24 December 2013

Coming home (for christmas)

A friend recommended a free eBook to me in Goodreads and to be honest I halfheartedly downloaded this short holiday story only because she recommended it. But I should have known that I would end up loving it.


  Coming HomeComing Home by AJ Matt
My rating: 

Summary:

Christmas is a time to gather and share with family. But some families are without the ones they love. Noah is one such person, raising Conner – his fiancé’s son – as they both wait for his return from his tour of duty. And there might just be a miracle for them this holiday season.

***

My (short) review:

This ebook is easy to read. It has a melancholy aura but a promise of happiness. The story is romantic and very heart warming for the coldest time of the year. Recommended read to all M/M lover for Christmas season.
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12 December 2013

A Hanky-panky Love

I haven't been in the mood to post anything for a while as I'm still struggling to finish my nanowrimo novel which seemed to have sapped the writing energy out of my brain. So, instead of writing I decided to finish reading the Tagalog romance that has been on my "currently reading" list on Goodreads for a while now.

So here it is! My first post for December before I went to my Christmas books.



A Hanky-panky Love by Haze Prado

My rating:  / 

Summary:

“Kailangan mong maintindihan na hindi ako papayag na sabihin mong hindi tayo para sa isa’t isa pagkatapos mo akong hayaang mahalin ka.”

Hindi inakala ni Jamaica na magiging komplikado at sakit ng ulo ang idudulot ng bagong trabaho niya. Simple lang dapat ang buhay niya kung hindi siya napagbintangang iniilusyon niya ang pinakasikat na aktor sa bansa at napagselosan ng nobya nitong equally popular at successful actress na si Shayla Gomez.

Shayla wanted to make her life a living hell, to destroy everything she had para lang masigurong hindi maaagaw ng isang diumano ay tulad niyang pipitsuging writer ang boyfriend nito na nagpakita ng pagkaaliw sa kanya. She wanted her job kaya gagawin niya ang lahat para hindi mawala iyon sa kanya kahit ang katumbas niyon ay ang patuloy na tsismis na nabuo sa pagitan nila ng baguhan at guwapong aktor na si Fyodor. Kailangan niyang palawigin ang interes ng mga tao sa nakikitang namumuong “something” sa pagitan nila.

Ngunit bakit kahit matigas siya sa pangangastigo sa sarili na kailangan lang niyang magtiis na sakyan ang tila pagkaaliw ni Fyodor sa pagkukunwari nila, parang gusto na niyang mag-ilusyon na may gusto ito sa kanya? And yes, kailangan ng romance sa pagitan nila, so kissing was needed and she became a willing participant…

***

My Review:

I bought this book because for some reason I got the impression that Shayla Gomez and Jayzon was based on Selena Gomez and Justin Beiber (probably because of the names.) Anyway, that aside the story quickly intrigue me. I love showbiz stories with bad kontrabida but Jamaica finally got on my nerve around chapter 8. I didn't mind it in the beginning but her I-don't-want-trouble attitude irritates me especially when she behaved as if she doesn't get why Fyodor threatened Shayla. Her self pity all to the way to the end was totally unreasonable too.
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27 November 2013

50000 plus yes!

Hohoho! Despite my very busy schedule, I'm so happy to finally meet the 50000 words required on Nanowrimo, even if it's far from finished, my win is already guaranteed!

Yaay!



This is the first time I've written a 50,000 words novel in English in such a short period of time and I can't thank you Nanowrimo enough for helping me make it happen. The pep talks and other things on the site cheered me up a lot when I had no motivation to write and sat in front of my computer making self degrading comments about my writing, saying things like no ones gonna want to read it anyway (or something like that...)
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18 November 2013

My Last Blind Date


My Last Blind Date (Better Date than Never) by Susan Hatler

My rating: 



Summary:

Better Date than Never Series, Book 3

It’s Valentine’s Day and Rachel Price has a choice: Stay home and watch TV with her loveable doggy or let her best friend, Ellen, set her up on a blind date. What to do….

Ellen says the guy is a “10,” but the last guy she set her up with was a “–5.” Rachel’s been flirting with coworker Noah Peterson and she’s hoping he’s noticed. Then, she finds out Noah has big plans. Even worse, he advises Rachel to go on the blind date!

Should she play it safe and spend the Hallmark holiday with her loyal pooch, Chester, or risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love?


My Review:

After reading long novel (some boring) novels, I decided to start reading the third book of my new favorite series. But this book passed by like a hurricane! I was sitting reading, enjoying, grinning like an idiot and giggling like I was possessed when it was revealed who her last date was, then bam, thirty minutes was gone and I’m at the end… No… huhuhu, it felt short, quick and I feel like I should be saying sorry to my mother for learning all these naughty things but then this is such good break from my everyday stress.

