27 June 2004
The rules are:
1. Steal it.
2. Post it on your site.
3. Bold the books you've read.
4. Add three of your own!
So, let's go...
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. 1984, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte **
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame **
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens **
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerers philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D' Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy **
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens **
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson **
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen **
9. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald **
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas **
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy **
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett **
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins **
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy **
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray **
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt **
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. Georges Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere **
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick OBrian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad **
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville **
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens **
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot **
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-mith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera **
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews
201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan
204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan
205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan
206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
207. Winters Heart, Robert Jordan
208. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan
209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan
210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan
211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto
212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
213. The Married Man, Edmund White
214. Winters Tale, Mark Helprin
215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault
216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice
217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell
218. Equus, Peter Shaffer
219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten
220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn
222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice
223. Anthem, Ayn Rand
224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
225. Tartuffe, Moliere
226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller
228. The Trial, Franz Kafka
229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles
231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
232. A Dolls House, Henrik Ibsen
233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read
237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono
238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde
240. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson
242. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
243. Summerland, Michael Chabon
244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
245. Candide, Voltaire
246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl
247. Ringworld, Larry Niven
248. The King Must Die, Mary Renault
249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline LEngle
251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne **
253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith
257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic, Piers Anthony
258. The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum
259. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
260. Lost In A Good Book, Jasper Fforde
261. Well Of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
261. Life Of Pi, Yann Martel
263. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
264. A Yellow Rraft In Blue Water, Michael Dorris
265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock
269. Witch of Blackbird Pond, Joyce Friedland
270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. OBrien
271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor
273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
276. The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan
277. The Bone Setter's Daughter, Amy Tan
278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child
279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry
282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum
283. Haunted, Judith St. George
284. Singularity, William Sleator
285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
286. Different Seasons, Stephen King
287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby
289. The Bookmans Wake, John Dunning
290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns
291. Illusions, Richard Bach
292. Magics Pawn, Mercedes Lackey
293. Magics Promise, Mercedes Lackey
294. Magics Price, Mercedes Lackey
295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav
296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker
297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love
299. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace.
300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison.
301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving.
302. Enders Game, Orson Scott Card
303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland
304. The Lion's Game, Nelson Demille
305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust
306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
307. Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco
308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz
311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk
313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
314. The Giver, Lois Lowry
315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin
316. Xenogenesis (or Liliths Brood), Octavia Butler
317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil)
320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill
321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern (or William Goldman)
322. Beowulf, Anonymous
323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell
324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley
325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey
326. Passage, Connie Willis
327. Otherland, Tad Williams
328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
330. Beloved, Toni Morrison **
331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christs Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
