Homecoming 2017, 21st of October

When somebody says Homecoming, the first thing that comes to a person’s mind is the dance and the homecoming football game. Nah, I don’t care about the latter. What I will be talking about is the dance that I attended to.

First of all, the Homecoming Night 2017 is one for the books for me, personally, because it’s the first and last time I’ve ever attended homecoming. That being said, I tried my best to find somebody to go with since I did not receive any kind of “HoCo Proposal” from a guy. Hahaha. Not that I was eager to have one, but I accepted the fact that it did not really happen. As the common saying says, “You can’t always get what you want.” I only started asking my friends a week before the event but unfortunately, most of them were not interested to attend. Thank goodness, one of my friends said she was going. I had a sigh of relief.

Upon receiving this information, I immediately went to find a dress the day before Homecoming, which was on a Friday night. I’m so glad I did not have to spend a whole week finding a dress because I already found one in the first store I’ve gone to. It’s a black, laced dress, with a red cloth underneath, and a below-knee length. I even bought a red necklace to complement the color scheme. I was wearing a pair of Vince Camuto gladiator shoes.

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I did my own makeup and nails for 3 hours.

Andrea, my dear friend who I went with to the dance, texted me and said that we were gonna meet at The Cheesecake Factory in The Woodlands Mall at 4:30 in the afternoon to have some kind of a photoshoot. It just so happened that it was our family friend’s birthday party and I needed to attend it as well. I just asked her if we could meet at school and she agreed. After the party, my family and I went to Red Robin to have dinner before they would drop me off to school. As I was checking my friends’ Snapchat stories, I saw that Resan was there too. I sent her a text message saying I was in the same place and as I looked over my shoulder, I saw her facing the other way so there’s no way she could easily see me. I texted her to say that she should look over her shoulder too and she finally saw me. Together with Cesi, whom I’ve met a year ago when we went bowling in Bowlero, they ran towards my way and gave me a hug. It feels nice to run into my two friends in an unexpected place at the unexpected time. Sadly, they didn’t want to go to Homecoming because they thought it was boring when they attended during freshman year. Although they gave a feedback about it, their feedback did not become a hindrance for me to not go to the dance. We took pictures and I left the restaurant in an instant because it was already 8:30 in the evening.

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Cesi on the left, Resan on the right.

After 5 minutes, I arrived at school and the fancy welcome sign surprised me. I showed my wristband, which served as the ticket to get inside. The music was loud, and people were gathered in the commons (cafeteria during lunches), without tables of course. I texted and called Andrea but due to the loud music, she was not able to answer my calls right away. After a little over 10 minutes, she answered and told me where she was. Finally after a long wait, I saw her. She introduced me to her few other friends and we formed a circle to dance together. We definitely enjoyed throwback songs from the early 2000’s and 2010’s. I, however, am not a fan of the modern rap songs we have today so I’d say it’s the only thing I didn’t like about the event.

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I have no words to describe how much fun I had during the Homecoming dance. It’s basically like the students’ night my previous school in the Philippines has every year, but for Homecoming we had to wear an appropriate dress. Homecoming is like prom except all grade levels can go, and it’s less splendid than prom. The dance finished at exactly 10:30 p.m. and I called my mom to pick me up. It was already late at night but it did not become a problem because my house is just 5 minutes away from school.

So yeah, this is how my Homecoming 2017 went. I thought it would be cool if I share this experience with you. I feel so accomplished that I was able to go since it’s my last year in high school. It was a “now or never” situation for me deciding whether I should go or not. I did not want to miss my chance, so I showed up.

Wait for me, prom! You’re next!

Meeting Neal Shusterman

If you have read The Unwind Dystology, Everlost, and The Shadow Club, you might be familiar about the person I will be talking about. His name is Neal Shusterman, the author of the books I just mentioned.

I was one of the privileged students who had the chance to meet him on the 22nd of February, 2017 in our school campus. It was around the last quarter of 2016 when our English teacher announced that the said author would be visiting the school in February. Of course, I got excited. I immediately told her to sign me up in the list of students who will be able to meet him.

