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. πŸ™‚

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.Β  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! πŸ™‚

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,Β  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.Β  I owe a whole lot to Bookbed and I hope to work and help you more in spreading your #ReadingNation campaign this 2017. πŸ˜€

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.

β™₯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! πŸ˜€

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.

β™₯L

 

The board exam aftermath

It has been months since I wrote anything here.
Two days after taking the Dentist’s license examination, I am back! πŸ™‚

So what’s up?

Right now as I am writing this blog post, I am currently confused on what #romanceclass eBook to read, I checked Bookbed for book reviews but I am still puzzled.
As of now, I am intrigued to read “The Hometown Hazard” by Dawn Lanuza but I am picking between it and 2 more titles. The last two I have on my list do not have Bookbed reviews yet. Their Amazon ratings are close to each other but I have not yet checked their Goodreads reviews, I assume all three books would probably have the same ratings as their amazon ratings.
so…..T_T help, anyone?
What if I just buy all 3? hahaha.

How was the exams?

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.

 

In other news…

 

So much has happened to me these past few months. πŸ˜€

 

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. πŸ˜€ It is still on-going.

 

I have also tried my luck on applying for a writing mentoring program and I passed! πŸ˜€ I will be under the training hands of Mrs. Kath Castillo Eustaquio-Derla, the author of Before I do andΒ  What Am I to youΒ β€”also published online on Bookbed.Β  I am thrilled to be part of her program and there are a whole lot of things in store for next year! πŸ˜€ I hope you are still there to support me, pray for me and to cheer me on. πŸ˜€

 

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. πŸ˜€

 

 

I hope you enjoy listening to it.

 

β™₯L

Chinatown Courtship

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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

Without further a-do here it is:

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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

β™₯L

#booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 1

Update πŸ™‚

This is what kept my writing buzz going. I hope you can read our story. It is a collaboration with wonderful filipino writers and aspiring writers (like myself).

I wish I could write more but I have to go back and read all these Republic Acts, Laws and Rules about the practice of Dentistry in the Philippines.

I miss writing and I miss sharing it all to you. For now, I give you this story so that you do not forget about me. πŸ™‚

Til next update!
❀ L

Short Hiatus in preparation for Licensed DMD Examinations. (WOLM#30)

I have been too busy with Dentistry these past few days. I started to review and practice for the national licensure exams. Of course, I miss writing for all of you but I need to finish this part of my life before time runs out. Everyone, including me, is showing signs of impatience when it comes to my relationship with my chosen course.

 

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Credits to owner. Photo grabbed at tumblr.com

 

It lasted 8 long years and I am glad that it is almost over. Between finding myself and what I want to do I decided to stick to this career path rather than change to something more convenient to everyone and myself.

With the help of everyone telling me “Sayang naman yung pinagaralan mo.” on the side, I later on went back to study what I needed to finish. It is somewhat by force but I pushed myself to go back so I cannot blame anyone besides myself.

One reason why I felt alone ,sad and even depressed was this college degree but I could say that I am already near my happiness because I now see light at the end of the tunnel. A little bit more effort and sacrifices and I will be able to finish this part of my life and close it. I can tell myself that I did all I can, with the help of the people around me, to finish and end this miserable part of my life.

I need more motivation and patience to end victoriously.

I should not let anything or anyone stop me from achieving and attaining success.

I ask for prayers and encouragements from all of you so that I can accomplish and finish these tasks triumpantly.

I also hope for understanding in terms of posting and blog entries. This blog may not be maintained while I am in the process of accomplishing what needs to be done.

I still have one more book review in store for everyone and I am starting to write the review and it may be posted this weekend. That entry might be my last review post for my personal blog, for now. I will still update everyone on my status and how I am feeling but I cannot promise to accomodate extracurricular activities during my review period.

I hope you won’t leave me while I am in the process of building my life in terms of my chosen profession.

‘Til next blogpost!

β™₯L

WOLM #27

Why?

This is the question I usually ask myself.

Why do I have to end up like this?

Why do I have to endure more than her/them?

Why did I choose to be here than far away from it?

Why do I get into these kind of situations?

Why.

At the end of the day I never really find the answers to these questions.

I forget it and when time comes I ask it again to myself and like before I fail to answer the questions.

I am tired of asking these questions.

I am unhappy when I have to ask these questions to myself.

I want it to stop it already.

