A broken laptop charger, netflix binge watching and slowly reading my TBR pile

What is happening to me lately?

For starters, my dental career is slowly taking over my life. Which is both good and bad, good because I am practicing what I dream of becoming and bad because I have less time for my hobbies.

Laptop charger anomaly

So this problem started a few months ago, one of my dogs decided to chew on my laptop charger while I was sleeping soundly at night. Up until now I cannot find a durable charger that can last me at least a good solid year. 😦

This issue is lightly affecting me because I use my laptop in almost every hobby I do. I use it for writing, for binge watching my netflix series and for conveniently purchasing ebooks on amazon.

I am now in need of a great solution to this problem.

Netflix and melting

It’s the start of summer here in the Philippines, just when I thought i’d have a great time alone in my room watching netflix or reading a book my airconditioner unit decided to stop. My father called the technician and my aircon just needed some cleaning. 😀 yay! But it took almost 2 weeks to finish because they need to do something which also concerns my aircon unit. So, to make it all simple I was sweating like a pig for almost 2weeks while relaxing in my room. Luckily, I was too distracted by the series I was watching to care about the heat.

I just finished Santa Clarita Diet season 1 and season 2 of Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events. In the reality tv section, I binge watched Ru Paul’s drag race season 8. I’ve also had a throwback day where I watch Sleepless in Seattle.

Netflix and melting indeed!

My TBR pile

My TBR pile is literally a pile right now. I have set my Reading Challenge on Goodreads at 14 books this year and I am feeling pessimistic about finishing 14 books this year.

I have gobbled up 5 books as of now. (Get is gobbled and digest? Haha)

I am currently reading Turtles All The Way Down by John Green.

I am actually looking for a book club I can read with. I am not successful in this little life quest I have. I want to make new friends and open up new connections. If any of you have suggestions, it would be greatly helpful. 🙂

Basically, that is what is happening to me lately. Boring right? Very normal. Haha.

 

‘Til next boring post!

❤️L

 

 

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A taste of the Filipino life (A Mango Bride review)

For a few years now, I have been looking at this book at the bookstore and I couldn’t grab a hold of the original (English) copy of Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven.  All I see lately is the translated version of the said book, so when I had the opportunity to avail this at the Big Bad Wolf Sale last month I was ecstatic and instantly raved about purchasing it.

Mango Bride is a novel that follows two girls with two different lives in the Philippines who were brought together by a twist of fate in the United States of America.

Two Characters

Amparo, a young lady who was born in a well off family in Manila was forced to go to USA and start over with her life. While Beverly, a young woman who simply wants to have a better life by marrying an American twice her age met by accident in the suburbs of California.  Their lives interlaced with each other in a very interesting way which was both predictable as you read along the pages of the book but it was also exciting to follow.

Reading an 80’s Filipino film

While reading this book I imagined it as if the two main characters were the rising stars of the late 80’s. The vibe of the book was like reading a story similar to most story line in romance films that starred either Nora Aunor or Vilma Santos or both actresses. I admit, I am a fan of that era in Filipino film. It was both sophisticated and simple. Sophisticated in the way that the characters were developed and simple in a way the characters revolve in the story.

Read this book if you like….

Liwayway Arceo’s Canal de la Reina. For some odd reason I compare Mango Bride to one of my favorite Filipinia books. Both cover issues about Filipino families and how they deal with problems in their families. They both show us the culture that we possibly forgot in our modern times. Even the way the characters communicate in both books’ settings were delivered in a way that was appropriate in their time frame.

 

Mango Bride is a one of a kind book by a Filipino author, a perfectly written book that shows our culture to other nationalities by giving a sneak peak into the lives of two people in the two ends of the triangle of society.

 

♥L

Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad [Cover Reveal] 

Hello! Whoever you are that is reading my blog. 🙂 How are you?

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. I would like to have this opportunity to share the wonderful cover of a book by one of the Filipina authors I admire.

The book title is , Ghost of a Feeling

What is the novella about?

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.


So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.


She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.


There is only one problem.


Emilio isn’t really a ghost.


He is actually a living young man named Nathan Morales, and Cris was just one of the unwitting victims in a prank he had once played on the tenants of her apartment. But being Emilio was the only way he could think of to stop her that night, and the only way now he could get her to open up to him. As Emilio, he was someone she could trust enough to help her, in a way Nathan himself never could.


As their relationship grows deeper and their feelings grow stronger each day, can he finally help her find a reason to keep living?

 

But how long can he keep lying to her?


 the novella will be out in ebook format this October 31st  2017 (yes, Halloween.)

I hope you can check it out and add it on your “want to read” list on goodreads. Here is the link to the book profile : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36327811-ghost-of-a-feeling

Please support local and consider reading this because, I will and I am excited to read it. 🙂

‘Til next blog post

♥L

It has been a while!

My boyfriend asked me these questions the other day: “What happened to your writings? When will you write again?”

My answer was a mere sigh.

