6 Things I Learned from taking a Communication and Society class

I have to admit, at first I definitely wanted to drop this course. As a Development Communication student, I felt like I had enough of Communication. I mean, we’ve been talking about this ever since we started, and I believe we’ll be talking about this also until college would end (and more and more years after. LOL). I wanted a breather, I wanted to take more electives about different fields of interest this semester, you know like, Astronomy or Witchcraft but fate plays a tricky game (Also SAIS is to be blamed) and I ended  up enrolling in DEVC80 titled: Communication and Society.

It was funny though how much I transitioned from the I’m not having fun in this class to the I’m so excited for my DEVC80 class later. I started out wanting the one and a half hours of communications class to end immediately, but then slowly wanting it to go slower. The class was fun. It had a dynamic in which, we were all having fun and at the same time getting to know much about the lessons in a more critical depth.

And I say this out of love and honesty that one of the reasons why it was an amazing experience was because of our professor. (She was as my friends say, “Hell’a funny) Our Professor had many interesting activities for us to tackle, from organizing events to presentations to pop quizzes to role plays, my classmates never had a chance to sleep, as every meeting had something to keep us awake and occupied. It was an awesome experience, one that I don’t seem to remember why I wanted to drop out off. I definitely don’t want to repeat it but yes, I would if it didn’t mean failure and it was just for the sake of learning.

Here are the Top 6 Things I learned from taking my Communication and Society Class

  1. Be careful what you look at Online

Do not look at Facebook Political post’s Comments section, you will hate everyone there or yourself—for even attempting to read that section. I don’t think I really have to expound on this. The internet is a vast network. There are all sorts of different things, people, people with different thoughts and beliefs and more, these information has the ability to make you feel things, think and see ideas differently and may enrage you or make you laugh. Be careful because not everything is real and is the truth. There are  trolls and satire news that will deceive you intentionally and for the sake of just making people think worst of the world. Don’t believe everything you see online. Strive to investigate and look for proofs, it will protect you and your online image (LOL)

2. MEDIA is POWER

Whoever controls media, controls the society and what they believe. Media is powerful. No matter what form or shape it takes after, media will always have the power to encourage people, empower citizens to move and take action or gather people and make a storm. It’s best not to underestimate Media and what it can do. Elections are won by those who know how to take advantage of media and businessmen earn billions of profit with a quick consultation in advertising and media. We must learn of it’s value and it’s massive potential. Media can be your Best friend or your worst enemy.

3.Communication and Media takes different forms over periods of time

There are many forms pf media, may it be print, radio, television or online. Communication however will always have two sides, there will always be a sender of a message and a receiever. What is important is that there must be an understanding between the two and that they should be able to find meaning in the messages that are sent and received.

4.MEDIA is POWERFUL but it can be regulated and contained

5.MEDIA is POWER yet it is only a tool

6.Difficulty is relative, We decide what is difficult.

Last but not the least, Difficulty is relative. It depends on who is looking at it and what that person has experienced and discovered. Some people may find Communications and Society difficult and intimidating at first like me, but after a while you just find yourself enjoying it and wanting more. This is for me the most important lesson, Don;t ever give up until you have tried it and lastly, never see things more than what they seem, Look carefully and strive for the truth. It’s worth the time.

Photo Walk: The Beautiful city of Sorsogon

You can never really know the beauty of a place until you have been there and had seen it for yourself. Pictures and videos are not enough to capture how amazing the location is — it must be experienced, it must be felt. This is what I had proven last Friday, September 16, 2016, when me and 22 other students from the College of Development Communication, UPLB had traveled to the city of Sorsogon, Bicol for an academic requirement and also for us to be exposed to the things happening in the “outside world” of our University, and for our Participatory Journalism class.

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Getting there:

We started our journey to Sorsogon city by first riding a rented Jeepney from the UPLB Campus to the DLTB Station at the Turbina Terminal. We arrived there at 6PM and left immediately as traffic was already worsening and the travel duration was 10-12 hours. The DLTB bus was comfortable, aside from the horrific and bloody movies being shown on the TV screen, the travel was a breeze. No hassle, no problems! #ThanksDLTB.

