i wanted to make book reviews for a while now but i wasn’t sure how. i want to introduce some of the stories that really lit my fire and influenced me to become a better person. stories that i hold dear to my heart. so i’m making a little series of ‘not-so-professional’ book reviews. here’s my first take.
the first book that i wanted to share with you is ‘the tale of despereaux by kate dicamillo. it is the tale of an unlikely hero, a brave mouse called ‘despereaux tilling’ as he sets out on a quest to save the human princess Pea. but it doesn’t only tell of despereaux, it also tells the poignant and dark stories of the wishful servant ‘miggery sow’ and the covetous rat ‘chiaroscuro’, two characters that i fell deeply in love with.
one thing that i really love about it is how kate dicamillo wrote this book. i love how it is still eloquently written despite it being a children’s book. and how the author speaks directly to the readers. almost as if she’s a grandmother telling a bedtime story. it just adds a magical touch which i absolutely love.
and you learn different things from each character. things about happiness, duty, love and hope, compassion, redemption and forgiveness.
i like how the pages have jagged edges like it had worn out over time. but a good story is timeless.
and i like the font used. i hold each word very delicately in my heart. it doesn’t hurt my eyes and they’re just the right size.
also, Timothy Ering’s illustrations are just my cup of tea. ❤
i could not recommend this book enough and i would love to read this story to my nephew someday. stories are light. shed some.
i’d like to see the world through a gold fish’s eyes. i’ve recently seen yuwei qiu‘s animated short film called trapped fish and learned that a gold fish has only 7 seconds of memory. after just a short span of time everything becomes new again. and so i wish to be like a gold fish. i want to always feel and see things like it’s the first time all over again. if a gold fish has only 7 seconds of memory then it would never be tired of the same thing. it would be nice to be unfamiliar. so i could always be curious, always be fascinated.
This has been another grand birthday. It’s not like I threw the hottest party of the year or anything but I did find great things to be grateful for in just my seventeen years of existence. I have to admit, I almost wanted to just give up on life at some point and just get on a hippie van and live on the mountains but I realized that there are actually a lot of things that makes me want to keep going.
I am grateful for being alive. Life is a scary and beautiful thing and though it has been very tough and bitter, it has truly been a great privilege to be alive. For countless times I have questioned the meaning of my existence (welp, there goes the quarter-life existential crisis), searching for my purpose but was fruitless. I found my life completely pointless and I wanted to just give up and become a hippie (also because I want a hippie van heh) but I was wrong. I realized I don’t really have to think and worry about everything all at once. I don’t have to figure everything out. Maybe I will eventually but, really who has figured everything out? Let things happen and I’ll try to figure out what I can along the way. Besides, I’m just seventeen! I have a long way to go. Better embrace my youth while I still can. And by that I mean watch a lot of Disney, build a pillow fortress and eat all the ice cream I can. Cause I strongly believe that my only goal in life is to be genuinely happy, to die happy.
I am grateful for my mind and soul. Of course, you aren’t really alive if you don’t have an independent mind and soul. And it just fascinates me, realizing that I am actually a fully functioning human being I mean I’m not just merely existing you know, I could think and feel. And these things, though could be really scary and beautiful at the same time, these are what molded me into the person that I am right now. And I am confident enough to say that I have a beautiful mind and soul and I am grateful for that.
I am grateful for all the hardships and heartaches. (warning!: read at own risk there’s gonna be cliche metaphors and a lot of em too!)“Happy is the heart that still feels pain,” I couldn’t agree more to this quote. For countless times, I have cried and break. Sometimes I crumble and sometimes I explode. But I’d rather feel pain you see, than feel nothing at all. I’ve learned a lot from pain and these battle scars are my memento. These are my constant reminders that I’ve grown and nourished so much from everything I’ve been through. And I wouldn’t change a single thing about that.
I am grateful for all the people that I have in my life. I’ve been selfish and blind. All that self-loathing? Yeah that was completely pointless. Why? Cause I have all of you awesome people who loves me for the sole reason that, well… I am me. You showed me that I don’t have to be smarter, I don’t have to be prettier just for you guys to accept cause you already all do. My awesome family and friends, and awesome best friends of course. Whether they’ve been with me ever since or just for a short while, whether they stayed or just passed by, whether I met them in real life or just online, no words can express how truly grateful I am for having you guys. And I couldn’t ask for anything more. Thank you for being part of this one hell of a ride. It is truly a privilege!
The woman who loves me unconditionally from birth. The one who used to spend sleepless nights just to watch me sleep peacefully at night. Sure, she complains but I know she’ll never get tired of taking care of us. And she’ll never give up on us. I admire her. I admire how strong she is. Even with everything she’s going through right now she’s still able to smile and laugh and not just be the best mother but also the bestest best friend. I admire how she’s willing to sacrifice anything for us. I admire how patient she is with me and my sister even though we could be pretty stubborn sometimes. I admire how unconditional her love is. My mom is extraordinary. But words are never enough to define her.
Without my mom, I wouldn’t be where I am right now, cliche but that’s the truth. I always fail to show my parents how grateful I am for having them in my life and how much I appreciate them, so I want to let my mum know that this time I want to be the one to take care of her. I want to be the one to tuck her in bed at night and sing her to sleep. And that even if I get annoyed at her sometimes; like when she forces me to wear something I don’t like (heh) yeah that, despite all that, I will forever love her and I’m sorry if I don’t listen to you sometimes (okay maybe most of the time heh) but I will always look up to everything that you teach me. And no one in the world would ever come close to being you. No one could ever replace you.
Today is March 24, 2015, and 46 years ago, on this very same day, a very awesome person was born. And luckily enough, that person just so happened to be my PAPA. Every year on his birthday I write him a letter saying how much I love him and how much I appreciate him as a father. This year, I want it to be somehow different so instead I’m going to acknowledge how much of a great mentor he is to me and my sister. Yeah, he could be funny and humorous sometimes but he could also be really deep and poetic. He has taught us a lot; from math to music to life lessons. He’s just the best teacher I’ve ever had and me and my sister wouldn’t grow up to be the person that we are right now if it hadn’t been for my father’s advise and teachings. It’s something we always look up to and rely on in times when we’re clueless and confused. Of course, I have my own choices and views on things but it helped me grow and it molded me to what I am right now. So every time your dad (or even your mom) tells you something and gives you advice, listen or just put into consideration. Try to think about it and trust me, it helps.
Also, I wrote this blog post because I think it’s just sad that a lot of awesome dads (and also moms) out there aren’t shown enough appreciation because they aren’t famous, they aren’t royalty or some kind of superhero but that doesn’t make them less awesome and that definitely doesn’t make them insignificant. So if you have an awesome dad and you love him and you are proud of him, let the world know. Even if it isn’t father’s day or even if isn’t his birthday, let the world know. And more importantly, let him know.
So yeah I don’t wanna make this too long. Just wanted to throw this out there and show off my greatest mentor and tell him how much we love him and that no one could ever replace him. Not even Johnny Depp.
Wishing him a very happy birthday and good health always. Love you Pa! 🙂 ❤