My good Reads 2017 – 2nd Quarter


For the first quarter, I’ve read 3 books only. I told myself that I have to catch up to my target , so I did.

This quarter, I was able to read 6 books. 🙂

1st quarter – 3 books

2nd quarter – 6 books

1. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan51bkIrULzuL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

These Asians are really rich, and all they think about is money, they forget about manners.

I am super envious with the life they’re living, but that is only in the beginning because in the end the writer shows the good and the bad side of being wealthy. And I don’t want to be the negative kind of rich.

One of the things that are very striking to me in this book is this quote “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people He gave it to.” – Dorothy Parker. You have to look on the left and the right, because God gives money to those people who use it for their own advantage and to those people who use it in helping people.

The book revolves around the married life of Rachel Chu and Nick Young. But the day before their wedding, Eleanor Young; Nick’s mom, arrived at the venue. Everyone was surprised because for two years, Nick is deranged to her mom after everything that happened in Singapore.  (Read the book one.)

Eleanor has a reason why she apparently rushed to L.A, it is to expose what she found out. Rachel Chu is a daughter of a billionaire Chinese politician (how come? Read the book na lang, it’s too long to explain here. hehe)

Rachel and Nick travel to Shanghai for their honeymoon and also to meet the family of Rachel’s father. They met Rachel’s brother; Carlton, who is a carbon copy of Rachel, and his friend Colette. They were introduced to different wealthy people and found themselves agreeing to charter a jet to Paris, where Carlton almost got into a car accident AGAIN, but thanks to Rachel being the sister that Carlton never had, but now he has.

The part where Rachel almost dies because of poisoning breaks my heart as I’m afraid that she might really die. You know, some books nowadays kill their lead character for a more dramatic ending but fortunately, Rachel didn’t die.

The book also told stories of some people related to Nick and Rachel, and my favorite among them is the life of Astrid and her struggles with her husband Michael.

Favorite Line: “Behind every fortune lies a great crime. —HONORÉ DE BALZAC”

2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK RowlingHarry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Script_Book_Cover

Yes, since we created a Harry Potter inspired summer camp; I’ve decided to read the sequel. I’m a fan of Harry Potter movie, I still wished that Hogwarts were real and so the magical world. I’m quiet hoping to discover their world because I know for sure that I’m a muggle and I’m thinking that their world was just hidden from our world. 😀 I’m not crazy, you know.

Let’s go back to the book now; this is the story of Harry Potter’s child. In this book, the trio is now an adult who now has their own family. Hermione ends up with Ron, while Harry marries Ginny Weasley. Happy ending right? Hehe

Well, yes, the whole magical world was at peace for quite some time now. The trio’s daughter and sons are already in Hogwarts to study magic and to advance their ability. But Albus Severus; youngest son of Harry, (yes, he named his son after the great Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape) had a hard time in his first year because of the popularity of his dad. Stubborn child, which I’m sure he got that from his dad. Albus became friend with Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco Malfoy) who is an unwanted friend. Many students don’t want to be friends with him because his dad was a death eater before and they thought that he’s the son of Voldemort.

One night, Amos Diggory (father of Cedric Diggory, the good looking student who died at the TriWizard Tournament), visits Harry to ask him to use the Time Turner of the Ministry of Magic to bring back Cedric’s life. Harry, firm in his decision not to change the past, told Amos that they’ve already destroyed the Time Turner. No one knows that Albus is listening in their conversations, he was caught by Delphi (Amos Diggory’s niece). They talked about Albus’s purpose of going to Harry’s house. Since Albus is a stubborn child, he wanted to prove to people that he is not ‘just the son of Harry’.

Albus also wanted to rebel against his dad, so he talked to Scorpius to go with him in this mission of finding the Time Turner and bring back Cedric’s life. So together with Delphi they plan their way to the Ministry of Magic to find the Time Turner.

I am going to cut this because; I want you to read the book too. If I continue telling you the story, I might spill the important part of the book and you won’t read it anymore and the book will be purposeless. 😀

I know it’s so bitin, but that’s my intention. 🙂 hehe

Favorite line of the book: “DUMBLEDORE: Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell71LkLmxqgjL

High school love is always the sweetest! Haha.

Maybe because most of your first experiences about a  boyfriend – girlfriend thing, happens in high school. Like first kiss, first I love you, first love, first different kind of dates like movies, dinner, stroll in the park, etc.

For Eleanor, all her first experiences about dating are with Park. They met on a bus ride going to school, being a transfer student she has no seat reservation on the bus since every seat has been taken by the regular students. But the driver insisted that she has to sit before the bus can go, leaving her with no choice but to look for a vacant one. She goes deeper into the bus and found Park sitting alone occupying two seats. Eleanor looked at Park, but Park is on his earphone and not hearing anything.  The driver shouts louder to Eleanor to sit down, Park heard it and look at Eleanor, he has no choice but to let Eleanor sit unless he wanted to get late for school.

