Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Christopher Paolini's Eldest

The second book of the Inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini (the first book was Eragon, I read it over the summer) is now available in the Philippines! =) (The book was out by August 23 in the US.) It's still not available in Powerbooks and National Bookstore though. The hardcover copies of Eldest won't be available in those bookstores until sometime in September (my month!). But paperback copies are already available in Ink&Stone and A Different Bookstore. =) I bought my copy in Ink&Stone in The Podiun just last night with Peter. =) I haven't started reading it yet because I was really sleepy last night and I really should do some work today (not that I've done any work yet today, haha). But I think I'll start reading it tonight. =) Well, I want to start reading it tonight. =) But I should also/want to start reading A Wrinkle In Time...

There's already a website for the movie of Eragon (www.eragonmovie.com). There isn't much in the website yet, but I'm glad it's there and of course it will have new features soon. =)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Special Hello

A special hello to Rachel, Soo-Min, Kelly, Ibo, Muhammet, Nur, Yosuke, Ken, Pra, Nai, and Ji-Su. =) =) =) Hi also to Onur, Suat, Kadir, and Numan. =) Please keep in touch! =)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

What's New With Tarie

So what's new with me? Well, lately I haven't been in the mood to blog. Maybe it's because I've been too busy to blog or too impatient to blog because of all the other things I need to do. Maybe it's because nothing exciting has happened to me lately. Or maybe it's because I'm not excited about life lately. =( I feel like all I ever do is work. I really want a break/vacation. I want to travel. I want to read more for leisure.

Well, so what is new with me? Module A for the IELP of the ALLC is ending next week. There will be a one week "hiatus" then Module B will begin. CY wants to bow out of Module B to work on her MA papers. Honestly, I need time to work on my MA papers too. But I also need and want the money I'll get for/from Module B, so I'll still teach for Module B. That is, of course, if Ma'am April will have me. =) Tina tells me to suffer from a hectic schedule with teaching Ateneo classes AND Module B for the IELP AND my MA work so that I can have money to have a nice sem break. I guess the money will be worth it. =) I can buy new clothes (which I badly need) and I can travel during the sem break. Plus, I do have to help my mom out financially every once in a while.

It was Isaac's birthday yesterday (August 19) and it will be CY's birthday exactly one week from now (August 27). Corinne's birthday is August 28. Happy Birthday Isaac, CY, and Corinne! =) =) =) Isaac, CY, and I will celebrate next week. =) I guess I can't blog about my gifts for my friends cause they might read this and that will ruin everything. =)

Yesterday was also the third year anniversary of my first date with Peter. =) We celebrated it on Thursday though (August 18) because he had work yesterday. We ate an early dinner in China Star in The Podium (the food was good, but not spectacular and the service was bad), then we watched Must Love Dogs in Megamall. I was pretty smug while watching Must Love Dogs because Peter and I already found each other! ;) I think it was a good anniversary celebration. =) I think we were both reminded of how much we love each other. =) My anniversary gift for Peter was numbers 1-10 of The X-Men comic books. He bought me a nice blouse that I've wanted for some time now. =)

The book I'm reading now is French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret to Eating for Pleasure. =) I'm enjoying reading it. =) I find the book fun, interesting, and helpful. I'm enjoying learning about the food/eating culture in France and the book is giving beautiful, pleasurable, practical, and fuss-free/hassle-free/relatively easy tips for losing weight, getting healthier, living well, and enjoying shopping for food/cooking/eating. The book even includes wonderful, simple, and delicious recipes. I think that following the French philosophy (yes, PHILOSOPHY) for food will prove to be very helpful, rewarding, healthy, and pleasurable. The hard part will be adjusting. Because right now, for obvious reasons, I am eating the American and Filipino ways. But so far those ways are not the healthiest for me, so it wouldn't hurt if I try the French way. =)

I'm in the English department of Ateneo right now. I was just working with Charlene on some paperwork due next week for our IELP class. I'll go home now to have dinner and continue reading French Women Don't Get Fat! I'm really enjoying it and learning from it! =)

P.S. My dad is here from the States...

Friday, August 12, 2005

I know I know, I should blog more often...

I'm sorry I haven't been able to blog regularly. =( I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince a couple of weeks ago and I wasn't able to blog about what I think of the book (and I promised to). Let's just say that I cried while reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I hate J.K. Rowling and I'm disturbed about how dark the Harry Potter books are becoming. I was depressed after reading the book. It really affected me and I had trouble concentrating on work for at least a week. My heart aches for Harry =( ...I'm still a fan of the Harry Potter books and I enjoyed reading book 6, but I have a lot of complaints about how the series is getting gloomier and gloomier. (I think a lot of the negativity is unnecessary! For example, why did Harry and Ginny have to break up? Voldemort can still use her against Harry even if she is just a friend!) J.K. Rowling stabs her readers in the heart... and then pours salt over the wound! I don't want to blog about Harry Potter anymore. =(

I've been busy with teaching for the English department and the ALLC and with my MA class. I don't have a life outside of work anymore (for example I don't have enough time to blog or to read the blogs of my friends). =( I don't have a social life. I need a vacation. I want to go to Bali, Indonesia and I want to go to Turkey...