Sunday, February 28, 2010

Still getting spam

Posted by austenfan at 2/28/2010 09:03:00 PM 0 comments
What is up with spammers?! Every time that a new comment pops up, I get all excited... only to find out that it's spam. And they seem to always post it on the 'Blog Anniversary' entry. Does anyone know how they do that? Cause if they've been really visiting that page, it would have been included in the top visited pages (according to Google Analytics). But it's not! So that must mean they can leave comments there without even visiting the page? Is that even possible? :|

I wish they'd just stop. Comments are moderated so there's no way that the spammy ones will get accepted. (sorry if I sound really mean)

Back to school again tomorrow. *Sigh* I hope everyone had a great weekend! :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Reviewing books

Posted by austenfan at 2/26/2010 10:26:00 AM 0 comments
On my book blog (Reality Bites... Fiction Does It Better! - the link is at the navigation bar at the top), I rarely get books for review. But I'm really thankful when I do, I make it a point to give it a fair and objective review. Of course, I do this for all my other reviews too!

Anyway, one of the books that I received for review was a memoir of a woman who has had to face cancer. No, she didn't had to undergo Mesothelioma treatment, but she did triumph over her illness in the end. This book made me realize that I need to stop shying away from books such this, which include memoirs and other types of nonfiction books.

It's amazing what trying different things once in a while can I make us realize, right? This is just one of the reasons why I love reviewing books. :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I miss...

Posted by austenfan at 2/25/2010 10:29:00 AM 0 comments
No, this post wouldn't be that mushy. Forgive me, I'm feeling a bit sentimental right now. :p

1. Our house
  • I live in a dorm (which is near my college) so I only get to go home on weekends. This is why I love it when they change the holiday dates! Of course, missing spending time with my family also comes with this (actually, it's the main cause of my missing our house). And yes, I miss my room as well!
2. My high school friends
  • We rarely get to spend some time together anymore since we're all busy with our academic and personal lives. You girls, if you're reading this: Let's go out! Soon. :)
3. My iPod
  • I gave mine to my mother cause I know she loves listening to music (even the new ones! e.g. Lady Gaga). I know, I'm a good daughter. LOL.
4. Food!
  • Since I've started going on a diet, I've been regulating my calorie intake. So I really miss good food - as in the eat-all-you-can, eat-until-you're-bloated kind! I used to be able to eat heaps and heaps before. I think that's why I gained so much weight! But I'm lucky I'm not allergic to anything, otherwise, I'd probably have to find an allergy relief every time I eat shrimps!
5. Movies
  • I think I last watched a movie back in December. Uh-oh. This isn't good for my social life. Not good at all. :p

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Uh, I don't know how to call this.

Posted by austenfan at 2/24/2010 09:17:00 PM 0 comments
I just got home from a tiring plant tour at Petron. Actually, the tour itself wasn't that tiring, rather, the trip to and from and was. Afterwards, I cast my vote in the university and college student council elections, and had a consultation with our adviser for our research/thesis. Tell me I have no right to be tired. I dare you to tell me. Haha. I'm beginning to sound crazy. :p

I got home, listened to some very good music (I love The Perishers!), and logged on to the internet to find out some very disappointing news regarding the elections - which does nothing to ease my tiredness at all. But why am I stressing over this? Hopefully, I soon won't need to worry over university affairs. I'd be working hard (and loving it!), earning money, looking for a life insurance quote, and well, something along those lines! :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fall Out Boy No More

Posted by austenfan at 2/22/2010 09:56:00 AM 2 comments

Yes, they've split up. I don't know if I'm the last one to have heard of it, but if you're reading this now (and experiencing surprise or shock, depending on how you feel about it), then I'm probably not. :)

Now, I'm not a big fan or anything but I do enjoy their songs. Most of the time, I even find myself singing along to their songs. Who hasn't? Sadly, it looks like we won't be hearing more of their songs anymore. The new ones, anyway. [Personally, This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race and Thnks fr the Mmrs are my favorites.] *Sigh*

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Back to reading

Posted by austenfan at 2/20/2010 12:35:00 AM 0 comments
As I keep repeating over and over again in my posts, this has been a very tiring week. This can be proven by the dark circles under my eyes and the tiny zits popping up on my face. Noooo! No one wants to feel tired and at the same time ugly! I want to be as pretty as these Dolan Designs lighting pieces. [Of course, I don't mean that I want to look like a chandelier. Don't be sarcastic. :|] Maybe I should get a facial or something. That is, if my budget permits me to.