Every day, they sit together on the bus not talking to each other, Park on his earphone and reading comic books. One day Park noticed that Eleanor is looking at his comic book and also reading the page he is on. And that is the beginning of everything. The talks, sharing of comic book, and listening to music that they like and recommending a band artist to each other.

It goes deeper into holding hands, hugs, then kissing and more kissing. The two are so in love and are inseparable. The relationships they have are legal to Park’s family, but are underground to Eleanor’s because of his stepfather who dislikes her.

To know the ending of the book which I consider is not really the ending, read it.

I hope there’s a book 2 for this, when Rainbow Rowell is not any longer busy writing other books. 😀

Favorite line of the book: “I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’ ‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han51-HArKnTQL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

Yes! Finally! I’ve waited for this book, and when it came out last May, I am much stoked to read this. If you read my Good Reads 2016, I’ve read the book 1 and 2 and Lara Jean is very close to my heart because she’s Asian. I love the traditional family that she has, because my family is like that too. Hehe

Well, let’s now go to the back, sobrang daming kilig moment in this book. Peter proves that she is really into Lara Jean, all the surprises that she did for her is so romantic and so cute for a man. Like the surprise cookies he bought in one of the famous bakeries in New York, so simple, but so much effort on the part of Peter. And the most nakakilig is the surprise birthday celebration of Lara Jean right after their graduation prom. Peter is silently planning the surprise, involving Lara Jeans’ friends; so they help Peter in hiding the surprised to her. So kilig. Hahaha

I’m so hopeless romantic. I know. 😀 😀 😀

But just like a normal relationship, it has to go through some problems and quarrels to test your love for each other. Because if everything is perfect, love can be taken for granted and no one will find the way back to where you feel love is stronger then suddenly you fall out of love and you just give up. 😦 😦

So yes, their relationship had been tested a lot. One of those is their college plan, going into the same school; University of Virginia (UVA) where they can spend more time together, but regrettably Lara Jean didn’t get in, she didn’t pass the assessment, while Peter got in as a varsity player for the Lacrosse scholarship program.

Lara Jean is so heartbroken with what happened, she is so looking forward to spending college with her heartthrob boyfriend,  to staying up late talking, to last-minute road trips and going home whenever she wanted because the school is just 20-30 minutes away from home, but that’s not going to happen.

Now she is half hearted with their college plans as she is accepted to William and Mary which is more than an hour away from UVA. She’s thinking if this will work with them, knowing a lot of college students didn’t pass the long distance relationship difficulties. Her sister adds up to her trouble reminding her of what their mom says “Don’t be the one to go to college with a boyfriend”, that they should enjoy college life and meets a lot of new friends.  I’m going to stop here, and let you read the whole book to know the ending. Highly recommended book, start with the 1st to really feel the life of Lara Jean. I have influenced 2 officemate to read the series and they liked it too. 🙂 🙂

Jenny Han said that this will be the ending for Lara Jean’s book series; it saddened me that at this point I have to be the one to decide what happen to them. Well, I guess I’ll be doing it with a happy ending.

Favorite Line: “Music makes everything more romantic, doesn’t it? One second you’re walking your dog in the suburbs, and then you put on Adele, and it’s like you’re in a movie and you’ve just had your heart brutally broken.” ― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomerycdb4c1765df10f03babe5db951df57b5

I read this book because of Lara Jean or should I say because of Jenny Han. Some of the quotes used in the last book of Lara Jean are from this book. I got curious, so I started checking the book in google and I found out that it was written in 1901! That old! I read the reviews and it was so positive and encouraging.

As I read the book, I wonder who would hate Anne.  She’s such a wonderful girl who loves imagining things and telling stories of her life to the people who matters to her. I love her views in life; she didn’t give up even though no one wanted to adopt her as an orphan little girl. She got into Green Gables because Mrs. Spencer misunderstood the news that 2 siblings; Marilla and Matthew, wanted to adopt a girl when in fact they wanted to adopt a boy to help Matthew on the farm. The day Anne enters their lives they are sure that they wanted to bring her back to the asylum; they waited a day before travelling miles to send Anne back to Mrs. Spencer.

Unaware of the light and joy that Anne brings to them even for one day, Marilla is now unsure if sending back Anne is really a good choice, now that Matthew has developed a connection with Anne. Marilla will try to convince herself not to push Anne away, so she gives Anne a chance to live with them as long as she will behave herself.

I love how this first book goes; Anne blossoms into a wonderful woman with her heart as big as green gables or maybe bigger than that.

Favorite line:  “Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.” L.M Montgomery, – Anne of Green Gables

6. Sad Girls by Lang Leav34023590

Ok, this is the first novel of Lang Leav and for her first it was remarkable. She’s known for being a poem writer about love, brokenness, friendship and adventures.

