Tuesday, December 17, 2013

He Said, She Said (3)

"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly."

– Andy Rooney

Monday, December 16, 2013

You're On Your Own (But You're Not Alone)

We always here the saying that "no man is an island" and I do agree with that. How can we survive without the existence of one another? In the first place, we would not exist if there is no union between two human beings. We were born weak, helpless, and fragile. Growing up, we still rely on other people. 

Let's say, right after graduation, you have this dream of moving out from your parents and start living a life on your own. I mean, who doesn't want to be independent, right? I bet lots of teens do. Being independent means you're a mature individual. You can handle things on your own, make decisions on your own, pay the bills on your own (so it's not always a bed of roses).

Ever had a bucket list when you were younger? Or a diary you keep on your bedside drawer, and in it are your dreams and aspirations you've written and would love to make it come true someday? I do. 

I am currently nineteen years old, and still, I have no idea where I'm heading. Sure, I'll be graduating in a few months, but where will I go? I have a degree, but where will it take me? I'm still not certain. I wanted to be prepared for the future, but I guess the future is not prepared for me. 

And this is what I'm scared of.

For once, I want my life to go according to my plan. For the past years, I have been under the shadows of so many people, people who are trying to get in my shoes and showing me who's the boss of my life. They're are the people who would manipulate your decisions and steer your actions in accordance to them. I try so hard to do things my way, but I guess I'm not trying hard enough. My life is one giant sock puppet.

What hurts the most is that these kind of people are the ones who are very close to your heart, people you know firsthand that they will be the ones who will support you along with whatever decisions you'll be making. Disappointingly, they're the ones who would turn their backs on you, and even suggest a route that you should be taking instead. 

One of the biggest regrets of my life is always saying yes to something I know I'm not comfortable with. As much as I love these people, they're taking away what I would want to achieve in life. They made me place my dreams in the pending tray, since it has been clouded with their judgement, and looking at me now, I feel like I have no sense of direction in my life so far. In life, as much as you are surrounded with the people you are very close with, they could also be the ones who you'd feel distant to. 

You know them, but do they know you? 

And this is what I'm trying to say: We have the capability to decide for ourselves, but there are people who also have the capability to decide for us. We are on our own, but we are not alone.

When things aren't going your way because someone says it's not the path for you, who are they to tell you? As long as your decisions are for yourself, and it will be for the betterment for you as an individual, then go for it. Trust your capabilities, and prove them wrong, because in the end, it's where your happiness that counts, not theirs. 

 (Happy holidays, everyone!)

Friday, November 22, 2013

He Said, She Said (2)

"Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."

— John Rockefeller

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thesis It

Time check: 1:38 AM in the morning. My not-so-nocturnal-but-are-trying-to-be-because-we-have-to thesis mates and I are up all night (and day,) for our final thesis paper for the term. We're currently on a mini-break (we've been dealing with our thesis for the past 9 hours,) and as for me, I decided to make a blog that I'm pretty sure no one is interested in knowing about. 

I can say we made a lot of progress considering that 9 hours:


College life sucks the fun out of everything.

And by everything I mean sleep.

Sleep for college students is like the most valuable thing to them, to us. It's what we need and sadly, it's what we lack. If at this moment we're supposed to be counting sheep, well, we're counting statistical data. So to all the preschoolers out there, take your nap times in school seriously. Savor it. 

To all the graduating college students out there, you feel me??

The sad part of this whole thing is that I know that we will be staying up all day until who-knows-until-when for this paper. And I know it's ironic since I'm basically steering away from my academic responsibility right now when I could just continue with the paper and get it over with. It doesn't matter anyway, I know that we're not getting any shut-eye today.

On a lighter note, this is going to be our last day to polish our paper so I'm excited for that. The only thing that's going to withdraw that thought is that we're not yet done defending our paper. 

And defense is already next week. 

That's barely one week for preparation and rehearsal.

November month is a no escape month. I dislike this month.

Anyway, our mini-break is almost over. Time to go back and finish this mothertrucker. Thesis it (pun intended). Wish us luck!

Here is a song list I've been playing to keep me awake (since I don't drink coffee). THEY'RE REALLY RANDOM SONGS. 

What Time Is It - High School Musical Cast
Team - Lorde
Surf's Up - Teen Beach Movie Cast
Disney Medley - Alex G and Peter Hollens
The Balcony Scene - Pierce The Veil 
Just One Yesterday - Fall Out Boy
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus (Remix) - Caked Up
Daydreaming - Paramore
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Roar - Katy Perry

How about you? What do you do to keep yourself from falling asleep?

