The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
20-something Filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fiction, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and BTS. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.


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March 2019 Wrap Up

Bullet Journal March Spread

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 the latter but then one day, I woke up craving the feeling of being alive again. I wanted to fall back in love with life again. I wanted to appreciate everything that I've been given. I wanted to live again because, for the longest time, I've been sulking my life away, I was not living, I was merely existing.

March has been quite good, it's the first month this year when I had laughed a real laugh, the first time that I felt happy again. I still have breakdowns and anxiety attacks but not so much anymore. I have so much to be thankful for and so I am writing this favorite-slash-wrap up post right now as I'm snuggled in my bed, hugging my lavender blanket.

1. Motiongate Dubai

Dreamworks in Motiongate Dubai

If you are a reader of this blog, you would have read my visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts. If not, here's my post about it. I had soooo much fun that day - like my happiness meter was so full, I couldn't put it to words!

2. Cheap Book Finds

Book lover in Dubai!

I was super happy to find bookstands here that sells cheap books. Reading has been my escape. Reading helped me when I was down. I'd just open up a book and read and I'd get lost in that book's world and for a while, I'd forget my woes. I'd be with these characters and I'd be on an adventure with them. Reading gives me the escape I wanted from the reality that I didn't want to be in. And so, when I discovered that there are cheap, second-hand books here, I was pleased.

3. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter 1
I got to see and hold a penguin!!! 

Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter 2

Ski Dubai

Last Friday, I was able to go to Ski Dubai with my flatmates and I didn't think I'd be so excited to see a penguin in real life! I was so stoked to experience everything that Ski Dubai could offer. We got to learn the basics of skiing, and we rode a cable car. That evening was very eventful that we got home at 2 o'clock in the morning. And even though the day after was a work day, it was worth it. I got to bond with new friends and I had fun. Just for the latter, I'm already very grateful.

4. Watching The Originals

I've always wanted to watch this series but I never seemed to find the time in the last few years. Now that I'm addicted to Netflix and I just finished watching The Order, which disappointed me by the way, I decided to start The Originals. After just watching episode one, I was hooked. I'm on episode 17 of Season 1 right now and I couldn't get enough of Niklaus and Elijah. I love them both! I can't wait to continue with this series!

5. Bookstagram: @therandombibliphile

@therandombibliophile on Instagram
I deactivated my main Instagram account last month because I couldn't stand it any longer. I didn't want to see updates of some people anymore and it just made my anxiety worst. So once and for all, I decided to shut it down, and now, after a month of not opening it, my mental state is so much better. 

Social media has always been a part of my life and it's one way of me expressing my thoughts and just basically myself. I love sharing photos, I love sharing my words. When I deleted my Instagram app, I found myself missing it. So what I did was I re-installed the app again and logged into my other account, my bookstagram, instead. And it satisfied me. Having only followed other bookstagram accounts made me focus more on what I love - books and reading. I met other people who have the same interests as me, who like the same books and genre as me. I got to join a book club and I got to talk to people who can relate to how I felt when I just finished an amazing book. I have people I can talk to and share my thoughts with certain books. It was amazing, I am a part of a community where my thoughts count, where my photos are significant, where my love for books is applauded. I belonged.

I cannot believe I let one person make me despise something I enjoyed and loved doing. Yes, social media may be toxic, but it can be good, too, when you know how to use it well.

6. Anecdotes of Life

Maybe you've read my previous blog posts and wonder what they were about. I've been experiencing major nostalgia over the last two weeks in the office. I had wistful thoughts and I longed to be in my old life again. I had thoughts where I wished I could go back in time, to the time when everything was simpler and easier. I would be daydreaming at the office, looking back to the times when life wasn't as complicated as it is today. And so, I did what I always do whenever I have these thoughts that I couldn't voice out - I write. I wrote every nostalgic memory I had and sent it to myself thru email. I decided I wanted to post these memories in here so that when I want to look back, I would be able to read them. And so, Anecdotes of Life was born. These are short stories of what had transpired over my existence. These will range from my childhood to my adolescent to my young adult years. It's a random timeline, really, and not coherent at all. 

And that's what happened to me in March. I've omitted some things of course, but these things are what made my March really good. I just hope that the following months will be just as good if not greater.

I should sleep now, it's almost midnight and I still have work tomorrow. Bye guys. xx 


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