Sad girls are technically about the 3 girls who are sad. They are friends since primary school and when high school came I could say that they’re having the time of their lives as a friend, student and a girlfriend. Suddenly, one LIE changed their lives.

Audrey, Lucy and Candella are chatting in Candella’s room.  Unexpectedly, Audrey crafted a lie, saying that she saw Ana and her dad in Ana’s window having sex.  Neither did they know that Candella’s little sister is eavesdropping behind the closed door.  So this little girl told what she heard to her mom and then like a lightning bolt the news spread to the whole town.

One day, they heard a news that Ana was found dead in their bathtub with cut arms; suicide, her family said.

That night, Audrey had a panic attack and every time someone will talk about Ana she’s having the attack. The condition never leaves her knowing that her fabricated story is the reason why Ana is dead.

The story is long, but I never found a moment where I feel lazy reading it. You’ve got to read it to know what really happened the night before Ana is found dead  and how did Audrey moved on from a life caged to her LIES.

It was a great first novel from Lang Leav, and I dreamed for my first work to turn out to be like that. I’m such a desperate writer. I know! I’m far from finishing a book with all the things in my hands right now. I have to finish the big projects in my hands first so I can totally focus on writing. I hope!

Favorite line: “I learned that writing is the consolation prize you are given when you don’t get the thing you want the most.” ― Lang Leav, Sad Girls


Currently, I’m reading “Everyday” by David Levithan and I’m being blown away by how extensive his imagination. I’m almost halfway through the book and every day I looked forward to my ‘reading time’ as I am so eager to finish the book right away.

I love those people who give me books as a gift. 😀 😀 They’re just few, but they sure know how to get me. So planning to get me a gift, all I ask is just a …..




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Earthquake on the Mountain


Sunset at Mt.Pinagbandirahan Batangas

These days, hiking or climbing mountain became a trend. It has a transmittable effect to people, especially to the Millennials; there’s a good effect though. The sudden popularity of climbing mountains helps boosts the tourism of the local governments and it gives jobs to the locals of the specific area.

As it continues to become popular some of the undiscovered mountains have been discovered and the untrailed mountains, now has trails. A lot of people are now being so enthusiast when it comes to climbing mountain, but maybe they forget something very important for the environment; they forget to pick up the trashes –their own trashes. Let me tell you some proof, later.

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My Good Reads 2017 – 1st Quarter


Another year, another books to read. Yey!

I have listed all the books I wanted to read for this year and its more than what I have read last year, hoping that I’ll be able to read them all and reach my target. *crossfinger

I have a slow start this 1st quarter as I read 3 books only. 😦 So I am catching up to read more. No more distractions and no more long time thinking about the future. hahaha Just letting things be.

Now, here’s the 3 books I’ve read and they’re so wonderful.

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What keeps me busy these past months?

This is not so interesting, haha. I just want to write because my last post here was December 28, 2016 and what is the date today? March 9? 2017?

It has been 2 quiet months for me, because of a lot of things that I need to think about. It got me disturbed that I can’t find time writing even when my fingers are so itchy and misses writing. It is my nature to write when I feel like writing, especially when I feel so sad; it is my way of expression because my words sound better written than spoken.

So, now to break the silence of this wordpress (hahaha), I’m going to post ‘What keeps me busy these past months?’. And as written in the ABOUT of this page, this is my way of over sharing my life. Ok. Let me over share my life now.

  1. I’ve read two novels and these two books inspired me to live a beautiful life (kasi nga may pinagdadaanan ako), be happy with where I am and always be grateful for everything that I have. These two books are 1) The magical strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom and 2) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. 🙂 And they really are CRAZY RICH!
  2. I watched two korean dramas (Cinderella and the Four Knights and The Legend of the Blue Sea). I know what will you say, I am not watching them just to follow the trend, but what I watched has a great story and another reason for watching KDrama is if the main actor is LEE MIN HO. 😀 ❤
  3. I’ve also written three poems. At times that I can’t write my long thoughts, I recourse to poem writing. Short writing, but very meaningful, maybe these poems reflect what I’ve been through for the past months.

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My Good Reads 2016 – 4th Quarter

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In my Goodreads account, I set a goal to read 20 books in 2016, just to be safe😀because I know I can make more than that.  And I’m so happy to say that I’ve read 23 books.😀 Taps myself on shoulder *good job, good job* ;D

1st quarter – 5 books
2nd quarter – 6 books
3rd quarter – 6 books
4th quarter – 6 books

Here’s the books I’ve finished reading for the last quarter of 2016.

  1. After You by Jojo Moyes

    Book 2 of “Me Before You” 😀

    Yes, after watching the movie “Me Before You”, I looked forward to reading this sequel. And grabe, I misses Will Traynor even more. Huhuhuafter-you

    It has been a year and months since Will died and a lot of thing happens. Louisa travelled around Europe as Will says, and she bought a flat in London using the money Will had left her, while Mr. and Mrs. Traynor got divorced months after going home from Dignitas.

