Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Hello August!

It's August and it's officially the first day of the Pinoy Reading Challenge 2012. I'm extremely excited to start this challenge despite the fact that I have not finished my current read yet. But I'm hoping that I'll be able to finish Whitney, My Love today.

To be honest, I still haven't bought the books for the Pinoy Reading Challenge. Simply because I still don't know where to start. Maybe I'll start easy by reading the Trese series. Then follow it up with a book written by Rizal or one of are national artists. Looking forward to perusing the shelves of the major Manila Bookstores tonight.

Mood: Giddy Excitement ;p

List of Filipino Authors and Their Books

Below is a list of Filipino Authors that I've gathered around the net. This is an evolving list and I do not claim that it is 100% complete.

Ambeth Ocampo
Rizal: Without the Overcoat

Arlene J. Chai
Eating Fire and Drinking Water
The Last Time I Saw Mother
On the Goddess Rock

Bienvenido Santos
The Praying Man
Villa Magdalena
You, My Brother

Bo Sanchez
8 Secrets of the Truly Rich
Don't Worry, Be Happy
How to Find Your One True Love - August 4, 2012; 4-Hearts
How to Turn Thoughts into Things
How to be Really, Really, Really Happy!
You Can Make Your Life Beautiful

Bob Ong
Alamat ng Gubat
Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan
Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas
Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino?
Kapitan Sino
Lumayo ka nga sa Akin
Stainless Longganisa

Budjette Tan
Trese #1: Murder on Balete Drive
Trese #2: Unreported Murders
Trese #3: Mass Murders
Trese #4: Last Seen After Midnight

Carlos Bulosan
America is in the Heart
The Laughter of my Father
The Cry and the Dedication
My Father's Tragedy

Edilberto K. Tiempo
Cracked Mirror
Cry Slaughter!
More Than Conquerors
The Standard Bearer
To Be Free
Watch in the Night

Edith L. Tiempo
The Alien Corn
A Blade of Fern
The Builder
His Native Coast
The Jumong
One, Tilting Leaves

F. Sionil Jose
Ben Singkol
Po-on (Dusk)
My Brother, My Executioner
The Pretenders

Francisco Balagtas
Florante at Laura

Jessica Hagedorn
Charlie Chan is Dead
Chiquita Banana
Danger and Beauty
Dangerous Music
Dream Jungle
The Gangster of Love
Mango Tango
Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions

Jessica Zafra
Twisted (Series)

Jose Rizal
Noli Me Tanghere
El Filibusterismo

Karen Francisco

Kerima Polotan Tuvera
The Hand of the Enemy

Linda Ty Casper
Awaiting Trespass
Dread Empire
Dream Eden
Fortress in the Plaza
Hazards of Distance
The Peninsulares
A Small Party in a Garden
Ten Thousand Seeds
The Three-cornered Sun
Wings of Stone

Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra
Super Panalo Sounds!
The Best of this is a Crazy Planets

Lualhati Bautista
Bata, Bata... Paano ka Ginawa?
Dekada '70

Marisa delos Santos
Belong to Me
Love Walked In

Melisaa dela Cruz
Blue Bloods (Series)
Fresh off the Boat
The Beauchamp Family (Series)

Miguel Sijuco

Mina V. Esguerra
Fairy Tale Fail
Interim Goddess of Love
Love Your Frenemies
My Imaginary Ex
No Strings Attached - August 3, 2012; 3-hearts
That Kind of Guy

N.V.M. Gonzales
The Bamboo Dancers
A Season of Grace
The Winds of April

Nick Joaquin
A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
The Woman with Two Navels

Peter Bacho

Ricky Lee
Para Kay B

Samantha Sotto
Before Ever After

Zoilo Galang
A Child of Sorrow

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pinoy Reading Challenge 2012

August is just around the corner. For us Filipinos, we also know August as our "Buwan ng Wika". As such, it's just fitting that this month will be dedicated to anything and everything Filipino; Literature included.

I have to admit that I am not fond of reading Filipino literature. Somehow I made myself believe that it is reading material meant only for school work. I guess it stems from the fact that the only Filipino literature I've read are all assigned school work. Now, I find myself in need to change this aversion for Filipino literature.

If you know me, you'd know I love challenges. So, to motivate me into reading Filipino literature, I've decided to create a reading challenge revolving only Filipino literature.

"Filipino Literature refers to works written by Filipinos; whether it's written in the vernacular or not."
I'm not a fast reader. But I do know that some of you are. So, I'm setting challenge levels for this.

Level 1, Tampisaw (Wade): Finish 2 Pinoy Lit in the month of August.

Level 2, Lutang (Float): Finish 5 Pinoy Lit in the month of August.

Level 3, Langoy (Swim): Finish 10 Pinoy Lit in the month of August.

Level 4, Sisid (Swim under water): Finish 20 Pinoy Lit in the month of August.

Level 5, Lunod (Drown): Finish 40 Pinoy Lit in the month of August.

As a bonus, participants who read 10 Pinoy Lit written in the vernacular will be given the Makata Achievement Award.

