Posted in child-rearing, gardening, journeys, life, Sylvia Plath, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, child-rearing, journeys, life, thoughts on May 29, 2015 |
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Life has been quiet but busy lately. I am taking advantage of the cloudy afternoons and sometimes short-lived spatter of rain to stay in the garden for the past several days. Finally, we were able to clean the side yard outside of unwanted weeds that seemed to grow by leaps and bounds. Maybe it would take another month before we could clean it again.
I pity those poor souls who could never distinguish what is right and proper to share on social media. When you use the power of social media for your own selfish end, it truly becomes ugly. There were these two incidents that have become viral lately on Facebook. A mother of barely a year old child tied her naked son and fed him like a dog and posted several offensive pictures of him which earned the ire of netizens and prompted the Dept. of Social Welfare and Dev. to take custody of the child who will have to undergo psychosocial assessments and evaluate the “crazy” mother if she is really fit to be one or not. According to DSWD Sec. Soliman, this is clearly a case of child abuse under Rep. Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law. No one in her right mind should do this to a child even if the child is her own. I could not bring myself to post pictures, that’s adding insults to injury, so to speak. A few days after that report became viral, there was another one with pictures of another baby with cigarettes in his/her mouth and those around the child were even saying, it was unlit. My goodness, these two incidents clearly speak on the wrong values taught to children. Are good manners and right conduct not important anymore? Social media abuse is one thing and learning how to be responsible in what you share plays a big role in influencing those who can’t clearly distinguish what is right or wrong. Teach children good values which they will carry throughout their lives.
37 books read out of 50 books, 72% of 2015 reading challenge. Here’s another Sylvia Plath quote that you might like. It’s truly a joy to read The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath.
“let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”
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Posted in books, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, tagged books, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, reading, reading materials, Sylvia Plath on May 25, 2015 |
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Maybe I am lucky or perhaps I am really blessed.
When I was working as a student librarian back in college, I was assigned to this lovely section of the UST Library called Humanities, that’s where you find all those books on Philosophy, Ethics, Psychology, Literature, Fiction and all the lovely reading materials that encompass what humanities mean. Nowadays, some people might think that it is a boring subject and has nothing to do with Math or Science but it adds life to one’s existence. It allows you to see the beauty of how to feel and see the beauty of your thoughts and relate to such experiences by others in a world where it is undoubtedly dominated by science. I had a book buddy who used to say, nobody reads anymore. I don’t agree because some people couldn’t live without books, I am one of them.
There was this Arts student who used to borrow books by Sylvia Plath. He would come to the library either to renew the due date of a book or borrow another one, all of Sylvia Plath. I got curious so I tried to read one of her books. I remember reading Ariel and learning that we had the same birthday. It’s sad though that her life has to end at a very young age of thirty. Such a tragic death for one so gifted. All these years, I looked for her most popular work called The Bell Jar. It’s been on my wish-list for quite sometime now. She is not exactly a favorite but I love her words. I was lucky to find a copy of her book, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. I cannot wait to start reading it as soon as I finish the two chick lit books that I am enjoying at the moment. I am curious why she committed suicide at such an early age. I am curious why people still read her works until now. Here is a quote that garnered more than 10,000 likes in Goodreads.
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
Maybe I am just lucky or perhaps I am really blessed to find her again.
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Posted in books, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, reading, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, reading on May 20, 2015 |
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Finally, finally, I am back.
I’ve missed all of you guys. I’ve missed reading your blog posts the past days. I’ve been busy with household chores, gardening and organizing my book shelves. Funny how, there are books from my favorite authors in which I have two copies. I gave some paperback copies to a friend. There is another friend I know who intentionally buys two copies each of her favorite books, one for reading (usually a paperback) and one kept inside a glass book shelf (either a trade paper back or a hardbound one). One thing I lack though is enough space for our books, Nissa’s are mostly hardbound, Josef’s books take up space too. We have a big Lexicon that weighs a ton. I have to list those earlier finds that are now classic books. I’m 60% done with my 2015 reading challenge on Goodreads and I am planning to save the best for last – memoirs and classics.
The carabao grass needs trimming so instead of waiting for Josef to have his days off, I started it three days ago. I only garden early in the morning while the sun hasn’t shown its face yet, an hour or two but not beyond two hours at the most. Can’t stand being outside at 8am (it’s really hot) so I have to wake up early to water the plants, trim the grass and do a little deadheading of my Gardenia blooms. I can’t exactly remember now but a few months ago, our neighbor gave me a little pot of Ginseng plant. It has tiny red buds now about to bloom. I know it is a medicinal plant and I can’t wait to see its flowers in bloom.
Last Friday, I bought my first ever tablet (My Pad 4/Tierra). Lucky for me, it was on sale and I bought it for a lot less than it cost two weeks ago. It’s a 7.8″ Android tab with 3G, an 8MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP front camera and an 8GB built-in memory. It has an expandable memory up to 32GB. Josef bought me a 32GB micro SD, a jelly cover and a screen protector along with a new SIM card and prepaid card too. Since I intend to use it mostly for my e-books, I installed the Aldiko e-Reader (it is the most user-friendly I guess). I tried the Moon + Reader too on my other phone. If you ask me which is more convenient, nothing can compare to the smell of new books and lovingly turning the pages while you discover a different world out there but having e-books is okay too especially when you read at night because you can always adjust the brightness and the font size plus there is a night mode too. For now though, I am loving my e-books conveniently arranged alphabetically on my e-reader. I can’t wait to read Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield (the last time was during my college days), William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to name a few and all the lovely chick lit that makes me laugh and cry a little.