Question: How did I know him? Well, here’s the answer. It was in sophomore year when we had to read his book Unwind for our English curriculum. Ever since before, I’ve already had the interest in reading Dystopian books. After completing the book, I loved it so much and I was planning to read the sequel of it. Due to my ever busy scheduleof course I was not able to accomplish that goal.

The day had arrived and each student was assigned their own schedule in the library to meet Neal. It just means that there were a bunch of people longing to see him. I was assigned before lunch and had to leave my 3rd period class. As I walked down the hallway, I was actually rehearsing on what words I’d say to him when I get the chance to meet him in person, eye to eye and face to face.

I arrived at the library on time and thankfully, I was one of the earliest to come so I was able to sit near the front where he would be speaking. More people came in and occupied the remaining seats. In about 10 minutes, he finally arrived.

He has changed so much since his Wikipedia display picture was taken, I thought. He’s definitely gotten older, and gained some weight. Did it even matter to me at all? No. Seeing him in person made me feel so thrilled and excited. Even more excited about the fact that I signed up for the creative writing conference where I’d have the chance to be with Neal in a table read to ask him for opinions and advice.

Neal talked about his published books, his whole journey of being an author, and the ups and downs he experienced through the years. I couldn’t take the smile off my face as I listened attentively to every word he was saying. I even took a pen and a paper to take notes for I knew they would help me in the future. Other students asked questions, and I would have done it too if I had one. The session was over and the librarians asked students who want their books signed to fall in line. “Finally! This is my moment!” I said to myself. I took the Unwind book out of my bag, still covered with a plastic wrap since I just bought my personal copy from Barnes and Noble the day before.

I fell in line and waited for my turn to meet him. When it’s finally my turn, I asked the person beside me to take a picture of Neal and I.

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I look different now, I promise. Hahaha.

He asked my name and signed my book. While signing, I told him I’m his fan and he inspires me to write. I even told Neal about this blog and how he is one of my inspirations for its existence.

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That surreal feeling of seeing my name written by Mr. Neal Shusterman. My heart.

After this, I left for lunch and returned to the library for a one-to-one session with him. The creative writing conference started and Neal talked about the book he’s currently writing. We were few of the lucky ones who had the chance to listen to a sneak peek of his book. I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal what it is, but a title won’t hurt anybody. Game of Change is the book title. It’s about a teenage football player who had a concussion and weird things started appearing to him. That’s all I can say for now. It’s a sports-themed book along with a genre of fantasy to it.

Neal even showed us some of his notebooks that contain his rough drafts. I am mesmerized that despite him being one of the known authors to have a New York’s Best Selling Novel, he still revises and corrects his sentences. I totally expected only a few corrections but the way he becomes precise with his words proves that he is an ordinary writer, too.

The conference ended and I was smiling the whole time as I walked to my next class. It’s been 7 months since this event took place but the reason why I’m only able to update now is due to the fact that I’m always busy. Over the summer, I went to the Philippines and stayed there for 2.5 months. I had LOTS, I mean a ton of adventure! Might have to create a post for that.

Anyway, this post is really overdue but I’m telling you, it did not take me full 7 months to write this. I don’t even know why it took me so long to realize that time flies so fast and holidays are coming up, and I’m just posting this now.

As much as I want to write more about me, schoolworks just keep getting in the way, you know? I have a lot in mind but my priorities must be set. If only I have more free time, I’ll write more frequently.

“To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst.”  Here’s an inspirational quote for you.

An Unexpected Letter from Massachusetts

It was in the evening of the 20th of January, 2017 when my dad handed me a black envelope. He’s the one who hands me letters and gets them from the mailbox — majority are from universities and colleges inviting me to visit and take a look of the place. I just usually ignore ’em. It’s too early to think of that right now. That’s what comes to my mind, always. (It’s not too early to think, self! You have a year left of high school!) Anyway, this black envelope stood out among all the letters I have received. It looks personalized and there is no indicated school written on it, except for the sender: Robert Darling, MD and the address where it came from: Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

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This is the front of the envelope. I had to cover my home address below my name.

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This is the back of the envelope, simply stating the address from where the letter was sent.

As you can see on the front of the envelope, my name and the sender’s name look like they’re handwritten with a silver pen. I have no idea why there’s a white section on the bottom right. It’s probably a code or something. After observing this and checking the details, I felt the excitement to open it. And I did.

