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My New Kindle Paperwhite (Day 19 #100HappyDays)

My bro and I have been wanting to buy our own Kindle for quite sometime now. I’ve wanted to rekindle my love for reading, but since I couldn’t care well enough for my own books (or I’m just too OC when it comes to handling a book – I don’t like the pages getting folded accidentally, etc), I decided that the best way to start reading again is through an e-Reader. So, finally, yesterday, we both our own Kindle Paperwhite.

Kindle Paperwhite

I remember back in high school, or even elementary, I frequent the library. No, I’m not the studious type. The books I read weren’t all educational, but mostly entertaining books that feed my imagination… and my vocabulary at the same time. 🙂 I was a member of the Booklover’s Club almost my entire high school life; I was even an officer of the club during my senior year which allowed me to borrow multiple books from the library with ease. I used to love the smell of books, but since I developed some kind of allergy from the ink and paper used before on books that I loved (which is also why I had to stop reading the newspaper), I had to lessen my reading and was stuck with the new, magazine-type ones (Reader’s Digest, Archie Comics, etc).

With the Kindle, I can now read all the books I’ve been longing to finish all these years. Since I’m in this moment in my life where I’m contemplating a career change (still in social media though), the first ebook I decided to read is Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. It’s all about empowering women to be more ambitious. 🙂 I saw myself agreeing with her viewpoints. We need more women in power. 🙂

Lean In
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I might finally decide to finish the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, but I feel like I’ve already found myself. I started reading it when I was at the time of my life when I felt like I lost myself and had to renew my love for me. Reading helped a lot. Maybe finishing the book will help put me in a mindset that’ll prepare me to find love and romance, eh? 😉

Handwritten Musings

I wrote this on Monday, but only got to publish 2 days after.

I just finished writing down all the addresses of our giveaway winners and my right hand hurt like hell. Ever since I got hooked on computers, I barely write anymore, hence the pain. This is bad.

My waybills for our giveaway winners

I remember back in high school, I kept a journal. It was no special journal or diary with locks and all. It was just a typical notebook students use in school, but it had all my deepest thoughts and emotions all spelled out on each page. There were a couple of doodles too.

I had journals ’til I was in college. Even after my mother found one of them and learned A LOT of my darkest secrets, it didn’t keep me from writing my thoughts on paper. It was my way of keeping my thoughts and emotions in check.

I love handwriting...

Some people may not understand it, but keeping a journal helped me ward off negative thoughts and feelings I had back when I was still a wild teen. Writing all my feelings away made me feel lighter afterwards for some reason. It’s like I’m writing to an actual person, who I sometimes call Diary, and tell her everything I’m thinking and feeling.

Sadly, after over a decade, my journal has been replaced by my blog. Not that I didn’t want to blog, but typing on my computer is just not the same as using a pen or a pencil to write down my deepest emotions.

I remember getting this Starbucks planner last year. I promised to update it and I did for the first two months of 2011. By March, I was too busy to even think about writing anything down on my planner turned journal.

Last week, when we didn’t have electricity for 2 days, I was forced to read my Reader’s Digest magazines. I subscribed to them early this year with a promise to read more, another resolution I didn’t get to fulfill this year.

Sincerely Yours by Cyndi Freiman in Reader's Digest January 2011 issue

Anyway, I’m getting off-track. I read this article in their January 2011 issue about handwriting. The author is saddened by the loss of handwriting in our technology-driven world; how we constantly complain about our poor handwriting.

Few of us write letters any longer, even to those to whom we are close. We communicate differently when we e-mail or text, both methods characterised by speed and informality. The meditative consideration, which accompanied a handwritten letter, is almost entirely absent. We may be communicating more frequently and with more people, but the depth and quality of our communication has diminished.

– Cyndi Freiman, Author of Sincerely Yours
(Reader’s Digest, January 2011, page 86)

 

I admit, I never had beautiful penmanship. But, at least, back when I kept a journal, I can still understand my writings. Now, I sometimes need to rely on contexts to remember what I actually wrote.

Whenever I attend events, I bring with me a small notebook where I write important details on what were said or had occurred. This way, I can easily go back to what happened when I finally get to writing my blog article about it.