I do miss writing, I do miss sitting around, tapping on my computer’s keyboard and letting my imagination run free. But in life, (as cliche as my next statement is) we all grow old for something we did before. Sometimes it is voluntarily leaving this hobby or involuntary because of how our life paths are leading us to.

So my answer to my boyfriend’s question is,

Soon, but not so soon. I need to have more time to concentrate on what I choose to be in life. I am still building myself to become what I dream of being.

I will still keep writing but not too often. I will still share my thoughts with you. Whoever is there reading my blog posts, published works online, etc.

Thank you for staying with me and understanding.

♥ L

A trip around Europe. [L Reviews: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson]

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About the book

We join Virginia Blackstone,a 17- year-old  who recently lost her aunt due to Cancer. She  found out that her aunt passed away because of a letter addressed to her, it had instructions that at first she herself did not understand. Later on, she received 13 blue envelopes that assigned her to different tasks to be done at different countries in Europe. Her aunt also wanted her to go on this journey by herself and without any form of communication with anyone back home. Despite her doubts, she had the courage to follow her deceased aunt’s instructions and in the end she made friends and even family.

Twist of fate

Rarely do I have this attraction to a book,it was like it was screaming my name every time I entered the bookstore. (Or maybe I am getting sick!O_O) I think bibliophiles get my drift?

What caught my attention was the plot of the novel itself. It was a round-trip ticket to Europe without applying for a Schengen visa. I can instantly go back to the Philippines whenever I want and fly to London or be in Copenhagen the next hour. It was a thrill having Ginny and her Aunt Peg as my tour guide through Europe via this book.

A Special Bond

This book also shows the special relationship of an aunt to her niece and how it is important to love every single family member you have in your life because you will never know when will be the last time you will talk to them. Unless you are like Ginny who has a cool aunt who made 13 letters that would take her with her in spirit.

Where are they?

Fiction is a work of the mind, but as I read through this book I couldn’t help but think: Can a 17 years old girl do all these things by herself?  Maybe it is just one of the cultural differences Filipinos have from Americans. I mean who would allow their daughter to go around Europe by herself without proper updates on her whereabouts? I don’t think such parents exists! But come to think of it, it’s fiction so anything can happen.

I think reality can hit the sidelines when writing a novel but sometimes it can also be a way for people to think that you did not work on your writings well enough.

The YA version of the movie Eurotrip

Like I said earlier, the book will take readers on a journey around Europe with it’s main character Ginny. If you are a travel junkie and a YA lover, I do suggest you read this book. This is a good read with a stress-free plot.

 

♥L

 

 

 

Reading Challenges, anyone? {Updated: January 24,2017}

Reading has been part of my life since I was taught to read when I was in kindergarten. My mother purchased a whole set of children’s picture book to encourage me and my sister to read aloud and read as many as possible. It is probably due to my mom being a wide reader herself. She wanted to pass her hobby to her two little girls and she did not fail on that life goal.

I am not a person who has those new year’s resolution but I do set one year-long goal for myself every year.This year my goal is to read more than the past few years.

Ever since I focused on finishing Dentistry I had to set aside this hobby of mine. I still read a book or two every year but I know that it is not enough.

With that long overdue goal done, (I am patiently waiting for the DLE results as I write this) I have all the time to focus on myself and my pastimes. It also help lessen the stress and the anxiety of waiting for the results. It’s like my brain’s stress ball.

Research her and research there

So I was looking around the inter webs and on facebook for tips and what to put on my to-be-read book pile, when I encountered an article about reading challenges.

Reading Challenges, what’s that?

Basically, a reading challenge can be classified into two (based on my observation.)

One form has reading prompts and the other tracks down how many books you have read throughout the year.

I have tried the latter challenge last year but did not hit my goal of reading 24 books in a year because “dentistry is calling” .

This year I want to try out the reading challenges with prompts. I think it will help me in making up my mind on what book to read next.

Reading Challenges I will participate in

Bookbed’s Reading Challenge

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I told myself to read more local books this year and I know this will help me in my mini goal leading to my year long goal of reading more. 🙂

I hope you can join us as well and use #BookbedReadsPHLit so that we know you are participating.

Currently reading:—-

Finished:

[x] Any book by a Filipino author: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

 

PopSugar Reading Challenge

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Finished reading:

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Currently Reading:

A book involving travel: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

So with all of these challenges, I think I can reach my reading goal. 🙂 Will you join me in facing this challenges?

Comment down below if you will and what you think about reading challenges.  If you have book suggestions, don’t be shy to tell me. 🙂

’til next post!

♥L

 

 

 

Bring it on, 2017!

Hello anyone out there!

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I am so sorry to be MIA these past few weeks after my last post.

Did you enjoy reading that review? I hope I made you consider reading that book for this new year. 🙂

Thankful for a blessed 2016

I have read so many post on facebook about what everybody is thankful for last 2016 and I also do a similar way of thanking everyone every year on my tumblr and my previous blog. This year is not an exception, so brace yourself because this might be a really long blog post.

First and foremost, I would like to thank God for giving me another year to live on earth. For guiding me to the right path and for giving me strength to conquer all of life’s challenges. I know I will not be in this position in my life without Him.

