Reawakening the reader in me

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they will always love you back.

~John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

I don’t know I stopped reading books for fun.  But I do remember what it was like to have a stack of books that I was very eager to devour.  It was like a fever of sorts back then. I lost time reading books not knowing what time it was or even if I had eaten.  I lived in other worlds,  empathize and sympathize with some characters, and experienced things that I wouldn’t and couldn’t begin to imagine to experience.

These days my reading are mostly case files and statutes.  Nothing exciting,  all necessary and time-consuming in my profession. Not the kind of reading that is escapist and/or a distraction to real life.

A part of me has always wanted to get back into reading the same way that I used to read.  The realist in me would remind me that I no longer have the time to read that way anymore and that I have other pressing matters.  But this being a new year, the optimist in me wants to read books again. 

What now?  I decided to take reading for leisure a step at a time.  First step is just to pick a book- something unrelated to work and fun to read.  Next, to read that book, be it a few minutes or a few hours.  Simple plan, right?

Enter the Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.   It’s the light – hearted and fun kind of story that I preferred reading before the Real World really set in for me.

I hope that this book is a start to more adventures in reading. 

How about you?  Reading anything new? Or is there a book you’d like to recommend?

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A view from above

The picture above was captured while I was taking a break from reading.   I liked how I had a bird’s eye view of the people enjoying themselves at the pool.  I could see conversations happening, parents teaching their kids to swim, and people revelling in the sun.  Catching moments like this make me realize how lucky I am to be living on an island paradise.

#fmsphotoaday Day 1: Sky

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The sky over the Philippine Sea.

I couldn’t help but want to try out the #fmsphotoaday challenge this year.   It’s by no means a resolution of mine.  (I didn’t make any resolutions this year.)

So, I’m kicking off the first day of 2015 with a breathtaking view of the sky and the ocean.  Both of them having gorgeous hues of blues and being filled with movement. 

Anyone trying out the #fmsphotoaday challenge?  Please let me know.  It’d be great to share and see pictures coming from this challenge
 

Remembering 2014

2014 was a year of ups and downs and lots of good, bad, and the ugly parts to this year. But I won’t be one to dwell on what went wrong or, rather, the lessons learned, at least not on this blog.  I will, however, share in some of the highlights.  

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The Mulan production directed by Ernest Ochoco

First, I was lucky to enjoy a few of performances– Cantate, two Ernest Ochoco productions, and a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. 

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The tinala katne (dried meat) plate at Meskla's.

Next, I indulged in some good food both local and otherwise.  My faves were the pho at Pho Thanh Xuan (they have different variations, but 7 and 12 are favorites), the tinala katne at Meskla,  and the chirashi at Sushi Ebisu. 

Third, I met and made new people.  Some I work with and the others outside of work.  I also strengthened friendships while others I just became more mindful of and reconsidered.

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Returning to the tennis court after many years

Fourth, I started back up with exercising.   I joined a new gym, started a fitness schedule, and even added variety like more morning walks and tennis.

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French Quarter, New Orleans.

Last, I did a bit of travelling.  I was able to go to New Orleans and North Carolina.   I even got to visit New York City again. 

So, although this year was tough, I still consider this year a memorable and blessed one.  It’s a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye but the prospect of a different year ahead makes the goodbye a little more manageable.

I wish you all well this new year 2015 and thank you so much for sharing 2014 with me. 

Christmas in the islands

I know, I know,  Christmas is long gone, but I couldn’t resist just one more Christmas post.   This cute Christmas display is located in Guam’s Hilton Resort & Spa. It’s the first time the hotel included this display as part of their Christmas extravaganza. And it’s also the closest thing we have to having some semblance of snow. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I don’t think I will ever get over how beautiful sunsets are here on Guam.  For me, scenes like this have a way of reminding me more about the good things that happened during the day.  And if my day wasn’t so well, sunsets also console me with the prospect of another day.  So even if the sun wanes and the temperatures drop,  sunsets carry it’s own warmth and renewal.