Okay to the next book, which I have to resist to that I could finish my nanowriting on time! Wah! Panic time!
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11 November 2013

His First, Her Last



His First, Her Last: The Incredible True Story of an American Lost in the Philippines by Jonathan Sturak
My rating: ★ / 

Summary:

Engaged couple Jason and Hazel travel across the world to meet her family in this true story of love and adventure. The moment Jason steps off the plane in the Philippines, an exotic island caught between the East and the West, the past and the present, grabs hold of this naive American and seduces him with its beauty, its places, and its people. Temptation looms as the best friend of Hazel tests their relationship and touches their souls.

A deeply personal account of the conflict of culture between American excess and Philippine poverty, His First, Her Last explores the ability of love to transcend two worlds apart. But after an accident spills blood on the streets of a remote village, the lives of this couple flash before their eyes.

Will he escape? Will she survive? Will his first trip be her last?

Take a journey across the world to an exotic land where you will find love, life, and what it means to be alive.


*****

My Review:

As a Filipina who has been in a relationship with a European man that I now married, it piqued my interest when I receive a request to review this book. I was truthfully eager to start reading and know the experience of another foreigner in the Philippines.

And before I get to the point, I want to mention that I want to applaud the author for his clever observation about the Philippines. Many foreigners go to the Philippines then they go back home, thinking they’ve been to paradise, that’s because-not all- but many foreigners who went to the Phililippines for vacation only experience the tourist places, the organize environment for tourist and for the rich and the famous, but that’s just a part of the Philippines. Jason (the protagonist) experienced the real Philippines with its good and bad.

I agree with him for many things; the crazy organized chaos traffic, the balut (ugh, I hate balut! I feel bad for that little bird being boiled alive!) and yes, the cock fighting too, my father brought me in one of those tournaments when I was a child and that has traumatized me for the rest of my life, even now I feel like crying remembering those cruel days. Poor living is not an excuse to resort to using the roster that way. There’s many ways to get money in the Philippines you just have to be creative (and no, I don’t mean that you should join the mafia) and if I want to feed myself (one way is cutting the neck of that chicken-quickly before he knows it and have some nice adobo. Okay I admit, I’m ranting.)

Anyway here comes why I didn’t give this book a five star even though I REALLY LIKED IT.

1) Okay, many Filipinos might go and get defensive saying “it’s not that bad” but I’d say: “it is that bad” at less in the poor Philippine areas but I’ll agree with one of the reviewers before me in Goodreads. Jason did make it sound like no one take showers there. Just to state the fact many Philippines are very conscious about appearance. Doesn’t matter if the house looked like it’s about to fall, washing up is something many prioritize, especially if they are to work in a bit “normal job” (I specially noted it on the Flower man) and yes, some might mix up, he/she, him/her. But I find that really strange, anyone who has been in school for at less grade 4 should be able to use it perfectly. I have yet to meet someone who needs to be reminded so many times.

2) I’m actually maybe gonna rate this with 5 stars if Jason hadn’t annoyed the hell out of me. In the beginning I feel like Jason was overly cautious (way over the top) then the incident with the cops. One shouldn’t need to travel the world to know that a place like the Philippines is a place where rules are often ignored in exchange for a price. And sure he’s in a foreign country but does he have to behave like a helpless kid when the beggar kids flocked around him?

3) And okay, food isn’t the best the Philippines could offer (I personally think so too) but does he have to behave as if everything given to him is a potential poison, with the exception of pizza and McDonald food? McDonald might be licensed from US but he should know that the foods they serve there are cooked in the Philippines! So, tell me. What’s the difference between that and the meal serve from a high class restaurant which is not American license?

4) Hand sanitizer much? Why does he keep spraying himself for every Filipino he encountered? I’ve met, talk and become friends with a lot of western people and seriously, they don’t carry around a sanitizer and squirt their hands for every thing, that won't keep you completely safe. Soap and water that's what you need. Okay this is a personal opinion I’m not trying to hurt anyone who love using it.

5) And what annoyed me most with Jason is that, I feel like he has sexual desire of all Hazel’s friends. Especially Joy. Others might say “it’s okay that’s what being a man” but no, for me he’s actually cheating on Hazel—mentally or physically makes no difference and especially irritating because it’s his fiancée’s best friend. No, his fantasy over her is just to much to ignore.

I actually really wanted to stop reading the story at 20% but out of respect for the author, and I promised a friend to finish it to the end so I forced myself to finish reading this story. And so, with all that being said, I would like to say that this book made a lasting impression on me, the author writing was neat, I also like his style, the book was easy to read (though his personal thoughts really disturb me sometimes), it would have just been more entertaining if Jason has a more likeable attitude. The only thing I like about Jason is that he sympathizes for the animal and that we both have Back to the Future as a favorite movie, but throughout the story I did learn to respect him for his honesty and I feel really sorry for what he has gone through.

I’ll recommend this book to foreigners who planned to visit the Philippines, it’s a great manual written in fiction or semi-autobiographical form. And no, I’m not going to sit here and say that hospitals in the Philippines are better than that, my own personal experience forbids me to do so. However, I would say that if you want a better and more comfortable experience, I suggest going to private hospitals.
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05 November 2013

40,022 words more to go!

