Frau’s 2017 consumption


Last year, I wrote that the KPOP enthusiast in me was on a hiatus. This year, however, it made a comeback (get it?) and I went full-on KPOP for a good ¾ of the year which would explain why most of the music and artist I listened to may not be familiar to you. Don’t worry though; I was still updated with what was going on in the pop punk scene and some local bands – and they write songs in Bisaya, Tagalog and English!

Top pick: BTS – Spring Day, 화양연화 album series


The thought that the songs are in a foreign language may cause other people to skip over BTS but I urge everyone to try and take a listen to their three-part album series. Even though I listened to KPOP before, I was not able to get into this group until this year.

Spring Day is a song from BTS’ repackaged album You Never Walk Alone. I first heard the song on Produce 101 season 2 when a Vocal team covered it for a challenge. I searched for the original version and I felt like I struck gold because that’s what it is. The instrumentation and the lyrics fit well with the sentiment/ feel of the song. The music video is stunning. It was the one that got me into the group and will remain as my number 1 BTS song of all time for a long time.

Each album in the series contains your typical high-energy, fast BPM, hype songs but to balance it out, there are also slow, laid-back songs and ballads. Since the songs are in another language, I searched for the translated lyrics and to my surprise, their songs also dealt with topics that some of my favorite bands have written about. Youth – the pressures of society, doubting/ believe in one’s self, change, achieving dreams, etc. I personally call the 화양연화 album series as the KPOP counterpart of The Wonder Years’ album trilogy.

Honorable mentions:

  • AGUST D mixtape
  • The Rose – Sorry
  • Red Velvet – Peek-a-boo
  • TAEYEON – My Voice – The 1st Album
  • Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry (pahabol fave because I just heard them for the first time at KBS Gayo Daejeon)
  • Neck Deep – The Peace and the Panic (personal faves: Heavy Lies, 19 Seventy Sumthin’)
  • Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter (personal faves: Want Me Around, Everyone Lies to Me)
  • Mid-2000s OPM bands’ hit songs



I have taken an effort to read more paperbacks rather than e-books this year. Not that I went on a book shopping spree, but I bought a hard copy of most of the books that I had a strong intent to read. I do still read epubs especially since it’s convenient when I need to pass the time on the road. Here’s my list this year:

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
  • It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
  • The Quarter-life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (cos Kafka on the Shore wasn’t available in store)
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (started around Christmas time but I have yet to finish it)


TV and Movies

Honestly, I was not able to watch as many movies as I did in 2016 (because most times I was just sad and spaced out) but I think I most of the shows and films that I was able to see were good and/ or entertaining. I can’t really remember every movie and show I watch but the ones on this list are the ones that easily come to mind.


  • Girls’ Generation 1979 – Korean drama adaptation of a novel by Kim Yong-hee. This is the stand-out pick from everything this year. The cinematography and the setting were outstanding. The plot was interesting and relatable. Click here for the teaser for the drama.
  • Coco – it’s not just a kids movie y’all! Everyone in the theater was at any one point in the movie in tears. The takeaway that I got from the movie is to give importance to remembering loved ones, alive or otherwise.


That’s it for last year’s round up! See you in the next post. Peace out!


The Sunday Currently Vol. 7


I just started reading Demian by Hermann Hesse. I found out about it because I’ve watching a lot of BTS-related videos lately. Some of its passages are read throughout the trailer videos for their Wings album and those got me intrigued.


Aside from this post, nothing. Ug, I need to write more often or journal.


Citizen’s entire discography on Spotify. Stoked for their upcoming album! Listen to them here:


“How do I recover from this sickness as soon as possible?”


Cheese flavor from the chips that I’m currently eating


To get some rest soon


Shorts and sky blue shirt




To feel genuinely happy and stress-free


A break, maybe?


I feel like shit. I know this is because I treated my body like shit for the past few weeks.



The Sunday Currently Vol. 5

Hello! The “Currently” series is now back on it’s regular programming.


I actually  just finished reading Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith so right now I’m reading Abbey Sy’s round-up post on her blog.


Well, this volume and also my daily report for our HQ.


Lately, I’ve been more into KPOP (BTS specifically) so I’ve been adding songs to my playlist on Spotify. It’s constantly on repeat right now.


About what arrangement would work best for my sort-of bullet journal/ planner


Honestly, nothing.


Really hoping that my brother’s going to pay me back within the next week since I have a passport appointment coming up. Also, hoping for that appointment to go well.


Old family reunion shirt and pambahay shorts as per usual. Oh, and eyeglasses.


There are a lot of things that I love currently. Here are some of them:



  • #Girlboss Radio podcast
  • New Philipps earphones
  • YayCam! Retro app
  • Funny BTS English interview videos


Wanna One and Jung Sewoon’s debut albums to arrive faster than the ETA


Some genuine alone time – free from constant checks, social media and the invisible hand of work


I have not processed what I’m feeling right now. Maybe sleepy?



