Where You Come From Doesn't Matter

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For the past couple of days, I have been thinking about what to blog about.
I'm posting a lot during this month because, during November, I won't be able to blog as much as I want to.

On Wednesday, I found out that I was placed on JV1 for volleyball at school, and to be honest with you, I was doing my happy dance; volleyball is one of my favorite sports. Last year, I was on a C team, and I told myself I would try and practice to be on JV next year.  Training is pretty hard and exhausting; our team has to train with the varsity team.

Most of us were on C teams last year, us who are on JV.

During seventh grade and even at the writing conference I went to today, when I was first starting off, there would always be one question that would be heard around the halls that everyone would ask. And no, it is not, "Do you have any gum?", as funny as it is. The question that's always asked is, "What elementary did you go to?" Often they asked that because our elementary schools have different reputations and such.

At first, we were scattered, all from different schools. Now, we are all united, saying, "Oh, I go to this school."

What I am trying to say is, it doesn't matter where you come from. I know it sounds cheesy, but seriously, you can still achieve to do amazing things and reach your dreams.There are very successful people who, before they were successful, that were like us. Like Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb.

There are examples in novels, too. Harry Potter was a wizard who lived among Muggles, and he has faced things that many wouldn't face in their life time, like going face-to-face against Voldemort (I said his name!), He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Katniss Everdeen, from the Hunger Games, was a girl from District 12 who defeated President Snow, the dictator of the Capitol. Beatrice "Tris" Prior is my final example, from the Divergent Trilogy. She was an Abnegation girl who became Dauntless.

So yes. Where you come from doesn't matter; where you go and what you do matters.

Ups and Downs

My life has been like this lately.

  1. School is tomorrow, meaning I see my friends.
  2. NaNoWriMo is in eleven days!
  3. I'm going to a writing conference this week, on Saturday!
  4. Parent-teacher conferences went well!
  5. I'm listening to lots of songs right now ("Skinny Love" is stuck in my head!)
  6. Allegiant comes out tomorrow!

  1. My friends are fighting.
  2. My friend's mom died. (Please pray for her.)
  3. I'm still getting bullied about my height.
  4. It hurts to see my friends fighting like this.
  5. I still have no idea what to write for my NaNoWriMo novel.
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50 Facts About Me: A Tag

I've been tagged by Ruby to do this, so... here it goes!
  1. I have never watched Doctor Who or Sherlock before!
  2. I am pretty strange like that.
  3. Right now, I am listening to Birdy's cover of "Skinny Love". 
  4. At the same time, I am writing two guest posts.
  5. I've received a small booklet with Allegiant quotes from Barnes and Nobles.
  6. I can't wait for the movie version of Divergent to come out!
  7. Barnes and Nobles, the book store, is one of my favorite places to visit.
  8. Michaels, the arts store, is also one of my favorite places to visit.
  9. I think this may take awhile.
  10. I was tagged by Ruby to do this, so here I am to do this!
  11. I love Barnes and Nobles and Michaels more than any clothes stores. 
  12. I have no idea what to write in November for NaNoWriMo.
  13. I am replaying Skinny Love and singing it out loud.
  14. Did I mention it's suck in my head?
  15. I love music from movies than any songs that are on the radio.
  16. "But it will be a different kind. Because I'll be holding all the tickets…"
  17. I'm super tired.
  18. I didn't do anything exhausting, though.
  19. I finally got the House of Hades!
  20. Back to Divergent: I have no idea what faction I'd be in!
  21. I'd probably end up in Abnegation, though.
  22. I am laughing at this picture I found on Tumblr.
  23. It's about Will and Tessa from "The Infernal Devices" series.
  24. It mentions Will Herondale not liking ducks, and its cracking me up.
  25. Spell check says that "Herondale" is not a really word.
  26. I just watched "Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets" earlier!
  27. I wonder what House I would be in at Hogwarts.
  28. Definitely, I would not be in Slytherin.
  29. I might be in Hufflepuff.
  30. I might be in Ravenclaw.
  31. I might be in Gryffindor.
  32. If I'm in those three, then I must be a Hogwarts Divergent!
  33. …Is there such a thing?
  34. I am currently reading three books at once.
  35. I also love pitas.
  36. Which reminds me, I have not eaten dinner left.
  37. This is my first tag, and it feels weird.
  38. I am watching my real life friends roleplay online.
  39. We're kind of an odd bunch.
  40. Last Monday, we were trying to be serious, but we just couldn't!
  41. This is tiring. I am slowing down. So, just let me take a breather.
  42. Alright?
  43. Alright.
  44. Geez, it's almost the end of the post?
  45. I don't want this to end.
  46. Sigh. But don't all good things come to an end?
  47. Well, I must go watch the Forbidden Kingdom with my brother.
  48. Okay?
  49. I'm at the end. Bye!
  50. Wow, this took me only twenty minutes!
I tag anyone who hasn't done this yet!

