My  so-called “wants” are fairly simple. If there is anything I’ve learned over the years, is that life is simple. I was the one who made it all complicated.

PHOTOGRAPHY. I’m no professional, it’s a hobby in the making. Friends artwork has inspired me to jump into new waters, taking photos and images. They’re my eye teasers and muses in life. I wish to capture a piece of time and memory, then frame it for my eyes to see.

BOOKS : My taste in books varies from time to time. But I lean more towards the ones that are historically inspired, I even like “poshly” type kind of reads. But my all time favorites are as follows — Beloved by Toni Morrison, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell, The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene, The French Lieutenants Woman by John Fowles and The Shopaholic Sequel by Sophie Kinsella.


EYE WEAR: I’ve been wearing prescription eyeglasses since 2000 (lately, been trying contact lens). It started with just one pair and without even knowing, I now have quite a few pairs. I’m crazy over the plastic ones, I think it has more character; ask me? it cost less. I mix-and-match the eye wear with my outfit. I like different colors, design, frame shapes. The one I like most was this pair I bought from Costco a year ago, a brown and yellow DKNY plastic eyeglasses.

SOCKS: My other addiction! From self-colored to stripes and animal prints. I can’t just have one pair, there’s always room for more. “How many feet do you have? do you have more than two?” as my sister once commented. I’m a  “sock looney”, that’s my excuse. My fave socks — the Angora wool socks I got two years ago (still in good condition) and Krazy Cats socks . They’re funky and super comfy! 

BIRKS. They’re my favorite footwear. If only I can wear this to work, I will. So whenever I’m outdoor or even around the house; expect to see me wearing a pair. I never get tired of wearing them, they’re down right cushy- cushy!

ORCHIDS: Love of orchids was something I inherited from my parents. As a child, I remember extending a helping hand and attending to our garden in Manila. At a tender age of 13, I was able to make a hardy orchid plant (Paphiopedulum Philipinesis) bloom to perfection. From that day onwards, I was hooked! My collection now are mostly Cymbidiums and Phalaenopsis, that lavishly blooms at my home under cozy California weather.

JOURNALS: I write as I please — It’s therapeutic. I tend to use 3-4 journals in a year. I write for emotional release, it’s my “all natural” anti-stress medication.

PENS: Fine point pens are my favorites. I write too much, so pens come as a necessity. I like pencils, too, depends on my mood or if I’d like to sketch while writing.

COFFEE: Use to make two trips to a coffee shop twice a day (realize it’s too expensive). Till I learned how to make my own coffee. I like bold flavors with a hint of earthy pleasure. The most unusual coffee I’ve had, Toasted Rice Coffee from Bukidnon and Bourbon Pointu; thought to be extinct (so they say).

MOVIES / DVD’s: Watching too many movies and DVD’s may have been the reason behind my poor vision; but that I won’t admit (except here, hehehe). I’m a sucker for dramas, romantic comedies, action, indie films and martial arts. My faves include — Love Affair, Scent of a Woman, Casablanca, Il Postino, Joy Luck Club and House of Flying Daggers. (to name a few)



  1. abbyG. · June 1, 2007

    i love Il Postino arnelli. is that your collection of dvds? and your book “tower”, i love. napaka-barbaric ng pag-aayos pero di naman halata na mahilig ka magbasa, hehe!

  2. sardonicnell · June 2, 2007

    thanks for the kind comment, abby! “il postino” was an inspiring film, makailang beses ko na ngang pinanood eh. it’s a classic, dba? sensya na sa ayos ng books, wala ng mapaglagyan, hehehe.

  3. banggigay · June 7, 2007

    graaaaabe! nelya, pramis naaliw ako sa ecclectic book collection mo. was trying to name a few thru recognition of its cover, pro i failed. morrison and golden are darlings. but to kill a mockingbird and anne of green gables top my list!

    and abbyg, wait till you see mine. yun talaga ang barbaric! and take note, i’m dreaming of building my own library when i get old a! hay burara ever!

    and the journal a, i like! now i’m inspired to dig all my journals way back teeny bopper years. haaay! nostalgic. 😦

  4. sardonicnell · June 7, 2007

    bangge, sale halos ang mga books na yan. hango sa “75-80% off” section sa barnes or borders, hehehe. isama mo pa ang ukay ukay sa thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. kong may gusto kang books, just let me know po. would be happy to contribute books for your library.

    journals, they’re a good companion. they gladly absorb my life’s up’s and down’s and they never complain, hehehe.

    dba you’re into moleskins? if you want to save, you can buy them in bulk. just bought some from http://www.moleskineus.com/ and they cost much less than buying them retail.

    thanks for the heads up on the books, i haven’t red those two. be happy to read them soon. God bless!