The Day-off Currently Vol. 2

The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos by Primitivo Mijares. I downloaded this last year since it was shared to the Filipino public but I’ve just gotten to reading it now. It’s very interesting especially for me since it’s an account of one of the dark times in Philippines history. Also, there are a lot of revisionists denying the abuses during that time so I’m curious as to what their reaction would be when and IF they read this book.


My end of the month report for February. I sound like a legit adult doing office work, don’t I? HAHAHAHAHA. Also, trying to remember what events and happenings I have this March since I have to put them up in my planner or else, I forget about them.


State Champs – The Finer Things. Try this out, guys!


About what makes me happy and what’s next


Nail polish, ’cause I applied some earlier


For some clarity


To figure out what path to take


Blue tank top and black and white striped shorts


Happier podcast by Gretchen Rubin. Been listening to episodes while taking a bath and I must say, I feel happier after.


Money. For everything I need.


Enough drive to pursue passion projects and alone time to ponder on my situation.


Annoyed and slightly angry


More than a decade under the influence

My current music taste is a hodge-podge of different artists. If you listen to my playlist on Spotify, you’ll be up for a lot of surprises since it includes artists from Whitesnake to Run DMC to SNSD to Knuckle Puck.

Attending Influence Night then made me think: if I trace back to the artists that made me listen to the ones I have in my playlist today, who would these be? I thought a lot about the possible answers to this question and this is what I came up with.

  • Air Supply. Every Sunday is Air Supply day in our home. Others included in our Sunday tunes are Bee Gees, Firehouse, The Beatles and Bon Jovi. It is due to this family routine that I can probably sing along to almost every Air Supply song out there. Also, let me just say that even though I may not look like it, I do listen to classic rock.
  • Michael Learns to Rock. Me and my cousins used to gather around the TV and play a cd with all of MLTR’s music videos. One of the first 90’s bands that I listened to and will still occasionally put on to this day.
  • Eraserheads, Rivermaya, Callalily. I remember 2005-2008 as the years when OPM bands were the “uso” among the fifth graders and high schoolers. I still have my high school autograph project were most of my classmates wrote Kamikazee, Spongecola, etc as their favorite band. For me though, my 12-year-old self was already familiar with OPM since my older brothers listened to Rivermaya and Eraserheads.
  • Yellowcard, Boys Like Girls, Paramore. These bands mark my branching out into the pop punk genre — although many will argue that these bands were not really “pop punk”. I remember being one of the only two people in our senior class who listened to Yellowcard (the other one was Jessa). Enter college and I find out that a lot of the kids in my age group were actually listening to Yellowcard, they were just not from my town.
  • All Time Low. The very first song I listened to by ATL was Remembering Sunday but the song that made me seek out the band is Break Your Little Heart. From then on, I was a fan. ATL was the reason  I found out Hopeless Records’ youtube channel and watch other bands (THE WONDER YEARS!!).
  • Knuckle Puck. Third year into University and  I was already into pop punk by this time. During the 2010s there has been a revival of the genre, the so-called “Defend Pop Punk” movement. Lots of new school pop punk bands were popping into the scene. I was behind in all of this but luckily, a friend sent me a link to KP’s No Good. I admit, at first I found it “noisy” especially the shouting at the start but I guess it just takes some getting used to. I now actually enjoy KP and all the other bands such as Seaway, Real Friends and State Champs to name a few of the popular ones.
  • Super Junior, SNSD. Yes, I do, in fact, listen to KPOP. The very first video I saw was Super Junior’s “It’s You” and I was intrigued. I did not – and still don’t quite – understand Korean but their dances and crazy concepts are enough to keep me entertained. But now, I mostly only check out SNSD and their members’ solo debuts and keep away from new groups. I don’t want to go down that rabbit hole again. Hehe.

My tip if you want to listen to new artists that sound similar to your influences is to try online radios. Even before Spotify had stations, playlists by genre and artist radio, there were already websites such as that were doing that for me. Lucky for us, we now have these music apps on our phones that make music streaming and downloading easy. Also, talk to your friends who listen to the same or another genre/ artist and trust their suggestions.

What’s on your playlists right now? Comment below and I’ll check it out. 🙂

Loves of my life

So, yesterday was Valentine’s (Valentines?) day and in honor of the spirit of declaring one’s love, I am giving a shoutout to the things and people that give me love or that I really love.

