Where She Went: by Gayle Forman

“If it is destined to happen, it will happen no matter how many years had passed by or how far the distance is.” – Seasielle

Love. Faith. Hope. Three important words in our lives. If we have love in our hearts, Hope and Faith will never be gone in our vocabulary.

People say that a good book is the one that when you re-read it, you will still feel the same things and emotions you felt the first time you read it. And I’m proud to say that Where She Went has that power.

Introduction:

In our lives, choices surround us every day. We have to choose what’s good for everyone even though we felt deprived because of our own decisions; sometimes it’s not just about us, but it’s about others as well.

Adam. Mia. Three years of separation without any closure. Adam felt lost and betrayed because he didn’t know what to do after Mia left her for good. He didn’t understand why Mia suddenly stopped all forms of communication with him. He blamed her for all misfortunes he had experienced and for all choices he did. But, is he right to blame Mia for everything? Or is it also about Adam’s decision that made all things complicated for the two of them?

In the second installment of the bestseller book, If I Stay, comes the most heartfelt reunion of Mia and Adam after three years of separation. Can this be the start of something new, or can this be the end for the two of them – The closure that Adam has been longing for?

I love If I Stay. Every detail that comes with it. The magic, the romance and the hope. And I can say, that I’m also in-love with Where She Went. I hate Gayle Forman for doing this to me (I’m exaggerating my love for her). Yes, this is the second time that I had read this book, and I forgot to write a book review for this one the first time that I laid hands on it. So allow me to do it now; I can’t move on the first time I read this that’s why I didn’t write a review.

This is Adam’s POV (Point Of View) and I really admire the way it was written. I mean, I do appreciate that Gayle wrote this book in a man’s perspective because I do wonder what does it feels like to view the mind of a guy.

Adam Wilde – rock star icon for his generation and composer of Shooting Star (his band) which I crazily admire (wish his band is true). People think he’s a bad ass or some wasted guy just because he chose to be in the rock genre. Well, contradictory to what others think, he has a pure heart and he’s concern for others (base on how I picture him in the flow of the story).

Opinion:

We think that the fault always belong to others well in fact, we should also blame ourselves because we let them do those things to us, or we were so relentless of our own decisions.

We must first understand our actions before judging other people because sometimes it’s not all about “them” anymore, but it’s more about “us.” After a thorough examinations of ourselves, that’s the only time we should seek help to others or that’s the perfect time we can open our hearts for them to be understood in the way we wanted to be treated.

Yes, others can hurt us but we are the only one who can allow it to happen because sometimes, what they’ve done for us didn’t matter if we don’t allow it to flow in our body and intoxicate our mind.

Just like with Adam and Mia, they both knew that they had hurt each other and they allow it to poison their body and mind because they give importance of their relationship. Therefore, if the pain we are feeling or the problem that currently stresses us are already inside our system, it means that the caused of those things are important to us and we have to face them in order for us to release all the toxins or if it’s not important to us, we should just ignore it and don’t allow it to live in our system.

Recommendation:

I will absolutely recommend this book to everyone especially to those people who needs closure in their lives but don’t know how to start finding it.

Thank you for reading. God bless!

About the author: (from goodreads.com)

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.

In 2002, I went traveling for a year around the world with my husband, Nick. I spent time hanging out with some pretty interesting people, a third sex (we’d probably call them transvestites here) in Tonga, Tolkien-obsessed, role-playing punks in Kazakhstan (bonus points to those of you who can find Kazakhstan on a map), working class hip-hop stars in Tanzania. The result of that year was my first book, a travel memoir called You Can’t Get There From Here: A Year On the Fringes of a Shrinking World. You can read about my trip and see pictures of it here.

What do you do when you get back home after traveling the globe for a whole year? First, you get disproportionately excited by the little comforts in life: Not having to look at a map to get everywhere? Yay! Being able to drink coffee without getting dressed and schlepping to a café first? Bliss! Then, if you’re 32 years old and have been with your husband for evah, you have a kid. Which we did. Presto, Willa!

So, there I was. With a baby. And all of a sudden I couldn’t do the kind of gallivanty reporting I’d done before. Well, you know how they say in life when one door closes another opens? In my case, the door came clear off the frame. Because I discovered that I could take the most amazing journeys of my life without ever having to leave my desk. It was all in my head. In stories I could make up. And the people I wanted to take these fantastical journeys with, they all happened to be between the ages of 12 and 20. I don’t know why. These are just the people who beckon me. And I go where I’m told.

