May Update

Hello, everyone! Just wanted to share a small update! My third term in university just started two weeks ago, and I’ve been keeping myself pretty occupied lately.

First, if you noticed on my blog, I have a new tab labeled “Features (When in Manila)”. I’ve finally achieved my dream of being an actual contributor to a website/publication! I’ve published one article so far and there’s another one on the way! Thank you for all the love and support! I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams!

Second, I’ve bought/got some things this month and I want to share them with you!

1. Dog-A-Petreat’s Beef Heart Crisps

I bought a pack of beef heart crisps from this store, and my dogs absolutely love it!

Family photo vibe here – HAHA! (L-R: Archer & Luli)

I can see and hear them salivating and panting just at the sight and smell of these babies.

Archer takes the lead! Will Luli get a chance?

NOPE.

(But, seriously, dogs will go nuts for these things. I’m even tempted to try it myself – HAHA.)

2. Book Haul from Aklatan

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Fully Booked: Children’s Books Galore!

Last month, my favorite local bookstore Fully Booked sent me a newsletter about children’s books followed by a link with their top ten recommendations (click here to read it)!

(Photo from Fully Booked Online)

At the bottom of the list, they announced that they were giving away specially curated sets of children’s books! I excitedly joined. They only asked for two things: one, to visit their Facebook page (which I usually do, anyways); and two, to leave a comment on their list answering the question “what is your favorite children’s book?” I answered from the heart and a few weeks later –

I won!

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Bibliophile – (Very) Short Feature Film

Right now, I’m taking up a major called “Video Production”. We were asked to make a 1-minute feature film as a challenge. If you follow my blog or my social media accounts, you would probably know that I made another 1-minute film last year (click here). This time, I made a short video on something that I am very passionate about – reading!

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Here’s the storyboard!

I asked one of my best friends – Nicole – to be my talent for this film. I filmed and edited everything yesterday and I’m very happy with the results!

Click here to watch it!

Basically, the story is summarized with its title, Bibliophile. It follows a quiet girl on the course of her day as she visits her university library during her free time. She finds a book that captures her attention, borrows it, and proceeds to read it throughout the day – shifting to different locations and sitting in different positions so she could be comfortable. When she eventually finishes the book, she is filled with sadness but returns the book. As she is about to leave, she notices another book. She takes it and proceeds to borrow that; to summarize, “a very short film about a girl who goes through the cycle of the ‘reader’s journey’ which consists of discovery, involvement, and the conclusion before everything resets – a never-ending cycle.”

Do tell me what you think in the comments below! 🙂

First Book Signing: Hanya Yanagihara

As a bookworm, one of my ultimate goals is to actually go to a book signing. Of course, when the opportunity presents itself, I make sure to grab it with two hands. Luckily, my university was hosting a book signing, I decided to go for it. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished reading the book before the signing but I still decided to go since it would be cool to actually meet an international author! Miss Hanya Yanagihara just so happened to be at the right place and at the right time. I had her book A Little Life on my Goodreads’s “to-read” shelf for a while and decided to go for it.

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Manila International Book Fair 2016 Haul!

It’s that time of the year again where my wallet cries for help: the Manila International Book Fair!

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(Photo from MIBF’s Facebook page)

This year, I went on the first day (September 14, Wednesday) and on the third day (September 16, Friday). I usually go two days; one for family (my aunt and I have this “tradition” that we go every year together) and one with friends.

On the first day, I was actually surprised to see that there are fewer people than usual. It was very spacious and we had a fun time going around buying books!

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(All those bargain books at the back!)
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(Looks like heaven.)

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It’s Aki, the mascot of the MIBF! 🙂

The thing about the MIBF is that my friends and family plan for months ahead of time so that our schedule would be clear enough to spend the day at the SMX Convention Center. This year, I told myself to stick to my “book list” so that I can control how much books I would get and how much money I’d use. Luckily, I (sorta) followed my list this year!

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Fully Booked Book Sale (January 2016)!

Last month, my aunt and I went to my all-time favorite bookstore in the country, Fully Booked – Bonifacio High Street! There was a huge sale wherein tons of books were more than 70% off! Of course, I grabbed this opportunity and went on an impromptu shopping trip with my aunt (this was afterI went to another mall and watched the Peanuts / Snoopy Movie – which, by the way, I loved so much that I want to watch it again and again). When we arrived, the bookstore was full of people, which was to be expected. Here’s a photo I took from one of the higher floors of the bookstore wherein you could see all the people (and books) in the sale area!

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Wow.

The secret here is to not give up right away. There are tons of shelves around the bookstore (even on different floors) that are under the sale — with that, I would love to share with you all my haul.

