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filipino friday 2013 (3): The Pinoy Book Drop

The third part to my Filipino Fridays post is a week late. Like really late-late.

 

I was actually looking for Jerry Spinelli’s  Stargirl for my bookdrop.

But the timing clashed with planning Kei’s birthday last Saturday *that failed miserably*.

Stargirl book photo from the internet

Stargirl book photo from the internet

I wanted to give it because I liked that book. I thought the one who gets it would like it too.  I have it as an e-book.

 

Went to look for a copy of the said book at the mall near our office. They have two bookstores there. Booksale and National Bookstore. Rummaged though the piles in Booksale, no luck. So, I headed to National hoping to find the book there. Still nothing.  So, The answer to the question Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? is a sad NO.

 

So,  these are the questions I have to answer. 

– Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience.

Normally, when looking for books I just go for the one/s that catches my attention and look at the back of the book for a teaser of the story. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t do book hunts, maybe save for the said experience in looking for Stargirl. (*where I am really looking for a specific book* So, this was a memorable one as this was my first?)

 

 Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place?

I found one at my dad’s toolbox. while it is not unusual to find a book at a toolbox, the subject of the book makes it unusual. It is a beginner’s guide to swimming book.

Expected books would be manuals or books about how to repair something… but that one. A swimming book in a toolbox, I don’t see the connection. *I took the book back to him and he kept it on his drawer. He said he was looking for it, a misplaced book. 

 

If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? 

*Grins* Definitely take it home to read. then if I like it, it would be staying on my shelf, if not… maybe it will be given to an orphanage come Christmas time.

 

Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

Both are fine with me. I still go to bookstores  and look for books there. But, e- books from the internet are my main source of reading materials. I love the printed books but I hate it when they get old and turn yellow/torn pages…and when my mother decides that the “old” books be sold in one of the book stands in Recto. So, to save myself the stress, storage issues and heartbreak over the books, I go for the e-books from the internet.

 

“Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?” ― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl


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happy halloween 2013

Treats are now made, and ready to hand out.

halloween sweets

halloween sweets

last night I was frantically scouring the net for free halloween printables / cliparts to use for this year’s favor boxes. I ended up using yellow cellophane paper, tissue paper rolls, slim purple ribbons and the free printables that I modified. Filled with candies my sister got from the grocery. Not bad for a rush job.

 

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

 

 

 


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proven wrong

Its back to work Tuesday again and I feel like this.

photo from 9gag

photo from 9gag

I was so excited for the weekend only for it to be a FAIL one. Kei’s Mum got hospitalized on the eve of his day. That alone is enough to cancel everything. (we did push through with the game and that was it. didn’t even get to the prizes) Kei has this notion that he can’t celebrate his day because if he did something bad happens.

That is why when we got together I try my darn best to make his birthday memorable, but every time I did, it really goes haywire. Every freaking time. His first birthday when we got together was to meet his family, which ended up just being me, Kei, his mum and his sister, his dad was having a headache and is stuck at home.. the next birthday (2nd one) I got him an i-touch, he was happy for a couple of days, then he rode a bus and got robbed at gunpoint. (The gift didn’t even stayed a week. FML.) Then, this birthday (3rd one) was this. (His mum was confined to the hospital. sigh. I dunno what to make of it. Is it a curse or something?! I am never going to celebrate his birthday again.)

Well, so much for trying.

 

Another wrong this time was my assumption of the little thing that is growing on the laundry area… turns out it is not a pumpkin, but a melon.

The suspected pumpkin is actually a melon

The suspected pumpkin is actually a melon

After a few weeks of looking after the little fella, its vine was snapped into two by the wind. Felt sad about it for a while and proceeded to examine the little thing. Cut it open and it is a melon. Smells sweet and tastes sweet too. Strange but still it is Ok I guess.

 

“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” -David G. Allen

 


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predictable

I really cringe when I see my little sister glued to the tv every time I get home. Because I know what she is doing the whole day. She is a Koreanovela addict.

I hate Koreanovelas. It’s too predictable. Here is a compilation from soompi.

 

50 Things YOU can learn from Korean dramas

1) Hot, rich, younger men love fat, older vulgar women.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

2) If you have a best guy friend, he is in love with you. And secretly you are too.

3) You and your boyfriend will always playfully chase each other on an ice rink, at the beach, or in the leaves. And you’ll laugh for no reason and your boyfriend will hit you “playfully” but the force of his push will have you flying across the room. But it’s okay. Coz you’re still laughing like a crazy person.

