The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
26, filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fantasy, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and Mobile Legends. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.

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Into the late 20's

It was the end of a decade... but the start of an age.
Before I turn 26 tomorrow, I just thought I would sit down and relive what happened in the last 25 years of my life. What a life! And I'm not even half-way through it - hopefully.
The past decade has been a whim. Back in 2009, I remember I …

And Yet, Another Year-Ender Post

2019 is almost done and a new decade is upon us so here's yet another year-ender post for this blog.

It's Christmas morning now as I am typing this post away. I've just cleaned up our kitchen and hallway floor since they were a mess from last night's party. I woke up early, as usua…

Thought of the Day: Greed and What It Does To Men

For the past few weeks, I have been a constant listener of podcasts. One weekend ago while I was listening to one of the channels I'm subscribed to, I was introduced to the Victory Podcast by a close friend. It's a podcast of preaching and I instantly fell in love. My favorite preacher is …

Renee Reacts: Money Heist 💰

It's been a month since I've finished watching the Spanish series Money Heist and the adrenaline rush I had from it is still wearing out. Whew...this series was something. I don't know what to watch next because it was just too awesome that I feel like the next one would be completely …

Of Anxiety Attacks and Fighting to See the Sunshine Again

It's been years of battling my on-again, off-again anxiety and so far, this year is the worst. When it seems like I'm getting better, I'm there again spiraling down into that deep abyss of pain and darkness. It's mentally draining and emotionally exhausting, having to battle the un…

Anecdotes 07 | ABBA

My father is a huge music lover and I have always looked up to him when it comes to beautiful songs. My papa taught me to appreciate music and well-written songs. Growing up, I remember always having music in the background. We wake up on Sunday mornings with the radio blasting up to tunes that we…

Things I Miss in the Philippines

It's been 10 months and 24 days since I left the Philippines and the journey has been life-changing - to say the least. The changes were gigantic, everything in my life turned upside down. Until now, I still cannot fathom how much has already changed. I wake up every morning and I still need t…

Anecdotes 06 | Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok ko

There are times when I feel like my heart is torn right out of my chest. Times when that familiar ache resurfaces after seeing a photo of you or even just after seeing a photo of myself taken at that difficult time. I can see the struggle in my eyes as I wear that smile and pretended that everythi…

Still Stuck

Dreams. I don't know if I still have one but earlier today, my colleague talked to me about what he wants to become out of the blue. His dream was to be a cabin crew and he was just getting by with this job just so he could graduate and achieve his dream.
It got me into thinking. What's my …

this chance of having a fresh start

I think it's been more than a month or two that I haven't sat down and got lost in a fictional world. But a week ago, I have finally gone back to doing my favorite hobby. I've finished 2 books - To Kill a Kingdom and A Darker Shade of Magic - and I am now reading another one! It feels …

Lover 8.23 🦋 Step into the Daylight and Let It Go

This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos. It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t be more proud. - Taylor Swift
So...the Lover album is out and I am in cotton candy heaven. All the feels, the butterflies, the blues, the chil…

Anecdotes 05 | High School Crush

It's been 10 years since I last saw this guy, who would have thought that out of all the places in the world, we would meet again in another country? 
Over the years, we had an on and off communication. We were never close when we were still in High School. We were in the same year but we were…

Day 366

This day exactly a year ago, the man I loved so much decided I wasn’t worth it anymore and it crushed me and broke my world apart. The future I saw together with him vanished in just a blink of an eye. Everything turned to dust as he left, not once looking back. My soul was lost. Everything I was …

I Know I'm Enough Now

Since that night, I never stopped thinking about how much I'm worth. Do I amount to something? Am I worth a glance when I was just easily discarded one night last July like I'm some worthless piece of trash?

Since that night, I've started to look at myself with disgust. I look at my nak…

Anecdotes 04 | Coca Cola and Pancakes

I grew up in a household where my food intake was regulated. When I was still in grade school, we only ever had Coca Cola on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, New Year, and the like. I remember how my mom would always dilute my brother's and mine's portion with hot water beca…

Six Months in the UAE 🇦🇪

Days have been moving faster and I just woke up one day realizing that I've been away from home for 6 months now. I've been living in Dubai for half a year and it's been well so far. I can say that I've adjusted with the lifestyle and rules here. Although everything still feels sur…

Blog Update and Whatnot

It's been a month since I last posted here and while I've made it a goal to write a blog at least 4 times a month, my words have been failing me. I've zoned out again. I thought that I was getting better but I spiraled down again and well, I've been fighting so hard ever since to d…

Anecdotes 03 | Tamagotchi

December 2004, Date - forgotten Brokenshire College Toril Christmas Party
I was a first year in high school. I remember being very excited to go to school with my new outfit. I was all dressed up in tea green, from my off-shoulder, body-hugging blouse to my three-sister ombre tea green skirt to my…

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis from Goodreads:It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the…

March 2019 Wrap Up

And just like that, March is gone. Time flies when you're busy surviving it day by day and I cannot be thankful enough that I'm still here. Even when life fucks you up, you still have the choice to either stand up and move forward or sink and drown in your sorrow. For months, I chose to do…

Anecdotes 02 | 15th of September

"Will you write me a letter?" I suddenly remembered the moment I asked you this question.

It was September 15th, the day after your birthday. We were already broken up but I still hoped that you'd reach out to me. But you didn't. I desperately sent you a message asking if you wou…

Anecdotes 01 | Childhood Saturdays

I miss my childhood. Sometimes I find myself reliving what has been. I imagine myself in the body of my younger self, a depiction of who I used to be - a girl with a head full of dreams and wonder. Looking back, I feel content with the life I had in our old home in Davao City. I miss that home. I …

My First Theme Park: Motiongate Dubai

Last Friday, March 8, 2019, my best friends and I went to Motiongate Dubai. It was International Women’s Day and Dubai Parks and Resort gave free admissions to all ladies, and who were we to pass up such an amazing opportunity? So last Friday, we went and braved the crowd to have fun. It was my fi…

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