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An ordinary bookworm and wordsmith with an extraordinary Author & Finisher of Faith. :)

An ordinary bookworm and wordsmith with
an extraordinary Author & Finisher of Faith. 🙂

Deadlines are sacred. I desecrated a lot already, I felt scared.

I’m chasing the time, but I tried to do it with poise and grace.

Then out of my busyness, I bumped with a friend’s post. She calls it great find. I consider it a jewel.

Why? You better read it.

Date a Girl Who Reads
by Rosemarie Urquico

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by ***, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

"A way to woman's heart is through a book store" ~ H

“A way to woman’s heart is through a book store” ~ H

It swept me off my feet. I am humbled.

Oh well, am I assuming enough to be flattered? Is this written in favor of me?

It’s too amusing not to concur. haha!

“If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

The author of the article is witty enough. I had a good laugh!

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

A serious lady yet unintentionally funny.

A voracious bookworm who wishes to be a witty wordsmith.

Friendly and sunshiny with her sanguine side.

Loves serenity and scrutiny with her melancholic side.

She isn’t complicated; she’s just creative.

She can’t help but to embrace her queerness to develop her prowess.

She’s LOQUACIOUS, yet aims BREVITY.

She’s VULNERABLE, yet hopes for BRAVERY.

(click the title to see Curly Bookworm’s Tumblr blog)

A curly bookworm with a vision.  A curly wordsmith with a mission.

A curly bookworm with a vision.
A curly wordsmith with a mission.

© 2014 LAF

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life


Near-sighted’s indulgence: a date with the clubhouse library after  tutorial class.
“The early summer sky was the color of a cat vomit.”
Yay, the lead justifies the book’s title!

“In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly.” ~ Scott Westerfeld, UGLIES (unconventional; understanding more some foreign cultures…even the entertainment world)

These snapped my boredom. Told ya’ I’m not just a bookworm, I’m a book hoarder…but in the library, I behave ^__^

I’m not just a bookworm, I’m a book hoarder! Bitter-sweet confession, I guess.

I used to stay in our university library during college days just to munch and munch of mind food. Actually, it’s a habit formed since rainbow-hued elementary and high school days. I would borrow books in maximum number and often times, I would keep them at home til I notice some are due or even passed due already. I would pay penalty charges, only to find myself borrowing more books that I like, even twice, thrice, til I devour the last page. Reading has been part of my daily life since I learned how to read.

When friends and acquaintances give me books or lend me books, I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed! I can even spend hours and even a day, feasting on books. Every trip to book sale, I would purchase two-three books, depending on my budget. But I seldom read novels nowadays. Aside from this trilogy, I once got hooked in another genre of trilogy, but realized lately that it doesn’t suit my appetite anymore.

Not all novels are superficial and superfluous, some are worth reading; but I prefer to read and contemplate more on inspirational and spiritual books. Those are books that fill the need of the soul. It so happened, I don’t have latest pictures of my current books. But everyday, reading the Bible is a fundamental part of my everyday living 🙂

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Mattew 4:4

My entry for this week’s theme showcases an everyday habit: reading. I’m still a book hoarder sometimes, but I’m a full-blooded bookworm oftentimes! 🙂

© LAF 2012

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Wordsmiths’ Rendezvous


‘Tic-tac, tic-tac, tic-tac…’ I audibly heard the sound while watching the needles of my watch race to an unending circular motion, giving me an intense feeling. My heart pounded ‘lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub’ — rhythmic harmony with the watch, sounded like a bomb about to explode. Looking at the still vehicles piling ahead of the bus I’m riding, I frowned and sighed, “OH MY…THIS IS IT!”

“THIS IS IT!” My dilemma of being caught in the traffic happened! But my greatest dilemma didn’t happen; I was able to come on our meeting, not that late (6:20 PM). I was able to find the venue in Makati. I was able to meet my colleagues. The FWP (Freelance Writers of the Philippines) Education Committee meeting on September 6, 2011 was one of my fondest memories!

“THIS IS IT!” I muttered while approaching the home of Ma’am Alma, the host of the meeting. From the hall, I heard voices that were new to me; of course, it was our first personal encounter! I saw silhouettes from the window; I tried to guess who were there. Quite nervous; I knocked the door with a blast, “TAO PO!” Somebody let me in. I felt the warmth. Sir Nick offered a seat. What an acquaintance!

“THIS IS IT!” I thought while gazing familiar faces. I finally met the people whom I often discuss with, online at Face Book. I was also grateful that through that social network, I met them and I found a new circle of awesome friends. They are beyond my expectations — “SURPRIZA!” I thought they were too serious wordsmiths; rather, they are full of life, full of fun! But personalities vary. Everyone has a different background and different characteristics. I love the peculiarity, everyone is special.

bet, Sir Dino, Sir Bon and Ma'am Stephanie aren't sleepy...

While discussing, we feasted on our goodies I offered some treats I brought, pizza logs (special cheese logs), home-made salsa (Aldrian’s best) and nachos (bought at the nearby SHOPWISE). Grateful for their appreciation, it was their first time to eat pizza logs. The meeting was great with food! Ma’am Alma cooked pesto and others brought other great goodies!