I love…

  • My family, of course. Even if they are a hard bunch of people to deal with, my family and extended relatives are always the people who make me feel loved any time of the year.
  • Gegen and Frams. These two are my siblings; one is my real sibling and the other a sister-from-another mother. Yes, I know I just mentioned my family in the first bullet but these two deserve their own spot.
  • Happy crushes. You know, those innocent (CHAR) crushes that everyone has, or not. For me, my “happy crushes” is just that – they make me happy and yes, kilig. I don’t want to be with them though, IRL. That would probably ruin the whole fantasy. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

In love with…

  • Pop punk love songs. Of course, this genre is known for writing about girls and relationships so there are a handful of songs that would make any girl feel giddy. I mean, why bother getting a boyfriend when I have Derek Discanio to serenade me, right? My all-time favorite kilig State Champs song is “Leave You in the Dark”. Some of my other faves are Box Car Racer – There Is, All Time Low – Painting Flowers and Neck Deep – A Part of Me.
  • Korean dramas. Yes, kinain na ako ng sistema. I am totally in love with good k-dramas and the characters that are in it. There is nothing like a good cry or laugh brought by a solid episode, whether it be a light-hearted romance or a time-travel, historical love story.

I guess that’s all. XOXO

2015 Recap

Year 2015 was full of transitions and changes. I think it deserves a recap so I don’t forget about the important things, events, people and accomplishments that happened over the entire year.

Things I am thankful for:

Another year in added to my existence

The world not ending

GOD who has always been there for me

My family, friends and awesome acquaintances

UP and En Banc

The Wonder Years and the other bands that I listen to

Not-so-secret crush

Graduating on time

A very chill yet “naning” thesis partner (God bless Dara’s soul)

Tita Jossan and her family

Kinect/ Youtube channels/ Internet

Team Logistics


THESIS! – This was one of the things that really kept on running through my mind during the first half of the year. I remember self-diagnosing myself as “depressed” during the last semester of college because of thesis work. Timeouts were really important to me because they kept me sane during these times. After everything, seeing the hardbound copies of our research definitely made me feel triumphant and proud (maybe this is how pregnant women feel after seeing their baby for the first time).

Riding the Ceres bus (day and night trips) to Cebu North – This may seem like nothing to other people but to me it’s an achievement. One, me and Dara (thesis buddy) are not from Cebu so we have no fucking clue how to do this with only the two of us travelling. Two, we did not get lost and encountered dangers during these trips.

Booking an online flight for myself – People are already doing this, some of these people are younger than me! I felt like I did a little growing up when I successfully booked two flights for myself by myself. J

Buying a concert ticket – same as above

Going to a club/ bar – because I am over 18 for 2 years already, I felt like it was time

Getting drunk/ drinking – same as above



Handlettering/ using watercolour – During college, lots of my doodles were words in different fonts or writing styles so after I graduated college I had plenty of time to work on this hobby. I really hated using watercolour before but now I have developed a love for the medium. Looking at Abbey Sy as my inspiration definitely helped because she sends so much positive and good vibes. I think I’m am getting better (positivity!).

College graduation & unemployment – I lumped these two together because they happened chronologically. Graduating from college IS a huge accomplishment, especially in the Philippine society. Filipinos see the college diploma as a ticket to bigger things and opportunities and yes, it is. However, after finally transferring my Sablay from my right shoulder to my left and marching to receive my diploma, I took some time off. I did not mean to be unemployed; it’s just that I felt I need to take a break after four years of exhaustion. Now, I kind of regret that timeout, but not really. I think it did me good.

Volunteer work – APEC 2015 Cebu Organizing Committee – The APEC Summit 2015 was one of the biggest things that happened in our country last year and having a small participation in it was super cool. Plus, I met fun people and got to sleep/eat/enjoy at the finest hotels in Cebu. I also learned what it was like to be in a (sort-of) working environment where there was a lot of adjusting – working with strangers (at first), dealing with persons in authority, etc.

Places I visited:

Funtastic Island, Medellin

Oslob, Cebu – Whale Shark watching, Tumalog Falls

Sumilon Island

Bogo, Cebu

Palompon/ Villaba, Leyte

Cebu Hotels – Marriot, Waterfront Lahug, Movenpick, Radisson Blue, Shangri-La Mactan

Artists/ Albums I listened to:

Modern Baseball

Turnover – Peripheral Vision


Turnover/Citizen Split

As It Is – Concrete, Dial Tones (LSS)


Brand New – Deja Entendu

Set Your Goals – Burning at Both Ends


Ramshackle Glory


Neck Deep


Man Overboard


All Time Low

Hit the Lights


Knuckle Puck

Taylor Swift


Star Wars Original Trilogy

Harry Potter movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Guardians of the Galaxy

Jurassic World

The Hobbit 3

College required films

TV Series-es I started watching:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Mr. Robot
  • Daredevil

(lists are subject to change, stuff may be added later next year)


“Life is the climb but the view is great”.

The past year had been a journey through a mountain range – climb up, reach the peak, enjoy the view, go downhill, repeat. There were plenty of problems and things that seemed insurmountable during 2015 which made me want to give up and stay on the ground. However, I pulled myself together and continued the journey from one mountain to another until I conquered the last one (hopefully, I did).