I couldn’t ask for more.
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Posted in guilty pleasures, life, my keychain collections, tagged book review, books, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, my keychain collections, thoughts, WordPress awards and nominations on May 13, 2015 |
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Hello again. I’ve just finished a wonderful inspirational fiction called Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury. I have just one or two criteria for a good book and most of you won’t probably agree – when it makes me cry because it touches me, when it touches something deep in my soul, when the words are like balm to my wounded spirit – then it’s on my A list. Angels Walking did just that. As usual, I am not writing about it to make a book review because you can find various book sites where the story is more detailed and more concrete. I leave that to bloggers who could and would make an honest assessment of what a wonderful book it is. There are several things though that I learned reading this book. We should not seek perfection in our lives because God alone is perfect. Learn to forgive. This is something so easy to say but so hard to do. Some of you may not believe in angels but I do. As I have said before, angels come in several disguises but we don’t really recognize them as such. Faith could move mountains, right?
When a person starts to live for God, when he steps out of the box of rules and rehearsed ways of living, he becomes real.
That’s one quote from the book that I’ve written on my journal. Recently I received two nominations from fellow bloggers. I regret though that I’ve long decided that this would be an award-free site although in the past years, I accepted nominations and forwarded them to some deserving bloggers. It’s quite redundant for me to be saying the same things about myself as a sort of introduction. I believe that those who regularly read my posts would see a more concrete glimpse of who I am. Anyway, I would love to say a big THANK YOU to two bloggers who nominated me. Joselito Caparino who calls his blog Caps Bulletin included me in his list of Versatile Blogger Award. abOOkishOwl nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award but I declined for the simple reason that I am not really a book blogger. The questions there are all about books. Rarely do I make book reviews, I just share why I like them in a few short words. This made me smile. Really. I am happy. Yesterday, I received two lovely key chains sent by a niece who recently took a trip to Romania with a friend. They toured the old monasteries in different places in Romania. When she saw these, she thought of me. They are so lovely, a bit heavy and are gold and silver-plated. More addition to a growing collection :) How was your day? I hope it made you smile too.
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Posted in blogging, books, family life, guilty pleasures, life, reading, tagged blogging, books, gadgets, life, micro SD card, SD card on May 8, 2015 |
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It’s been a while ….again!
I don’t know, maybe it is the effect of the humid weather here. It is hot and I mean it is so hot. It rains at times in the afternoon but it is never enough to diffuse the heat. Sometimes I have to water the plants twice a day because I pity seeing their leaves wither and all. Good luck to our next water bill.
I told you in one of my previous blogs that I am catching up on my reading, finding the books I purchased last year mixed with the bestsellers that I collect and along with those books are my e-books on my micro SD card. Here’s what happened three days ago, I accidentally dropped my phone on a basin of water while doing household chores. Gosh, you could hear my shouts probably up the third street of our subdivision. I fished it out and a little amount of water sipped through my lower screen. I told Josef about it and he said that I open it, remove the battery, remove the SIM card and the SD card too. We have to have it dry before checking back if everything is okay. To think that my e-books are all there. My brother assured me though that unlike the SIM, the SD card is safe from damage. I held that thought until my son came home and opened it, had it dried for two days, (luckily, there was little water) then he tried reassembling it yesterday. Alleluia! It worked, all my photos were intact and all the Viber photos of Nate that Nissa sent me. The screen though has blurred to a dull cloudy gray but at least all my e-books were there. I could not make a call nor send texts and some of my contacts were deleted from the list. Josef’s girlfriend who is quite knowledgeable on cellphone settings was able to retrieve them all but my Aldiko e-book reader was not functioning. Josef tried to uninstall and reinstall it to no avail, it could not read my micro SD card where they are restored. I have been using the Aldiko Book Reader App on my android phone for almost three years and since it is easy to navigate, I never thought of installing other applications but last night Josef tried installing the free Moon + Reader and Skoob EPUB Reader on my phone. So far so good but I am not happy with both. I could not find Import so I have to read sometimes direct from the SD card or wait for the book I would like to read to download first. It’s a good thing I have a reliable and cheap double SIM phone to make calls and send texts. I am still lucky I could do the same with my damaged phone. Oh well, I am thinking of buying a mid-range phone, something affordable but could still function as an e-book reader. Buy a tab, Josef tells me and I jokingly told him, I’ll buy a gift for myself on Mother’s Day.
There are only two occasions in a year that I buy something for myself (something I like but not necessarily needed) because I think I deserve it (haha), during my birthday and during Mother’s day. Most of the time I buy books or small kitchen gadgets.
Say hello to a new cellphone or tab. Wish me luck :) Did I just say a new cell phone? Oh my, I hope I can afford it.
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