By the anyway, does anyone know an inexpensive way of getting rid of eye bags? Is the cucumber method really effective? If you've tried it before, please let me know. :)

Okay, on to the title. I'm reading again. Yay! The book? The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Research. Research. Research.

Posted by austenfan at 2/19/2010 11:42:00 PM 0 comments
Earlier, we conducted a test for our research/thesis and well, the results were kinda disappointing. *Sigh* How I wish I could just look at a brochure printing and figure out the right way to go about our experiment. But that is, of course, impossible so we'd just have to make do with the most popular (and crude) method. Yeah, you know it - trial and error. It isn't very efficient and dependable, but as of now, it's all we have. :(

On to happier things... It's been a while since I last did a Wordology feature. I'll try tomorrow if I can think of a new word. Argh. I badly need some fun time. I should read a book. Or watch a movie. Or start to watch a new show. Maybe I should start learning table tennis. Sorry for the randomness. Blame it on stress. Or the coffee that made me still wide awake though my body already wants to sleep.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Formspring added to the blog!

Posted by austenfan at 2/18/2010 10:42:00 PM 0 comments
I've been seeing several bloggers using Formspring for their blogs. And me being me, I decided I want one for my blog too! :) [I'm thinking of putting it in my book blog too.] Now, you can ask me anything and everything, as long as it's not too personal. I don't I have enough readership to invite questions so I'm pretty sure it'll be rare for anyone to leave questions but... I wanted to put it, so it's there! :p

I've been doing a lot of stuff in the internet now that I'm thinking of using KVM switches to help me. Er, or not. I think I'm gonna need multiple computers for that. Anyway, if you can't find the formspring widget, it's right here:


C'mon! Ask away!

To lose weight, eat...

Posted by austenfan at 2/18/2010 10:11:00 PM 0 comments
Actually, I don't know what. Haha. But mostly, I try to eat foods that are rich in fiber and low in fat. I'm pretty sure this is the way to go since most of the articles I've read says the same thing. If you're really curious on what I eat everyday, here's a sample:

Brunch - Rice and whatever's available at the cafeteria. Sometimes, I make it half a rice. I can't seem to shake off the rice habit.

Snack - Oatmeal cookies/Wheat bread

Dinner - Wheat Bread/Oatmeal and Coffee/Nesvita Cereal Milk Drink

I'm not sure if what I'm eating contains enough nutrients for proper weight loss (I should probably read some supplement reviews) but I hope it is! :)

Can't wait for the long weekend!

Posted by austenfan at 2/18/2010 09:32:00 PM 0 comments
No classes here in the Philippines on Monday! Yay! You know what that means for students like me - long weekend! :) This holiday is just in time to relieve my stress-filled week. If you don't know what I mean, you can look at my previous blog entries.

I can't wait to go home, recline in the car seat, and finally, sleep in my own, comfy bed. Not that my bed here at the dorm is bad; it's okay, just not as good as the one at home. But first, we still need to conduct a chocolate taste test for tomorrow (for research). After that, it's fun, fun, fun!

As much as I'd like to really put the long weekend to good use and travel or go on a cruise somewhere, I'm currently short on funds and I have an exam to study for so I'd just have to content myself with relaxing at home! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What to eat????

Posted by austenfan at 2/17/2010 08:39:00 PM 0 comments
This always seems to be a problem for me whenever meal time strikes. Even when I'm with a group of people, most of the time, we can't pick a specific place to have lunch/dinner at. Do you feel the same way sometimes too? Please tell me you do, cause if not, that would make me really weird. :p

As you can see, I'm still intent on my weight loss plan - watching out for my calorie and fat intake, reading the Nutrition facts label on anything that I buy, reading relacore reviews, limiting my daily rice intake, etc. Actually, I'm really jealous of girls who can eat whatever they want to (no matter how much) without ever getting fat! It's unfair. :( Haha. But I've long accepted the fact that I'll never be the skinny type so I'll just have to adjust and try to maintain a healthy body weight.