I thank my family for encouraging me to fight and finish what I started. I couldn’t have done it without all their pushing and cheering for me to pass the written board exam and up until this moment they are rooting for me and my success for the practical phase. My success is and will be their success as well.

To my friends and new found friends, I thank you for giving a little space in your heart for little ‘ol me. I know I have a whole lot of mistakes to some of you but I am still thankful that you choose me to be part of your lives.

I will specifically mention these people…

Marj.  My high school best friend and my laotong. Thank you for keeping up with me and my dramas and emotional instabilities. You truly deserve all the blessings you have received during the past year. Thank you for supporting me in whatever the hell I put myself into with my life. I wish that you will have more blessings and success this 2017. Never forget that your laotong, Lucille will always be here for you through thick or thin, ups and downs and in any situation you also get yourself into. See you soon! 🙂

To my dear boyfriend, Thank you for staying despite all the unlucky events that bombarded you last year. I know it is not easy to keep up with personal problems together with a very moody and sensitive girlfriend. Thank you for trying your best to lift my spirits up whenever I feel down. I know I sometimes forget that you need me more than I needed you last year. I will do my best to be a better girlfriend for you this 2017.

Bookbed , KB , Allana and my booktungan batch 1 groupmates,  I know I may be too enthusiastic (borderline annoying) but you all tried your best to make me feel like I belong to your group. Thank you for the opportunity to share what I write through your website. I feel very blessed to have met all of you. Without this little confidence that this organization and booktungan gave me, I do not know if I would be able to express myself through writing. Thank you for opening up a new section in my life that I sincerely enjoy being part of.  I owe a whole lot to Bookbed and I hope to work and help you more in spreading your #ReadingNation campaign this 2017. 😀

Challenging Start for a new year

This first week of January will be a big turning point in my career as a budding dentist. It will be my practical exams and I am anxious already. These past few days, my dominant hand is showing signs of an early manifestation of Carpal Tunnel syndrome (this is what my sister told me). I am currently taking pain relievers whenever I feel pain and I was also prescribed an ointment to soothe the pain and stiffness that I feel.

I am still awaiting my next move in the #YAI2017 project and I am eager to start my story once it is approved and all set to go. I hope what I submitted is worth reading.

My best friend started her new year by trying her writing prowess on a flash fiction activity that she has on her IG account. I actually want to do a similar project of writing everyday. I might start it after I am done with my board exam and it will either be posted on this blog or kept privately until I feel it is all good to show all of you.

They say to become a better writer one must write more, and I do think that is correct. I hope to share more stories with all of you this year.

Okay, enough blabbing! I want to wish you all a Happy, blessed and prosperous new year. Thank you for sticking around and reading this long post.

♥L

 

Engaging but “Dying Hope”. (L reviews#12)

For my first review after months of hiatus, I was challenged by my fellow writer in #YAI2017 to review her award winning piece. The title of this novel is “Dying Hope”.

As many of you know, I feel slightly indifferent when it comes to reading Filipino/ Tagalog books. I know that I should blame myself for this lack of interest in Filipiniana books. I am trying my best to change my preference and open up to reading more from local authors next year.

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About the book:

Dying Hope is a Tagalog novel by Rhisa A. Rey or thesoullessvampire on Wattpad. It follows the story of a writer named Hope.

Hope is the opposite of her given name, she was already giving up on herself and everything that she loves. That is until she met a boy named Luke who will change the way she looks at her life.

Enticing plot

I could say, this book is one of those masterpieces that make me lean to reading more Filipino novels. For someone who is just starting to appreciate and read Tagalog books, I didn’t find myself lost in the middle of this book because of how deep the Filipino words were.

From the first line of the epilogue I knew it was going to be a great reading journey, and it was.

What I like the most in it is the way the author was able to take me with Hope and Luke. The way she wrote about how the characters felt in all given situations is excellent.

Another plus on my list is the way thesoullessvampire was able to establish God into her story without it spoiling the plot and making it into a bible-ish story rather than a novel.

Confounding Taglish

I am a little disturbed by the way some of the sentences are constructed in what we Filipinos call Taglish ( a mixture of both english and tagalog words in one sentence). I am not a fan of it.

Another issue that I want to point out is the sudden shift of point of view from Hope to Luke. There are instances where the POV shifts from one person to the other in the middle of the chapter and that for me is slightly confusing as a reader.

A well-deserve win

I mentioned earlier that this literary treasure won awards. It won second place on ProjectNY Battle/ Nayink’s Novel writing contest 2016 and it also won on Watty Awards 2016.

I must say, this book truly deserve the recognition. It will surely win more hearts when the book launches on December 17, 2016.

I am honored to write a review for this book by Rhisa A. Rey and I hope to read more from her soon. I know I will, when her #YAI2017 story comes out.;P

Best of luck, my YAI batchmate! 😀

And to you my readers, I hope you grab a copy of her book because sometimes we need a little read that would help us realize that life is worth living.

♥L