There were a bunch of papers inside. One of them that I saw greets me Congratulations! for a particular reason — for being selected for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. Upon seeing this, I gasped. I read further, and saw an explanation on how they found and discovered my grades from my school. I didn’t even finish reading the whole letter since it consists of 3 pages. Ooh, pretty long. I got excited to read the other papers. As I was doing so, I found the certificate of the award itself — with my full name typed on it. I knew from that moment, this letter is not just a random letter I usually receive from colleges, but it is a letter designed for me.

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“How? Why me?” These are some of the questions that kept running on my mind as I was reading the certificate.

Seeing the fruit of my hardwork right before my eyes is such an ineffable feeling. The sleepless nights and the bags under my eyes were all worth it. I really thought I would not receive any recognition throughout my high school years here in America since they only give awards from the school itself on the graduation day of our senior year, unless you are part of any club or association. This is just from what I know, though. I, honestly, am not sure if it is a fact or not.

It has always been my dream to work in a medical field in the future, regardless of the kind of occupation (of course I already have one in my mind, but I ought to not share it yet). I think one of the reasons why I was able to receive this kind of award, a medical-related award, is because of the elective courses I chose this school year: Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology, and Psychology (for the 2nd semester). Admittedly, no bragging intended, the grades I have in these courses are A’s. And I thought, “Ohh, that’s the most probable reason on why they picked me.”

I first want to thank God for giving me the wisdom and making this possible because if it weren’t for Him, none of this would have happened; to my parents, for their unending support in my field of interest; to my friends, teachers, and relatives who believe in me — I, thank you.

I know this is just the beginning of the attainment of my dreams. I still have a long way to go, ton of books to read, and obstacles to overcome. I feel blessed and grateful, because receiving something like this rarely happens in an individual’s life. If you’ve reached reading this point of my post, I hope I had at least inspired you. Remember: the journey may not be easy, but it will always be worthwhile and rewarding. 

Outward Appearances can be Deceptive

The text you’re about to see below is the entry I did for my English subject in school. We are currently discussing the book The Great Gatsby, and we were told to give an opinion whether we agree or disagree with the statement, “Outward appearances can be deceptive.” I thought that it would be a nice idea to share what I have written with you all.


I respectfully agree that outward appearances can be deceptive for several reasons. First, one may think that a person has a nice personality from how attractive they look. Little do they know, this person has a hidden attitude that can sometimes deceive them to believe otherwise. As the saying goes, “Do not judge the book by its cover,” just because an individual looks pleasant in the eyes of the beholder doesn’t imply pleasantness in behavior; at the same time, just because an individual does not look as attractive as you think doesn’t mean this individual has a wicked personality.

Moreover, majority of the human beings judge people by how pretty or unattractive they look, by the degree they earned, by how wealthy or poor they are, or by the strengths or weaknesses they have. These standards are often mistaken to be the bases of judgment upon mankind. It is devastating to think that the inward beauty of a person is not being appreciated as much now.

Let’s face it. This is the reality of the society we’re in. I remember a popular quote from the film The Ugly Truth,“Because at the end of the day, all we care about is looks. No one falls in love with your personality at first sight.” Maybe this is the ugly truth after all. Celebrities, public figures, what are they famous for? It’s always the appearance that dominates the standards of the so-called ‘society.’ Talents, abilities, attitude, and behavior come second. Inevitably, we are blinded by what we physically see that we tend to forget to look deeper within the heart of a person. Whether we like it or not, this is the reality we have to face every day. It all depends now on how we want to view things from our perspective.

“The Demi Lovato Experience”

Being a fan of Demetria Devonne Lovato for 3 years now, there’s nothing more I could ask for than to see her live onstage, performing her greatest songs, as I scream on top of my lungs. Who would’ve thought that the fangirl who once dreamed of making this possible already made it possible?

Before I proceed to talk about the experience I had during her concert, I first want to tell the story of how I became a fan of this angel, this warrior.