Btw, if you have some diet tips and success stories to share, kindly drop me a comment here. It will really mean a lot to me. Thanks! :)

Stressed.

Posted by austenfan at 2/17/2010 08:19:00 PM 0 comments
Hi everyone! I just got back from a plant tour and an exam and now I'm just super tired. So tired I can barely keep my eyes open while typing this. Also, I haven't had dinner yet! This school week has really been stressful for me. And there's still two more days (in this long school week). I still need to do some things for my thesis. Argh. At this rate, I fear that I'm gonna have to buy myself an anti aging face cream just to make sure I don't develop any premature wrinkles! :(

As usual, the exam was difficult. It always is. I don't know why my instructors seem to find it hard to give us an easy one. Still, I'm hoping some of my answers were correct, or even partly correct.

Now, what to do? Eat? Blog some more? Read a book? Or just sleep? Hmm, it's a tough choice. Though I'm currently leaning towards the last one. :)

Diet - status update!

Posted by austenfan at 2/17/2010 12:23:00 AM 0 comments
My plan to lose weight (which I've talked about too many times) is going okay. Yay! No, I haven't tried looking for a diet pill that works yet, I'm still hoping that I could do this by lessening my food, or should I say my fat, intake. In about two weeks, I lost 4 pounds. Yay (again)! I'm now in the normal weight range for my height. Hope I can keep this up!

These are just some of the pro-diet food/drinks that I'm loving right now:

1. Nesvita Cereal Milk Drink (Choco Malt flavor) - this is so good!

2. Kraft's Oatmeal cookies - Yum!

3. Nesvita 0% Fat Yogurt Milk Drink - I'm not a fan of yogurt but yogurt milk tastes much better!

Those are just some of my favorites. I'll be adding more as my weight loss journey continues. :p

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beautifying myself (I hope)

Posted by austenfan at 2/16/2010 02:21:00 PM 0 comments
You're probably wondering what I did to go from pimply-faced kid to not-so-pimply-faced me now. Even if you're not, I'm going to tell you anyway. :) Nothing special, really. I just made sure that I regularly clean my face with an oil-control facial wash to wipe the dirt (from the day-long activities) away. Of course, I did try to use some acne solutions that a dermatologist recommended but then I'd get tired of using it that it eventually went to waste.

If you're interested, here's my current daily facial care um, stuff:
(Sorry, I can't provide pics!)

1. Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser
2. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
3. Nivea Visage Sparkling White Day Care (moisturizer)

They're not the best facial cleansing products out there, but I'm happy with them!

Me as a kid

Posted by austenfan at 2/16/2010 01:56:00 PM 0 comments
How were you ten years ago? Popular? Smart? The class muse/escort? Me? I was the quiet girl who gets high grades (not trying to be conceited here) and just keeps to myself most of the time. That doesn't mean I don't have any friends. My circle of friends was quite small, and only with them do I relax and let my personality show. I was kinda clumsy back then (actually, I think up to now) so I didn't really enjoy playing kiddie games like Chinese garter, 'ten-twenty', and the likes.

You're all probably going "Aww..." right now, but wait... it gets worse. When I was in sixth grade, I started developing (aaah!) you know it - pimples! In a land of twelve year old girls who still have smooth and baby-soft(ish) skin, this is a major NO-NO. I remember feeling so sorry for myself back then. I wanted to try the best acne treatments there were, but my mother told me that that'll only make it worse as I'm still very young. She assured me that as I get older, the irritating pimples will stop multiplying and then disappear. But I'm glad that that period is over.