Another day of satisfaction! 

I'm new at Nanowrimo this year and I was seriously panicking when November 1 arrived, as I was still really, really confused of which of my ideas I wanted to start on, and when I finally did choose what novel to start, I felt as if a tall wall was standing standing in front of me (and it still feels that way)

I mean come on, writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days isn't a joke! And I was really tempted to back off from doing this challenge. I was often depressed and discourage but now that I'm almost at 20% I can't help but cheer myself on. Yeah! Just write! Doesn't matter if it feel as if my novel maybe isn't so likeable -I can always develop it more later!- the most important is that for now is that I keep my mind on the finish line and my eyes on the that lovely bars!

Good luck to anyone doing same thing I do!




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03 November 2013

Help Campaign Amazed: A Girl's Infinite Pursuit to Grasp the Essence of Humanity in Writing

I'm seriously busy right now but I'll be dropping by and just post this for anyone who would like to help.




Amazed: A Girl’s Infinite Pursuit to Grasp the Essence of Humanity in Writing 



Life is nothing as it seems.

And yet its simple but profound wonders are the core that makes human existence all worth it.

In this candid collection of essays and short stories, the girl with the infinite pursuit brings to light her insightful, heart-tugging, and seemingly ordinary moments in the chase to unravel the exquisite marvel that is our lives.

Why Do This?


Have you ever been so sure of one thing in your life?
For me, that’s writing. Even when I’m going crazy with whatever is happening in my life, I always go back to that still corner inside my heart where I can say everything without boundaries. And that’s writing to me.
Over the years, I have written personal experiences and observations that helped me get through. Made me understand why things happen or don’t happen. Brought me hope when life seems to feel unbearable. Writing has always done that for me. It has always taught me to be grateful.
It’s never been easy to reveal part of yourself to others, especially those thoughts most dear to your heart. But I know that it would be more of a disgrace not to. Since I owe it to myself and to the rest of this given life to make it count. These words, they will be eternal, and hopefully in some way bring meaning to the lives of those who will read them.
This collection reflects part of my life that I never imagined would be given a chance to be shared to the world. But now that my time has come, your contribution to publishing this book will forever be imprinted in my heart. A gratitude more than any words can ever try to express.
With your help, I can fulfill a dream. And that is, to share my deepest realizations of what life, for me and I know for many pursuers like me, is and should truly be all about.


Why we need your help

Amazed is self-published. With your support, we will be able to afford the costs associated in publishing this book.
Besides, they say life is richer, grander, and more meaningful when you share it with others.
And when you actually get to read someone else’s life and reflections from the pages of a book, life becomes more real, more resounding, and more deliberate.
You begin to ponder about your own life. On family, on work, on love, on hope, on pain, and on the real things that matter. It’s our personal learnings shared with others that make us better human beings because it teaches us not to become bystanders in our own lives.
That’s what this book sets out to do.
And with your help, this book can reach more readers, touch more lives. More than you think possible.

Production costs

For both print and eBook

• Editor fees
• Layout fees
• Cover illustration
• eBook conversions
• Marketing
• Print costs 


Other Ways You Can Help

You can also help us by:
  • Getting the word out about our campaign.
  • You can also blog, reblog, tweet, and share this campaign in Facebook. 

About the Author

Joanne Crisner Alcayaga is a Journalism graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD). She had previously worked as a writer for a Public Relations firm in Makati but is now working as a Supervisor at Tollways Management Corporation while doing freelance writing in her spare time.


Though she studied Journalism, Joanne is more passionate about creative writing, mainly doing personal essays, poems, and short stories on the essence and beautiful complexities of life.
Joanne Crisner co-authored Brightest, a children's book about a lost firefly catcher, trying to find his way home; and a broken firefly that had long lost himself. And how friendship and being there for each other had made a difference in their lives.
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30 October 2013

Pigeon: Impossible

The mission I spoke of in my previous post? Never happened.
I also barely read any books because of other pressing matters, therefore no book reviews.

But then I find this funny short film.

Story: A rookie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase. www.pigeonimpossible.com





Review: Love this film! Some Youtube hated the Pigeon but I actually find him quite charming (tough too). Though the end made me sucked my lips :(
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15 October 2013

Mission of the week

I'm not sure what's the story is about but after watching the trailer below, I'm making it a mission to find the movie and watch it this week.


 
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11 October 2013

Truth or Date

Truth or Date (Better Date than Never, #2) My rating: 5/5

Summary:

(Better Date than Never series, Book #2)

Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.

As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.

Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.

*****

My review:

This story made me pout disappointedly in the beginning as I was expecting the same kind of feeling as the first book I read in this series. I read this volume slowly like I normally does to books that hasn't properly gripped me yet. It was around forty percent when things started to get exciting for me. I was falling for Chris, well, Ethan was nice but there's something about Chris that made like him better. And that was answered in the end.