332. The mysterious disappearance of Leon, I mean Noel, Ellen Raskin
333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume **
334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo **
335. The Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev
336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover
337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson
338. The Genesis Code, John Case
339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevensen
340. Paradise Lost, John Milton **
341. Phantom, Susan Kay
342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice
343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
344: The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
345: Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson
346: The Winter of Magics Return, Pamela Service
347: The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz
348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime ONeill
351. Othello, by William Shakespeare
352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
354. Sati, Christopher Pike
355. The Inferno, Dante
356. The Apology, Plato
357. The Small Rain, Madeline LEngle
358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E. Cytowick
359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater
360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder **
364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King
335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass
336. The Moors Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie
337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
338. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
340. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux **
341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg
342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
343. Howls Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer
347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck
348. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
349. The Lunatic at Large by J. Storer Clouston
350. Time for Bed by David Baddiel
351. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
352. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
353. The Bloody Sun by Marion Zimmer Bradley
354. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric by Matt Ruff
355. Jhereg by Steven Brust
356. So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville
358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte **
359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz
360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje **
361. Neuromancer, William Gibson
362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr
364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault
365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
367. Childhoods End, Arthur C. Clarke
368. A Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman
369. Ivanhoe, Walter Scott **
370. The God Boy, Ian Cross
371. The Beekeepers Apprentice, Laurie R. King
372. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson
373. Misery, Stephen King
374. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
375. Hood, Emma Donoghue
376. The Land of Spices, Kate OBrien
377. The Diary of Anne Frank
378. Regeneration, Pat Barker
379. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
380. Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
381. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway **
382. The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg
383. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede
384. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
385. A Severed Wasp - Madeleine LEngle
386. Here Be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman
387. The Mabinogion (Ancient Welsh Tales) - translated by Lady Charlotte E. Guest
388. The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
389. Desire of the Everlasting Hills - Thomas Cahill
390. The Cloister Walk - Kathleen Norris
391. The Things We Carried, Tim OBrien
392. I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
393. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
394. Enders Shadow, Orson Scott Card
395. The Memory of Earth, Orson Scott Card
396. The Iron Tower, Dennis L. McKiernen
397. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
398. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeline L'Engle
399. Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy
400. Hyperion, Dan Simmons
401. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor
402. The Bridge, Iain Banks
403. Practical Demonkeeping, Christopher Moore
404. Promethea, Alan Moore
405. the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Mark Haddon
406. archangel - robert harris
407. vernon god little - dbc pierre
408. ultimate spiderman - brian michael bendis
409. The Glamour, Christopher Priest
410. The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, Jeffrey Ford
411. The Third Person, Steve Mosby
412. Psychoville, Christopher Fowler
413. The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz
414. The Constant Gardener, John Le Carre
415. The Priestess of Avalon, Marion Bradley
416. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Bradley
417: Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman
418. The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread – Pat Robertson
419. Abarat – Clive Barker
420. The City of Beasts – Isabel Allende
421. The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
422. Ameican Gods – Neil Gaiman (this is the second time this one appears in this list.)
423. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
424. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
425. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling
426. Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code – Eoin Colfer
427. Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident – Eoin Colfer
428. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway **
429. The Invisible Man – Ralph Waldo Emerson
420. Ogre, Ogre – Piers Anthony
421. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
422. The Original English Translation of The Arabian Nights, (translated by) Sir Richard Francis Burton
423. Veronika Decides To Die, Paulo Coelho
** I have them in my collection, but I haven't really gotten around to reading them. Hay! :(
I stole this from Anj. :) It's funny that I've read very few of the books in the list and I consider myself a bibliophile! Then again, there are lots of books, I've read, that are not in the list. But, still... :)
26 June 2004
Your Brain Usage Profile:
Auditory : 38%
Visual : 61%
Left : 47%
Right : 52%
BabyPink, you exhibit an even balance between left- and right- hemisphere dominance and a slight preference for visual over auditory processing. With a score this balanced, it is likely that you would have slightly different results each time you complete this self-assessment quiz.
You are a well-rounded person, distinctly individualistic and artistic, an active and multidimensional learner. At the same time, you are logical and disciplined, can operate well within an organization, and are sensitive towards others without losing objectivity. You are organized and goal-directed. Although a "thinking" individual, you "take in" entire situations readily and can act on intuition.
You sometimes tend to vacillate in your learning styles. Learning might take you longer than someone of equal intellect, but you will tend to be more thorough and retain the material longer than those other individuals. You will alternate between logic and impulse. This vacillation will not normally be intentional or deliberate, so you may experience anxiety in situations where you are not certain which aspect of yourself will be called on.
With a slight preference for visual processing, you tend to be encompassing in your perceptions, process along multidimensional paths and be active in your attacking of situations or learning.
Overall, you should feel content with your life and yourself. You are, perhaps, a little too critical of yourself -- and of others -- while maintaining an "openness" which tempers that tendency. Indecisiveness is a problem and your creativity may not be in keeping with your potential. Being a pragmatist, you downplay this aspect of yourself and focus on the more immediate, obvious and the more functional
I got the link from MJ's site. Thanks, MJ!:)
19 June 2004
I have been wanting to blog about my enrollment and my subjects/courses this semester, but I decided to wait until I cooled down a bit so that I will be able to think straight and see the bright side of everything. I know how totally annoying it is (at times) to read about somebody just plain ranting and raving about how circumstances and all the powers in this universe are working together to ruin his/her life. I mean, I don't have anything against people writing about every single bad thing about their lives that you, sometimes, can't help but feel and say, "Oh, f*ck, life's really a bitch and there is absolutely nothing good about it!" It's just that sometimes I can only take so much whining and complaining. But then again, what are blogs for? And, I find it nice that some people use blogging to at least free themselves from all the feeling of strangulation that life (being a bitch) gives them.
I will really try NOT to be one of those people who only see the negative. Hmm, so help me, God. :)
Okay, so enrollment in UP was June 2-14 and I went to the campus as early as June 2. Amazingly, I finished everything in less than two hours. That's because everyone's thinking that it would be better to start in the later days because that way others would have been done with their enrollment so there'll be few people in line and all. Wrong! People here think alike so that come the last day of late registration, there's still a LOT of people standing in line so that you'll have to wait a long time to have your turn.
Anyway, I am enrolled in two courses, English 206 (The Structure of English) and English 207 (Semantics). These are the only courses offered that I haven't taken yet. I need to take 9 units so I can start writing my thesis next semester. I was really hoping and planning to take 295 (Colloquium), but it wasn't offered! So, there! Everything I planned out for the whole year was ruined! Just because I couldn't take the course, I won't be able to finish on time! Just because the course was not offered, I can't start my proposal! Just because I couldn't take the course, I'll have to suspend all my "great" plans for one more year. And, I couldn't petition for the course because I'm the only one who actually needs it this semester. Other English majors have either taken the course or do not really need it at this time. Oh, man! Just when I thought I was really focused and bent on finishing the soonest possible time, this had to happen. I was really pissed big time - beyond words!
