Read It: Ender’s Game

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Late Post: I read this book as a part of the reading activity/challenge for TFG’s monthly discussion (but this is not our book of the month).

Ender’s Game has been on my to-read list since I saw the movie back in 2013, so thanks Maria because I finally crossed this one off my list. Hehe.

Okay, since I watched the movie before reading, I might compare the two for the most part.

1. I liked the movie and I liked the book even more because of the depth of Ender as a character and the circumstances he is in. It’s something I did not see or fully understood in the film – his true thoughts, fears and ideas. It was magnified in the book and I understood more who Ender is as a person.

2. I was surprised that the students in the Battle School are children! They’re 8-12 year olds studying battle tactics and kicking each others’ asses off during the game. I imagined them to be teenagers just like in the movies but then maybe they toned it down for the audiences (imagine child actors inflicting violence). Also, reading through the book, I often forget that they are children because of how they compose themselves. They’re like adults, heck, they’re even more mature than I am and they haven’t even undergone puberty.

3. If anything, I find the character development of Peter and Valentine lacking in exposure. They have strong and interesting attitudes, and I felt that their genius or rather their plot to rule the world was not narrated thoroughly. It would have been great to see how they conquered the political world on a side story (or a different book altogether)

4. I loved the battle games, just like everyone else, I think.

5. What makes me like the novel most is the fact that it’s not heavy sci-fi. It gives balance to empathic readers who veer more on contemporary novels at the same time, gives justice to sci-fi geeky lovers who want aliens, spaceships and wars.

After reading this, I think I’d want to grab the next book in the series and am hoping that the next book be produced as a movie sequel too.

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Rib City

Last Saturday, my friend was around my neighborhood for Kamikazee’s shirt design launch and asked if I could go out and grab some lunch. Of course, I came. We were not craving for anything  in particular so we walked around to see which place to dine. We saw an ad banner for Rib City while walking and decided that it’s too hot and sunny to walk along the whole stretch of Maginhawa so we’re going to have some ribs for lunch.

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Discovering Mauban, Quezon

During the Labor Day holiday (May 1), my friends and I took the opportunity to go backpacking since it was a long weekend. This time, we decided to go to Quezon Province and try to discover enjoyable places to go and interesting things to do on a tight budget. We wanted to enjoy the holidays as best we can but keeping in mind to spend within our allotted price range. The challenge was to go on a 3-day vacation spending only Php3,500 or lower for each.

This trip was not planned thoroughly, we only knew that we wanted to go to the beach so we searched how to go to Quezon by commuting. Once there, we’ll leave everything up to luck – accommodation, food and places to see.

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Music Junkie: Breakbot

Hi guys! I’ll be taking a break this week. Finally, a well deserved summer vacation of sorts so I’ll be going MIA until the weekend. My friends and I are going on a beach trip for 3 days. And when I come back, I’ll be spending the day watching the Pacquiao vs Mayweather boxing match with some more friends. It’s going to be a hectic weekend but it’ll be fun nonetheless. I might blog all about my weekend when I get back. Anyway, before leaving, I’d like to share a good vacation/chill playlist. Something that I might play while on the way to the beach or while lounging under the sun.

Breakbot is Thibaut Berland’s stage name. He is a French producer and a DJ most recognized for his remixes. He has 1 studio album, By Your Side which was released September 2012.

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Hot Star

Spending weekends eating on restaurants you haven’t tried are the best way to cap off the busy week. My friend and I have been eyeing on trying out Hot Star for quite some time now and we finally had the time to try it out last Saturday since they have opened a new branch near our place.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken is the #1 chicken shop in Taiwan. They are well-known because of their marinated XXL fried chicken fillet. They have branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and now the Philippines.

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Ally’s All-Day Breakfast

I felt very busy last week and didn’t have much time to post anything nor achieve my reading goals (too bad, I might have to postpone Reading Goals for now). Anyway, if there was any consolation to a tiring week, it must be feasting on mouth-watering food!

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Read It: High Fidelity

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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

TFG: April Book Discussion

“What came first, the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?”

Laura just broke up with Rob and he is having a hard time patching things up with himself. He convinces himself that Laura was not even at the top five worst heart break he ever had. Or does she? You see, Rob is a 35 year old man running a records store – Championship Vinyl, with his assistants Dick and Barry. Everything is just not going right in his life right now. Sales are down, Laura left him for their neighbor Ian (of all people), and there’s this lingering feeling inside him that he wants to see how his ex-flames fared up after their break-up. His life is a mess and he just doesn’t have things figured out.

I have a lot of feels for this book because it reminds me of someone I know. Reading through the whole novel and seeing how Rob is such an arse just angers me because I just want to slap him and tell him to get his shit together. Anyway, staying true to the book’s concept of making top 5 lists, I’m making my own lists.

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