Barrio Fiesta sa London 2014

It’s times like this that I’m so happy that I have Filipino blood running through my veins.

It’s more fun in the Philippines” is an understatement. Barrio Fiesta is a festival that will make you crave going to the Philippines so bad, you’ll be checking flight times on your phone whilst jamming to Sam Milby.

It just reminded me of my holiday to the Philippines, two years ago. How much fun I had, and how much food I ate, and how friendly Filipinos are. I’m planning to go back, next year. To be honest, I’m planning to go to a lot of places, next year. Isn’t that everybody’s plan?

10 minutes into Barrio Fiesta, and my mum, sister and I were already eating. I had dinuguan for the first time, which, for obvious reasons, always put me off when I was younger. I’m more appreciative of different dishes now, and it was actually so nice. I really want to try making it for myself. Lechon paksiw, pork menudo and lots and lots of rice filled my belly. Oh, and I can’t forget the delicious BBQ I had, as well.

Surprisingly, I didn’t have halo-halo and instead had bubble tea. Halo-halo is nice, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not a big fan of ube. And all the halo-halo I found had ube. I only like ube as an ice cream flavour. Just so you know.

It was scorching hot, so around midday I obviously fell asleep in the sun. Side note: I had to undo the button to my jeans several times twice. The first teleserye from the Philippines I ever watched was My Girl, which featured Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson and Enchong Dee. Please believe that I died when Enchong Dee turned up, sang a boy band medley, and danced his cute butt off. I didn’t manage to film it, but I found this video on YouTube. Bae.

My other bae, Sam Milby, was just magical. Again, not my video.

Pokwang was also present, flirting with the security guard. Outrageous woman. She’s my spirit animal. I’m just extremely happy her last outfit was Darna’s.

(I’m so glad someone filmed everything)

When I go to Barrio Fiesta next year I’m definitely bringing a tent, so that I can chill. Also, Mutay is coming because even though she’s Nigerian, she’s basically Filipino as well.

It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines.

Me encanta Barcelona

Barcelona in one sentence: sun, sea and alcohol.

Well, maybe not so much sun because it was pretty cloudy when we went. My friends were complaining that it was too hot, but as someone who’s been to the Philippines many times it was like water off a duck’s back for me. Nevertheless, I have an interesting tan line on my butt to show for it.

Barcelona is amazing. It’s so amazing that I’m going back in September with Mutay. I haven’t booked anything, yet, but the passion to go back is so ridiculous. Alas, I’m stuck in an office being jealous of my colleague who’s going to China in August. (I’ve already put in my order for a shot glass from China. I’ve decided that’s the thing I’m going to collect when I travel or when my friend’s go away. I already have shot glasses from Prague, Barcelona and Malia)

Barcelona was a learning experience for me, even though I never intended it to be. It has made me realise my passion for the Spanish language, how much I want to meet new people and how good weather definitely affects how you feel in life. (By the way, life is great)

Interesting side note, I actually got stuck in Barcelona because of the French air strike. France weren’t letting anyone fly over their country, so our flight which was meant to be at 2.35PM was cancelled. However, thanks to my level head, I was able to rebook our flights for the next morning.

This did mean that I had to sleep on the hard floor of the airport, but I thought of it as an adventure. I even spoke to a few people whilst my friend’s were sleeping, so that was pretty cool as well. Making friends, FTW.

It’s kind of difficult for me to write about how much fun I had in Barcelona without bragging, and I hate a humblebrag. Even though I do it sometimes without realising. The irony.

Top places to visit/see

  1. La Rambla
  2. Park Güell
  3. Sagrada Família
  4. Bar Piranya
  5. Makamaka – Beach Burger Cafe
  6. Futbol Club Barcelona
  7. Port Vell
  8. THE BEACH

It’s really one long beach, but they all have different names. On our last night, we found out it was Summer Solstice, so the hostel we were staying at took us all down to Marbella beach. Summary: sea, sand, American accents, fireworks, tiki torches, dancing, bonfires, gypsy dancing, and lots and lots of beer.

I think you’ll see why I want to go back when you see these pictures. There’s more, but that would be a whole post by itself.