My first young-adult novel, Sisters in Sanity, was based on another one of those social justice articles I wrote when for Seventeen and you can click here to read the article. Sisters was published in 2007. My next book, If I Stay, was published in April of 2009 by Dutton. It is also being published in 30 countries around the world, which is surreal. The sequel/companion book to If I Stay, Where She Went, comes out in April 2011. I am currently working on a new YA novel, that is, when my kids (plural, after Willa we adopted Denbele from Ethiopia) allow me to. And after that book is finished, I’ll write another, and another….

Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Maybe One Day: by Melissa Kantor

“Even fate cannot write our destiny.” – Seasielle

Introduction:

You thought everything is perfect until it doesn’t. Tragedies happen unexpectedly, just like visitors that we didn’t expect to arrive at our house during the wee hours of the night. There can never be a “perfect life,” for surprises will always knock on our door – either to give good fortune or unfortunate events. People say we can do something about it rather than to accept it; but reality is: sometimes you’ve done all ways that you know, it just turned out to be so imperfect because there are things that we need to accept and to let go to start moving forward in our lives. And that what makes a perfect life – to let go and to move ahead for a brighter future is always there waiting for us.

Maybe One Day. The title itself instantly suggests curiosity for its readers. What does the author mean by choosing that title?; what do the characters want to happen or to try that they think would be good Maybe One Day?; which dreams would never come to reality?; or why Maybe One Day?. Pessimistic point of view even when you’re not yet starting to read the book. You know immediately that something is not bound to happen or it is bound to happen but it did not come as the way you plan it. In reality: we always encounter “Maybe One Day,” but we just don’t notice it. Just like when you want to try the new restaurant near your place, or you want to purchase a new gadget, or you want to settle down, you would just say, maybe one day. It’s so funny that we always say or think about “Maybe One Day,” without even noticing that we already missed lots of opportunities along our journey. Why can’t we start right now? It’s like a widespread virus that infected the whole city and the only way out is to find a cure. In other words, the only way to avoid that phrase is to start doing what you really love. Lessons in life comes from unique ways.

Opinion:

Zoe and Olivia. Perfect example of friendship. Olivia’s family – perfect example of a best family. I wonder if in my world these really exist.

I love how in the face of adversity this book still focuses on happiness and positiveness. Really, there’s always a room for hope and we should believe it first before others do the same for us. Yes, hope and faith are the two things that I really admire in this book, and I also like that even though something worst happen, always remember that some things happen for a reason. We may not see the purpose right now, but in the near future we will. Just like with Olivia’s family, they learned many things from the hindrances they just overcome and they can move forward with a pure heart and genuine happiness. True, Maybe One Day we can also learn to accept the things we cannot change and to let go the things we can reverse. It’s just a matter of time and a strong faith to our Heavenly Father, all will be in its righteous place.

Recommendation:
Definitely friends, you should grab a copy and discover it for yourselves.

Thank you for reading.

About the author:

Straight from Melissa herself (from goodreads.com)

Five fun facts about me:
1. The first time I ever kissed a boy, I made a complete fool out of myself. Right before we kissed, the boy asked, “Have you ever kissed anyone before?” I said, “No. Have you?” He said, “Yes.” Then I said, “Oh, I forgot. I have too.”
2. I’m a Capricorn.
3. I used to unbend a paper clip and put it on my teeth like a retainer because I wanted braces.
4. I didn’t learn how to make a grilled cheese sandwich until I was in college. (Does anyone know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich? They’re actually kind of hard to make!)
5. I failed Spanish.
Come read the first chapters of all my books for free at melissakantor.com.

Stormy Weather Can’t Ruin My Plans: KMR in Philippines

I’ve been waiting for Robyn Schneider to visit my beloved country, Philippines, since last year. I sent a tweet to her asking if she’ll visit and she replied “Yes.” I’m so excited because I can finally see her in person. #bibliophilegoals

I did not know that Robyn will visit my country with two equally talented authors like her. I’m really flattered upon hearing this awesome news. Yes, I’ll meet not only one, but three amazing authors.

