Is this real life? #HamiltonPR

Hello, everyone! As you probably know if you follow me either on Twitter or Instagram, I had the opportunity to see Hamilton’s “And Peggy” tour last week.

When Lin-Manuel Miranda said he would bring Hamilton to Puerto Rico, I was sceptical about the chances I would have to see it. (Especially if he would play the role one more time!)

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Last year I had the chance to buy one ticket. (Immediately after I bought it I checked if it was transferrable because I would be going alone!) I felt kind of guilty because my friends also wanted to go, but I did not have the chance to buy some for them. (The online tickets sold incredibly fast!)

But, as A. Ham himself says,

I am not throwing away my shot!

So there I was. Not having any idea what to do, how I would get there, but I was going to see the musical I first fell in love with! My friend offered me a ride –I’m still immensely grateful to him! –and that was that, I would see Hamilton, in my island, on Wednesday, January 16. (And no. I had no idea it was Lin-Manuel’s birthday back then, which probably makes me a terrible fan)

Fast-forward to exactly one week ago: The day arrived (I hardly had any sleep the night before- I was that excited). I found out my friends had arrived on time to buy the students’ matinee tickets! (So yeah- this made me even happier- I felt a bit guilty that they would not be able to go)

I took my classes, put myself together with the help of some of my friends (<3) and that was that. I arrived at the theater 2 hours before showtime:

 

Got my tickets, took a few selfies:

And waited with two students who had won the lottery. (I’m so glad I met you, Monica and Orlando! I was feeling lonely and I hope I wasn’t that awkward).

The time came to enter the theater, I bought a T-shirt, and waited for the show to start.

Here’s the deal: They do not prepare you for the time when the first note starts, when you finally see your favorite songs being performed, when LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA APPEARS ON THE STAGE singing ALEXANDER HAMILTON and the whole theater starts screaming and the applause doesn’t stop.

I wish I could describe how the performances felt.

How it felt to see Angelica Schuyler singing about an instant attraction that wouldn’t trump her love for her sister. (This performance? An instant favorite. THAT REWIND!)

How it felt to see Eliza singing her heart out as she finds out about her husband’s affair.

Her piercing scream once her son dies.

The feeling when you know it’s going to end, when you do not want it to end, but it does. And you see these people who love what they’re doing with their whole heart.

When Lin-Manuel takes his Puerto Rican flag out, with pride and love for this island that has gone through so much pain, but has become so much more than that.

When he goes out one last time as the whole theater sings “Happy Birthday”, off-key, in both English and Spanish.

I never imagined how incredible everything, from the lighting, to the moving stage, to the choreography, and the music, would be. And how amazing it would be to see the whole story unfold before my eyes.

Look. Hamilton is an experience I never thought I would have. It’s something that will stay with me forever. And I am so infinitely grateful to Lin-Manuel Miranda and the whole company for making this possible, for us. For Puerto Rico.

Thank you.

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Bye, bye, 2018 (Part 3: Books!)

Hello, there. Welcome to the actually interesting part of my 2018 recaps! 🙂

As you know I did not have much time for blogging this past year *cough* I was not organized enough *cough* so… whenever I could read books, or watch movies or TV shows I did not post about them. I thought I could share them with you 🙂

This is the one and only post about my favorite books of 2018!


If you follow me on social media (which is probable, if you are reading this) you’ll know I struggled to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year. I set a goal of 25 books, which is one fourth of my goal when I was in high school. To be honest, I do not have much time for books ever since I started Pharmacy school, and it saddens me. This is why I tried my best to find small bits of time here and there. I’m proud, even if some people will think I should not be. *shrugs*

I’m choosing 5 books this year. This is definitely not going to be easy, but here we go.

(5) A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi

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Reading this, I knew we were getting a glimpse into the author’s life. And it honestly hurt to see how stereotypes can shape someone’s experience. Reading about Shirin’s anger with the world, and how she did not want to let anyone in? It made me sad, and it definitely made me reflect on how you never really know what a person is thinking or feeling, no matter how they react visibly.