Now, even though I still don't have smooth and perfect skin, I'm happy to say that the pimples have diminished. Though of course, there is the occasional breakout whenever that 'time' of the month comes. So you see, my grade school days were not really my favorite ones. :)

What about you? How were you as a kid? :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Not Gaga over Jacob Black

Posted by austenfan at 2/15/2010 05:52:00 PM 0 comments
Aside from the back that I’m a big Team Edward supporter, there are several more reasons why I don’t think I’ll ever be for Team Jacob. First, I’m not too fond of the guy who already likes a girl before he befriends her. I am not talking about the type wherein two long time friends fall for each other, there’s a big difference. Second, a guy who persists on wooing the girl long after the girl already made her choice (clearly not him) gets a big thumbs down from me. Plus the fact that he’s rude to the guy (the girl likes), who has always shown respect to him.

image is not mine

I don’t even like Taylor Lautner! Okay, I don’t exactly hate him, but I don’t like him. How did he even get those abs that quick? Did he use a testosterone booster or something? Not that I’m saying that’s wrong. I mean, why couldn’t have Robert Pattinson done the same? :p Anyway, there you go. I’m on Team Edward all the way.

Valentine's Day has come and gone.

Posted by austenfan at 2/15/2010 12:08:00 PM 0 comments
Do I sound bitter? I hope not! Yesterday didn't really feel all that special to me - just an ordinary Sunday. No chocolates from 'someone', no delivery man ringing the doorbell to send me flowers (Ha! I wish!), and come to think of it, not that many people sent me a 'Happy Valentine's Day!' message.

And that's just fine by me. I'm not searching for anyone special right now. When it's the right time, I'm sure it'll come. Er, that sounds so cheesy. Also, my academic life more than keeps me occupied! Speaking of which, I have another upcoming exam. :(

But to the couples out there: hope you had fun yesterday! And let me just repeat it: I am not bitter. At all. :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I'm a big romance fan!

Posted by austenfan at 2/14/2010 07:31:00 PM 0 comments
You already know that I like books. What you don't know is that I especially love reading romance novels. It doesn't matter what type. I like 'em all - from the Judith McNaught historicals to Rachel Gibson's contemporary novels. I even like paranormal romance. There's also this emerging genre, steampunk. I'm still not sure what it's all about but I really enjoyed reading Soulless by Gail Carriger, which belongs to that genre.

I don't care if the story is about some poor and plain girl who meets her prince charming, or some silly girl who falls for a playboy constantly obsessing over his Ferrari parts. As long as it manages to stir up those sweet and romantic feelings within me, I'll love it!

One of my FAVORITE romance novels is Just The Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James. Here's a little blurb:


Cool. Calm. Collected.
Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her–not even her cheating ex-fiancĂ©. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident. Famous. Irresistible.
Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize that she may just be his perfect match...

Love it!

Changing my boyish ways

Posted by austenfan at 2/14/2010 12:59:00 PM 0 comments
I am a girl. I mean, I like boys and all but I'm not a girly-girl. I prefer wearing pants over skirts and dresses. I don't care that much about how my hair or outfit looks. Most of the time, after taking a bath, I just put on whatever clothes I find first that look decent and appropriate for wherever I'm going to. Well, oftentimes, this is due to the fact that I am always in a hurry so I won't be late for school! :p

But now, I'm trying to change that. I've been taking care of my face better - by adding a toner and moisturizer in my daily facial cleansing regime. I've started trying to put on makeup - nothing fancy, just a little foundation, eyeshadow, and lip color. My plan to lose weight is also somehow connected to this other uh, endeavor. But before I make any drastic changes, I think I need to switch my backpack for a more trendier (and girly, of course) bag. This Kipling shoulder bag looks great (wish I could afford it. Haha.).

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I'm back!

Posted by austenfan at 2/13/2010 11:44:00 PM 0 comments
The PBB Big Night has come and gone and if you weren't able to watch it, you might like to know that the Big Winner is none other than... Melai. I'm not really happy about it (you can see why from my previous post).

On to a different topic, I've said before that I've been having some problems with my laptop. The speakers and the video card are still fine but a lot more parts are not! I can't use my bluetooth and DVD reader, my battery is practically non-existent, and I am not liking my laptop's processing speed. At all. Once I get some extra cash, I'd really love to get a new one! So, I've been looking around... and two lovely laptops have caught my eye! The first one is the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310 (sorry, I can't provide pics!). But having had some bad experience with Toshiba (my current laptop), I'm not sure if this is a good choice. So I looked again, and found the HP Mini 311!

image taken from the www
Looks good to me!