The only rule for choosing reading material for this challenge is that the author should be Filipino. You may read a novel, a collection of short stories, a collection of poems, a graphic novel, a pocketbook, etc. It may be a work published locally or internationally. Your choice. Just read Filipino.

If you are interested to join, please leave a comment stating:
1. your target challenge level
2. the link to your blog post declaring your participation in the challenge
3. the link to your challenge progress page

I hope you encourage others to join this challenge by providing a link to this post. I will provide buttons for this challenge soon.

Note: Non-Filipinos are also encouraged to join the challenge.

Resource: Filipino Authors and their Works

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Not Exactly a Romance Reader

Not a lot of people know that I am a hopeless romantic. I believe that true love exists. I believe that true love may never be forced. I believe that true love comes naturally.
Despite knowing that I do believe in true love and romance, I am one of those that do not dabble into reading historical romances. It irritates me to read of women who wait for a knight in shining armor, a prince, or a handsome rogue that will sweep them of their feet and take all their worries away. In my head, those things are so unrealistic. Such stories basically suggesting that a woman can never be truly happy if they do not have a man in their life.
When a friend of mine, unsolicitedly, lent me a book entitled “Whitney, My Love” by Judith McNaught. I cringed and said, ” I don’t read romance novels”. To which she replied, “Humor me and read this one.” The book has been with me for almost some time now and I’ve been putting off reading it. But, earlier today I’ve decided to read it and on page 17 the heroine says “I cannot abide a heroine who is too perfect, nor one who is forever swooning.” Hmmm… I found myself in the heroine and thought I just might enjoy reading this.
So, here I am, about to call it a night after reaching page 172 of the book. I’m thinking, “maybe I am a romance reader after all.”
Mood: Grateful

Monday, July 16, 2012

Coming Soon: The Pinoy Reading Challenge 2012

Here in the Philippines we dedicate the month of August for our national language. We call it "Buwan ng Wika". I think it would be apt to dedicate the whole month of August to reading any of the following:

1. books written in Filipino
2. books written by Filipino authors
3. books published in the Philippines

Just a thought. This just sprang to mind now since we are starting the second half of July. My objectives in starting this challenge is:
1. to support the Filipino writers and publishers
2. to provide a venue of solidarity in being Pinoy
3. to expose(or even introduce) readers to Pinoy literature

... at least for one month.

I'll be posting more about this before the month of August. For now, if you are interested in joining me in this challenge please follow me and/or leave a comment. Also, start listing the books that you'd want to read for this challenge.

Note: This challenge is not only for Filipinos.  ;p

2nd Filipino ReaderCon

September of 2011, I attended the first ever Filipino readers conference. I'm sure some of you are asking "What's a readers conference?" Well... it is, literally, a gathering of filipino readers in one place talking about the state of reading in the Philippines. You can learn more about this conference at the official website of the Filipino Reader Conference. 

Last year's conference was a half-day event where-in book clubs, blogging, writing and publishing in the Philippines were tackled. The event was well attended and most sessions went overtime. There's simply too much to talk about. I guess, just like me, the organizers felt that a half-day event is simply not enough. I'm happy to learn that this year's conference is a whole-day affair. 

This year's event is themed "United We Read". It will be held on August 18 at the Filipinas Heritage Library. The Filipinas Heritage Library is located at Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City fronting Olympia Bldg. and Peninsula Manila.

If you want to receive updates for this event, I encourage you to like the ReaderCon Facebook page and RSVP for the event here.

As an added treat, the organizers have decided to hold the first Filipino Readers Choice Awards. Eligible for nomination would be books published in the Philippines within January to December of 2011. Categories are as follows:

  • Children’s picture book
  • Chick lit
  • Novel in English
  • Novel in Filipino
  • Comics / Graphic novels
  • Short story anthology
  • Essay anthology
  • Poetry
Online nominations are on-going until July 22. Have you nominated your favorite Filipino-published book? Now is your chance to do so.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Getting Acquainted with Mr. Grey

I've been hearing about this book for quite a while now. It seems a lot of people are hooked. I've seen local female celebrities tweeting about it, FB friends updating their status to married to Mr. Christian Grey. The hype is almost comparable to the hype for Edward Cullen of the Twilight Saga. This piqued my curiosity.

I've read the Twilight Saga and even though I found some irritating grammatical errors, I still found the  story itself interesting. Somehow, with all this talk, I thought maybe it's the same with this book.

I've decided to hunt for the book. 3 days ago, I was able to purchase the ebook copy for the trilogy and started reading it immediately. It was not a difficult read. I actually finished Book 1 yesterday. I still don't know how I feel about the book or the story in it's entirety. Just like Anastasia Steele, I'm confused and a bit disoriented.

To me, Fifty Shades of Grey is erotica that's so vivid I can't help but think it has happened in real life. It's a bit disturbing, really. I can't even begin to rationalize how one person can be in love with someone who have expressed his intentions of physically hurting me. I know Christian Grey is pictured as a super sexy man; (To be honest, I'm actually wondering who would play him if this book was turned into a movie.) But still, being beaten up is not something I'd ever find pleasurable.

