16 September 2008

Pre-Loved Books for Sale

Over the weekend, I decided to do a couple of chores, among which is to clean our library. I've realized that our gluttony for books has already begun to cause so much clutter in our household that I decided to dispatch some of them by selling them online.

Below is the table of titles available with their corresponding authors and prices, I've also included some notes so you can gauge the quality of the book. To see photos of the books click here. For more information about a particular book, simply click on the corresponding image found in the link above. Italicized items are no longer available.

15.00 Php

The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon
Note: Paperback, Torn Cover, Yellowing Pages, edge stained (RESERVED)

Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz
Note: Paperback, Torn Cover Page, Plastic Covered, Yellowing edges (RESERVED)


Php 20.00

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Note: Paperback, Creased Cover, Yellowing Pages(RESERVED)

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
Note: Paperback, Creased Cover, Yellowing Pages


Php 30.00

The Tolkien Reader by J.R.R. Tolkien
Note: Paperback, Creased and Yellowing Edges

Notorious Women
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered

Scary Stories for 10 Year Old Kids by Helen Paiba
Note: Paperback, Creased

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Yellowing edges(RESERVED)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Note: Paperback, Yellowing edge stains(SOLD)

Phantoms by Dean Koontz
Note: Paperback, Creased cover(RESERVED)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Note: Paperback, Yellowing edge stains,


Php 50.00

Shakespeare The Poems edited by David Bevington
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Yellowing edges

How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days by Michelle Alexander and Jeannie Long
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Edge stains

Wishes, Lies and Dreams by Kenneth Koch
Note:Paperback, Plastic Covered, Edge stains (RESERVED)

The Other Side Of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Yellowing edges(RESERVED)


Php 70.00

Don't Give It Away by Iyanla Vanzant
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Edge Stained


Php 100.00

Once Upon A Heroine by Alison Cooper Mullin and Jennifer Marmaduke Coye Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Slight edge stains

The Enemies of Leisure by John Gery
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered, Top edge stains (SOLD)


Php 150.00

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Note: Paperback, Plastic Covered (SOLD)

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfield
Note: Paperback, Slightly creased cover

Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan
Note: Hard Bound, Plastic Covered, Edge stains

The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents by Deepak Chopra
Note: Hard Bound, Top edge stains


Php 250.00

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Note: Hard Bound, Slightly creased (RESERVED)


Php 300

A Painted House by John Grisham
Note: Hard Bound (SOLD)


For photos of the books, click here.

If you want to see the whole thing organized in a table, click here.


If interested, you can:
send me an email: anonymouskat@gmail.com or
send me a text message: +63917-8223111

Terms: COD
Open to Metro Manila people only.


I would like to apologize to Joanne for taking so long to do this tag.

The rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123.
3. Find the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag as many people as you want.

The Book: My workmate's Dieting for Dummies

The sentences:
Also, opt for lean cuts of meat such as those from the round, loin or leg (beef sirloin, ground round, or top round; pork tenderloin or loin chop; or leg of lamb). Select lean and extra lean ground beef. Unless you're eating fat-free cold cuts, be extra cautious in the deli; many have more fat than lean meat per slice.

Thank God I'm not in a diet, I don't understand all these beef parts.. yet.. haha


Creative Award

I received a tag from Joy. Thank you so much.

The rules are :

*The winner may put the logo on his or her blog.
*Put a link to the person you got the award from.
*Nominate five blogs.
*Put links to the blogs.
*Leave a message to the nominees.

I’ll give the award to:
Pretty Me

13 September 2008

Can You Say "Splurge"?

I rarely splurge, but there will always be an exceptional case where I would feel extremely compelled to and would willingly give in to the temptation.

The much awaited International Book Fair commenced yesterday. It will run until next Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the SMX Convention Center, just beside the Mall of Asia. An annual event, it is a highly anticipated occasion for book lovers as they can find good reads at discounted prices. In addition, I love the fact that I can shop for books in just one area, rather than jumping from one bookstore to the next to canvas and compare prices or to search for hard to find covers.

I am still rewriting my schedule in order to accommodate another visit to his bookworm paradise. I had been hesitant to make a few purchases yesterday and needed to sleep over it. Now that I have, I decided that a few more buys won't hurt. Right?

11 September 2008

Nang Dahil Kay Aguinaldo

This morning was the most entertaining live show I've ever experienced in my whole commuting life.

While riding the FX, the passenger hands his payment to the driver, who promptly returns his change.

