Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#BuqoYA Bundle 1: Taking Chances -- An Excerpt of Jen Suguitan's NEVER TOO LATE + GIVEAWAY!!!!



Hello, Darlings! This week is a celebration of #BuqoYA Bundle 1: Taking Chances and I'm going to let you read an excerpt from author Jen Suguitan's  NEVER TOO LATE, which is one of the stories you'd read from this book!

But, before that, let's get to know more about this bundle first, shall we?


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TAKING CHANCES

Whether looking for closure, proving their worth, or wondering what happens after a moonlit night, the characters from these stories will invite you to take a chance for love. Will they find what they’re looking for? Or will their hearts get broken? Step into their shoes and find out.

A Portrait of Jade by Justine Camacho-Tajonera

Jade Alverio is dying to get to summer art camp in Baguio, far away from her demanding parents and her ultra-perfect sister, Ruby. She thinks it will be a haven of likeminded spirits until she gets her first critique from Alexander Santamaria III, who seems to have converted all female camp members into his groupies.

Things get worse when she's paired up with him on a major project. Will she survive dream-turned-nightmare art camp, or will she go running back home, the very place she wanted to escape in the first place?

Loving You All My Life by Rafael P. Pascual

Isang ulirang estudyante, kaibigan at anak si Danielle Natasha Lastimosa. Ang kanyang pagsisikap, talino at kabutihan ang nagdala sa kanya sa Philippine Institute of Arts, Entertainment & Culture (PHINAREC), ang pinaka-una at natatanging paaralan para sa mga nagnanais makapasok sa larangan ng sining, kultura at libangan. Maayos na sana ang kanyang buhay-estudyante nang isang Jairus Roman Vera-Perez ang biglang nagpagulo rito. Ang lalaking iyon ang anak ng may-ari ng PHINAREC, pero ito rin ang pinakalider pagdating sa katamaran, kayabangan at kakulangan ng disiplina. Pagtatagpuin sila ng isang kakaibang proyekto para sa kursong kanilang pinag-aaralan. Maging mitsa kaya ito ng lalong paglala ng kanilang bangayan, o ito na kaya ang magsilbing daan para sila ay maging magkaibigan – at magkatuluyan? Masabi kaya nila sa isa’t isa ang katagang “I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU ALL MY LIFE”?

Never Too Late by Jen C. Suguitan

When Cass goes to a trip to Corregidor, she thinks that it’s the key to finding closure over her sister's death. But things change when she gets mixed up with the wrong tour group where she meets Noah, a budding filmmaker and photographer who wants to relive his grandfather’s war stories through the tour.

As they explore the historic island together, will Cass and Noah find what they are looking for? Or will they find something more, like a chance to fall in love, too?

Second Sight to Forever by Racquel Sarah A. Castro

Sasha Salazar, a passionate A-Girls dancer, met her ‘crush-at-first-sight’ in the stairway of Escuela de Rojo. She ignored him because she was still into Norman Gil. The second sight at the EDR’s rooftop began the daily rooftop moments (RTMs) of Sasha with the famous basketball varsity player, Joshua Bonifacio. Take a glimpse on how their relationship bloomed as they both found out the spy.

After the Moment by Six de los Reyes

Under the most normal of circumstances, Aria de Luna could never imagine herself kissing the boy she has always considered to be miles and miles out of her league. She’s known as their year’s resident emo-girl and she plays the part flawlessly with her violet hair, scuffed boots, and her alleged angst from living under the shadow of her over-achieving, perfect, older sister. Meanwhile, Kristoffer Li is living the perfect life. He’s popular, next year’s captain of the basketball team, attractive, if maybe a little too frowny for people’s liking, but he looks very pretty on a chocolate-milk drink carton.

So it is only under the most unusual circumstance that Kris shows up at the Arts and Culture Festival Aria has been looking forward to all year. But does a morning of awkward conversations, an afternoon of provoking discussions, and a moment under the moonlight really change three years of oblivious coexistence? Or will everything go back to the way it was after the moment?

When a KISS Falls by Kaye Dee

Do you know someone tagged as a KISS?

Nastasha and Stefano are both aware of the uncanny relationship they have as best friends. Nash has always been the KISS or knight-in-shining skirt - always so protective of Stef. In her, Stef found a personal on-call heroine. Stef, on the other hand, is often seen as vain, weak and feminine, making him the perfect bully target. Until one day, Stef realizes it should be the other way around. It is time to switch their roles and be his best friend’s protector and defender. But being the strong-willed girl that she is, Nash just cannot deal away with her tough nature.

Will Stef prove his worth and fulfill the new role in their friendship? Will this be the bridge that can take their friendship into something more?

