Stories through Objects: July 2012

Hello world!!!

I know, I know. I’ve been practically MIA for the past several weeks and I can’t just expect a warm welcome. But did you guys miss me? *crickets* right. Okay, let me explain.

June marks the beginning of a regular school year in the Philippines. I just began my sophomore year in college, and to be honest, just when I thought I had broken in, it gets harder. I should have expected that, but because of a handful of things I’m getting involved in lately, I haven’t been able to write reviews. I really miss blogging, though, so I’m going to start this feature, Stories through Objects for when I am unable to write reviews and just want to share a bit of what’s happening at my end of the world.

You ready?

Since my last entry, I’ve still been getting a lot of stuff in the mail! I looooove getting snail mail, especially if they are gifts from people!

Exhibit A:

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I’m still getting postcards from Postcrossing! I am pretty sure this is a mistake, since I only sent five postcards and instead of the five I am supposed to receive, I got eight. Still, it feels pretty nice to get such beautiful cards!
The top left with the blonde children sitting on hay (I think they’re brother and sister – so cute!) is from Jutta of Finland. The vintage looking photo of the couple in the sea is from Sanne of the Netherlands. It has a lomo feel to it (I’m secretly into photography – more on that later), and I love it! The top right is from an anonymous friend from Taiwan. According to her (I think the sender is female, and I’ve never gotten a postcard from a guy yet), the postcard is about “three children missing their beautiful and kind mother in heaven.” Every postcard has a story, but she’s the only one who told me one directly! I wish it had her name on it so I could thank her properly. The last one, at the bottom, is from Isa of Brazil! It shows a beach in Rio Grande do Sul. I find the colors so enchanting, even though I’m not too fond of the sun. Thank you, postcard-friends! I’m adding this to my tiny but growing collection, heh.

Exhibit B:

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This came as a surprise. Well, I knew about it months ago, but I completely forgot that I was going to receive it when the time finally came! I forget about a lot of things, but this makes way for such a pleasant surprise! I joined a contest held by the publishers of The Night Circus (review here), wherein I try to encapsulate the book in just a sentence or two. And I won! So they sent me a UK TPB version of it with my name and my quote printed at the last page. Check it out:

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That was one of the proudest moments of my life! Good vibes.

Exhibit C:

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I got my first lomo camera! My dad brought it here in Manila last weekend from Sprockets Coffee + Milk Tea Cafe in Cebu! It’s a Suoerheadz Ultra Wide and Slim toy camera, a clone of the cult classic Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim series. I love that I got it in blue!! There are also other colors, like the White Slim Angel and Black Slim Devil, among others. I have already consumed two rolls of film, the CD of which will be delivered sometime this week. I can’t wait! The last camera I had was a film camera when I was eight. Since in my household I have to use my allowance for non-academic needs, and I didn’t have money to develop photos, I eventually stopped. Now I’m reviving my photography frustration once again! Heh.

Exhibit D:

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I did not get this in the mail, but I added this anyway because it means so much to me. I got this during a book discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s award-winning novel (turned into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson), The Remains of the Day. This is a mini book that contains all the personal stories shared by the members of my book club. It’s not mass produced, and I have one of a few hard copies, so it’s really special. I’ve only been to three book discussions, but the people I’ve met have been really friendly and I feel like I know them more because of these stories, despite their anonymity. I felt that, more than a bunch of people brought together by a passion for books (which is already amazing in itself), we were a family. *happy tears*

Wow. Amazing how many stories you could tell just from these things. I could get used to this.

OH. WAIT. Let me share what I’m currently reading!

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(L-R) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (thank you, Kuya Doni, for lending it to me!), and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’m very slow in my reading progress because life keeps getting in the way, but as the saying goes, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop.” For people with Tumblr accounts, this is the famous default quote when you test out Tumblr themes! It’s really hard to squeeze in reading time, but as long as you keep going, you’ll eventually reach the last page… and grab another book. Ooh, life of a bibliophile.

Whew. This was a pretty lengthy post! I missed writing so badly, and this is the result. Feels pretty good to let it all out.

But hey, how about you? Do you have any stories to share? 😀

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