A Not-So-Typical Friday

Yesterday was an in-service no school day, but it was one of the best
things that ever happened.
Now, my brother had a structural project to present in his class,
and he chose to do Cape Hatteras, a lighthouse that is located
somewhere on the East Coast. One of the things he had to do was build
his structure. In order to do that, we had to buy materials.
Now, my mom asked if I had wanted to come. I said yes, because
one, I normally don't do anything at my house except read and write,
aNd two, I loved getting out of the house often. We left sometime
around eleven-thirty.
To look for materials, we had to go to the various art stores
around town and a party store for the light at the top of the
lighthouse. We first went to Michaels-- one of my favorite stores--
and spent about an hour look at birdhouses for the top.! Not only do
they have lots of fun art supplies that I buy to create DIY projects,
but I also love the smell of the store-- it normally smells like pines
with a hint of cinnamon. Ironically, we only go there once a year
during the holiday season.
Yup, I notced the smell. I'm kind of odd in that way.
Since we didn't find anything there, we went over to Jo-ann's,
another art store that was in our town but rarely went to because it
was just too far from where I lived in town.
Then we went over to the party store. My brother and I looked for
strobe lights. We didn't fin anything except for blacklights and light
sabers for Halloween, plus fake mustaches. For about thirty minutes,
we were watching people larping-- basically what you call a pretend
After that, we headed over to Barnes and Nobles. Since the other
book store closed down, Barnes and Nobles was the one place in town to
by all of your books, movies and music. I rarely go to book stores
nowdays, so going to this one was just mind-blowing for me. I was
light on my feet and going through the booksheleves, nearly jumping up
and crying for joy when I saw many of thebooks I wanted to read. There
was also a freebie booklet with Allegiant quotes with it! (Now then I
let out a little shriek.)
Soon, we were starving and went to a Chinese restaurant. Mmm, man
was their food good, especially their egg tarts and fried rice!
The next place we went to were the two warehouse stores--Sam's
Club and Costco! You see, I didn't recieve a birthday present yet, so
my parents were trying to get me the newest book in the Heroes of
Olympus series, House of Hades. At Costco, we didn't find it--we went
around eating the various food sampls laid out. At Sam's Club, we did
find it and now I have the book! It also has limited edition stickers.
And yes, I will fangirl over limited edition SPQR and Camp
Half-Blood stickers.
We had to go back to Michaels to chat with my mom's friend, but
as soon as we got home, I felt happy.
Now, you're probably wondering, "Why did Abby post
this? I'm happy that she is happy, but what is the darn point? People
do things like this all the time, everyday."
The reason why I'm blogging about this is because we all move
fast through our day. Even yesterday, that day went by fast. We all
have places to go, places to be. I am blogging about this because I
took the time to slow down and be grateful to do this and simply just
enjoy life. This was not a typical Friday for me. I would be at
school, probably having another milk chugging contest. That's the
reason why I loved yesterday. No two days are the same, so savor the
memories and be in the moment.