Time check: 2:32 AM

Friday, November 15, 2013

He Said, She Said (1)

Hey there. I’m introducing a little corner of quotes and sayings for my blog that I have taken from various places. The quotes that I have picked most likely struck to me in a way that it gave me source of inspiration, food for thought, or motivators that will help me along the way. Share your thoughts with me my commenting below. Enjoy!

“Sometimes things become possible if you want them bad enough.”

T.S. Eliot

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Giants by Now, Now

Haven’t been blogging in a while! Hello, everyone. For this entry, I’d like to share with you guys a personal favorite song of mine.

Now, Now (formerly called Now, Now Every Children) is an indie rock band based in Minneapolis.
L to R: Jess Abbott, Cacie Dalager, and Bradley Hale
Giants by Now, Now is one of my favorite songs out of their EP (wish it was longer!) entitled ‘Neighbors’ (2010). As much as I love the song Giants—the beat, the music, the vocals, the vibe...I just don't get the lyrics. I tried to contemplate about the lyrics, and I cannot come up with a conclusion. Is it about religion? Love? Rebellion? I can't tell. 

All I know that this song is my jam. By the time you hear the first three seconds of the song, you'll find yourself automatically transported in your own little world. 

Giants by Now, Now


If I believed in God I would not have done the things you’ve done
Because you were only half willing to follow the son

You take our homes but your framework doesn’t hold
Against the feet of us giants
You’ve been alone and you’re singing to the sun
‘Cause you know you’re on your own and you’re going home

Like an animal burying its bones
But leaving fingerprints on the walls inside my home
But if we’re so different then why did we start this?

You take our homes but your framework doesn’t hold
Against the feet of us giants
You’ve been alone and you’re singing to the sun
Cause you know you’re on your own and you’re going home

You can hide it if you want to but everybody knows it’s true
Buried everything you knew but they won’t keep a thing from you

I hope you enjoyed the song! I advise you to listen to the rest of Neighbors EP and their other EPs and albums. Feel free to comment below your thoughts about the music and your own interpretation of the lyrics. :)

Oh, and a Happy Halloween! Enjoy the gained calories and the toothaches!

Friday, October 4, 2013

What Grinds My Gears: Ticket Scalpers

It's already game 2 in the UAAP finals between two university teams (my university got in!) here in Manila. My university lost the first round, and with all the hype, everyone wants to watch game 2 to know if there's going to be a round 3, or if the opposing university will take home the crown. I'm hoping for a round 3.

Now days before the game will start, there are tickets that will be distributed at the two competing universities. Of course, the tickets are of a first come first serve basis, and it's one ticket per person (well, in our university). 

Our university starts selling by 2pm at my college building, and I have a class at that time. My class is all the way at the 12th floor (I know, it's a tall institution21 stories high. Yes, it's a college building), and I don't have that bad-ass girl attitude to cut that class and ride down the elevator to fall in line and buy a ticket. I know that I'm not alone in this kind of situation, lots of students—some die-hard fans of the game, would want a ticket but can't because a. It's conflicting to their class schedule, b. they just can't simply afford it or c. They have been waiting in line, but the line was cut because the the tickets are now all sold out. (Insert a string of profanities here.)

There are some solutions if you really want to watch the game. You can either a. Ask a friend to fall in line for you, b. Just watch it on TV, or 

c. You can buy from a ticket scalper.

And this is where all my ranting will start.

What is ticket scalping?

To put it off simply, ticket scalping is a form of trading strategy wherein people would buy tickets (at any event,) and re-sell it again. 

There are people who buy tickets and sell it again for the actual market price. They become scalpers by accident, and these are people who are re-selling it because there's a situation that happened to them that was uncalled for (e.g. they're selling it because a situation popped up, and they can't attend the event anymore.) Sometimes they also sell it for a lower price. 

But then again, situations like basketball game finals, (where every genuine fan wants to attend,) the demand for the tickets increases. And because of that, there are people who would buy tickets, not necessarily for them, and would re-sell it at a staggering price

In my current situation, there are news circulating all over the internet regarding people who sell basketball tickets that are almost 500% higher than the actual price. I'll happily give these kinds of ticket scalpers a one-way ticket to hell.

Here is an example of extreme ticket scalping:

Source: Sulit.com.ph
Note the Upper Box A tickets for example. In our university, Upper Box tickets are sold at ₱150 (approximately $3.) From ₱150 it escalated into ₱12000, almost $280. 

From $3 to $280. Un-flippin'-believable.

I'm really, really hoping this is just false. I cannot believe the seller's charging the ticket at a very unreasonable price. So freakin' senseless. This is just downright stupid. And I'm hoping that no one would fall for this. That'll just be more stupid. 