4) Brothers/best friend/cousin/uncles-nephews will always love the same girl.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

5) You’re allowed to make u-turns wherever you want in Korea. And there is never traffic on the side you want to u-turn to.

6) There is a super quick payment device that allows you to pay a bill quickly enough for a guy to run immediately out of a restaurant after his angry girlfriend storms out.

7) Everyone has cancer.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

8) If you’re sick, all you need is an IV to make you feel lots better.

9) There is vomit and urine all over Seoul at nights.

10) Fighting at a pojangmacha with a random stranger is merely part of a normal night’s event.

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

11) Soju must cost 10 cents. Everyone drinks it everyday all the time, especially the poor people. I still don’t get why that’s all they drink in dramas

12) If you’re rich, you’re a jerk.

13) If you’re poor, you’re an angel.

14) Women sleep and wake up with a full set of makeup on.

15) You’re not studying hard enough unless you get a nosebleed.

16) If you have a nosebleed, you most definitely have cancer. And you have no money to pay for the surgery that will save your life. And your liver is missing. We’re not sure where it went, but it’s making your cancer progress faster.

17) If you work in a sool jeep, you have massively curly hair and wear flashy colors from the early 90’s.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

18) You always order orange juice or coffee at a cafe. And you never drink it. EVER.< they drink almost as much as soju

19) You will always call your boyfriend by his job title. Or simply sunbae. Never his name. Never. He doesn’t have one.

20) If you TRULY love each other, you must die together in the end. Frozen outside instead of finding shelter like sane people. Just frozen….

21) You go to America you come back miraculously successful. You go to England you come back amazingly fashionable. You stay in Korea the only thing that changes is your hairstyle.

22) And if you come back with no apparent reason then it’s because you have cancer.

23) Everyone always goes to the same hospital no matter where they are.

24) If you stand out in the rain for more than five minutes, you’ll end up with a fever and vertigo and people will rush you to the hospital to get some magic IV. And instead of taking an ambulance or driving they’ll race you on their back.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

25) Even if you’re poor and can’t eat, you never wear the same clothes twice.

26) If you play a poor kid, you always have dirt on your face and your hair is always messy.
27) If you’re saving someone from being hit from a car, you’ll push them out of the way and wait for the car to hit you instead. couldn’t be more true, they’re like a deer in headlights

28) Everyone has a long lost sister/brother/twin. Usually one they didn’t know about.

29) If you don’t want to answer your phone, you can just turn it off. The battery needs to be taken out.

30) All Korean men can drink hard, smoke long, sing well and play piano. Usually all at the same time. And at the same restaurant that has a piano that they let anyone use.

31) If you’re in a relationship, you must at one point leave and have your lover tearfully come RIGHT before you board the plane (vice versa applies as well. You can be the chaser). 60% of the time you see each other, the other 40% you’re roaming around in circles and pass each other about six times, but miraculously never see them.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

32) If you’re getting off a plane, you’re ALWAYS wearing sunglasses. ALWAYS.

33) All guys wear hideous tracksuits zipped up to their neck. Even if all they’re doing is jump roping.

34) Girls will always storm off because they’re mad and the guy will stoically grab them by the arm and swing them back- and by magic, not dislocate their shoulders.

35) Guys always look like they’re 6 feet tall, even if they’re only 5’10. Thank you camera angles.

36) Guys like to wear foundation, eyeliner and sometimes a smudge of lipliner.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

37) You always get stuck in an elevator with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Even if there are six different elevators, you’ll always be stuck in the same one with that bastard you hate (or just fought with).

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

38) Unless you’re fabulously rich, your in-laws will always hate you

39) So will your sister-in-law.

40) Your brother-in-law might be pining away for you.

41) There are only 2 ways to kiss. You either press your lips against theirs with your mouth completely shut, and just press away for a very long and uncomfortable time. OR you devour the other person and suck out their soul. In both instances, the world spins.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

42) A guy will always get the right size ring, even if you’re never held hands.

43) People stare off into space and ponder a lot. They’ll just stop in the middle of the road and watch a leaf on a tree for a good three minutes, and just ponder.

44) You’ll get pregnant the first time you have sex.

45) You’ll get pregnant if he kisses you on the forehead.