It was raining hard last July 4 because a typhoon named Egay entered the premises of my country; it did not stop until July 5.

As usual, my dad is the one who fall in line for me and he was earlier this time: he was number 33. I mean, they were three amazing authors so I do expect that my dad would be number 50+ because lots of people would fall in line but maybe the rain became a big hindrance as well.

Anyway, my dad met Ate Lana so I got an assurance that I have a chair to seat on, once I entered the premises because she had reserved one for me. Thank you to my unexpected friend; because we only met during E. Lockhart’s book signing event.

This event was a memorable one for me because for the first time, my mother accompanied me as well, though her goals were to spend some time roaming the mall.

Past 2:00pm when Katie, Melissa and Robyn arrived in the said venue (Shangri-la Grand Atrium). As usual, they were interviewed by the host for that day. Melissa = a witty author. I love how she had replied for each questions being asked to her. I love how she composed her sentences and the words she used. In short, I love how matured she is. Robyn = a witty one as well and somehow I noticed that her answered were short but direct to the point. I don’t know if I’m the only one who noticed it or it’s just my own observation. Well, Katie = the most carefree one and she laughed at the end of each sentence that she had composed. Their blending was really awesome.

I learned that Robyn is a fan of Vampire Weekend and that the name Ezra from her book The Beginning of Everything, is inspired by the lead vocals of the said band, Ezra, himself. Wow! I just can’t believe it because my cousin is such a big fan of it as well and before the said event, we were jut talking about Ezra and all the craziness attached to him and his band. Coincidence? Anyway, I’m so happy upon hearing it.

Finally, the moment we’ve been all waiting for had come; signing of books. To cut the long story short, when it was my turn, I did not get a chance to hug and talked to Melissa and Robyn since it was really a fast one. The only thing I liked: my mother got a chance to capture this special moment because the organizers allowed her to come with me. Thank you organizers. Even though I did not hug and talk with them, I’m still happy because I met them and they signed my books.

Thank you Lord for a calm weather that day and for another unforgettable moment. ’til next time.

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Number 33 :)) Thank you Papa 🙂

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Melissa Kantor signing my books 🙂

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Another photo of Melissa Kantor signing my books :))

Extraordinary Means: By Robyn Schneider

“Second chances. Not everyone gets to experience it that’s why once you’re given one, spend it wisely.” – Seasielle

A perfect life. Living with your not-so-perfect family; being on top of your class; laughing like there’s no tomorrow with your friends; hanging out with your girlfriend or boyfriend; and enjoying every minute of your life when suddenly, the most shocking news just hit you: You’re terribly sick and soon to die. Your disease is highly contagious that the only way to avoid it is to go and live in a sanatorium with people equally the same like you (well just because they also have the same disease like yours). What will you do with your life? How will you digest the news? How will you mend your broken dreams? How can you have your so called “normal” life again? How can you live a single day with people who are strangers with you? How can you lay an eye on them knowing that you’re all infected with a contagious disease? How can you be healed if you’re breathing the same air they’re also breathing?

These are the questions that you can encounter once you read this book. You have to prepare yourself from worst to the best possible one that you can ever imagine.

“Miracles do happen everyday. We are just to busy to notice, or we are focusing on the things that we can’t control. Sometimes, all we need to do is to appreciate everything in the most tranquil time that God has given to us.” – Seasielle

Introduction:
We are living in a world with no definite time. Meaning, today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, etc. we will bid goodbye. Nobody knows when will his/her time will come; one thing is for sure: if we get a chance to wake up the next morning, we should be thankful and we must spend it wisely because it can or can’t be our last day on earth.

In this particular book, Lane learned that he has tuberculosis and started to think that his life is falling into pieces; then to make it even worst, he has to go and live in a sanatorium with people who is like him (with tuberculosis), meaning he has to bid farewell to the world he has known for years or should I say, forever. This is where the story begins, when he enters Latham and meet Sadie and other people. How can they all survive the roller coaster ride of their lives? How can they win against tuberculosis and have the life that was stolen to them? How can they live happily and peacefully?

Opinion:
With all honesty, I do love this book. I think this is way better than The Beginning of Everything because I learned the real meaning of tuberculosis, and I have a friend who experienced the same sickness when she’s young so I have an idea what it feels like to be treated unfairly and judged by ignoramus people in this kind of situation.