We had a total of 3 Bus stops: One at Tagbilao Quezon, the next at Camsur and the last, at Naga City Bus Terminal. At 4 AM we arrived at Sorsogon City and headed immediately to Novotel (Thanks Novotel!) to rest.

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The Purpose of our Visit

Our trip, because of the amount of work and requirement that we had to do, had very few chances to visit tourist attractions. The areas that we covered are mainly located at the Sorsogon City proper and sadly, we did not have the chance to visit the famous tourist destinations here like: The Donsol Whale sharks attractions, Bulusan Mountains and Volcano, Barcelona Historical Churches and the Irosin Hot springs.

But nonetheless, me being an avid fan of beautiful locations and amazing food, still had the opportunity to take snapshots of the amazing city of Sorsogon and all the fun things you can see here. Below are the photos that I took while touring the city of Pili Nuts.

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The locals, enjoying the windy breeze at the Capitol park.
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A wider view of the park.
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The Majestic Government of Sorsogon City Building.
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The Sorsogon City Hall. Beautiful right?
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Jose Rizal’s Statue. Erected at the center of the Capitol park.
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Sorsogon City’s Welcome Ark.

Quick Trip # 1 – Rompeolas, Sorsogon City

Just a few meters of walking or less than 5 minutes tricycle ride from the city is the popular family destination in Sorsogon, the Rompeolas. Buzzing with families, children playing and lovers holding hands, the Rompeolas is a place where people, young and old alike visit to refresh and relax. Families take their time strolling the long street filled with food stores, restaurants, grills and karaoke spots. Visitors can also see the view of the sea, the nearby islands and ofcourse, the enormous MT. Bulusan (The volcano that erupted while we were at the place). If you’re into eating street food and Pancit while enjoying the sea breeze, then the Rompeolas should be on your bucket list.

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Friends riding a motorbike around the Rompeolas. (Tried taking silhouettes)
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The large Pili Nut statue that is at the center of the place.
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Small boats nearby.
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The scenery.
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This is where visitors hang out. There are more around the place.
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The View of the Mountain.

Quick Trip #2 – Paguriran Island, Bacon, Sorsogon City

As a reward for completing all the class tasks for the day, our adviser, rewarded us with an unforgettable visit to the beach. The place was beautiful. No words can truly capture and describe the island of Paguriran. The resort had no entrance fee, this means that everyone can enter and swim at the place. However, the cabins and cottages have to be rented. Ours was 200php for the whole stay. There were a few shops nearby and a canteen was located at the entrance, this is where our team had rice cooked.

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The beach was the best part of our whole trip. The sands were white and clean, the water was  clear and cold. Not one of my classmates were able to resist swimming at the beach.

Also, Take note that the time you visit the island is really crucial as the high tide and low tide drastically changes the views of island. We arrived at the time when high tide was hapening, so we weren’t able to see much of the rocky island exterior and the much talked about land bridge that you can walk at to get to the island when there is a low tide. The place is crawling with Instagram-worthy shots and locations so you better charge your gadgets first before you visit.

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My classmates, crossing  the beach to the Island of Paguriran.
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The serene atmosphere of the beach.

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The huts that surrounds the beach and the visitors.

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Blurred image that focuses on the lining of the clouds.

To end

Over-all, the trip to Sorsogon city was filled with educational and recreational activities that marked me and changed my perspective so much. The place not only has remarkable destinations for tourists, their food is also worth every penny (To be blogged about soon).

I am definitely going back here as there are still many places in Sorsogon that are raving in reviews from tourists that I have to see for myself. What about you? Do you know any tourist destination is Sorsogon that you would like to share with us? Or do you have any inquiries about my experience/adventure?