And it wasn't only Gina's heart that flipped over when she receive this text. "Wear the sweats you wore to the office Monday if you want. Whenever you walk into a room, I can't take my eyes off you" My emotion burst and I was squealing like a starstruck teen.

I was a bit annoyed with Gina's indecisiveness and I honestly thought that I would be marking this book with 3 stars, maybe 4 but by the end of the book, I was so satisfied I want to make it 5 afterall.
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08 October 2013

A French FairyFail (meet the characters)


My newest Filipino novel: A French FairyFail, published by Flipside Publishing is finally out!

It's a story of how one girl found love in a way she didn’t dream of A sheltered naïve 23 year old Liberty went from the Philippines to France in the hope of finding her own "Prince Charming" just like in her fairytale books. On her first day, she meet Léonce, a man who seemed to have been created based on her preference, however, for every fairytale there’s an evil stepmother an in Liberty case, it was Alexandros "Lex", Léonce’s best friend.




Meet the Main Characters:


Liberty Roxas


Age: 23
Profession: Fantasy writer.
Liberty is a sheltered naïve woman who went from the Philippines to France in the hope of finding her own "Prince Charming" just like in her fairytale books.





Léonce Dupont


Age: 25
Profession: Veterinarian/Private animal shelter worker.
He's Liberty's target of affection because he's the way she imagine a Prince should be.






Alexandros "Lex" Perrault


Age: 28
Profession: Vineyard manager.
Lex is Liberty's uncle's (her aunt's husbands) nephew. He's an ill-tempered guy especially toward Liberty whom he told he doesn't wish to have any connection with.


eBooks are available at:


Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1m9F86o
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iTuneshttp://bit.ly/1gKUbzD
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Google Playhttp://bit.ly/1j66LIj


or CLICK HERE for Free read up to 5 chapters
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06 October 2013

The Price- A short film

Okay, I'll take a short break from book reviews and start my October post with this short indie film with very unexpected end.

An Award winning short film -THE PRICE is funny tale of a young virgin guy's 1st visit to a prostitute!

Starring - Mitali Nag of Afsar bitiya serial (Zee TV)
Gaurav Pandey - Upcoming film actor.
Directed by - Vicky Khandpur
winner in UTV WORLD MOVIES CONTEST, was aired on 22nd may 2011 on utv world movies channel.
short listed in and screened in 16 FRAMES FESTIVAL, IFFI - GOA IN 2010.
Winner of best concept award - by2coffee film fest 2011
showcased in SCRIPT film fest


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30 September 2013

Cover (Story) Girl

Cover (Story) GirlCover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano
My rating: ★ / 


Summary:

1) She has amnesia.
2) She’s on the run from her father’s creditors.
3) She’s enjoying her last days on earth.

Ever since Jang Min Hee walked into Gio’s small museum, she’s given him one excuse after another about why she’s vacationing at scenic Boracay Island. Rarely has Gio’s neat and organized world been shaken like this. Soon he finds himself scrambling over rocks, hiding in dressing rooms, and dragging her out of bars. But how can Gio tell what's true from what isn't? Their worlds are getting unraveled -- one story at a time.

My Review:

I hate leaving low ratings on books but I really don’t feel like giving this book higher than two stars.

First of all, even as someone born from the Philippines I found this book exotic, Boracay settings attracted me (which is why I bought it.)

As I start reading it hooked me up, in the beginning that is, but it quickly become boring for me. I don’t how I should explain it… probably one reason is that even though the book is written from a third person point of view; it’s all narrated from Gio (the hero’s) perspective. Okay, I admit that I haven’t finished the book yet but I don’t feel like reading anymore, for me 50% (where I finally give up) is enough after trying to read it for almost a month.

I’m not saying that the book is bad though, it was well written, the author cleverly “show” me what the characters do and see, and I’m sure many others would love this story but let’s just say that this is just not my cup of tea.
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29 September 2013

Love at First Date

Love At First DateLove At First Date by Susan Hatler
My rating: 

Summary:

(Better Date than Never series, Book #1)

Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life . . .

Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.

Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?


My Review:

Ooh… I’m lost for words! I actually had so many things I wanted to say while I was reading the story but now that I’m done reading… I’m simply satisfied and ready to read another of Susan Hatler’s books. I’ve been eyeing her stories for a while now but since I don’t have a kindle it never really motivate me to read but now that I have I downloaded this book just to try reading it and I’ve never read a book written by an English person so quickly before. I started reading it last night and I wouldn’t have stopped if my bedtime hadn’t interfered.

This story hooked me up the first line. It was a light a easy to read book, not so much drama but exciting to read nevertheless. I truly admire the author style; the humors in the story keep me wanting to read the next pages all the way to the end. I don’t remember feeling bored while reading it, I love how Ellen and Chester interact (keep me smiling) and the ending was romantic (yes, I giggled a bit)
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27 September 2013

Reaching the Edge

Reaching the Edge (Edge, #2.5)Reaching the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux
My rating: ★★★★

Summary: 

Emily has waited over two years to give herself to Sergei. She couldn’t have asked for a more patient man. Now they’ve finally reached their wedding night, and after all Sergei’s patience and understanding, Emily wants to be everything for him. How will their first night together compare to their dreams?

