In Summer!

Bees’ll buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And I’ll be doing whatever snow does in summer.
A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned in summer.

Ah, summer. What a beautiful description from dear Olaf. Yes, over here in the Philippines it’s almost summer and I think I don’t need to say why I’m excited. Finally I am free of homework and can binge watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s films (by the way, congrats Leo!). I can go on Tumblr for 3 hours and not feel guilty because hey, I’m not procrastinating anymore! Whoops, I kinda did say why I’m excited for summer. Anyway, summer is exciting and fun and all other adjectives that mean the same thing. Of course, summer is a great time to try to achieve #feedgoals in Instagram and try to Tumblr-ify your boring life, at least for me.

So as we all know we have this huge bucket list when summer sets in and half of the time that list doesn’t get all the checks because summer is way too short. But still having a bucket list is great because it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you do cross one off the list.

#SummerBucketList

  1. Get Instagram-worthy photos/ Photos that can be on Tumblr

  Okay, so since during summer I have more time to edit and curate my photos I am just a few steps until I achieve my goal of reaching Tumblr worthiness. Not to mention, I have time to go to places to take great photos.

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Is this Tumblr enough?

2. Read more books.

If you still can’t tell from my blog’s url, yes I am a bookworm. So a perfect way to kill time during the summer when I decide I want to take a break from being an Internet kid is to read a couple more books. Books are bae. ❤

bookwormmode

3. Swim.

Didn’t you know? I’m a mermaid!Seriously! Just kidding though, I do love to swim with the company of my cousins. Plus it’s a great way to beat the summer heat and get a tan. Armed with your materials like cute swimwear and a high quality camera, you can take amazing photos.  Just don’t forget your sunscreen to avoid being turned into a burnt human.

mermaids

4. Watch a bunch of Leo DiCaprio’s films.

I’m gonna watch Leo’s films in honor of him winning an Oscar and fangirl over his beautiful face. I mean why not waste your time watching Leo act as Romeo, Jack, and Jay Gatsby?

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Too cute. Photo from: http://boufantgirl.tumblr.com

5. Travel.

Summer= travel. Travelling opens your mind and makes you happier. Plus it’s loads of fun and the memories will last forever. This summer, I’m travelling to Singapore with my cousins and I’m excited beyond words because it’s my first trip abroad! Yay! I might be travelling to Dumaguete City here in PH to visit Silliman University to check the university out since I’ll (hopefully!) be attending it for Senior High and college.

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Photo from: weheartit.com

Note: All photos are mine unless stated otherwise.

#Harana

If you happen to be a Filipino like me the word Harana is all too familiar and is a great part of our culture. Here in the Philippines, it is essential for a guy to woo the girl he likes and earn her very precious ‘yes’ for them to officially become a couple. Harana is a very traditional way of courtship, where the guy will serenade the girl usually outside her house, he sings a song in order to express his feelings for the girl, usually accompanied by the sweet notes of a guitar. The guy may be accompanied by his friends in his act of love, and the harana is usually done at night to avoid the daytime heat.
Here is a scene taken from the recently concluded On The Wings of Love, which is a TV series very famous here in the Philippines. Yes, the language spoken is Filipino but hopefully for those who don’t understand the language you will still be able to get the point of harana.


Video from: ABS-CBN entertainment’s YouTube channel

Undeniably, this gesture is sweet and seems almost like something out of a movie. However, this practice done by our ancestors many years ago is hardly done nowadays. Doing this in this era would almost seem like a shock and something out of the ordinary. So why are teens not carrying out this practice today anymore? This is probably due to the rise of social media and the constant evolution and rise of things. One day, stripes could be the trend and the next it’s not. Following trends is a great factor in people’s lives these days, because if you don’t it’s like you’ve missed out. Not much people do harana anymore, and it’s not really a trend, so what’s the point of doing it? Courting someone is so much easier now. A text is sent, a link to a song is sent, a favorite quote is sent, a cute image from Tumblr is sent and you can easily woo the love of your life. This is what is happening. Admit it, you do get the butterflies.

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admit it,you’d die of the butterflies if this happened to you. photo from http://www.relatably.com/q/cute-love-quotes-for-your-girlfriend-tumblr

Call me an old soul, but I badly want the traditional ways of courting be revived. Maybe I’m a hopeless romantic or what, but thing is nothing is sweeter when you’ve seen someone work hard for a goal and actually get it. I do believe in the quote, “Actions speak louder than words.” As a girl, seeing a guy work hard to earn your special ‘yes’ is proof that he is serious about his intentions is the sweetest thing and if you’re a guy who does this or did this, major props to you!

Basically, harana is outdated to most people already since it is an old practice. But it is an old practice that needs to be revived.