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it’s ACTUALLY PS I love you05.14.11

As much as I want to say that I got my love for reading english books or novels through Harry Potter (which is also one of my favorite series) like most of the kids today, BUT NO, it’s actually P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin who started it all.  I can still remember the first time I’ve read the book.   I believe I was in my first or second year in high school and I’m the one who’s manning our small sari-sari store at that time.  And to kill the mundane afternoon, I borrowed the book from my cousin, Fritzie, who also borrowed it from a friend and started to read it.

I can’t believe that after all these years I’ve spent searching for, I now got a copy in my hands.  It’s also not so creased though it’s already yellow, there were no missing pages.  In short, I LOVE IT!!!  I’m so happy that I had the chance to read it again.  I may not find the plot as twisted or as complicated for my liking now, but I guess for a teenager, killing the protagonist’s main object of affection was one big twist that I never expected.  But I guess, after reading couple of Nicholas Sparks’ (Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, where one of the couple dies) beloved novels, killing Paul Strobe was just as nice as ending it in a marriage.

I can still remember reading the book and hating the writer for the ending it the way it was.  My immature self was idealistic and hopelessly romantic believes that if two people love each other, it should always end with a happy ever after.I don’t know if my future kids..alright, daughters will like this book as much as I do, but one thing’s for sure, I’m going to keep it and read it again someday.

Here’s my copy, together with some of the books by Jude Deveraux purchased through E-BAY.

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New Book for the Twilight Series, NOT Midnight Sun03.31.10

When I’ve heard that Stephenie Meyer will be launching another installation for the Twilight Series, I thought that she will continue writing the draft, Midnight Sun which is the version of Twilight in Edward’s POV (point of view). Have your read it? I can say that it is really good! Click HERE to check Stephenie’s take on the illegal distribution and the link where you can download a copy.

So you can say that I was saddened to hear that the new book will come from another vampire’s point of view. This time it will be from Bree, a “newborn” vampire recruited by antagonist Victoria from the book three, Eclipse. The book’s title is, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”.

Here, read the news from YAHOO:

Well before “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” hits theaters on June 30, “Twilight” fans will be treated to a new glimpse into author Stephenie Meyer’s vampire universe.

On June 5, the 36-year-old multimillionaire author will release “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner,” a novella that takes place concurrently with the events in the third “Twilight” book, “Eclipse.” Only this time, the bloody tale of revenge and romance will be told from the perspective of Bree, a “newborn” vampire recruited by antagonist Victoria (to be played by Bryce Dallas Howard in the upcoming film) to kill human heroine Bella Swan (played, of course, by Kristen Stewart).

If fans are confounded by the news that a minor character from the series is the star of the first “Twilight” book in two years, they’re not the only ones. “It’s a surprise…I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book,” Meyer says on her website. “I began this story a long time ago-before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world…. I started writing from Bree’s perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.”

The short story was originally slated for the upcoming tome The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, but when Meyer’s publisher informed her it was far too lengthy for inclusion, they decided to release it as a separate book instead.

Anyone skeptical that the wildly successful vampire-genre author is just trying to bleed her fans for more money can rest easy-starting June 7 at noon and until July 5, the entire story will be available at www.breetanner.com for free. “You all have bought a ton of my books,” Meyer noted on her site. “I wanted to give you this story as a gift.”

The book will also be released in hardcover by Little, Brown on June 5. One dollar from the first 1.5 million copies sold in the U.S. will go to will go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to help ease crises like those in Chile and Haiti.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

Before Meyer decided to release “Bree Tanner” to the public, however, this short story was lent to “Eclipse” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to help her understand how Victoria-the vampire set on making Bella and Edward pay for her lover’s death-created her army of newborn vampires, and to provide details of the vampires’ feeding frenzy in Seattle.

Readers of the novel may recall Bree’s unique role in Eclipse-she was the only newborn vampire left alive after the Cullens (the good bloodsuckers) triumphed. But as the title indicates, Bree’s second life didn’t last very long. After being tortured by a member of the Volturi, Jane (played by Dakota Fanning in the film), Bree was destroyed for breaking the cardinal vampire rule: Don’t reveal yourself recklessly to humans.

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Harry Potter 6 Movie Poster Book11.06.09

It’s better to be late than never! I got this last September and I only posted it today! Sowwy!

I want to thank my very loving, thoughtful, wonderful and pretty sister, Ate Karen, for giving me this! This! This! Hahaha! I so love it! My very own Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Movie Poster Book! Thanks sis! Mwha!

Here are some of the pics:

You can check out the rest here!

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P. S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin04.28.09

So I love books. It’s a fact and I won’t deny it. I simply love books!

Well, I started reading novels when I was in high school, in my first year. I saw these pieces of Tagalog Novels or more commonly known as Pocketbooks lying around. What got me interested was the beautiful covers drawn by a very good cover illustrator named V Chua and then amazing the stories and novels written by Gilda Olvidado and Helen Meriz. Now that’s what started me reading Tagalog pocketbooks.

But what got me reading english books, from Hills and Boon to classics, is the book written by Barbara Conklin called P.S. I Love You. I’ve found it available in Amazon books and I really intend on buying one for myself.  And if you ever see this in your local bookstore, please inform me and I will definitely drop anything that I’m doing just to get a copy of this.

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My Twilight Saga Book Collection04.27.09

After months and months of waiting,  at long last I now have my Twilight Saga Book Collection straight from National Bookstore. I got it for only P2,789.00…more or less! Yipee! Actually I bought it last April 11 but I have to finish reading the books first before I blog it! Of course! I just love the smell of new books!  It’s like a secret haven for me.  And my Twilight books have the best sweet smelling of all the books.  Hahaha.  Ok so much for that sweet smelling…

National Bookstore in Cybermall, Eastwood have several copies left when I got the two sets, one for me and the other for my sister, Ate Karen of Kayen.net.

