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Showing posts from June, 2012

The Wheel Weaves...

I miss the world of the Wheel of Time. With all those books in the series, one has to set aside considerable time for them. I did. Over and over again, but it doesn't look like I am going to have that luxury in the near future. It doesn't mean, though, that my mind does not make references to the series all the time. Maybe not every day, but quite often. Today, I think of how the Wheel weaves, and how life ebbs and flows, how the saying "what comes around goes around". It sure does. There was a time when I was totally settled, looking forward to a quiet life maybe with kids, at least a dog (and other animals for sure). Worrying about things like getting the plumbing fixed, getting  life insurance quotes no exam  required, making sure that there is money for rainy days, blah blah blah. The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. It sure did. Uprooted. Somewhat settled. Uprooted again. Somewhat settled again. Once more uprooted. Boy, would Moiraine and the Aes

Is the Kobo a Good Alternative?

Kobo ereader There is nothing like holding a "real" book made of paper in your hands and enjoying a nice leisurely weekend afternoon devouring the printed words. There is the tactile feedback, and there is that distinct smell as well. Then again, I will be the first one to admit that it is sometimes more convenient to have an ereader. I won't go on and on about the advantages and disadvantages of this "new medium", but let's just say for me, the traditional printed books and ereaders do not have to be mutually exclusive. That being said, which ereaders are the best to use? I have only used the Nook, the iPad, and the iPhone. Admittedly, the last two are not really dedicated ereaders, hence my question about the kobo ereader . I have read some pretty good things about this ereader, with it having practically everything that you need - if you really are only focused on the reading part. The big thing is the price: at $99 (less than PHP5000), you h

Va'Pensiero at the Araneta Center

Va' Pensiero is this little Italian restaurant found at the heart of the Araneta Center in Cubao, one of the most bustling areas in the metro. In spite of my love affair with Italian food, I had never heard of this place until recently. When I got the chance to try it out, I had high hopes for the experience, especially since it had this very homey feel to it. Even though it is located in a very commercialized are, Va' Pensiero manages to somehow have a quaint touch. The shelves of dried homemade pasta definitely added to the authentic feel of the place.

This Neighborhood Loves Music

I have recently moved bases in the metro due to various reasons. Truth be told, prior to the move, I was feeling a good mix of emotions, the two predominant ones being anticipation and worry. Anticipation because I believe the move to be a move to creating a new chapter in life; worry because the neighborhood is totally different from what I have gotten used to in the past several years. Drastic change in so many aspects. It's been a little more than two weeks, and I have to say that in spite of all the differences, I am totally fine. Maybe it's even safe to say that it is because of those differences. One thing is for sure: the neighbors can't seem to get enough of music. Yesterday, the guys next door were having a jamming session all day it seemed. I saw them walk in with some music equipment. With the sound that they were making, I wouldn't be surprised if they went to buy Vox Amplifiers at some point in the week.