I had already read Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series (and I’m up to date with it) so I knew she would not disappoint me. I’m glad she wrote this amazing book.

(4) Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman

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I first found of about this book because I was looking for ace representation. Then I started reading Heartstopper, and read Solitaire and every single Alice Oseman book and I knew I had to give this a chance. I loved that Frances and Aled are friends, not “friends”, if you get me. They are not set to have a romantic relationship, but that doesn’t substract from the depth of the story.

(3) Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas

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I waited so long for this book, it’s not even funny. (Not more than people following Aelin’s story since the Livejournal days. but still). If I’m honest, I read this book just before a Pharmacotherapy exam, and, at this day, I have no idea how I passed it. But moving on, it was an amazing book, it gave me most of the things I wanted from it (and excruciating pain, we can’t forget that). I really want to reread the series at some point of my life, and remember how my life was at this point. Aelin’s journey helped me through a LOT during these years, and I shall always be grateful. ❤

(2) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I did not understand the hype around this book, then I read it. This is one of those you just can’t. Stop. Reading. Evelyn’s story enthralled me and never let go. Please, everyone. If by any chance you have not read this, feel doubtful, or do not understand the hype, join us. You will become Evelyn Hugo’s #1 stan. 🙂

(1) An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green

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Look, everyone. I’m as surprised as you are. I still can’t stop thinking about this book. When I first picked it up, I had no idea of what it was about. I will admit I only started it because Hank Green had written it, and I am a fan. But I was pleasantly surprised. He gave us a glimpse into the thoughts of a public figure. The public thinks one way, but the truth is that her image has been manipulated by April, and the people around her. And isn’t this what is real? We all, not only celebrities, have this mask, this image we like to project, and April showed us what’s real. She owned to her mistakes: she accepted she screwed up, and gave you a heads up of what would happen. I was surprised to see that there would be a sequel (according to Goodreads), because I could have accepted this ending. Although I can’t wait to see how the story will continue!


Anyhow, people. I want to wish you a happy new year, and that 2019 brings you the happiness you desire, and the goals you want to achieve. ❤

Bye, bye, 2018 (Part 2: TV Shows!)

Hi, everyone! I decided to post recaps back to back, because if I didn’t the posts would be waaaaay too long

Still- Part 2 of my bye bye 2018 series will be about my favorite TV Shows I watched this year.  (Mainly K-dramas, of course! One of them is ongoing and you should watch it ASAP!)


 

Korean Dramas (Because they deserve their own heading)

While You Were Sleeping

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This one came out last year, but I watched it on 2018 because… well… electricity came back last January. This drama was so beautiful, and its soundtrack was perfect. It’s about a woman who can see the future in her dreams… and a man who can see her in his. It’s VERY confusing at first, I’m warning you! But the story was amazing, and all loose ends were tied at the end. I loved it so much, and I hope you do it too ❤

Thirty But Seventeen

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Even thinking about this one makes me emotional. It is about a woman who falls into a coma when she’s 17 and wakes up as a 30 year old woman. She lost 13 years of her life, and has no idea where her family or friends are. She finds this family, and this man who has certain traumas of his own, and they help each other. I plan on rewatching soon! It was amazing and beautiful and perfect and I’m crying ❤

The Beauty Inside

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I watched this one because I loved the movie so much. I’m warning you, it only shares a minimal part of the movie’s plot. In case you don’t know, The Beauty Inside is about a woman who changes her appearance for a week, once a month. She meets this man who can’t recognize anyone’s face. It was a bit lighter than the movie, but if I’m honest, I liked that. Of course it had it’s dramatic moments (every kdrama does) but everything from its soundtrack to its plot was feel-good and I’m hoping you enjoy it. 🙂

Memories of the Alhambra

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This one, it’s ongoing people. It’s on Netflix. And as soon as they announced it (Hyun Bin + Park Shin Hye + Spain) I was in. I couldn’t wait, and once it came out I was hooked. Explaining the plot is… difficult. A CEO travels to Granada looking for an augmented reality game’s creator… but it is so much more than that. But trust me, although it is confusing as hell, it’s worth it. (or… I hope so. :D) Every single week you are left with more questions than answers, but it is so satisfying when you find out one more piece of information! Anyhow, I believe everyone should at least give it a chance.

