It’s raining like hell outside, so guess what I intend to do all day?
See the picture? Yup, I’m gonna try watching all of the Doctor Who classic episodes! I am currently on the 3rd episode and frankly, I love how they can create such effects with very little budget and with lack of modern CGI. It’s almost next to impossible to make a sci-fi movie at that time. It’s so amazing.
I love how the Doctor starts as a selfish man, not wanting to bother with the human race. Its such a contrast to his present personality in which he’s willing to sacrifice everything to save humanity. 
Damn, I really adore this show.

It’s raining like hell outside, so guess what I intend to do all day?

See the picture? Yup, I’m gonna try watching all of the Doctor Who classic episodes! I am currently on the 3rd episode and frankly, I love how they can create such effects with very little budget and with lack of modern CGI. It’s almost next to impossible to make a sci-fi movie at that time. It’s so amazing.

I love how the Doctor starts as a selfish man, not wanting to bother with the human race. Its such a contrast to his present personality in which he’s willing to sacrifice everything to save humanity. 

Damn, I really adore this show.

Rewards For Braving The Shitty Weather.
As some of you may know, another storm has struck our country, the Philippines this week. As a Physical Therapy intern, we are assigned to different centers and we follow these centers’ rules. Of course, like any other horrendous rainy day, we are awaiting the announcement of class and office suspension. At around 5am, our university, UST has already announced suspension for all levels due to the flood that’s starting to build up around the campus. Sadly, though we are still UST students, we are under the Lung Center of the Philippine’s regulations.
Since at 6am, there were still no suspension except for preschool and highschool at QC, I decided to brave the streets even though the flood was already shin-deep. I had to take a risk because I cannot afford any more make ups and we also had a long quiz due this day. Luckily, I was able to flag a van that would take me to my destination. I arrived at the Lung Center at around 7am, an hour early for our call time. All in all, only 10 out of 17 interns were able to go to work. We were hoping that they would suspend clinic hours but to our misery, it wasn’t. It was a bit unfair since the other clinics and hospitals beside ours was suspending their work days. I guess this is just part of our tasks and is inescapable. We still had patients and had to treat even though most of us were sleepy due to the weather.
As the day ended some of our staff invited us for dinner at Trinoma. Most of us went and we ate at Taco Bell. We were supposed to watch Insidious 2 but decided not to since it was already late and some of us have to travel for quite a while to get home. Instead we roamed around the mall and went to Fully Booked. On our way, we passed by The Perfect White Shirt store and of course, my keen eyes was caught by a shirt with the Sherlock logo. I immediately stopped by and asked if they had my size. They did! And while I was waiting for them to get one, I also saw this Dauntless shirt, and by golly, I impulsively bought it too! So much for self-restraint. Haha.
At Fully Booked, I spotted Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls and Holly Black’s Black Heart, the finale for the Curse Worker series. I was about to pay for them when one of my co-interns called me, He told me to check some books that he spotted. I was a bit irritated when he did that since I was already at the counter. Good thing that I checked the books he was holding. Turns out, it was the 50th anniversary Doctor Who book series, 11 books, 1 for each of the Doctors. I immediately put down Holly Black’s book (sorry!) and pick out the first two in the DW series. I was so dam happy that I hugged my co-intern and jumped for joy. I was a crazy fangirl.
I guess this is the best reward I could have. Indeed, bad things may turn out well in the end, unexpectedly. I am so thrilled right now. But still, I dunno which to read first. I want to read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl so badly but I am also so excited with my new DW books. Daaaaamn.
P.S. So very sorry for this long post. I just cannot contain my happiness.

Rewards For Braving The Shitty Weather.

As some of you may know, another storm has struck our country, the Philippines this week. As a Physical Therapy intern, we are assigned to different centers and we follow these centers’ rules. Of course, like any other horrendous rainy day, we are awaiting the announcement of class and office suspension. At around 5am, our university, UST has already announced suspension for all levels due to the flood that’s starting to build up around the campus. Sadly, though we are still UST students, we are under the Lung Center of the Philippine’s regulations.

