niagara falls / june 2016

“There was something much greater she needed to feed her soul, and perhaps one day soon she would go…”
Danielle Steel, Wanderlust


goodbye tsugumi / banana yoshimoto – a visual

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“…those scenes on the beach had an aura of sadness about them that struck chords somewhere deep within me, filling my chest with pain.”

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“It’s a marvelous thing, the ocean. For some reason when two people sit together looking out at it, they stop caring whether they talk or stay silent. You never get tired of watching it. And no matter how rough the waves get, you’ve never bothered by the noise the water makes or by the commotion of the surface–it never seem too loud, or too wild.”

“And it seemed to me that even if you weren’t actively letting your emotions ride its surface, the ocean will tell you on giving you something, teaching you some sort of lesson.”


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“I guess when you’re out of the ocean and you see the piers way off in the distance, shrouded in mist, you understand this very clearly: No matter where you are, you’re always a bit on your own, always an outsider.”

“I get the feeling that in towns near the sea the rain falls in a more hushed, lonely way than in other places. Perhaps the ocean absorbs the sound?”


all quotes from the Goodbye Tsugumi / Banana Yoshimoto.


reading one penguin at a time


hello! wow, look at that! it’s been so long since my last blog post.
anyway, i got the penguin little black classics as a congratulatory when i got my first job in canada.

join me on this journey as i read and discover this wonderful series by penguin.

most anticipated read 2016


book mails are the best!

18986278_1525958767455315_758956768_o i got this book this afternoon and i couldn’t be happier. i have been a fan of osamu dazai since i have seen the anime aoi bungaku. i didn’t want to finish it as i’ve decided to get the books.

i was in the japanese bookstagram community for the past few weeks and i absolutely fell in love with the japanese covers of books – their minimalistic approach to it.

this book is one of my most anticipated reads this 2016. i’ve read no longer human, his controversial work but i’ve read in a few articles that the setting sun is the highlight of his writing career. i am one for doom and gloom books and osamu dazai is just the  man.

osamu dazai committed suicide after “no longer human” was published. that book was believed to be his autobiography. speculations arise when some of the aspects in the books actually reflected his life. although, we may not know that.

his books are depressing. i felt my mood gradually dampen as i was reading that book and i wanted to see if this one lived up to the masterpiece that everyone is talking about.

i like to read challenging books, books that will derange my thoughts.

i’ll try to keep sane. 😀

xoxo cherie

my reading on hiatus

that’s just it. life happens, therefore my reading is on hiatus. i am reading a 300-page crime fiction book for almost a week now, i am halfway through but then it’s as if i haven’t been reading at all. i don’t know who those characters are. i don’t like reading like that so i decided not to read altogether until everything in my life is under control.

i will be moving to another country and it is such a big phase in my life that i can’t think of anything else. i will be back soon though, especially now that i am loving how my blog looks like. haha!

xoxo cherie

of silence and of stars

i think that i’m going to regret not moving out when i had the chance. it’s going to be one of those things that i’m going to be thinking about for the rest of my life.

the unhappiness emptiness is already starting and i’m afraid that it’s going to be digging a hole in my heart.

what i hate the most is not being able to do anything anymore. i’m moving soon, to another country, to be with my husband. and i am never going to be able to have that chance ever again.

it’s painful, not being able to do anything.




film review: the divergent series: allegiant


The Story:

Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Source: Wikipedia)


Just kidding. I just finished watching Allegiant – Divergent 3 by Veronica Roth. (Thanks to Vox Cinemas Dubai for the premiere invite. 🙂 )

I was aghast to be honest. To quote Peter (Miles Teller), “Not the same as reading it in the books, huh?” It is no longer a surprise that book to movie adaptation tend to shy away from the original content; but this is far too much from the original.

However, is there anything a bookworm can ask for but for the books to be brought to reel? Watch it still, if you are a fan of the books. 🙂

I enjoyed it no matter. Shailene Woodley is a fantastic actress paired with an equally majestic actor Theo James. Haha. Miles Teller stole the show. Without him, the movie will just be plain depressing.