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If you have nothing to read, READ THIS!

I love books! I have so many books, ranging from philosophy to literature, from sciences to mathematics. However, I have to admit, because of my busy schedule, I have no time to read. But thanks to my boss that he had reintroduced me to the joy of reading and learning.

One of my favorites, among my little collection, is T. S. Eliot’s compilation of works, published by Harcourt. The copyright page read: 1951. A very rare collection, I had this book for only P150 ($3.46/Euros2.47) in one of the thrift shops in Manila. The storeowner, I think, knew the exact value of this book. Truly, a rare find to a bookworm like me!

Another one is my “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” 1922 edition; I bought it for around P30 ($0.69/Euros0.45). However, some pages were torn and that really ruined my heart. But I kept the copy anyway, hoping that in my book hunting, I could find a new one with complete pages!

One of my well-kept collections is Sigmund Freud’s quite thick book. It was translated by Dr. A. A. Brill; the copyright page says it was published in 1933. The cover was changed to hardbound.

Now you have a bird’s eye view of my collection. Are you envied yet? 😛

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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Random Thoughts

 

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Learning how to write

I have been in the writing or journalism business for nine years.

In 2001, I was hired as a proofreader for a Filipino newsweekly. I struggled to go up: I’ve been admitted to become their correspondent. My first paycheck’s worth Php.500 (US$11.54 in the current FOREX, but it’s lower,  I think that time). I was happy not only to see my byline but being paid to write a story.

Years have passed, I’ve been promoted to junior reporter, to senior reporter, then to section editor, until the print version of that newsweekly folds up in 2008. I did a short-time PR stint with a federation of government workers’ union, while continuously doing freelance writing with an international newsweekly, PINAS; the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Media Office; and Bulatlat.com.

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As I have said before, my dear readers (naks!), I get used to stiff writing. Journalism requires serious tone; the more serious the tone is, the more authoritative the article is. Until I came to realize that in the information marketing business, stiff writing is a big NO, NO.

Since you’re selling something to people, you need to be “friendlier” to them. You need to interact with them, engage them into a dialogue, and convince them to buy your product. In the news, you can’t do that. You need to be “impersonal,” meaning you need to detach yourself in the subject that you are writing. You can serve as the storyteller, but never a part of the story.

But in information marketing, it is otherwise. You need to get involved with your readers and build a rapport. In order to that, you need to learn how to converse through writing.

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I’ve asked my wife about my writing. And she casually said, “Masyado kasing formal. Masyadong seryoso.” And it’s true! Even my short stories, my essays, even my poems have this kind of tone. Maybe it’s my personality. Or am I just afraid of letting go my more “humane” side?

Yeah, I have to admit that going from serious to a complete joker gives me goosebumps. It brings me this kind of fear, that fear of losing the respect of my colleagues, my friends. However, change is inevitable. Even in the journalism world, the face of reportage is changing. They are more into this literary journalism—writing news in a way that is far different from the old ways.

Gee! I need to change or die. I need to cope, in order to survive. Charles Darwin, I am now listening! I need to be tough against my tough writing and to change it, relax it a little bit, in order to survive. Thank you so much about that…

It’s me,

N. S. B.

P. S. Thanks to Catherine, my very, very good friend for a nice chat today, in between breaks. I love you so much, Cathe! By the way, Happy International Women’s Day to you and the rest of the women who work to make this society better. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Random Thoughts

 

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Catching up on my reading

On my desk, you will find at least six (6) books about marketing and popular economics. No! I have not yet returned to the university and have my doctoral degree, silly! I am writing an e-book for the office’s clients. Yep, I am into long writing right now.

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When I was younger (I am still young, silly! I am only 30 y.o. and my birthday would be in December. It’s the only time that I would be officially 31. Yep, I am reaching my midlife. But I am proud of it! I hope that I have learned valuable lessons in the past. It’s hard to be called, “tumatandang paurong” or “tumatandang walang pinagkakatandaan.” In English, mature in age, but immature in thoughts and in deeds), I used to be in the library always. I am a typical bookworm. I love books! In our house in Antipolo, I have a small library there. My collections range from philosophy to mathematics.

Now, I am proud that I am reading again real books.

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In this era of information and communications technology, most of the people, especially the young ones depend heavily on the internet for their information and internet. Well, that’s globalization.  However, nothing can replace a true book to read or a real newspaper or magazine to browse.

I do believe that children should be introduced to both real and electronic reading materials and caution them about the validity or the truthfulness of some of the information in the internet. Although the internet offers lots of information, the veracity or the truthfulness of the information it’s offering should have always been verified. That’s the power of research.

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My office mate, Den, is now teaching me how to do S.E.O. I am excited about it! I know a little about the thing, but I admit, I am not an expert or a guru. Thanks for the help, Den!

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NEWS:

I am updating this blog very often, perhaps daily, after work. So, wait for the daily gossips! Ha-ha-ha! No, I am just kidding. I am also adding some of my “creative works” here. So keep watch! God loves us all!

It’s me,

N. S. B.

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Random Thoughts

 

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Rach

I was longing for her for months now. I lost my cellphones so, I can’t contact her. I am talking about my good friend, Rachelle M. Santos.

She gave me a buzz, in Yahoo! messenger and I was thrilled! It’s like, oh my God! It’s Rachelle, speaking to me. I love the girl. She’s not only beautiful, she also has a big, big heart.

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I met Rach some years ago at the MetroWalk, a watering hole for yuppies in the Ortigas area. I won’t detail here how did we meet. But it’s kinda spiritual. Anyways, the first time I saw her, it’s like “Wow!” who’s that beautiful girl, before my eyes. She’s with some friends. And from then on, we became friends not only friends but good, good friends.

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We are meeting one of these days, perhaps, after payday! Yipee! Can’t wait for my paycheck. He-he-he! I am still waiting for some money to come and I am praying hard that it would come the soonest. (Please na, Papa God, ibigay N’yo na po ‘yong mga stipend ko, please! I will be a good boy for life na!).

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Interested about Rach? Nope, she’s no longer available. He-he-he! Sorry guys and, uhm, my lezbo friends out there!

So that’s it for now. Ciao and have a blessed day!

It’s me,

N.S.B.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Random Thoughts

 

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