I am still with him.
You think you got rid of me but you didn’t.
I’m still here.
You can act like you’re perfect and normal but it’s not.
I’m still here.
I am still with him.
You think you got rid of me but you didn’t.
I’m still here.
You can act like you’re perfect and normal but it’s not.
I’m still here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My last entry was 15 days ago. I haven’t updated as often as I did before. I can blame life but that’s totally unfair to it. So this blog entry will be an update on what I’ve been up to nowadays. (if anybody out there is curious about it.)
Two weeks ago I got the results of the Dentist’s License exams and this may not be as thrilling to say as the day I found out but here it goes… I PASSED! I am now a certified dentist in the Philippines.
Despite the joy of this achievement, what comes next is my official “tambay” state. This Saturday will be my oath taking ceremony which will officially declare me as part of the PH professional workforce. My question to myself now is “so where to next?”
I hope to share and use this privilege to serve my fellow Filipinos and also to give back to the community one day. 🙂
A day after the results went out, I had a mini vacation with my parents, aunts and uncle. We went to the scenic town of Vigan.It was my first time there and I really do not know what to do there so I simply took photos of the world-famous Calye Crisologo and did all the tourist-y type activities like riding a calesa and trying out Vigan Emapanadas which the city is also famous for.
My main agenda was to visit Bantay Church where Apo Caridad was. My mother prayed to her and wished that I will pass my board exam. Her promise was to bring me there if her wish is granted and there I was taking baduy photos at the Bell Tower ruins after we visited her and prayed again.
It was a short trip and given that I was with 9 senior citizens, I didn’t do much of a dare devil type of traveling, I simply enjoyed the company I was with and cherish the scenic views the city had to offer. Despite their ages, my oldies crew, are proof that age is only a number. 😀
In my previous entry (which I already updated), I mentioned that I will be participating in book challenges and I am not failing at it just yet. haha. I finished my first local read and will write a short review about it with my Bookbed Roomies to be posted on bookbed.org .
I am currently reading “The Last Little Blue Envelope” by Maureen Johnson for another reading challenge. 🙂 I hope to share with you my thoughts about it. It is a sequel to the book entitled “13 Little Blue Envelopes” , also by Maureen Johnson. I plan to have a two in one review similar to the review I did for my first book review, which was a local read that is set in the province. 😉
There are more things happening in my life and the less I write on my blog the more I become busy. I do not know if it is a good sign or a bad sign but I am living every moment of it. 🙂
’til next post!
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.
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.
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.
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.
[x] Any book by a Filipino author: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
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!
Hello anyone out there!
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. 🙂
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.
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. 😀
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hav heard this question 10 or more times since Saturday.I really have no specific word for it. I am simply happy that I feel free after months of being stuck inside my room to study but I feel anxious to know if my name is included in the “passed” list. I know I did my best in answering the questions but I am still nervous.
So much has happened to me these past few months. 😀
If you follow this blog the last posts I made redirects you to #MVRedemption on Bookbed, I have been having fun writing this story with my co-writers. 😀 It is still on-going.
I have also tried my luck on applying for a writing mentoring program and I passed! 😀 I will be under the training hands of Mrs. Kath Castillo Eustaquio-Derla, the author of Before I do and What Am I to you —also published online on Bookbed. I am thrilled to be part of her program and there are a whole lot of things in store for next year! 😀 I hope you are still there to support me, pray for me and to cheer me on. 😀
2016 is still not over and we have a few more days but I am enthusiastic about what 2017 have for me.
I will now end this post with one of the songs that best describes my 2016. 😀
I hope you enjoy listening to it.
I am still busy with reviewing for my December exams and I couldn’t update every day or weekly on my blog but the good news is: my writing buzz is still on. 🙂
I am sharing this to you now and I hope you take a chance on reading this.
Do tell me what you think of my story through a comment here or on wattpad.com 😀
Without further a-do here it is:
About the story:
Jake meets Lin ,a unique Filipino- Chinese girl, at the busy streets of Binondo Manila and instantly falls in love with her. Join him as he faces the challenges to have a chance and a place in Lin’s heart.
Excerpt from Part 1:
Walking around Binondo, Manila was a past time I developed after my summer internship shift ended. I enjoyed the mixture of different architectural structures in the area and it always felt like I am transported to Europe and China at the same time.
The people you see in the area were also a mixture cultures, at one side of the district are Filipinos chatting madly in either Tagalog or Visayan. At the next corner, you hear Mandarin, Fukien or Cantonese speaking Chinese high school girls walking behind you.
This is what I like at this part of the city. It’s never the same every day, there will always be peculiar or special about this place.
Here is the direct link to my story: Chinatown Courtship on wattpad.com
‘Til next post