MIBF2018 Book Haul

Going to Manila International Book Festival 2018 and getting to be part of what’s behind the scenes definitely have restored my faith in buying great books! I’ve got to admit after downloading a couple of ebook-readers, paying for a book that would turn out to be a disappointment did not look appealing to me. After seeing awesome finds and getting my hands on some of them, the joy of sniffing books and caressing their pages came back to me in full blast.

Without further ado, here are books I purchased (click the links for summary or other information about them):

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  1. Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant – I overheard two of my friends talking about Kazuo Ishiguro some months ago. There’s a limit to how long I would resist their recommendation particularly when they could talk about an unfamiliar book in front of me.
  2. Lemony Snicket’s File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents – If you’re unaware why I bought this one, you seriously need to read my blog more.
  3. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince – I need a new copy, period.
  4. Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology – Thor was calling me and I simply had to respond.

These four I got from Fully Booked, I took a photo of the plastic bag for a reason. The next batch, I got from National Bookstore.

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5. Lemony Snicket’s ASUE 2: The Reptile Room – Please see #3 reason. Apart from that, I want to build my hardbound collection of  A Series of Unfortunate Events. With this and #6, I only need to buy 10 more books!

6. Lemony Snicket’s ASUE 4: The Miserable Mill – See #5.

7. C. J. Redwine’s The Shadow Queen – I read its summary once when I was out and about, loitering inside a bookstore. Suffice it to say that I found the perfect time to buy it.

8. The Chronicles of Narnia, Official Coloring Book – After feeling so accomplished finally buying a coloring book, I’m now in a happy search for pens/ markers/ pencils to use for this book.

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9. Erwin E. Castillo’s The Firewalkers – First reason, it’s cheap; second reason, the last I read from UP Press was Smaller and Smaller Circles and that was ages ago.

10. Tara FT Sering’s Reconnaissance – See #9.

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Apart from these books, I also hunted for pens because one cannot have too many pens-at least that’s what I tell myself. You can ask my friend Tina for a second opinion though and she will fiercely enumerate the reasons why people need to have pens.

I seriously have to look for great markers for my coloring book though I doubt I have enough energy to face the amount of people scouring the shelves of bookstores particularly on the last day of MIBF2018. My heart yearns for the books below but reality tells me I can only withdraw enough money for books and be able to eat for the next days.

I am planning to post a separate narrative for my #MIBF2018 experience particularly our activities in VIBAL. I can imagine it’s going to be looooooooooong. Or I could probably just summarize the whole thing in one sentence.

What did you get this MIBF 2018?

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Let #VibalMIBF2018 be your hashtag

That’s right folks, it’s the time of year again. On September 12-16, book-lovers, bookworms, book-hoarders are going to come alive and go to SMX Mall of Asia to participate in the highly anticipated Manila International Book Fair!

VIBAL Group has prepared a number of activities that will certainly entertain people and make them fall in love with reading once again– not that bibliophiles needed more encouragement but you’ll never know! They might bring their less enthusiastic friends along and turn them into hardcore book-lovers as well.IMG_3002

Join us at our booths -YEP! Vibal Group has two booths on the 1st and 2nd floor respectively- participate in our activities and win awesome prizes.

 

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The silver-lining: the Gods of VIBAL’s CPD Program

For many, the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 was not a good news. Let’s be honest: who has the time to go to seminars amidst the noble yet chaotic responsibilities of teaching? It, being a law, however makes it a requirement; violation of such is considered against the law. A notable person once said that for development, struggles and effort are essential. Though it may seem a struggle waking up early particularly on a Saturday or attending a seminar on a holiday amidst a horrible weather (a shout out to those who attended the CPD program at Amazing Grace School despite the typhoon), the benefits of the program definitely outweigh the disadvantages.

Take for example, the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Didn’t he stop going to school for a time because he already knew what his teachers were trying to teach him? If he lived in this generation, he wouldn’t even trade the comforts of his own house with great internet connection for a six-hour class at school with a teacher droning on and on. For all we know, there are a number of Rizal-like creatures in our classroom and we may fail to address their needs. Educators who have to sit in a seminar with a speaker rambling the same nonsense could probably understand the frustration of their students so why in the world do they want their learners to suffer the same way?

How then can we look at CPD Program without cursing the awesome and professional people behind this idea?

