Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bedtime Stories With My Daughter

My love for stories, story-telling and reading story books started at a very early age. As a kid in the 80's who grew up in the province of the Philippines, I was luckily surrounded by a whole village filled with adults who just didn't have anything better to do on lazy afternoons than tell stories (a la Kuya Bodgie) to a bunch of kids as one of their pastimes (that, or exchange gossips with other adults... but that's another story).

Speaking of Kuya Bodgie, like me, you also probably enjoyed watching "Batibot". I was always looking forward to the show's segment where he tells a story. He tells the stories in very interesting and animated way. It was never boring. Some of my favorites were "Nguyamyam", the one where all the nguyamyam  (or are they ants?) creatures ate the whole planet, and the one with the barracuda... I forgot the title. But I remember the barracuda would go, "Ngasab, ngasab, ngasab... nguya, nguya, nguya!" :D

I had a lot of children's books while I was growing up. But I've lost all of them in all the major floods that we had in our province, and also during the time my family moved a lot after I graduated from the university. I remember telling myself as a kid that I would keep all my childhood books to pass on to my future child/children. But now, they're all gone and it makes me feel a bit sad... maybe I'll try to find them on Amazon.

As an adult, I never lost the habit of reading children's books. I remember, I was a volunteer at the Museo Pambata (Children's Museum) in Manila, where there is a children's library. I would borrow and/or read books while helping to organize them. At one point in my life, I even considered becoming a children's book illustrator and/or author. But for now, I am quite content to have some of my husband's french childhood books to read to my daughter at night before bed. Here's a video I took last night. Please forgive my horrible Southern french accent. :D



It's a perfect bonding moment for me and my daughter, and it's also a helpful way to improve my french at the same time. I don't know if it's just me, but I find hearing somebody reading in french a lot more soothing than somebody reading in English... and one day, I also hope to read Tagalog books to her.

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