Don’t worry, Barcelona. I’ll be back.

#BGOmeetup

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Fluctuating between tiredness and hyperness I somehow made it to the BGO meet up.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. People commented that I didn’t seem nervous, but that was probably due to the two big coffees I’d drank to stay awake.

Thanks to Joe Blogs Blogger Network, I was invited to my first blogger’s meet. I’ve been blogging since I was 16, but this is the first time that I’ve been offered the opportunity. I am eternally grateful to you guys.

The aim of the night was to raise money for World Wildlife Foundation and also “beat the boss”. I’m one of those people who will pretend not to know what’s going, just to have it explained and then observe. I was doing pretty well, until I drank too much prosecco and went all in. Still, a fellow blogger and I managed to win some money on the Jungle Trouble Slot Game!

Of course, there were prizes to win throughout the night and Claire, the bubbliest person I’ve ever met in my life, won Jeff the dinosaur. I found a kindred spirit in fellow writer, Charlotte, and petite power with Holly. Don’t you find it strange when you talk to someone online, and then you actually meet them in real life. Total surreal moment (Psst. Hi, Haydn).

Check out the #bgomeetup tag for more amazing bloggers.

The night was fun, despite me being a nervous wreck inside, and the pizza was delicious so you can’t really complain there.

There's little something on your face, Claire.

There’s little something on your face, Claire.

Second On The Right Tour, Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway

Second On The Right Book Tour

Synopsis

Spawned from an ancient promise, treachery and intrigue follow the protagonists through our world and one lost to the waves. Bound by an invisible bond, they are thrust into a fantastical world of pirates and demons.

James Benedict is a just man haunted by evil. Pushed to the edge, everything stripped from him, a new man arises . . . a man whose name strikes fear into the hearts of all who hear it: “Captain Hook”.

Eileen Davis was a timid woman. Through a fateful cruise she finds herself in the company of the Captain of the Mistral Thief. With his guidance, and the meddling of the local barista, she eventually finds her inner strength.

Will the two of them unite through time to fulfill the promise of their ancestors or will tempers ignite leading all to failure?

You can listen to an audio excerpt here.

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ISBN-10: 1492340480

ISBN-13: 978-1492340485

eBook ISBN-13: 978-1310988455

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About The Author

Second On The Right - Elizabeth LosElizabeth uses writing as therapy, her release from everyday stress. At night, after work and once the children are finally tucked in bed, for the fifth time, she sits at her laptop and lets her imagination flow.

Elizabeth has produced short stories, one of which will be published in an anthology. She’s had fun writing a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction story, A Case of Need, based on the BBC’s Sherlock. By July 2011, her first novel, Second on the Right, had been completed. She spent several years polishing the story in order to provide a high quality product to the public. Second on the Right is her first professional novel.

 

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Giveaway Time!

Scavenger Hunt

Second On The Right - Scavenger Hunt Prizes!

Everyone loves a scavenger hunt so jump aboard and collect the clues to form a hidden message pertaining to Second On The Right.

Visit all the blogs touring and look for the word in RED in each scavenger hunt graphic. It is a contest after all, so the first person to email the MESSAGE to bitnbooktours@gmail.com wins!

For a full schedule of all the blogs participating go here: http://bitnbooktours.wix.com/bitn#!second-on-the-right-by-elizabeth-los/c1y0z

Second On The Right - SOTR- fun fact 7

Interview with Elizabeth

1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’d rather have fun writing rather than putting stress to pump out a book every year or two. I love to write, love to have my imagination take over. I fear that if I announce it as a career it will place too much pressure on me. Make no mistake, just because I consider it “fun” doesn’t mean that I think any less on improving the quality of my writing. Second on the Right went through no less than eight proofreaders/beta readers.

2. Do you write everyday?

I do. Some of it is blogging about random thoughts. Other times its writing my next novel. I’ve learn from other authors that making time to write, whether it will be used or not, helps develop and improve the skill, like a muscle with exercise.

3. What books are you reading at the moment?
I have been reading the “Helen” trilogy of Pendergast novels by Preston and Child.