#Bookathon : The Syrena Series – Of Poseidon

I was looking for a new book series to start and finish reading. The last book series I read is the Shades of Grey series. I’ve heard of this new series from a book Youtuber and I thought that I might as well check it out.

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Of Poseidon By Anna Banks – Book Review

Of Poseidon is the first book of the Syrena Series. It is about the underwater world of mermaids or rather syrena’s as what they are called in the book.

The book started with Emma on a vacation in Florida with her best friend and ran into an accident with Galen, a Syrena prince, and his twin sister, Rayna.

Galen is the ambassador of the humans in the syrena world. He is in search of a girl who can speak to the fishes. Emma is not yet aware of her capability and the death of her best friend, shark accident, still made her unaware she can speak to the underwater creatures.

The setting is high school in New Jersey in the human world and the two kingdoms of the seas, Poseidon and Triton, in the underwater world.

That’s about the spoilers I can tell you about the book.

I am confused with the language used in the book. The story revolves around high school kids. There are lines that made me laugh, made think of how high schoolers speak and there are lines that you don’t quite hear being used by kids of their supposed age.

I am both annoyed and adored Rayna’s girl power character and the syrena’s antics in the human world made me laugh.

There’s a part of the book that reminds me of Twilight series, how Galen is drawn to Emma. Also, the book seem to drag somewhere in the middle and I wanted it get along fast so I’ll know how the book ends.

Overall, I could’t put the book down. It’s a refreshing change to all that vampires, werewolves and angels series going around the bibliophile world.

A Feiwel and Friends Book
“Of Poseidon”
By Anna Banks
Copyright 2012
ISBN: 978-1-250-00332-4
Kobo e-book

Have you read this book series? What do you think? Are you excited to watch the movie version? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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#Bookathon : A Wrinkle In Time

I’ve only heard about this book only once and it got me curious enough to buy the e-book on Kobo. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about reading children’s and fantasy book. I was never able to finish reading one. I jumped into this story without prior judgment or idea written somewhere in the worldwide web.

A Wrinkle In Time

Book Review: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

It is a fiction book for kids that cater to all age group, a John Newbery Medal awardee and a quintet book series. A story about the real world and fantasy. The story touches on Science, time travel, Universe, Literature, Languages, family, Angels, Religion and love.

The story is about the Murry family and Calvin O’Keefe who was a friend of the main characters. The elder Murry’s are both scientist and they have 4 odd or special children. The story started with Mr. Murry who’s been away on a Government mission for a very long time that the entire town are talking about him leaving his family for good. His two children, Meg and Charles Wallace, befriended three thieves/witches who made them see that they know where their Father is. Charles Wallace, who has an advance intelligence and to see through people, believed them. He persuaded his sister and Calvin to go on this mission to find their Father.

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On their journey, they met various characters that reminds me so much of Mother Earth, Angels, Evil/Satan. All throughout the story you will read about various literary works, galaxy and the universe explained, the good and evil doings of Human beings on Earth and it’s effects, Religion as the characters talk about Jesus and mentioning Bible verses. The children were sent into a world to which they can only travel and where their Father is.

A must read! I love the little surprises of beautiful life and literature quotes incorporated in this book. As an adult, you will see how easy it is to forget the life lessons we were taught as kids. The book to me is reminiscent to that of “The Giver”+”The Little Prince”+”Harry Potter-esque adventure book”. If you love all these books, you’ll enjoy A Wrinkle In Time. I heard the graphic novel version makes a good addition to one’s book collection.

A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be adapted to a movie directed by no less than the Frozen animated film Director! Exciting news!

Square Fish
“A Wrinkle In Time”
An Appreciation Copyright 2007
ISBN-13:978-0-312-36755-8
Book design by Jennifer Browne
Mass Market Edition: May 2007
Kobo e-book

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#Bookathon : The Vagina Monologues

I’ve heard about the theatre play “The Vagina Monologues” long time ago. I’ve never come across the book version until now. Since it’s not playing in theatres near me, reading about it is the next best thing.

The Vagina Monologue

This is probably the most feminist read I’ve ever come across. 

The book is literally all about vagina. It’s a monologue of the different women Eve Ensler encountered at events, activities or interviewed.

You’ll encounter the different ways women name their vagina from when they were told as a young girl to adulthood. The women she interviewed were from different backgrounds, life experiences and from different era. You’ll read about women who’ve gone through abuse, rape, giving birth to women from a time where talking about sex or body parts is shunned.

Questions like: “If your vagina could talk, what would it say, in two words?”, “What does a vagina smell like?”, to “If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?” and more.

Stories are told in a poetic way to in your face, too much information way. Vagina facts are inserted in a couple of chapters from the history to facts about women and oppression in different parts of the world.

The book has 171 pages not including foreword, introduction and acknowledgements. It’s a fast and liberating read!

Essentially, The Vagina Monologues is written to bring awareness, to eliminate the causes and sources of violence against women, to prevent their devastating effects.

And I say, well done!

Villard Books
ISBN 0-375-75698-1
The Vagina Monologues
By Eve Ensler
The V-Day Edition
Copyright 2001
Paperback Edition
Book Design by Caroline Cunningham

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#Bookathon : Audrey Hepburn A Life In Pictures

Reading a biography or memoir has been in my must-read list for a long time. I thought I had to go through a really thick book of Steve Jobs or someone else’s autobiography. This coffee table book makes it easier and bearable to read about the life of a famous person. And why not read about someone who have the same name as me, Audrey Hepburn?