Since at 6am, there were still no suspension except for preschool and highschool at QC, I decided to brave the streets even though the flood was already shin-deep. I had to take a risk because I cannot afford any more make ups and we also had a long quiz due this day. Luckily, I was able to flag a van that would take me to my destination. I arrived at the Lung Center at around 7am, an hour early for our call time. All in all, only 10 out of 17 interns were able to go to work. We were hoping that they would suspend clinic hours but to our misery, it wasn’t. It was a bit unfair since the other clinics and hospitals beside ours was suspending their work days. I guess this is just part of our tasks and is inescapable. We still had patients and had to treat even though most of us were sleepy due to the weather.

As the day ended some of our staff invited us for dinner at Trinoma. Most of us went and we ate at Taco Bell. We were supposed to watch Insidious 2 but decided not to since it was already late and some of us have to travel for quite a while to get home. Instead we roamed around the mall and went to Fully Booked. On our way, we passed by The Perfect White Shirt store and of course, my keen eyes was caught by a shirt with the Sherlock logo. I immediately stopped by and asked if they had my size. They did! And while I was waiting for them to get one, I also saw this Dauntless shirt, and by golly, I impulsively bought it too! So much for self-restraint. Haha.

At Fully Booked, I spotted Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls and Holly Black’s Black Heart, the finale for the Curse Worker series. I was about to pay for them when one of my co-interns called me, He told me to check some books that he spotted. I was a bit irritated when he did that since I was already at the counter. Good thing that I checked the books he was holding. Turns out, it was the 50th anniversary Doctor Who book series, 11 books, 1 for each of the Doctors. I immediately put down Holly Black’s book (sorry!) and pick out the first two in the DW series. I was so dam happy that I hugged my co-intern and jumped for joy. I was a crazy fangirl.

I guess this is the best reward I could have. Indeed, bad things may turn out well in the end, unexpectedly. I am so thrilled right now. But still, I dunno which to read first. I want to read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl so badly but I am also so excited with my new DW books. Daaaaamn.

P.S. So very sorry for this long post. I just cannot contain my happiness.


“You don’t read, you don’t understand. You don’t know what it’s like to live in different worlds, to travel on great adventures through the galaxy with people you know better than you know your own family. To live and die with them. These are my friends, my best friends in the world.”
—Atticus Shaffer

“You don’t read, you don’t understand. You don’t know what it’s like to live in different worlds, to travel on great adventures through the galaxy with people you know better than you know your own family. To live and die with them. These are my friends, my best friends in the world.”

—Atticus Shaffer

Currently Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Unabridged Edition)
I have finished K.L. Going’s Fat Kid Rules The World just recently and I’ll be making a review for it by tomorrow. This morning, I started reading the next book up in my reading list is this compiled edition of C.S. Lewis’ classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia. 
What made this edition different is that the seven books are not chronologically arranged according to their publication date. Instead, there are presented according to Sir Lewis’ preferred order of reading. Here is how the books were organized (chronological position in the original series indicated):
The Magician’s Nephew (Book 6)
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Book 1)
The Horse and His Boy (Book 5)
Prince Caspian: The Return To Narnia (Book 2)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Book 3)
The Silver Chair (Book 4)
The Last Battle (Book 7)
I have to admit that I haven’t read all the books in this series. Back when I was in highschool I only read the first 2 books. So now, I am hoping to finish all of them. It’s great that it is arranged this way so that the timeline does not have to jump back and forth. Right now, I am only at Chapter 5 of The Magician’s Nephew. This will be a long read, but I will make the reviews per book. Wish me luck!

Currently Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Unabridged Edition)

I have finished K.L. Going’s Fat Kid Rules The World just recently and I’ll be making a review for it by tomorrow. This morning, I started reading the next book up in my reading list is this compiled edition of C.S. Lewis’ classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia. 