Hit me up with your kwento/comment/questions below! <3

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5 Things I Learned from my Strong Mother

To all the mother’s boys, mommy’s princesses and everyone who has a love/hate relationship with your mommas, this post is for you. No, it’s not yet Mother’s day but hey, do you have to wait for that once in a year event to show how much you love your mom?
Right. Read on. ❤️

Whenever I find myself at the center of attention, may it be because of an award or an acknowledgement for something good I did, I often think about attributing the recognition to my mother. You know how, like whenever I get awarded medals, I would in an imaginary way think of the situation as me awarding the medal to my mother. (Is it just me or is that really a thing?) Most of you may agree with me when I say that, “wherever I am, whatever my title is or whatever recognition I get awarded with, it will always still lead back to my mother and what she had taught me. No matter how talented, how powerful and how famous you are, the one person to thank, for being able to get there is your mother. None other than her. (You can replace mother with father, grandfather, grand mother, uncle or aunt if this doesn’t suit your experience.)
I know there are times (I’m sorry but this is real mom) when they’re annoying, sometimes controlling and most of the time judgmental of your choices, your friends and that Friday night out outfit you’re so eager to wear and look miserable in, but aren’t they just looking out for us? Trying to prevent us from making the same mistakes they did or have heard from other amigas? There may be times when they really wouldn’t make any sense but trust me when I tell you that, sooner or later you’re going to realize how correct your mother is and how stupid it is that you even got angry at her for giving you advice.
If you’re like me, who’s blessed to have such an amazing mother, here are the top 5 things I learned from a strong and independent mother.
1. “Nothing is wrong with over preparing. A bigger bag full of things you can use is better than a stylish one that doesn’t have any use.”
I would always find myself arguing with my mom about bringing an extra shirt, any kind of extra clothing, or umbrellas whenever I think I don’t need it and end up being regretful that I didn’t heed my mother’s advice. Call it a lucky guess or psychic powers but when I didn’t bring an umbrella to school just like what my mother advised, I ended up walking a thousand miles, soaking wet, going home. After that, even the extra underwear, I’m definitely sure would not be needed, has a space in any bag I bring.

2. Gratitude and appreciation goes a long way. Longer than the time it takes to pass through EDSA on a rush hour. Cultivate gratitude.

Mother always take the time to show appreciation to all the people who had helped us in anyway. May it be hired service or just genuine kindness, my mother had taught us to repay or appreciate those people in any way possible. This exchange in support and kindness creates a cycle of love that extends throughout time. Whenever in trouble, we could always find a friend or a past client to provide assistance to us. No hassle.

3. You may have all the friends and fans there is in the world but no one can be as honest and blunt to you than your mother can.

Yup. I have experienced those times when I feel like the prettiest, sexiest, the most attractive person in the world. Sporting my ripped jeans, floral polos and extremely heavy boots, I would hear my friends tell me how fashionable and cool I look. You would think that your mother would definitely approve of this. But no, definitely No. Not my mother. You may hate her for not supporting “who you are” and what your style is, (I know because I had and sometimes even now, we still fight about it) but maybe, just maybe take a look in the mirror and gauge closely if this is how you want to be seen. 50% yes you look fierce but is the other 50% catering to appropriateness and decency? Also, are you going to the church??? Because your family and friends may approve of that sexy chic look but everyone else may not be as understanding.

Anyway, point is, your mother would know what’s best for you. Maybe you can understand a little more if she gets angry at that metallic bra you’re wearing because it makes you look 1964 try-hard scifi film. Hey, Not everyone can understand art, at least you can right? Kudos to mom for telling you an honest, not jealous comment. She’s looking out for you.

4. No, does not mean “I’m not letting you because I’m not fun/I’m boring/I have no friends or I want you to be miserable.” No, is not some power trip. It’s worry and care.