Ma'am Ime briefs the discussed suggestions.

THIS IS IT!” Before joining the FWP organization, I knew I would learn a lot; I did! There is a lot of learning in store for my growth as a writer! Throughout the entire meeting, suggestions were given and agenda were discussed. Ma’am Alma was a reservoir of brilliant ideas and connections (Hehe). While sharing her expertise and experiences as an editor, I thought that I would be bloody if she’ll be my editor! (LOL!) BTW, she wasn’t scary though; she gave me an impression that she loves her work, as much as she loves her family. That challenged me. Every writer should rise above mediocrity.  Ma’am Claire, the facilitator of the committee, Ma’am Jopen, Ma’am Stephanie and Ma’am Ime were splendid! Wisdom and wit mingled whenever they speak. Their ideas were awesome too! The “ITR” and other legal stuff were kinda ‘nosebleed’, but I found such stuff very interesting! Ma’am Ime was a silent-type, but her warmth inspired me too! She’s the secretary and the bespectacled woman behind FWP and Educ. Committee’s updates. Sir Dima surprised me a lot with his wackiness! (LOL!) He seemed serious-looking, but his “LIKE YAN!”, “HAPPY YAN!”, “MABANGO YAN!” signature affirmations to suggestions showed that he’s lively and wacky. Sir Dino confirmed they’re “seriously crazy”; they were really cool! Behind the bespectacled man were smile and laughter.   Sir Bon, Sir Ricky and Sir Nick were nice too!  They have different talents to offer. Who would have thought that a valuable and antique SHAKESPERE’s COMPLETE WORKS are in Sir Nick’s home library? He shared about it. His description astonished me. WOW! I am longing to see it. I also want to smell the scent of aged papers – something I am fond of smelling (that’s weird, but I love it). Sir Nick, on the other hand likes to smell the fresh essence of new books.

Sir Dima, talking deep...

when Ma'am Alma talks, everyone listens 🙂

the secretary scribbles

contemplating...

“THIS IS IT!” The Book Exchange was done! I was holding a treasure, a book from Ma’am Ime: ‘THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES VOL.II OF DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE (1976) in exchange of MEREDITH HALL’S WITHOUT A MAP (Memoir). The book exchange is an ice breaker activity, but since there’s no established system yet, we did it randomly. Instead of exchanging, Ma’am Jopen gave me four, awesome books: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith, Primary Colors by Anonymous and Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen L.King. These books are treasures too! What a gift! She said she need not a book in exchange, she has a lot.  I was curious when I saw Reading Judas, The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity…hmmm…first on my book list to read! The bookworm will have a sumptuous feast!

a suggestion that they liked...thanks for the support fellas!

Healed wounds but ugly scars; yet beautifully etched in my heart. A very inspiring memoir!

books I will treasure 🙂

‘Tic-tac, tic-tac, tic-tac,tic-tac…’ I audibly heard my watch as I listened to my heart – ‘lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub…’ It was 9:10 PM. My cell phone’s battery was dead, and there’s no other means of reviving or resurrecting it. I have no other means to contact my brother who lives and works in Makati. I planned to sleep at his place after our meeting. The vivid picture of my encounter with Sir Relly, Ma’am Alma’s husband who’s stricken with stroke, flashed back; my heart melted again. I was reminded that my sick sister, Leah needs me at home. Without any minute to waste, I rode a jeepney bound to Buendia. With much prayer, I hoped that I would have a safe trip.

“THIS IS IT!” I sighed while approaching the winding stairs to the fourth-floor of our apartment in Silang, Cavite; almost 11:00 PM. My ate Leah smiled, she’s still awake. It revived my tired body. After thanking God for the day’s blessing and guidance, I had a sweet slumber — a reward after the wordsmiths’ rendezvous.

*Photos credit to the author

~LAF 2011

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Terse Soliloquy


awesome spiritual nourishment

As a bookworm, I crave to devour on good books in various genre. Among the numerous topics, I opt to feed on leaves that invigorate my spirituality and hasten my spiritual metamorphosis.

Yesterday, I got one of the best gifts I ever received this year from a dear friend, Melanie Jacinto. LOVE OUT LOUD speaks a thousand messages even without delving yet its content. It’s a devotional book written by women of diverse cultures and walks of life, and yet unified in one theme — GOD! Love Out Loud is a love that is heard, is seen, and is felt. 365 stories of personal encounters with God thrill me as I long to feast on each leaf in a daily basis.

Loquacious is a word that describes me and yet unknown to many, I love soliloquy! As much as I wanted to talk, discuss and share, I often long to come away, spend more time alone with Him who knows and understands me better than I; who audibly utter words of comfort, hope and love even amid the deafening silence.

quiet times during a four-day exploration at Mt. Apo (Philippine's highest mountain) 04.20.08

Silence is my fort, ironic it may be, but there alone I can fully express –soliloquy. I might appear insane to those who may not relate well, who may be surprised that I have that habit; and yet I would still prefer to spend some more time with my soliloquy…terse soliloquy, yet LOVE OUT LOUD with Him whose love knows no language!

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