What made this edition different is that the seven books are not chronologically arranged according to their publication date. Instead, there are presented according to Sir Lewis’ preferred order of reading. Here is how the books were organized (chronological position in the original series indicated):

  • The Magician’s Nephew (Book 6)
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Book 1)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Book 5)
  • Prince Caspian: The Return To Narnia (Book 2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Book 3)
  • The Silver Chair (Book 4)
  • The Last Battle (Book 7)

I have to admit that I haven’t read all the books in this series. Back when I was in highschool I only read the first 2 books. So now, I am hoping to finish all of them. It’s great that it is arranged this way so that the timeline does not have to jump back and forth. Right now, I am only at Chapter 5 of The Magician’s Nephew. This will be a long read, but I will make the reviews per book. Wish me luck!

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Secret # 1)

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I know I said that this book is an easy read and that I should be finished with it 3 days ago, but then due to some unwanted circumstances, I was only able to finish it a while ago. The past 3 days, I have been busy with my scholarship renewal, enrollment for the second semester, and attending the funeral of my deceased friend. On top of that, I managed to acquire fever and colds yesterday, which is a very great way to end my sembreak. Not. Anyways, here goes my review for the first book in the Secret series, which is was overdue.

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Based on the book’s rule, I am putting my life in grave danger telling you what it is all about. For the story holds a Secret that we must keep hushed in order to prevent others from using it for greater evil. So I trust you to save me the trouble and keep whatever you will read about to yourselves for our own sake.

So the story starts with two eleven-year-old kids, Cass and Max-Earnest. The two are what some others may describe as weirdos due to their peculiar traits. But these two kids are important for they are vital in keeping the Secret safe and saving lives of people involved.

Cassandra calls herself a survivalist. Every day, she goes to school wearing her trust backpack loaded with the equipment she believes are needed for every kind of calamity or danger. Aside from that, Cass believes that she can predict whenever bad things will happen, but she was yet to prove her “sight” to everyone in school. To her classmates, she is the “girl who cried wolf”.  

Max-Earnest. A quirky name. But there is a good story about how it came to be. But I fear that I am not fit to be the one to share it. Read the book and let the narrator relay it to you. Aside from the name, Max-Earnest tend to talk a lot. Yes, somehow, a period doesn’t work for him as his words pours continuously straight from his head. Max-Earnest also has the habit of telling everyone a joke the no one seem to find funny. And for the kids around him, this is annoying to the point of irritating. 

The two were brought together when Cass found the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with different vials of herbs and whatever containing various of scents, at her grandfathers’ shop. Apparently, the Symphony of Smells is one of the things left by a magician who disappeared after being burnt inside his house, leaving nothing but the smell of sulfur like rotten eggs.  

And so the adventure begins as Cass and Max-Earnest unearth the secrets involved in the mystery of this magician’s death. Aside from the Symphony of Smells, they also found Pietro’s, the magician, notebook. In it they learned more about his story of magic and amazing power of the senses. They started on a quest to find out more about the peculiar Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L who began pursuing them since they discovered the Symphony of Smells. What did these two want from the box and why do they desperately want to know Pietro’s story? Will Cass and Max-Earnest be able to prevent their evil plan in order to save one of their friends from the hands of Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L?

I have been seeing this book series displayed at the children’s section every time I go into a bookstore. I had to admit, the colorful cover and mysterious title made me curious enough to buy the first book. I guess I can say that it was worth it. From the first few pages, with the author giving us visual illustrations of warning before reading the book to the last pages of reminders for the sequel, I was hooked.

I particularly enjoyed the type of narration as it was directed to the readers, like casually talking to the narrator. It was also hilarious as the narrator was very reluctant to share any information that might give away any details that would let us find the whereabouts of the story or recognize the characters in person. Despite the hesitation, the narrator ultimately failed to do so for the readers would not be able to know the story without getting some details. I think that made the story very worth reading, the yearning to know about the Secret more.

