, I would appreciate it if you can drop them in the comments below.

Thank you! And may God always bless you!

 

 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

 

Better Than Ever Before

A wonderful day to all you beautiful human beings!

It’s a bit sad for me to admit that another month has gone by and I have not posted a single entry in this blog of mine. Let me tell you that it’s because of a bunch of reasons that does not include me coming to the decision to abandon this blog for all eternity. Nope. And I think we’ve made that one pretty clear.

Last May, I attended a camp at my church which I really enjoyed and learned from. It was composed mostly of sessions of morning devotions, praise and worship, messages from the Word of God, small group discussions, and afternoon activities related to the theme for the day. Personally, I’d say that I grew from it, even just a little bit, not only as a person but also as a child of God.

With all honesty, I didn’t really bother reading my personal Bible before that camp. I would only read it when I need to for church services. It would be the last thing that I’d want to do during my free time. I’d attend church services out of obligation and, though I would intently listen to the message, I’d fall asleep during some parts (if not most of the time) and I can’t really say that the message would stick to me even after getting out of church. I would only pray during meals and, if I’m not asleep by then, pray before going to sleep. I didn’t really do devotions (aka quiet time) outside of the time my Christian friend and I would spend together. I didn’t practice fasting at all because I didn’t really understand why we’d have to do it.

And that’s only the SOME of the things I didn’t do. I cussed A LOT (as you can probably observe by reading most of my blog entries), I did some really bad things that cannot and I don’t really feel like discussing with anyone, and a lot of other sinful acts that I’m really not proud of.

I’m not trying to say that I’m now the complete opposite of who I was before, but after the camp, I began being more conscious of these things and I’m making a conscious effort to do the right things.

And let me make this VERY CLEAR, although it might seem that I’m the one making the conscious effort, it’s actually the Holy Spirit working within me. I am deeply blessed to have God working in my life. It was a great privilege to have been able to go to that church camp last May. It is a privilege to be able to constantly read my personal Bible (app), to understand God and to grow closer and closer to Him through His Word, and to be able to listen to worship music on my way to work.

It is a privilege to belong to a family who accepts Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and who work together for each of us to have a deeper and closer relationship with God. It is a privilege to be able to have fellowship with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to, singing songs of worship and of praise and of commitment and listening to God’s Word and message. It is a privilege to be able to attend Sunday serviced and worship Him not only through songs but also through my ministries. I am privileged to be able to pray to Him and to know that God hears all of my prayers.

All of these and so much more are privileges and blessings to me given by God. I’m not able to do these things on my own because, without God, I’m literally nothing.  I am saved not because of any good works I’ve ever done or will ever do but because of His grace and His mercy ALONE. And God is continuously working in my life so that He may be glorified because, truly, I was created and I am alive for the sole purpose of living a life that will glorify God’s name.

I was going for “- A Sort of Unofficial Blog Post-” as the title of this post because I thought it would just be able the change in Site Identity, as you may have probably noticed by now, but it led to something longer and much more legit than that. And I was also thinking of making a new blog that’s more like a Christian blog thing, but then I thought that it would be kinda weird because the me who writes entries in this blog I’ve had since I was.. what.. 14?? that has witnessed all my twists and turns shouldn’t be any different from the me writing in a brand new blog about Christianity. I’m only a singular person who wants nothing more than to glorify God through her testimony and writing.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I’ve had a change of heart recently and, although there’s a lot more to decide on be it as a family or as a person, but I’ve entrusted my life to God and I know that, whatever happened or whatever happens from here on out, I’m saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. I still stumble and fall a lot of times, but by the privileges given to me as a child of the Most High God, I am able to rise again and to do better.

I sincerely hope that you don’t start to unfollow this blog because of this because I really hope I can give glory to God through this blog by making it my sort of testimony as a Christian, as a writer, and as a 20-something lady who is sort of wooshing through life. If you don’t approve of my beliefs or think that I’m doing something wrong, I’m totally open for conversation in the comments section. But I’m trying to live my life with only God’s glory in mind. I hope you can all respect that. Let us all help each other get to know Jesus Christ more and to grow as children of God.

I’ll share a few verses here which, I would say, are related to this post. I do hope you can read the entire chapter from which the verses come from because, truly, the Bible is the most beautiful book you can possibly read in this lifetime. Thank you and I hope you have a fantastic day!

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” – Ephesians 1:4‭-‬6 (NIV)

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—” – John 1:12 (NIV)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” – Psalm 37:23‭-‬24 (NIV)

I also would like to add one of my favorite Bible verses of all time!

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” – Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

 

P.S. This is the Bible app I’m using right now and it’s really great! Not only does it give you the opportunity to easily access your Bible (EVEN OFFLINE!) but it also has very helpful features like Verse of the Day (which I like sharing in my Messenger “My Day”), the feature to highlight verses with a variety of colors (there’s pastel!!), and plans that you can follow for your personal devotions. And that’s only some of the features! 100% would recommend if you don’t have a Bible app yet.

