18 June 2009
I was looking for a certain comment one of my friends gave about one of my entries some years ago and I found out that I've lost a LOT of my comments. I don't know if that's really how the blogger comment service works, if they delete comments when your blog reaches a certain number of comments or something.
I remember when this blog was still very active (I would have a new entry every week!) and most of my blogger friends were also active, we'd all have 20 to 30+ comments per entry. And, as I was searching for that particular comment, I was surprised that most of my entries during those days now have 0 comments. I am really saddened by this because those comments are reminder of our blogging heyday. Nowadays, blogging has become a little less popular. What with all the services all these new websites and networking websites offer, not to mention the likes of twitter.
Well, as for me, I still go hop around all my regular blog reads. I love to read what people (especially my friends and those who have become my friends through blogging) are up to and what they think about the goings-on in their lives. Seeing some of my favorite bloggers stop blogging or just completely abandon their blogs is another thing that really saddens me. Blogging (and blog-hopping) will always be a favorite to me because it has taught me a lot of things and afforded me the chance to get to know some special people a little more deeply.
So, keep blogging, my friends... :)
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I am pasting here a Facebook tag that I answered a few days ago. I really enjoyed this one. If you're reading this and you'd like to share your answers to the questions, please feel free to do so. Just let me know so I could check your answers out. :)
Reader's Digest Tag!
You have received this note because someone thinks you are also into this. Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz, including the person who sent you this -- in my case, The Caterpillar.
1) What author do you own the most books by?
J.K. Rowling. I have all 7 Harry Potter books as well as the 2 supplements, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. I have 3 copies, 2 of which I bought myself and 1 given to me by my mom.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not really. But, yeah, Number 1 is a bit awkward to read.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I wouldn’t say “secretly in love” or anything, but I’ve always had a thing for Professor Severus Snape of the Harry Potter series.
4a) What fictional character would you most like to be?
Catwoman? Hehehe:) Seriously, I can’t think of one right now.
4b) What fictional character do you think most resembles you?
Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
The Fairy Tales Collection, I guess. Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
My textbook for my Reading Class in 5th Grade. I remember it was red and it had a lot of really interesting stories.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I loved all the books I read the past year, so I don’t have an answer to this question.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. Oh, and I re-read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude last year.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
Arundhati Roy. Though she has, so far, written only one work of fiction, I think that's enough for her to be remembered through time. I hear she’s writing her second at the moment. And, well, she has written a number of activist essays and books.
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I don’t like movie tie-ins.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Like I said, I don’t like movie tie-ins so I don’t really mind if no book was made into a movie.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
When I was in Elementary and in my early years in High School, I used to dream that I was a part of the Sweet Valley community and I’d be in such a dilemma as to which clique I should be part of, Elizabeth’s or Jessica’s. It felt so real. Thanks to Francine Pascal!
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Eleanora Brownleigh's A Woman of the Century. It’s 700+ or 800+ (I can’t remember exactly), but more than half of the whole book basically consists of descriptions of the clothes the characters were wearing and the food that they were eating!
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury comes to mind. Also, Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Not because it’s difficult to understand or anything, but the missing punctuation marks (especially apostrophes) distracted the hell out of me.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I haven’t exactly seen Shakespeare plays on stage. I’ve only read them. But, I find Hamlet the most obscure. I mean, come on, everybody dies in the end!
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
This is a tough one. I like the French, but I like the Russians, too.
18) Roth or Updike?
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris. Well, I haven’t exactly read Eggers.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen. I have all her 6 novels. I think that says something, right? :)
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
It took me 4 years to finish Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
23) What is your favorite novel?
Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things.
Marcelino Agana, Jr.'s New Yorker in Tondo.
Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Does a speech count as an essay? If yes, then, my favorite would be William Lyon Phelps' Owning Books. If no, then I can’t think of a particular essay as I’m writing this.
27) Short story?
Lu Xun's A Madman’s Diary.
28) Work of non-fiction?
Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi's Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window.
29) Who is your favorite writer?
Arundhati Roy. Hands down!
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? (are, writers)
31) What is your desert island book?
The Holy Qur’an.
32) And ... what are you reading right now?
Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys.
12 June 2009
Despite everything that's been happening in the Philippines recently, what with the A(H1N1) Virus (Swine Influenza) threat and the Con-Ass bullsh*t, I just can't bring myself to care and be involved. It's not that I don't really care, it's just that so much have happened in the family that I just can't think outside of it. My family has been besieged with one tragic news after another. We've never been in such a roll of bad luck.
Sometimes, when something bad happens to you or to any of your loved ones, you start to wonder how and why it has happened to you. Why you? Why do bad things happen to good people? You know and you're sure that you've been good to others, you've done your part to make this world a better place, still sh*t happens to you! Has something gone awry in the karmic cosmos that people who do not deserve bad karma get it while people who deserve it get away? You wonder what you, or any of your loved ones, have done to deserve such fate. You blame yourself, you blame history, you blame your ancestors, you blame nature, you blame the food you eat, you blame the people around you, you blame the president, you blame the government, and even worse, you blame God! You point an accusing finger to anything and/or anyone you can think of just to make sense of what's happening.
And then, suddenly, you are resigned. You feel you just have to accept things. You try to deal. You do what you can. You thank the people around you. You concentrate so much in trying to make things a little better for everyone. And then, you look around you and wonder how come everybody's life has gone on like usual when yours made a complete halt. You think of the words you once heard from a friend: "Well, whoever said life was fair was obviously talking crap!" And, for the first time, you understand that friend and accept his words. Some people say, "When it rains, it pours!"
Then again, most positive people always say, "There's always a rainbow after the rain." You find yourself seeing a glint of that beautiful rainbow and you want to grab on to it, except that it's a little elusive at the moment. But, you breathe a little easier because you have something to hope for. And, finally, you tell yourself, "Despite and in spite of everything, life is good. God is good. And, the rain will stop... soon!"