1. "Maybe happiness is just finding the right people at the right time. But say you do find the right people—how do you love them without smothering them? How do you not suffocate them with all the love you’ve built up in their absence?"
    — Simon Van Booy (via thunderpopcola)
  2. murakamistuff:

    Matthew Carl Strecher, a professor of Japanese language, literature, and culture at Winona State University, is going to release a new book in October 2014 called The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami.

    Hardcore Harukists have probably heard his name before because he is also the author of Dances with Sheep: The Quest for Identity in the Fiction of Haruki Murakami and Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Reader’s Guide. There is no release date for this work yet, but University of Minnesota press have set up a book website with additional information and a table of contents. They were also very kind and sent us two advanced reading copies, so we will post more information very soon, likely in the form of some reviews and possibly a few quotations if the author is okay with this.

    Here’s what Jay Rubin, Murakami translator and Strecher’s mentor for many years, has to say about the book:

    "In a masterful synthesis, Matthew Strecher delves deeply into questions of language, religion, mythology, psychology, and the boundaries between literature and journalism to demonstrate with great clarity and concreteness how Murakami belongs in the company of such writers as Pynchon, Eco, and Rushdie."

    /update: Aaaand I’m told you can already purchase the book! They got lucky and it went to prints early.


  4. "I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me."
    — Tracee Ellis Ross, in an interview for UPTOWN (via larmoyante)

    (via saa-rawr)

  5. Bicol, April 2014

  6. Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

    A different birthday treat for this year was a chance to visit to Burot Beach, one of the beaches yet to be developed here in the Philippines (thinking that it’s now owned by SMDC). We had to camp overnight, cooked ourselves our meals and had to save ourselves water to take a bath. It was quite an experience nonetheless! :)

    Photos taken with S4.

  7. Baler in January (Part 2)

  8. Baler in January


  9. There will be times in your lifetime that you will love a person more than you should.


  10. Adios, 2013!! Lessons learned, experiences earned.

    So much has happened, I may want to remember you — just to look back, without pain and bitterness — but I’m never gonna return again. Thank you, nonetheless. :)