Aug 26, 2012

Brushing Up On My Math Skills!

Currently on my reading list because I need to brush up on my Math skills!  Since my boss showed his belief in my skills (even while I am full of self-doubt) and since I do not want to be a charity case, I decided that I need to help myself and remove the cobwebs from my brain. So no matter how boring the book is and no matter if I sometimes have to read the sentences twice and concentrate twice as hard, I will finish this book! I am now done with the first chapter, some 26 pages on a 792 page book so please keep me in your prayers, ha ha ha!

Aug 10, 2012

My Books are Safe and Dry!

Yes, we were flooded again by this nasty weather brought about by the unforgiving Habagat, but I am happy to announce that my books are all safe and dry! Since the water was rising slowly, I had time to pack my beloved books.  I was also afraid that the bookshelf would breakdown as the lower part was submerged in water so even if the water do not rise as high, then the books would get wet.  This time, I was not apprehensive about keeping my books dry as I already have them packed unlike before when I forgot all about them!  So yesterday, when it was time to put the books back, since the bookshelf is not as safe I think, all the books on the top shelf were replaced with stuffed toys and other lighter stuff. But the bottom shelf was still filled to overflowing with books to help support the whole book case.  Anyway, I told my sister we need to have a book sale, and she agreed, only to say that we will have more money to buy new books!

Aug 6, 2012

Unidentified Woman: A book review

(Guest Post) 
Unidentified Woman—a literary mystery novel about rape, revenge, and redemption—follows a young Mexican girl, Maria Sanchez, who is kidnapped on her way to school one morning. She is enslaved and repeatedly, brutally raped by paying costumers, mostly Americans. But she survives and grows up to become an independent young woman living in Los Angeles. She tracks down all those men who wronged her, exerting a deadly, unusual punishment. On her footsteps, following the police failure to capture her, is Gideon Gold: a reluctant, amateur private investigator, and a former commander of an elite Israeli paratroops unit and a Mossad secret agent. His frantic pursuit of the her takes unexpected twists and turns, culminating in a dramatic, compelling game of cat-and-mouse that will change both of their lives forever. 

 About the Author: Hillel F. Damron was born in Israel to parents who survived the Holocaust. He was an officer at an elite paratroops unit and was wounded in battle. He studied films at the London Film School and became a film director of TV documentaries, a feature film, and numerous video shorts. He is the award-winning author of a Sci-fi novel, short stories and film reviews. His novel Very Narrow Bridge, a first in the series of Gideon Gold’s Investigation, was published last year. This year in February he was awarded Moment Magazine’s prize for winning its memoir contest with his entry: The Sweet Life. And in the summer, August 15th, his second novel in the series of Gideon Gold’s Investigation will be published throughout the E-reader Universe. Be the first to read an excerpt, and have an initial clue on the road to solving the mystery: who is she, the Unidentified Woman, and what’s her story? 

 Here’s a short excerpt: I feel lucky today, Adela. I breathe the crisp spring air. I listen to the singing of the birds. I smell wild flowers. I shake my hair loose and let it fly. The promise of quiet is suddenly all around me, and I can hear myself thinking for the first time since I was kidnapped. Maybe there is a future for me after all, like Big Mamá said. I’m working alone, the way Mario told me to. Not with the other workers I saw on the way before we entered this narrow valley. The work is easy, much better than the hard work at the factory. I water the coca plants with a hose. That’s all I do. It’s a young field and the shrubs are about my size, no more than one meter and twenty tall. They don’t seem thirsty to me, the plants, but still, I fill this shallow circle that surrounds them with water. I just look at the water streaming so nicely. Then when it’s full, I move the hose to the next plant. I feel a gentle breeze coming down from the hills. I hear only birds and the whisper of the wind. I see the water swirling and I see the butterflies fly around me. My wish at this moment is to be a butterfly. But suddenly—don’t know how, don’t know why—I see a shadow in the water circling the plant. I hear footsteps, too. And when I raise my head to look, the man is too close for me to run away. He is tall and old and Gringo. He is wearing boots and a cowboy hat. Like in a movie we saw together once, Adela, in our village. Remember? I let the hose drop down from my hand and take a step back. That’s when he takes his hat off and throws it on the ground. His head is bald like a melon, and so ugly. He looks me up and down. He smiles. Evil smile. “You’re mine, Little Maria,” he says in Spanish with an American accent. How does he know my name? I hate that name. One day I’m going to change it. I turn around and begin to run. He chases after me and grabs me from behind. I scream but nobody hears me. Where is Mario? Where is Big Mamá? Where are the other workers I saw when we drove in here? Where is everybody?

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Aug 3, 2012

Re-reading the Hunger Games

I just finished reading The Hunger Games book yesterday and I am now on Catching Fire. And I just found put that it was exactly a year ago when I read the first book. I re-read my books, especially the ones I love. I already lost count of how many times I have read my Harry Potter books and I never get tired of it. While I already know how the book will end, it does not stop me from still feeling excited, apprehensive, scared and sad all over again! Its not that I dont have new books to read, as I still have the Nicholas Flamel books by Michael Scott to read because my sister has been raving about it. But I am not in the mood for it, and I am in the mood for Hunger Games. Okay, back to my books now :)

Aug 1, 2012

Big John:The Inspiring Life of Mr. John

"Tycoon John Gokongwei Jr. is Forbes Asia’s fourth richest man in the Philippines. With a net worth of $3.2 billion, he has indeed amassed great wealth and power over the years. While he may be the rich man that we know today, it wasn’t the case many years ago. This July, Dream Big Books, an imprint of Summit Books, shares the life story of the man behind famous brands Chippy, C2, Robinsons Malls, and Cebu Pacific to name a few, through a children’s book called Big John. 

What was originally meant to be a personal birthday gift for John Gokongwei Jr.’s 85th birthday by his children turned into a book which the Gokongwei family has generously shared with the public. 

Written by Yvette Fernandez, and illustrated by Abi Goy, Big John tells the riches-to-rags-to-riches story of John Gokongwei Jr. who was once little John with no money at all.

Having lost his father at an early age and being the eldest child in the family, little John had to assume responsibility and be the man of the house. At a tender age of fifteen, he decided to become an entrepreneur where he bought and sold grocery items.

With heart, determination, and vision, little John was able to triumph over life’s difficulties and build the many businesses that his family owns today. Big John also gives insights on the path to entrepreneurship and lays down questions you should be able to answer with yes before you go into business. 

A heart-warming story about dreaming big, working hard and never giving up, Big John sets to inspire and teach the value of family more than anything.

A portion of the proceeds of Big John will be donated to the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation. Established in 1992 to support Philippine education, it has donated facilities, granted scholarships, and supported school programs in the country.

Dream Big Books is a collection of inspiring stories written for children that will kindle within them a desire to help change the world we live for the better.

Big John is available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide for only P125. For more details, visit or visit our Facebook page at"