There will be times when we get invited by friends to travel to far away places, hang out at like 3 in the morning with the coolest kids in the block or party all night and “yolo” the semester away. If you’re like me, who still values permission and yes, still ask for weekly allowances then you surely have experienced a devastating “No, you’re not allowed”. I don’t have anyway to make this look good or cool to you because hey, I hate it when my parent’s don’t allow me to join in on the fun but there really is a reason why. If you find it in your heart to actually listen to your mom/parents then you’d know they’re just worried about what may happen and the scary recent events that had happened to the place you’re planning on going to OR the amigas of manila have chika’d to your mom about the bad insects living in that place. Summary is, she’s not letting you go and there’s a lot of reasons for that. Not because she’s cruel or doesn’t have any friends. Chill!

5. “Papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako ng sampung beses” – Where Ever you’re going, I’ve been there and back ten times more. 
I’m not sure if that’s the right translation but what I’m trying to say is that, our mother’s have definitely been through a lot. This may be because of her age or because of all the different work she had to do. She has experienced so much and trust me when I tell you that she’s credible when she’s giving you advice about all the different things in your life. You may heed or advice or not. I know, I’ve been through times when I don’t listen to her and I follow my own decisions. It’s wonderful, knowing you can do whatever you want and follow your own choices but there were times when I wished I followed her and what she had to say instead. Maybe things would have been better for me. Our mothers may not always be right, but they’re surely looking out for us, for you. If ever you find yourself wanting to disobey your mom or just ignore her warnings., think twice. Why would she even give effort to scold you? Is it for her or is it for you?
Who you are right now, what you’ve been doing or thinking, half of it or more may be because of who was there when you were growing up. Lucky for me, I have been with my mother for the 20 years that I’ve been alive. Call me a Mother’s boy and I would definitely wear the title with Honor. I’m thankful for my mom and everything I’ve learned, accomplished and experienced, I thank my mom for all of it. For who I am.

What about you? What are the things that you’re thankful to your mom for? How much has she influenced who you are? Share it to us down at the comments section. Share this with your Mom and friends!
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This Time Last Year


This time last year I was afraid. I was afraid of all the things I still didn’t know, of the people that might harm me and of the things I would lose when I decided to study at a university so far away from home.

This time last year I was juggling between new friends and not-so-new friends; gathering people who, just like me, were alone in a new environment. Testing the waters and trying to learn who would leave after the party or who would stay to clean up the mess.

This time last year I was a fool; thinking I could survive in a competitive school with just the limited knowledge I had.

I pretended that the little time I used for studying was enough to pass my exams and to succeed in my chosen course.

This time last year I was thrilled. Thrilled to try the different things in life I could do and I could learn. The places I could go to and the money I could spend on useless things that would never last, not even taking into consideration the sacrifice that my parents were doing to provide all those luxuries and the work they had to endure.

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3 Things You will Love about White Beach, Puerto Galera

There came a time in my life when I needed to really just escape all the busyness and stress that school was giving me. You see, at first I thought college would be totally bearable and by that I mean, I only needed to study 3-4 hours a day and give enough effort in order to pass my classes. Boy, I have never been so wrong in my life. Each day was like more and more requirements were being given to us and every day it gets harder and harder. But enough about my academic rants, let’s talk about what I did in order to reclaim my burning passion for life and love. Ofcourse the obvious—and I know most of you do this as well, I traveled. Hooray Travel Buffs!

So me and a bunch of good friends decided to visit one of the most beautiful, very affordable yet close to the Metro (Drum rolls please…) White Beach, Puerto Galera.

*Note that our visit was only limited to enjoying the beauty of White Beach, other places in Puerto Galera was not in our itinerary.

– Getting there

From Metro Manila

Go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila:

Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Pasay City – nearest the Airport.

Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Then ride the bus going to Batangas Port and board the Outrigger ferry to White Beach.

– Taken from www.puertogalera.org


From Los Banos, Laguna

Since we were all UPLB students from Los Banos, Laguna, our first move was to get to Calamba City terminal. The Calamba Terminal had all sorts of jeepneys and vans that were going to a lot of places, we got into a jeep that was headed to Turbina Terminal. It was around 6 am but the place was already very busy. Every 10-15 minutes jeepneys would leave the terminal filled with people. After arriving at Turbina Terminal, we then transferred to a bus going to Batangas Port. This is where we then rode a outrigger ferry going to White Beach, Puerto Galera.