Audrey Hepburn Coffee Table Book

The book is hardbound with a protective jacket. The cover is that of an image of Audrey Hepburn dressed as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; her hair up in a bun; long, thick, dark lashes; long neck adorned with a beautiful necklace; holding a cigarette and wearing a little black dress. Doe eyed perfection!

I didn’t know a whole lot about Audrey Hepburn except that she starred in the original movie “Sabrina”, then the iconic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and that she has impeccable fashion sense.

The book contains more than 160 photographs and mostly in black and white which is true to the time when Audrey Hepburn started her career as an actress.

12 Things I Didn’t Know About Audrey Hepburn Until Now

  1. She is Dutch, from The Netherlands, born to a Dutch Baroness.
  2. She is quite tall at 5’7” and that she suffered bulimia as a young girl.
  3. Along with her Mother and brother, Audrey helped the Resistance during the war between Holland and Germany.
  4. Her life mirrors that of Anne Frank, 10 years old when war started and 15 years old when war ended.
  5. She suffered from malnutrition and contracted jaundice when she was randomly stopped, questioned, then escaped from German arrest and all alone went into hiding for month with only bread and fruit juice she was carrying with her on that day to town.
  6. She was a trained ballerina and did modelling on the side.
  7. Movie “Roman Holiday” was her first leading role which she also won an Oscar for Best Actress. Her first movie that I also watched and owned in VCD.
  8. Audrey Hepburn smoked cigarettes.
  9. She was really good friends with couturier Hubert de Givenchy of The House of Givenchy, having styled and dressed her, and created the iconic Audrey Hepburn style.
  10. Pivotal movie” My Fair Lady” received various nominations except Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn. The award was won by Julie Andrews for “Mary Poppins” that year.
  11. She turned down the role of Anne Frank.
  12. She died early due to abdominal cancer.

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STABILO Fineliner Pens

This post is an ode to my love for pens and notebooks. Well, don’t get me started on notebooks. This post is about the colourful STABILO Point 88 Fineliner pens.

STABILO Fineliner Pens

The set contains 10 different coloured pens with the tip that goes as fine as 0.4mm. The pens are for fine writing, drawing and sketching. It is ideal for working with rulers and stencils. STABILO brand sells coloured pens in 25 colours. The pens are sold individually and as sets in various colour combination. I bought this set at Popular Bookstore in Singapore for S$11.75. You can buy the same set at your nearest National Bookstore in the Philippines.

I no longer write in regular pens. If you flip through the pages of my Starbucks planner, you’ll see how colourful it is. This definitely makes writing on paper so much fun. Writing on paper will never go out of style. Thanks to STABILO.

What are your favourite pens? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll probably look it up and buy some myself. LOL! Thanks for reading!

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Link Loving Thursdays { 7 }

Watching:

Have you seen the official trailer of “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

I can understand why Ian Somerhalder wouldn’t make it as Christian Grey. He’ll definitely make the movie version look X-Rated.

Reading:

  1. If you’re nosey as me, you’ll love this new discovery. Check out my new website obsession “What In My Handbag”.
  2. This blog satisfies my obsession with Nordic interior and design social media sites.
  3. Fashion bloggers new friend should be the OOTD Magazine. Need ideas? Check the site out.
  4. I’m jealous of this blog’s book collection. Check out The Girl And Her Books .
  5. The whole of Philippines was talking about how Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo made it to the Top 10 Hottest Nations Who’d Win The Sexy World Cup article posted in FHM.com.

Listening:

Am I Wrong by Nico And Vince

Jealous ( I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo

As always, share your discoveries in the comments below. Thank you!

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Watsons Haul: Safeguard Derma Sense

Watsons Haul

I was very intrigued the day I saw the TV advert of this product, the Safeguard Body Wash. When I visited P&G website and Facebook fan page, I discovered the Safeguard Derma Sense Face & Body Wash. Safeguard is a trusted brand that fights germs. Because I’m having problems with back pimples, I decided to give the Safeguard Derma Sense a try.

Safeguard Derma Sense Body Wash

The Safeguard Derma Sense Face & Body Wash is said to gently cleanse sensitive skin; is mild, unscented formula; and, no addition of alcohol and dyes. The 200ml bottle is sold at Watsons Drug store for only Php 105.00.

Safeguard Derma Sense Soap Bar

As I was going around the Watsons store, I also discovered Safeguard Derma Sense Face & Body Bar. They were displayed in a different aisle so I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn’t decide whether I should get the body wash or the soap bar so I bought both. The 90g soap bar is sold at Watsons for only Php 59.00.  [Read more...]

Filipina Celebrities Travel Must Haves Via Social Media

Find out what Filipina celebrities consider as their travel must haves. You’ll be surprised by what they consider as essential. There are items you can easily afford and some that you can only dream of having. But still, it’s fun to be nosey about it.

Miss World 2013: Megan Young - This globe trotting beauty queen only keep 6 items as her travel essentials. I think I want to get my hands on Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream perfume!  

Miss Saigon in London: Rachelle Ann Go - This pop singer now conquering theater is staying in London throughout the run of the legendary musical Miss Saigon. This girl about town consider her vintage leather bag as her travel essential.

The Nations Sweetheart: Anne Curtis - She prefers travelling with luggages that is ultra light weight from American Tourister Vivolite. The colour is eye-catching too!

Daughter of Former Miss Universe: Isabelle Daza - Everybody is waiting for her to join Miss Universe just like her Mom. But, this self-confessed tomboy beauty is content to be part of show business. GoPro and a curling iron is definitely a surprising travel must-have mix. LOL!

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