My Favorite Things: June 2016

Here are My Favorite Things from the month of June!



Ximending, Taipei
Ximending, Taipei

This year’s major vacation trip for my family was in Taiwan! And I had the best time! It’s one of my most recommended places to travel to now. There are plenty of activities to do, places to explore, areas to shop, and cheap but delicious food to eat. You can check out my blog post here.



resized 2ND FINAL toycon poster 2016

This year’s ToyCon was the best geek con experience I’ve ever had here in Manila because it’s the biggest con I’ve been to. Most cons here are simple to accommodate the budget of students- honestly, there are only a few grand-scale cons here. But this 2016, ToyCon stepped it up a notch by collaborating with Salt Lake Comic Con to make the event bigger. The 2016 ToyCon was special for me and my brother because we got to see Daniel Logan from Star Wars in person, and also got to watch Kendall Schmidt of Heffron Drive (formerly part of Big Time Rush) perform live.

I’ll be putting up my entry soon!





ROOM by Emma Donoghue was my favorite read of June! It was a phenomenal, gripping book and I give it a solid 5 / 5 rating.  It’s about this five-year old boy named Jack which, for him, Room is the only world he’s ever known. He lives with just his Ma who sees the place as a prison more than a home. There’s also Old Nick who occasionally visits at night when Jack is asleep. One day, Ma decides that it’s time they tried to escape since Jack is old enough.

Personally, I appreciate how the author chose to make five-year old Jack as the narrator. Kids have a voice too even if in literature sometimes, adults are quick to dismiss it. In cases like this, it’s good to hear what the kids involved have to say especially since Jack himself experienced some trauma. It made the story more interesting and it hit me harder as a reader that way.

This book is just one of the 30 books I’m targeting to read this year. You can track the progress of my 2016 Reading Challenge here.

And oh yeah, the movie was great too! The casting was perfect and the movie itself is something worth watching. It’s one of those rare cases where a book-to-movie adaptation was done right. I would recommend it!


What were your favorites from June?


Kaela is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who draws inspiration from her quirks, childhood nostalgia, and pop/sub-culture.

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Things: June 2016

  1. Hi Kaela, I came across your blog via Pauline’s blog. That’s so cool that you’re an illustrator and graphic designer! I don’t get to do art for a living but it’s been a hobby since as long as I can remember.

    Looks like you had fun at ToyCon 2016. Sounds pretty epic. Room sounds like an interesting book. Come to think of it, I don’t remember reading a book where the narrator is a 5 year old. I do remember Benny from Boxcar Children, and other children’s novels, but not as the main character.

    1. Hi Sue! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment.

      I just graduated from uni last year so I’m still relatively new to this art career. It hasn’t exactly been easy but I am working hard and I know it will be worth it in the end.

      I saw your portfolio by the way and your art is beautiful! 😀

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