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Filipino Clichés and Whatnot~

Plugging because I love my teacher because he’s so cool like a high school boy. (Just kidding Sir!!!)

I’m not much of a funny bone person but I really like Sir Elbert Or’s books!!! It started with an email of Sir Elbert promoting his new book “Without Further Adieu”, which was a sequel to “The More the Manyer”. Since he had a small signing session at school and his books where less than a 100, I thought I should support him as his ex-English/Lit student and I even dragged Fee with me.

These books include a big list of phrases that twist English idioms into something… only a Filipino would end up saying.

We were laughing the whole time during the ride home because even if we actually don’t hear these “Words of Wisdumb” during our normal everyday lives, there were really funny. Actually… it’s not funny-funny… It’s nakakasabaw-funny if you know what I mean. I also liked how Sir Or interpreted the ‘sayings’ in his own cutesy cartoony style.

I finished both books in a few minutes and they were a huge stress reliever. They don’t cost much, are cute looking, are nakakasabaw, and are funny! Super Sulit and worth it. :) Hold on… the means the same thing… Haha! Just remembering it is making me Sabaw already. XD

Here are some examples:

1. The More the Manyer (The More the Merrier)
2. Without Further Adieu (Without Further Ado)
3. Birds of the Same Feather, Are the Same Birds (Birds of the Same Feather Flock Together)
4. I Second the Emotion (I Second the Motion)

Book Review: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle (formerly known as the Inheritance Trilogy a.k.a. the books: Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr) by Christopher Paolini is definitely the new ‘Harry Potter’, and more, for me. This series is a definite must-read!

It starts off with the story of a simple farm boy, who happened to find a dragon’s egg, thus leading to his destiny as the last free Dragon Rider, to saving his country, Alagaësia, from it’s tyrant, Galbatorix. (Super Summary!) The story is quite hard to follow since there are a lot of complicated names and a few choice of events, plus the books are long since Christopher Paolini gives a lot of effort into describing the places in the book. This is both a good thing and bad thing for me because sometimes it gets a bit boring reading such long descriptions, but at the same time, you really get to imagine the area as if it were reality.

What I like most about the Inheritance Cycle is that Christopher Paolini manages to keep his audience entertained even if his books are long, and the gap between his 2nd book Eldest, and his 3rd book Brisingr, was in itself quite long. He still managed to keep his writing style consistent, and the character development was smooth and well developed. Although, I wished he wrote more about the relationship between Arya and Eragon.

All in all, his latest book Brisingr met my expectations, and was just as good (in terms of writing style) as his previous books. Although, for me, the best book out of the three would be the Eldest, since most of the action happened there. I can’t wait for his last book! :3

Personal Rating: 9/10

~ Because there wasn’t much action compared to the Eldest.

~ Because he maintained his style, and comparing this series to Harry Potter, there was no sudden change in the personality of Eragon.

The Warrior of the Light, A Manual; Coelho, Paulo

I’m not really a book critic, but I really love books. I thought I’d share my opinion of some of the books I’ve read. Hopefully, someone would find this useful when they hop along to some Book Heaven like FullyBooked or PowerBooks or even National Bookstore.

The first book I’d like to start on is The Manual of the Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho but before that a bit about Coelho and his wonderful books.

Now Coelho is simple an amazing writer. Teens like me may or may not be fond of the Bible, or those books about finding God, and things like that because it’s supposed to be corny. However, Paulo Coelho, a fiction writer, does a great job of making a somewhat spiritual book into this inspiring novel that I’m sure many many many people can relate to. His books don’t portray a life of some ‘perfect’ person which we should copy. It doesn’t tell us what is right or what is wrong. His books are open to self-interpretation, and to some effect, they don’t really have endings. His books are like journeys where you have to find out which way you want to go after reading the book. They talk about humans with very imperfect lives, wherein they, the characters, would struggle. Just like everyone who is human. We aren’t perfect, and neither are the characters. Most of the time, we struggle to the find the path which is least painful to us – the right path. The characters are the same, sometimes they too go astray, but there is hope, hope that they too will find their way back to the path where they belong.

If you’re the type of person who likes Chocolate for a Teen’s Soul, or books like that, I would recommend Paulo Coelho’s book. His books require some deep thinking so I would recommend it to teens… and everyone who’d still like to believe they’re teens. :D In short, teens and above… and way above. Haha! Kidding :)

The Warrior of the Light: A Manual, is actually a companion book to the Alchemist. Now The Alchemist, is one of the best, if not the best, selling book Coelho has. Most people I have met have read it and liked it. Now, I’ll save the review of the Alchemist for some other time if you want me to talk about it, but I’m assuming you’ve read it already since it really is famous. The Warrior of Light is literally in a manual format. It first starts off with a short story about a boy who sat in front of the ocean, hoping to hear the bells a mysterious woman talked about. Next, is the manual part. We could also describe it as a manual of wisdom. There are many quotable words of wisdom in this part which could be applied to one’s life if one wished to live a good life with no regrets. It’s like the 10 commandments, if you will. It isn’t God’s words, and it isn’t God’s law, but it’s common sense of what is right, except just a bit deeper than the obvious. Many of these words of wisdom contradict each other but that is life. Life is filled with contradictions, however, we as humans have the capacity to make choices. (Apply what I learned it Theo. OMGoodness. :o ) Freedom is having the capacity to choose. God gave us freedom, but this freedom is free yet morally obliging. (According to Theo class) Humans are free to do what they want, but we’re all bent to do what is morally correct – to do what is good. God gave us freedom, but He also gave us Wisdom. Wisdom is different from Intellect, and according to my handy dandy Mac Oxford Dictionary, Wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”

So as you can see, I’m really a Paulo Coelho fan because for me he writes really really well. And as for my opinion on the book, I’d give it a 10/10… but if I really want to be critic-y. I’d give it a 7/10. I’d recommend spending the money on some other Paulo Coelho books such as The Alchemist. The Warrior of the Light: A Manual is not really a story so one might feel bored after reading a few quotes, but then if you think you won’t be bored and are one of your inspirational moods, I think you’d really like this book.

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Price P249.00