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Gosh, three weather disturbances just waiting in the offing.  I hope they won’t turn into dreaded typhoons. We are having monsoon rains, those type that won’t stop in a blink. Honestly, I hate monsoon rains. We still have at least a month probably before the end of the rainy season, sometimes though, strong typhoons still happen during December.

My son Josef who is so fond of playing games in his cellphone and in my computer, downloaded some games on my tab. I am not really into these online games which take so much of one’s time once you start playing one. He said that I could play them when I get tired of reading. Haha!  I have the block puzzle and I am trying to reach more than 1,000 scores on the classic level but all I was able to reach so far is a measly 931. It’s not really that hard but you need a little strategy to get a high score. He also downloaded Wordscapes which I like better  than the block puzzle. Creating new words out of four or just five letters with sometimes only one vowel. Great! I am challenged by this. Sometimes, one thinks of longer words but a three-letter one does as well.

He asked if I want movies downloaded on my tab too. I don’t. I rather  watch one on YouTube when I feel like it (on my computer with the bigger screen, that is). There are several Tagalog movies that come free but I am not into watching films because I easily get bored and sometimes the story seems like culled from one of the books I’ve read before.  Playing music is better for me.

I am presently reading this book about the life of  Hedy Lamarr which was written in fiction. But who  is Hedy Lamarr? It’s the first time  I heard of her. She is Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, an Austrian-born  American film actress and inventor. I am still in the middle of the book but I find it an engrossing read. I would love to know what her scientific contributions were to the world.

Starting Monday right. Getting in touch with some friends via Messenger and trying to reach out. Have a nice and lovely week ahead everyone.

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My gosh, I got so engrossed reading another book about Korea that I only opened my WordPress blog for a few minutes this morning.

It’s North  Korea this time. It’s entitled Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives In North Korea by Barbara Demick.

Nothing To Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. 

By the way, Kim Jong-un became the supreme leader of North Korea in 2011, succeeding his father Kim Jong-il.

The book speaks from the eyes of defectors who are now living in South Korea or China.  Getting a look inside this closed country, seeing the outside world though the eyes of those who escaped. If Pachinko was a riveting tale of how Korea was before the country’s division and during the Japanese Occupation, in this book you get to see how  people lived in North Korea when it was finally divided. It’s like a continuation of where Pachinko left off.

Here’s how the author described a world of those who were indoctrinated since birth.

“North Korea invites parody. We laugh at the excesses of the propaganda and the gullibility of the people. But consider that their indoctrination began in infancy, during the fourteen-hour days spent in factory day-care centers; that for the subsequent fifty years, every song, film, newspaper article, and billboard was designed to deify Kim Il-sung; that the country was hermetically sealed to keep out anything that might cast doubt on Kim Il-sung’s divinity. Who could possibly resist?”

I haven’t actually finished the book yet but it is even more interesting and riveting than the previous book I read about the country.

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This afternoon, Josef, Jovy and I went to SM Ortigas East to buy ingredients for baking and some groceries. We brought Oreo along so he could exercise after almost two weeks of having colds. He is okay now though. He also had to take medications for colds and cough and  eucalyptus oil as inhalant (a few drops mixed with hot water).

I bought a tempered glass screen protector for my tab. It is a little costly but I  just want to protect it from scratches because of daily use. They don’t have available cover yet because the tab model is just recent in the market.  I’ll have to come back again in a week or two….sigh.

I am excited. Added nine e-books to my collection, all of different genres – historical, memoirs and yes YA books too. I am done with 95, 25 more books to go before I finish the challenge for this year.  Haven’t been reading much lately but I am beginning to miss it again. Sometimes  I feel so sleepy I could not even finish a chapter.

Could you recommend more books for reading? What are your favorites? Any author in your list?

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And I still love reading about books.

There is that excitement you get to feel when you find a book about books, library or a bookstore for that matter. You are curious what other people read.  Though I am excited to read it, I really don’t know what to expect since it is a first novel but first novels sometimes are really big on surprises. It’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson, an American author.

I am reminded of one of my favorite books, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. When the subject is about books, I am always curious how the story is presented. I enjoy those stories that describe how they feel about reading old books  and those considered classics. Some readers are challenged by books which are not very popular and well read. Some stick to one particular genre or collect one particular author. I did that before, collecting books by authors the likes of Leon Uris, Robin Cook, Rosamunde Pilcher, Richard Paul Evans, Nicholas Evans (I miss his books), Richard North Patterson and Luanne Rice to name a few. I have lots of their books but most of them are paperbacks. The ones we have of James Patterson are mostly hardbound and. Richard Paul Evans’ books come in nice and smaller than average hardbound.

