Reading about Andres Bonifacio always makes me sad. But this book somehow managed to make me smile.
I liked how this book - even if it is very short -...moreReading about Andres Bonifacio always makes me sad. But this book somehow managed to make me smile.
I liked how this book - even if it is very short - was able to give its readers a glimpse of Andres Bonifacio's life. And the way it was related to the readers. I thought that Andrew's conversation with Andoy was a brilliant touch.
This book made me wish we could, indeed, talk to our heroes. It would be very interesting I'm sure.
I recommend this book highly to everyone.
Rating: 5/5 for both the story and the art.
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I really loved this book. I just didn't think I'd love the songs more. Lol.
I'm already familiar with the stories but it was good, rereading them. Rig...moreI really loved this book. I just didn't think I'd love the songs more. Lol.
I'm already familiar with the stories but it was good, rereading them. Right after reading the book, I checked its blog because I was curious how the songs are like. After all, we can only read the lyrics in the book.
For those who want to listen to some of the songs, click here:
Don't Forget the Soap (And Other Reminders from My Fabulous Filipina Mother) by Marie Claire Lim Moore is easily the best memoir I’ve ever read. The s...moreDon't Forget the Soap (And Other Reminders from My Fabulous Filipina Mother) by Marie Claire Lim Moore is easily the best memoir I’ve ever read. The stories are truly inspiring, and happy, and so damned positive.
I was probably smiling the entire time I was reading this book. I have a lot of things going through my mind and the first one being that this is what happens when one isn’t afraid to take risks and go after what they wanted. Yes, the book speaks of balance in life but then, we could never deny that leaving the country and their (the author’s parents) family behind and going to an unfamiliar country was a huge risk. It took a lot of courage on their parents’ part for sure, so was making the decision to leave an already comfortable and happy life in Canada in exchange of a new one in New York. There was a lot of determination in there (not to mention hard work) and I guess that that’s what made Marie Claire’s parents so successful, and ultimately, Marie Claire herself, as well as her brother.
I also couldn’t help but think that a lot of their happiness and success were also due to the family members’ huge hearts. I know helping other people (whether or not you’re in dire straits), is hard. But in the end, one can never truly live and be truly happy if one doesn’t try to learn how to make a difference in other people’s lives.
In this life, it’s so easy to be cynical, but living a happy life takes a lot less toll physically and emotionally. We are already living in a world full of pain, why inflict them upon others needlessly? This is what the book tells us mainly, among a lot of other things.
I’m so glad I picked this book up. It gives off positivity. I’m not simply referring to the way the author writes her book. It’s not just the stories as well. Looking at the pictures in the book, one can easily tell that the author is truly a cheerful and vibrant person. And beside her is a supportive family starting with her wise parents.
I seriously love the author’s mom. And her father (I really find the Philippine Carinderia episode really, really amusing, lol). I would love to read more about Justin and the rest of the family.
This book also reminded me about a lot of things that I already know but have forgotten. It’s so easy to get caught up with some things and forget/cast aside the others.
Looking forward to reading the next book. ^__^
*I rate this 5/5 stars and I recommend this highly to everyone.
AUTHOR PROFILE: Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don't Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore.
**spoiler alert** Isinasalarawan ng aklat na ito ang buhay ni Melchora Aquino at kung paano sya naging bayani kahit ni hindi man lang sya humawak ng p...more**spoiler alert** Isinasalarawan ng aklat na ito ang buhay ni Melchora Aquino at kung paano sya naging bayani kahit ni hindi man lang sya humawak ng pluma at papel o kahit na ng gulok kailanman. Isang magandang patunay na kahit sino ay pwedeng maging bayani sa kani-kanyang sariling pamamaraan.(less)
This book was recommended to me by Sister Fatima of the Daughters of St. Paul.
Like every Filipino, I'm aware of St. Paul's story. Reading it in the gr...moreThis book was recommended to me by Sister Fatima of the Daughters of St. Paul.
Like every Filipino, I'm aware of St. Paul's story. Reading it in the graphic novel form, however, brings a different kind of reading experience for me. Although it makes for a quick read, the book successfully conveyed how regretful Paul was for his transgressions.
The first volume of the series showed how remarkably good Saul was at his "job": persecuting Jesus' followers. He was not only very good at it, he was also very passionate about it for he truly believed that death is the payment for those who have "sinned". He was a merciless man. He believed that death was the only way the "sinners" will be purified. Later on, he will change his ways but will be haunted by his former group due to his defection.
The first book of the series concluded by showing several kids who were reading (in awe) the passage that Paul has written about love [1 Corinthians 13:4]. (less)
It shows the readers the deepest secrets and pains of each of the characters in the story--that of a father's, a sibling...moreThis extra is such a cryfest.
It shows the readers the deepest secrets and pains of each of the characters in the story--that of a father's, a sibling, a son, a noble, a lover, a best friend, even those who have been exalted and "chosen" have their own set of troubles.
This is just but a glimpse of a part of their lives that made and shaped them into who they are right now: hurt, lost, but still compassionate. Not everyone can be like that, only strong people could--the ones who were able to form a bond with others--only them alone can find the love and the strength within to protect someone and stand firm no matter what happens.(less)