The notebook I bring at blogger events

And that’s when I usually get into trouble. I sometimes write too fast, even when I’m only taking note of keywords, that I can barely read what I have on these little pages. *LoL*

So, since it’s my birth month, I have decided to bring back my passion for actual writing. I still have over 2 months left on my planner / journal so I have time to go back to writing short notes on how my day went or how I’m feeling.

The feeling is really different when you handwrite. Just as Cyndi said…

…I’ve become addicted to the flow of thoughts that comes with the physicality of handwriting.

This is so true for me. I tend to be more fluent in my writing when I use a pen and a paper than when I type away on my computer. Just look at my journal entry about Pedring.

My  makeshift journal - a logbook

I didn’t have my computer at that time. I only had this log book where I decided to write about everything I could remember, all the fears and anxieties I had during that fateful day. And in a span of a few minutes, I ended up with 5 pages of written account of what happened. I had to reduce it to a shorter version for posting here (link to my post).

I am now drawn to writing more on my planner, this log book, and probably I’d own a journal with a lock and key just in case, y’know, my nanay’s struck again by her “curiosity”. *LoL*

And I encourage you, my friends, to handwrite more often. From now on, I’ll be handwriting notes to everyone I’ll be sending a correspondence to through courier. Let me know how you’re planning to join me on this. Maybe we can even be penpals? ^_^


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Handwritten Musings

I wrote this on Monday, but only got to publish 2 days after.

I just finished writing down all the addresses of our giveaway winners and my right hand hurt like hell. Ever since I got hooked on computers, I barely write anymore, hence the pain. This is bad.

My waybills for our giveaway winners

I remember back in high school, I kept a journal. It was no special journal or diary with locks and all. It was just a typical notebook students use in school, but it had all my deepest thoughts and emotions all spelled out on each page. There were a couple of doodles too.

I had journals ’til I was in college. Even after my mother found one of them and learned A LOT of my darkest secrets, it didn’t keep me from writing my thoughts on paper. It was my way of keeping my thoughts and emotions in check.

I love handwriting...

Some people may not understand it, but keeping a journal helped me ward off negative thoughts and feelings I had back when I was still a wild teen. Writing all my feelings away made me feel lighter afterwards for some reason. It’s like I’m writing to an actual person, who I sometimes call Diary, and tell her everything I’m thinking and feeling.

Sadly, after over a decade, my journal has been replaced by my blog. Not that I didn’t want to blog, but typing on my computer is just not the same as using a pen or a pencil to write down my deepest emotions.

I remember getting this Starbucks planner last year. I promised to update it and I did for the first two months of 2011. By March, I was too busy to even think about writing anything down on my planner turned journal.

Last week, when we didn’t have electricity for 2 days, I was forced to read my Reader’s Digest magazines. I subscribed to them early this year with a promise to read more, another resolution I didn’t get to fulfill this year.

Sincerely Yours by Cyndi Freiman in Reader's Digest January 2011 issue

Anyway, I’m getting off-track. I read this article in their January 2011 issue about handwriting. The author is saddened by the loss of handwriting in our technology-driven world; how we constantly complain about our poor handwriting.

Few of us write letters any longer, even to those to whom we are close. We communicate differently when we e-mail or text, both methods characterised by speed and informality. The meditative consideration, which accompanied a handwritten letter, is almost entirely absent. We may be communicating more frequently and with more people, but the depth and quality of our communication has diminished.

– Cyndi Freiman, Author of Sincerely Yours
(Reader’s Digest, January 2011, page 86)

 

I admit, I never had beautiful penmanship. But, at least, back when I kept a journal, I can still understand my writings. Now, I sometimes need to rely on contexts to remember what I actually wrote.

Whenever I attend events, I bring with me a small notebook where I write important details on what were said or had occurred. This way, I can easily go back to what happened when I finally get to writing my blog article about it.

The notebook I bring at blogger events

And that’s when I usually get into trouble. I sometimes write too fast, even when I’m only taking note of keywords, that I can barely read what I have on these little pages. *LoL*

So, since it’s my birth month, I have decided to bring back my passion for actual writing. I still have over 2 months left on my planner / journal so I have time to go back to writing short notes on how my day went or how I’m feeling.