The following conversation is a rough transcript of what I remember happened after the transaction:

Passenger: Kulang ng 5 piso.
Driver: 35 pesos na po ang pamasahe.
Passenger: 25 lang bayad ko sa iba
Driver: 35 na po ngayon. Nagmahal narin ang gas.
Passenger: Anong mahal ang gas? Bumaba na ang presyo ng gas.
Driver: Bumaba nga, pero ikompara mo naman sa itinaas niya.
Passenger: Ano tingin mo sa akin? Tarantado?
Driver: Kung may problema kayo sa pamasahe, ibintang nyo sa gobyerno, kaya nagmamahal ang lahat... hindi sa akin. Ang taas ng dila nyo eh.
Passenger: Hindi naman sa gobyerno problema ko eh. Ang problema ko ay dinadaya mo ako na ang mahal mahal ng sinisingil mo. Tanga mo.
Driver: Tanga ka rin.
Passenger: Di naman pera ang problema ko, hindi ka tapat sumingil. Di na ako sasakay sa FX mo ulit.

So they were cussing at each other and calling each other names.. for the sake of 5 pesos.

They sounded like the verbal bitching in a Marimar segment.

Another One Bites the Dust

Tuesday wasn't a very lucky day. Aside from a dysmenorrhea attack, my shoe let me down.

This, by the way, is the first shoe I've ever painted. Despite sentimental value, it still goes to the trash can.

09 September 2008

And the Garter Kept Going Higher...

... which was alright had I worn stockings and a longer dress.

Last Sunday, my dad's cousin tied the knot at the Fernwood Gardens, a greenhouse wedding hotspot somewhere in Visayas Avenue. A beautiful place, the reception is marked with beautiful lush plants and a symphonic man made waterfall creating an exotic, tropical atmosphere.

The itinerary of the night was pretty trimmed down and was a very intimate and simple gathering. I would've considered the whole reception well, before the elated emcee began calling single men and women up front for a little bachelor-bachelorette pageant. Not being a fan, I would've easily escaped ignored - but I feel that since we were seated closer to the front, I was doomed.

To select, the bachelor who can blow the smallest balloon will technically "win", while the rest would be eliminated (weak lungs!); while the bachelorettes would have to play musical chairs around the "winning" bachelor and the first ones to sit on his lap would be eliminated. (God knows how many times I tried, but the emcee just won't give me the credit I deserve).

To make the story short, I was the "privileged" girl who the bachelor, (who I cannot seem to remember the name, just that it starts with the letter J, i think) among three remaining girls, picked simply because I smelled better than the other two contestants. And the rest was history.

To end the game, the bachelor had to give me three kisses - mimicking wherever the groom kisses his bride. Forehead. Cheek. Neck. (The first two were fine, but the last was a bit, well..)

As prizes for being such a sport, they rewarded each of us with Starbucks gift certificates and an additional bouquet of flowers for me (which my brother happened to need the next day for school, talk about stroke of luck.)

I returned the garter to the bride though, as instructed by my aunt.. But my dad told me I should have kept it.

06 September 2008

First Modeling Gimmick

I wouldn't have agreed had my boyfriend not given me a thumbs-up Go signal.

His sister owns an online shop in multiply called Pinay en Kikay and needed someone to model the clothes for her so her customers could visualize the fitting of the dress on an actual human, as compared to a mannequin.

Her online store sells a variety of fashion related products from Maxi dresses, Kimonos, Hair Bands, Belts and Accessories.

To be honest, I never really prided myself in having a good figure. I always thought of myself as chubby, being big-boned. My friends, who are also generally Asian, sport a slimmer and more petite body that I would often feel like the bloated little klutz. In addition, I never really had much of a flair in front of the camera - being tomboyish since high school, I've never got accustomed to doing vivacious poses, nor had I gained confidence in being such. To top it all, it was the first time I wore a tube top (or to be more specific, a strapless bra).

His sister was most supportive and helpful despite my amateur performance. I did try my best though, but it's apparent in the pictures that I still a lot yet to learn. Oh well.

My mom has always told me that my body required a bigger coverage and I am often accused of looking slutty or over the top for wearing anything slightly higher than the knee, or slightly lower than the collar bone, or anything that wraps and emphasized my bust line - it came to a point that I felt suffocated by my options. My mother would often buy me clothes that are always one to two sizes larger than I am, that my friends would often tease me for looking grandmotherly or pregnant. I understand she means well by her fashion choices, but it has been a great detriment to my self esteem and confidence.

