Recent Haul from Book Sale

I admit, I’m more excited to go to Book Sale than Fully Booked.  It’s not the ridiculously low price but rather the fun of discovery.  Sometimes I go to Book Sale without a single idea of what to buy, but after an hour or so I would go home with a great book purchase.

Last Saturday, I was able to buy a hardback of Caroline Alexander’s The War that Killed Achilles – The True Story of Homer’s “Iliad” and the Trojan War, still in almost mint condition for only P165!

I actually didn’t know that this book even exists and when I found it (the title just grabbed me, being a fan of Achilles & Troy) I really felt that I discovered something great.

Here’s something from The New York Time Book Review:

Alexander is best known as the author of “The Bounty” and “The Endurance,” well-received books about sea voyages that took place long after the Achaeans set out to avenge Helen. But she is also a trained classicist, and “The War That Killed Achilles” suggests a joyful re- embrace of an early love. In its bones and sinews, the book is a nobly bold, even rousing, venture, a read-through of the “Iliad,” from beginning to end, always with a sharp eye to half a century of revealing scholarship, by great Hellenists like Gregory Nagy, Jasper Griffin, M. L. West and many others. The book’s best ideas won’t be new to readers versed in this work, but it would be hard to find a faster, livelier, more compact introduction to such a great range of recent Iliadic explorations. ~Where Men Won Glory by Steve Coates (

BTW, in addition to the aforementioned hardback, I was also able to buy two mags, P100 a piece, on digital arts and photography — two subjects that are near and dear to my heart! 🙂

Here they are:

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So until the next adventure in Book Sale!


Japan would be spared from Mislang’s Tweets

Just read this news from

Mislang, an assistant secretary at the Presidential Communication Development and Strategic Planning (PCDSP) office, will not be part of the Philippine delegation to the APEC, according to President Benigno Aquino III himself.

That’s a good start! 🙂

Check out the complete article at:

Macro Photography

On a positive note, I would just like to leave all that Mislang brouhaha aside and focus on more uplifting stuff, like photography.

I’ve been long fascinated by macro photography but due to the exuberant prices of macro lenses I’ve been unable to delve into it.  Fortunately, there exists a rather inexpensive device that will enable the not-so-rich like myself to try my hands on macro photography.  This device is the reverse ring and by using it along with a diffuser one can enjoy shooting the macro way.

Here are some of my samples:

One Peso Coin

One Peso Coin

Boracay Souvenir

Boracay Souvenir

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With regards to that rude Mislang person…

CommentaryI found this excellent article by Boo Chanco of The Philippine Star.  Check it out here:

Here are some valid points from the article that I want to highlight.  Please do click the link above and read the article in its entirety.  It’s a great read!

  • If both my grandmothers were alive today and we told them the Mai Mislang tweets, they would have reacted by exclaiming three words: Bastos. Walang pinagaralan. They wouldn’t care if Mislang was a cum laude graduate of UP or even if she had a PhD in nuclear physics. She would still be bastos… walang pinagaralan.
  • Monitoring the social networks over the weekend, there were those who said that we should be more understanding because Mislang is typical of today’s youth. I beg to disagree. I have three children ages 25-30 and they would never have done what Mislang did. It is all a question of breeding. Mislang may have had the misfortune of not having been trained well by her parents.
  • It is simply basic and that makes it so difficult to understand why Mislang did it, to the embarrassment of the whole Filipino nation. When you are a guest in someone’s home, you act like a good guest. You should be respectful. If you are offered something to eat or drink, say thank you. If you do not like what was served, suffer in silence and even swallow it as if it was the most delicious treat in the world. When you are asked how you liked the food, smile sincerely and say it was great.  Now, if you are a public official representing the country abroad, do all those things even more. …

And I saved the best one for last:

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Pacquiao vs. Margarito — IN 2 WEEKS!


Say what they want about Pacquiao being slower or Pacquiao being out of shape due to so many distractions, etc., etc… I believe that on fight day, Pacquiao will still stand victorious and will add another belt to his ever-growing list of championships!

If you are a true fan, do watch Pacquiao-Margarito 24/7 on HBO.  Two more episodes until fight day…