Oh yeah, they're both netbooks. I'm really starting to like the concept of being able to bring a laptop anywhere, anytime!

PBB Double Up Big Night!

Posted by austenfan at 2/13/2010 07:19:00 PM 0 comments
As uncool as it may sound, I admit that I do watch Pinoy Big Brother. Lately, not as often as I used to but still, I think I'm pretty updated with what goes on inside the "house". I'll definitely be watching it later since tonight is the Big Night. You know what that means - the announcement of the winner! [I have this unexplainable curiosity when it comes to the announcement of winners - of any kind of award! Er, getting out of topic...] So yeah, tonight the other remaining housemates will finally be free to go out, with great cash prizes with them!

So, who's your pick? Here's mine.

image belongs to Pinoy Big Brother

Now, I won't go around defending my choice. I'm sure that if you've been watching the show, you'd have a pretty good idea why I like him. I hope he wins! [still thinking if I should go ahead and vote for him. After all, what can one vote do? :)]

Anyway, I'm sure all the contestants will be facing brighter careers once they come out of the house so, as corny as it sounds, I think they're all winners. :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Exams coming up!

Posted by austenfan at 2/12/2010 08:26:00 AM 0 comments
The next few days (or weeks) will be a little hectic for me as (once again), the time for exams has come. In fact, I'll be taking one later this day. I'm blogging now in case I might be too upset to log in to the internet later (I hope not!). Anyway, you'll (maybe) find out later how that goes.

Even though I don't have a special someone, I'm excited for the coming Valentine's Day! I'll be spending it with my family so who cares if I don't have a date? Hmm, what to do... what to do...

Maybe I'd ask them to go with me and watch The Lightning Thief! [It's out already, right?] There's just something so cool about Greek mythology! :)

Love the poster!

But I'm thinking of reading the book first since a lot of people have been recommending it to me. What'cha think? Have you read it yet? :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lovin' PayU2Blog!

Posted by austenfan at 2/10/2010 01:21:00 PM 0 comments
After several failed attempts, I finally got this blog accepted at PayU2Blog! Yay! :)

I've heard great, great things about this site so I was thrilled to finally get an approval reply from them. For those who are not familiar with it, I suggest you visit their site to learn more about how they work and how you can get in their system.

Here are some tips if ever you'll be trying to sign up with them (Take note though that these are only my personal tips and that doing them won't guarantee that you'll be accepted.):
  1. Make sure your blog is at least 90 days old and with regular entries in it.
  2. You need to have your own domain. Getting one is easy. Mine is from namecheap.com and I only paid $8.81 for it. :)
  3. Try to maintain a good and clutter-free blog layout. (Not sure about this. :p)
  4. Be patient. You may get rejected a few times (like me!) but just keep blogging and trying to improve your blog and you'd get there.
Hope that helps. Drop me a comment if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Useful info about online universities (for RNs as well!)

Posted by austenfan at 2/09/2010 12:34:00 PM 0 comments
I know all about college – the hardships and trials a student faces to get through it. However, I’m not really familiar with the process of getting a degree from an online university since, obviously, I’ve never tried getting one. But it does seem like an interesting concept. Imagine, learning right from the comforts of your own home? It does sound good, right? Of course, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to try it as I’m already pursuing a degree.

But if you’re interested, Western Governors Online University seems like a good choice. They offer a lot of academic programs, one of which is the rn to bsn online program. I know this will be very useful for some registered nurses who would like to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing. [Actually, I didn’t know that you could be a registered nurse without getting a bachelor’s degree!] Also, you don’t need to worry too much about the expenses as they seem to offer several financial aid programs for the applicants. Hmm, online school suddenly sounded a whole lot better to me.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dear laptop, please bear with me.

Posted by austenfan at 2/08/2010 09:25:00 PM 1 comments
First off, let me warn you that this entry is going to revolve around my laptop. So if you're the type of person who gets irritated once another starts talking about his/her gadget, er, you might not want to read this. :)

This is my laptop.

It's a Toshiba Satellite Pro M-200 something model and it's more than two years old. When I bought it, I was really satisfied with it. It looked sleek. It has a Vista Business OS. And it has this uber cool fingerprint detection thingy, which I don't really use much, but still, it looks good so I like it!

