Posted in books, journeys, Khaled Hosseini, literature and Fiction, tagged Afghanistan, books, guilty pleasures, Khaled Hosseini, life, literature and Fiction, The Kite Runner on July 26, 2015 |
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“I have a surprise for you”.
It was quite a surprise alright. My daughter’s family visited us yesterday and it was a day full of happy moments, exchanging ideas, talking about a small business which Kev has started, delving on life’s angst and yes, our talks were mostly about food.
The Kite Runner.
Back in 2003, Nissa and I encountered a new author with an equally lovely and beautiful book called The Kite Runner. The author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and his family sought political asylum in the United States where he earned a medical degree. The Kite Runner, his first book was published in 2003 and has become an international bestseller and a beloved classic. Nissa bought me a copy. It was my first time to read an Asian author from war-torn Afghanistan. They released a movie adaptation back in 2007. Nissa and I watched it on the big screen when it was shown in Metro Manila and cried unashamedly while we watched it. I remember giving the book five-star on Goodreads. To summarize it briefly, it is a heartbreaking story of friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. It’s a story of redemption, friendship, betrayal and lies set against the political turmoil in Afghanistan.
And the nice surprise? Nissa gave me an original DVD copy and I am so excited to watch it again. Hosseini published two more books which are both equally good, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. If you haven’t read nor watched The Kite Runner yet, perhaps you can give it a go and you will surely enjoy it.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…”
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Posted in books, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, literature and Fiction, more books, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, Boris Pasternak, Diana Gabaldon, guilty pleasures, journeys, Leo Tolstoy, life, literature and Fiction, reading, reading challenge, reading list on July 5, 2015 |
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How’s this for a first post this month?
When I started this reading challenge this January, I was not even sure if I could finish 50 books in a year because sometimes, lulls in reading are more frequent than the number of times I hold a book in my hand. It’s a great leap from the 35 I managed to read in 2014. Goodreads says, “You have read 50 of 50 books in 2015.” Chick lit, YA, fiction, a memoir, some inspirational books and contemporary stories made up my reading list for the challenge. And it helped that I have my new tab because I could read at night without interruption. Now it’s time to concentrate on the classic books that I wanted to read for a long, long time but didn’t have the time to start. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is on the list, so with the L.M. Montgomery series ( I love Anne of Avonlea), Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, my new and still unopened copy of The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde (the complete plays, poems and stories including The Picture of Dorian Gray and De Profundis) and maybe cap it with the Outlander Series (a re-read) by Diana Gabaldon before the year ends.
There is this sweet lady I follow here on WordPress. Lately, she was able to publish a book based on the series of books and authors she has read in a year. Her blog is aptly called A Year of Reading the World. She sourced books from different authors in different countries. I dream of doing that too, some day, not the publishing of a book but reading several authors like she did. I love this quote from William Styron:
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
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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 blog update, blogging, journeys, life, tagged blogging, blogs, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, WordPress on May 11, 2015 |
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I am still counting. Indulge me a little… please. It’s my 6th year at WordPress.
And let’s keep this between us. I don’t really celebrate the time I opened an account here, not knowing what theme to use, not knowing how to customize a simple theme, not knowing how to blog at WordPress. There was that one pathetic post (a poem, if I remember) culled from my college journal and it stayed there for almost a year without any additional post. I am celebrating the time I transferred some of my blog posts from Multiply. One thing I remember was blogging about the movie Summer of 42 after accidentally finding a copy of the book by Herman Raucher.
More than a year later, I participated in WordPress’ 2011 Post A Day Challenge proudly posting the badge given by WordPress on my page. If I remember, I was in doubt if I’ll be able to finish it. Blogging everyday had its rewards but it was so hard to think of topics to blog about. It was a long uphill climb to get a thousand stats and a hundred viewers so to speak. When you are just starting to blog, you appreciate every like, every comment and everyone who follows it. First and foremost though were those times you were so touched by sincere comments that sometimes were longer than your post. Until now, I get a bit teary-eyed reading those comments shared by fellow sojourners, seeking an end to a painful reality, wishing that the journey is not that heavy to traverse and that the long road may not be that treacherous and thorny.
I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep this up, writing about everyday life, writing about simple things that may seem insignificant to most but precious to the heart, writing about the aches and pains of growing old and appreciating life – a life of second chances.
Thank you to my blogger friends. Thank you to all those people who visit my blog every day.
The dream stays. It will come true someday I know.
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Given the opportunity and the know-how, would you try growing mushrooms in your backyard?
This morning, Nissa brought me an oyster mushroom fruiting bag from their trip to Amadeo, Cavite last Saturday. It was a gift from a relative who has started mushroom production in that area. I am excited to try it. I love mushroom, any which way it is prepared and one is rest assured of its freshness and safety when it is grown in one’s backyard. this fruiting bag only needs to be sprayed with water twice a day and should be kept in a dark and cool place. Wish me luck, I hope it gives me a nice cluster in two weeks. She also brought a pack of Amadeo Coffee. It’s a different kind from the instant one that we are used to because it is brewed. Amadeo produces the best coffee this side of town and is also known as the coffee capital of the Philippines. Gonna try it tomorrow when I have enough time to prepare it and enjoy a sip.
Now I learned what a “sandwich hug” is. Nate is just so showy with how it’s done with Nissa and me, our three heads so close together with him in the middle holding tight with a bonus kiss. What a lovely Saturday, another visit that I would treasure :)
I hope it is not too late if I greet you a nice weekend too! Happy weekend friends. Keep those smiles :)
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