Aside from the narrator, I also loved the adventures itself. I have to admit though, that I was quite disappointed with the lack of magical stuff in the story. Being a Harry Potter fan, I have a very high expectation when it comes to magic, spells, and mystery. I guess I was just really desperate to find another series that could match the brilliance of Harry Potter.

But then again, this book is different in a sense that it focuses on alchemy and the phenomenon known as synesthesia. Synesthesia is, in truth, a neurological condition in which a stimulation of one sense, hearing for example, will entice a  simultaneous stimulation of another sense, for example taste. One with this condition may read words but instead see different colors as an interpretation.  And this is the central theme of the story. The kids were trying to save a friend who has synethesia from the hands of Ms. Mauvias and Dr. L. This, I think, is the magical part of the story. 

What really made me love the book is the brain teasers and codes it gives. Along the way, Cass and Max-Earnest is presented with codes they needed to break and answer. I find it very amusing and I, myself, tried decoding the riddles. In fairness, I did a good job. I was also able to predict some of the events that would happen and that wasn’t very good for me. A good mystery book would be something surprising and this one was a bit predictable. Of course, I don’t have the right to give my conclusions since this is just the first book in the series. But I assure you that I have a great interest in reading the next book.

I will give this book a 4/5. I recommend this series for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Mysterious Benedict Society. It was a very easy read intended for adventurous kids and explorers, alike. 

Embarrassing as it may, I admit that I haven’t yet finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I know, that I’ve said a lot of times before that it is one of my favorite series and you might wonder if what I said is true. I assure you, I was not lying. I only reached up to the third book and I really enjoyed the storyline and the adventures. 
Part of the reason why I haven’t finished them is because I still don’t have a copy of the last book. And I really hate reading a book series and end up with a cliff-hanger just because I don’t have the next book. But now, I was able to buy The Last Olympian, and the series is complete. I think I’ll be reading the last two books soon so I can start with the Heroes of the Olympus series after. But of course, I still have a week to go for my exams and then, I’m gonna be free to read as much as I want since it’s our college week. HOOORAAAAY!!!

Embarrassing as it may, I admit that I haven’t yet finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I know, that I’ve said a lot of times before that it is one of my favorite series and you might wonder if what I said is true. I assure you, I was not lying. I only reached up to the third book and I really enjoyed the storyline and the adventures. 

Part of the reason why I haven’t finished them is because I still don’t have a copy of the last book. And I really hate reading a book series and end up with a cliff-hanger just because I don’t have the next book. But now, I was able to buy The Last Olympian, and the series is complete. I think I’ll be reading the last two books soon so I can start with the Heroes of the Olympus series after. But of course, I still have a week to go for my exams and then, I’m gonna be free to read as much as I want since it’s our college week. HOOORAAAAY!!!

Lo, and behold! The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart! 
I know it’s our prelims week and I have to study this long weekend, but I just couldn’t focus when I finally have all three books in the trilogy. I have this unyielding urge to start reading the first book and if I do, I probably won’t be able to stop until I finish the last book. I’ve been wanting to read them since a good friend of mine recommended it to me. I know these are intended for younger readers, but I just can’t help but be attracted to the storyline. I would very much prefer these kinds of adventure/witty books over the usual young adult paranormal romance found at the very entrance of every single bookstore in this country.
And since I really can’t afford to have my grades plunge down the drain, what I would do is leave them at home when I go back to my dorm tomorrow. I think it will be the best for my academic life. After all, I only have one week of hell and after that, it’s going to be our college week! So, I think that’s the time I can finally get on with these books. Ugh, why can’t time go on fast mode whenever it’s the exam week?

Lo, and behold! The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart! 

I know it’s our prelims week and I have to study this long weekend, but I just couldn’t focus when I finally have all three books in the trilogy. I have this unyielding urge to start reading the first book and if I do, I probably won’t be able to stop until I finish the last book. I’ve been wanting to read them since a good friend of mine recommended it to me. I know these are intended for younger readers, but I just can’t help but be attracted to the storyline. I would very much prefer these kinds of adventure/witty books over the usual young adult paranormal romance found at the very entrance of every single bookstore in this country.

