[Book Review] You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper by Ben Pastore

I am aware that I haven’t been blogging in the past few months, and it’s because I’m starting Law school in a few days! There had been a lot of preparations and there was the transferring and my actual graduation; all in all there had been so much in my plate that even this review took so long to finish. But, all that’s done and here it is!

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You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper
A Witty Guide for the Armchair Traveler
by Ben Pastore
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBookstore | Kobo
for anyone interested in travelling, really.
I was given a free copy of this book for review. It has, in no way, influenced my opinion on the book.

What is the book about?
You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper is a guide book written by Ben Pastore. It features not only a lot of places that everyone should visit once in their lives but also tips and reminders about travelling—basically what to bring and what to leave behind.

What do I like about the book?
First, I like how it was planned out. As an amateur in travelling, I learned a lot without having to stop and rest from information overload. It didn’t feel like I was reading a textbook or a guidebook at all. The author dissected the big chunk of information he wanted the readers to process and spread it through the entirety of the book. The author said enough to keep the reader curious and never bored. The author even managed to talk about different brands of guidebooks and I just soaked it all up, haha.

Second, I like the author’s humor and tone. I actually finished the book in one sitting! I couldn’t put it down at all. The book was written in a very personal and in a very friendly voice; reading it felt like I was talking to a friend whom I haven’t seen for a while. How would you ask a friend whose excitedly telling you stories to stop? If it was me, I’m going to get caught up and never ask my friend to stop!

“I took great pleasure in transforming these names on a map to a real image in my head.”

The author talked about how he got into travelling and how it felt for him to be able to go places and experience different cultures. It’s a marvelous experience to see the world through stories like the ones you’ll find in this book. To be honest, I kind of want to go out and travel, if only I could. (I really can’t, law school starts in two weeks, sigh.)

Third, I like how the author included photos. It’s a good addition. I hadn’t heard of some places the book mentioned and it helped that there were photos!

Lastly, I love that the book also talks about the attitude one must have when travelling. I know a lot of people who travels for the sake of it. I like that the author emphasized on submerging one’s self in the culture of the place one visits.

“That’s a sense of place, and that’s what I am always looking for. It’s also what I would recommend you look for too regardless of where you end up on the globe.”

I think that’s part of the fun of travelling.

All in all, I will give it—

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—for having a light and witty tone that gets the reader in a comfortable and friendly set-up. Honestly, the book feels like I’m talking to a real, actual friend. I think, if you’ve always been interested in pretty places and travelling, you’d love this too. ♥

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[Layout Design] Sea Breeze

I was playing around in Photoshop the other day and I made this.

Sea Breezes and Adventures

My first layout. Yay!

It’s a draft template inspired by this color palette. The colors I used isn’t exactly from that palette though.

I used the fonts Carolyna Pro Black and Basic Title Font for the header text. The other fonts used are the following: Cambria (caption), Oswald (menu text) and Abel (post text).

I’d like to mention cupcake645 and glassheart-ic for their awesome graphics. I got the photos from them!

What do you think about it? If you have comments and/or suggestions for this particular layout, share it to me through comments. Do you think I should look for someone to code it? ♥

A Step by Step Guide on Goal Setting

A Step by Step Guide on Setting Goals by Aki Louise

Over the past years, I learned that goal setting is an important habit to develop. Looking back, I realized that having no goals often led me to a stump. Last year, I went through what others call a quarter-life crisis. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life so I did nothing. I wasted more than half a year feeling like I was no good because I had no drive, no motivation—nowhere to go. I didn’t like the feeling so I took a step back, looked at my life and decided that a few changes were in order.

So, here I am now, posting a guide on goal setting. I’m not saying that this is the most effective way to set your goals, but it worked for me. Why not give it a try?

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The Reason Behind Scribbles and Outlines

I graduated from college last semester. At the end of the road, instead of all the open doors I was hoping to see, all I saw was an incredibly huge cement wall. I was at a dead end. I got so frustrated and so down that I stopped eating and I just wanted to lie down and do nothing. I was lifeless. It was so horrible that I cried at night without knowing why. I didn’t want to interact with people, I didn’t want to read books, I didn’t want to do anything.

My friends, who probably realized that something was terribly wrong with me, were greatly supportive. One of them invited me to join this organization that is now, basically, my home outside of home. As I got to know more of the members, I realized that I’m going to be okay. They were all so supportive that I was able to stop and think about what had happened.

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Hello, my name is Aki.

Hi, my name is Aki. I’ve been really fond of writing since I discovered it—that’s around 2005, which means it’s been a decade ago, wow. I have had my fair share of awkward beginnings in my blogging journey, most of which I have deleted because I wasn’t really happy with what they had (I still keep a copy of those old posts though; I read them to compare how I write now and to see my improvement over the decade). Since the start of the year, I’ve been trying to decide if I wanted to blog again or not. When I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘I want to, so I will,’ I saddled down all my planning instincts and said ‘ah, shit, let’s just go with it.’

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