•March 30, 2012 • 4 Comments

What I’m Reading: Catching Fire

•March 28, 2012 • 5 Comments

I am now hooked.  After reading the first installment of the Hunger Games trilogy last week (right before I watch the movie), I can’t help myself from flipping through the pages of Catching fire.  I did not have time to share any thoughts on the first book, but suffice it is to say, I enjoyed reading it.  The entire time that I was just hearing about how good the series is, I was thinking that it was in the likes of Game of Thrones, only it’s futuristic rather than medieval.  I was expecting hard core action scenarios.  Well, at some point, yes I was correct.  But what I’m really pointing out is that I never expected it to be a love story

While watching the movie, I can feel the crowd get kilig over the Katniss-Peeta scenes and Gale’s jealous scenes.  And I must admit, kinilig din ako.

So as I continue with the trilogy, I came to really appreciate Peeta, particularly in Catching Fire.  Here are just some of the lines that melted me..

“Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same think as a weakness. Except possibly when it comes to you.”

“For the Capitol, you’re pure. For me, you’re perfect.”

 

I am a Gale-Katniss fan, but I can’t help but like Peeta and his way with words.

 

Photo from fanpop.com

 

Photo from Wikipedia

Two days to go before Hunger Games…

•March 20, 2012 • 5 Comments

Two days to go before the regular screening of Hunger Games here in the Philippines and I still haven’t finished the book.  I was able to get the trilogy over the weekend, but I am stuck at page 52 as of now.  I hate how work gets in the way of my reading.

This trailer makes me so much excited about the book, now having faces to imagine everytime turn those pages. 

NOTE TO SELF: Must. Read. FastER. You don’t want to watch the movie without finishing the book, that’s not you.🙂

Have you read the book? Is it really THAT great?

What I’m reading: The Outliers

•March 16, 2012 • 4 Comments

I have recently pledged to read 50 books this year. Why 50? No particular reason. I just assumed I can possibly push myself to finish a book per week.  The sad thing is, I haven’t read a single book this year aside from the TMR book.  My books are already piling up and I don’t want to regret buying them.

So now, I am reading Malcolm Gladwell’s The Outliers.  This book has been highly recommended by my boss’s boss a few years back.  I have actually forgot it until a friend mentioned in again to me about two weeks ago.

Basically, the book tries to explain what makes some people become extremely successful and eventually become outliers in the society.   Who are these people? They are the likes of Bill Gates and The Beattles.  I am just halfway through it and here are some of the interenting insights/concepts I got:

  • The Matthew Effect.  Malcolm tries to explain the impact of the time when someone is born.  An example he quoted was in the amateur hockey in Canada.  During the time when students are of age (say 10 years ond) to start auditioning for their hockey teams in schools, the cut-off in Canada would be the Calendar year. This means that, say this year, the qualified students to try-out are those born from January to December of 2002.  At that time, there is a huge difference between the physical built of a child born in January vs someone born in December.  The one born in January is technically 1 year older than the latter.  Hence, those who succeed in those try-outs would be those students born in January to March.  This is proven by getting all the birthdates of all the successful hockey players, and I think more than 80% is born between January to March.  I think this might be useful for me in the future. How? I would most likely plan my child to be born either July or August which is the start of the school year here in the Philippines. Unless of course, I move to a different country.
  • 10,000 is the magic number.  It is amazing how Malcolm explained how successful people in different fields were able to estimate their total hours of rehearsals/training to a minimum of 10,000 hours.  According to him, it has been seen that among the best musicians for example, those who tremendously excel are those who really spend disproportionate time rehearsing and mastering their craft.  As a child, the span of my attention was very little.  That’s why I easily get lazy when I enter Piano and Gymnastics classes.  I am neither a pianist nor a gymnast now, probably because I was not forced to continue with my class. Everytime I would tell my mom that I no longer want to continue, she would simply understand me.  Of course, I appreciate that, too.  I was never forced to doing anything as a child, except maybe to study well.  But as I think about it now, I get really jealous of pianists and gymnasts.  There’s always this “what if” question on my head.  Now, I would want my kids to also have these classes, and I will probably be a little more strict than my parents – just a tiny little bit.  I would also probably watch musicales, concerts and performances so that they can better appreciate those lessons – something that I did not experience as a child.

 

So far, that’s all I have.  Maybe I can update this post once I finish the book.

 

Have you already read the book? What are your favorite parts? Share it here!

 

The New iPad

•March 8, 2012 • 1 Comment

I just received an email from Apple a few seconds ago showing this.

 

The email says, “With the stunning Retina display. 5MP iSight camera. And ultrafast 4G LTE. Starting at $499.”  So is this still iPad2 with some improvements (just how iPhones have the 3S and 4S versions)?  I have been wanting to buy an iPad but have told myself to just wait for iPad3.

 

the new iPad

I Want My Kids to Fail

•March 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I Want My Kids to Fail.

 

This is a really wonderful post. Food for thought for parents and future parents🙂

Cuteness Overload to start the week!

•March 5, 2012 • 2 Comments

Cute kids are my weakness (aside from Hot Doctors).

 

So indulge with me…

 

Cooper Arias

 

Carmina's twins

*picture from koleksyon.com

 

Suri Cruise

*photo from Holliwooddame.com

Clarence, the real life Russel!

*Photo from ehkasiobsessako.blogspot.com

 

See the similarities?

*Photo from alexandersanpedro.wordpress.com