Dear Journal

Dear Journal, or: The Joys of Writing in an Unlined Journal | Getting back into that one-post-a-month blogging pattern by writing about writing. Go figure ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Goals for Living Life

1. Be goodAt what you do and how you act in this life 2. Be well Mentally, physically, emotionally- take care of your overall health and wellbeing, friends 3. Be yourself Because as the wise(-cracking) Oscar Wilde said, "everyone else is taken" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Rings True

"Speak low if you speak love..." but goshdarnit, I'm going to speak up because I'm in love with Bell Shakespeare's 2019 production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' | A witty, sharp, and daring take on Shakespeare's classic tragic romantic comedy, this is the definitive Much Ado About Nothing production for this day and age.


Oh god, not our neighbours. Oh God, give us courage to unite. Oh, God, give us strength to stand firm against this hate. #Christchurch

Good lord, it's already March! Yikes. Sorry about the absence, everyone. It's been a super chill January, and a busy February on my end (again, a reminder that I am a uni student- and a third year, no less). I've also been wrestling with Writer's Block for the last month or so, so we'll see... Continue Reading →

That Sentimental Feeling

Call me sentimental, but hey, "it's that time of year, when the world falls in love", and bands together in the spirit of Christmas, the holiday season, and giving. Wishing you all a happy holiday season filled with peace, joy and love.

To the Friends I Know I’ll Keep

I recently read a little article called ‘To the Friends I’m Scared to Lose’ . It reminisced about the memories of every high school squad, and it particularly struck a chord with my little group. As can be discerned from the title, it acknowledged how friends can drift away from each other after high school, and... Continue Reading →

A Reminder

With all the things going on right now in the world, it's hard for me to sit here and selfishly talk about myself. So, in the spirit of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', I would like to remind everyone, as much as possible, "DON'T PANIC". (I had actually written this little poem earlier this year, but... Continue Reading →

How to Cook an Accident

Last month, I cooked a Filipino dish (of Spanish influence/origin) on my own, without a recipe, and purely by accident. I think it is usually known as Chicken Afritada, but I now refer to it as ‘Chicken Acci-tada’ (as my dad wittily named it). So I thought I’d just run you through my recipe of... Continue Reading →

A Wilder World

For the 29th August... “We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka I’m not going to sit here and type about Gene Wilder’s iconic filmography, because I honestly can’t name more than three of his films. (Shameful, but true.) I’m not going to sit here and type about how... Continue Reading →

Gotta Friend ‘Em All

Starting off in a new city is tricky. You’ve got to figure out where everything is, how to get around and where the closest supermarket is. Now, that’s all well and good, until you add to that the delightful experience of having to befriend new people. Please note, I type that with some slight sarcasm. Ok,... Continue Reading →

Welcome to ‘The Trepverter Effect’

  Good morning, good evening and good night! Hello! It's Y.L. Mariano here, blog author and uni student. Y'all can call me Lei 🙂 A couple of things you might like to know about me: I'm a university (uni) student, which means my posts are going to appear very sporadically and my replies even more so. (Apologies in... Continue Reading →

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