Life Update

So, I haven’t written that much and I know it’s really crappy to just say I’ve been busy.  It’s the truth though:  I have been busy with life.  That’s what hit me.  And it hit me good.

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll know that in the last ten months, I got married, moved, and am now a housewife.  It’s so far from what I had imagined or even planned out, but like I said, it has been a good life.  It is also a drastically different one, which brings me to move some things around, literally and figuratively.

When I started this blog, it was chronicling everything that I have been doing.  Some time in the past, it became a melancholic release.  With the demise of my father, it has been a pretty good outlet.  This blog has transformed almost as much as I have and it’s time for another change.  It has been a lot of change, and it would be such a disservice to this outlet of mine to not change with me.  Do you understand what I mean?

So that’s where we’ll restart.  From the beginning of the change.  It may be a long trek but please bear with me, as you have for the past years.  Considering the ups and downs my life has gone through, this has to be the highest point so far and it’s been going on for ten months.  And I’ll be damned if I don’t share this height with you.

Thank you for being so patient, and thank you for joining this change. :)


Got time for a survey and some $20?

UPDATE:  16 May 2015

Just in case it’s not yet obvious, I’ve extended the promo till I complete the survey responses. :)  For those who have stayed in the Philippines, please fill out this survey here:

Thank you! <3
UPDATE:  8 May 2015
I’m at the edge of my seat and almost desperate to get respondents.  So if I left a message/comment on your blog, I would like to confirm that I am not spam. Hahaha.
I am still about 350 responses away, please please WordPress family, help me graduate? ❤️❤️❤️ 
Thank you!
Original Post:
If you travel — around the world, in Asia, in the Philippines, wherever, basically travel travel travel — please do me a solid, help me out and fill out my survey as part of my final marketing campaign for graduate school.   
I promise it will be quick, at most just five minutes of your time.

And just for kicks, I’ll throw in a reward too.  If I reach 500 responses on or before May 10, 2015 4:00PM GMT+08:00, I will raffle off a $20 Amazon Gift Card.  Just don’t forget to leave a note or comment on this post, so I can include your name in the raffle.

I know I raised the stakes with $20 and all (chuckle) but please let’s do our best to leave bogus respondents out of my research.  Data harvest clean = yay research cred. :)

You’ve been with me all this time, since I started this grad school journey.  I’d love to finish this off with you. :)

But seriously.  Thank you very very much in advance.  Sincerely thank you.  Oh and don’t forget to spread the word!


<3 Carla

The Mockingbird and The Watchman

So here’s the thing: some time last week, the booksphere erupted with the news of Harper Lee releasing another book.

HARPER LEE.  The author who has lived so close to anonymity in spite of her BRILLIANT “To Kill A Mockingbird” becoming an instant classic and home library staple.  The woman who never wrote another book.  The auteur known for her simplicity and quietness.


Harper Lee in 2007

I, along with the reading half of the populace including our ultra hipster aunt Babeth, exploded with joy.  Naturally, I immediately pestered Le Beau to get us copies of Go Set A Watchman on its release date July 14.  I was so giddy until I read article after article speculating that Lee’s agent and publisher might have pressured her to release the manuscript.  Here and here and here.

Supposedly, Watchman was written before Mockingbird.  Publishers then liked Mockingbird so Watchman took a back seat. So many people questioned “why now”, “are you sure” and “did she really decide on publishing” that it actually dampened my enthusiasm.

What if they’re right?  What if these people just took advantage of her simplicity and naivete that if I bought and read the book, I am effectively feeding their greed?  But I really want that book.  Mockingbird is one of the reasons why I fell in love with reading in the first place.  It is the only book I refuse to buy for myself because it’s my library and my bookstore book.  You know, walk in a library or a bookstore, pick out a book to read while you’re there.  That’s Mockingbird for me.

I think I almost chewed off my lip, actually rethinking about making Le Beau line up for that book, when I read this editorial from the New Yorker.

Harper Lee and the Benefit of the Doubt by Lee Siegel

Allow me to share a few excerpts that pretty much summarized my internal debate about this whole debacle:

Somewhere in the hysteria that has greeted news of the sequel there is an acute awareness of artistic value, of the past and of what we owe the past, and of an individual’s precious singularity. When all the hysteria dies down, and those fine sentiments come to the fore, “Watchman” might well receive the same gift that Atticus Finch gave to Tom Robinson, and which Lee, in such a trivial context, once gave to me: the benefit of the doubt.

I’m sure I want to read the Watchman, I really am. I hope these rumors and loud speculations are soon put to rest, even for the feeble reason like a less guilt ridden future purchase. Harper Lee is one of the most admired authors of all time, and her success and life could easily be the model and envy of many. It would really hurt — LIKE TO THE CORE — if anyone tries to tamper with that.