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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Life Lately: Third Quarter of 2023

It's time to write another quarterly life lately post because it's already the middle of October. How's everything? I kinda missed this place and I've been meaning to return to blogging, but then I get preoccupied with other things. I've had a lot of distractions lately and it's been difficult to juggle stuff. Between work, side hustle, reading, gaming, and my personal life, it leaves me next to no time to allot for blogging. And I'm not making excuses this time, it's just that my priorities have changed over time. I miss it, though. I miss getting lost in writing down stuff for this blog. I miss creating. I miss taking photos for blogging purposes. I miss documenting the happenings in my life and sharing them here. 

Life has a way of redirecting you to a path you've never thought of taking before.

July was fun. I went to Davao again, this time to see SB19's Pagtatag World Tour. I became a fan of this P-pop band around 2021 when their song MAPA became popular. I particularly like the version where they collaborated with Ben&Ben. The concert was so much fun and their vocals were INSANE. I loved every bit of it! The next goal is to see Ben&Ben live, and Moira, too! I've been into OPM these days and it's amazing. These artists are crazy talented and it just goes to show that Pinoys have what it takes - creatively. Support local!

This was also the month when Taylor Swift's concert tickets for her Singapore leg went on sale. Long story short, I did not survive. I was broken-hearted. First, I didn't get an access code when I signed up for it. I got waitlisted so my last option was to wait and get in line for the tickets being sold in Klook. I eagerly queued and I think my number was on the 60K line. I was hopeful still. The tickets got sold out after 3 hours of waiting. I cried. I didn't even get to celebrate the release of Speak Now (Taylor's Version) - which came out the same day - because I was devastated. My impulsiveness made me go to a tattoo parlor and the next thing I knew, I got a new tattoo.

We also celebrated my mother's 60th birthday this month. It was a fun get-together with my immediate family. 💖

August was a month that flew by. Honestly, I don't remember much about what happened in August because that month was a standstill for me. I was just at home. I was resting a lot because I got sick, and I just really put all my effort into my side hustle. I also read books to reach my reading goal challenge in GoodReads. I watched movies and maybe a few shows on Netflix. Other than that, August slipped away into a moment in time. ~

September was a month I looked forward to because my boyfriend and I planned a weekend getaway. We went to Dahilayan in Bukidnon and Cagayan De Oro. It was wonderful to travel again after being cooped up at home. I also made him come with me to my company's team building because I was too shy to go alone. Thank you, my love, for coming with me, haha!

This month, I also got a Nintendo Switch. Honestly, I didn't plan on getting one because I used to think I wouldn't have any interest in it. Until I read Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin and I was influenced to relive my childhood by having the urge to play video games. And I succumbed to that urge. When I got my switch, I was instantly obsessed and my life has been taken over by Animal Crossing. So if you won't find me working or reading, I am hard at play designing my island. 😂

A lot has changed this year and I guess a lot is still going to change in the coming months. I used to be afraid of change because I thrive in routine, but as Namjoon said, things change, people change, everything changes. You cannot go through life without having to change because it's the one thing that remains constant. And this time, I'm not afraid of it anymore, I am even excited.

I'm excited about all the things that are coming my way. I'm excited about all the opportunities that I can be given. I am excited about the future even if it's still unsure. I'm excited and I haven't felt this way in a long time. Life really is fickle. But then, it's up to you to make do with what's given to you and savor it for as long as you have it. 

Till then, dear readers. Stay healthy, wealthy, and happy. xx



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