Yes, in the this world, people will give you the benefit of a doubt and will never get to talk to you the way they used to even when you’re already treated because according to some, it is not really gone or you’re not really free of it; hence, chances are, it might come back.

I only got confused that if a place like Latham do really exist in our world, why do you need to interact with those people who are also suffering with the same disease? I mean, how can you be healed if you’re in a place which is highly contagious and the risk of dying is almost 99.9%? Okay, I think I’m overreacting but it really bothered me. Yes, I do understand that Latham(if ever there’s a place like this in real life) is for all people who are infected with tuberculosis, but do they really need to interact with each other just to experience a normal life? I mean, shouldn’t they be treated separately in a room, and just be quarantined inside it until they’re fully healthy? I’m just curious or sadist or whatever you call that one, but I’m just being practical because in this world, even a single contact is contagious. That’s the only part that I dislike but, hell yeah, this is only a work of fiction so be it.

Lessons Learned:
First, we must live a happy, fruitful and meaningful life to serve others and to accept the things that we can’t change and to change the things that we can.

Second, we must learn to be happy everyday despite all the trials and hindrances that will come to us because we don’t know when will our last breathe be.

Third, we must spread love to everyone no matter what social class they currently belong because giving love to those people unloved is one of the best things in life.

Fourth, we must be aware of tuberculosis and other diseases or sickness in order for us to address properly the need of those people who are experiencing these kind of battles in their lives.

Lastly, trust God because His ways are always righteous, caring and loving.

Recommendation:
I do highly recommend this book to all of you. An eye opener story.

God bless everyone!

About the author:

Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is also the author of the middle grade Knightley Academy books, written as Violet Haberdasher. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet. You can watch her vlogs at youtube.com/robynisrarelyfunny.

Follow her on twitter: @robynschneider
Website: http://robynschneider.com

Happy Thursday: Oriental Pearl and Tipsy Pig

Pasig Day: July 2. Holiday all throughout Pasig but for us (I and my colleagues), it was just an ordinary work day. We spent eight (8) hours in our cubicle doing all sort of clerical jobs (super boring and stressful). Amazingly, one of my officemates or should I say one of my boss, invited us to dine out. Of course, we all said yes.

Since our office is located in West Capitol, we have so many choices where to dine. We chose Oriental Pearl since it is the newest restaurant in Kapitolyo.

Food Festivity: Oriental Pearl. Eat like a King.
Even just for a day, especially after a hard work night, one must dine like a King, and we just did. We are only four but our order is good for 5-8 people. We ordered Dimsum Platter, Shrimp Salad, Orange Chicken, and Fried Rice. Take note: they serve those food in big bucks.
All food is a thumbs up 😉 The ambiance, the food, the staff and the location are all thumbs up. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to all food goers out there. I will rate it 3.5 out of five since I haven’t tried all the food in their menu. Will try soon.

After we fed our stomach, we rode a tricycle going to Capitol Commons. Yes, I love the location of our office, but not our office. 🙂

Drink like There’s No Tomorrow: Tipsy Pig
The most popular destination of all drinkers or should I say all people who has a night life that resides near Kapitolyo is none other than: Tipsy Pig. This hub is almost jampacked especially on a Thursdays night since it is the most popular day of all night-goers or should I say night watch: “Happy Thursday.” Good thing, we immediately got seated in a couch. We ordered one platter of Nachos (the big one), and four flavored beer. Mine is raspberry, my two companions ordered salted caramel and my other colleague ordered hazelnut. I didn’t like the raspberry one since it did not taste like one. It is so bitter because it is still a beer.
Overall, Tipsy Pig is really for all drinkers. Of course, I will recommend it to all of you because the ambiance, the staff, and the music that soothes the entire place is a perfect harmony for everyone. I will give it a 3.5 out of five rating since I’m not really a drinker. 🙂

Eventually, Happy Thursday is a nice experience for all of us. It is really the happiest night after an entire day of stressed in the workplace.

If you are near Kapitolyo or Capitol Commons, try to visit this two wonderful food places and invigorate in the liveliness they offer.

P.S. I forgot to take pictures that’s why I can’t share one. Sorry for that.