Other, not Korean TV shows I watched this year 🙂

The Good Place

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I have already gushed about this TV show here, and it’s still as amazing as I first started it. I’m hoping they can keep their streak, because I’m in love with every single one of the main characters, and their development. (Especially Michael… but well… it’s because of Ted Danson :3)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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I’m SO GLAD it was saved by NBC! Look, I never thought I would enjoy a show about a police station but they did it. I am so invested on these characters. I want to know what will happen with Captain Holt, Boyle, Rosa, Gina, Terry and my OTP: Peraltiago. ❤ They deserve THE WORLD. And I’m so glad NBC is giving them the promotion they deserve.


Honorary Mentions:

  1. Lucifer: I’m so glad Netflix saved it! It’s actually a show I enjoy watching, and THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS AMAZING!
  2. My Hero Academia: I already mentioned it, I believe. But this anime gave me LIFE. And I can’t believe I have to wait until October for next season.
  3. Sword Art Online: Alicization: Listen- I know people hate SAO. BUT THIS SEASON IS AMAZING. If you haven’t, please give this season a chance. ❤

Bye, bye, 2018. (Part 1: Life!)

Hello, my dearies! It’s me, and I’m back one last time (this year). 

I just realized I did not post anything on New Year’s Eve last year -understandable, I still had no electricity –therefore, no WiFi — and I was basically wallowing and watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. (Fun, right? Actually I loved it!)

I do not know exactly what I’ll be doing, although… who am I kidding? I’ll be crying watching the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix. (And remembering those happy times :D)

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So, let’s start with a recap of what happened this year, shall we?

I. Actually. Started. Driving.

I needed a push (a $10 5-minute Uber ride, to be exact. Don’t. Ask.) to take my car to uni and become more independent. Watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before also helped, if I’m honest. Lara Jean described my issues with driving perfectly, and if she could get over them, drive to her prince charming and get the happy ending she deserved, then I could, too, for crying out loud! except for the prince charming part I’m still single as heck

photo_2018-12-28_18-45-12So, I started driving. And of course I’ve had the classic road rage, the frustrations with driving daily. But I still love the freedom it has given me. I can finally go places without needing eternal help (except for my laziness sometimes… and the fact that I dislike driving at night) I wouldn’t ever go back.

This semester was HELL. And I survived.

When people told me the first semester of my P2 year would be awful I kind of thought they were exaggerating. Honestly? I am proud of myself for surviving and sticking through the end. I’m proud of my classmates who all passed Microbiology (aka the worst of the worst!) 2 exams a week since October is something I did not think I could handle until now.

I finally got my immunization certification.

If I’m scared of anything, it is to have to stick a needle to someone else. My coordination is non-existent. Somehow, though, I learned how to do this without hurting someone else. Huh.

The reputation Stadium Tour.

I mentioned this on an earlier blog post, but of course I had to mention it again. It was a life changing experience to get to travel and see my favorite artist. I shall never forget it, and now that there will be a Netflix event, I will be able to watch my favorite parts over and over again. Is this what happiness feels like?

Home Updates

Still working on it –hoping next year’s the year we actually move in. Selfish reasons aside, I want my family to rest already 😦 Some obstacles still need to be overcome, though. Wish us luck!

Goals

To finally reach the 50% PharmD milestone this summer. To eat healthier. To stop eating junk food. To be more organized. Wish me luck, I guess 🙂


How was YOUR year? Did you get to achieve some of your goals? Do you have any goals for 2019? 