  5. Meeya · September 11, 2007

    nell, il postino fan din ako!!! pablo neruda forever!

    ang books ko sa pinas parang ganyan, pero dito wala. unless gusto mong makita ang hard drive ko na punong-puno ng ebooks hehehe.

    i love coffee, too. pero since i had ninna, not so much na. pampagising na lang pag kailangan. 😀

    i had a fountain pen collection before, pero i gave it away to my cousin who continued the collection dahil, bukod sa ubos na ang pera ko, i just lost steam, hehe. but i love a good pen. 🙂

    hmm, ano pa ba? i’m more of a dog lover, though. pero that doesn’t mean i don’t like cats. i love them, too. 🙂

  6. sardonicnell · September 11, 2007

    love il postino, ngayon ko nga lang nalaman na pablo neruda pala sya. now, im dying to read his poetry na.

    books, that’s really one of my addiction. i even opened a credit card exclusively for my book purchase. hahahah, fanatic ba?

    coffee, not a day without it! ewan ko ba, feeling ko eh wala akong energy without it. addictus na rin ako sa kape, nasayang ang pagpapa-bleach ng ipin. hahaha!

    fountain pen, fine ballpoint pen and calligraphy stuff are my faves. up to now kasi eh hilig ko pa rin ang magsulat. kahit wala namang katuturan yong iba! kaya sa bahay pag may kelangan ng pen eh sa akin nakatingin, hehehe!

    cats, dogs or any animals, i like them all! but cats have a softer spot. what i like about them is there independence. they can be by themselves and also appreciate a good company (parang ako rin). just imagine this, i have a king size bed with all 8 cats snuggling in it. so warm and cozy! saves me money on a heater, hehehe.

  7. freshmess · September 16, 2007

    I love your orchid plant! You’re quite the master creator yourself. 🙂 Don’t know much about pens, but I have a Montblanc Meisterstuck fountain pen which I rarely use. Bleh. Linking ya back!

  8. sardonicnell · September 16, 2007

    hello freshmess! thanks for the kind words. orchids are one of my favorite flowers and making them bloom to perfection is one of my hobbies.

    that pen you have there, that is very nice. use it, but keep it safe. meisterstuck is a pricey montblanc line. if you have the #149, that’s a $600+ pen. i also have one, they call it mozart and i love using it on my journals. it gives me the old time feel! thanks again and God bless =)

  9. iris · February 13, 2008

    i love my birks too! 🙂 guess what, my first pair is still with me and it’s still good. i’ve had them since i was in 3rd year HS and that’s about 9 years already. hehe!

  10. sardonicnell · February 14, 2008

    super comfy nila, dba? the oldest pair i have was back from 1998. something i got on sale, heheheh 😀

  11. pen · September 19, 2008

    hi nell! from here on, you are my new role model 🙂

  12. sardonicnell · September 19, 2008

    wow, that’s a lot to take. but i thank you so much for that. i hope i can live up to your expectation, hehehe. thanks again and God bless 😀

  13. RaiulBaztepo · March 29, 2009

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  14. PiterKokoniz · April 8, 2009

    Hello !!!! 😉
    I am Piter Kokoniz. oOnly want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: what was the reasson for you to start this blog?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

  15. Mary · July 29, 2009

    What type of journals do you use. I am looking for something that can take multimedia (paint, pen, pictures, etc.) and that will expand as a I add to it.

    Thank you.

    • sardonicnell · August 3, 2009

      moleskine sketchbook, it can take multimedia stuff!

  16. gnehpalle02 · October 10, 2009

    hello po, i just passed by in your blog and i find it very intresting. lalo na ung conversation nio po ng tita nio, hope my parents is as understanding as yours (tama po ba english ko?ehehehe) (baklang babae po ako,) sandali lang akong nagstay upang magbasa ng blog nio pero may natutunan na ko…dahil po dun, salamat… gnehpalle02

    • sardonicnell · October 10, 2009

      your most welcome, gnehpalle02. i’m glad you were able to connect with my stories. hayaan mo, in time eh your parents would eventually embrace your uniqueness. just never lose hope, and never doubt that you’re a good person. girl, boy, bakla, tomboy – sa harap ng Dyos eh tao tayong lahat. dba? thanks for dropping by, godspeed!

  17. Alfred Mithcell · February 26, 2010

    This is certainly my initial stop by and I really like what I’m seeing. Your weblog is so much fun to look over, quite compelling as well as informative. I’ll undoubtedly recommend it to my friends. Many thanks!

    • sardonicnell · April 29, 2010

      thanks so much, alfred. i appreciate the kind words!

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