I’m a 26-year-old single woman and I guess I’m supposed to either feel lonely or hate Valentine’s Day. It’s a choice between weeping and feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have a boyfriend or spewing vitriol and attacking February 14 as a cheesy, commercialized holiday.
Believe it or not, I am having a blast with single life. I love the quiet comfort of solitude. Some of my most blissful moments happened when I was on my own: an early morning walk in a beautiful beach, having a beer while watching a thunderstorm from afar, exploring a new city where nobody knows me. I love solo travel and the freedom that comes with it. I love being alone in my room writing, reading a good book, or adoring Benedict Cumberbatch on Sherlock Holmes. I love setting my own schedule and doing whatever I want without having to negotiate with someone else. Continue reading →
I’m selling some of my books. Proceeds will go to Kitanglad Integrated NGOs and REED Foundation, the beneficiaries of the Climb for a Cause in Bukidnon. I can do meet-ups in Trinoma and SM North. Sorry, no shipping for this since that would entail additional costs so I guess this will only be open to Metro Manila residents. Unless you’re willing to travel all the way to Quezon City just to buy a secondhand book. Most of them are so fiercely brilliant though they’d be worth the trip.
Here they are.
Update: Crossed out items are already sold.
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – P200 2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – P200 3. The Road – Cormac McCarthy – P200 4. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – P200
5. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene – P200
6. Atonement – Ian McEwan – P200 7. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – P200
8. Grimus – Salman Rushdie – P200 9. Shalimar the Clown – Salman Rushdie – P200 10. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie – P200
11. Fury – Salman Rushdie – P150 12. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin – P150 13. A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin – P150 14. A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin – P150 15. A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin – P150 16. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – P150 17. The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood – P150
18. The File on H – Ismail Kadare – P150
19. The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama – P150 20. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka – P100 21. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig – P100 22. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt – P100 23. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt – P100 24. Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut – P100 25. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut – P100 26. Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut – P100 27. Adventures of Tom Sawyer – P100 28. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare – P100 29. The Woman Who Had Two Navels – Nick Joaquin – P100 30. Vibora! – F. Sionil Jose – P100
31. Saving Grandma – Frank Schaeffer – P100
Please send an email to nagbabasangpinoy[at]gmail.com if you’re interested. Thanks!
This is what happens when your travel plans consist of: 1. Bring a tent. 2. Get on a boat. 3. Anything goes. We travelled with a corpse, took a bath next to a pigpen, and spent a rainy night in the dark drinking Vino Kulafu and Gold Eagle Beer. We also met a World War II veteran, witnessed bayanihan in action and became an amusing spectacle for local kids. But first, the long-winded back story. Continue reading →
Three days. Two mountains. One chance to do a little good.
The challenge: Three-day traverse from Mt. Dulang-Dulang to Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon on March 2012. These are the second and fourth highest mountains in the Philippines with a combined elevation of 19,150 feet above sea level.
The goal: Help underprivileged children in Bukidnon through two organizations that are doing good work in local communities. Continue reading →