P.P.S. Will probably post an entry solely composed of my favorite worship songs at the moment. Stay tuned for that (get it? because it’s music?? HAHAHA ok).

 

 

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

To Write or Not to Write?

It’s finals week and I’m here at our college’s library writing yet another blog entry. Initially, I wanted to write after finishing my only exam for today. But after renting out a computer, I lost the inspiration to do so. I just ended up doing a few stuff and watching a video. When I tried ending my time, the guy behind the desk told me that I’d still have to pay for an hour since I passed the 30-min mark.

SO here I am getting my money’s worth for the next 15 minutes. As much as I’d like this to be a flash post, I don’t really know where I stopped, so might as well just not make it one.

Well, I guess I just really wanted to write about how I got exempted in taking the finals for the majors (Operations Research) that I failed a year ago which caused me to get delayed. Can we just talk about how the Lord is so wonderful?? Like seriously, two weeks ago, I was praying to get exempted and, thankfully, I made the effort of studying at the library and taking Grab rides home. IT WAS ALL WORTH IT! THANK YOU, LORD! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!

Now, I technically have three finals, two final papers, and a final prototype left before my semester (AND FOURTH YEAR IN COLLEGE) are finally over.

I’ve learned A LOT of things this semester, especially with regards to time management (because mine was, and still is, horrible) and finance management. LIKE SERIOUSLY, I’d say that this semester has been the worse I’ve had, hopefully, till’ the end of my undergraduate life. But more on that after finals.

9 minutes left. Also I’m listening to Jeremy Jordan’s rendition of “It’s All Coming Back to Me” again because IT’S SO GOOD.

There’s a lot of things that I’ve done this semester that I don’t plan on doing ever again.

7 minutes left. I’d also like to take this opportunity to take my family for keeping me grounded and for supporting me, even if sometimes that means making me sad.

6 minutes. Thank you also to my home away from home for always being there for me to run to. Seriously, my college life is truly better with you in it.

5 minutes. Thank you to my friends, especially to my forever constant home best friend and to my best friends in college. Without you, I’d probably be insane and be even worse of an overthinker than I already am.

4 minutes. Well, I think it’s about time for me to post this and log out.

 

TILL’ NEXT TIME~!!!!

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S E V E N

Guess who just felt like dropping by and writing an entry AFTER SUCH A LONG TIME (approx. 2 months)?

Me. But of course you probably knew that already, huh?

Some time around April, I dropped by this blog and found out that I had already missed this blog’s SEVENTH anniversary! Thank you, WordPress, for the greeting and for reminding me that I have to write a somewhat decent post for this blog’s SEVENTH anniversary. Just because I forgot doesn’t mean the thought doesn’t count anymore. Better now than never, yeah? @/MeFromAboutAYearAgo

If you’re not new here, then you could probably tell how much I don’t post anymore. I wasn’t able to post a single entry last March AND April. I thought of writing a few times before the previous months ended, but I felt like I was forcing myself to write just because I needed at least one post for that month. I didn’t like the idea so I didn’t go through with it.

In any case, first things first, I would like to greet my little blog a HAPPY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY! Imagine, if this blog was a kid, I would have to have thrown a legit birthday party with games, cake, and guests hahaha. But it’s thankfully not because it wouldn’t have gotten to it’s seventh if it was a human being with those three months without a single post, right?

Well, this semester has become the messiest semester of my college life (hopefully till’ the end of it). I’ve most likely hit rock bottom striving to pass at least three classes so I wouldn’t get kicked out of my college. I’d like to say that my majors are doing better than the engineering science classes I’m taking this semester. I’d be incredibly happy when I pass those three majors but I’d be happier if I could add at least one engineering science class along with them.

For the past three days, I’ve been studying for the Operations Research exam I took yesterday and it was a bit easier than what I expected, BUT there is this really confusing bit and the professor isn’t too generous with partial points. I’m really praying that I get a high grade in that exam because I REALLY need to get exempted from taking the final exam. Whatever your beliefs or your religion is, I’d like to ask you to pray for me. You have no idea how much I’d appreciate it.

I could tell you all more about the past two months that I haven’t been posting, but it would most probably bore you anyway so I’m not going to do that. Right now, I’m generally okay with life. I just really REALLY need to get through the remaining weeks of this semester and pass AT LEAST three classes. Then I’m good.

I kinda promise to post a better entry after this whole thing. Hopefully by then I’m inspired to write about something.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by, reading my posts, and for supporting this little blog of mine since 2012 (such a wow).

 

Forever n always~

The Girl With The Pen

 

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