June Wrap-Up

I want to start a new series where I wrap up my experiences per month in one blog post! So to wrap up June, I want to share with you some things I’ve been working on plus some packages I got!

First up, packages!

1. Pedigree Dog Food Samples

I have two cute dogs at home and I wanted them to try out some Pedigree samples (that’s specific for their weight class). Luckily, Pedigree Philippines offers free samples for your dog to try! I sent in the details of both my dogs and got this a few weeks later:

Inside each package contains a small pack of dry dog food, a small pouch of wet dog food, and a small booklet on feeding information. It was really interesting to receive these since I wanted to see how my dogs would react to wet dog food (as compared to their normal dry dog food portions).


You can get a sample here (for Philippine residences only)!

2. Books, books, and more books!

The next package I got was really exciting for me since I’ve been waiting for several months to receive it. I pre-ordered two books from Book Depository a couple of months back and it’s finally here!

It’s the 20th-anniversary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! It’s so pretty. I love everything about it.


I’m a proud Ravenclaw. #HousePride! While one of my best friends (Courtney) is a Slytherin. I bought her a copy as her birthday gift. (Don’t worry, she already saw it.)

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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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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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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 “nonreaders” 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 for 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 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!

  1. Road to Perdition (a graphic novel)

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The whole novel is in black and white—which is a nice touch towards the setting of the story. It’s all about mobsters, fame, money, faith, fate, and family. If you (or someone else) are/ is not a ‘reader’, then this would be perfect because it’s a graphic novel and the whole plot is not only thrilling but emotionally inspiring, as well. Read the entire synopsis and ratings here.

 

 

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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If you are not the one who likes reading, perhaps this series would change your mind!

 

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  1. Everyday by David Levithan

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  1. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

 Untitled6If you are familiar with the movie or the book The Book Thief, you’ll find that although they share the same author, I Am the Messenger is comparatively different from The Book Thief. While The Book Thief is heavy and dramatic, you’ll find I Am the Messenger light and a little humorous. It revolves around one guy named Ed Kennedy, who works as a cab driver. He faces a mysterious quest, given by an unknown person, on helping (and sometimes hurting) people for the better. Click here for the complete synopsis and reviews.

So there you have it, five books to get you started on the adventure of a lifetime! 🙂