Day 9 – Turtles All the Way Down and Other Books

Since we have less work and more offs, I had more time to read. And I take only two to three evenings to finish a book so here are the recent three.

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Thoughts: On Vodka, Beers and Regrets

On Vodka, Beers and Regrets revolves around the story of Jane Pineda (Bella Padilla) who was struggling with her alcohol addiction while watching the slow death of her showbiz career. Jane meets Francis (JC Santos), a vocalist of a band who had a crush on her in high school while she was at the peak of her career. They fall in love. She changes.

The end.

Sounds like a typical love story.

It is. But it’s not. And it is beautiful.

A picture of a sad and ugly reality, beautifully made into a movie pulling some heart strings here and there.

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Voyager and Other Fictions: The Collected Stories of Jose Dalisay

If there will come a time that I would need to sell my books and leave only a few with me, Jose Dalisay’s Voyager and Other Fictions is definitely going to stay on my shelf and here’s why: Continue reading “Voyager and Other Fictions: The Collected Stories of Jose Dalisay”

Being Hotelier: Types Of Hotel Guests That We Usually Meet

Working in the hospitality industry can be quite interesting because of the different types of people that we meet on a day to day basis. But, interesting as it is, it can also be challenging as not all people are happy campers.

So here’s my list of the Type of Hotel Guests that we usually meet: Continue reading “Being Hotelier: Types Of Hotel Guests That We Usually Meet”

2 Main Takeaways from Lisa See’s Island of Sea Women

Island of Sea Women is the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, set in a Japanese Occupied Jeju Island of Korea.

Young-Sook and Mi-ja came from different backgrounds but they became inseparable until certain circumstances broke them apart. Continue reading “2 Main Takeaways from Lisa See’s Island of Sea Women”

Sanfa & Moosa – Loabinfaru by Mustafa Lutfi

Loabinfaru is a tragic story of the star-crossed lovers – Sanfa, the prettiest girl in Ihuvanfushi Island* (Northernmost part of the Maldives) and Moosa, the most eligible bachelor in Addu Atoll (Southernmost part of the Maldives).

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Palengke Chronicles 10: Disneyland

Ang Palengke Chronicles, si Aling Mertha at ang limang taong gulang na anak nitong si Buding ay pawang mga kathang isip lamang.

Pero dahil matagal na akong hindi nakapagsulat ng kwento nila Aling Mertha, 7 years old na si Buding ngayon.

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Summer na naman ‘no. Ambilis ng panahon. Andami na naman nagpapapayat para makapag tupis. Yung ibang bilbil di pa naka move on sa Noche Buena eh kaya mag rash guard na lang daw kesa tupis. Kaya mas mabili ngayon dito sa palengke ang mga rash guard. Tapos salbabida. Continue reading “Palengke Chronicles 10: Disneyland”

It’s A Mens World by Bebang Siy

Unang nagka-mens ang kapatid kong si Colay kesa sa akin. Ten years old siya noon at ako, magtutwelve. Sabi ng mga pinsan ko, nauna raw si Colay kasi mas mataba siya at mas aktibo sa paggalaw-galaw kesa sa akin.

Naging sentro ng atensiyon si Colay noong araw na reglahin siya. Lahat kami, nasa labas ng kubeta, naghihintay sa paglabas ng “bagong” dalaga. Pagbukas ng pinto, itong stepmother ko, biglang pumasok. Hinanap niya ang panty ni Colay sa loob ng kubeta. Gulat na gulat si Colay syempre.

Bakit? Tanong niya sa stepmother namin. Labhan mo. Tubig lang. ‘Wag kang gagammit ng sabon. Kusot-kusot lang. Tapos ipunas mo sa mukha mo ‘yang panty. Tapos sabihin mmo, sana maging singkinis ng perlas ang mukha ko. Ulit-ulitin mo. Habang ipinupunas mo sa mukha mo ang panty.

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Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

I was so excited when I saw that Khaled Hosseini’s new book was available here in Maldives so I bought it immediately without even reading the reviews nor checking what the book is all about.

It’s Khaled Hosseini anyway, I told myself. I need not check. I’m sure I’m gonna love it.

When I got hold of the book, I was surprised to see a thin, wide book. I was expecting a thick one.

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