2015 | Post #06: Book review || Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Rainbow Rowell is the author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, both of which I still have yet to read. Attachments is the first book of hers that I have read and I must say that I truly enjoyed it. It’s a light hearted story about friendship and love and office emails. Yep, you read it right, OFFICE EMAILS. That is actually the reason why this book piqued my interest.

I have read a couple of books where the stories were told through mails (Daddy Long Legs) and emails/IMs (Love, Rosie). Both I enjoyed tremendously so as soon as I read the story summary, I bought Attachments. I didn’t notice that it was written by Rainbow Rowell until my cousin told me so.

The story timeline was 1999, when all were frantic about the Y2K bug that was supposed to happen at the turn of the new century. It was also the time when internet and emails were fairly new to the newspaper publishers and traditional journalists.

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A quick update about this busy bee.

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Oh noes! It’s already the last day of October halfway November. More than a month passed by and I was not able to visit my blog. Well, I’ve got a really good reason. I became so busy with work. Actually, I am still busy with work. I just got this little time to spare coz I am waiting for visitors and dinner to arrive and so I decided it’s high time to update the online world, not that the online world cares about what I do offline.

Anyways, just to tell you about the good news I talked about from my last entry way back in August (I think), it’s about my sudden promotion to a managerial job. Yep! I was promoted last September. ‘Received my papers and increase in salary last month. I’m pretty happy about it. What I just don’t like is that the work load doubled. Geez!!! Though there aren’t quite a lot of processes that I do now, there are a lot of ad hoc reports that I need to prepare lately. Analysis after analysis, day-in and day-out. It’s making me dizzy. (I honestly thought I would just review and manage my staff and their processes. ‘Thought so wrong!)

Plus, I am always being pulled to meetings to which I need to constantly speak in English. Top management consists of foreigners. Gah!!!

Honestly, I am really not that comfortable in speaking in English. I can carry conversational English. However, it wears me down after an hour especially when I need to explain the principles of accounting to a group who are not-so-familiar with accounting and auditing standards. I prefer writing technical reports and narratives in English. But to actually have an on-the-spot lecture in a language that I love using only in reading and writing exercises is totally different.

Oh well! As Uncle Ben said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. I guess, this was how Peter Parker felt in the beginning… OVERWHELMED! Maybe I’ll get used to having this kind of situation soon. Maybe I’ll even get used to talking in English with ease. I may be just feeling smashed right now because the audit of the Ph and HK corporations were being rushed to meet the IRD and due diligence deadlines. Sighs. We’re almost there, thank goodness!

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My plans for 2013…

January 2013 is almost over and I’ve yet to talk about my plans for the year. Well, I don’t have a grand plan. I just have a few things I really want to achieve. One is to finally read Philip Pullman’s trilogy – His Dark Materials.

A couple of years ago its first book was adapted into a movie – The Golden Compass. I didn’t know it was actually a novel. I just really wanted to watch it coz soon as I saw its preview I fell in love with one of its main characters – the polar bear king, Iorek Byrnison. I was full of anticipation for the second movie coz I knew the ending wasn’t really the ending. But years passed and nothing happened. I just learned a few months ago that it’s actually a novel, the first book of three, written by Philip Pullman. So when Christmas came and I was asked what I wanted as a gift, I asked for all three. I wanted a book set but it wasn’t available. Fortunately, one bookstore was selling the three novels separately – The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

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Sadly, as of this moment, I am yet to finish book one. Yeah, work life is once again getting in the way of my pleasures. Sucks! Hahaha! Just kidding. I’m just a bit busy these days. Tons of reports to finish and to submit to the VPs. Well, I’ll find time. I am planning to finish the three novels before the first quarter of 2013 ends. Of course, you’ll see a review from me. I am actually aching to write one now coz I am already halfway done with The Golden Compass. But I’ll stop myself. I’ll have to save my opinion later.

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After Harry…

IMG_0929It’s been what – two or three years ago – when the Harry Potter series ended? Back then, I could hardly put and keep the seven books inside my shelf for fear that I might forget all the magic and adventures that Harry and J.K. Rowling showed me. I even thought I’d lose my taste for reading after I closed the shelf door. But nay! Harry’s ending only put a hole in my life that I needed to fill. The adventures he and I took the last five years of my life (yes, I started reading after the fifth movie installment was released) were so vivid in my mind that I wanted to relive and experience it again.

I like reading. I have read a number of books before Harry. However, my passion for reading developed only after I read JK Rowling’s epic series. It made me excited to turn to the next page and my breath on hold every time a book was to end. Also, waiting for the next book to be published had me in an orgasmic anticipation. Those were the things I wanted to experience again. Continue reading

The sound of a heart breaking…

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors because she has this amazing, poetic way with words. The simplest idea becomes so interesting that it can grow into a really good topic to write or to debate about. All of the characters she created are so memorable. One character stands out in my memory because he talked about why it was so odd that the most fragile part of a person is so silent, has no alarm system to warn its bearer or anyone near, that something so tragic and painful is happening to it.

“When you drop a glass or a plate to the ground it makes a loud crashing sound. When a window shatters, a table leg breaks, or when a picture falls off the wall, it makes a noise. But as for your heart when that breaks, it is completely silent. You would think as it is so important, it would make the loudest noise in the whole world. Or, even have some sort of ceremonious sound like the gong of a cymbal or the ringing of a bell. But it is silent and you almost wish there was a noise to distract you from the pain. If there is a noise, it is internal. It screams and no one can hear it but you. It screams so loud your ears ring and your head aches. It trashes around in your chest like a great white shark caught in the sea; it roars like a mother bear whose cub has been taken. That is what it looks like and that is what it sounds like; a trashing, panicking, trapped great big beast roaring like a prisoner to its own emotions.” ~ Ivan, If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to hear the sound of a heart being broken into a million pieces? Would it be wailing in agony? Or, would it just be weeping with hush sniffles? If it has a sound, would you be able to know how to protect it and keep it from breaking?