In the middle of reading the book, and too much sex prose, I wanted to stop and just continue reading Salt Dancers. Yes, I'm a little bothered when reading descriptive sexual acts. Why? Because, I'm single and it reminds me that I'm not getting any. Nuff said. Hahaha... Anyway, it's a good thing that I've decided to read until the end of book 1. It gave me something to look forward to in book 2 (and 3). Oh... And no, I'm not going to summarize the book for you. If you are curious, then read it.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

No Reading Night

Tonight, I'm taking a break from reading to watch the American Idol Finale.

I am rooting for Phillip Phillips. But, I would not feel bad if Jessica wins. She's half-pinay after all.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Reading Diary: LOTR Day 2

Ok. So, I only have 10 minutes of every day to read Lord of the Rings. That's not even enough time to finish a chapter. Anyway, this post is not about me ranting about not-having-enough-time-in-a-day-to-read. This post is me sharing my state of mind prior to reading the book. I guess the photo above gives you a clue.

I do remember sharing that I've read LOTR a long time ago. I was grade 3 to be precise. From what I remember, it was kind of difficult to read. Sorry guys, I guess at that age my comprehension level was limited to sentences of simple construction. Plus, I remember that this book was pretty good in making me fall asleep.

I guess it would be an understatement to say that I dreaded re-reading this book. But, I wanted to give it another chance. Thus, the need for chocolates.

Anyway, I read the first 2 chapters last night. I must say, it's not as bad as I remembered.

My current mood for this book? Hopeful!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


It's nice to come across this quote. It's a great reminder of how to live life. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Reading Diary: LOTR Day 1

The first time I read Lord of the Rings was in grade school. Back then, I didn't really understand most of it. The writing, I felt, was a bit old and I found myself dozing off after reading a few sentences.

The only reason I continued to read it was because my busmates from La Salle GH High School were raving about how awesome it is. Confession: I was a bit boyish back in the day and these High School busmates of mine were the epitome of cool. I wanted to have something in common with them. As such, I endured and finished the book. To be honest, I did not hate the book. But, I did not like it that much either.

Years later the movie came out and I did not expect that I'd enjoy it. But, surprisingly enough, I did. I liked it enough to want to read it again. Only, I never got around to doing so.

Now that Fellowship of the Ring is TFG's book of the month for June, I finally have a reason to start.

Plus, this could be the second book for my Chunkster Reading Challenge.

Here's to finishing LOTR... again.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'm Back

Just like anybody, I do hate excuses. As such, I'm not going to waste this post by giving you excuses to explain my very long absence. It's easy to say that I got too caught up in work... which is true. But then, saying that would mean I'm more committed to my work than to my personal projects... this blog included. 

Truth is, for the past 2 months, I've been super-stressed with too much work. I've discovered that part of the stress comes from the fact that I no longer have that much needed "me" time. I no longer get to spend an hour or two reading a book while enjoying my venti soy latte or milk tea. I no longer have my Sunday afternoons scouring Booksale branches for award winning finds. I no longer get to interact with people with the same passion for reading.

It's time I put an end to that. Bottomline is reading books and talking about them makes me happy. Sharing my thoughts makes me happy. Sharing my finds makes me happy. Having friends who enthusiastically share their thoughts on books makes me happy.

So, here I am. Again making a promise to myself that I will set aside at least 30 minutes of everyday to the simple joy of reading.

I'm back my friends. Please forgive me for the long absence.  

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kindle Giveaway at

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Dreams: Blue Blood Series

Last Sunday, after an art-coaching session with one of my students, I had lunch with a few friends at Hainanese Delights. We were done with lunch, coupled with a lot of chit-chat at around 2pm. But, we still wanted to talk a little bit more prior to attending mass at the Shrine. We decided to attend mass at around 5pm. What to do with the 3 hours? We were a bit too stuffed to go for coffee or milk tea right away so we decided to walk around Galleria for a little while.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Suze Orman: Tough love girlfriend!

As you know, I just created my Twitter account last week. One of the people I admire, Maria Ressa, is on Twitter and I am following her there. Today she posted a link to an article written by Panjee Tapales. The link lead me to the Rappler article Suze Orman: Tough love girlfriend!

It is a feature article on Orman's 2-hour talk on financial health in her recent visit here in Manila. Through this article, it is brought to our consciousness that the financial situation we are in was brought about by our attitude towards money. The article mentions that fear, anger, and shame are the 3 main obstacles for financial success. Not quite what I expected to learn when reading about finances. But, the article rings true and is worth reading; whether you are in a financial rut or not. I won't spoil your reading pleasure by re-hashing the article here. But, I do hope that you visit Rappler and read Panjee's article.

Here's to an abundant outlook in life.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Saturday Dreams: The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

This next Rhonda Byrne book is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2012 and I can't wait to get my copy. I've read Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" and "The Power". Both books have been instrumental in my journey to self-mastery. I'm looking forward to reading "The Magic"   because I'm sure, just as the title suggests, it will add a little magic to my life. 

I'm pretty sure that after reading this book and applying it's lessons, I would end up having a wonderfully magical life stemming from an equally wonderful and magical me.