Best of: April

Sunday, May 19, 2024


One of RuPaul's Drag Race iconic puns, 'Is the bus still running?' is the theme of this best of listicles. Especially for April when it is already the 19th and I haven't updated here. I hear you my fanatical hordes: this is still happening. 

It's just that public schools in the Philippines are in the tail end of their end-of-school year rites and teachers have the word BUSY written all over them like temporary tattoo. But as someone who doesn't have the advisory class for the first time ever, today officially ended the sleepless nights and restless days of grading the papers, managing the class records, reminding the late submissions, you know the whole shebang.

So what better way to spend these halcyon days until July than to really be mindful of making sure this space gets filled up with posts upon posts of the stuff I really like. After all, I can be myself here and that for me is the best there is. 

Ready your own list of April faves and DM (@theryanfaura on IG) me so we can share notes! 

1. Ara Mina's Ay, Ay, Ay, Pagibig because why the hell not? 

2. caught and used my tweet about Ateneo Medical School interns who *lied* to attend The Eras Tour. 

3. Win Metawin and Janella Salvador of Under Parallel Skies

4. The 7th year anniversary of the publication of Young Blood Six

5. Jordan Bolton's book Blue Sky Through The Window of a Moving Car

6. Apple Music Replay'24 for April: Top Artist is Kacey Musgraves, Deeper Well is Top Song and Beyonce's Cowboy Carter is Top Album. 

7. The new search engine Arc Search

8. 90's Kabaklaan Instagram account. 

9. April 20-29 2024 are rare palindromic dates. 

10. Every Single Album deep dive for Kacey Musgraves' Deeper Well.

11. Apple Music's Essential Album featuring Melodrama by Lorde.

12. Tavi Gevinson's zine Mirrorball about Taylor Swift.

13. Jolina Magdangal's Tameme AKA my favorite OPM song of all time. ALL TIME. 

14. Nymphia Wind winning Ru Paul's Drag Race Season 16. 

15. @reductress Instagram account.

16. Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department and its pop culture's whiplashes: Merriam Webster, Pixar, Mcdonalds, New Yorker, Mean Girls.

17. My student Patrick messaging me saying that I co-wrote Taylor's But Daddy I Love Him.

18. @estherfungreads Instagram account.

19. Taylor Swift's So High School.

20. Every Single Album deep dive for Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department

21. Celine Dion's cover for Vogue France.

22. Taylor Swift's My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys

23. Taylor Swift's But Daddy I Love Him

24. My latest published article about washi tapes for Philippine Daily Inquirer. 

25. Madi Diaz's and Kacey Musgraves' Don't Do Me Good

26. Taylor Swift's Guilty As Sin

27. Hallmarks Keepsake Burn Book Christmas Tree Ornament from Mean Girls.

28. Finally watching Sex and the City on Netflix

April faves is one for the books and I can't wait to share with you what May has to offer. Until then. 


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