Halloween is coming! It seems like it was yesterday when we all welcomed the year 2017. Now, we are hitting the 11th month of 2017.

Halloween is an interesting month for everyone. For kids, Halloween is an eat-all-you-can month of candies and chocolate bars; while for teenagers, Halloween is about partying all night wearing their sluttiest costume that their parents’ probably don’t know exist. But for most, Halloween is a day where they remember and honor their loved ones’ memories who left in this world.

As for me, I usually started my day visiting my relatives in the cemetery and at night, I’m having horror movies marathon. I’m not considering watching horror movies as a tradition on Halloween since I’m always watching horror movies. I’m a fan. And as much as possible, I want to watch all of it no matter how weird their title is. There was one time I watched a movie and turns out it was porn that has a horror-themed on it. My sisters asked me if we were watching the right film.

Anyway, for those who love horror movies, these are the movies that I consider a must-watch on Halloween.

The Grudge (Japan)

I always watch this one with a promise that I’ll finish it. But I guess promises are really made to be broken because I never have the courage to finish it. Every time the all-white kid show up, my heart gave up and I turned it off. I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, but if you’re brave enough, go watch it. And I’ll appreciate it a lot if you tell me the ending.

The Ring (Japan)

Since I don’t understand Nihongo, I waited for this to be dubbed in English or Tagalog. Luckily, one of the TV networks here in the Philippines dubbed it in Tagalog, so, I’m able to watch it. Big mistake! The movie itself is terrifying and since I’m able to understand the story, I just feel 3X of that terror when I watched it. I ended changing the channel to a religious mass whenever I feel scared.

Shake, Rattle & Roll: LRT (Philippines)

There are lots of Filipino horror movies but I never feel so scared upon watching it. I don’t know if I’m not just easily get scared, or it is not scary at all. So, when I watched one of the movie installments of Shake, Rattle & Roll, I didn’t expect too much. Shake, Rattle & Roll consists of 3 to 4, I think, short stories.

But I stand corrected when I watched LRT. LRT is a train station here in the Philippines and the story evolves on its last trip. I will not tell you the story but after I’ve watched it, I never rode on the last trip of LRT for few weeks.

Battle Royale (Japan)

This movie is not scary but disturbing. A group of students is forced to kill one another. The last student standing or alive will be declared the winner.

When I watched this movie, I was in college and we have an upcoming field trip. One of my classmates told me that we will end up like those students in the movie. I swear, I almost back out from that field trip because I know I will not survive if that happens.

Insidious 1 & 2 (U.S)

I didn’t get scared with this movie but I love the story. The creator did a great job on connecting the story together. Not all movies can do that, so, I’ll give them that credit.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (U.S)

I’m bored when I discovered this movie. I just want to watch a horror movie that time. So, even the synopsis is boring, I still decided to watch it. And I must say it was a good decision because the movie is great. I love the story. The best part of it is the revelation.

Jeepers Creepers 1 (U.S)

The only part of this movie that I get scared is whenever the song is playing because I know in any second the Jeepers Creepers will snatch people.

IT (U.S 2017)

This is a Stephen King’s work, obviously, this is scary and great. But I think what makes this scarier is the portrayal of the children. Once upon a time, we were all kids so we know how helpless we were to be scared of something that no adults could see or understand.

Urban Legend and the Sixth Sense (U.S)

This might be old movies but when it comes to good story matched with good acting, this is still two of the best horror movies, in my opinion.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (U.S)

Halloween will never be complete without Freddy Krueger messing around in your dreams.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (U.S)

All exorcism-related movies are indeed scary. But this one… I’ll just say after I watched this, I become paranoid every time I woke up 3 in the morning.

Coraline (U.S)

If you love both animated and horror movie, Coraline is a good movie to watch. The movie isn’t that scary. But the story is great.

Alma (Spain)

Alma is a short animated film and it is scary beyond expectation. Just watch it for yourself.

Lights Out (U.S)

I’m not a big fan of the storyline but I still ended sleeping with lights on few weeks after I watched this.

I still have a long list of great horror movies to watch on Halloween but I don’t want to make this post lengthy. So, I’ll just leave the rest for your personal picks.

Happy watching!

Finding the One

Job Hunting is Like Dating?

I know it’s not Valentine’s Day, but this blog post piques my interest. It is about “Finding the one

Don’t worry this is not tips on how to find Mr. Right. This post is comparing job hunting to dating. Now you know why it piques my interest. It’s been a while since I started job hunting again but for some reason, I still haven’t found the one.

“The nervous sweating, the giddy anticipation. Waiting for the call. The first time you meet. The ones that got away. The ones you can’t imagine a future with at all.”

I laughed quietly while reading this post and thought to myself, “Yeah uh, this is so true!” From stalking, picking an outfit way up to that awkward moment when you say something that you thought will mess your chance, and of course, there’s the heart-breaking rejection.

I just realize if job hunting is really similar to dating… does it mean that I’ll never have a job ever?

I’m 30, single for years now and I already accepted my fate to be an old maid. It’s all right, no need to pity me because it’s a choice I made. I’m better off alone. But accepting my fate to be jobless for life will never be easy. I want a career… a fruitful one.

I always pray God that if He’s not going to give me a Prince Charming, at least make me as rich as a Prince. It’s a better deal, right?

The Beach Queen is now ready to rock!

Welcome to the new face of my blog!