  • For Development – Nobody can say no to that. Disappointing is a strong word but it is perfect to describe a teacher who does not seek development. The program is time consuming, I am not going to lie. Teachers have to spend about 4-5 hours handling classes, 2 hours for other school stuff and goodness knows how much time they devote in preparing lesson plans and checking tests.
  • Requirement – This doesn’t sound like an advantage at all but what do teachers usually say when they give a ton of homework to their students? It’s for your own good! And believe me, it is. Am I the only person who was embittered when old teachers were the only ones sent to other places for seminars? The fact that it is a requirement means teachers can be aggressive in getting more units, learning more and getting farther in their respective careers.
  • Inspiring speakers – So far, I have met speakers who have superb ideas on education. Working with trainings and programs enables me to rub elbows with keynote speakers who exude wisdom, credibility and confidence in their respective fields.

I have witnessed the awesome Mr. Roderick Aguirre in action- a man perfect in every way—this he often reminds me as I am inclined to have dementia.

I have been encouraged many times by Miss Icay, Ma. Carmela Boncodin and Miss Glendora Tiu – both amazing women don’t want to be addressed superficially by doctors.

 

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I have been inspired by Mr. Michael Angelo Malicsi with his passion not only for education but also for the corporate industry.

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You probably know the short story Visitation of the Gods and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that working with these people is like seeing the gods in action as they perform their miracles in schools they visit. I do believe that there are other amazing speakers out there who are as committed as the ones I have written about but I can only attest to the information I have collected myself through observation.

There are moments when as an educator, one cannot employ to the best of his abilities the techniques he has learned at school but he can get a fresher take, a better example after joining training programs. Motivated teachers do their jobs with renewed passion and vigor and their students benefit from it. Watching the aforementioned speakers as they share professional experience, innovative strategies, and strong perspective is truly empowering and enlightening.

I am fortunate that though not working in school anymore, I still feel like a part of the academe, hoping to influence education in general as my position permits me.

 

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Burning the Handbook of Mortals?

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As a published author, I am proud of every star, review (positive or negative), and every dollar my novel and articles earn. This recent case about a book making it to the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list has just intensified this pride. Instead of dousing my desire to write because any nameless writer can make it to the top of a prestigious list, I am delighted that the product of my own night musings and caffeine-induced daydreams  is there, fighting a fair battle for me. It is perhaps a turning point in publishing literature: it does not matter what is on the list. What matters is what is going to last.

Handbook of Mortals may have earned a bigger publicity albeit how negative the comments are; it has etched a hideous mark on what most authors have been aiming for.

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I won’t even go as far as rating the book with a star. For now. Maybe the writer did her part in creating a wonderful story- I could give her that benefit of the doubt. Then again, I’m a writer as well, a very ambitious one who is easily swayed by competition.

Bosses irk their employees by promoting those who don’t deserve it, so nobody can point a dirty finger at me and expect me not to bite.

Reading Goal Achieved… with a little cheat

I updated my Goodreads after finishing L. Frank Baum’s The Sea Fairies and lo and behold, I managed to read 80 books, my target for 2017.

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But I will let you in on a little secret: seventy four of those were Japanese comic books.

I used to think that counting comic books as part of one’s reading challenge is cheating. Then again, I asked myself, at least I got to read volumes of comic books and finishing ONE PIECE from Volume 20 to 85 was already a difficult feat in itself that manga enthusiasts hardly take as a challenge.

As this is just the fifth month, most likely, I will still be able to read more impressive stuff and finish my TBR list. Who knows how many I will be able to finish at the end of the year? That’s part of the excitement, isn’t it?

I’m currently poring over :

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Review: Pilot Birdie Mechanical Pencil

Warning: Not for those who are appalled by traditional writing systems and certainly note for those who believe a stylus and a huge phone can save the world lots of trees.

I want to honor this tiny little guy right here, Pilot Birdie, in a post. It has been my constant companion since ideas raced each other in my head and abusing my phone’s keypad and note wouldn’t do.
不明Because of its sleek design, I could easily keep it in my pocket. Pretty handy for quick notes. The metal finish also gives an assurance of durability to which I can attest- I have dropped this mechanical pencil for several times but the leads are still intact.*

It looks chic for its price and many have already asked me whether it is an actual pen or if I could write well using it considering its size–it serves the purpose.

*You might want to try dropping it too for future reference and scientific purposes.


**not a sponsored post… merely reviewing small items before launching big posts XD