The feeling is really different when you handwrite. Just as Cyndi said…

…I’ve become addicted to the flow of thoughts that comes with the physicality of handwriting.

This is so true for me. I tend to be more fluent in my writing when I use a pen and a paper than when I type away on my computer. Just look at my journal entry about Pedring.

My  makeshift journal - a logbook

I didn’t have my computer at that time. I only had this log book where I decided to write about everything I could remember, all the fears and anxieties I had during that fateful day. And in a span of a few minutes, I ended up with 5 pages of written account of what happened. I had to reduce it to a shorter version for posting here (link to my post).

I am now drawn to writing more on my planner, this log book, and probably I’d own a journal with a lock and key just in case, y’know, my nanay’s struck again by her “curiosity”. *LoL*

And I encourage you, my friends, to handwrite more often. From now on, I’ll be handwriting notes to everyone I’ll be sending a correspondence to through courier. Let me know how you’re planning to join me on this. Maybe we can even be penpals? ^_^



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Gone is My Love for Reading? Oh No!

I need to love reading again - JustAnotherPixel.net

Ever since my brother raved about how fitting the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is to what I was (ongoing still) going through – a case of Quarter Life Crisis – I’ve wanted to finish reading it. And that was months ago. Almost 4 months now, I haven’t finished the book yet!

I miss the fun of reading. I used to really love reading anything, from books, newspapers, magazines and even comic books! I can finish a 400-page book in one sitting. Now, I can barely keep myself to sit still and read a few chapters before I want to move on to doing something else.

I remember watching my brother read books. He can really get animated while doing it. It’s like he’s really in the zone, where the story of the book is actually happening. He can even take a book in the bathroom and sit on the bath rug for hours and read right there and then without getting distracted even for a second. And I envy that so much! I miss the booklover in me.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading. But, now, I tend to go for shorter reading materials. Which reminds me that my Reader’s Digest January issue hasn’t been touched for 2 weeks now. Waaahhh! I seriously need to do more reading!

Reading has helped me a lot in the past. It not only improved my skills in writing and communication, but it opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities, lessons and knowledge. Reading stories from non-fiction authors makes me feel I’ve experienced what they actually gone through myself. I love how reading can develop my imagination and my creativity. Even fictional stories make me feel alive. Now, I don’t know what exactly happened. Can one’s love for reading go away just that easily?!

Whenever I try to read a book, my mind wanders. Like seriously wander. I usually can handle it since my brain is used to multi-tasking err thinking (*LOL*). But now, I had to go back like a few paragraphs to remember what I just read. They’re all words to me now. And I hate that this is happening to me. I miss loving reading, you know. 🙁

One of my bucket list items is to read 10 good books. But, considering what I’m going through now, I don’t think I can even get to 5 books. I seriously have to do something about this.

Some of you might think I’m just going through some crazy (and fun) new things recently which might be causing me to not be able to stay still for a moment. But, trust me, that has nothing to do with that. It’s more of me falling out of love with reading. And that’s bad.

I now prefer to watch TV series, movies and videos, listen to music, blog and read blogs, etc. I need to seriously learn how to focus my attention on one thing so I can get it done. That’s the solution, right?!

Now, if only I can get past Chapter 53 of Eat, Pray, Love. Read the previous chapter like five times now and I’m starting to hate the Gurugita, too. Okay, I’ll get back to reading now. *sigh* This is starting to really frustrate me. 🙁

Any tips for me? Please, share them at the comments section.

Oh, by the way, before I even wrote this post, I was thinking about baking. See?! Attention deficiency problem!

Bucket List #7 – Read 10 Good Books

Bucket List #7 - Read 10 Good Books - JustAnotherPixel.net

I’ve mentioned in my previous post that I love reading since I was a kid. Back then, just like most kids my age, I prefer books that have illustrations. My grandmother and my mother tried to encourage me to read other kiddie books that didn’t have illustrations. Call it an attention problem or whatever, but they bored the heck out of me. But, as the years go by, I learned how to enjoy reading books without drawings or pictures. And that’s honed my imaginative self.