46) Hell- you’ll get pregnant if you hold hands.

47) If you overcome great obstacles to be together, one of you must die. Probably due to cancer.

48) One Korean man can kick the butts of 6 gangstas. Especially when they all stand in a circle and attack the guy one by one. Then when each of them get their butts OWNED, they wise up and attack the guy at the same time. Then the guy will get pulverized and bleed out onto the dusty concrete floor of the empty warehouse they’ve found to fight in. There will be a fire in a trashcan somewhere. And the girl will have watched this the entire time, screaming in horror. Instead of calling 119, she’ll just watch and cry. But it’s okay. Cuz the next day the guy will be fine with a few random bandages and a few face scars. But never a black eye.

49) It ain’t a real fight unless the gangstas fight dirty with a stick or switchblade.

50) If you study in the states (preferably Harvard), you are one of the top students and can speak perfect English (as assumed by the reactions of those around you). Why the rest of the world OUTSIDE of the TV can’t understand a single word uttered out of your melodramatic mouth is beyond me.

 

What is more annoying is the fact that you can’t talk to her when she is in her Koreanovela marathon. She skips meals, ignores calls/texts and has a really distorted perception of  reality  because of all the “romantic” koreanovelas she is watching. She can be overly dramatic and at times downright rude because that is what she sees from those dramas.

Sigh. I’d very much like her to be at school rather than spending her waking hours trying to read the subtitles and watching k-dramas.


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almost weekend

Weekend! Weekend!

I am very much excited for the weekend!

weekend?

photo from Pinterest

It’s Kei’s birthday this weekend! I want red velvet cake, chocolate cake and food  and stuff. Oh wait its not my birthday. 

I have been planning for his gift a month ago only for it to be a huge let down but I cannot let it end that way. I then came up with the plan B (or the half of plan A). So far everything is going according to plan which is good. I just hope the weather cooperates as I planned a card/scavenger game for his day. As for the gift, I hope I did get something he would appreciate.

 

I still want the cake though.

 

 


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thankful saturday

*My thankful friday will temporarily be moved to saturday to give way to Filipino Friday. 

 

Woot! Weekend is here again! I am thankful for:

1.) A Uji Matcha Kitkat given to me today. Because I love KitKat/s.

uji matcha Kitkat photo from the internet

uji matcha Kitkat photo from the internet

2.)  A unplanned movie night date with Kei! We watched gravity.

Movie date at Greenhills Promenade

Movie date at Greenhills Promenade

3.) Meeting my cousins tomorrow for a late moon festival dice game.

4.) For my Dermatologist. I may hate visiting her because it (pricking)  is painful (both literally and in the wallet). But really, I am thankful that you are taking care of me.

5.) I am also happy that my Confirmation Class will resume tomorrow!

 

“I’ve started to look at life differently. When you’re thanking God for every little you – every meal, every time you wake up, every time you take a sip of water – you can’t help but be more thankful for life itself, for the unlikely and miraculous fact that you exist at all.” -A.J. Jacobs

 


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Filipino Fridays(2): kids and books

This Friday’s question from the Filipino Readercon:

What were your favorite books as a kid or while you were growing up? Do you still read children’s books? If you could give your younger self a book to read, what would it be?

 

I am blessed to have a lot of books as a kid. looking back, I might have had a little too much.

my favorite childhood books

my favorite childhood books/magazines

Let us start with my borrowed books. The Berenstain bears and Highlights were from the library. I get them on Fridays and enjoy them on the weekend. I would then share the Berenstain bears with my little sister, with me being the storyteller. The highlights magazines however, was very addicting to me! I kept borrowing it till the next issue arrives!  Till I got lucky and won our school library’s best reader of the month-year contest. (Best reader of the month gets a free highlights magazine! I have a copy every month. then by the end of the year a medal. *basically the student most number of read books is the winner.)

Then comes the quarterly goodie box from my Aunt who is living in the States. The box consists of a lot of candies (Jolly rancher, tootsie roll, hershey’s, m&ms) plus kool aid with my prized Archie comics. I get into a squabble with my cousins every time the goodie box arrives, I want dibs on the Archie comics. Sweet Valley kids to university series is a different story. I wait for my older cousins to finish reading it, then I get to read it and its mine. I really don’t like it that much, but hey, its free. I might as well get it.

