Thursday, August 30, 2012

focusing on the good news about the country

One of today's trending topics on Twitter and FB relates to the recent blunder committed by a local Senator whose name I need not mention, concerning his stand against the Reproductive Health bill.  I admit that I myself have contributed vitriol over this embarrassing [EXPLETIVE DELETED], but I'm not going to talk about that here.  On this blog dedicated to positivity, I'd like to forget about that whole fiasco for a moment and focus a bit on current good news about our country.

Before I proceed, lemme just make it clear that I've never been a unicorns-and-rainbows type of person who instinctively looks at the bright side.  I just think that it's better to celebrate the good things (no matter how insignificant) than fixate on the bad.

So anyway.  Here's the latest good news about the Philippines:  The economy is apparently improving, the peso is growing, and we are currently experiencing a period of prosperity.  We've gone from "the sick man of Asia" to "Asias's Bright Spot".   See these articles for the details:

Philippine Economy Grows 5.9% in Q2
Philippine Economy Grows Faster Than Estimated
Why the Philippines is Asia's Bright Spot
Philippine Economy Set To Become Asia's Newest Bright Spot

I'm not about to say "it's all good", but there's something definitely good going on, and we ought to give it more attention.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

bless my book-wormery

Earlier today I thought about how much my books have been a source of joy for me these days.  Then as I checked my Blogger feed tonight, by happy coincidence, I found these lovely artworks in two of the blogs I follow:

Cheers to that! I've been a sort of book-lover since childhood, even though reading often gave me headaches.   Well I still get headaches sometimes, but since after college I've set a goal to read at least 20 titles every year .

I decided to push myself  for 2012 and I hope to exceed 50 books this year (with at least 20 each of fiction and nonfiction).   So far so good.  ^_^ Since discovering the used books store (the one with good titles) last summer, I've faithfully read at least one book every week and am enjoying myself.  

I  just finished ...
a compilation of mysterious phenomenon published in 1982 by Readers' Digest (and not so mysteriously, some of those "unexplained" occurrences are no longer so these days).  

I'm currently reading ...  
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Alende.  The first few pages are delicious.
* I started on The Brothers Karamazov, but I decided to shelve it until I could find a non-compact copy with larger print - I admit, my eyesight is  beginning to deteriorate so I tend to stay away from tightly-laid out pages.

Next in line is ... 
The Life of Pi,
Epicenter, and
Kite Runner.  

How 'bout you? Any reading lists or reading plans you'd like to share? What about a list of recommended titles?  

Speaking of lists and recommendations, I recently came across the the following on the NPR site:

And a final thought: After seeing the above artworks, I thought maybe I should employ my artistic skills in making my blog entries more visual.  Actually, I've been thinking that for more than a year now, and it's about time I actually do it.  It's not a matter of great importance, but I should I should.