This is a 3500-word short story that contains mature content not suitable for younger readers. It is part of the EDGE series, but it's not necessary to read Life on the Edge or Edge of the Past first to enjoy this story.

My Review:

Short and passionate... I'm not familiar with the characters as I haven't read the main story but the character's are lovable, yes, they make me giggle. But maybe I'm just too liberated because it's almost hard for me to imagine a guy so in love with a girl (for that amount of time) and still hold himself from completely claiming her after the marriage.
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13 September 2013

Kailan Kita Pwedeng Mahalin?

Kailan Kita Puwedeng Mahalin? (Precious Hearts Romances, #3026)Kailan Kita Puwedeng Mahalin? by Angel Bautista

My rating: 


Summary:

I would be very much willing to do even the impossible things if it would make you happy."

Maileen never planned to fall in love with Albert Villares. Isang malaking kagagahan ang ma-in love sa kanyang boss--dahil nagtrabaho siya sa kompanyang iyon para sa isang misyon.

At lalo naman hindi niya inasahang iibigin siya ni Albert.

"Puwede ba tayong magpanggap na puwedeng maging tayong dalawa?"

Alam niyang napakarami na niyang ginagawang pagpapanggap para pumayag sa nais nito. Ngunit kabaliwan mang matatawag, mas mahalaga ang mga sandaling kasama niya ang binata... kahit alam niyang panandalian lang ang lahat ng iyon. Dahil sa sandaling matuklasan ni Albert kung sino siya, aanihin niya ang matinding galit at pagkamuhi nito..


My Review:

Ah I wish the one I bought has the cover of like this one. Because if there's one thing I don't like with the one I have it's the cover illustration (no offense no El Parado but I have seen some better than the one I own)

Cover illustration aside. This is the first best favorite Tagalog pocketbook out of more than (literally) a thousands Tagalog romance that I've read. I find nothing to complain in this one. The story is relatable. The settings is nice, the presentation is good, the main characters is great and simply lovable... Maybe Maileen was a bit slow to understand her uncle's nature but that's okay Their problems is very understandable.

Writers sometimes could be a little egoistic and think that "my writing is fine as it is" but after reading this, I'm burning with passion to write something so engaging as this. (For now I'm not sure there yet.)
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11 September 2013

Mulan (I'll make a man out of you)

How could I ever forget the first ever Disney movie that made me cry and laugh so hard? As a young teen until now at Li Shang and Mulan still makes me squeal while thinking of them, and the music video below, a clip from the movie just refresh that warm, romantic feelings all over again.



and below is a tiny bit of their first encounter.




And that is why, classic cartoons like Mulan is still my treasure.

- Just on the side note: I love Li Shang's singing voice! Kyaaa!
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09 September 2013

Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra

I've decided to change my style of books review starting today! Additional summary and cute stars!


Love Your FrenemiesLove Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra

My rating: ★★★★


Summary:

Kimmy Domingo was the kind of girl everyone hated and envied -- until her fiancé dumped her a week before their wedding. Soon after, she quit her job, hopped on a plane, and just hid from everyone who knew her. A year later and she's back in Manila to be maid of honor at a wedding she can't miss.

Kimmy's home because she's ready to start over, but she also knows that some people at that wedding were responsible for the mess her life turned out to be. The first step to recovery? Cutting off the ones who caused her troubles to begin with: her best friend and her first love.

My Review:

I really liked this book, the characters are very engaging, I love the heroine; Kimmy, I like how confident she is and how practical she think about (running away from her personal problem aside) I even actually like her foul mouth, hahaha :D

Chelsa, I actually hated her but only in the beginning soon after things clear up, I end up nodding thinking, she just loves her friend.

Isabel is plain lovable and I would love to read a story about her.

Marjorie is… well portrayed, I can really relate at her problem, sometimes it’s just annoying to feel that here you are doing your best, working hard as much as you could but then someone else who appear to hasn’t done much outrun you, that’s annoying. Yes, envy and jealousy is such an ugly thing but its part of being a human. Happens to be a me a lot and whenever that feeling comes up I have to hide to hide in my room and hammer the head of my dark twin (not that I’m normally an angel.)

Manolo is fine I actually like him too, I like his flirtatious and easy going personality but I can’t really put my finger on it but I feel like he lacking of something. Sure, he’s a good guy, helpful and generous, and… I don’t know but I feel like he still needs to prove himself for me to like him a romantic hero but then again this book isn’t all about romance but about friendships too. And it shows here how being yourself is one of the most important factors to gain a true friend.

This book was really enjoyable, though I started reading it lazily but I quickly become attached to it halfway that I just had to read it every chance I get until I’ve finally finished reading the story.

