I love surprises! And I love receiving one. Nissa’s text read, “may surprise ako sa inyo”. And I texted back, “hint???”. Then she answered, “basta, mamaya. Secret”.
So like an excited child, I waited for her to come home. Really, I was elated seeing a bag full of books which she bought at National Bookstore at Market, Market in Global City. A few days ago, we were both talking of visiting the place because they had a sale and I would like to find books that would tide me over until next year.
I only splurge on books every time there is a sale at NBS, a 20@ discount is big enough. This time though, a regular- priced book of P339.00 costs only P100.00. Wow, if you won’t be enticed by that, I don’t know what will. And here’s the list of the books she took home last night.
- Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. Since I read her other book, The Joy Luck Club years ago, I was forever on the lookout for another one of hers. I was able to buy a copy of The Bonesetter’s Daughter last year but it was destroyed by typhoon Ondoy before I even read the first chapter.
- Blaze by Stephen King (Richard Bachman) – another thriller, perfect for those cold nights when you have nothing to do. I am not much of King’s fan but I love the way he writes and we have collected several of his books over the years.
- The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold, author of the intriguing novel the Lovely Bones. Unfolding in the course of a single day, the summary reads, “this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties within families, the wages of devotion and the line between love and hate”. It sounds interesting enough.
- Stalemate by Iris Johansen – I have never read any book of Johansen . This is another suspense that begins with a phone call and leads the character on the harrowing trail of a killer that even the most cold-blooded killers fear to face. Formerly priced at P319.00 but was on sale at P50.00. Not bad!
- Foul Play by Janet Evanovich. I really haven’t heard of her but I hope this book is good.
- Crisis by Robin Cook – Cook is a doctor and I’ve been collecting almost all of his books the past years. I was influenced by Lea Salonga when I read somewhere that Robin Cook is one of her favorite authors. I was intrigued and I am glad she introduced me to him. He deals on medical thrillers and I learned a lot of medical jargon in his other books. Another interesting read.
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – pricey at P395.00 and it was not on sale. I enjoyed reading The Red Pyramid so this one must also be interesting.
- Holly – by Jude Devereaux – a short novel, a Christmas story actually and I am looking forward to reading it before December ends.
- Cross Country by James Patterson – another Alex Cross thriller. Nissa and I have been following Alex Cross in several of Patterson’s books. a real bargain at P100.00
- Border Music by Robert James Waller – most of you probably don’t read Waller but I like almost all of his books. Bought this hard-bound copy for a song.
I have lots of unopened books, still in their original plastic cover but how can one resist? I can’t and I am glad my daughter is a bookworm too. She bought another book of Suzanne Collins. Thank you Nissa!
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In a few days, she will not just be a face that I often see every time she updates her blog. In a few days she will not just be a voice behind the occasional chats that we exchange from time to time. In a few days, she will not just be a set of pictures that I admire. In a few days, we will see each other for the first time in almost two years of being friends online.
I got a big surprise when she e-mailed me and suggested that we see each other when she comes home for a brief vacation next week. We’ll be having lunch together on the 29th. Great! I am just as excited as she is. Some people think that you just can’t form a genuine friendship online. True, it’s kind of different when you are just in front of your computer, looking at several posted pictures and reading interesting blogs but you can and sometimes the friendship is even deeper than what you think. True, you can pour your heart out in the open when you are just talking to a face on the computer screen but then the depth of the conversation and sharing becomes your springboard to take that leap – to bring you to that wonderful world called friendship.
I persuaded hubby to go with me to Kultura to buy a gift for her, something she could bring back home to Italy. And I am definitely looking forward to an afternoon of fun and laughter. Hubby said, “don’t forget to bring your camera.” But of course, when have I forgotten to document something as grand as this meeting?
And I remember this quote, “When friends meet, hearts warm.”
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Home is where your heart is!
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November 21, 2010- Sunday Evening (My 350th blog at Dreams and Escapes)
Today was another unforgettable day. Started the day watching Fr. Fernando Suarez’ healing mass on TV at 6am and ended it with hearing mass at Our Lady of Light Parish at 4pm. Nissa, Obet and I planned to hear mass at the Antipolo Cathedral but we were not able catch the last schedule for the morning service. We had Obet’s new car blessed at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, at the Antipolo Cathedral before noon. We had to wait for an available priest since there were so many new cars being blessed, had to walk from the Cathedral to the private parking lot where , for a brief stay of around thirty minutes, we were charged a parking fee of P40.00. Parking space is a bit tight during Sundays.
The quadrangle fronting the Cathedral was teeming with people from all walks of life and I was surprised to see that vendors were all over the place. The last time we visited the Shrine, I was able to take pictures, I made an album of it which I called The Many Faces of Life in the City. We’ll come back here, probably next year.
Swinging by Metro East Mall later to have our lunch and to buy some Christmas decor, I was elated and surprised to meet two friends at the mall. Czar Tigno is a book buddy at Flips Flipping Pages, a book club for, who else, but book nerds. He invited me to join them by January next year for another book discussion. Wow, I must make an effort to attend because the last time I’ve been with them is almost two years ago. And I miss everyone, I miss the passionate discussion about books we have read, about books that have somehow touched our lives.
Call it ESP or something but Nissa and I casually mentioned a friend of hers while we were on our way to Metro East Mall and I thought of him when I saw Fitness First, the place where he used to work. What a lovely surprise when we saw him while we were on our way to eat lunch. It was a joyful meeting and we even had a photo-op. The last time I saw him was more than a year ago. It’s always nice to see old friends and chance meetings bring that irrepressible comfort, and they are small surprises that tickle the heart. It really was a pleasant surprise Paul meeting you again after quite sometime.
On our way home, we planned of finally putting the Christmas decorations this coming Saturday. I am just as excited as Nissa because I just bought a brand new Christmas tree, a seven-foot tall slim mixed tree. We bought some decorations earlier in the week because Nissa wants to have a combination of red and silver trimmings. Compared to last year, prices of decor have definitely gone up again. Hubby and I have a joint project of making a wreath. Hopefully, we will be able to finish it before the coming weekend. Christmas celebration is just a simple get-together for us. The important thing is, it should always be centered on Christ’s birth because we all know that He is the reason for all this frenzy. Gift-giving and preparing our favorite food is a part of the celebration. We have established a tradition in the family that we won’t open Christmas gifts until we have attended the Christmas Eve mass and prepared something for Noche Buena. We are all like small kids during the gift-opening. What brings this kind of excitement that one feels anticipating what is on that heavy red box or that light and fragile gift box delicately laced with blue ribbons? You can normally hear shouts of laughter when you get the gift that you long for. It’s family bonding to the max.
Collecting memories – with the digital camera always on the ready, that’s what friends are for and what Christmas is all about!
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