My favorite book of all time was this Bible for kids that my grandfather owned. He encouraged me to read it and there were beautiful illustrations that it didn’t take long before I got so into reading it. That was the first time I read about the stories in the Bible like Adam and Eve, Moses, Noah’s Ark, the Nativity, the Apostles, the Resurrection, etc. That book was a lot of fun to read and I swear, I read it like almost a hundred times, even when I grew older, ’cause of how much I loved how the writer told the most important stories in the Bible in a way that an 8-year old kid could enjoy.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember the title of that book. It’s hardbound, really thick and heavy. The illustrations are so awesome. All I can remember is that the cover and the first parts of the book had photos of Jesus talking with li’l kids. And there’s this kid blowing on a dandelion. Argh! I wish I could remember the title ’cause I’d really want to have a copy of that book now. We lost it some time, I guess, when we were moving. If you happen to know what that book is, let me know, please!

Anyway, going back to my love for reading, during my schooling years, I started to like pocketbooks. No, not the Sweet Valley High ones. Well, I honestly read about a dozen of those, but I didn’t like all the teen / high school drama. What I loved were those Nancy Drew (by Carolyn Keene) and Hardy Boys books. I even imagined myself growing up as a detective, just like the oh-so-cool Nancy (I hated the movie, by the way).

Oh, I almost forgot to mention this. Back in high school, I was a member of the Booklover’s Club. How nerdy, right? Well, the truth is I wanted to be in a club where I get to control what’s going to happen. I also didn’t want to be in a club that entailed too many activities. I remember joining the Glee and Dance clubs back in grade school, and it was really tiring having to stay after school to rehearse for our performances.

My close friends and I originally joined the Booklover’s Club because we needed open access to the library. There was a limit back then as to how many books the librarians would allow us to borrow. But, when we joined the club and became officers (I was VP), we were allowed to bring any number of books we could take home. It was really fun! Okay, I did sound a li’l nerdy there. Hehehe.

I love our librarian and club moderator, Miss Navarro. She is the ultimate book lover, I tell yah! She can finish a book in one seating, then she can tell us all about it like she took days to read and digest everything in the book. Some may say that listening to her, you won’t need sleeping pills anymore. People never appreciated her vast knowledge that she willingly shared with us. She was really happy that we were in her club ’cause a lot of students started to gain interest in us after we joined a couple of competitions in high school, including a dance contest and volleyball during the club intramurals. But, ultimately, she loved that we were interested in what she had to say about books. I believe she was really the one person who made me truly love reading. I will never forget her for that.

Reader's Digest collection - JustAnotherPixel.net Later in high school and up to college, I switched to reading Reader’s Digest. Oh, I love them! I actually started reading only the jokes pages. But, as soon as I decided to read the other stories and articles, I was drawn! I got so addicted to it that I asked one of my closest friends, Jasmin, if I could borrow their VERY old Reader’s Digest magazines. And, I’m pretty ashamed to say this, I wasn’t able to return them to her. Waaah! How can I repay you, Jaan?! (I hope she doesn’t get to read this *LOL*)

I honestly miss reading. The last time I read a book was like almost a decade ago. And, when I finally gotten an iPad and Liz Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love”, I realized how much I really miss and love reading. So, now, I’m more than determined to continue reading amidst all my longgggg to-do list, crazy hectic schedules, and making money online.

So, to rekindle my love for reading, I am determined to subscribe to Reader’s Digest. I can already afford it and it’s the only magazine I would love to read again.

Next, I want to finish reading “Eat, Pray, Love”. This book really hit me hard ’cause of a ton of things Liz wrote on there. I’ll write more about that next time. I want to finish reading it first then re-read it before I actually write about it. ^_^

Now, here’s where I need YOUR help. As my next bucket list item, I want to read TEN (10) GOOD BOOKS. So, to all book lovers out there, I hope you could share your own list of good books for me to read. A couple of things to note before you send in your recommendations:

  • I don’t usually like fiction, BUT if you believe I would learn some grand lesson from it or that the story is just so amazing to pass up, then, go ahead and send it in.
  • I prefer books that were written from 1990 onwards. I tend to easily get bored when reading really old books. So, I’m hoping you’re going to send in some titles that were written and published in the last 2 decades.

I’m genuinely looking forward to your book recommendations!

Image credits: Reader’s Digest collection