The One and Only Ivan

” I think for awhile. It’s hard to put into words. Gorillas are not complainers. We’re dreamers, poets, philosophers, nap takers.”

The One and Only Ivan

Finally, I took it upon myself to read this book. Despite it being a quick read, it was an emotional journey. The emotions itself were raw and powerful. They shook me. I cried for Julia. I felt Ivan’s rage as he beated his chest, over and over again. Inspired by a true story of a gorilla in captivity, this story explores the power of friendship, identity, and creativity.

An Ode


Your serenade makes the leaves twirl about,

Twirling and twirling and twirling

As if their feet just can’t stop dancing,

The blades of grass running across the ground,

In mindful chatter,

As if time is of the essence.

Where are you all off to?

With outstretched arms, trees reach up to be caressed,

Their fingers barely clasping around your tresses,

Their brittle branches falling off here and there,

You move on.

You move on, your voice bellowing,

Brushing up against windows, tapping on wooded floors,

Knocking over garbage cans and garden swings,

Whipping up hair, hats, and people.

They barely stood a chance.

Is this finally the start of Spring?

Hardly. Snow is on its way.

Something I Lost Between The Seats

It is early morning. I eat breakfast quickly, gather up all my stuff, and start getting ready. Before I leave, I hesitantly slip the new sharpened pencil in case I need it later. I drive to the train station, park, and walk over. I sit towards the back of the train, my head facing the opposite direction. I like sitting like that. Some people get dizzy because they can’t see where the train is going but I like the fact that I can see where the train is coming from. I don’t need to see where the train is taking me, I know the route by heart. I am sitting on the right side of the train where there’s two seats. I ride the whole hour looking at busy roadways and hurried people. Run, run, run. After the last check of tickets, And before I put in back in my wallet, I try to see how it sticks to the edge of the window as I’ve seen many people do it. Big Mistake! I should’ve been more careful. The ticket slips past my fingers and into the space between the the seat and the wall/body of the train. I tell the person beside me that my card dropped on the floor and if he could please get up. Awkwardly, in front of a train full of eyes, I crouch down to get my pass. It’s not there! Puzzled, I go back and try to look for it where I dropped it. I see it! It didn’t drop all the way. I try to reach for it, but I can’t. My pass is well within my sight; however my fingers fall too short to even touch its tip. That’s when I switch onto panic mode. My stop is 2 stations away, I have a class in 10 minutes I do not want to be late for, if (not to mention when) I don’t get this pass out right now I have to go further into the city and into unknown territory.

“Did you get it?”, asks the gentleman.

Exasperated, I tell him no.

“Let me try”, he says, then slips into my seat and proceeds to try to slide it out with his notepad.

No luck. The notepad is not thin enough. With one stop away, I desperately try again. Running out of ideas, I start to panic even more. I AM NOT about to leave my $54 weekly train pass stuck in between the seats. That’s when I think of it! With the gentleman looking on, I rummage into my book bag. Thank God I had decided to bring it with me today 😌. I swiftly take out the pencil and try to get the pass. Ugh! I still can’t get it! Like the notepad, the pencil is also thick; however, I succeed in pushing the train pass with the pencil’s tip. The pass, with that extra push, glides to the ground and I sigh in relief. I’m done for the day. Can I go home now? 😝😂.

I thanked the gentleman for helping me. Instead of sitting there like an awkward person, I went up the aisle waiting for the train to come to a stop at my station. I made it 😌

^^^This topic is collected from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. I was listening to it today and it was a possible topic for the topic train by Greg. I have to both agree and disagree with Elvis on the fact the possible topics weren’t completely lame and you can get some pretty decent stories out of some of them. Anyway, thank you Greg for coming up with this topic. It’s very relatable and I’m sure a lot of people have gone through something similar. ^^^


“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.”

– Harlan Ellison

Book Tag

Found this tag on another blog. Looks like fun 🙂 I will not be tagging anyone. If you like this, please copy, edit, and share as you please.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yup, but I don’t on a moving train. I guess because its moving at a constant speed minus the jolts and bumps.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Well, I can’t pinpoint to one. But one or two that comes to mind at the moment… J.K. Rowling and Markus Zusak.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter of course! Was that supposed to be rhetorical? Magic, wizardry, dragons, dungeons, need I say more?

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Yes, wallet, notebook, charger, pens, and pencils.

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes. The smell of books is intoxicating (⌒▽⌒)☆

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
With. It adds to the story.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 
Haven’t had one that wasn’t quality writing. But I did stop reading one when I didn’t like how the character plot was changing. It was Anahita’s Woven Riddle. I don’t know if I should give it another chance or not.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not really other than the fact that I was kind of an introvert and people would get annoyed that I’d prefer books over them (´>∀<`)ゝ My  dad used to ask me, “How’re you going to make friends if you tuck your nose in a book all the time?”

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Ummm…let me check. Let’s see… Ah! Penelope’s Headache by Cindy Goldberg. I received this from my host teacher on my birthday. She wrote it herself.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Hmmm…. Tales from the Arabian Nights.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do, mainly poetry. But I like to focus on other types of writing as well. Yes!

12. When did you get into reading?
When I was little. It runs in the family 🙂

13. What is your favorite classic book?
To Kill A Mockingbird, Frankenstein

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Gift it to someone that might like it, or, depending on the age-level, keep it in my classroom library.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I haven’t read them but, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones is one of them. 

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Probably using Kaomoji’s to express my emotion sometimes. But I still think they are better than emojis.

18. What is your favorite word?
Awesome, Booyah!

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Dragons! I think the word speaks for itself.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters because duh.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, not because I’d enjoy sucking the life out of humans but because zombies are just empty shells walking around.  At least vampires are able to think for themselves.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Neither at the moment. But love triangle definitely a no! Too much drama.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
The latter.