But now, I'm afraid it's nearing its expiration date. The bluetooth/wireless function is not working anymore. The DVD-RW sometimes (actually, most of the time) fails to install. I think it's also getting a bit slow. :( And did I mention that the battery does not work too? As in, it's powered by electricity whenever I have to use it - like a desktop computer! *Sigh* If only I had more cash, I would get a new netbook for myself. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy one right now so I'd have to bear with it and hope that it bears with me too! :p That reminds me, I need to backup all my important files in case it just fails to load one day. Oooh, I have so many files it would be convenient if I could just use an online backup service for that!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I take it back - Nuffnang ads are back!

Posted by austenfan at 2/07/2010 11:37:00 AM 3 comments
I know I said that I would be taking off my Nuffnang ads for good. But then, I started thinking of the 200+ pesos earnings that I already had... and then feeling regret over my decision. I mean, what if Nuffnang suddenly decides to give me more ads to earn the remaining balance for me to reach the minimum payout, right? :p Besides, I really want to earn more money online as my mother really wants a plasma tv, with the plasma tv stands, of course!

So yeah, the Nuffnang ads are back! Hope I get more ads from them. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

I need to save up.

Posted by austenfan at 2/06/2010 02:55:00 PM 2 comments
It's amazing how cutting down on my food intake can have another positive effect, besides losing weight. Yes, you know it. More savings for me! A daily diet of wheat bread, crackers, and coffee can sure do wonders. But still, I've been wanting so many things lately that I realized that I have to save up more. As in much, much more.

Here are some of the things that I need to save up for:

1. Books!
Yes! More books, please. I especially want The Dark Divine by Bree Despain and Shadowland by Alyson Noel.


2. Shoes/Flip-flops
3. Clothes
4. an iPhone! [I'm sure I'm not the only one.]
5. a netbook

and some long-term goals...
But for now, I'd settle for the books! :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Dorm Life

Posted by austenfan at 2/05/2010 07:43:00 AM 1 comments
On my first year in college, I had to travel all the way from Cavite (my home) to school (which is in Quezon City) and vice versa. I know! I was always so tired when I got home that I'd only have time to finish all my homework before I go to sleep. However, when the second semester of the next year came, I decided that I had to take the plunge and look for a dormitory/boarding house that can fit my needs.

Dorm life isn't so easy. It's hard to adjust to it especially if you've been living with your parents for the past 16 years, regularly enjoying the food your mother cooks, the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, etc. Though there are only two major things that I really had to adjust on: food and space.

Since we can't cook here, I always have to buy cooked meals. [And let me tell you, I think that's the primary cause of my weight gain!] Such a hassle, right? Plus, the meals available from around here isn't exactly cheap. But after about 3 years of staying here, I've learned to cope with it - by buying cheaper delivered home-cooked meals and just making sandwiches for myself. :)

Another thing that kinda bothered me was the space. I had to share a room with two other dormers. So as much as I wanted to put some school and office furniture in it, those just would not fit in such a small room! I just had to make do with piling up my books and using the smallest amount of space possible to be considerate to my roommates.

Yep, dorm life isn't so easy. But it's fun! I get to interact with others and become more independent, something that I think every college student must learn to do! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why I don't link my tweets to my Facebook account

Posted by austenfan at 2/04/2010 02:28:00 PM 1 comments
I'm a fan of social networking sites, specifically Facebook and Twitter. I can stay up to date with the latest goings-on in my friends' lives and they, in turn, get to know more about me! And they have a nice interface, which helps in getting people to not lose interest in their services.

I love Twitter and Facebook. However, I don't think that they go hand in hand. Let me tell you why.


Facebook is the current "it" site (?) today. Everyone uses it (of course I do not mean this literally). All my friends can't seem to let a day pass without logging on to their accounts to update their statuses, upload new photos, or just look at their other friends' profiles (cough, stalker, cough). In short, for me, Facebook is for the people I know. They could be personal friends or online friends, it doesn't matter, as long as I know them.

