Gear-up for the Semester with CampusBookRentals

Knowledge is power. And life as a student requires facing battles where information is the most essential weapon one would ever need. Being a student myself, I totally understand how important it is to be mentally equipped - one way of doing so is by ensuring that I have the books that I need. It is a known fact that books can be quite expensive, but financial difficulties should never be a hindrance in education. 

Instead of having to purchase expensive books, let me show you how renting textbooks through CampusBookRentals help you save money while ensuring that you are fully-geared for your quest for knowledge.

Watch the video below to know more about this awesome service!

Aside from saving money, you also get to help Operation Smile with every book you rent. Operation Smile is an "international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries."

If you no longer need textbooks but you have a pile of it from your years in college (or you are a college student who has textbooks you no longer use in class), CampusBookRentals also has something great and income-generating for you. It's called RentBack.

Rentback allows you to keep your textbooks, rent them out to other students, and make 2 to 4 times as much money than selling them after the semester. It's not a bad deal, right?

To all students out there, I hope you take advantage of these convenient and cost-saving service. And I sure wish that you have a fun-filled and enlightening semester!

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Between Lenses | Mornings

It seemed to me that September has come and gone swiftly. Now here we are with October passing by just as fast. But you know, a month (particularly in this corner) is never complete without Between Lenses, a photography challenged by the gorgeous and creative ladies behind the blogs Of Trees and Hues and Tara Victoria. Last month's posts revolved around the theme "silence". And I really enjoyed browsing through the photos everyone has come up with.

This month's theme focuses on images of someone's mornings. 

For me, even as a child, mornings felt like that of a magical hour when sunlight breaks the dark of dawn and makes flowers bloom. There was this TV program back then (that makes Science more accessible to children) that shows a time-lapse video of a flower blossoming from a sleeping bud. Since then, I've always thought of mornings that way - awakening from a deep slumber, opening up to face the day, and yes, flowers in full bloom.

I took the photo below in one of my recent trips back home. It was a lovely morning, the sun was up and I was outside the house breathing in the fresh morning air. My little niece ran up to me and gave me these four small flowers she carefully picked from our neighbor's shrubs! haha.

Looking at these and my niece's sweet smile is my kind of morning - a great way to start my day.

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How about you, what does your morning look like?

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Korea Chronicles | Busan II

 / Day 9 /

Some of the things I looked forward to witnessing in Korea are the festivities. I was truly rooting for the spring festivals happening all over the country. I imagined how great it would be to pick strawberries or apples in some orchard in the countryside, be mesmerized by Cherry Blossoms in Yeouido, sip green tea while looking at this gorgeous view of the field, or feed animals at Anseong. Months before my scheduled trip, I went crazy researching for the must-see places and festivities. To my dismay, most of the spring festivals would have been over by the time I fly to Seoul. Most of them were over by Mid-April. But then, I read somewhere that the Haeundae Sand Festival takes place in early June. I got lucky because it coincided with my trip to Busan.

Life Lately Vol. 10

Reading... Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner, only to realize that I have finished the book without the closure I hoped or wanted for Lizzie and Diana.

... only this post. I haven't been writing lately, mostly because I am not in the mood. But I might start on the second installment of my Busan escapade before the day ends. Keeping my fingers crossed.

... to Run To You by Lasse Lindh.

... the latest seasons of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy. And re-watching a whole lot of f.r.i.e.n.d.s while doing other tasks at home.

... coffee. It's 6pm now but I have a cup of coffee on my desk.

about selling some of the books and other stuff I have accumulated in recent years because I'm moving to a new place. Interested?

for a new phone, Asus Zenfone 5 or Oppo mobile.

long weekends and long walks.

to get rid of menstrual cramps for good.

to start doing Yoga soon.

hopeful and excited as I pack my possessions once again after three years. Can't wait to be in my new home! 

This post is inspired by Sunday Currently.
Photo by Jeong Seung Hwa. 

How's your life lately?

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October Wish List

I have found myself wishing these things as of late. They're not that fancy but I find them really useful. 

Asus Zen Fone 5 I've read tons of good reviews about the Asus Zen Fone 5 - the design is sleek, has Intel processor, and quite affordable. Not bad for a first smartphone, right? I've been using blackberry for more than two years and actually, it's already giving up on me. So maybe it's time for a change.

Fujifilm Instax Camera Pretty self-explanatory. :D I'm still dreaming about that photo wall.

2015 Hummingbrd Weekly Planner  It's hard for me to get by without a planner. For next year, I'd go for a smaller one - something I can carry around everywhere no matter how big or small my bag is. Unless of course someone gifts me with a Starbucks Planner. Who am I to refuse?

Koh-I-Noor Watercolor Set I miss "painting". Quote and quote because I don't have formal training and it's really like a child painting, but it's never too late to improve on something.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen They say that a person always has to find a new hobby to lengthen his/her lifespan. Last year, I was big on felt craft. This year? How about calligraphy?!

How about you guys? What are you wishing for as of late?

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