Book Watch

I’m currently reading the Night Watch series by Russian writer Sergei Lukyanenko, first published in 1998. I first got interested in the series when I saw bits of the Night Watch movie on cable. I read somewhere that the movie has some sort of cult following. All I remember from the movie is a guy with goggles in a subway train. Yeah, descriptive. Anyway, finally picked up the book and I’m hooked.

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2009 in Review

I drafted a “year in review” post last month, but didn’t get around to posting it before the year ended. When I read it again it looked long and boring so I chucked it.

This is my review of 2009.

My 2009 started slow and hard. I got sick. I went to the emergency room for the first time. Actually, I went TWICE. Also around that time or shortly thereafter, I lost my drive and motivation to work. It was so difficult going to work and being at work. But last summer I found loooove, or rather it found me, and everything became bright and sunshiny. Yihee. Not all the lows combined can beat that. For that and all the other highs I’ve experienced this year, I am thankful and still feel blessed. 2009 was great.

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Ondoy Stories

My Carpet Head, his dad, and his cousin biked in thigh-deep and chest-deep waters to Cainta, Rizal to help out in the rescue and relief efforts. Using a rubber boat controlled by the Marines, they were able to distribute food and water to stranded residents.

An 18 year old construction worker from Barangay Bagong Silangan saved more than 30 people, family and neighbors, before being dragged away by the floods after rescuing a woman and her baby on a styrofoam box.

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15 Storm-Survival Tips

From http://abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/09/26/09/15-storm-survival-tips.

BEFORE THE STORM

1. Monitor the news or your local weather station for updates on the storm situation, when it will hit and how strong it will be.

2. Move to higher ground. Move away from creeks, streams, rivers, and strom drains. Flash floods can sweep over an area without warning, and you may only have minutes to get to safety. Note that flash floods can occur up to 12 hours after heavy rains.

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Books Books

I finally finished reading Wizard’s First Rule yesterday. It took me a while to finish because of the story’s pace, but at least the ending was interesting. It’s the first book in a series so I guess the author had to lay out a bit of groundwork for the next books. Critics compare the series to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and both are similar in the sense that they are about magic and power and fantasy worlds. But I think that’s where the similarity ends. A major difference is that the Sword of Truth series has more empowered female characters in it. In LOTR, the powerful female characters like Arwen and Galadriel weren’t given as much significance as the male characters.

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Everyday is a winding road

Big ass project ends this month. I am dying to wrap this up already. Work’s starting to burn me out and making me seriously unproductive. I feel like a zombie every day at work. Get far far away I must when we close. I need to clear my head, relax my bones, chill with Carpet Head…

Oh, I have a new book to read. Carpet Head lent me book one of the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I love fantasy books so I’m pretty sure I’m going to like this one. The only thing I hate about reading a series is that it’s addictive and I will most probably pine away for the other books after I devour one. Fortunately for me I already know where to source the next three. Hah. I lurve.

Speaking of books, I stopped trying to read Watchmen. Couldn’t quite get past the first chapter without dozing off. Last week, I tried re-reading Angels and Demons, but I couldn’t spare the time. Now I’m wondering how the hell I’m going to get through Terry Goodkind. Gah.

Hmm I haven’t been writing in here for a while. I realized I feel just a tad bit self conscious now about the stuff I ramble about in here. Hmm..

The Prayer by Charlotte Church and Josh Groban is the only track on my playlist right now and I’ve been listening to it all day since yesterday. Maybe I’m feeling the need for some heavenly guidance.

It’s stress, I think.

2008 in Review

I’m flying home tomorrow so this will most probably be my last post of the year. It’s a good time as any to do a brief recap of ’08. Holy smokes! I think this is the first time I do a year recap. Fabulous.

This has been a fantastic year for me personally. I remember feeling positive and free going into it, and now I feel positive and free leaving it. Sure there were some stressful times, some really down moments, and there’s the financial crisis, but I’ve been so blessed this year that the good just simply outnumber the bad.

What made my 2008 great (in no particular order):

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Things for 2009

I wanna get a headstart on my Things For 2009. Well, I think this is more of a Pre-2009 list. Or more like a reminder for every day life. Or something.

1. Learn from my mistakes.
2. Learn to forgive others and myself.
3. Let go of regrets and move on.
4. Let go of hate and love more.
5. Be myself and let others be themselves.
6. Be happy and pray for others’ happiness too.
7. Be open to possibilities.

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