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I’m A Winner

I don’t consider myself as lucky when it comes to joining contests – whether online, radio Q & A, company raffle – and it’s not a big deal. Why? Because I seldom force myself to join any contests. But one sunny day, I was just reading this story from Wattpad written by Miss Mina Esguerra. There was an on-going contest pala. So, ako naman, I kept on reading and commenting because I really like the story. I silently hoped that Miss Mina would choose me as the winner.

The basis of the contest was the comment made on each chapters of the story. Dapat relevant ata, not quite sure now. Last week, I was browsing my FB newsfeed when I came across Miss Mina’s status stating that there was a winner na to her contest for Welcome to Envy Park. I checked it and I was surprised that she chose me to be the winner. ❤ Here’s the proof:

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Good news on Labor day. 🙂

 

I thought the delivery of the book will be made in one week but I was surprised when I received the paperback copy of Welcome to Envy Park last Saturday (May 3). I am one happy kid that day. 🙂

By the way, Mina Esguerra is one of my favorite chic-lit authors. Got copies of her No Strings Attached, Fairy Tale Fail, My Imaginary Ex and now, Welcome to Envy Park. I intend to get copies of her other books soon. 🙂 You can read some of her works at Wattpad and check her FB profile.

You know what I really like about the story? It’s the sense of independence and the protagonist’s braveness to do whatever she wants. And of course, she has Ethan Lorenzo. 😀

 

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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Books, Rants and Raves

 

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I Read: Foreign Books

The unread books on my mini bookshelf were my companions these past few months. My CPU is still broken and being repaired by a friend of mine. I think I regain my interest in reading. I didn’t say that I totally ditch reading books.It’s just that movies are more enjoyable for me in the recent years. I still keep on buying books and not reading them. The term for that is Tsundoku.

I don’t want to keep you reading my sentiments on this. Let me share what I read and some lines that made me think about things in general.

1. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

PLOT:

An old journalist, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday, seeks sex with a young prostitute, who is selling her virginity to help her family. Instead of sex, he discovers love for the first time in his life.


Favorite lines:

  • Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.
  • Don’t let yourself die without knowing the wonder of fucking with love.

2. Survival of the Fittest by Jonathan Kellerman

PLOT:

The plot centers around the murder of the daughter of an Israeli diplomat. The murder seems exceptionally cruel, since the girl was developmentally disabled. From the positioning of the body and location, motive for the killing is not clear, until other people with other disabilities–being blind, having a very low IQ, etc.–and strange symbols are showing up at the scenes. It is only when they learn of a very cruel, self-righteous conspiracy to practice eugenics that Milo and Alex start unraveling this very dark case.

Favorite lines:

  • Do dead people have confidentiality? – Helena Dahl
  • Real answers were often unobtainable. – Dr. Lehmann

Between an invitation and inquiry

 

3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

PLOT:

About a young woman who is hired as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor, a job that becomes hellish as she struggles to keep up with her boss’s grueling schedule and demeaning requests.

Favorite lines: Zero

4. Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

PLOT: 

The book follow protagonist Becky Bloomwood through her adventures in shopping and life.

Favorite lines:

  • Life would be a lot easier if conversations were rewindable and erasable, like videos. Or if you could instruct people to disregard what you just said, like in a courtroom.
  • Rule of life. If you bother to ask someone’s advice, then bother to listen to it.
  • Don’t think about it. Don’t think about what could have been. It’s too unbearable.

5. Doraemon (vol. 1) by Fujiko Fujio

PLOT:

About a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy called Nobita Nobi.

Favorite lines: Almost everything.

6. The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon.

PLOT:

The story concerns an American naval officer who encounters a mysterious force during an investigation in a balloon accident in the Swiss Alps.

Favorite lines: 

I’m tired of the lies and the cheating, and the broken promises that were never meant to be kept.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Books

 

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The Aklatan 2013

Glad I was able to attend Aklatan 2013, the first all-Filipino book festival. It’s like visiting a bookstore with lots of Filipino Literature; from novels to short stories to poems and even graphic novels. Good stuff, I tell you but my pocket didn’t allow me to indulge more. The book fair started at 8AM and I went there around 9. My only goal that day was to buy the TRESE Book (The Diabolical stories) and have it signed by the authors; Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Mali ata ang basa ko ng program. I thought they will be at the book fair at 9am (because the program said that it will be a book launching for the said title) but turned out to be in the afternoon. Thought I would be disappointed but no. I stayed a little bit more and saw more interesting stuff and well, people 🙂

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So, what can you say? May movie na! Then the writers during their childhood days. Can you guess?

The publishers

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Visprint. Ang pasimuno.

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Anvil

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ADMU press and I forgot the name of the other publishing company.

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UST press and Vibal

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Adarna. Summit Media. KOMIKON.

The Sidetrip

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The National Book Development Board Chair FLOR MARIE “NENI” STA. ROMANA-CRUZ gave speech and some information about the reading books statistics and development. The guitarist of Ang Bandang Shirley performed two songs for the bookworms.
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There was a mini tulaan.

 

The people
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The contemporary Filipino writers signing their books for the bookworms.
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The chance of meeting these awesome people. Yey for Lourd de Veyra, Eros Atalia, Carlo Vergara and Ricky Lee!
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The bookworms were listening attentively to these awesome writers. 🙂

 

Some stuff

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Went home with these.

Thank you, Visprint!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Books, Events

 

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I Read

And for the past 4 months, I’ve been juggling time reading these two books. Since I am more into watching films and some lakwatsa these days, I seldom fix my eyes into reading. But of course, I’m proud to say that I’ve finished them, matagal nga lang.

1. I managed to read a lot of sensible short stories, articles and of course the script for Himala. Buti na lang Ricky Lee decided to put his (previous) works into a book. I definitely recommend this one.

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2. I became interested with the psychopaths and crime stories when I read this: Five Terrifying Serial Killers in Recent History. Since then, I continue to read some horrifying murder cases like The Black Dahlia and Issei Sagawa story. And from time to time, I search for some new crime stories. I’m kinda interested with the behavior of these people and somehow, I get the gist slightly. A friend of mine learned my interest with this stuff so he gave me his book about Psychopaths. (Big Thank You!) Actually, it was given to me around 2011 (if my memory serves me right) but I just started reading it this year. My father borrowed and read it for a year. Mas mabagal syang magbasa sa’kin.
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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Books

 

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Komikon 2012

October 27, 2012. First time attendee. Enjoyed it and definitely will attend again. Was happy to meet the creators of Trese, Skyworld and Pugad Baboy. Nakaka-starstruck. Sayang wala si Manix. Mabangis yung mga nagawa ng komiks!

Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. The masters behind TRESE.

Pol Medina Jr.! Yeah, the creator of Pugad Baboy.

International titles. Graphic novels.

Ian Sta. Maria and Mervin Ignacio. The creative people behind Skyworld.

I am a big fan of Ian Sta. Maria’s works/illustrations. Ang astig!

Trese. Kadasig. Frances Luna III. Bookmarks. Things I bought from Komikon.

Free comic strips from Mama Nature Environmental Hospital

Ang benta ng komik strips ng Mama Nature Environmental Hospital.

I got a free mug.

Preview of Mang Jose. Abangan.

Crowded morning.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Books, Events

 

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