The top cover of the box

 

The side part of the box

 

The other side, part of the box

 

This is the other, other side, part of the box (or whatever! LOL)

 

The bottom part of the box

 

The four books inside the box.

 

Book 1 – Twilight

 

Book 2 – New Moon

 

Book 3 – Eclipse

 

Book 4 – Breaking Dawn

 

Free from the box

I’m so happy!!! Now I can’t wait to have my Harry Potter Series…calling ATE YEN!!!! Hahaha! Oh my gosh! I love books and I love Twilight.

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Twilight Director’s Notebook04.18.09

Do you already have a copy of Twilight Director’s Notebook? If you want to see some parts of the book (mostly of Edward and Bella), you can find it HERE.

As a Twilight fan, I think it’s a great collectible and you can see stuff you have not seen in the movie or even the DVD.Some of our beloved couple Edward and Bella from the Director’s Notebook…all from the source, robertandkristen.org.

The “BE VERY STILL” part…LOVE IT! So intense!

Bella

Edward

Grab two copies now and send one to me! Mwha!

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Filipino Version of Twilight – for Teledrama12.24.08

What?! What!? What?! This news stopped me from whatever I’m doing today (work related) and I really have to post this. You know that I’m a Twilight fan so this is something like I’m not sure if I would like to see…

Here’s the news from the SOURCE.

Rayver Cruz will star as Edward Cullen and Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan in the local television version “Twilight.” The hit vampire novel has been bought by ABS-CBN has bought for more than US$1 million with Ignite Media as co producer. The taping is set to start next year by Feb. in Baguio, Tagaytay, Bukidnon with some parts to be shot abroad. To be directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, the TV adaptation will focus on Edward and Bella’s love story to be treated as drama, romance and fantasy. The unofficial cast includes Valeen Montenegro as Alice Cullen, Gabby Concepcion as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Luis Manzano as Emmett Cullen, Al Tantay as Charlie Swan, Yayo Aguila as Renee Dwyer, Fred Payawan as Jacob Black, Carlos Agassi as James, Chin Chin Gutierrez as Esme Cullen, Karylle as Rosalie Hale, Joross Gamboa as Jasper Hale, Jessy Mendiola as Jessica Stanley, Empress Schuck as Angela Weber, Brad Murdoch as Laurent, Nikki Bacolod as Victoria and Aaron Villaflor as Mike Newton. Rayver and Shaina were former love team partner but the tandem did not work. It seems their tandem will click in “Twilight.”

It’s for you to decide. Here are the pics of the main stars as our favorite couple, Edward and Bella..


Rayver Cruz as Edward Cullen

Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan

Picture of them together (maybe from previous movie/tv show)

I’m really not sure if I would like a Filipino version of Twilight. Is it gonna be just the book one or they will have all the books (1-4) turn into a teledrama as well? Will they do justice?  Will they change the plot ?  Hayyy…  The best thing to do now is to wait for the announcement or press con to confirm it. 

I’m not sure if I will ask this Edward (Rayver Cruz) to bite me. And will Stephenie Meyer make a cameo on this one too?

Thanks to ONTD.

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Inkheart – the movie09.27.08

The new website and trailer of the movie version of the best-selling book Inkheart by Cornelia Funke has surfaced online. As per the trailer, the movie will be coming out on January 9, 2009. It stars Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, and Andy Serkis.

I could still remember the book that was unintenionally given to me by my previous team lead, Ramon Manuel Javines. RM as how we fondly call him, is still working on the same company, it’s just that he’s working at a different TAC site (in CDO) while I’m still here in Manila. Thanks Sir RM for the book! I haven’t finished it yet, but so far, it was amazing!

I love the cover of the book and the idea that all the things in it is coming to life by simply reading them. If it was me, I would read that I’m losing weight and my boyfriends are Wentworth Miller, Brad Pitt, Jensen Ackles, Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Welling and Johnny Depp and that they’re all fighting for my beauty. har! har! har!

Friends! Let’s watch it!

UPDATE: The video is no longer available, sorry for that. But you can still check out their official website for the trailer and for more information about the movie.

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shopaholic in a week06.18.08

Have you tried to read a series of book and finish it within a week?

Yes! Yes! I did! I did! I finished reading the whole series of Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella! The series was amazing! It was intelligent and very witty with full of humor.  Though I consider myself a “smart buyer” (naks!) I sometimes wish that I do have Becky’s (the lead character) non chalant attitude when it comes to shopping and…life.

I can’t wait to see the first movie adaptation of this book which is still in production but according to IMDB, it will be starred by Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Scooby-Doo) and Hugh Dancy (Ella Enchanted, King Arthur) and will be shown next year, 2009. Got to watch it!

By the way, thanks to Toni for lending me the books.  I RUV IT! Awww!

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Deathly Hallows Finished07.25.07

I was on my PC for 2 hours (at work), then have to go home, continuted reading for the text  7 1/2 hours. Non-stop!… But then, my eyes could not take it anymore…have to stop and sleep only for nearly 6 hours and continued reading again for the next 45 minutes afterwards (without tootbrush! yucks! hehehe)
 
If it's just my willingness, I would not stop reading, but my eyes couldn't take it anymore.  :)
 
Finished Deathly Hallows, Monday, July 23 at 5:05 AM.
Total time spent: 10 hours and 15 minutes…give and take! :)
 
But! I want to read again, slower this time..hehehe.
I'll post again when I'm done.
 
By the way, I watched again (first one was last July 11, the 8:00am advanced screening on the first day of showing) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, last Monday afternoon…alone and twice.  hehehe.  I just could not find anybody who's willing to watch a 2 1/2 hour movie…twice. 

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