Costs and Travel Time:

Bus from Metro Manila to Batangas Port – Less than 200php (1 hour and less than 30 minutes)

Jeep to Calamba City – 20php (15 – 20 Minutes)

Calamba Terminal to Turbina – 10php (10 – 15 Minutes)

Turbina to Batangas Port via Bus – it was around 100 – 125php (I don’t remember this one very much) ( 1 hour and 30 Minutes and more depending on the traffic)

Batangas Port to White Beach via Outrigger Ferry – 500php round trip ( 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Passengers apparently also pay a 50-100php Terminal and Environmental fees but I suppose I was too sea sick to remember. But prepare for it just in case.

* Please don’t forget to confirm the date and time of when you will be returning. This needs to be schedule right after you arrive at the beach.


It was love at first sight. Not only was it the perfect escape for the broken hearted, it was also a perfect venue for Instagram and photography enthusiasts. No wonder almost every one was raving about how wonderful White beach was. The place was like no other. To further this thought I had to make a list (I love lists), and this list would have to show you how much Puerto Galera was worth the visit. Here is my top 3:

1. Puerto Galera Activities


The beach, with all the white sand and brilliant rocks, is full of people swimming, sun bathing and forming sand castles. Flags of different brands and products populate the sides of the beach while the stores, restaurants and lodgings are situated just a few meters away. In the day, visitors can opt to play volleyball, run around with each other or could also avail of the Jetski and other paid services like island hopping and cave visits available almost any where, You just have to look. 

At night, performances and concerts are held, all of which have various interesting things to offer. There are fire dancers and eaters that would amaze you and at the same time scare the brains out of you (if you come too close), Drag Dancers who are really fun to watch and some stores just play party music and allows customers to sing on Karaokes. The one we visited was at the isolated part of the beach, where bonfires were being made and friends get clingy to watch the stars.

2. The Beach

One thing I really loved about the place was that you are able to choose on which side of the beach you would like to hang out at. If you’re on a vacation vibe, the left most part of the beach, away from all the people and stores, is perfect for sun bathing and just chilling around. No one would dare bother you when you’re already lying down, facing the beach and taking your photos. Not unless they’re adorable dogs— who are roaming the beach, or birds. On other hand if you’re feeling social and ready to mingle, the activities side of the beach is flooded with people ready to talk to, hang out with or flirt with (hehe). The visit to white beach would not be as fun if you don’t meet anyone. Be friendly and smile whenever you come across people, I’m sure you wouldn’t leave the place without making a friend. Also those who are playing volleyball loves to invite other people to play with them. Be ready just in case.

3. The Scenery


Nothing beats the view of the sunset while you’re on a beach. Must be one of the most romantic things I would ever see. And hey, I believe there were at least 3 couples kissing all around me. Sucks to be single around them. Nonetheless it was a sight to behold and forever remember. The feeling of surrender and just forgetting about everything that was bringing you stress and pain was something I definitely would want to repeat 400 times. The sun set marks the end of the day but also the beginning of the night— something that beautiful shouldn’t ever be ignored.

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” 

― Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Puerto Galera is without a question, one of the best. That’s one place crossed off on my bucket list. I don’t regret visiting the place and I would definitely come back for more. Not only did it help me recharge my heart for more studying, it also inspired me to visit and travel to more places around the Philippines. 

What about you? Have you been to Puerto Galera? Or do you have other places you find gorgeous? Tell me all about it on the comment section! I would love to hear all about your visit. Thank you for dropping by. Till next time. ❤️

Aren’t we all Lost Bread?  🍪🍫

Just one more week before our much awaited summer vacation, me and my lovely sister, Bianca decided to set aside our academic stress and exam reviewers to visit one of our favorite Maginhawa Street Food destinations — The Lost Bread.