But, then, as I tried to think about it after all the self-pitying and feeling ruined, I came to realize that there's a bright side to this. I realized that because I will be delayed in my getting a Masters degree, I will have more time to be a student and enjoy living the life of one a bit longer. I will have more time to do research and really decide on what to write on in my thesis. I will have more time to be in the safety of the school gates, so that I won't have to really face the "big, bad wolf" of the "real world out there" that's ready to pounce on anyone who comes in close proximity with it. I realized that I will have more time to spend with my friends. I realized that I will have all the time to think of what career path I really want! And, I realized I will have more time to apply for other scholarships that might possibly come my way. Hmm, so not being able to take 295 and being delayed in my graduation isn't really that bad after all. Of course, there are a number of really "bad" things/consequences that come with it, like additional expenses for my parents and me among others. But, I prefer not to think of these at this time. I choose to see this as a "blessing in disguise" and it is (will be). :)
12 June 2004
1. Copy this whole list on your journal.
2. Bold the things that are true about you.
Type your comments after the statement if you feel like reacting to them. Just enclose them in parentheses.
01. When I was younger I made some bad decisions. (not very bad ones...)
02. I don't watch much TV these days.
03. I love psychodelic mushrooms. (can somebody please tell me what psychodelic mushrooms are?!)
04. I love sleeping.
05. I have loads of books.
06. I once slept in a toilet.
07. I love playing video games. (i have no patience when it comes to these things...)
08. I adore marijuana.
09. I've watched porn movies.
10. I watch them with my father.
11. I like sharks.
12. I love spiders. I think they're adorable, especially the ones with bright colours on their backs. (who loves spiders?!)
13. I was born without hair and I still have no hair. (thank God, no!)
14. I like George Bush.
15. People are cool. (some people are...)
16. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.
