November 2007

Does Santa give away books too? Or just toys? Or maybe Santa makes an exception for those who ask for any — or all — of the Harry Potter series. The final installment in the Harry Potter series may be on top of many Christmas lists this year specially since it has been included in the NY Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. I am not sure if the book is notable because it’s the last (finally!hehe), since the paper’s accompanying review, isn’t very encouraging. Curlytop and I, however, are thinking if this popular fantasy series should be a must in our children’s library collection. Hmm, maybe not this year.

Back to the NY Times list, it makes for literally a good read since it doesn’t just contain titles but reviews too of every book included. The list, btw, includes this year’s notable fiction and non-fiction books.

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Definitely a “feel better” movie.

Watching this film from my “sickcouch” really did make me feel better. I even started wondering if this version of the film is even half as engaging as the book it was adapted from, which I regret not having read yet (having read, instead, Sense and Sensibility). Finally I can understand why Meg Ryan’s Kathleen Kelly character was so hooked to this classic tale. I just loved the subtleties and all the attempts at restraint in this movie especially between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I do agree when Kathleen Kelly said you could get lost in the words. How often do you hear a man profess of love, which he feels most ardently? (as Mr. Darcy did) But maybe it’s just me. And my peculiar penchant for stories like these. Or maybe I am just simply quite a sucker for romance.


On the day Erap was pardoned, I was so incensed with yet another (not surprising) political move for survival by Arroyo, I went and left a comment about a post on chessa in a food blog I frequent.

Just this week, an open letter to GMA from concerned Nagueños was published in the Phil. Daily Inquirer concerning the city’s deteriorating peace and order situation. I took this piece of news with much alarm and sadness. Not only because Curlytop is currently there but because we have been to Naga City and simply loved the place. Much of our fondness stemmed from the feeling of security we got all throughout our stay. That criminal elements are being allowed and in fact, seem to be protected by a dubiously-appointed chief of police filled me with much disgust, I talked to Curlytop if maybe we should consider purchasing a fresh fir tree that S&R will start selling sometime this month. I got this “news flash” from the same food blog I mentioned earlier.

Something is wrong with me.

I know it’s not apathy that makes me turn to this food blog and others like it. In fact, it may very well be too much concern for the sordid events taking place in our society that pushes me to blogs that allow me to forget, temporarily, how seemingly “trivial” stuff can help you get through the day and remind you that, sigh, there are still good things around us.