If you’re not familiar with this place or have heard of it but has never been able to visit, you have to understand that this place (Maginhawa Street) is crawling with different types of food. Whether you’re looking for snacks to chew on while walking, desserts to take pictures of or a 5 star quality restaurants to fill your tummy, Maginhawa is the place for you. They have various stores that not only caters to your hunger but also to the foodie and blogger in you. This place not only attracts the people living around Teacher’s Village but also those from far away places like fairview, makati and even Los Banos, Laguna — just like me. I’ll make sure to post and tell you all about them later on but for now let’s talk about “The Lost Bread”.


I was already a fan of The Lost Bread even back when it was still operating at The Maginhawa Food Park but I’m loving it even more now that they have their own place. The Lost Bread has their main place located at #80 Maginhawa St (This is near The TotheNines store and beside RBys Steak and Shake and Westwood. They are open every Tuesdays – Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm and are closed every Monday. A Milkshake Bar is also available to every located at #91 Maginhawa St and is open every TTHS: 5 – 11pm and Fri and Sat : 5 pm to 12 Midnight.

You’re going to love the place when you visit. The Over-all design gives off a minimalist ambiance but also very cozy and comfortable to hang out at. It is very spacious and can accommodate large groups of friends as they also have tables in a semi-second floor area. The place is well-lit and is Instagram-friendly. Good for customers who love to take pictures of their food.

Speaking of food, we weren’t really able to try everything on their menu but I believe that what we had was enough to make you want to visit their store.


We ordered one of their famous shakes. This one is called “Bonfire” it’s a shake topped off with graham crackers and marshmallows with chocolate syrup. It’s a little pricey for 265php but certainly worth the money. I wasn’t able to finish it all so my sister and I shared.

We also tried their Maple Glazed Hotcake. This one includes different berries, nuts and whipped cream for 190php. Also worth the try but not recommended for those looking for a really sweet treat as it didn’t have any of those candies and syrup that the shakes had.


We spent almost an hour and a half hanging out at The Lost Bread and I can definitely say that it was worth the time and money. They didn’t have any WiFi, so story telling and bonding is encouraged. Their songs playlist was damn good, plus the crew was very friendly and service was great!

10/10 for taste and presentation! Do you think you’ll be visiting this place any time soon? Leave a comment!

Stay tuned for more food reviews! Thanks for reading!

Practice Photo-shooting 

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I always thought that It would be difficult for me to ever pose and model in front of a photographer. And by photographer, I mean someone with a real camera, someone who knows how to really take the shot. Not like when your mom or dad takes a snap of you eating an ice cream or that one photo where you stood beside McDonald’s mascot. It was impossible, I told myself — not very confident with how I look and how much effort I needed in order to actually look good. This was how I acted whenever someone would even suggest going on a photo shoot. Gee, so much insecurity huh?

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5 Ways: Turn Your Bad Morning Upside Down

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 It’s 5:30 in the morning and you find yourself at the wrong side of the bed. The buzzing sound of your alarm, the morning light shining at your face and the voice of your mom ringing through your ears as she tries to wake you up, everything seems so irritating to you this morning. You can still feel the tiredness of your eyes from all the stalking and instagramming that you did all night. You sigh heavily, regretting about your decision to sleep 4 hours after midnight and wishing you could turn back time. You wish you could shut everything out and go back to bed, but you can’t. Either you have school or you have something important to accomplish today, point is you can’t go back to sleep and this is already making you crazy. Today will officially suck, you tell yourself, not realizing that you could still turn this around.

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Sleepless, yet full of hope

It’s been 3 days of less than 4 hours of sleep, endless written reports, exams and general assemblies. College students weren’t kidding when they said hell weeks could literally kill you. (PS: There really was a person who died from too much work and not enough sleep.) Caffeine, in every form whether it be coffee or energy drinks have gotten through my veins, possibly flowing with my blood or worse replacing it. It’s utterly ridiculous and very much impossible but darling, what if? I’m actually surprised about not having been sent to the hospital yet, then I remembered, “We’re in college now, we can’t afford to get sick. Only death is an acceptable excuse.”
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