I’ve seem to be hitting writer’s block far too often now. My grade in my creative writing class is suffering because i don’t turn in anything because i’m never really satisfied with anything i do. all my good ideas seem to turn into bad ones once i write it down. How do you get pass writers…
Reblogged the pictures above from an October 2010 entry and added a picture taken just this morning:
My mother comes from a big family. She has ten siblings: six brothers and four sisters (one died in infancy). So imagine the bedlam whenever my aunts would come home from abroad. This, of course, doesn’t happen very often.
My mom and her sisters are very close and the PLDT budget cards you can find all over our house is a testament to how much time they spent talking to one other over the phone—long distance calls, notwithstanding.
You cannot help but wish to have a sister of your own whenever you see the four of them together. Even now, the years have not diminished their respect, love, and support for one another.
My grandparents must be so proud to have raised such beautiful daughters.
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons
I am happy my daughter is having a fun childhood surrounded by her second cousins, nieces, and nephews.
My brothers and my cousins were already in their teens when I was growing up. I had one or two who were my age but I seldom get to play with them because they live in the city and would only come around to our house a few times a year.
I was for the most part, a lonely kid who counts her coloring books as the only friends she had.
That’s why whenever I see these kids playing in our background, I practically force them to pose for a souvenir shot.
There was always a resounding groan of protest whenever they see me walking around with a camera because they know that once again, I will interrupt their business with a shout of “picture! picture!”
Nevertheless, I know this is something they will thank me for when they grow older and come across their happy, carefree days as children.
Truly, the innocent days of childhood can be so fleeting and memories like these, once they have passed, can never be recaptured again.
“People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it?’ Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.”—Elizabeth Gilbert (via hushmeup)
Okay, okay. I am a geek and am proud to be one. I so adore books and those closest to me know how excited I can get about places and events that involve a lot of them.
Last night, my friends and I visited a traveling book expo aboard MV Logos Hope, a vessel operated by a charitable Christian organization from Germany.
The crew which is in Manila until March 13, will then sail to Subic for their last stop in the Philippines. It has already traveled across 160 countries and made a stop in Cebu last January.
It would probably take another two years before the ship comes back to our country so I’m really glad not to have missed this opportunity.
MV Logos Hope offers visitors an introduction to the vessel and the organization, a book fair featuring around 7,000 different titles, a visual presentation called the Journey of Life and the International Cafe.
A sanctuary for book lovers like me. :)
Life size visual presentation of The Journey of Life complete with an audio recording of the story in the background
enjoying my ice cream at the International Cafe
Though operated by a Christian organization, the titles on display are not limited to Spiritual selections.
This book costs only a hundred pesos! (1 unit is equivalent to 1 peso)
Classics for 150!
Nursery Rhymes in hardcover
Reference guides for as low as 50 to 100 pesos
Three CDs for 100 pesos and hardbound reference books on just about every subject, Medical, Marketing, Accounting, etc. at three books for only 500.
It seems that there’s a book here for everybody and I’m just excited to come back and bring my daughter along who, by the way, is as much of a geek as I am. :)
For my Sofie
Something for me: for a hundred bucks, this is an awesome find!
The volunteer crew and staff who are all very friendly and accommodating came from around 50 different countries.
I am looking forward to doing this again with my daughter before the ship leaves Manila.
For all of you bookworms out there, this is definitely something you wouldn’t want to miss.
The MV Logos Hope is in Pier 15 of the Manila Port Area until March 13. With an entrance fee of only 20 pesos, bibliophiles can experience the world’s largest floating book fair and buy great books at affordable prices.
MV Logos Hope is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.