17. I have jacuzzi and a Porsche. (i'm no richie rich or veronica lodge!)
18. I have a lot to learn.
19. I carry my knife everywhere with myself.
20. I'm really really smart. (well, not really, REALLY smart... but smart enough. *wink*)
21. I've never broken someone's bones.
22. I have a secret.
23. I hate snow. (i'd love to experience how it is to have snow on my window panes, on trees, etc.)
24. I drink only milk.
25. Punk rock rules.
26. I hate Bill Gates!
27. I love Chinese food.
28. I would hate to be famous.
29. I am not a morning person.
30. I wear glasses. (i used to...)
31. I don't need glasses, except sunglasses.
32. I have potential. (who doesn't?)
33. I'm pure Japanese.
34. My legs are two different sizes.
35. I have a twin.
36. I wear a padded bra.
37. I can ramble on about absolutely nothing.
38. I'm left-handed.
39. I hate llamas, but I'm one of them.
40. I don't like horror movies.
41. I suck at climbing, but I love it anyway.
42. People hate me usually.
43. I love pop music.
44. I hardly ever go to bed before midnight. (more like i never go to bed before midnight.)
45. I hate parking fines.
46. I know the National Anthem of my country by heart.
47. I know more than two languages.
48. I spend too much time on my computer.
49. I often want to throw out the computer in a window. (not often...)
50. I live on a ground floor.
51. I don't like chocolate.
52. I'd like to be more original. (i think i am original...)
53. I've lied.
54. Cocks are my favorite birds.
55. I want to conquer the world. (not really...)
56. I wonder what happens when you die.
57. I've read all Harry Potter books.
58. Eat your dog!
59. I love to exercise.
60. I hate chemistry with a passion. (totally!)
61. I love to write.
62. I like changes. (sometimes...)
63. I hate going to class.
64. I am afraid to die.
65. I hate dish washing.
66. My hair is long, brown, and incredibly curly. (my hair is shoulder-length, black, and super straight...)
67. My nails are nine inches long. (du-uh!)
68. My favourite color is black. (PINK!!!)
69. I like to sleep on the floor.
70. I am hopeless at cooking.
71. I sucked my thumb when I was little.
72. I should be doing something else rather than writing this.
73. I am online a lot, but not on MSN.
74. I hate government.
75. I don't have a boyfriend.
76. I'm too nice for my own good.
77. I love to read, I read as much as I can. (reading is my life!)
78. I don't trust newspapers. (in some cases/issues...)
79. I like debating. (i'd rather keep my mouth shut.)
80. I live in a lagoon.
81. I clean my room once a month.
82. I'm scared of American fast food.
83. I am prying open my third eye.
84. I love Mozambique. (i've never been there, but i'd love to go there one day...)
85. I don't trust any religion.
86. I used to play with Barbies because all the other girls were doing it. (i never liked nor played with barbies...)
87. I wanted to be a super hero when I was little.
88. I like listening to wind chimes.
90. My hair is long and straight.
91. I earn a lot. (God, i wish...)
92. I don't like spicy food. (i don't eat spicy food.)
93. I keep a diary. (a journal is more like it...)
94. I can't do cartwheels.
95. I am very lazy. (not very lazy, but lazy sometimes...)
96. I'm sarcastic. (sometimes...)
97. I think my hair is annoying.
98. I'm very sensitive.
99. I love being "ab-normal". (who is normal nowadays?)
100. My left eye is violet and my right eye is a light blue.
06 June 2004
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
This opening sentence of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" cannot be more true in our culture, the Meranao culture. I remember, about four or five years ago, there was this "Darcy-ish" young man who came "home" to our place after growing up somewhere else. He was the scion of a political and rich clan. He was a lawyer (fresh from the Bar exams at that time, I think). Oh, and he was quite good looking, too. He was, obviously, a jackpot prize wanted not only by mothers who had daughters, but by the daughters as well.
I remember laughing whenever I saw him, in numerous occasions, being swarmed by females of all ages. There were some who were my mom's age wanting to introduce their daughters to the "man of the hour". There were also young women his age and slightly older and/or younger than he was. These women looked like hungry beggars lining up for free food. Honestly, that was how I saw them.
I also remember that during that time about 70% of all conversations involved him or somebody linked to him. He was truly an instant celebrity. I cannot imagine how he took all these. I mean, growing up in another place, our culture was totally alien to him. I (we) have proven this when once he came out on TV and talked about our culture and it was obvious that he didn't know what he was talking about. He was just completely lost. Even his cousins (friends of mine) were saying, "Oh, what the f*ck are you saying?! Wala namang alam 'to eh! (This one doesn't know anything!)" Sheesh, that's the celebrity you worshipped?! I wanted to say to many people.
Anyway, back to my story, everyone was convinced that he came home to actually find a nice young woman he could marry. Well, that was actually what his family planned for him. So many rumors came out about what kind of woman he wanted. There was even something as stupid as he would only marry a girl who looked like Dawn Zulueta. I couldn't help but laugh at this. I was thinking, "why didn't he go marry Ms. Zulueta herself then?!" People were debating about who was best for him. Funny because these people didn't even know him.
All these lasted a few months. Everything ended and came to a stop when, all of a sudden, he went back to Manila because he couldn't survive in Marawi. Well, after all the rumors and all the mothers hounding him as though they were all possessed, I wouldn't blame the guy for wanting to escape. The next thing we knew, he married his college sweetheart in Manila. And then, that was it... The time to look for another "celebrity" had come.
It's really funny how people are sometimes. I mean, look at how those parents were so bent on marrying off their daughters to THE celebrity. What the guy thought or sometimes what the daughters thought weren't even considered. But, can we blame the parents for wanting "the best" for their children? Hmmm, oh well...
Oh, and I might as well add my own improvised quote that may very well express another notion very much believed and accepted in our culture... "It is a truth generally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune and/or good education is in want of a husband... fast!" Aaaarrrggghhhh!!!!! Laugh with me... Nyahahahaha! :)
04 June 2004
Hmm, it's been a while since I last posted an entry. I haven't been hanging around the Internet Centers/Cafes during my last days at home. I wanted to make the most of those days hanging out with friends and family. After all, I am not going to see most of them for a year (or maybe more). But, now that I'm back in Manila again, I'm back to blogging, as well. :)
During my last days in MSU, I had a pretty hectic schedule. There were many things to do, many places to go to and friends to visit. Even with the elections over, there was still so much to do. The whole family was just so busy that we barely saw one another. I think I am the only one in my whole family who's not interested in politics. Some uncles and cousins ran for office so one could just imagine how busy everyone got. Good thing I had the CBP as an excuse for not going with them as they campaigned.
But, after the CBP and after May 10, I had no more excuse so I had to go with them as we waited for the results in the family headquarters. Almost all my cousins served as "watchers" during the counting. It's really weird how people sort of get into a frenzy during election time. Everyone gets into this never-ending excitement and almost every conversation is about the elections or politics in general. I admit that I also get a little excited about these things and I, sometimes, like to talk about politics. I just don't want my life to be all about politics (like some people I know). Besides, politics here in the Philippines really turns me off!
Different people have different opinions and thoughts about things, right? Yeah, that's why I'm different from almost every member of my family. Venturing into politics or having a position is not the only way one can help his/her people, I've always believed. If one really wants to be of service to others, there are lots of other venues. So, I'll just leave politics to others and I hope others would also leave me be... ;)