It was around mid-2013 when this young, beautiful singer captured my heart. I was captivated by how soulful her voice is and her story inspired me in every possible way. She has been through a lot, and the challenges she has faced and overcome made her a stronger and a better person. It was in the era of her ‘DEMI‘ album when I started admiring her. I have always been a fan of her songs, even before. But in that period of time, I said to myself, “I am officially her fan now.”

I may not have been a fan of her during her Disney days, but being a true fan isn’t measured by how long you’re supporting the artist — it’s about the intensity of the support you give them and how proud you are that the particular person is your idol.

The show was supposed to start at 7:00 pm, 9th of September, 2016. And guess what? I arrived at the venue, which was in Toyota Center in Downtown Houston, at exactly 7:00 pm! I badly wanted to arrive earlier than that since I was afraid of the long line in the merchandise corner. Fortunately, it was not as long as I expected it to be. I was able to buy a shirt that says “Demi” with a picture of her on it.

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My mom accompanied me in this event. Whoever I fangirl on, she’s always there to support. (I love you, mom!) So we went near the escalator to go up, since we bought tickets in the 400s section. We were surprised to see a lady guard standing in the corner. She told us to go up and go back down again. I was really confused. I mean, who wouldn’t be, right? We just followed the instruction and went up. Ooh, the escalator was really high. You’d think you’re going to the top of Empire State Building for how high it is. Hahaha!

As we reached the top, we were told again to fall in line to get new tickets. New tickets? What for? We did as told. I suddenly gasped when I saw our tickets. Section 118; Row 23; Seats 1 and 2. A person told us that the section of 400s is now closed and new tickets were given so people will transfer.

That made me so happy! We went back down again to Section 118 so we could finally sit. As we went in, I was shocked by how close our position is to where Demi and Nick will be performing. It was actually funny because I literally screamed the moment I got in, to the point of me forgetting that we still have to fall in line again (it was just short, like a checkpoint for tickets) and I kind of embarrassed myself because of that. The guard asked me afterwards, “Are you excited!?” I was close to tears already and excitedly, I answered, “Yes! So much!”

We’re able to finally sit and Mike Posner was performing as the opening act. There were 4 people in front of us who I heard were speaking in Filipino. I thought I just misheard it, but then I asked one of them, “Are you guys Filipino?” And she obviously agreed. How cool, right? It’s a small world after all. Hahaha.

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This is Mike Posner, by the way.

It was Nick Jonas first who started performing. And woah, he was amazing! Such an attractive young guy; his moves and voice were perfection. After a couple of songs, finally, Demi appeared. That exact moment she appeared, I started crying.

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Nick Jonas, everybody!

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Isn’t she gorgeous?

It was so much for me to contain. Imagine THE Demi Lovato in front of you, I bet you’d have the same reaction that I had. As I can still remember, ‘Confident’ was the first song she performed. By the way, it was not just me who was actually screaming. Every one did! I guess they’re the people who have the same admiration for Demi as I do. She shouted “I love you, guys,” and I shouted back, “I love you too, Demi!” There were a lot of people but still, I hoped she’d hear me. Funny. So she just kept performing her songs, and below are some of the photographs I took from her performances.

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That’s Demi as she performs ‘Cool for the Summer.’ I was not close-close, but that was much better than being in the 400s section of the venue.

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‘Lionheart,’ one of my favorites!

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“She’s a real person! She’s a real person,” said I as she walks around the stage. It’s a surreal feeling, you know? To have your favorite artist perform live in front of you is truly one for the books.

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I did not expect that ‘Stone Cold’ would be sung as a duet of Nick and Demi. It turned out to be really good though. I think it was because of this song that my voice became hoarse since I was singing along and trying to hit the high notes. Poor me. Hahaha. (Who wouldn’t want to sing along with a song this good?)

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Aside from Stone Cold, they also sang a duet of ‘Close’ originally sung by Nick Jonas and Tove Lo. I loved it so much! At the end of their performance, they shared a hug and I thought it was sweet ― seeing these best friends have a tour of their own and have shared dreams together.

So there you go. I just told a story of my “Demi Lovato Concert Experience.” She performed more songs than what I just posted. Give Your Heart a Break, Heart Attack, For You, Neon Lights, Skyscraper, Body Say, Nightingale, Warrior, etc.