β™₯L

 

Bookbed Dugtungan (L Blogs#14)

Do you have this little urge to write a story but don’t know where to start or do you want to practice your writing skills this month?

I got the right activity for you!

If you are a regular reader of my little blog you all know that I am contributing and sharing short stories,book reviews and article(s) (singular for now because I only have one posted but I hope to contribute more) on bookbed.

I am very excited to share this activity the bookbed editorial team made for everyone and I want to invite anyone interested in joining me (yes I signed up!)Β  and other bookbed storytellers on this project.

What project/activity?

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The activity is called Dugtungan. Basically , the end result may be a short story, novelette or novel that is co-written by everyone who joined in on the fun.

More Information and how to register for Dugtungan here.

I wanted to share this because sharing is caring . ahaha.

Joking aside, I want to share this great idea of an activity because it is a great way for aspiring writers to practice and enhance their writing skills, and gain a little more confidence when it comes to their new found or old flame with writing. πŸ™‚

I hope you join me and the bookbed community in such a great collaboration. πŸ˜€

See you soon or read you soon. πŸ˜€

β™₯L

The Booze Stole my Son book review (L reviews#10)

Wow! This is an achievement, it is my 10th review on this blog and I am happy to share this because it is a book review also featured in another blog.

If you follow me on social media I have already mentioned this. Here is my promise…the untouched version of my review. πŸ™‚

A Mother’s Unexpected Inspiration

As the book title suggests, The Booze Stole my Son: Don’t Let it Steal Yours is a literary piece created by a mother who experienced the loss of her son due to alcoholism. She wrote her struggles, realizations, regrets, and thoughts about the disease in the hope of inspiring and educating other people about it.

What I like about this book….

The book is full of emotions, scientific facts, and some bible verses to back up all that the author is describing in her work. It gave light to Alcoholism as a disease and not just a social issue.

What I like most about this book was it gave us a glimpse of how it felt to lose someone you love so unexpectedly but could have been avoided if we took time to be with them. I also like that before and after every chapter there is this letter that the mother addresses to her son and it is relatable to almost everyone who has a mother or generally someone you treat or love as a mother (who doesn’t have one?).

As sad as the whole book may be I will spoil you that you would not want to put the book down in the last few chapters of it because it does have this unexpected happy ending or maybe some thoughts that would make you happy you read the book.

What I did not like are….

I had some urges not to continue reading this book. Probably because I myself have not experienced such great loss and I also have this short attention span but I think it was also due to some β€œdead” moments in the book. I warn you, some chapters are full of scientific facts and studies that may be too much for some people, like me, to read through. If you are not a believer of the Holy Bible and the scriptures you may not agree with some of the content of this book.

Overall,

I would have never thought of picking this book up if I saw it at an online bookstore or a traditional bookstore and to tell you all the truth I am glad I had the privilege to read and review this book. I never experienced alcoholism at first hand but I know a few of my friends who struggled with a loved one who is afflicted by this disease. As I read through the book I saw a clearer vision of how it is like to live with someone who is an alcoholic. It is harder when this person is someone you treasure, you turn a blind eye and believe in their deceitful lies to cover their illness up. I cannot blame anyone because trust is part of loving someone and this book is a clear example of that, love. It is rare to find such local author and book about this topic maybe because most of us are not proud of saying that I have an alcoholic family member but bless Ms. Au V.for sharing her story and her experience through this book.

I also have this little back story about this certain book and the author….

I actually received , via email , a reviewer’s digital copy from the author herself a few weeks after I finished reading her book. I have already wrote and submitted the review for bookbed as well.

I am posting this review on my blog because she reached out to me, I felt blessed and honored that she choose me and this is my way of saying my thank you. Based on our short email exchange she is a very kind lady and I admire her for sharing her experience to all of us.

I wish to help her and other Filipino authors boost up their reading audience because there is talent all over our small country.

I am not closing my doors to other nationalities’ books (of course I will only understand and read books that are written in English)Β  I am simply setting my priorities. πŸ™‚ I still love to discover new authors and books from all over the world but like I mentioned I want to help my countrymen and women as well.

I hope to read one Filipiniana book per month and I am actually trying my best to do so. I encourage my fellow Filipino readers to do the same. πŸ˜€

Mayroong ibang libro sa bookstores na hindi baduy. You simply have to dig and search deeper. πŸ˜€

Have fun reading and I hope you get a copy of this book because it’s worth the read.

’til next post!

β™₯L