like the flowing river

finally found time to read a book despite my busy schedule while waiting for my delayed connecting flight in salt lake city. coelho’s collection of thoughts and reflections is reminiscent of fulghum’s anecdotes about daily life. it’s a good read in between everyday’s hustle and bustle.

bought this book 4 months ago at powerbooks gb3 and only got to open it last week. guess i do need to take 15 minutes of my day to ponder on the meanings and purpose of the roads i’ve chosen to take – may it be less travelled or the beaten path.. often i just trod on blindly and find myself lost in the tangled web.

it’s never too late to start.

title: like the flowing river
author: paulo coelho

curious incident

title: the curious incident of the dog in the night time
author: mark haddon

just finished reading this book =) bitterly funny and highly compulsive. twas reicheru who told me that she was reminded of me when she read this book. so i checked it out and found out that inded, i am autistic. =p

half blood prince

is it just me or does j.k. rowling just love killing off her characters. especially the ones getting too close to harry. i hate the love teams that formed in this book, and all the snoggling. this will soon be a pg-13 book hehe.

it was a great read, but that long for a sequel doesn’t make magic anymore. i hope the next one will come soon. im definitely going to enjoy the movie version of this,

title: harry potter and the half blood prince
author: j.k. rowling

11 minutes

i finished reading this book in one wekend, in between naps and bites of peanut broas. i had to finish it, not just because i was borrowing it from a friend and that friend wanted it back asap, and the fact that i had nothing better to do, but also because it was a hard to put down book. ever since the last coelho book i read: *veronika decides to die*, i think paulo has been wanting to tackle sex on his own terms.

my friend di liked this book very much and found so many wonderful insights from it. zet and ri also recommended that i finish reading this book and give my comment on it.. i dont know if its the too much hype or the overzealous encouragement of my friends, but this story actually disappointed me.. maybe ive read too much coelho..

i liked *by the river piedra* better..

title: eleven minutes
author: paulo coelho

freedom vs. security

“Most of us would like to believe we can have both security and freedom. But in Rich Dad´Ż« terms, these are two opposing values. My rich dad said, “Freedom and security are not the same ideals. In fact, in many ways, freedom and security are exact opposites. The people who have the most security are people in prison. Prisoners have the least freedom and the highest security. People in prison do not need to provide housing, food, recreation, health care, or education for themselves. They have a lot of security but at the price of their freedom.”
– robert kiyosaki

my cousin kat lent me this book last weekend, and i just cant put it donw. studying, getting high grades, and getting a good job is really not enough in our changing times. at the end of the day, despite all our hardwork, we will still find ourselves making ends meet, or worst, in debt.. i should break the cycle.

rich dad, poor dad by robert kiyosaki is basically what my father always reminded me when i was in college, i just didnt have the courage to follow his advice back then. i was guided by fear. now i should know better..

title: rich dad poor dad
author: robert kiyosaki

the road i travelled

few books actually make me feel like i’ve been hit by a brick wall of realization. “the road less travelled” by m scott peck is one of them.

i’ve had this book since november 2003, but i’ve only started reading it last month. there’s just too much books on my bedside table right now and i just pick up anything from the pile before i go to sleep. im almost 50% done, and yeah im a slow reader.

i especially liked peck’s discussion about the difference between love and being in love. i hope one day i can finally find both..

“Once we know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
– m. scott peck. “the road less travelled”

title: the road less travelled
author: m. scott peck

running from safety

It’s the last day of the month and I’m dead broke. The rent is due, my debts are piling up, there are bills to pay, my mobile phone is almost out of prepaid card, and I’ve got 10 pesos in my pocket, just enough for a ride home and for a ride back to the office tomorrow… hmm, there’s still an extra two pesos to buy myself some chewing gum. I’m suddenly reminded of that gum commercial where every worry ends with the phrase “at times like this you need… juicy fruit gum”. Oh, if only life were that simple, if only solutions to problems can be bought like candy from a store..

I just read Richard Bach’s “Running from Safety” again. What would it be like if myself from the future would visit me and tell me all the things she has learned about life, the paths to choose and things to let go.. or what if I were to go back to the past and meet the child that was me. What would I tell her, and what would she ask me..

Maybe Bach is right, it will always be that same face that we see in front of the mirror who can answer all these questions and solve all these problems.. but still, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help from some other people or entities… Hmmm.. maybe I should send an S.O.S. signal now…. Aaaarrrrrrgghhhh , I need help quick.

“We wait all these years to find someone who understands us, I thought, someone who accepts us as we are, someone with a wizard’s power to melt stone to sunlight, who can bring us happiness in spite of trials, who can face our dragons in the night, who can transform us into the soul we choose to be. Just yesterday I found that magical Someone is the face we see in the mirror: It’s us and our homemade masks.

All these years and at last we meet.

Imagine that.”

– Richard Bach (Running from Safety) –

title: running from safety
author: richard bach

a walk to remember

Yeah Saturday!!! At last i can sleep till noon, eat my favorite fried chicken meal at the local joint, and read the two new books i got by Ernest Hemmingway and Nicholas Sparks.. =), then later at night I’d be out partying, now, that’s life..

bleep bleep.. a text message, now who could possibly be awake at this unholy hour of 2pm?

aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I’m needed at the office, some bugs to fix and files to check in, i can almost see Ria’s smirking face saying “if life is a journey, then please check in files before embarking..” grrr, now I’ll just have to put off those two books I’ve been dying to read since December. I just hope I’ll finish the bug fixes by 6p.m., I still have a party to attend.

Next time I’ll turn my cell phone off, or better yet, I’ll just throw it off Mactan bridge. that way i can’t be reached hehehe =)

Uhm, come to think of it, that would only make my best friend happy, naahh, I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction, especially since she’s attracted to falling bodies from bridges.

I miss college.

title: a walk to remember
author: nicholas sparks