I feel sorry to anyone who really would want to go to an event so badly, and can't because the scalpers already possessed all the tickets. I attended my university's playoffs once, and I was situated in the Upper Box seats. I looked around me, and there were so many vacant seats, it's like we owned the place. I believed that some of the unoccupied seats were bought by scalpers, and no one bothered to buy it off from them probably because they set a price that's too high for just one game. Not only did we lost an audience, but we also lost the support and manpower that we needed for the team that time. (On a brighter note, we won that game.)

Don't feed the scalpers!

Don't encourage ticket scalpers, everyone! Scalpers are every where, shame on them. Don't let them populate! I really wish security measures will be more vigilant in this kind of issue, because there are some people who make scalping as a full-time business. Ticket scalping is an unlawful way of earning money, everyone. Screw them. 

But if desperate times call for desperate measures...well, it's up to you. It's your money anyway. There are buyers who are eager to attend an event and have no choice but to buy from scalpers. Just be careful of the decisions that you make. As much as possible though, let us not buy from ticket scalpers. Try to avoid them. Don't let them profit in this kind of way, it's a lesson for them. It's not you who will be suffering the loss, but them. Let that be a cold, hard, slap in their faces.   

Friday, September 27, 2013

What's Your Groundhog Day?

So my mom was was pushing me to go watch a movie with her, to the point that she forced me to hold my bladder (because I really had to go to the loo that time) for the next 90 minutes, because she just couldn't wait. We just watched About Time yesterday, and it reminded her of another movie that was similar to About Time and so that's how we ended up watching this 20-year old film.

My mom's a movie buff, and whenever I'm in school I would just get a random text from her saying: "Please go check what time (insert movie here) shows at (insert a list of malls here). Thanks." We watch almost twice a week!

Okay, so speaking of the movie, we didn't watch in a cinema (I mean, the movie was ages ago!), but rather in her phone (phones these days!). The movie was the American comedy film Groundhog Day.

Starring Bill Murray & Andie MacDowell

Let me give you a brief overview. 

Groundhog Day centers about a weatherman named Phil who has an attitude problem. He and his crew members, Rita and Larry, were assigned to cover a story about a yearly celebration in a small town of Punxsutawney called Groundhog Day. This was Phil's fourth year of reporting, and he was obviously not enjoying it. Going back to the city, they met a harsh blizzard, and Phil and his crew were forced to stay another night in the town. The following morning, Phil woke up, realizing it's Groundhog Day all over again, and was stuck in the time loop, spending his time doing the same things everyday. 

...Okay, so I guess that wasn't very brief, but you get the idea, right? Phil was stuck doing the same thing over and over again! Could you imagine that? He's been stuck in the same town, meeting the same people, experiencing the same occurrences, for over 10 years.

I'd go insane if that happened to me!

Phil devised a lot of attempted suicides just so that he doesn't see the light of day anymore. Much to his chagrin, all those attempts were futile and he couldn't do anything about it, and he would always end up back in his bed, the same morning, with no apparent bruises or scars from his useless efforts in sight.

And how annoying would it be if you're Phil and every morning you get to hear the same local news from the radio over and over again?

Yeah, I'd probably do this too.
"I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobsters, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters...THAT was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get THAT day over, and over, and over..."  

             - Phil (Groundhog Day, 1993)
Unfortunately for Phil, he was not blessed to have this kind of Groundhog Day (quote above), which I think is paradise for him. 

Putting that aside, I was inspired to create a post of Groundhog Day because a quote from the movie got me thinking:

"What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?" 

- Phil (Groundhog Day, 1993) 
To add into that, let me ask you another question: What would be that moment?

It's a leading question, yes, but I'm assuming that all of us have some cherished memories we have in mind, those moments where you wouldn't want it to end, and to stay in those moment forever. It's something that is so close and significant to you, and in case you have that DeLorean from Back To The Future, you'd ride that vehicle and go back to that exact time, exact place, and relive that memory again. Do you have one?

Comment me your thoughts down below! I'd love to hear your own Groundhog Day!

To end this entry, here's Bill Murray mocking a groundhog:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fill Me Up: A Retro Blast From the Past

It's already the year 2013 and we are now living in a world where everyone is busy exchanging emojis with their friends on their iPhones, watching reruns of their favorite TV shows from Netflix at their laptops, rockin' out to Katy Perry's new song on their nanos, or hitting a non-existent ping-pong ball from their Wiis.

Everything is modern nowadays and technology is evidently booming in today's era. I was born in the 90's (or the Generation Y), and they said that it's the best generation. I mean, you could see it all over the internet, right? Reblog (90's term) this if you're from the 90's or If you haven't seen (this or that)...well, sucks to be you 'cuz you're not a 90's kid, and stuff like that. 
I like my generation, I could tell you that, I find my generation creative and sarcastic in terms of expressing one's self and exchanging remarks. 

