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My Natural Habitat: Book Fair!

Random stuff about me:

1. My dream house consists of a personal library.

2. One of my dreams in life is building a publicly accessible mobile library that also offers reading, writing and storytelling sessions to underprivileged children.

Notice the common denominator? 😀 And now it won’t sound so strange too if I reveal that my favorite Disney princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I’m a confirmed and professed book lover-slash-bookworm. Predictably, the Manila International Book Fair is an annual haven that I always look forward and this year’s, also its 33rd, is no exception. J says it’s my ‘natural habitat’, lol.

Me with The Lorax! 🙂

Though the rain was pouring crazy today, I’m glad that my friends and I braved high waters and trooped to SMX for the 33rd Manila International Book Fair. The fruits of of today’s trip? Two autographed books and finding books where interests intersects with passion.  Continue reading



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Getting Tagged: 5 Random Facts

What’s up, people of the universe? 😉 I’m trying to be more diligent with my blog posts (hehe!) so as to, well, share (not bore!) with you tidbits of the Curious Cat’s blessed life. Here we go with the 5 Random Facts tag; shout out to fellow blogger Michelle of All About Being Glam! 🙂 Follow her blog, she’s really nice and her posts always inspire me!

**Special note: She’s having a huge birthday giveaway as she turns 19 this month! Head on over to this link to join; lots of nice stuff await! 🙂

5 Random Things about the Curious Cat


1. The Ever-Nervous Adventure Seeker

In my mind, I play myself out to be a Dora the Explorer type minus the purple backpack and China doll bangs. Can I say that I delude myself that I’m an adventurous person? Sometimes, haha. And it frequently ends in bouts of nervousness.

Case in point:

Bohol 2012 – Crossing the Hanging Bridge

I was so game to cross the bridge and was even encouraging a friend of mine who had a fear of heights and was understandably nervous about the whole thing to go for it. The chicken that I am, I gulped when I saw the river under the bridge and came face to face with the bridge itself. In the end, I was so slow in walking that I had to be overtaken. Haha!

Corregidor 2012 – Bumpy Boat Ride

I guess the waves weren’t so very cooperative that day and I got seasick after my first 10 minutes in the boat. :)) I was so enthusiastic about the whole thing and so optimistic that I wouldn’t get sick when J warned me about the possibly bumpy ride. So yeah, that’s why I became a regular office worker and not a maritime person. Hehe. 😀

Sagada 2012 – Caving and Spelunking

There had been a lot of warnings about the whole caving and spelunking thing to be difficult and of course I had to pay no heed to all of it. My headstrong self still wanted to prove everyone wrong. I guess it’s quite obvious how it all ended – not even halfway through the cave, our guide told us that the girls in the group cannot proceed with the tour as we were not ‘physically prepared’ for it. Too bad, I still plan to come back sometime in the future and explore the whole cave! 😀 (never say die, they say, haha)

Some more random things about the Curious Cat!

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Trying to Get the Feeling Again (with Reading)

I admit it! I completely slacked off after my last blog post (more of photo dump). AHHH. Old habits die hard. My procrastination and laziness frequently rears its ugly head in my ideally ordered life. Boo.

What I’m happy about though is that I’ve been getting to read more these days (does that explain the missing blog posts?). My Kindle, Paraluman, is finally getting a workout and I have a bunch of books lined up. Yay! It actually makes me miss those days when I was working as a reading coach. The best part of that job was lining up the books in the shelves, discovering exciting new titles, sitting on the carpet and just reading while waiting for the students to arrive.

I’m happy to find out about Goodreads,  a website that serves like an online bookshelf for people around the world. It reminds me of Shelfari albeit simpler and more streamlined, IMO. In its website, Goodreads describes itself as,

“…the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 7,200,000 members who have added more than 260,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in January 2007. “

It also has a 2012 Reading Challenge which you can customize according to your own pace. I put 12 books in my own challenge, giving myself a month to finish a book. That makes for 12 books read in a year. Not much compared to my past pace but it’s good enough to let the information sink in and give myself time to reflect on what I’ve read.

I hope that I can finally revive my dying reading life. Work and other activities has just taken up too much of my energy that I often find myself beat up at night to read a book. But I really miss reading, it has always kept my mind sharp and fresh with ideas. Now I just feel that my mind is slow and dull.

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