PS: Part 2: TV Shows and Part 3: Books are coming up!

 

 

A new update: IPPEs and Taylor Swift

Hello, my dear followers who I haven’t really spoken to in a while O.o (!!!)

How are you? How are you doing? -you probably will not answer these in the comments, it’s fine. *cue the crying*

My second year of pharmacy school is about to begin -I know. Shocking- and I wanted to catch you up with what’s happening in my life.


IPPE Community (aka my first practice experience)

How can I say this? I learned so much during my three weeks practice experience. I don’t think anyone truly knows what happens behind a pharmacy counter, except for the ones working there. Honestly? I couldn’t have been more blessed with my placement.

They were so nice and patient with my questions and my inexperience. They were willing to teach me, and I wish they knew how much I appreciate this. My preceptor, the technicians and the other pharmacists working there: I love you, and I want you to know I had lots of fun and that I hope that my future site of work has a similar environment.

rep tour!

If you follow me anywhere, in any social media -Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (@fearlesslynat) -you’ll know that THIS HAPPENED.

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Somehow, thanks to a friend who lives there (Shoutout to Ashley!!) I was able to attend the reputation tour. Even as I’m writing this, I keep believing it was a beautiful dream. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see the wristband, my t-shirt and the pictures on my phone.

Honestly, if a few months ago you had told me that I would travel on my own to see my favorite artist on her biggest tour to date, I would have said you were joking. I’d been wanting to see her for 9 years, and I had stopped hoping for a while.

Still- it happened, and I have the evidence to prove it. ❤

My current obsessions:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: You’ve probably heard about it already, but it’s amazing! I’ve been reading the books and I’m literally in love with Peter K. But shh, watch the movie on Netflix, or even better, do what I didn’t and READ THE BOOK FIRST. You won’t regret it!

Meteor Garden: It’s basically a Chinese Boys over Flowers remake, but I’m LIVING for Daoming Si and Shancai’s story. It’s on Netflix (US) and honestly, I’m obsessed.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty: I’m both watching the kdrama (It’s really cute) and reading the webtoon translation. They both cover important topics such as the idea of beauty and how much it could either improve your life, or consume you. I would say it’s a must watch.

Other ramblings

As for my home, it’s still under construction. I’ll most certainly post when it’s done. I can’t wait to have space for my books and my things!

I’m starting my P2 year, and I’m really scared, but I’m HOPING no hurricanes arrive this season. I do not think I would be able to handle it again (and people here haven’t really recovered from the damage yet. Let’s hope we get some rest and a normal pharmacy year (haHA like these words could ever be included in the same sentence!)


Whoa, two posts the same week! Is this what they call a miracle? Still- thanks for reading and I hope to see you all soon!

You can find me here:

Twitter: @fearlesslynat

Instagram: @fearlessly.nat

Snapchat: @fearlesslynat

To a long lost friend

This post is a little bit different. It’s a letter -kind of like the one I posted years ago– These are the things I want to tell someone who hasn’t been in my life in a long time, but I miss them so much sometimes that I wish I could see them at least one more time.


Hi, friend.

It has definitely been a while. I’ve asked a lot of people about you and no one seems to know anything. I wonder if you are okay, if you have finally found what you wanted to do with your life, or if you always knew and never shared it with the world. You never shared many of your thoughts and dreams, only pieces. I probably overshared, but you always -or at least most of the time, when we weren’t fighting- listened.

I remember our last conversation- or at least where it was and how it felt. Do you? Probably not- I’m well aware you were a bigger part of my life than I was of yours. It felt peaceful, friendly again, like it hadn’t been in almost a year -or probably more. Sadly, I do not remember what we talked about- it has been 5 years since that day, and I would have paid more attention to it if I had known I wouldn’t see you again.

I wonder if you know that I do not want to be a doctor anymore -or at least a medical doctor, and that I’m studying to be a pharmacist. Can you believe this? -I most certainly wouldn’t… Did you hear about that?