    One night Louisa fell from the rooftop of her flat, a 4th floor high. People thought she did that on purpose, but it was an accident that even her family doesn’t believe. They thought that she is a suicidal girl, who can’t move on from Will.

    A surprise is waiting for her when she got back to her flat after recovering from the accident; Will’s daughter appeared on her front door. She’s a 16 year old problematic teenager whose looking for a family to accept her. Louisa will try her best to help Lily in meeting her grandparents and in changing her bad behavior. Louisa also joined a ‘moving on’ club, where they meet once a week to share how they cope with losing someone they love.

    Read the book, so you can join Louisa in moving on; in helping Will’s daughter; and in falling in love. AGAIN.

    I really can feel that there will be a 3rd book for this. 🙂

    Maybe Louisa in New York?? Please Jojo!

    Favorite line : “You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.” – Will Traynor

    2. P.S I still love you by Jenny Han

    p-s-i-still-loveyouBook 2 of “To all the boys I loved before”

    Seems like, I’m into reading sequel books. Hahaha

    But anyway, this book is the continuation of the love story of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.

    When Josh finds out that everything is just a contract between Lara Jean and Peter, he confronted them at Lara Jean’s house. Everyone has heard about it, that makes the situation even worse.

    But, neither did Lara Jean know that she has fallen in love with Peter. That she likes him taking her to school and back to her house, she likes it when Peter buys her donuts and they will eat together during lunch. Yes, he still loves Peter, because when she writes the letter to say goodbye to that feeling, it never left her heart. It stays there and it blossom because they spend more time with each other more.

    During New Years Eve, Lara Jean met Peter at his house, to give him the letter she wrote saying that she still love him. However, facing Peter gives her chills and she was chickened to hand him the letter, so she crumpled it and keep it in her pocket. Peter notices her hand not leaving her pocket, so he tried to check what it is. He won in the battle and was able to grab the letter, he read it silently and then there, everything is back. Peter likes her. No. Love her, but he’s not telling her directly unless he is so sure about his feeling.

    Both will try to keep the relationship stable, as they face a lot of challenges like the hot tub video of them kissing passionately, Genevieve – Peter’s ex-girlfriend and Lara Jean’s ex-best friend and John –their childhood friend; one of the recipients of Lara Jean’s letter, who liked her during 8th grade and likes her till now.

    Kilig much ako sa couple na ito. 🙂 hahaha

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Enchanted River | Tinuy-an Falls

On our 4th day in Agusan del Sur, we decided to go to Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur, because on my first visit, I wasn’t able to go, as I have a very limited time there. This time since we have one extra day, I don’t want to miss the chance to go to Enchanted River. 😀 So yeah! We have found a multi-cab to service us in going to Enchanted River plus a bonus visit to Tinuy-an falls.

Why Enchanted River? Because I wanted to see  how enchanting it is. It was popularized by lots of documentary shows and featured by different travel blogs. They’ve been captivated by its beauty and was mesmerized by its mystery. And I’m one of those curious people about the river, so why not check it out.

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Thematic on Games in Mindanao Region

 “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato




Two of the head trainers of Chiro Pilipinas (Geril and me) went to Mindanao to handle the training of the leaders in that place, specifically, leaders and aspirant leaders of Afga and Simbalan in Caraga Region. The 3 days training was held at the Blue Lagoon Swimming Pool at Buenavista Agusan Del Norte, it was a perfect place and very conducive for the training. Thanks to the very generous owner who allowed us to stay in the place.

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8 songs that can INSPIRE the DREAMER in YOU

Music is one of the things that keeps this world in harmony despite the ongoing war in different parts of the world. Music is very powerful if used properly to send messages like peace, equality, unity and love.

That’s the reason an idea pops up in my mind to write my playlist about songs that can inspire the dreamer in you.

So here’s my top 8 songs that can inspire the dreamer in you.

Enjoy and be inspired!

8. I believe I can fly by R Kelly

Every time I doubt myself, of all the things I know I can do, I always end up looking down on myself; I say things like ‘I’m not good at anything’ or ‘I’m not good enough’. So before this self-pity eats me alive, I listen to this song. It inspires me because the message of the song says so. And true enough, when I put my earphones on and close my eyes while the music is playing, I REALLY CAN FLY. I can imagine myself having wings, and flying like a bird. Parang Peter Pan lang. 😀

Most inspiring lines:

See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are MIRACLES in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me

But first I know it starts inside of me. Because I have to believe that I can make it or I can do it. As Henry Ford says ‘If you think you can or cannot, you’re right.’ Believing on the things I can do starts with me, so I say ‘believe’ because it can happen.

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