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An excerpt of NEVER TOO LATE

Chapter 1: 8:03 AM, Manila to Corregidor
 [4:30 AM:] Wake up!!! 7am sharp @Soleil Tours terminal! DON’T BE LATE THIS TIME!!!
[6:45 AM:] I am almost there. Where are you? Why aren’t you answering my calls?!?!
[7:01 AM:] YOU ARE LATE!! Where are you, Cass?
[7:15 AM:] Called Daisy, she isn’t picking up. Where are you, Cass?!
[7:16 AM:] I’m calling mom. You are soooo screwed.
[7:18 AM:] Ferry’s leaving at 8. Where the hell ARE YOUUUU?!
[7:21 AM:] This isn’t funny. You can’t make the ferry WAIT for YOU.
[7:36 AM:] Okay, talked to the tour staff, we’re leaving EXACTLY at 8. Where are you?
[7:48 AM:] Acknowledging that you got my messages would be NICE, Cass.
[7:53 AM:] This is why mom and dad never should’ve trusted you.
[7:57 AM:] Three minutes. Corregidor will still be fun without you. #sorrynotsorry
 I scrolled past my sister’s other pesky messages as I handed my ticket stub to the woman behind the check-in counter. I only replied to Anj, my sister, once and that was to tell her that I was five minutes away from the terminal. Knowing Anj, I’d probably get a lecture for not checking my phone’s battery level before leaving. But it was Anj’s constant nagging that distracted me before from my preparations for the trip. Besides, my phone wouldn’t die on me if she hadn’t called me twelve times in a span of twenty minutes.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Miao Cat Cafe Experience

Hello, darlings!


I feel like it's been forever since I last posted here but anyway, I just wanted to share our Miao Cat Cafe Experience!



So, we heard about this cat cafe a month or so ago, and being the Airulophiles that me and my guy are, we decided to check out the place. Take note that seating space in the cafe is limited, so it's bets to make a reservation first. Details will be posted below.

really pretty illustrations on the wall!


Anyway, upon arriving at the cafe, we were asked to sign a waiver and sanitize before dealing with the cats. You'd also be asked to read some rules as to how to deal with the cats in the cafe, which is good so the cats won't get freaked out.

Well, if you've been following me for a while now, you'd know that being around cats during meal times is nothing new to me, but it was still great to be around really cute cats, such as the ones you'll see in this post. What I also liked about the cafe is the fact that they do not only house cats with foreign breeds (they have Scottish Folds, Maine Coons, and British Shorthairs, amongst others), they also have Puspins, such as Kahel, a rescue cat. I always want people to be acquainted with Puspins so they'd understand that Puspins are lovable, too!
 
 
some of the cats
 
That's Kahel, one of the Puspins! He's super cute!


You also need to have some patience because some of the cats are usually asleep during daytime, but once they wake up, time will fly by so quickly because you'd enjoy seeing them play around! And of course, you can go ahead and pet them, too. You can't carry the cats, though, because it may disgruntle them, but you can always play with them--the cat toys around the place prove to be helpful, too!

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The boyfriend playing with some of the cats! :D (check out my IG for another video)


The place is lovely. It has this homey vibe, and I like the aesthetics because it's super cat-friendly! The cats really have a lot of furniture to jump on, or climb on--which could definitely make them happy.




And of course, you'd also get to eat at the cafe! Door Fee is 300, inclusive of food and drinks. In case you get hungry during your stay, you can still order more, too. We had Pasta in Pesto Sauce, Blueberry Muffins, Blueberry Cupcakes (we do love our blueberries lol), and Choco Lava Cupcake, and Pink Lemonade. Their cakes are certainly to-die-for!


And, you can also go ahead and buy cute stuff from the store! They have cat toys, shirts designed with cats, pens, papers, notebooks, notepads, eye masks, wallets, cat headbands, and a whole lot more! I'm telling you, I had to restrain myself from buying more than I already did because those items are just sooooo lovely!
Cats Everywhere!!!!


So, yeah, that's it. If you are one big cat lover, check this place out--and maybe bring the other people in your life, too. This way, you can open up their minds to see how amazing cats could be!


That was fun!

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MIAO CAT CAFE is located at #7 Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. Once you see KFC Congressional, walk a bit and then on the opposite side of the street, you'd see Midcon Apartelle and Cake2Go. Walk towards Cake2Go and you'll see stairs on the side. Use those stairs and you'd see Miao Cat Cafe!

For reservations, contact MIAO CAT CAFE on Facebook. Door Fee is P300/2 hours, inclusive of food and drink.

Toodles!