I guess this may have also added to the anxiety and caution I felt during our modeling session. But I would like to express thanks to my boyfriend's sister and my boyfriend though for allowing me to experience it, at least once, for it had inspired me that I am not as limited with my clothing options. My friends, who have viewed the pictures mentioned that it did look flattering to my figure and I should try to explore my fashion choices more. By limiting myself to my regular wardrobe, I am also limiting my ability to express myself, my thoughts to others.

For modesty's sake, I begged her to chop my head off. I'm not yet that proud of myself.

21 Things Girls Don't Realize

A guy friend of mine uploaded this list in his multiply account. Although a little far fetched at some sections, I do believe that most of the claims are true. On the other hand, I am not really a guy to say. So, I'm throwing the question to you, do you believe in these claims? My comments are also below, italicized.


1) Guys may be flirting around all day, but before they go to sleep, they always think about the girl they truly care about.
but i want to be the only one he flirts around and thinks about.

2) Guys are more emotional than you think, if they loved you at one point, it'll take them a lot longer then you think to let you go, and it hurts every second that they try.

3) Guys go crazy over a girl's smile.

4) A guy who likes you wants to be the only guy you talk to.

5) Giving a guy a hanging message like "You know what?..uh...nevermind.." would make him jump to a conclusion that is far from what you are thinking. And he'll assume he did something wrong and he'll obsess about it trying to figure it out.
so true. my boyfriends oober hates it whenever i do that to him.

6) If a guy tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don't need to give advice.
same goes for me too, just listen and don't give me advice.

7) A usual act that proves that the guy likes you is when he teases you.

8) Guys love you more than you love them.

9) Guys use words like hot or cute to describe girls. They rarely use beautiful or gorgeous. If a guy uses that, he loves you or likes you a whole heck of a lot.
lately, i've realized that the more you try to use sophisticated and highly stylized words, it sometimes over exaggerates a compliment and would come out as insincere and trying hard.

10)If the guy does something stupid in front of the girl, he will think about it for the next couple days or until the next time he spends time with the girl.
and vice versa.

11)If a guy looks unusually calm and laid back, he is really thinking about something.

12) When a guy says he is going crazy about the girl, he really is really into the girl.

13)When a guy asks you to leave him alone, he's just actually saying, "Please come and listen to me."

14)If a guy starts to talk seriously, listen to him. It doesn't happen that often, so when it does, you know something is up.

15) When a guy looks at you for longer than a second, he's definitely thinking about something.

16) Guys really think that girls are strange and have unpredictable decisions and are confusing but somehow are drawn even more to them.

17)A guy would give the world to be able to read a girl's mind for a day.
reminds me of a mel gibson movie.

18)No guy can handle all his problems on his own. He's just too stubborn to admit it
pride, or what many call the male-ego.

19)Not all guys are rude. Just because ONE is RUDE doesn't mean he represents ALL of them.

20)When a guy sacrifices his sleep and health just to talk to you, he really likes you and wants to be with you as much as possible.
with this said, i feel special already. thank you hon.

21)Even if you dump a guy months ago and he loved you, he probably still does and if he had one wish it would be you to come back into his life.

My Pet Pup Addiction

I understand that I haven't been updating my blog lately and I believe everybody deserves an explanation as to why. The easiest answer was that I was busy, but of course I don't think that would suffice as an answer. There were quite a lot of new things that dawned upon me lately.

I'd elaborate in the succeeding posts, but the best answer as to why I wasn't able to update my blog is simple. It's Facebook. Mor specifically, it's the application called "Pet Pupz" where I can care for a dog of my own without the hassles of actually cleaning up after it or feeding it and taking it on walks. It's not as fulfilling as having an actual dog slobbering your hand with its smelly saliva, or having a companion that would loyally watch over you while you're concentrating at work - but I guess trying to have a virtual pet is just a cheap lazy way of pretending of owning a pet. And to add, it's far less annoying than a Tamagotchi.

To see my pet's page, click here.

P.S. His name is Xerxes - the man who wanted to be god, but turned out to be my dog.

My Top 12 Music for September

1. Glenn Lewis - Fall Again
2. Eric Benet - You're The Only One
3. Pussycat Dolls - Sway
4. Tori Amos - Murder He Says
5. Jordin Sparks - One Step at a Time
6. Michael Buble - Moondance
7. Nina Simone - Fly Me to the Moon
8. Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight
9. Kaycee Stroh - My Strongest Suit
10. Dean Martin - Baby, It's Cold Outside
11. Zombies - Time of the Season
12. Colbie Callait - The Little Things