Proud. Ambitious. Cunning.

That's how you would describe a Slytherin.

A little over fifteen years ago, I chose to be a Gryffindor. The brave, courageous, adventurous, daring, and chivalrous. Reading the first book and watching the first adaptation gave me the impression that Gryffindors are the greatest, the coolest, and the best. And I wanted to be one with the greatest, the coolest, and the best. After all, the three protagonists belong in the house of Gryffindor.

I took a few sorting hat quizzes back then. And though I must answer each question truthfully, I answered in a way that I will get the result that I want. Of course, I never wanted to be a Slytherin. Their reputation is dark and iffy. You know, "There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin." So when I was asked to choose among Glory, Wisdom, Love, and Power, I chose Glory even though I knew deep inside I wanted Power because Glory is going to lead me to Gryffindor. And yes, I always get sorted in Gryffindor.

Fast forward to many years, I grew a little older but not old enough to outgrow Harry Potter. I think I was, still is, and will always be a Potterhead. I took Pottermore's sorting hat quiz the first time it came out and answered it TRUTHFULLY. And true enough, I was sorted in to the house of Slytherin. I'm not surprised though. But I took more quizzes from other sources for validation. And it's no doubt that I belong in Slytherin.

I don't think I have changed. Yes, I am adventurous and perhaps brave and bold like a Gryffindor. The only difference is, Gryffindors are reckless and I am not. Bottomline, as daredevil as I am, I value my life. I know when to back down when I sense something will do no good to me. While Gryffindors will die for you, Slytherins are the opposite. A Slytherin will kill for you. Get the drift?

Actually, I am a little bit of all the houses. But a Slytherin is free-spirited, would bend the rules if he has to, resourceful, competitive, stubborn, sly, and is great at staying cool, calm, and collected - words that I would definitely attach to myself.

Slytherins are also manipulative. Did you see how I wanted the quiz to turn out back then? That's just one way of showing that I know how to get what I want. And I always get what I really want. I can make people believe what I want them to believe without having to lie and twist words. Cunning, yes? Pretty Slytherin-ish, don't you think?

Well, Slytherins have a stigma. Everybody thinks that Slytherins are selfish, ruthless, and evil. For the record, not everybody is like that and there's a lot more to Slytherins than just being a bad guy. Saying that all Slytherins are evil is like saying all Gryffindors are show-offs and extremely arrogant, all Ravenclaws are condescending and boring, and all Hufflepuffs are dumb and weak. Actually, your house does not define you.

So whether I am in Gryffindor or Slytherin, I guess, I am borderline evil. And you would never want to mess with that if you want to see the light of day again. Haha.


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Taking My Travel Adventures to the Next Level

2017 looks promising to me.

I am putting my travels to a whole new different level. And since I am not built to be a solo traveler, of course, Jan has to tag along with me too. Haha.

That would also mean, he has to cooperate and grow a layer of callus or two on his face (mas makapal, the better) because he will also be included in my vlogs. Yes, you read that right. I will be vlogging my misadventures from now on. If there's one thing that I regret about our travels, that would be not having the patience and diligence to document all my adventures through videos.

I still haven't mustered the confidence to go around the city talking to the camera on my hand though. I really don't think I will ever make it as a travel vlogger. However, I will be doing this to practice for my ultimate dream. And if you're curious what that dream would be, you'll know it when I get there. And no, hindi ito pagaartista. Haha. You'll also hear me speak English most of the time. You could get annoyed with it or I may sound too "trying-hard" for you, but I will make no apologies for that. Because yes, I really am trying hard. That dream requires a lot of speaking and most probably in English and with an audience too. So yeah, go figure! Whatever naysayers say, I'll just do my own thing here. Haters gonna hate. Potatoes gonna potate. I'm going places and that's all that matters.

I'll be filming my first real vlog on my next adventure with Jan. I'm really excited about it because we will be having our passports stamped so soon. And what's interesting about this is that it's going to be our first international trip together! And it even gets better because if the stars align and all goes well, we might have two international trips this year. Aaaargh! This is the setback when you have your plans laid. The waiting game kills. The days go by so painfully slow when you look forward to something, don't they? I seriously need to be preoccupied. Perhaps I could use the time to learn how to speak cat.

Anyway, we really do not have solid travel plans. But we've already booked a few domestic flights this year. We'll be heading north. And no, it's not going to be in Batanes because that would be our honeymoon destination (Jan didn't know about this until today. Haha). But norte is going to be as awesome as well.

We will also have small travels in between. Most probably around Mindanao. If my knee allows, I'm thinking of Mt. Lumot in Gingoog. If not, Asik-asik falls, Siargao, or Awao Falls will be just as great. Or if we're lucky to avail CebuPac's piso fare, we might find ourselves back in Iloilo and visit the beautiful Isla de Gigantes. Or perhaps, since AirAsia just opened a new route from Davao (DVO) to Puerto Princesa (PPS), we just might find ourselves basking under the Palawan sun. There are too many places to explore. Too many views to see. Who knows where our feet will take us next? Definitely somewhere amazing. :)

We want to conquer all 81 provinces in the Philippines and here's where we've been to so far:
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How about you? What are your travel plans and goals this year?