I get to read e-books in between especially at night since I  won’t need a well-lighted room to read them.  I am still in the middle of reading The Seven Storey Mountain by  Thomas Merton. He is one of most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. The prints are so small in a thick book but I recently found an e-book copy of it. Hooray!

So many TBRs on my night table but I kept those new ones  in a higher cabinet to protect them this rainy season.

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Tackled that long overdue weeding outside while the laundry is on Wash. An hour of pulling stubborn weeds, a dirty  job but it is much needed. Now my snake plants can be seen in all their glory. Planning to transfer one into a pot for indoor. Do you know that a snake plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide? It also  emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air. I scattered dried Zinnia seeds where my  Blue Ternatea plant used to grow.

One thing I am so wary of bringing plants inside (except for a pot of Chinese bamboo in one corner of the sala) is that Oreo plays with the leaves. I tried bringing in a small but robust pot of white grass before, when the day ended, almost all the leaves were scattered at the glass top of our side table. Naughty, naughty Oreo 😦

I am thinking since the snake plants have sturdy and thick leaves, it would be harder for Oreo to chew them. All I need now  is to remove the little weeds left  and  trim the carabao grass.

Heaven!

I’ll be able to concentrate on reading now. Having fun with my new tab and there are sites online where you could download e-books free of charge. I am so careful placing it back inside its box so it won’t get scratched meantime I don’t have a safety cover and screen yet. Haha, the things you do for those gadgets!

Would you believe, I sustained blogging every day for the first two weeks of August?  Hooray!  My stats has reached a sizable 585,669 as of this writing.

Just so glad there weren’t strong typhoons to induce flood. I hope the rest of the rainy days would be as good as this month. No flooding, no strong typhoons to hit our shore.

Good morning to all.

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It’s cloudy but it’s not raining. And yes, the breeze is just enough to dry the bedsheets  and pillowcases I ran in the washing machine at 5am. The sun is trying to show its face but it is  still partly hidden by those dark clouds.

Gardening.

Just done pulling out those stubborn weeds in the area at the side of the house which was not planted with carabao grass.  I brought home some cuttings  of Pothos plants, Mayana and another crawling plant that I could not identify. The Mayana cuttings come in three shades/varieties and they are now thriving well. There are so many plants there in our old house that I could bring home but I just commuted back so it would be an inconvenience to bring so many baggages.

Going green.

Trying to make green veggies our staple too.  They are actually healthier than eating red meat. Fish is a nice alternative to eating pork or chicken. You just have to be a little creative in cooking recipes from fish. I was just talking to my youngest brother from Tulsa a while ago and he suggested that I could also use the leaves of our Philippine lime (calamansi) to sour fish sauce like “sinigang”. We have lots of ripe calamansi from the two trees that we have here.  Just harvested almost a kilo the other day. Best used for juices and marinades.

Books and Reading

Last night, Josef uploaded Moonreader, an app used for e-books.  I can now see my shelf  on my new tab. Still learning  how to navigate this Samsung Tab A 8. Just been released three months ago. I wonder if it also has some features about the last page where you stopped and continue reading. I lost my recent list of TBRs but gained all the books I deleted and read before. My previous tab has features where you could enlarge or reduce the font for each book that you would want to read and you can also choose font types. Haha, I didn’t know that you can trade off previous phones to shops that deal on repair. Josef did and got a little cash value out of it.

Photos

Who would know that your tab or phone would go kaput on you and you were not able to save all those beautiful photos that you took and photos from Viber and Messenger that you uploaded? My gallery is back to zero. Nada. Zip.

No idea what title I’ll give to this post. So I am borrowing a title of  our high school presentation called Walang Pamagat which means no title in English.

 

 

 

 

 

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“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

Nissa said:  “So nice to see you interested in reading and bringing your book everywhere – and a real novel at that, not a picture book. We’ll make a bookworm out of you yet”.

I was so curious so I asked what book it is.

She answered: ” The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm”

Wow 🙂

Way to go Nate. I’ll buy you more books when you grow up. Read the one I gave you too, the one entitled Stuart Little. 

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