On the other hand, I use Twitter for an altogether different purpose. My followers on my Twitter account are mostly made up of other bloggers and random people who just randomly follows account (I think). Hence, my tweets are still personal - in the sense that they're my own, honest thoughts and reactions - but in a more subtle way. Like, I wouldn't go around giving off my phone number on Twitter! But, in terms of socializing with people, it is every bit as effective as Facebook. Through Twitter, I'm getting to know a lot of people - all over the world. :) And it's really fun hearing the opinion of those who you don't know personally and sometimes, coming to appreciate and admire them.

Bottom line:

Facebook:personal and intimate
Twitter:insightful without being too touchy-feely

________

Am I making sense? :p

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I read books because it's fun!

Posted by austenfan at 2/03/2010 05:40:00 PM 2 comments
I love to read. As long as the book piques my interest, I'll read it. It doesn't have to be a bestseller or an award winning book. If I like it, then I'll read it. But of course, like many other book lovers, I have my favorites too.

Before, I used to read classics - like novels by Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. Though they can be a bit hard to understand, I really enjoyed reading them. Then, I got to reading chick lit. Chick lit is, if you don't know, a genre that always has a female (who is into her twenties or early thirties) as the protagonist. The female is usually single, fun-and-fashion-loving, and is out looking for her Mr. Right. Think Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Devil Wears Prada. Afterwards, I started reading romance novels - both contemporary and historical. And they awakened the inner hopeless romantic in me. I don't think I'll ever tire of reading romance! Then, one day, after giving in to my curiosity, I decided to read a James Patterson book and discovered the thrill of reading thrillers. From romance to thrillers? That's a big jump, I know! :)

Now, I'm in love with young adult books. I know what you're thinking. Here we go again with the Twilight bit. Yes, I love Twilight. But what most people don't know is that there are a lot of other really, really good young adult books out there. Some of the best I've read include The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. I could name more of them if you're interested. So, for those who love Twilight, I suggest you try reading other young adult books. I'm sure you'll discover a lot more books to love. Plus, you'll develop your love for reading!

What am I reading now? [I'm supposed to be reading it but schoolwork's been kinda hectic lately.]

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (the second book in the Uglies series)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Some Diet Tips - It's for real this time.

Posted by austenfan at 2/01/2010 02:17:00 PM 5 comments
Ever since I started this blog, actually, ever since I started college, which was about 5 years ago, I've been trying to lose weight. Er, scratch that; I've wanted to lose weight. But I could not seem to find the drive to keep on going through with it. Now, I'm really trying to change that. As proof, I did a little Google research on some diet tips - and believe me, I found a lot of great and inspiring advice out there! My friend suggested that I try Tyra Banks' diet plan. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read the whole story on that one, just that she eats lots of fruits and takes in less carbs. So I went ahead and looked for other celebrities' diet plans, and most of them said the same thing - to eat more fruits and vegetables and less starchy food.

So, I made a list of the things I'm going to do (hopefully) in my weight loss plan. Here it is:
  1. Drink lots of water. - Water can help in keeping us full, meaning, you won't always feel hungry as long as you drink a lot of water. I'll try to drink a considerable amount of water before, during, and after eating.
  2. Cut down on the chips! - The same goes for chocolates, cakes, and other sweet and sugary snacks. Though I LOVE them, I'm going to have to control myself if I really want to go through with this plan.
  3. Lessen my rice intake. - I used to eat rice three times a day - for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Now, that's a big no-no. I'm going to try to lessen that to one rice meal per day.
  4. No sodas and sweetened teas for me! - No diet sodas either, since I don't like the taste and it contains aspartame, so I might as well drink water.
  5. Eat (more) lighter meals throughout the day. - A lot of the articles I've read keeps saying that it's best to eat several small portions of food than to go with fewer and heavier meals. [Though this can be a bit problematic as I'm not always at home.]
  6. Take note of my weight! - I need to buy a digital scale since what we have at home isn't really accurate. Plus, I need to monitor my weight changes, even if they're just 0.5 lb changes!
  7. Keep myself busy! - That way, I'll have something else to do besides eat. [Not that eating is all I ever do, but, you get what I mean. :)]
That's all for now! I'll let you know when I can think of more to add to the list.
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