J. K. Rowling’s new book!

I woke up today to some glorious news:  J. K. Rowling finally announced the title and release date of her new book!

The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first adult book.  It’s also her first work outside of the Harry Potter universe.  According to Times Live, the book will be “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.”

My pants are on fire!  Boogie dance!

Here are some more general details about the book:

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it at first seems.  And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.  Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

I am excited very much with this news.  I am such a book freak!  Or rather Harry Potter freak.  Whatevs.  I know you’re excited too.

The book is set to be released worldwide on September 27.  I wonder if the Philippines gets to have an earlier date, just like the movies…

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It was a good day after all.

So the past few days, I’ve been complaining a lot about being sick.  It was actually the second worst new year’s welcome that I had (the worst was when a firecracker hit my leg, leaving a scar forever in my life).  Coughing and sniffling and wheezing and then nauseous, it wasn’t a party.

Imagine how much worse I felt when I still didn’t have a planner for the year!  It’s not that I’m an organized person; I just included being organized on my resolutions and then the one thing to aid me in doing so is nonexistent!  I went and called practically all bookstores in the area just to get my much wanted Moleskine Weekly Planner with a horizontal layout.  Nada.

My heart was breaking.  In my head, I just might feel better if I went to church.  So I did.  Right after the service, I walked to Powerplant Mall to cool down and look around (everything was on sale).  I went to National Bookstore, approached the Moleskine rack and voila.

As if I were so lucky, this one was right in the middle of the display rack.  I didn’t even think about it.  If there weren’t so many people in the store, I would have done a happy dance.  I marched up the cashier and rang the bell for some fantastic customer service.  Also, because of some promo, I also got to take home a small storage box.  How about that!? :)

I thought it was best to celebrate it with a meal of my choice, so I went up one floor, and my favorite coffee spot was there, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  I ordered comfort food right away.

I can’t help it; I looooove their Greek Salad.  I honestly believe their serving sizes went waaaay up since last year.  It wasn’t always filled to the brim, but since around May 2010, there seems to be more of everything!  I love it.  And I paired it with my favorite brewed tea of theirs, Southern Blend Iced Tea.

After fifteen minutes, my plate looked like this.

PG na PG ang peg!  Hahahaha.  I love their stuff, I’m not kidding at all!

Anyway, Ted was quick to pick me up, and we got to talking about Daniel, our youngest brother.  Right now, since he’s almost like a freelancer, he has no jobs lined up yet, so I gave him a challenge last night.  If he can clean my room — closets, shoes and books included — I will give him PhP1,000.  We were just talking about it, and according to Ted, Daniel was thinking about doing it.

Now I don’t mind paying him for that kind of service.  My room… leaves a lot to be desired.  It used to have a big floor, but when Chuchi visited last week, there was a good enough space for her to talk five steps forward and backward, side to side.  Hahahaha.

When we got home, I saw this on my door.

And when I opened it, I saw what I have not seen for the past 6 months (not a joke or an exaggeration):  THE FLOOR.

I never really thought I had that much space!  I couldn’t really get a good shot without everyone in it, because they were just all so excited to see that I have a clean room!  My brother was not even shy to show his exhaustion in cleaning it up.  And also, he arranged most of my shoes on the new shoe rack.  He obviously crammed it — and I later on rearranged it to my liking — but what the heck.  It looks great!

Then there’s a ribbon on my closet door.  I untied it and it showed this.

I know it doesn’t seem too organized from the photo but he recognized my system.  I put the clothes I most recently wore at the extreme right, and the ones folded underneath them are the clothes that I barely wear.

I pulled out my lingerie drawer and even that is neatly arranged in rows!  Hahahaha.  I believe I have forever scarred my brother by making him fix my knickers. :)

All this for a price of PhP1,000.  I added PhP200 more for tip, because you can LITERALLY eat off the floor.  Sobrang linis, nakakaloka.

First thing I did?  Curled up in my bed and took out this book, in hopes of it lulling me to sleep.

Of course that failed and I ended up reading about 45 pages of it, but then again, it was a good way to turn the day around.  So filled with surprises.

I could get used to this. :)

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This was supposed to be posted last night, but PLDT once again failed to provide the Internet connection that comes with a PhP2,000 monthly bill.  WHAT THE FUCK PLDT?!  Globe, Sun, and Sky Broadband, please do something to improve your coverage in Las Pinas City.  There is more than one household itching to transfer service providers.  Thank you very much. 

100 Challenge

Remember my post a few days back?  My desire to lose weight and adapt a healthier lifestyle made me want to do the 100 challenge.  Admittedly, I’ve been doing the second one more often, even if I will not go to the gym that day.  But when I saw in the 360 Fitness website the result of more circuit training to one of their members, I’ve decided to do the same.

It’s not that I’m not happy with my body.  I’m not happy with how it looks.  I compare myself a couple of years back to the one I see in the mirror now, and although others will say that the weight gain made me look “better”, it definitely did not make me feel healthier.  I always feel tired and heavy and burdened somehow.  Worse, unlike before, I am having a hard time staying on my heels for more than four hours.  AND I LOVE MY HEELS!  So yeah.  There.

Maybe you could do the 100 challenge too.

Guess who’s turning 1

We were in Antipolo over the weekend and we did a mini pictorial!  Hahahaha.  Here’s one of them.

To all friends and family, wait for your save the date!  Chuchi is growing up pretty quick. :)

Last Friday Night

I normally don’t go out.  For some that may seem surprising, considering how loud I am, but really I am more of a sisig and beer kind of person.  Relaxing and just talking in a pub/bar/bistro.  I’m good with a buffet dinner, some drinks, in a good table with couches, ambient lighting and soothing music.

So imagine my surprise when I let my St. Scho ladies drag me to Izakaya last night!  It was a completely different scene for me.  I now I’m old, but yeah.  Hahahahaha.  This was something I don’t usually do.  :)

It all started at Baja Mexican Cafe (?) in Greenbelt 3.

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