Books I’ve Read in 2018

Today is the last day of 2018. I thought of writing a retrospect blog post, but I’m too lazy to do that…for now. Instead, I’m going to share with you all the books I’ve read this year.

2018 was a busy year for me. I had too much going on – in my career, personal, and blogging life. I was juggling so many things that I didn’t have enough time to read more than I wanted to.

I didn’t read a single book during the first half of the year, which is almost embarrassing considering the number of books in my TBR (to-be-read) pile. It wasn’t until August when I started picking up a book, but even then, I was still struggling to build my momentum. I read another book in September, but that was it.

It wasn’t until October when I finally managed to pick up the pace and by December, I had successfully surpassed my 2018 reading challenge . I surprised myself by reading 17 books this year, although admittedly, most of the books I picked up were re-reads. I’ll explain more about that later.

Here’s a little summary of all the books I’ve read in 2018:

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The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is Coming to Davao City

Books are becoming more and more expensive these days. Every time I enter a bookstore, I often catch myself shaking my head and debating about whether or not it’s wise to spend 800-pesos for a newly released title. In the next few years, there will be more books with prices too high that only a select few can afford, reading might soon become a dying habit. Can you smell the irony?

Thankfully, there are plenty of Good Samaritans out there who are committed to making books accessible and affordable for everyone, just like the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale.

The Wolf is Coming

Mr. Wolf is coming not to blow off your houses, but to offer his books at super low prices. The biggest book sale in the world is on its way to Davao City, bringing a million books with a variety of genres at 50%-90% discounts. There’s a good variety of books by popular authors, novels, science fiction, business books, biographies, art and design, architecture and more!

The 24-hour book sale will be in town from November 23 to December 2, 2018. It will be held at The Tent at Azuela Cove, Davao City.

Lucky for me, I get to go to the VIP preview and marvel at all the books a day early. =)

Here are some of the books I am eyeing to buy:Read More »

How to Overcome Financial Roadblocks?

I have had my fair share of financial cul-de-sac in the past. My first job didn’t pay much. In fact, my salary was below minimum. I had to sacrifice a lot of things to make ends meet.  Plus, I had to split my little salary for my sister’s tuition fee and help my parents pay the bills. It was tough every time I reach down my pocket, only to find out that I don’t have enough money to get me through the end of the month. It made me sick to my stomach.

It didn’t take long for me to decide to leave the corporate world and try my luck in freelancing. Thankfully, an opportunity knocked on my door and gave me the chance to have a bit of luxury. It made me happy. I finally had more than enough. But then, earning three times my usual salary became dangerous for me.

You see, I grew up in a simple family and my sisters and I didn’t always get what we wanted because we needed to be practical. So, I told myself, when I start earning my own money, I’ll buy the things that I’ve always wanted to have – and that’s exactly what I did. I bought things. I spent my money on clothes, shoes, makeup, books – impractical things that I don’t need (well, except for books). Shopping made me happy. It was so addictive. I was on a high. Until one day, I had an emergency and I didn’t have enough money in my bank account. That’s when it hit me – I’m becoming like Carrie Bradshaw, a woman with lots of shoes but no place to live!

It was scary, but I finally had my wake up call. Since then, I’ve started spending and managing my finances wisely. I still spend a lot nowadays, but my receipts no longer include Converse or Vans (Well, at least not as often as they used to). Instead, I have receipts for HMO, memorial plans, real estate, and now I’m about to get a life insurance.

Recently, I attended the SunLife Fun Day, where I got the chance to pick the brains of Entrepreneur Mark Bonifacio and SunLife Advisor JP Fabian who shared their experiences in financial management.

Here are a few keynotes to help improve your money habits:Read More »

Morisette is Made in Davao

I remember the first time I saw Morisette on national television. She was auditioning for The Voice where she sang “Love On Top” and eventually became part of Team Sarah. She was only 16 then, but she already had this really mature and powerful voice. That’s when I knew this girl would soar. Five years later, she has come full circle.

This coming September 2, the Asia’s Phoenix is bringing her “Morisette is Made” concert to Davao at the SMX Convention Center to stun her fans from all corners of Mindanao.

Concert producer Glenn Aldueza of Aldueza Entertainment Productions (AEP) says “Morissette is the next big thing in the music industry. She is preparing for her international stardom as she collaborated with Michael Bolton and Jessie J soon,” 

“Morissette Is Made” is the first major solo concert of Asia’s Phoenix in Davao City. It is a homecoming of sorts for the Cebuana artist because her father Mr. Amon, is originally from Davao.

By Morissette’s special request, The Unstoppable Darren Espanto will be her special guest at the concert.

“I love Darren because he is my good friend. I thought it would be special if I shared the stage with him,” says Morissette, who will also be one of the awardees of the prestigious PeopleAsia magazine for its upcoming “Women of Style and Substance” issue.

“Morissette Is Made” is produced by AEP and sponsored by SMDC and Frontrow.

For tickets and other inquiries:

Visit 2nd floor SM Lanang ticket booth (in front of Starbucks) and SM City Davao.

Click: www.smtickets.com/events/view/6854