Monthly Archives: March 2010


New on the shelf

I’ve long been a fan of good books – a voracious devourer of them. In fact, the last one I read – Shutter Island – yes, the one that’s going to be shown as a movie with Leonardo de Caprio soon, and yes, I got the one with the movie cover because it was cheap and there was no other copy – I finished in a day. I think it took me more or less five hours to finish the whole thing.

All in all, it was okay, no money wasted. I actually like the premise – if you hate spoilers though, don’t Wiki it, because knowing the ending will spoil the whole experience of reading it. Suffice to say that if you’re looking for a psychological thriller, and don’t want to just watch the movie when it comes out, then Shutter Island might just be the thing for you.

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Today I went out on a limb and got two books from Powerbooks – Ian McEwan’s ‘First Love, Last Rites’ and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’. Both have got me pretty excited, since I’m a big fan of McEwan’s writing style, and Gravity’s Rainbow is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels of All Time.

The short story collection I will probably finish quite easily. The novel, on the other hand, looks and feels massive – not to mention weighs like it too. It’s literally a damn heavy book.

That being said, I hope I find the time to read them.

Again, a big thank you to the ever-gracious Guy Upstairs for these new additions to my book collection.

Real, Quezon: Outtakes

I’m still a bit hesitant to post the pictures I took during last Sunday’s trip to Real, Quezon, so I’m just posting outtakes today. Will post my actual pictures in a separate blog post soon.

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Sir Bong with his “sniper”

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The talipapa.

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We ordered one and a half kilos of prawns for breakfast. Cooked in garlic and butter.

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From this… 

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…to this! 

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The carinderia where we ate. 

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Some “Piphols” (people from Pipho.org) I was with – taking pictures.