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31 December 2018 @ 06:09 pm

I’m extremely thankful of how eventful 2018 had been. Still thankful, despite how many instances my mood swings had made me incapable of being productive and empathetic. I owe a lot of people thanks and sorry.

I thank the Lord for the gift of family, friends, and opportunities. (Sana next year, talkative moments na, hehehe.)

To be honest, I've been slightly wistful and jealous of how people around me seems to be traveling a lot this year. (And last year.) I don't have that same liberty and means. But! I learned to accept my limitations and not burden others (meaning my family). I think that's a feat I can be proud of.

Happy New Year! Let’s welcome 2019 with a grateful heart.

Nerissa ♥
15 September 2018 @ 05:08 pm

I’m feeling it again.

I don’t know what happened but when this week started, I felt a shift on my mood and I knew, I knew it was going to happen again.

That feeling of listlessness.

I felt like it came at a bad timing, with Shinhwa’s last week of promotions. I’ve been doing quite well weeks before. I don’t know what happened. I usually feel this way around summer, when the temperature is off the charts and it’s too freakin’ hot to do anything that requires movement.

Is it the dreary weather? The storm (please please please go away)? My lack of company? Or that I don’t want company? Is it the lost of someone? Other people’s Instagram-worthy happiness? I don’t know. I’m not feeling particularly envious of anyone. I don’t think I’m sad. But I’m pretty sure I’m not exactly high-spirited.

Anyway, I just feel like posting this in hopes mahimasmasan ako.

It will pass. It always does. I just have to remember to live with a grateful heart.

It will pass. 

Nerissa ♥
26 July 2016 @ 07:38 pm
I just turned 30.
I’m still a fan of Shinhwa.
I’m not going to get married any time soon.
It’s a wonderful surprise how much Kyra has changed my family’s lives.
I’m honestly worried about a lot of things – some, beyond my control.
I’m still a homebody.
I’m thinking of a new hobby I can do and stick with more than 6 months.
I’m too selfish to have a family of my own.
I should seriously learn Korean.
I plan to be a lot more sociable (but it’s so hard!)
I have no intention to learn how to drive.
I’m trying not to be so short tempered.
I’m making short stories.
I’m still scared of heights.
I’m still a fan of purple, dramas and books.
I care too much.
I worry about my family all the time.
I worry about the world.
I still procrastinate.
I have successfully made my family care about kpop.
They know more idol groups than I do.
I’m not giving up on my dream of watching Clazziquai perform live.
I still pray the same prayer I’ve been praying since I was 9.
I’m more superstitious than I previously thought.
I have less tolerance for bullshit as I grow older.
I need to learn to let go.
I gave up on the dream of getting a tattoo.
I am still naïve about a lot of things.
I’ve learned to love and accept myself better.
I still love love.
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Nerissa ♥
18 April 2016 @ 08:03 pm
I haven't posted about it here before I went to Korea and watch the concert, but my condolences were all over twitter and facebook. But LJ has been a big part of my public confession of how much I love Goguma, so I wanted to post here.

Goguma has passed away last February.

If the news was so heartbreaking to me, it must have been worse for Dongwan and his mother. Goguma had been Dongwan's best friend and constant companion for 13 years. I said this before, Dongwan's relationship to Goguma was his longest relationship ever. His broken-hearted voice when he mentioned Dongwan's passing on a radio show is not something I'll soon forget.

I remember seeing a decade back a picture of Dongwan holding a wee little brown puppy and jokingly said to my friends that for my fanfic, this little puppy would be ours. I found out it was actually Dongwan's pet dog.

We mourn for Goguma because he has been more than Dongwan's pet. He has been THE dog of Shinhwa. We mourn for his loss because he represented so much more than just being a pet. He reminded us what kind of people the members are as they took care of him.

It's so bittersweet to watch I Live Alone with all the episodes he was in. But eventually it will just be sweet, a remembrance of a dog loved and will never be forgotten.
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: don't cry - shinhwa
Nerissa ♥
06 April 2016 @ 04:00 pm

I didn't know what compelled us to book another March trip to see Shinhwa other than an intense desire to see them again after watching WE concert. Meg and I knew we couldn't go to the encore concert, nor did we like the idea of a hot trip to Korea during August. The closest we could see them together would be March 2016 and on the next seat sale, a few months after WE concert, we booked a flight.

We stayed in Korea for 2 weeks and for our last weekend, we watched Shinhwa's HERO concert. It was a concert celebrating their 18th anniversary, for they debuted March 24th of 1998. Since they didn't release an album, we had a feeling they would sing a lot of old songs - which made me happy! It was something I was jealous of people who watched WE encore concert. I got to watch them sing a lot of old songs! I think the biggest surprise for me was them singing Endless Love as their opening song. I like that they can still surprise us with their setlist, given the numerous amount of songs they had recorded in their 18 years together.

I was so happy they performed Crazy, they don't perform it as much as Angel. That was a great surprise. The song I really, seriously, wanted to hear was How Do I Say and I got my wish. I couldn't have 2gether 4ever (seriously, WE encore concert watchers were so lucky) but listening to How Do I Say and Stories That We Haven't Told had me over the moon.

You think their voices would have deteriorated as they grew older but that isn't the case. I had high praises on their concert last year, and it's no different this time around. Even better, actually. I made a post on my facebook not long after the concert about how sad I would be not to see them for their encore. The biggest reason for that is because nothing, absolutely nothing, could be better than hearing them live. Not a fancam, DVD, audio disc could do justice. I told Meg unnie during the concert, "I feel like they're hugging me with their voices." Especially during their ballads. I felt it deep within my soul.

Not everyone understands a trip that revolves more around a concert than anything else, I get it. But you see, I'm a very homey person, I enjoy the comfort of my own home more than anywhere else. I travel the world through books and dramas. So having a passion for something, or someone in my case, that can drive me out the door is not something to be taken for granted. Thank you for a beautiful 18 years of togetherness. Thank you that for the past 12 years of happiness. Cheers to more years together!
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Current Music: Breathin' by Shinhwa
Nerissa ♥
31 January 2016 @ 03:23 pm
"Make a wish!" he exclaimed. "There they are - shooting stars."
I laughed. "Silly. Those are fireflies."
"Damn it, Nan. Obviously. Use your damn imagination. Go make a wish. Or wishes. There's a lot of those fuckers out there."
I laughed again. "Damn it, Lyle. Watch your language."
"Damn it. Just make a fuckin' wish."
I looked at Lyle, who looked too serious for such a silly thing. It made me worry, but I knew he wouldn't talk about it. So at that moment, I did what he asked. I looked at the fireflies, dancing a few feet away from us, closed my eyes, and made a wish. A few minutes had passed when I opened my eyes and looked at him. "It's your turn," I softly said.
He continued to look at the fireflies, with their ethereal glow. "I have you. Wishing for more is just greedy."

(very short story I wrote last year on an old receipt during a short blackout)