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OMF Publishing launches Book 2 of best-selling “Ikaw Na ang Maganda” 

As someone who lives for books, I always find it a pleasure each time I am invited to a book launch. For me, this means the book publishing industry is still thriving and people still flock to the printed word – inspite the 20th century being truly wired. 

OMF Publishing, the name behind inspirational titles including “The Purpose Driven Life” series has recently launched the second book of “Ikaw Na ang Maganda” by inspirational author Malu Tiongson-Ortiz. Whereas Malou’s first book “Ikaw Na ang Maganda (How to be Beautiful Inside and Out)” tackled makeups, the second foray in the series discusses proper dressing and personal style. 

Author Malu Tiongson-Ortiz

The launch, held in a quaint cafe in BGC, served as a quick refresher on personal style. I was brave enough to share my daily uniform of ” rock concert clothes” noting how the choice of clothes really fit the personalities of those who shared their personal style. 

Tiongson-Ortiz candidly shared how she developed her personal style- something that was shaped by the various moments in her life, from dressing up to cover her depression over a failing marriage to finally discovering God and shaping her style based on her Faith. 

My thoughts 

It took me a long time to write this post because I wanted to read the book and be able to share my thoughts on it. 

I agree that dressing shouldn’t be based on what’s the “in thing” or based on the current trenss that flood the market. It should be based on your personality, what makes you stand out and what makes you unique. The clothes should be clean, pressed and presentable. After all, it really makes a lot of difference on how people respond to us based on the clothes we wear. While it may not be the latest brand or it may not cost you a fortune, as long as its clean and it brings out your best features, then you should wear it. 

This is a struggle that I can very well relate. While I am already in my 30s, my taste in clothes can be best described as “street style.” I don’t do corporate attire and was lucky enough to work in a company that lets me wear chunky black shoes with LBDs. What I try to do is dress accordingly for meetings and presentations because I want to assert myself and I wand people to not question my credibility. 

There are some parts of the book where I don’t agree, particularly on how dressing sexy “leads men to sin.” It might be because I have a different interpretation of my religion or maybe because my views are more liberal than the author. 

In the end, Tiongson-Ortiz presented valid points on appropriate dressing, which in my opinion is a life skill that should be learned and mastered not just by women but by everyone. 


Dreaming of kingdoms, dragons, fat kids, travels and a mix of adventures

I’ve always been a bookworm, and has even lamented before that being online most of the time has robbed me of the opportunity to finish books on my reading list. Whereas before I can manage to finish a book in just three day, now my bed side table is currently full of books waiting for my attention.

I recently started reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, an Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Dominican author Junot Diaz.The story tells the story of Oscar de Leon, an overweight, science fiction-reading geek with a bad stroke of luck when it comes to love. The story also gives a glimpse of the lives of Oscar’s family, his sister Lola, his mother and his grandfather. The narrative is mixed with cross references to culture and the events that happened at the Dominican Republic during the time of the dictator Rafael Trujillo during the 1930s.

image not mine

I’ve already reached the middle part of the book, going past Lola’s boyfriend dramas and the love story of Beli when I hit a sour patch in my reading and had the mistake of putting down the book. Now, it officially joined the list of unfinished books staring accusingly at me each night on the bed side table. It’s not that it’s not interesting, it is. But I got tired following the problems of Oscar that I just had to stop.

Committing that I’ll finish the book as soon as I get past my horrendous schedule two weeks ago, I vowed I’ll get back to Oscar.

That is until I made the mistake of going inside Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street and purchasing “Game of Thrones”, the first book in George RR Martin’s series “A Song of Fire and Ice”. I’ll be honest here, the reason I picked up the book is because I got inspired by the TV series. I am a big Game of Thrones fan and is seriously contemplating leaving The Hubby to join Jon Snow at The Wall (hey hun, kidding!).

I have yet to start reading it but a good friend told me to read really slow because once I devour the whole series, it’ll be painfully agonizing waiting for the next one. I know exactly how that feels, having agonized waiting for new Harry Potter books to come out. The choice to buy a fantasy novel, with knights, dragons and warring kingdoms surprised the hubby no end. After all, between the two of us, he’s the one who usually trek to the fantasy novel aisle for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and the Dragon Lance series books. I meanwhile, can be sometimes found on the cook book aisle, staring dreamily on Anthony Bourdain’s paperback eyes.

image not mine, but I wish the whole book series was!

Anyway, I wish I had the time to begin Games of Thrones. The death of Ned Stark tore my heart into two and I had to restrain myself from hurling our TV to the wall due to my hatred to that freaking bastard (literally!) King Joffrey Barantheon.

Also included in my pile of unfinished books are: “Alice in Wonderland” the Illustrated Edition by Camille Rose Garcia:

Alice in Wonderland (The Illustrated Edition by Camille Rose Garcia) – image not mine

I thumbed through this book numerous times, but unfortunately not to read the story (though I’ve read this back in elementary school) but to stare on the wicked illustrations. The art is simply wicked (literally and figuratively). How I wish I had Ms. Garcia’s talent.

I also have a lot of pages needing my attention on “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am still thinking if I wanted to continue reading that or let it stay for a very long time on that bed side table, and keep the company of Unbearable Lightness of Being and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Both books, I have been trying to finish for one hundred years but no dice. In the case of “One Hundred Years….” I always end up stopping, and choosing to pick-up a different book rather than continue reading Mr. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ opus.

It’s not like I can’t finish my books: I breezed through On the Road (my favorite novel) and I’ve JD Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” so many times that I cared to count (usually during Christmas when the population of phonies dramatically rise). The Harry Potter series (all seven of them) I managed to read five times (usually when I am bored). I breezed through Aron Ralston’s “24 Hours”, John Krakauer’s narrative of the life of Chris McCandless in “Into the Wild”, as well as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.

For novels I call my guilty pleasure like “Gossip Girl”, “True Blood”, and the “Vampire Chronicles” — I managed to devour like gummy candies.

But the books mentioned above, oh man — I have problems finishing them. Sometimes, I even resorted to reading two or three books at the same time though that wouldn’t be wise in my opinion because sometimes I got mix up and I have to remind myself that there’s no fat kid in Eat, Pray, Love.

What about you? How do you deal with reading backlogs? And more importantly, WHAT’S ON YOUR READING LIST?