And since I really can’t afford to have my grades plunge down the drain, what I would do is leave them at home when I go back to my dorm tomorrow. I think it will be the best for my academic life. After all, I only have one week of hell and after that, it’s going to be our college week! So, I think that’s the time I can finally get on with these books. Ugh, why can’t time go on fast mode whenever it’s the exam week?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

First of all, you should know that I made the mistake of watching the movie first before reading the book. And of course, not having known the full book story, I loved the film completely (well of course, Logan Lerman being one of the reasons why). But then I have this friend who has been forcing me to read the series since last year. He told me that the movie is a complete thrash compared to the novels.

So now, a year later, here I am, totally hating myself for even liking the movie adaptation of this book. The movie plot was very different from the book. It’s like they just took the characters and wrote a whole new storyline. The adventures, the deaths, the problems, and a lot more were completely different. Even the age of the main characters was wrong. I mean, does Logan Lerman even look like a twelve-year-old? Okay, enough of the complaints and let’s move on to the review.

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old sixth grader who is diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He is irritable, and he couldn’t control his impulsive behavior. The dyslexia made it hard for him to read and understand his lessons and this resulted to failing marks. And so, Percy might be kicked out from his boarding school, again. 

And then, one field trip to the museum revealed the truth about him when he was attacked by his math teacher, well actually, a monster disguised as his teacher. He is a demigod, a half-god, son of one of the gods of Olympus. Suddenly, it all became clear that his problems were actually his talents. The dyslexia was due to the fact that his brain is hardwired to understand ancient Greek writings. The ADHD are manifestations of his advanced reflexes, useful in battles. These would all seem to be a good thing if not for the mythical monsters and demons running after him, wanting him dead.

In turns out that he was the prime suspect for a crime done to the most powerful Olympian god, Zeus. But Percy has no clue as to why he was blamed for the theft of the master lightning bolt, Zeus’ most important weapon. Nevertheless, he must go on a quest to find the lightning bolt and prove his innocence before the gods wage war to each other, endangering the mortal world. Together with his friends, he must know who the real suspect was and stop the possible war, in just ten days.

Okay, so as I’ve said the book was very different from the movie. I don’t want to spoil the whole story for those who haven’t read the book yet, so I leave you to your own disappointment when you finally read this book. All I can say is that I don’t know how the movie producers are planning to make sequel since some important events in the book were removed and replaced in the movie.

As for my opinion on the book, I can say that I seriously enjoyed it. I am a big fan of fantasy novels and this one has one special trail that I loved: its reference to Greek mythology. I’ve already talked about how much I am attracted to mythologies in my past post, and so the all the allusions this book have to all those Greek gods and goddesses immediately got me hooked. The story was brimming with intense action sequences that got me more excited. Also, the plot twists would have been surprising, had I not watched the movie first. 

Well aside from all the magical stuff, I loved the way it portrayed family problems. Of course, in the book, the demigods have both mortal and god parents. This means that they only spent their life with only one of their parents. And I can empathize with how these characters felt, growing up without my dad. They all struggle with the abandonment they felt. Because of this, they felt the need to seek acceptance and approval from the Olympian gods and goddesses, who are their parents. They even put themselves in dangerous quests just to prove that they are worthy of their parents’ titles. 

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m hoping to finish all the books in the series before school starts. But I just have one problem. No matter how hard I try, I can’t help but find Harry Potter similarities in the book. First is Percy’s appearance. He is a twelve-year-old boy with jet-black hair and sea green eyes. Sounds familiar, right? The only things missing are the glasses and the scar. Then their Trio was made up of Annabeth, daughter of Athena—very intelligent girl—and Grover, a satyr who seem to be very cowardly but otherwise, loyal and useful. They somehow remind me of Ron and Hermione. Oh well, maybe this is just my obsession with Harry Potter messing with my head. But seriously, ignoring those parallels, this book is good and very much adventure-filled. It can stand alone and the plot is different from Harry Potter. I give it an overall 4.5/5.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

As children, more than a few of us must have been lucky enough to hear a fairytale or two from our parents, before drifting off to a peaceful slumber. And as we grow older, we read about some of these stories in countless books. In time, we realize that they are all just tales of magic intended to teach us certain lessons in life. Each of them made up and fabricated into fantastic narratives.

