16 Aug 2012
in Books Tags: books, education, literacy, Story Time in Asia, The Asia Foundation
One of my friends shared this on Facebook and I just have to repost because:
(1) I’ve always thought that books are one of the best things in the world.
(2) As a mother, I spend a lot of money on books for my daughter thinking that one can never have too many. I want her to love books and reading as much as I do. I often wish we have our own library at home and despite the family home’s susceptibility to constant flooding, I still wish it. I have grandiose dreams of having a beautiful library, if only one can afford it. In the advent of e-books and e-book readers as well as iPads, one cannot but think if the good old-fashioned books that we know of is going to extinction. The fact that Enyclopedia Britannica, after 244 years of printing, has announced that they will no longer be printing books and instead will concentrate on digital publishing via CDs and online versions the Wikipedia way. (Think: Oh noooo! The grand collections of encyclopedias of our childhood, that our parents slaved to buy for us from house-to-house salespeople!)
And I quote, “A.J. Jacobs, who read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica for his book, The Know-It-All, told the Financial Times: “I am a bit heartbroken. There was something so wonderfully concrete about the print version, and I loved the idea that all the world’s knowledge could be contained in those pages.“”
Yes, turning leaves is just one of the highlights of reading a book. To me, it gives an incomparable feeling of leaving something so you can move forward. I won’t even mention that distinct musky smell of old books. Or the art works!
(3) And as an educator, I wish to impart to all the students the importance and the joy! of having books. It is my utmost wish that all schools, even and most especially the public ones, have libraries, even if not grandiose. That students will look forward to going to school because they want to go to the library. That these students will become adults that have fond memories of keeping a library card as a kid, and going to the library every day to borrow books, walking home with a backpack filled with books, to lay curled in bed reading til dusk, only to rest for dinner, and read again until they fall asleep.
My own grade school, despite being a private one, did not have a library; so I was filled with excitement when my high school had a relatively extensive library. I filled up my library card year after year and would make lists of all the books I would borrow one after the other. I’d even hide the ones I liked so no one else would see it and borrow it before I did. The library is my favorite place in school. I keep a mental photo album of all the libraries I have ever been to and going through it is always a comforting activity.
Oh how I wish everyone would have an immense infatuation with books!
Children everywhere are irresistibly drawn to the color and content of vibrant story books. But books that feed the imagination and inspire learning are beyond the reach of many children in developing Asia, home to 66 percent of the world’s illiterate population. Books for Asia presents Storytime in Asia, a campaign that celebrates the transformative power of children’s books by providing more than 120,000 books to 2 million students and 1,700 in-need schools across 17 countries in developing Asia.
The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program launched Storytime in Asia, a month-long campaign that celebrates the transformative power of children’s books. Through behind-the-scenes photos and videos, Storytime in Asia will be showing the impact of beautifully crafted storybooks on students whose schools and families cannot afford high-quality reading material. Storytime in Asia will honor International Literacy Day with special literacy-promoting events throughout Asia during the last week of the campaign, August 31 to September 8.
For more information, visit this website: http://asiafoundation.org/program/books-for-asia/storytime.php
07 Jul 2012
in Books Tags: books, Fully Booked, sale
For all you book lovers out there, here’s great news!
The Fully Booked branch at Fort Bonifacio is having a sale at the atrium, with books from Php50-Php150, now until July 15! While the Greenbelt 5 branch is also having a sale from July 6 to July 27. Here are some images from the Fully Booked Facebook page to taunt the book lover in you.
B6 902 Bonifacio High Street Global City, Taguig
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Lower Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5, Makati
Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat:11am-9pm
Official Website: http://www.fullybookedonline.com
09 Oct 2010
in Books, Camarines Sur Tags: Bicol, books, Camarines Sur, Lake Buhi
Buhi… is a town at the bottom of the lake. Some say that the people of the enchanted town once lived on the surface of the earth like all of us. As they prospered and became wealthy, they forgot to pray and God punished them causing their town to sink into the earth overnight so that the next morning where once the town had stood now lay a beautiful lake.
Some say that on still days when there is no wind and the face of the lake is clear as glass you can look deep down to the bottom of the lake and see the enchanted people in their town at their everyday tasks. Some continue to till the earth like we do. Others continue to build houses. The women still cook the family meals and you can see the smoke from their kitchens.
16 Aug 2010
in Books, Family Tags: books, children's books, family, Lia
National Book Store is currently having a great sale. When Lia and I dropped by last Friday, I saw books that were on sale that I wanted to buy – but we had to go do all kinds of other things and we didn’t get to come back. When I went back yesterday, I didn’t find that one book I had set my eyes on. Dang, it was priced at P75 too! That is how I missed out on what seemed to be such a promising mommy-book for me… Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families.
I did find wonderfully colorful books for Lia – the Patchwork concept books for very young children. There are 8 titles in the series but I only managed to find five. The hardcover books are originally priced at P359 but I got them for P101.50 each.
10 Aug 2010
in Books, Musings Tags: books, musings
I have been really, really stressed out the past weeks. I have been really, really busy with so many things, primarily with taking care of Lia as she continually needs activities to busy herself with, as well as tying loose ends from the various little jobs I did.
So last week, I finally made it to Bonifacio High Street, which happens to be my favorite mall – not because I shop there but because the atmosphere totally relaxes me. It used to be the mall we go to all the time, when we still lived in the condo in Taguig.
Seriously, the only shops I go to in Bonifacio High Street are Bo’s Coffee Shop (if full then Starbucks, if full, then Seattle’s Best), Fully Booked and R.O.X.
03 Aug 2010
in Books Tags: books, Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood
I have been such a huge fan of the Charlaine Harris‘ The Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse Novels. Of course, it began with a few Travel Factor friends talking about how this True Blood series is just simply “WHOA” and that got me curious. We got ourselves a copy of the HBO series and well, it was really WHOA! (because an adjective is not enough).
Being such an avid reader (though not one to call myself a bookworm – because bookworm is really my friend Lizzie who lent me all those books in high school when I really had none of my own and started me on this weekly hoarding activity at our own high school library some fifteen years back and who also recently gave me a book from one of my favorite South American writers for my birthday), I always want to read the book/novel/novella/poem any film or TV series that interested me was adapted from, I took time to get hold of the books. My brother-in-law first gave me pdf copies of the entire set from Book 1 to 9. Something that led to my having backaches and eye strain from reading relentlessly on my laptop screen even in the dead of the night. I eventually got my own paperback set! (I blogged about it here).