This is my second book of Mina and I don’t think I’ll be the last.
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06 September 2013

Enchanted 2007 Film

Let me start my first September post with a happily ever after, yes! Fairytale, but not just a fairytale, but a very enchanting fairytale movie; Enchanted.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.comFrom Wikipedia:

Enchanted is a 2007 American fantasy romantic comedy musical film, produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures in association with Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. Written by Bill Kelly and directed by Kevin Lima, the film stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. The plot focuses on Giselle, an archetypal Disney Princess, who is forced from her traditional animated world of Andalasia into the live-action world of New York City. This is Andalasia Productions' first and only film and also the first Disney film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The film is both an homage to, and a self-parody of, conventional Walt Disney Animated Classics, making numerous references to Disney's past and future works through the combination of live-action filmmaking, traditional animation and computer-generated imagery. It heralds the return of traditional animation to a Disney feature film after the company's decision to move entirely to computer animation in 2004.


Plot:

Warning! Contains spoilers!

 In "Andalasia", an animated fairy tale world devoid of problems, in which there are talking animals and "happy endings", an evil queen named Queen Narissa frets that her stepson Prince Edward will soon find his true love, which means that Narissa's position on the throne would be taken over. One day, Edward and Nathaniel, Queen Narissa's henchman, successfully capture a troll, but Edward rides off to the cottage of a peasant named Giselle after hearing her sing about "true love". Knowing Narissa's wishes, Nathaniel sets the troll free to get rid of Giselle, but Edward saves her just in time. When they meet, they instantly fall in love and plan to get married the following day.

However, Narissa had witnessed everything, so she meets Giselle while the peasant runs off to get wed to Edward. Narissa successfully tricks Giselle and sends her from the cartoon world to the real live-action world of Earth, because the portal from the cartoon world was located at the sewer of the road at New York City's Times Square. Meanwhile, a divorce lawyer named Robert plans to propose to his girlfriend Nancy, much to the dismay of Morgan, his daughter. While Robert and Morgan are being driven home however, they witness a confused Giselle at a brightly lit billboard advertising "The Palace" casino, who mistakes the pink castle on the billboard image for an actual palace. Luckily, Robert rescues her after she falls off, and he lets Giselle stay their his apartment at the insistence of Morgan.

Pip, Giselle's chipmunk friend from Andalasia, witnessed Narissa send Giselle to the real world and warned Edward about it, so they escape to New York City as well to rescue Giselle. While at a hotel room, Edward luckily finds out about Giselle's whereabouts via a TV channel that she happened to show up on. However, he's unaware that Nathaniel, who had traveled to New York City due to Narissa seducing him to do so, is trying to get rid of Pip, who found out about the poisonous apple-centric plan that he and Narissa had concocted. Meanwhile, Robert decides to have Giselle stay with him and Morgan, believing that she needed his protection after wanting them to separate due to Giselle causing a falling out between him and Nancy. Giselle questions the divorce lawyer about his relationship with Nancy, and decides to help the pair reconcile by sending flowers and tickets to the "King and Queen's Costume Ball". Meanwhile, an angered Narissa plans to come to New York City after Nathaniel failed to poison Giselle twice.

As they spend more time together, Giselle and Robert begin to grow feelings for each other all the while Edward continues to look for Giselle, eventually finding her at Robert's apartment. While Edward is eager to take Giselle home to Andalasia and finally marry, she insists that they should first go on a date, reluctant to leave Robert and Morgan so soon. Giselle decides to end their date at the King's and Queen's Ball.




Movie Review:

I love this movie, my husband does too! Hahaha, yeah I kind of dragged him to watch it with me.

Not everything is perfect with this movie but that’s just because I always find things to complain. The first thing that I would like to be changed was the park scene, it was just too much singing! One thing is that she sings but for everyone to start dancing and singing with her… well, never mind it’s a musical movie so it was expected, and it wasn’t that bad (it’s just one of the reason why I avoid watching musicals, it’s fine with cartoons but real people? ... no not so much)

The second, thing I might mention, which isn’t such a big deal too because Giselle’s acting was great but she looks older compare to when the other character’s show up in the real world. But as I said, it’s not a big deal. Other than those two things, this movie is perfect. I love pip! He made me laugh, and Prince Edward is a funny and charming prince, I actually liked him more than Robert! Ha! Well Robert is better looking but I still like Edward more. Morgan is cute and of course I love Giselle too, I like how good she portrayed her role.

If you’re ever in the mood for a light romantic fantasy comedy film. I suggest you give this a try.

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28 August 2013

Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca, Vol. 33 (Flame of Recca, #33)Flame of Recca, Vol. 33 by Nobuyuki Anzai
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read this manga series many years ago and read I've the series again and again since then. What I like about this series is that there's not much of an annoying characters, well they could annoying but on the understandable level. The drawing isn't so beautiful and to be honest I was a bit turn off when I first open the first page but as I continue to read I started loving them, the story was great and I couldn't care anymore if they wasn't that great I wish. I love the action, the adventures and the twist of the story.