But what about the generation before us? I have always been fascinated with my grandparents' and my parents' (who are 50's and 70's babies) stories, especially about the lives they've had back then. They used to own only one TV in the whole house--now, we have six. They travel to the town's library to borrow books for their majors--what we need in school is just a click away from our computers. Turntables are the iPods of today, and Brad Pitt is the new James Dean. 

And don't make me start on Grease. 

Don't you just want to hop in a time machine and go back 30, 40, 50, years back? I know I do.

If you want to experience and dive in to the old-school scene (better: if you happen to be traveling in Manila), then I have the place for you.

Somewhere in a nightlife strip situated in Makati, is a cute little diner called The Filling Station: Bar and Café. 

Photo Credit: The Story of Us
Now I'm not that of a fan of the discotheque (big word,) district here in this part of Makati, I just happened to celebrate an 18th birthday party here (yes, they hold parties as well!). It's actually a pretty small venue, it's smacked right in Makati's red light district, and parking is kind of a problem, but it's accessible to a hotel, so why don't you stay in for the night?
Let me give you a sneak peek of what The Filling Station: Bar and Café has to offer:    

An actual filling gas station!
Ceiling plastered with vinyl records

Life-sized statues like Elvis Presley 
Oh and you know, just James Dean
Speaking of Elvis Presley, what's a retro diner without the retro music? In here, they also blast tunes from the early hits of the 50's, 60's, and late 70's like songs by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Grease...and a whole lot more! It makes you unwind and just dance to the beat.

Vintage memorabilia
They serve great food as well!
...And more vintage memorabilia!
The bar area!

The waiters and waitresses, also clad in the 50's outfits, are friendly! Did you see those memorabilia pieces? Definitely an eye-catcher and great conversation starters!

Side note: Their vanilla milkshake is MUST TRY!

There's also a DJ area located at the Smoker's Hall
(But smoking is dangerous to your health!)
The walls are adorned with framed pictures
of famous icons!
I can't show everything, can't I? You have to be there in order for you to have that big dose of the awesome retro diner feel. There's much to see in this place! It's vibrant, entertaining, and definitely hip.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you're going on a date with your partner, hanging out with your friends, or spending some quality time with your family, this place is welcome to all! So go, pull off that "greaser" look or wear that poodle skirt and hop on this rad and groovy diner because it is, in what the 50's might say it, the bomb.

For more details of The Filling Station: Bar and Café, hover your cursor here.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Jambo! (That's what Cady Heron from Mean Girls said during her first day of school, so I tried it here as well. No reactions? Oh well.)

My name is Angela, but my alias is smallscheme when I blogWhy smallscheme you asked? Well, I was thinking of a catchy name for my blog but my creative juices were all squeezed out on my brain, so I went to a Random Name Generator on the internet. I was browsing and voilà, the site generated the words 'Small Scheme' and it automatically got stuck in my head. But I did happen to find a meaning behind my blog name. I mean, I usually plan and do things in secret (like this blog,) and, well...I'm small (I'm 5'1"). 

There you go. No cool backstory whatsoever. Like me. I'm not cool. 

So why did I join the blogging scene? (Act like you're interested to know.) 

I've always wanted to write. Ever since I was a little girl, one of my past times would include drawing stick figures of people and writing a conversation bubble above their heads. I would write for hours, and hours, not noticing that I've already used up the last page of my notebook. 

I've been close to writing while growing up. Along with music, it's kind of like my form of escape. All my thoughts, observations, ideas, that I can't verbalize, I write them down. Then after a while, I would just flip the pages and read them and I'd suddenly feel happy. Writing is happiness. There. 

I actually started a blog last year, and back then it was entitled angelathewarrior. It only lasted for about three months, only having to make two entries. I guess I didn't have the motivation back then, and there was no inspiration that came up to me that I could write and type about. 

I don't want to be too late when it comes to blogging anymore. I'm going to be twenty next year! I have been planning on creating a blog long ago, and I kind of let myself slacked off and left my previous blog empty. This is my second time, and I really want to become active from now on. This blog is going to be like my baby, my open diary.

What to expect from this blog?

Hmm...a lot of things ranging from what will suddenly pop inside my head, day-to-day observations, rants, my travel adventures, a weird encounter, to the music that I listen to, the food that I just ate, or the movie I just bawled my eyes out. It could be anything under the sun!

Share your adventures with me!

Interact with me! Share your thoughts and opinions with me, I would love to interact with you netizens and fellow bloggers! 

Welp, how is my first entry? How are you? Haha. I'll probably be updating next week, if time permits. (90% of my time is being taken away because of college. It sucks big time!)

'Til next time! If you have any questions, ask away!

Random thought:

I love the fact that my first entry was published on the Friday of 13th. I love the number 13! :)