Do you read?

I love reading. Anything that catches my interest, I read. Even if it’s just a brochure or a flyer from a real estate company, I read it. Reading gives me additional knowledge. It also brings me to new places I’ve never been to. When reading a novel, I get to meet interesting and mysterious characters. I get to meet the author of the novel. Reading also makes my rather sluggish and boring days more interesting. It adds color to my life.

You’d probably ask why I am writing about books right now. I just read the column of Susan Ople in Tempo (Manila Bulletin’s small broadsheet). She talked about how kids these days read less than kids of yesterday. When there was no internet yet, the kids either play outside their homes or stay inside to read. I speak from experience. When I was a kid, I would raid my grandma’s library and read the novels there. I love Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, the classics, Shakespeare and Archie. I remember wishing for grandma to give me all her books. I came from a middle class family where traveling to foreign countries or to Visayas and Mindanao was not the tradition during summer and holidays. We usually stay home and I would either go play with my cousins or read. I loved (still do) reading more than the former. I might not have physically traveled to foreign countries but because of the books that I read, I got to know different states in America, Italy, England, several Asian countries and more.

Susan Ople is telling her readers to read to kids. I believe that kids are missing so much when they opt to play internet games instead of rubbing elbows with The Little Prince. They should at least get to read the classics. Do they even know Rumpelstiltskin? I remember asking a cousin of mine if he knows Shakespeare, or even Archie, and was disappointed because he doesn’t read comics at all. But when you ask him what Ragnarok and other online games are, well, he is the expert. My brother at least knows some of the classics, have been an Archie fan and have read Hardy Boys. But like other kids of his generation, he’s more into games and anime. Which is really sad, if you think about it.

Do you read to your kids? Do you even read books yourself? If you don’t, take the time to read. It will change your perspective of life. It will give your day a new meaning. It will make a difference in your kid’s life, and in yours.

*Originally posted on July 6, 2008

Weekend plans

I don’t intend to go out this weekend. I just want to be able to relax and read. Been reading regularly again. I bought the 3 Twilight books (Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse) even though I already read the books through my ebook reader. I also bought a Julia Quinn book, a Reader’s Digest special edition, 4 interesting books that will hopefully bring my muse back hehe and a cute little notepad 🙂

That will surely keep me busy this whole weekend. How about you? Going out or doing something special this weekend?

Whatever, here’s hoping a great weekend for everyone! 🙂

Busy, busy, busy

Been out of the house everyday, running errands mostly. Been so busy catching up with a lot of things. If you will notice, I go online for a few hours only. Barely have enough time to bloghop to everyone’s site. But I will do my rounds this evening. Will be offline for 4 days…

My sisters and I will be going to Baguio tomorrow until Tuesday evening. My bestfriend will be getting married by Monday, February 18th. We will also be touring the city again and hopefully will bump into Pam before we go back to Manila.

I will probably just schedule a Weekend Snapshot entry as well as another entry about interim posts.

So expect a lot less of me until I come back to blogging on Wednesday 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

P.S. Thank you for the tags and awards! I am a bit slow picking everything up but know that I truly appreciate all of it.

The Love Month is here!

Time flies so fast! It is February 3 now and before you know it, it’ll be Holy Week once again. This coming Wednesday is a red letter day for all Catholics out there. It will be Ash Wednesday already. Start of Friday fasting. Holy Week is way too early this year. March 16-23, unlike the usual first week of April that we are all used to.

Notice also how hot it already is? Summer is really here!

So you must have noticed I haven’t updated for 2 days. Here are the main reasons why…

It was supposed to be my mom’s 50th birthday had she survived her sickness. There would have been a party for her if she’s still alive. But she died a little over 2 years ago so there was none. The whole family still had dinner on her birthday, in honor of her memory.

We are looking for a university for my brother. He’ll be graduating from high school this coming April and will start college by June. My little brother’s already 16 and will soon cease to be the baby in the family. I just wish he will get to finish college and not get into bad company along the way.

I also had to take care of our trip to Baguio by the 2nd week of this month. My bestfriend Lem is getting married by the 18th in Baguio and my sisters and I are attending of course. He’s like a brother to us and had it been summer vacation already, the whole family would have been in complete attendance.

And we took advantage of the 3-day payday sale that is currently being held in some SM malls. We bought a lot of home stuff including several curtains. We are redecorating our home for the summer, making it more bright and cool to the eyes.

That took almost 3 days of my time and the reason for my online ‘absence’.

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