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all is well (with the weather and bullies)

I hope everyone is well.

one of the roadblocks I encountered yesterday on my way to work

one of the roadblocks I encountered on my way to work

Made it to work despite the strong winds, yesterday. Thankfully, there is minimal flooding. We had power outage, and no LRT though. But, it is still manageable, found a (overpriced) cab to take me to the office. Finished my deadline. Kei went to the office to bring me back home and we hailed another (overpriced) cab. All is well.

Thank God.

 

While browsing the internet, I saw Selena Gomez’s response to online bullying.

selena's awesome response

Selena’s awesome response

Celebrities usually ignore trolls and haters, but sometimes these bullies needs to be stopped.

So, Selena responded to the bully who wished cancer on her saying,

“Honestly, I don’t speak up much because it’s simply always taken out of context. But I don’t take bullying well. I have seen too much to not say anything. The comment you left about cancer was absurd. How distasteful of a young woman. I have gone through that battle with fans and family members. You can dislike someone but to wish something that could happen to you or your family is uncalled for sweetheart. You won’t be winning ‘anyone’s’ heart that way. Trust me. Educate yourself a tad more. God bless love. Be an amazing woman. You’re beautiful.”

Wow such a classy lady. I am now a fan.

Bullying is unacceptable.

 

I have suffered from bullying in many ways, from bullying in school, on getting laughed at/ridiculed due to my appearance (i was a small,  scrawny kid with rabbit tooth and huge glasses). I always got teased. I had a few friends. My classmates made my life a living hell. I had to deal with that on a daily basis.

It was very tough. I hated school because of the bullies.

My grades are mediocre. I stayed at the library and read books. It was safe. Nobody ever was hurt or teased or looked stupid while reading books.

I was grateful for weekends, I get to stay away from the bullies.

I decided that I want to be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings. That is still my goal everyday. And now, I sort of pay attention to my appearance a bit. 

Of course there are still bullies everywhere. I just ignore them. 

 

 

**The grade/high school bullies of mine was now never heard of. One of them moved to the US. 

The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person.” – Mary Elizabeth Williams

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Filipino Friday 2013 #4: This is Still Reading, Right?

Here goes the fourth part of my Filipino Fridays post. And the question of the week is:

Do you read (or have at least tried to read) books in other formats aside from print? How was your experience with these different book formats?

photo from bookcoaching.com

photo from bookcoaching.com

 

I read e-books. Usually PDF or rich text format/s and I read them on my PC, laptop or mobile phone.  I love that it leaves no clutter and that I don’t have to worry about yellowing/torn pages, shelf space and having to bring the book everywhere (saves me space in my bag). I can have more than five books in my mobile and read them wherever I go.  I love that e-books are portable and can easily be shared to my friends. We can read the same book! No more waiting for one to finish before you can borrow! To add to that, I don’t have to worry about letting people borrow my books… the printed books are sometimes borrowed but never returned, or returned with a few pages folded, torn, cover falling apart, etc.  I hate it when it happens.  Now, I can just give them a copy of the e-book et viola, no more fear of non-returning books or damaged books. 

 

Okay, so enough about the positives. here are the not so good stuff about e-books. You cannot read them unless you have electricity/battery. One cannot feel the pages of the book, or the scent of a new or old book. Once the file gets corrupted/deleted it has the chance to go bye-bye. And because I am living in the Philippines where a lot of muggers are up and about, you cant read in a public place, public transportation for fear that your gadget containing all your contacts, books, pictures and all the other stuff be grabbed from your hands. Another con will be, you cannot get an author to sign your e-book, an autograph will always be better on paper.

Overall, I love books. Printed or e-book formats is okay with me as long as I have a book.

 

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion. –Umberto Eco

 


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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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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!