Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

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.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore

While browsing for events to keep my daughter occupied during her upcoming two-week school break, I chanced upon Sistic's ad on Les Misérables. I have always been a big fan of this show because I have always been a big fan of Lea Salonga.

Les Miz in Singapore! :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shakespeare and Company

if you are ever in Paris, take the time to visit Shakespeare and Company. It's a really old bookshop along the Seine, right beside the Notre Dame. It was frequented by a lot of famous writers back in the day. If visiting old bookshops is your thing, you wouldn't want to miss this one.

View of the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral from a park right beside Shakespeare and Company; couldn't resist taking this pic because it's so beautiful in this golden winter light.

I was able to drop by when I visited Paris for the second time. All the books inside were English books ranging from the classics to the contemporary. But when you go up the old rickety stairs to the premier étage, you are transported back in time as you find yourself surrounded by old, dusty, hard-bound books, complete with cozy nooks that temptingly invite you to sit down and read. These books are not for sale though.

The entrance to the bookshop; outside, there are plenty of books on sale

It was not an easy task finding a book to buy as the ones that I was looking for were not available. Luckily, my husband found an Ernest Hemingway book for me, which was sitting right on the cashier counter. The one he found was written in French. I think it was the only book in french that they had for sale. But since it was written by an American author, I of course opted to get the English version. This one was obscurely tucked away for some reason, and they needed the stepladder to retrieve it.


i super love the packaging.

Despite having read a lot of the classics back in high school, I have never really had the occasion to read anything from Ernest Hemingway. For one, I had already supersaturated myself with all the Charles Dickens and the Bronte sisters' novels before I made my way up to the likes of Ernest Hemingway. And by that time, I couldn't take in any more of cheesy drama since I was forewarned that Hemingway had the propensity for this.


The fancy book cover featuring Hemingway himself posing in front of Shakespeare and Co
 

When you buy a book, they ask if you'd want to get it stamped. why wouldn't I? :)

The book I bought was called A Moveable Feast. It is a personal diary of Hemingway, recounting his experiences back in the days when he was living in Paris as a struggling young writer. So far, I have read a couple of chapters, and I still find it interesting. There was even a chapter about Shakespeare and Company, back when it was still a library kept by Sylvia Beach. Somehow, reading this book makes me feel like i'm revisiting Paris for the third time. No regrets about buying this book for a meager price of 12 euros.