I feel so lucky to have such amazing friends.
     A lot of times, they feel a lot more like the brothers and sisters that I never had. We laugh, cry, cheer each other up, tease and all make up again. Without them, I would have been lost basically at school, camps, the YMCA and even during my vacation, where I meet a lot of people.
     My first friends were Sophia and Toby, a guy and a girl who I met in preschool. I got sent to preschool when I was about three or four years old, but back then I still wasn't good at English, since I moved to the US from the Philippines. I knew only a couple of words in English. The two of them invited me to play "pretend" with them, and soon, I was fluent at speaking in English and (sadly!) forgot how to speak in Filipino.
     Over the years, I met a lot more people and they became my friends. Some of them were my best friends. Jasmine. Jacob. Joevan. Wendy. Joshua. Even now, I still keep in touch with these people, although I am busy with school and everything else in my life. 
     Middle school was probably the time when I made the most friends, and honestly, they are just amazing. A lot of times, we can be serious, but other times, we'll just be a little bit random and crazy. Like a couple of days back, for example. One minute, we were trying to have a serious meeting about something, and the next minute, I kid you not, we were having a milk chugging contest. We even had to go grab Lily's talking stuffed animal to make everyone silence down, yet still we went rambling on about how her stuffed animal can sing "Yankee Doodle Dandee."
     Even my online friends made a big impact on me, too. Chloe, Jada, Anora, Helena, Moriah, Emma and YBM, all of you lovelies, I cannot express how much you've all made me welcome to the online community in November, when I first set foot on this journey. And look where I am!
     If you want to contact me or chat with me, just leave a comment on my blog and I will try to reply ASAP. I love meeting and chatting with new people! Also, as Thanksgiving approaches, make sure to be thankful for the friends that you have. 

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Ten Random Facts About Me

These are ten random facts about me!

1. I am a Libra.
2. My favorite type of music comes from various movies and television shows.
3. If I could be any literary character, I would be Annemarie Wilcox from Jenny Han's Shug.
4. Georgie Henley is my favorite actor/actress.
5. I love the color orange!
6. My favorite fast food meal is a pita!
7. The last book I read is "Prodigy" by Marie Lu.
8. I'm optimistic, yet na├»ve. 
9. Last person I chatted to was Emma from simply inspired (http://emmakate101.blogspot.com).
10. I am mostly myself around my friends during lunch, when we chat about really random things that just pop up.

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"If The World's All A Stage," A Ballad

I am not good at writing poetry.

Ever since fifth grade, I have tried, I've tried and tried to write a decent poem.

It's never really worked. Sigh.

This week, before the quarter ends (time flies!), we're working on our poetry unit in language arts. We had to write a ballad, and this is what I turned in. My piece is called, "If the World's All A Stage".

Sometimes I sit and ponder
if all the world's a stage
where people come and wander 'round
to laugh and cry with rage.

Camera's flash in our faces
people in our lives come and go.
Whether all the world's a stage
--or not, I still honestly don't know.

If the world was an enormous stage
then who would see the act?
The people, penguins, or koalas?
The dogs sharks, or my cat?

The act would go in order
All the credits will scroll,
the audience would applaud
maybe the red carpets will roll!

If the world was all a stage
I wonder how others will react
after they go and watch the movie of me
the long wonderful life, my own "act".

Friendly Chat

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Fall and winter are the two seasons that many people strive to stay warm. During this time of year, many people greet friends happy Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
      Yesterday, I accidentally bumped into two people that I knew at the orthodontist, one who I knew from my days going to Sunday school, and the other I haven't seen in months from the writing society at the local library. 
      The two other people did not know each other, but for thirty minutes in the lobby, we chattered nonstop. We would not quiet down. We talked about what's happening in our lives. To be honest, I don't think I've ever chattered like that ever outside of the lobby.
      Some days, it's nice to meet up with old friends or people you haven't seen in awhile and just spend time to chat.

My Utopia

I love this time of year.
     No, really. I actually do love this time of the year, when everything begins to settle down and our lives become and morph into their normal routine after the hectic school rush for all of us going back to school, when autumn turns into winter (a couple days back, it snowed already!), when, like in the middle—the center—of a cyclone, there is a sense of calmness within the storm. For me, this state of calmness lasts until the end of the year, really.
     What do I love and do during this time of year? Well, many things happen.
     Mornings of the aroma of toast popping out of the toaster,
      Lunch periods filled with books, Photobooth effects, many rounds of UNO and calm read alouds of written stories, read in various classrooms,
     Endless school hours of laughing, jokes and playful bickering with my friends,
     Afternoons with writing while munching on a snack, sipping coca, and after-school volleyball,
     Late nights of reading books.
     This is as close to a utopia as it gets for me, personally.
     So, if you're stressed out, just take a step back from life and relax, because you deserve it.
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Making snowmen

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Sipping cocca

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Lanterns and ice skates.

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And Christmas!