I've also watched the anime and it's just equally good as the manga. :) Though this manga and anime remind be so much of Yuyu Hakusho, my number 1 favorite. I've written many review of the anime in the past but since I haven't read the manga yet I've haven't posted any review of YYH even my previous blogs.
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19 August 2013

The Thirsty Sparrow

Isang Mayang UhawIsang Mayang Uhaw by Virgilio S. Almario
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this story! The book really teach kids that there comes a lot of time when you have to use your common sense. I've read this story in a text book when I was a kid. And while I was reading it I also keep wondering how I would be doing if I was that little bird, just to be able to drink that water at the bottom of the glass.

I would have given this story a 5 stars but because of the same reason as K.D mention (view spoiler)[it's really stupid that the writer/illustrator made him carry the stones to fill the glass using his wing and not the feet, I his using it to fly (hide spoiler)] I give it a four star.

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15 August 2013

Roles: A Not Quite Unread Novel

Roles: A Not Quite Unread NovelRoles: A Not Quite Unread Novel by Carlos Malvar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading this book is a crazy ride. I can really relate to it, sometimes being in the jungle full of wild animals is way better than to be in high school where you have to watch yourself all the time. I like this book. Fast and easy to read, though the ending was a damn cliffhanger and I'm hoping that one reviewer on the sequel wasn't exactly right when he said that the sequel wasn't much of a continuation of the ending here :(

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Honey Moon

Honey MoonHoney Moon by Shouko Akira
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well the first story is the usual two-stranger-become-siblings-become-lover kind of thing, it’s a predictable story but I can’t seem to stay away from reading this kind of story anyway.
What I hate in this kind of plot is that most of the story has always the older-"sister", why? Can’t the boy be the older one for once? I’m fine with girls being older; in fact I already have stories where the heroine is older but I don’t think it happens a lot in real life (or do it happens often now?)

Anyway, with age aside, I also find it strange that two parents would just leave their two teenage kids who've just met alone. However, with all that being said I still read the story all the way to the end and enjoyed seeing the inevitable unfold.

The second and fourth story is cute.

But my favorite is the 3rd story :)


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31 July 2013

Peach Girl






Title: Peach Girl

Author: Ueda Miwa

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Volume: 18 volumes (Japan version)

Anime: 25 Episodes




Summary:

The story centered on Momo Adachi. A former member of the swim team, Momo tans easily and her hair is bleached out; unfortunately, she is stereotyped by her ignorant classmates, and is forced to endure rumors about being an "easy girl" that has had many sexual relationships.Her only friend is Sae, who is actually responsible for spreading the nasty gossip due to her jealousy of Momo.

Momo is in love with Toji, a taciturn baseball player, but the scheming Sae also has her sights set on the same boy. Momo's life is further complicated with the introduction of Kairi Okayasu, a wise-cracking playboy who is determined to make her his. He reveals to Momo that she had saved him from drowning the summer before high school started.

Summary source: Wikipedia




Review:

I don't know how the manga goes or what feelings it delivers because I only watched the anime. And this review is based on that.

The first thing I want to say is that I enjoyed watching Peach Girl as a viewer it made me feel many different emotions: sad and happy, anxious but many times I get so angry at the characters, well it should be normal to feel it for the antagonist but now I practically have something to dislike on everyone, except for Kairi, (even if he's a playboy).

I was especially feeling frustrated near the end because of Momo's indecision. I feel like grabbing her out of the screen and tell her off. But it all got better in the end so I was fine.

It got the happy ending I always want to get from romance stories but I feel like something is missing, like I like it to continue a bit longer!

And oh, I also love the Taiwanese drama but the anime is better because the "Momo" (forgot the Taiwanese names) wasn't that good to act, but the "Sae" and "Kairi" was good.




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20 July 2013

How to Train Your Dragon


I just remember about this wonderful animated film I watch a year ago! It was already two years then since the release but I never heard of it. Bored and searching the internet for some entertainment I bump in to a movie with a title: How To Train Your dragon.


I was skeptic at first thinking that I might not like it but I totally love this movie! I love how the friendship develop, and the romance in the story is great not dominating but there. 
Lot's of flying and 3D effect. The comedy part especially when he was with the dragon the first time was so funny I literally cried from laughing.

Anyway, right now I'm still feverish and too excited after watching it again to give a proper review, but I'll definitely recommend this movie to everyone, if not, you don't know what your missing...

   

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10 July 2013

Free Ebook for July Summer/Winter Sale Specials

Hello everyone!

 I just participated in Smashwords ebook's "July Summer/Winter Sale Specials" that run's from July 1–31.

