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

Defining Moment

by Jahzeel Dionne V Ybasco

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How do you define success?

What is success for you?

These questions are possibly the most common ones you can find in slam books – those colorful little notebooks containing questions that made the lives of those born in the 80’s and 90’s go round. They were meant to be handed down to a person’s closest cliques. If you were not in someone’s slam book, you were not definitely not a friend. It was the closest thing to Facebook when I was in high school.

I loved to read the somehow irrational and childish answers of my beloved classmates. Apparently, I had classmates who were too lonely to include “attaining happiness” as a gauge to their success. Either that or they considered themselves successful upon reaching High School. As far as I am concerned I didn’t have a classmate who was so depressed he committed suicide. There were those who attributed success to owning a car and having a personal swimming pool in the backyard of their make-believe castles. Yeah, and maybe my answers back then ran along those lines as well. I even wanted to have my own basketball court on the rooftop. I also wanted to have my own library-this being more plausible.

Oh yes, I did love to answer those success-questions. I had a foolish idea back then that teaching in College defined success. Compared to the first jobs I had, at last I had something I was interested in doing, something that could give me the drive. The bosses were great and inspiring and they even made me want to be part of a new generation of educators, people who could motivate students and show how learning could be possibly fun. However, good things tend to last short. Good people went out, new people came in. New rules were set and those hungry for power intimidated the weak. I might have become a better teacher after what I went through in those years I stayed there but sadly, it did not make me feel successful. It did not.

“But dreams do come true.”-Giselle, Enchanted

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Mine did. My mother received two copies of my novels just few days ago. The fact that I have been able to produce a novel finally sank it. She couldn’t believe it. And I…well, I am ecstatic. If slam books still exist, I know I have the perfect answer now. Some people may say it is still too early for me to define this moment my success. Some novels have been published but more of them have been scrapped from polished bookshelves. But just like pregnant mothers, giving birth to their children, seeing my book in print gives me that satisfaction. There are some parts I need to improve but those mistakes cannot puncture this inflating bubble inside me that can only think of one thing: That is my novel.

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And to seal the deal, I have finally received my first 2-star review. I thought I should congratulate myself. After all, the battle doesn’t look so sweet when it is too easy. If this isn’t success, and I don’t know what is.

After all, I have written one. Who knows how many I can write?

Author Pages

I am glad to announce that I have finally acquired my Author Pages in Amazon and Goodreads. I still don’t know how to write an autobiography, though.

Amazon Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Prex-J.D.-V-Ybasco/e/B010NXS61I/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Goodreads Author Page

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14138953.Prex_J_D_V_Ybasco

I am honestly looking for that someone who can write my biography…Syme? Maria? hehe

Prex J.D. V Ybasco

READER/REVIEWER

Hi everyone, this is your President. I am proud to announce that I have been given a chance to be included in the Read to Review project of

We ♥ YA Books!

in Goodreads.

I am looking for Readers-Potential Reviewers for my novel TO BE CONTINUED. All you have to do is click the link and follow the procedures. Thanks everyone.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17027602-r2r-12—to-be-continued-by-prex-j-d-v-ybasco

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PREX J. D. V Ybasco

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TO BE CONTINUED is alive and free AGAIN!

TO BE CONTINUED is Free in Kindle Unlimited this July 26.

To Be Continued
20 Chapters
Young Adult Novel

Not all stories end happily nor tragically. Most of them just need to be continued.
Azalea Anthony is a writer, or what she claims to be.Vim Harvey is her friend, or at least what she wants to believe.Jasmine Morrish is Azalea’s archenemy, or so what Jash believes Azalea makes people believe…er–There are other characters, too: like Warren, the basketball player, Beatrix, the model, Tom, the perfect excuse of a brother, Eclaire, the eccentric bff, etc.
They all hangout in one place where they can enjoy a steaming cup of debates, an aroma of gossips, a side dish of basketball, a topping of drama, and a menu of articles : The Big Coffee Shop.

http://www.amazon.com/Be-Continued-TBC-Book-ebook/dp/B010ICWX36/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437112128&sr=1-1&keywords=to+be+continued+j+d+ybasco&pebp=1437112130937&perid=0JCTJM6JPCKN92V42MKX

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Thanks to those awesome people who downloaded my novel last Monday. Reviews will be much appreciated.

TO BE CONTINUED is ALIVE and FREE!

It’s official! My Young Adult novel, “To Be Continued” is available in Kindle Stores for free on July 13 (for a limited period only). Please get a copy. Flames and Love are equally accepted–although, truth be told, I will be more interested reading awesome reviews. Hehehe.

Thank you guys!

Review: She Sees Metaphors

I read so many feel good young-adult novels that I always envision the world a not-so-perfect place but a great one to live in, to thrive and struggle, to be encouraged and discouraged at the same time. Bryce Salazar, with his novel, She Sees Metaphors, has reminded me that each individual in this world looks at life from different aspects.

It is an intimidating piece of work that will make you think if you have studied enough figures of speech in college or just mentally kick yourself that you didn’t do well in Literature. However, after reading more chapters and getting over the initial shock from chapters peppered generously with metaphors, readers will be able to see the core of his work. It is a complex web of events with Jaqui, the woman who sees metaphors, at the center.

A question that bugs me then is what metaphors can people see in Jacqui? Do the other characters look at her from a different figure of speech? After She Sees Metaphors, will we expect He Sees Sarcasm next?

All I know is I can use a Pickle to interpret things for me more lightheartedly.