Like the past 4 years, I challenged myself to another 100 Movies Challenge at the start of this year.

I first had the idea of this challenge when I saw one of my favorite Tumblr blog doing the same thing. She (the blogger) was a film major and watched and suggested a lot of movies that inspired and motivated me to love the art of movies more. Well, I’ve always loved movies growing up but this time around, my movie watching widen as I explored more genres and started to appreciate movies beyond the mainstream and my celebrity crushes.

My problem though is I usually go back to my favorite movies, watching them over and over again until I could almost recite their scripts perfectly (yes, I’m talking about you, Lord of the Rings!!) that I forget to explore new ones. So to challenge myself more, I decided not to include my “rewatch” on my list.

Additionally, I tend to slack off by the middle of the year that I haven’t completed this challenged for the past 4 years. The closest I had to completion was 55 films two years ago.

I’m hoping to change that this year no matter how slowly I’m (so far) going! I’ll be updating the blog weekly or bi-weekly about how my 100 Movies Challenge is going along with movie reviews as I’m trying to watch new movies as much as I can weekly as well. For starters, here are the movies I watched the last two months.

Remember when I promised to constantly update this space about 2-3 months ago? Well, it didn’t take me long to break said promise now, did I? Whoopsie.

The Excuse — Meet Blink!

I have been sort of busy along with my entire family on changing our routines and adjusting our daily schedules the last month since we got a puppy for my birthday! Yes, that’s right! I (finally) got myself a puppy! And I’m so happy!

I’ve always wanted one since I was a kid. Since our family moved into our current home almost 13 years ago to be more specific. But being an asthmatic (me and my dad, actually) and my mom not letting any pet in our home, I had to endure excruciating years of trying to convince my mom to get a dog and in the meantime, watch videos of cute puppy online. My mom only finally agreed when she was overruled by the majority vote and my dad and I bought a puppy for my birthday last February 19.

Anyway, we got our puppy on the 21st of February. She’s a Havanese and I named her Blink. (There’s nothing special about the name. I just like and found the name cool from the X-Men.) She’s 3 months old now so she’s a bundle of energy and hyperactivity unless she’s asleep. She’s also teething so everyone home is suffering and wearing bite marks. Yay!

January was interesting. It started quite uneventful but picked up by the second week and ended, sadly, in a negative note. It is true—well, at least for me—that the month felt like it went on for years like what almost everyone is saying on the internet. Although, I do think that the month only felt more eventful and slow than it actually was since I started journaling almost every day, about even the tiniest detail.

About three weeks ago marked the third year of my aunt’s departure from our world. I decided not to visit her resting place and instead wrote her a letter, feeling this way, I can properly and wholeheartedly talk to her. Though it got a bit overwhelming for me from time to time that this took me a week and I always had to pause to get a grip of myself here and there, I felt like a great load was lifted off my shoulders when I actually did finish writing.

This got really personal and I seriously considered not to post this. But life overall is currently heavy for me, I need to let out some things and, I don’t know, sharing on my blog, to strangers, is the most comfortable option I have compared to my other alternatives. Also, somehow, posting this on the internet makes me feel like I’m actually sending my letter to my aunt. Wherever she is, I hope she has good Wifi.

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With the goal of blogging more regularly, I was thinking whether I should start a new blog series updated monthly or weekly. I was leaning towards a monthly series where, I think, there's a lesser chance of failing to commit, to be honest, but since I'm currently feeling very inspired right now, I figured I might as well make the most out of it and decided on a weekly series. May this inspiration carry through this series throughout the year!

Well, is it? No? Yay!

If there’s one type of post that is extremely difficult for me to write, it would be the obligatory year-end recap. For one, I have a very crappy memory and bad sense of time that 2012, to me, still feels like last year (it’s been five years already—what?!) and quite literally at the last day of each year I would always go, “What the hell happened to me this year? Wait… no that was 3 years ago… I think.” I mostly rely on my social media posts and photos I took to remember the year’s events but since I’ve taken a step away from both things this year, I am coming up very, very… very short on recapping 2017.