Musings no.21: THEY’RE HERE! MY NEW BOOKCASES!

Damn for 1 week (before our family reunion) I have to clean and re-arrange my things AGAIN.

I swear, when I first saw them they looked small. Now I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO PUT THEM! THEY’RE SO BIG!

Musings no. 20: I swear!

I’ve been telling myself to update my blogspot and guess what, it remained the way as it is!

Aside from my Christmas Break school works (geez I hate my professors) I’ll try to read books/short stories, write reviews and post them on my blogspot. I’ll post all my book-buys update there as well.

For my final paper research I have to look for Philippine Gay films and watch all of them. I have to study the story (if there is a story), the acting style of the performers and the directorial style as well. If procrastination won’t swallow me whole, I’ll write reviews about those films as well.

Aside from planning the family reunion (it was now moved to December 26!), I’ll read novels for my English 22 class.

If all of the above remain undone until the end of my Christmas break, well, I’ll just add them to my New Years resolution.

Musings no.19 I can’t help it

Recently I bought books from book sales. :)

  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy = I saw a copy of this at the same book store and it was sold for 145php! Ahahaha! Of course I bought the 45php. One of the my professors included this on her reading lists for her other minor classes, so I decided to find out if it’s good.
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (45php) = My classmate reported this in our Children’s Lit class and so far I found very interesting! I do wish I still have time to read this since I have home works for Christmas Break (meeh! @_@)
  • Folk Legend of Japan by Richard M. Dorson = this one is 160php, kind of expensive but it’s worth it.
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago = first book that I’m going to read from Saramago.

 

  • Psyche and Symbol: A Selection from the Writings of C.G Jung Edited by Violet S. de Laszlo = this book was formerly owned by Len Davies, whoever that person is (an actor, footballer, a businessman or a celebrity?). Before, I bought a book of poem by Charles Simic and inside I found a letter written by a litter girl to her dad. Awww…Bad dad, forgot to keep the letter! I have stories to tell from the books I bought from book sales. Two years ago I bought an art book and inside were test results of a female college student from 1980s, her poems and a picture of her cat wearing a red bandana included! Unfortunately I lost the evidences because my sister don’t want them…Tsk, tsk tsk.

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Musings no.18: OH NOOO!

I visited this online, on-sale book store to buy Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep only to found out it was now OUT OF STOCK!

It’s not easy to look for it here in my country! *cries*

Musings no.17: YEEEESS!

While I was hanging my new cork board on my sad, sad green wall (I don’t like the shade of green my mother picked) my mother peeked inside and saw my books laying on top of each other on the floor.

She said, “I guess I need to buy a new bookshelf. The wood type?”

I was like:

REALLY?! Now I need to rearrange my room and take measurements for my new bookshelf!

Musings no.16: Well, what else, books of course!

I told myself not to go there anymore! It’s tempting! It’s eating my money! What’s more important, books or foods?

Well, obviously I chose books. XD

Ahahah! I went again to the bazaar and bought two books:

  • LOTR Fellowship of the Ring - the one and only thing that was missing on the series I have. I bought all my LOTR from book sales; good thing three of them (The Hobbit, ROTK and Two Towers) are from the same publication; but this one was a pocket book version from Ballantine publication.
  • Ideas in Psychoanalysis: Sadomasochism by Estela V. Welldon - either this or the Psyche and Symbols by C.J Jung.

Ok, bye! I need to clean and cook dinner for tonight because my relatives will come for our family meeting (*sweat*)

Musings no.15: Books, as usual.

Bought books at our school tiangge (bazaar):

  • Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Psychoanalysis and Existential Philosophy edited by Hendrik M. Ruitenbeek. (I’m re-introducing myself to psychology and philosophy)

On sale hardbound books that my sister and I bought at NBS (National Bookstore - but honestly, it is a supply store disguising as a book store) for 99php only:

  • Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth, new poems by Alice Walker
  • Graphic Classics: H.P Lovecraft stories

Tomorrow I might visit U.P Press for Filipino authors and Likhaan anthologies.

Musings no.14: Language

We were talking about why Shakespeare was very influential, not just in literature but also in language, when my professor told us this very truthful statement:

Imagination is the most powerful thing in the world.

Before that though, her whole statement was:

If you master the art of language you’ll ignite the imagination of the reader; and that’s the most powerful thing in the world.

The skill of writers in igniting our imagination is one of the reasons why books, literature, and fiction in general exist and continue to live, to inspire, and bring us to a world that is transcendental.

Musings no.13: Finally done with my first set of haiku…

Now I don’t know what to write for my second set. Well, I’m done with nos. 23 and 24 but I still need 20 more. Oh well, the whole world is a one whole big inspiration.

I went to Pick-a-Book store at Robinson Metro East Mall tonight and bought The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and Aiding & Abetting by Muriel Spark for 120php all-in-all. (^_^)

Whew, I have two dozens of books to read (academic and personal pleasure) this Christmas break.

Musings no.12: Disqus and Formspring

Should I add disqus and formspring? I guess I wouldn’t need those, no?

Musing no.10

Just got home from a play - Isang Panaginip na Fili (fantastic play!). I’ll write a review soon.

My friend bought an anthology of love poems and because of it, I got an idea of posting love poems for two weeks. XD Of course, I’ll only post my favorite love poems - foreign and local.

Good night!

Musings no.9

I finally edited all my haiku posts, but like what my friend told me: whatever original works you post on your blog consider it used. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone plagiarized them - not that they are worth plagiarizing for. (@_@)

Reminders: some photos are not mine. I diligently put on sources and address the owners.

I’ll posts some of my haiku after I proof read them (fact: not good with English language, but somehow I took an English course and now I’m an English major XD). I am also trying to finish my book review on The Beat of the Drum by Martin Waddel, a required reading for my writing/lit class.

Musings no.8 Splurged on books again

I bought Damiana Eugenio’s vol. 3 and vol. 4 of her 7 series Philippine Folk Literature the other day at U.P Press.

Vol. 3 contains non-etiological stories while the etiological ones were compiled in The Myths volume.

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