Book for sale: Fast Lane: 50+ Years of Motor Sports in the Philippines

TO ALL the motor sports enthusiasts and/or book collectors out there. I just found about half a dozen pieces of the FAST LANE coffee-table book published by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) in 2005. The books are practically “new” and in perfect condition.

Front Cover of FAST LANE

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Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

HAVE YOU heard of Gertrude of Arabia? We’ve probably all heard of Lawrence, but Gertrude? I’m not surprised if you haven’t heard of her because I also did not know anything about her until recently.

She’s supposed to be  the woman who literally invented Iraq. How’s that? Read more

Now Reading: Over The Edge of The World by Laurence Bergreen

Now Reading: Over The Edge of The World by Laurence Bergreen

I HAVEN’T read a book for a long time, no thanks to Facebook.

But I am reading again, thanks to Ms. Lolita Delgado-Fansler of the Ala-Ala Foundation who personally recommended this book to me.

Over The Edge of The World is a non-fiction written like an adventure novel. And for a history addict like me, this easily falls under the “perfect book” category.

It narrates, in great, research-based details the events before, during, and immediately after the famous expedition to the Spice Islands of Ferdinand Magellan. This was during the great age of exploration, when half of the world was still an unchartered frontier by the leading civilizations of Europe.

I am naturally drawn — and hugely intrigued — by the book’s story primarily because of its central character, Ferdinand Magellan. Read more

My first e-book: STREET MATH


I FINISHED and published my very first e-book on February 15, 2012. Hurray! I am now officially a published author. I could not have done it if I took the traditional publishing route. But thanks to the advent o technology, particularly e-books, wannabe authors like me, can now get published quickly and inexpensively.

More about the merits and exciting prospects of e-book publishing later.

Now back to my first e-book. Actually, e-books (notice the “s”) because I published not one but two e-books simultaneously. You know how it is with me. I always tend to overdo things. That and the compulsion to always be different.


So why math?

First… well it’s a subject I’m quite comfortable with. Wait! I didn’t say I’m good at it. It’s just a subject I think I can talk about with a healthy dose of confidence.

Second… my lovely Nanay is a Math teacher, did you know that? She’s retired now, but prior to retiring she had been teaching math for more than 30 years (she now tutors my kids). I admit to the sentimental aspect of choosing math as the subject of my first published book. I dedicate it to best math teacher I’ve ever known, my mother. Naks! Read more

The joy of reading

I LOVE this photo a lot. Not only because it so eloquently portrays my personal love of books and reading. It also reminds me how I usually get delightedly lost in the many wonderful worlds in the stories I read.

I don’t know where this photo was taken from or who took it (I just grabbed it from a friend’s Facebook status update). It looks like it was shot right here in the Philippines.

Whoever took this photo, thank you very much.

Now Reading: Don’t Look Back: The David Bussau Story

I just finished reading THE BILLIONAIRE WHO WASN’T, the biographical account about Chuck Feeney, a few days ago.

I was so impressed and inspired by it that I decided to immerse myself with more stories about selfless giving and the people who made it their life’s goal to share their blessings.

I remember I have another book about another philanthropist by the name of Davis Bussau. I rummaged my huge pile of still unread books, and is pleased to report that I found it!

This one is actually quite special because it was personally signed by no other than David Bussau himself. My ex-girlfriend met Mr. Bussau in person less than 2 years ago when he visited the Philippines for some of his advocacy projects in partnership with Pepsico.

It promises to be another interesting read. I am hoping it will be as engaging as THE BILLIONAIRE WHO WASN’T.

I enjoy reading most biographical narratives so this should be no different. Having already sampled a few pages, I am quite happy to note that Ms. Tyndale’s storytelling style is light and easy, which should be good.

I’m quite optimistic with my prospect of completing this book, which is a good thing because my list of yet unfinished books is already getting quite long.

A few books I can’t seem to finish

AS A CERTIFIED bookworm, I devour a lot of books. And although I cannot really claim with perfect certainty to have finished every book that I have started to read (no matter how boring it is or how disinterested I turn out to be), I always finish a book somehow owing to my sincere belief that every book has a story to tell. I don’t have any recollection of a book that I have started but failed to finish reading.

Well that may no longer be a very accurate statement.

Just within the past three months I have started reading several books. At least three of them (maybe four) seem to pose a real threat to my conviction to always finish any book that I have started reading. These are… Read more

On Lance Armstrong: It’s Definitely Not About the Bike

Early in September, when the controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong was just starting to heat up (again), I found out that I have a copy of his autobiographical book, “It’s Not About the Bike – My Journey Back To Life” on my iBook library. I decided that it would be the best time to read it.

It was a very engaging book and as usual with books that I really enjoy reading, I finished it in just a few days.

It is hard to reconcile, however, what you read in the book and the controversies presently hounding Lance Armstrong, especially in light of the more recent developments that would seem to seal Armstrong’s fate insofar as his biking career is concerned.

I guess I can easily agree with the title of Armstrong’s book. It’s really not about the bike. I’ll push the debate further and hazard saying that it’s not even about the dope, although, obviously that’s what brought the great man down.

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My favorite e-book reader

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I love reading my e-books on my iPad because to me it offers the best of many worlds insofar as reading books are concerned.

First, it feels a lot like reading a real book. Often I would even forget that I am reading on my iPad, so much so that I would try to grab the lower right corner to flip a page.

Second, it allows me access to any of my e-books on a whim.

Third it offers a lot of the sophisticated features: highlighting, bookmarking, built-in dictionary, font-size adjustment, etc.

And third, it is not just an e-book reader. It is also a browser, a gaming console, calculator, photo album, image editor, calendar, notes, and so on an so forth.

But the iPad is not my favorite e-book reader. Read more

Book Museum

WITH the dawning of the age of eBooks, libraries such as this huge one in Stockholm, Sweden will soon get a new name: Book Museums.

It will probably take many more years before all of the books in this gargantuan library will be converted to digital format. When they have been all digitized they will probably fit into a tiny chip and can all be made accessible from a single eBook reading device such as the iPad or the Kindle of our present time.

So what will it be like to go to a library in the future?

I am guessing that we will have to pay to get in. There will be guides to usher us around and explain each section. If we’re lucky we’ll meet the curator. She used to be called the Librarian.

There will be no chairs and tables. We are not supposed to sit and linger too long in one place. We are to walk around from section to section. In groups, usually.

Oh by the way, there will probably be a dress code — shorts, t-shirts, and rubber shoes are not allowed. Preferably, come in your cocktail dress.

Cameras and recording devices are not allowed.

And as the guide shows us the last remaining printed copy of a Kindergarten Text Book, there will be hushed “Ooohs” and “Aaahs” from the more sophisticated among us. A few, myself included, will probably be trying very hard to hide a yawn.



Cool Stuff: Book Recycling Ideas with a Touch of Art

WITH more and more people switching to e-Books, traditional books will have to find some other ways to remain useful.

Here are some really ingenious ideas from Recyclart.

Book Chandelier
Laptop Stand

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