I wonder if you know that I finally got to go to a Taylor Swift concert! That I made my dream come true- I remember you bought me Speak Now as a birthday gift-, and that I faced my fear of traveling alone. I wonder if you know that I don’t read as much anymore, that I don’t have the time, and that this makes me so sad I want to cry sometimes.

I wonder if you know how much I appreciated our friendship- no matter how much we fought- and that you are one of the people I care the most for, even after 5 years.

Anyway, I miss you. And part of the reason I keep my social media updated and public is because if you somehow found me, you’d be able to know how I’ve been, if you cared. Now that I think about it, it seems like a lomg shot. You abandoned social media long ago, and it seems unlikely that you would come back, but still. Hope never dies, I guess.

I hope to see you again someday, and that I get to tell you these things in person. I miss you so much!

Natalie


(And I just realized this post sounds like they’re dead. For the record- no, they’re not. They just haven’t been in my life for years, and I am pretty sure I won’t ever see them again.)

 

A much needed update: The Sequel

(I called this The Sequel because I apparently called a post A much needed update on 2015 :3)

Hi everyone! *waves at an empty crowd* Is anyone even following this blog anymore?

Still, I cannot believe I haven’t updated this blog in 6 months! How is this even possible?

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Well, I suppose I could blame my busy student life (I could also blame my laziness *shrugs*) but I’m here now!


*skims through the blog to her latest post* Whoa, I did leave you on a somber note there, didn’t I? I’m definitely in a better place now, so let’s list what has happened to me on the last few months, shall we?

  1. On a birthday post almost 4 years ago, I said I wanted to buy a car. I was finally able to do it! (Although I still have to practice enough to be confident, this is one more step for my independence!)
  2. My home is finally on its way to be repaired! For the time being, we’re still living at my aunt’s house, but things are definitely looking better -and I would be lying if I said I am not excited about my new room!
  3. I always talk about my new obsessions on my updates so why would this one be any different?
    1. During the last few months I caught up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Resultado de imagen para brooklyn 99It was all fun and games until the day when it was cancelled. I was surely devastated, but NBC saved it! Which brings me to my second obsession- NBC is also the home of-
    2. The Good Place! Honestly, this show is amazing! If you haven’t watched it, please give it a chance. These past two seasons have been perfect and I’m hoping they keep surprising me. *crosses fingers*

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    3. Anastasia: The Musical– If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably read my tweets about it (Especially about In a Crowd of Thousands). I’ve always been a fan of the movie, but the musical is magical, and I love everything about it and I’m hoping to see it someday. *heart eyes emoji*Resultado de imagen para anastasia the musical gif
    4. My Hero Academia– This one’s more recent, to be honest… but I watched the whole show in a week and honestly, I have no idea how I’ll wait weekly for new episodes. I guess I’ll have to start reading the manga *shrugs, laughing hysterically because she has no time)
  4. I’m also currently watching 2 k-dramas at the moment: Wok of Love and Rich Man, Poor Woman. I’m not obsessed with them (yet) so I’m not counting them on my list 🙂
  5. In terms of books, some of the ones I read and loved are The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Leah and the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli and I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. As you can see, I haven’t read much during the past months… I need to fix this somehow.
  6. In case you’re wondering about school (haha, I would too, after talking about shows for half my post), I’m currently taking 3 classes this summer (Biochemistry, Professionalism and Leadership -lol- and Pharmacy & the Health Care System). Why am I taking 3 classes, you may ask. Well… in order to follow my program’s core classes (aka the ones I needed to take last semester’s classes without falling behind) we had to drop these and take them during the summer session. This also meant that travel study is not an option this time. *crying*. I’m also expected to start my first practice after they’re over if things go my way, so cross your fingers for me, please!

Well, I guess this a nice update. How has your lives been? Let’s start a conversation on the comments! ^.^ I really want to work more on this blog again!