[4] Hear Mass in the Shrine of Our Lady Of Manaoag (yes, the one in Manaoag, Pangasinan) and then stop by Baguio for a quick shopping trip — all in 24 hours!

Things I plan to do in Manila

My Mom introduced me to the Manaoag quickie trip in 1995 when I took the Bar Examinations.  We would take a bus from the Dagupan terminal at midnight, find ourselves in Dagupan at around 6AM, take the jeep to Manaoag (which was a good half hour away only), be there for the 7AM (or was it 7:30 AM mass) and then double back and be home in Manila by 12NN.

The last time I visited was in Thanksgiving after the results came out.  (I passed despite the fact that I wasn’t able to enter a formal review program except the pre-week reviews.)  This time I’d like to visit again and do it the Sunday after I arrive since Alan won’t be around yet (he follows us the Thursday after since he can only stay 2 instead of the 3 weeks Angel and I will be there).  Instead of going back to Manila, though, I want to visit Baguio City and shop for some knitwear, some goodies (postcards, strawberry jam, ube, vegetables, souvenirs?) and then head home to Manila that same evening — all in 24 hours!

Baguio holds a special place in my heart because I had spent many of my young summers there.  I don’t even plan to go far — just walk down Session Road, maybe visit Mines’ View Park, Burnham Park, and save the market for last so that I won’t be lugging too many things around until just before we board the bus again. 

Feedback on Blink

Tintin paid me another visit and wrote this about “Blink,” the book I’m currently reading:

Blink sounds interesting. I don’t know, though, if there is a copy available in our local National Book Store. There is only one NBS here in Bacolod and their collection is pretty anemic. 😦

It’s not your run-of-the-mill non-fiction because it’s not exactly a self-help book and neither is it historical, but I find it interesting because it presents everyday things we do in a new light.  It doesn’t give you that big wow but it makes you think “Oo nga noh..”..  — that sort of read.

 


Tintin paid me another visit and wrote this about “Blink,” the book I’m currently reading:

Blink sounds interesting. I don’t know, though, if there is a copy available in our local National Book Store. There is only one NBS here in Bacolod and their collection is pretty anemic. 😦

It’s not your run-of-the-mill non-fiction because it’s not exactly a self-help book and neither is it historical, but I find it interesting because it presents everyday things we do in a new light.  It doesn’t give you that big wow but it makes you think “Oo nga noh..”..  — that sort of read.

I would think the book is already available there in the Philippines because I know it’s been around a bit.  I can see you have a special liking for books like me.  I hate wading through the bargains in Barnes and Noble here (the bookstore which NBS’s Powerbooks is trying to copy) because it makes me want to snatch up a dozen books which, even at rock bottom prices would still cost me a bundle, so I try to keep away from them.

Reading, I believe, is a good way to relax and jog my mind at the same time.  It does both for me whatever I’m reading.. be it a new magazine, one of the free dailies here which publish news stories in concise versions but which give you a sense of being connected to everyday happenings nonetheless, or one of the books I find the time to lug around or open as a bathroom reader.  (Looking down in embarrassment at that admission.. LOL)

I try to read both non-fiction and fiction and have particular interest in political biographies.  I have at least 1 book on Nancy and Ronald Reagan and I think 2 on Bush.  I have yet to read Guilliani’s LEADERSHIP (forgot about that) but I think I’ll do that after Clinton’s MY LIFE.  I never finished Hillary’s book because I found it too “monotonous” as if she was reading it to me.  I didn’t find myself getting involved in that reading.. I heard it but could not see it in my mind’s eye.  So before I got bored to tears, I put it down and now it’s tucked away somewhere in my bookshelf.

My fiction reading list is rather predictable because I have a list of favorite authors whose works I try to follow.. Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Richard Bach, Leo Buscaglia.  I do read other authors like Ann Rice (and I gave up after reading Lestat which is around book 5 or 6 of the Vampire Chronicles..).. J.K. Rowling of course, and very funny writers like Bill Cosby.

I’d rather buy and keep the books than borrow, and although I’ve gotten more discriminating about the books I lend out in recent years, I’ve lost a lot of good books because I lost track of who borrowed what.  I do check out the more popular books but do not necessarily base my decisions on what to read on them.  (I’d go broke if I did!)

When I left for New York in 2000, I gave away my modest collection of books to friends who appreciated reading like I did.  I had to part with a hardcover copy of Colin Powell’s autobiography MY AMERICAN JOURNEY among other things but I have steadily built up my library here with the addition of a few books every year. 

Bacolod’s NBS may not be that well stocked but you can probably have them order a book for you from the main office in Manila.  Try that as a possible option.  Good luck with the read!