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I can say that this night of the 9th of September, 2016 is one of the best nights of my life. I started this blog post around late September but due to the busy schedule I had for school, I was not able to finish it earlier. I also just had my finals last week and thank goodness, I am satisfied with the results. The sleepless nights were all worth it. Now that it’s my Christmas break, I figured out that it would be a great idea to continue writing this (since I really missed writing).

I still have a lot of blog posts that I’m planning to start ― my Summer 2016 adventure, my Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding concert experiences, and many more.

Again, thank you, Demi, for this amazing experience of being in your concert. I will never forget this for the rest of my life and I will treasure this forever.

Merry Christmas to you all and have a wonderful new year!

FACTS ABOUT ME

Happy 1st of August, everyone! It’s been so long since I had this blog updated. And obviously, the last one (which is an introduction about myself) was the only one. I basically didn’t have enough time to make an update especially during school days.

I’m most active in Twitter and the supposed facts about me that I’d post here were all posted there. Instead of retyping all of ’em, I just decided to put the link of the thread of facts I did in Twitter here on my blog.

I thought that it’d be easier since with Twitter, I’ll be able to add more facts about myself on the said thread. You can see it for yourself below.

Facts About Me (Thread)

I might think about retyping and posting them here once they’re all complete.

Make sure to make the most of the last few weeks of summer, y’all! My summer adventure will soon be posted!

INTRODUCTION

Hello, readers! I might have to start this blog with an introduction about myself.

I am Yvana Del Rosario. Yvana – seems unique, right? My mother told me that I got my name from this perfume named “Ivana” and the changes were just made to make my name one of a kind. I currently live in the Lone Star State – TEXAS. 15 years of age (almost 16). Born and raised in the Philippines. American by nationality, but still pure Filipino by heart.

First of all, I want to talk about why my blog is entitled The Little Bubble of a Vivacious Lass.

Little Bubble, yeah, let’s talk about that. Little bubble means living in my own world. It just implies one thing – this is my own world and I create my own path in the palm of my hands. So it also tells you that I’d post whatever I want and however I want it to be. Because as said, this is my own world.

Vivacious. Vivacious means lively, spirited, lighthearted. I am that kind of person. You’d barely see me standing in one corner without doing anything – only if I’m not really in the mood. I’m always up for adventures, for fun, for joyous experiences! I cannot last a day without doing something incredible (for myself, as one would consider), and there’s always gotta be something that would entertain me. I hate boredom, ever.

Lass. Lass means “a young lady.” Pretty much accurate, right? In the age of 15, yes, I am a young lady. Being the young lady that I am, people would often say that I think and speak beyond my age. I guess, I’m just really like that. I open my mind to things and I tend to balance things according to their purpose and effect. I would consider that as a good quality, though – wherein you see both sides of a particular situation.

As part of my introduction, I’d like to say that I have one distinct quality that makes me different from others (not all, but some) – and that is my difficulty in sharing what I feel about something or someone towards other people. I’m not fond of telling what I feel and I often keep them to myself. I’m afraid of trusting anyone – I have trust issues.

I hate it so much when people spread out the things you tell them. I hate it so much when they promise to be trustworthy but end up just like everybody else. We often say that what you are now is a result of what you experienced in the past. Okay, so let’s base this on past experiences. 

As an elementary, I’ve had bunch of friends – who, as told, just ended up like everybody else. I already took my lesson in such young age. Before, I was always so fond of telling them what I feel about something. But yes, crap happened, and they told other people what I actually told them.

Ever since then, I barely trusted anyone. I barely told anyone about what I feel. Only if it’s my parents, or a person or two (my best of friends) know something about me. Not all about me, though. I still got lots of stuffs that I keep to myself, my mind and my heart, and just let them stay right there.

Wanna know why I’m telling you this? Because this will give you an orientation about what my blog is going to contain. Since it’s actually hard for me to let my personal feelings out, I hope that my future posts will make sense at all. I hope that they can capture what you feel and what others will. But see, right there, I already told you what my personality is – and that is one hell of an achievement! I already accomplished sharing what I am to you!

This is just the beginning of everything, and I still have a long blogging journey ahead of me! Once you read my blog and visit this site more often, you’ll get to have a chance to know me better.

Enjoy your stay! God bless you!