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I first got The Portable James Joyce which was really cheap already (as compared to its original price)! My aunt found this for me after digging through a pile of books, in which I was so happy to find because I loved his Araby! The second book I got was photography book – but what attracted me to it so much was the fact that it was relating to letters. The book is sort of like a collaboration amongst photographers from all around the world! They would go around and find letters even in the most basic and simple of things; for example, a letter A in the trees! I found this book at a great discount of 50% off (from Php 600+), and I was so happy to find this! The third book I got is a personal favorite of mine (a classic), Silas Marner.I read this book (as a required reading) back in high school, and I thoroughly enjoyed it so much that I wanted to grab a copy! Luckily, I found this gem hidden at one of the lowest bookshelves on the second floor of the bookstore! It’s a Collector’s Edition special and the fact that it’s also 50% off! Finally, the last book I got is called Scam!— I know, I know – it’s quite a silly book, but it really fascinated me as it was filled with the different scams (from the observations and experiences of the author) placed on people. I wanted to learn all the scams in the book so that I may avoid or warn loved ones about the idea of those kinds of spam!

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(By the way! I finally got my very first set of watercolors and I absolutely love it! I’m practicing every other day now in hopes that my brush lettering improves!)

And that is my book haul last month! I apologize for not updating too often, as I am quite busy with my studies (+ org work)! What’s the best book deal you’ve got? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Will Do (Almost) Anything for Books!

Today, I experienced something really interesting and strange. Some weeks ago, I volunteered to be part of an experiment – a psychological experiment entitled “Games and Choices Experiment”. The volunteers of the experiment would get a Php 500 gift certificate for Fully Booked; and, of course, how can I say no to that?

So I scheduled the experiment for November 5, 2015, at 12:30 PM. At first, I had thoughts like: “Oh, no. Will I be playing horror games?” because I thought well, playing horror games did come with choices: what weapon to use, which move to make next, whether I should open the door where the strange sounds are coming from…ANYWAYS!

I’ve sworn confidentiality for the experiment (until the entire experiment period ends, anyways) so I really can’t go into much detail. When I first went in the room, the lady there said: “Hi! Are you Sophia Yu?” and I said: “Yes! Uhm, will I be playing horror games?”

(Smooth, real smooth.)

Luckily, I didn’t — instead, I took different types of exams – all which are interesting – and after it all, the lady gave me my envelope with Php 500 worth of books from Fully Booked!

The way I left the room was like: “Thank you so much! I’m going to Fully Booked now, haha!”. And, yes. Yes, I did go to Fully Booked and bought a book that has been on my mind for the longest time. FINALLY.

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Manila International Book Fair 2k15 Haul!

I apologize for going on a long hiatus, but here it is (kind of late, but better late than never)!

My haul for this year’s Manila International Book Fair. The MIBF is an annual book fair wherein all the local publications in the country and all the local bookstores would gather in the SMX Convention Center (near the Mall of Asia) and would set up huge booths for people to purchase their products (books mostly) at a discounted price. This event lasts about a week long and this year it was from September 16 to 20.

I went on the 16th (with my aunt) and on the 18th (with my friends). For my first day, this was my haul:

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* (Top left to bottom right): The Maze Runner set by James Dashner, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Wink of Luna metallic brush pen, Zig Letter pen Cocoiro + refill, Q & A: 5-Year Journal, Another Day by David Levithan (exclusive edition with dedication to his readers in the Philippines), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, and a Zebra Sarasa pen. Continue reading “Manila International Book Fair 2k15 Haul!”

Books, Books, and More Books!

Are you a bookworm? Or are you one of those people who would fall asleep just after reading the first few paragraphs of the very first chapter? Well, you know what they say—everyone is a reader on the inside, it’s just the challenge of finding the right book. With that being said, here is a list of my personal favorite books that readers and “non-readers” alike would enjoy and find a book to read (and hopefully get hooked on to).

  1. Z by Michael Thomas Ford

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I think that this is the only book that I own that has a letter as a title. If you are a fan of sci-fi and action-adventure, Z is the book for you! (In fact, when one of my non-reader friends read this book, it ‘unlocked’ the reader in him!) This book is all about gaming and zombies…but with a twist. Set in the future, AFTER the zombie apocalypse, the protagonist Josh, is one of the world’s top players in a video game all about hunting and killing zombies. Read the full synopsis and ratings on Goodreads! (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7737810-z?from_search=true) I bought my copy from Fully Booked at the cost of Php 600 plus. Unfortunately, this book is a little difficult to find, so you may need to order a copy through leading bookstores nationwide!

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