I listed my 2 of my e-books for free:
 
1: Tagalog novella Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil (Tagalog Romance)
Description
Agad na nabighani si Yuna sa maamong mukha ni Benjamin nang una niya itong masilayan, ngunit agad rin niya itong kinamuhian matapos siya nitong ipahiya sa harap ng maraming tao. Pinanalangin niyang hindi na sila nito muling magkita. Subalit masyado yatang abala ang Diyos dahil kabaliktaran ang nangyari. Pinagbantaan pa siya nito matapos niyang mapag-alaman na napili pala itong fiancé para sa kanya ng mga magulang, at napagpasyahang sa tahanan nila ito pansamantalang titira. And there’s something more to Benjamin than meets eye.


2: An English short story Dishonest Heart

Dishonest Heart photo MissDishonestweb_zps6b975e51.jpg
Description
Anya wants nothing more than to stay away from Alexander, someone who she considered to be her polar opposite. But, after asking him to keep a secret for her, he never left her alone anymore. Alexander started to constantly tease her, and somewhere along the way, her feelings for him changed. 8,969 words teen fiction based from a true story.

From Smashword: Use the code SW100 at checkout to get this book for FREE during our site-wide promotion!

Please be sure check it my ebooks!
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21 June 2013

Someday My Prince

Someday My PrinceSomeday My Prince by Martha Cecilia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I used to own the complete Sweetheart series when I was a teen. And I remember loving every story especially this volume. Which is why I bought it again for collection sake but I regret doing so. I still like the book and the story is fine but it's not as enjoyable as I remembered it. For one thing, the story jumps around too much. It starts when the boy is already an adult, then the story went back in time to the time when he was a young teen, then two years later, then back to the continuation when he was a teen. Then it forward decade into the future and once again back a few years in the past (with another past scenes in between) and again and again. It's not confusing but really tiring that after I reach chapter 17 out of 21 chapters I was so tired of reading the story I fast read the whole thing.

*ALERT! A LITTLE SPOILER below*

I was actually also a bit annoyed by the fact that he found it to be a betrayal to love the daughter of Zach but not his wife.

All in all this story made more appeal to me when I was younger.

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17 June 2013

D.gray-man

Would it still be considered a review if I only talk about the characters? Just wondering 'cause I just finished watching D-gray man anime.

WARNING!!!

SPOILER ALERT!

KEEP READING, ONLY IF YOU DON'T MIND SPOILERS!

Still reading?

Okay here I go.

D-gray man is great! I love love love it! (And I wish more anime seasons come)

The story is wonderful I have no complain at all, and the characters are great but I'm boiling right now because of some
characters.

First of all lot of good guys I like died, second there's some characters who I want dead is still walking around and kicking!
And I don't mean the bad guys, but the members of the protagonist!

I see, a lot of people commented that they hate, dislike, irritated and that they wish that Lenalee to just die but I think the one I'm annoyed on most is Chaoji or Chaozii Han. His so short minded and ignorance of other people point of view! Allen is doing his best to save everyone including his sorry ass when he was defenseless yet he still suspect Allen for being a traitor. He doesn't even know and I don't get the impression that his trying.

No offense to Chaoju fans but Chaoji should DIEEE!!!

*wheeze* *wheeze*

*collapse of madness*

*wakes up*

I'm still bothered.


Okay as long I already mention Lenalee  I'll keep going about her.


Though I was againts that other hate her especially after she lost her long hair I think she's okay. I don't like her too but I don't dislike her either, she's just her. But of course if I'm completely honest I like her better in the beginning before her long hair was lost. Because it was as if she did not only lost her long hair she also lost the personality that she used to have. But all in all I prefer Lenalee over many other shounen female character. Why? That's because she doesn't kick the main character around like she's the boss.



Allen: I was very neutral about him in the beginning but I think around the same time that Lenalee lost her appeal, Allen got cooler and cooler, then after he synchronize with crown clown, there was no
more moments where I think his lame. Oh sweet Allen *fan girl scream* Kyaaaaa! (that was for the cool him)


Lavi is great too! I never dislike anything about him from the start, he was my first favorite but after Allen come back from the "dead" he become my second favorite.


Kanda is hmmm...well I was annoyed at how cold he is toward his comrade but I slowly grow over it, and by the time they was on the ark I like him already.


Cross Marian, his cool! One could say that he treated Allen badly, but when I think about it from his view he probably did all those things to make Allen stronger.



 
Arystar Krory: Though many said that he's lame, but I think that he's actually cool and manly. His clueless and funny.



 
Miranda too, I like her too, whenever she's arround I feel cheered up.

Lu Fan, hahaha, I love this girl! Especially because she cares so much for Allen, and she's funny when she's lost in her fantasy.

Ah, and of course Komui, oh how could I almost forgot about him. Yeah, his my favorite too! I can't put him in any number since his special, same with Bak Chang and Foo.

And there's some Finders which I hope I could have seen more in the series. Micheal, Toma (he was closed to Allen) Gozu his funny too (cries a lot)
And Devon, tsk, he die too early!

Hmm...I don't think I forget to list anyone, since the rest of the characters is not likeable ot hateful enough to mention. They're all okay.
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