And this is what Jacob grew up with. Enticing tales and magical adventures of a boarding school that housed several unique children with superficial powers were what filled his young mind. These were recounted to him by his Grandpa Portman. All these tales were backed by a handful of vintage photographs his grandfather has kept. Being young and innocent, Jacob believed his old man’s word and regarded him as a hero, someone to look up to. 

But as Jacob grew up, he soon came to dismiss these stories as childish fairytales, and the photographs fake and manipulated. He felt betrayed and his perception of his grandfather changed from someone worth idolizing to someone brimming with lies. He came to see that his life was nothing but ordinary. That is until his grandfather met his untimely death from the hand of strange creatures. Creatures disturbingly familiar to Jacob. Then he realized that these are the exact same ones that were depicted in his grandfather’s stories. All those haunting monsters that creep into his every nightmare, alas, were true. 

And so Jacob set out to a journey to find the whole truth behind his grandfather’s life and the mystery behind these monsters. He wanted nothing more than to give his grandfather’s death justice. With only his Grandpa Portman’s last words, Jacob seeks out the said boarding school to learn how much more of the fairytales were true. 

By reading the summary of the book and looking at its cover, I concluded that it is a creepy tale. I mean, just staring at the black-and-white photo of a levitating girl in the cover gave me the creeps. It promises a horrific adventure, described as spine-tingling. Well, imagine my utter disappointment when I have come halfway through the book and yet, there were no hair-raising or gooseflesh-triggering that happened. Only the vintage photos scattered through each chapter made me flinch slightly. Even up to the very last pages, I was hoping for a bit of scare. Instead, I was slapped with a young adult book filled with courageous adventures and thrilling events. 

Getting past my disappointment, and casting away my expectations of a horror genre, I find the book good enough. It’s not exactly a one of a kind story since it has elements that are also found in numerous fiction books such as supernatural abilities, time travel and the battle between good and evil. But then it is unique in a way that the author was able to weave a story out of 10 different vintage snapshots with from various collectors. Each photograph fits the narration so well and they are a great help to the readers’ imagination. 

Also, I marvelled in the inclusion of Jacob’s family relationship like the fact that he shared more time with his grandfather that his dad did. Add in the fact that he was to become the manager of their family business in the future. These were crucial parts that helped Jacob grow into what he is. In also tapped on the ever present issue with teenagers: how the adults fail to listen to them. This was very evident during the time when Jacob confided to his parents what he saw the night his grandfather killed. Being realistic adults, his parents thought he had a problem and immediately seek psychiatric help. It just goes to show that sometimes, parents have to listen and hear out what their children have to say.

In the end, I felt that like reading a less complicated Harry Potter book due to its many parallels. Jacob found out that he was special and that he sought to save his friends from the monsters that tried to harm them. He also had to leave his ordinary life for a more dangerous yet extraordinary one. Although there were interesting twists and turns in the story, I felt that if not for the creative authentic photographs this book has to offer, it wouldn’t be such an appealing book. I was actually tempted to put it down and not finish reading but then I gave it a chance. I wanted to finish it so badly that I was a bit angered and surprised by the ending, which was a cliffhanger. Oh well, the book was not bad. Maybe the sequel would lift my interest with this book as I wanted to know more about what will happen to the characters. I would give it a 3.5/5.

"I want out of the labels. I don’t want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else, unknowable, some place to be that’s not on the map. A real adventure. A spinx. A mystery. A blank. Unknown. Undefined"
Chuck Palahniuk