Lately, I’ve been attending graphic design classes, so, I thought of revamping my blog. This is not exactly how I envision my blog will look like, but with my freemium subscription here (WordPress), this is the best that I can do.

Anyway, some of you might ask what’s the “Beach Queen” have to do with my blog? The answer is simple, the beach queen is my solution to my previous problem. Quick flashback. I previously owned two blogs: one for my short stories, while the other is for my girly stuff. But in the end, I decided to keep only one since I’m having a hard time to update the two blogs at the same time. My plan is to combine them in one blog. The problem is, I don’t know how to do it.

Back to present. I come up with the idea of “Beach Queen” because beach represents ocean which is the essence of my blog’s name, while the queen represents almost everything about a woman. Plus, once I combine the words it gives another meaning. Does it describe my personality? No one will ever know 😉

I also organize my posts by adding/deleting categories. In my blog, there are only 3 main categories: Inspire me box, Niña Loves Pink, and Remember an Inspiring Ocean. Below them are their respective sub-category. I hope this will help my readers to easily find the posts they wanted to read.

I’m now happy because I finally solved my blog problem. Now I can concentrate on other things such as writing. I’m not writing any new stories for the past two months because I’ve been busy practicing my graphic design skills. But now, I’m thinking to write a new one… maybe something related to beach queen.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am not good in making poems.

And after you read this, you’ll agree.

But I want to do something different this Mother’s Day.

Something out of my comfort zone, for my mama to feel more special.

And I realized holiday cards always have a poem on it or quotes.

So, I thought maybe that what makes people want it.

I know, stupidest idea ever.

Anyway, it’s worth a try.



To my Mama,

          Whenever I was sick and feeling blue,

          Mama always there to comfort me.


          Whenever I received a failing grade,

          Mama always there to cheer me up.


          Whenever a ball hit me on my face,

          Mama always there to put ice on my bump.


          And whenever I feel that the world is against me,

          Mama always there to tell me good advice.


          I may not be a perfect daughter,

          I may not say ‘I love you’ often,

          But one thing I can promise you Mama,

          I will always be there for you;

          When you needed someone to comfort you,

          Or to cheer you up in your lonely days.

          I will take care of you until you grow old,

          And I will never get tired to love you until the end of time.


          Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!

                                                                                                             – XOXO –


The Ups and Downs of being unemployed

Life is a story and it depends on the person on how she/he will write it.

And this is how I will write my current status… being unemployed.

Many of us know that at the age of 30, a person should be stable to his/her career, financially, personally, and earned their first million. Being unemployed is certainly not on the list. But what can I say, I’m not one of those lucky people who already achieved their 30-year-old goals because for the 5th time, I am unemployed. It’s not always my fault… except for the first two jobs I had.

Anyway, during application interviews, interviewers usually asks you “what’s keeping you busy aside from looking for a job?” something like that. I confidently answered this by saying “I’m busy browsing the internet and newspaper ads looking for all the job openings, and writing stories.”. I said this because I want them to think that I’m persistent and not wasting my time for non-sense activities.

After few interviews and no call backs, there I realized that I just killed my own chance of getting hired to the companies I applied to. Maybe they’re thinking I’m not doing anything for myself to grow and learn new skills; that I’m depending my skill development on my next job. So, while I hunt for a new job, I decided to develop new skills.

My first skill to learn is drawing. I chose this because this could help me in building my portfolio and land a graphic designer job. I consulted my sister because she’s into drawing and painting, and she’s very good at it. I thought it’s a talent she got from our family. But I’m surprise when she told me that it’s not a talent, it just a skill she practiced for years. She even told me that I, too, can draw beautiful masterpiece if I will just practice it. And that’s what I did, I draw. You might remember Cinderella, I posted it in here with no lips. I’m having hard time to draw her lips. But now, I decided to finish it. Of course, I failed. She still has no lips up to now. **If someone knows how to draw lips, please give me some tips. I will appreciate it a lot.**

Cinderella drawing

This is Cinderella with no lips until now 😦

After few months of drawing, I realized… drawing isn’t my thing.  Every time I finished a drawing, I looked at it and feel nothing. So, I try coloring. My sisters are very supportive of me and bought me different coloring books. And for some reason, I’m excited and happy. And I can’t stop staring at it every time I finished coloring it. I guess, this is my thing. Now, every time I’m in the bookstore, I stopped at the school supplies section and looking for different kinds of coloring materials. Also, to the kid’s book section where all the coloring books are in there. I almost cried, honestly, when I saw a Big Hero 6 coloring book. It’s like a graphic novel and you’re the one to color it. Isn’t that amazing?! I always wanted to have my own graphic novel, so, this coloring book gives me an idea to make it like this.

coloring materials and books

My coloring collection 🙂

Because of this, I decide to try painting as well. I never started because I’m still addicted in coloring all the coloring books my sisters and I bought. But after this, I’m sure I will start painting and maybe visit some museums for some inspirations. Or go to the art studio named ‘Sip and Gogh’. My sisters went there and I heard a lot of good things.

To sum up, the downside of being unemployed at the age of 30 are: financially unstable, some people might think of you as a failure; that you can’t keep a job because there is something wrong with you, and lastly, loneliness. But despite of these, being unemployed is not the end-of-the-world kind of thing… it’s an opportunity to do something you enjoy and love. I think that’s the silver lining of being unemployed.

I hope I inspire some people today! If not, go out there and find  your own inspiration.