Disney Adventures are my bonus. I usually get them when I help my mum do the grocery, she buys it for me as a reward for helping. I really love grocery shopping, and I do love Disney Adventures too. Hitting two birds with one stone. Awesome.

Lastly the Old master Q comics that I do not read (its in Chinese) but I just stare at the pictures. I get my hands on these when I visit the dentist (who lives downstairs), and lets me borrow the comics to be returned after I am finished with the book. *This is why I love going to the dentist!*

 

If I could give my little self books, I would shell out for Garfield comics and Peanuts comics and another subscription for Reader’s digest.

I dream of these

I dream to get more of these

Our school has a yearly-week-long  book fair, armed with my saved from allowance 50 php, (My recess allowance is 20php per day) I cant really buy much. But, I really want to buy all the Garfield and Peanuts comics they have!  So, being the little penny pinch-er that I am, I buy all my books on Monday. I could get 3 books.  I would then go read it  all as fast as I could and exchange it for another. ( ex. Garfield 1 in exchange for Garfield 2, repeat process till Friday. Whatever books i get on Friday stays with me.)  I also love getting my Dad’s copy of the Reader’s digest, and reading it first!  Which bugs my Dad, till my Uncle gave me my own subscription of Reader’s digest as a Christmas gift when I turned 10. That was a milestone for me. Receiving my own books in the mail with my name on it! Bliss! 

If I could give my little self books, I would mail myself a box full of comic books. (and probably the illustrated encyclopedia that I covet as a kid.)

 

I still read comic books. But rarely now. Although I do read Young Adult books once in a while.

Looking back, almost all of my books have colored pictures. I love looking at their illustrations.

One of my pastimes those days were re-creating the drawings found on the book to my little sketchpad. I also tried my hand on drawing/creating  my own books, made of folded pieces of letter paper, stapler and colored pencils. Those little hand made books were usually given to my Mum who is obligated to read/understand it. 

Maybe these books were the ones that are responsible for shaping me/inspiring me to be an artist.

Thank you Books. You were really good friends to me. 

 

 

 

 

 


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thankful saturday

*My thankful friday will temporarily be moved to saturday to give way to Filipino Friday. 

 

Yey for another week done! And double hooray for the long weekend!

(well, at least for us in the Philippines, while I still have to got to work on the holiday, I am still pretty much thrilled for the weekend!)

thankful

1.) A long weekend to catch up with friends. Kei and I (plus the all the gamer friends) got an invite to a birthday/game day/food and wine tasting night at our friend’s place.

2.) Looking forward to my not-so-little brother’s birthday.  To me, you will always be the special. I promise to buy you ice cream on that day. I am really thankful to have you as my brother.

3.) The new additions to my closet. More shoes and dresses!

izakaya, cronut, shoes

4.) My office mates’ generosity. From random sharing of food, to advance/rushing things to get the work done, shuttling to and from venues, getting me a skirt to wear for a event on the last minute… you guys are awesome.

5.) The work day/holiday on Tuesday Oct. 15. After work, its Izakaya night!  woot woot!


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Filipino Fridays: Hello Reader! What kind of reader are you?

This would be the first time I am going to participate in a weekly meme (leading to the Filipino ReaderCon-for the Filipino readers) .

Honestly, I am still clueless as to what I am going to do but since I was invited by my dear friend Matti of likereadingontrains, here I go.

Life of a Cuddlebit joins Filipino Fridays

Life of a Cuddlebit joins Filipino Friday

So, for my first Filipino Friday for 2013!

 

  • What kind of reader are you?

A little introduction: Hi! I am Pammy and I live in the busy city of Manila. A graphic artist by profession. read more about me here.

what kind of reader are you?

what kind of reader are you? Click on the photo for the full chart.

I am a mix of Book lover / compulsive reader/ Book Cherish-er (I love covering up books in plastic, even if the book is not mine. Eeek.) / Immersive reader (No breaks! Must find out what happens!) / Library lover (consistent winner of the best reader/most number of books read in my library way back school days) / Book borrower (I feel guilty buying and then reading a 300+php book in one sitting I prefer to borrow than buy. penny pinch-er moves! Guilty as charged!) / Situational /  Omni-reader (I read whatever is available.) / free range Eclectic and Cross under.

I am a cross-bred reader mutt. Basically a halo-halo.

Halo-halo-from-Choking

Halo-halo photo from Chowking

Join the fun! Go see the others on the Filipino Reader Con Website.

Till the next post!