A Guilty Pleasure

I don't remember the last time I binge-watched over a tv series because I have never really watched anything since Burn Notice ended.

Call me a loser. I've never seen The Walking Dead, I couldn't even get past episode 1 of the Game of Thrones, I don't know what's strange about Stranger Things, and not even a single thought of jumping into the Korean drama bandwagon crossed my mind - which is probably a good thing.

But I ended up giving Riverdale a try. Seriously? I probably deserve a good punch in the face for missing on the good shows and giving this a second look, not to mention, time to blog about this. I'm not even into highschool-centric dramas (Mean Girls is an exception). But since I was a big Archie comics fan back then, I decided to watch the pilot episode after the teasers gave me a hunch that they got the characters wrong. And I was right.

I think I got emotionally traumatized for it did not stay faithful to the comics. Turned obviously straight characters into gays and lesbians (I'm not against LGBT). And filled what's supposed to be fun and innocent with sexuality and murder. So in the event that they turn Jughead into a vegan, then I'm done.

Honestly, I don't really like it. Teen soap and awfully cliched? I've seen likes of this before and it didn't go very well, at least for me. But I don't know how Riverdale seems to be so inviting I will be lying if I say I am not hooked. Perhaps because it's dark and edgy, and because somebody ended up dead that I would love to see where the show goes.

Well, I could just pretend it has nothing to do with the comic books that I devoured as a kid and just watch it as just another mystery tv series not because I have nothing better to do but because it's actually pretty good. And oh, some of the characters are hot af. That's good enough for me. ;)
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Rabies Shots and a Jaywalking Ticket

I think my cat, Appa, thinks I am super adorable that he decided to bite me. Well, if I had it my way, that's how I would show my fondness to Jan too. Except there will be no bleeding.

Appa is actually sweet and affectionate. He follows me wherever I am. He sits on my lap whenever I work. Snuggles beside me when I'm on my bed. And right now, alcsfnhacflhan ;j;dh;jhb[dtu[ he's helping me write this post. His sweetness makes me forget that cats are naturally shady characters. Perhaps, he was actually trying to murder me because his breakfast was not served on time. I did not see him the whole day, so I can only assume he's plotting his next move after a failed murder attempt.

But if my cat did not kill me, the rabies shots will. Google simply told me that one vial costs more than a thousand pesos and I need at least 3 shots for it. 4 if he's proven rabid (which I think he's not. I believe he's just a murderous, raving lunatic). The cost did give me a heart attack but not close to killing me though. Try harder, Appa.

Anyway, I rushed to the Animal Bite Center and had some tetanus and rabies shots. And surprisingly, I did not have to pay for the shots. Yaaaas! I just have to shell out Php 82.50 for the injection fee for all sessions. Then I went off my merry way knowing I just got off the hook from dying a horrific death.

Afterwards, I decided to have a burger for breakfast and walked mindlessly towards Jollibee when a CTTM Officer called my attention. And the next thing I know, I am scheduled to attend a mandatory pedestrian orientation for violating the city's Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance. I think I could've died of embarrassment while being apprehended in public. But I was just laughing inside my head asking what the fudge have I gotten myself into this time.

Well, shit happens. And it's a fact in life that we can never get away from. But it's not permanent. So that's okay. My mornings usually follow the same boring routine. A bite from a suspected murderous cat and a jaywalking ticket just added a little flavor to it. But I will certainly not have any of that ever again because it doesn't taste good. But hey, I had Jollibee's Chiken Joy for lunch with Jan at home... so it's not a bad day after all. :)



SarWrites' First Blog Giveaway

It's February. Love is in the air! And since I love you guys and 2017 has already blessed me so much as early as February, I'm going to share my blessings with you!

I'll be giving away some really awesome stuff. So watch the video if you want to see what you can get if you join and win this giveaway:

This giveaway is free. You don't have to pay any fee or no purchase is necessary. But you need to complete three simple tasks to join:

1. Like SarWrites Facebook page.
2. Like and Share this photo. Remember to set your post to public.
3. Not required but highly appreciated to subscribe to my Youtube channel here. I know my channel is pathetic, but I'll be vlogging all my travels from now on. So yeah, magkakalaman din yan. ;)

Terms and conditions:
1. This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or any social media network.
2. This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. I will shoulder the shipping cost as long as it is covered by JRS Express or LBC.
3. I have the right to invalidate any entry that did not follow the mechanics.
4. The prizes are not convertible to cash.
5. The prizes are transferable (in case you want me to send these as gifts to someone).
6. The contest will end on March 9, 2017.
7. The winner will be raffled via RandomPicker. I will collate and base entries from those who liked and shared the photo. So make sure you set your post to public.
8. The winner will be announced here on my blog and on Facebook.
9. The winner will be contacted via Facebook. And in the event that the winner will not be able to respond immediately within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited and I will be choosing a new winner via RandomPicker.

Good luck everyone!