- Manila International Book Fair 2015. September 16, SMX Convention Center. MIBF is an annual tradition for me, even I go with different people every year. This time I had a double-date with my boyfriend and my parents, who seemed to have fun! We all got out pretty tired with a good loot. I got three books: My Heart & Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga), Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Haruki Murakami) and The Girl With All The Gifts (M.R. Carey). I gave up an Adult Coloring Book at the last minute, but now I kind of wish I hadn’t.
- Tagaytay Art Beat. September 19, Museo Orlina. Tagaytay Art Beat was organized by my friend Anna Orlina to feature local artists and musicians in their family’s museum. It was my first time seeing a lot of local acts live, like Reese, Sud, and Anj. The event was wildly successful, especially for something that was out of town, so I really hope they do it again.
- Hannah Brencher’s Storytelling Webinar. September 24, Online. HB is one of my heroines in this world, writing and otherwise, so when she declared a totally-free writing webinar I signed up immediately. And I got a best friend to sign up as well. The content she gave us went beyond writing and more into life-changing shit. It’s a miracle it was offered for free; she is offering the same course again for a price. Mad luck for me.
- That Awkward Moment. This was a random pick for indoor movie night with my boyfriend, kind of like when we watched What If. It’s all the same bits of funny and sarcastic, but it’s also a bit more macho for my taste. Male-dominated movies have been starting to get a bit more boring to me in recent years. I find they lack a certain insight, or they just don’t have compelling characters. I’m going to have to think this through.
- Heneral Luna. Undoubtedly one of the best films my country has ever produced, and not just because it tackles our history and values. The writing was spot-on, the characters were intense and human, and the production was overall incredible. I am actually enjoying the controversy and debate that has sparked since the film went viral, because it’s gotten people to say some pretty amazing things about Filipino culture. I loved it, I love all of it.
TV Series lately:
- On The Wings Of Love. I haven’t followed a Filipino soap opera in many, many years and I didn’t think I’d start anytime soon. I cannot even recall why I decided to pick up OTWOL, but I haven’t looked back. Nadine Lustre and James Reid are adorable babies (they’re actually around my age) who have perfected the art of looking at each other longingly. I’m hooked on James’ good-boy character as opposed to his real-life “bad boy” demeanor, although I adore how Nadine calls him “partner-in-crime” in real life. Yup, I am confirmed #JaDine trash.
- Once Upon A Time (S05). OUAT is one of those things that loses its original point and becomes convoluted in the long run, but I am too far in to back out. Seriously, another memory loss plot? Dark Swan has me very, very curious but I am not impressed with the character design. She looks like she showered in powder and donned red lipstick. I would have wanted her with a glowing tan and bronze eyes. Her wardrobe is on point, though.
- Scream Queens (S01). Oh my god, this show. It’s like every horror trope ever, written into Mean Girls. I am giving myself until episode 5 before I make up my mind about it, but I feel like I will be anchored by curiosity. Whenever I think about it for too long, I end up having to Google theories on who the Red Devil is. What do you think?
I checked into my Goodreads account and learned that I am 5 books behind schedule for my reading challenge. Even so, I am quite proud that I at least managed to finish one book this month.
- My Heart & Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga. This book is about two teenagers who meet through a forum called Suicide Partners, and they make an agreement to jump together. I liked this book a lot, so I’ve decided I owe it a review in a separate blog post. I don’t want to give away anything here, but I’ll say that it went almost exactly how I wanted it to, and I think it did a good job of portraying the depressive feeling. In an age where Young Adult books are under so much fire for being shallow and formulaic, I’m so glad there are titles that sincerely try to connect with their readers and their experiences.
- Quiet, Susan Cain. The number one nonfiction book about introversion in recent history. I’ve owned this title since last year’s MIBF, but I’ve postponed opening it because I’ve read reviews about it being too research-y and Western-centric. I’ve gone through the first chapter, and I have to agree. It’s very academic and lacks a kind of connectivity that I was hoping for, as an extreme introvert. I can already tell it will be a very important book to me, so there’s no way I’m putting it down. It will, however, be a very slow read so I’m considering reading another fiction book at the same time.