South Korea Day 5: Experiencing Korean Culture at the Village

October 26, 2017 Our fourth day in South Korea has been filled with awe and enchantment. I instantly fell in love with Nami Island but my first international adventure is just gathering steam. Our fifth and sixth days in Korea will be our last in the northern portion of the country as on Saturday, my […]

Book Review # 67: The Glass Palace

Book Specs Author: Amitav Ghosh Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Publishing Date: 2001 Number of Pages: 547 pages Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis An extraordinary epic, THE GLASS PALACE is a masterful novel of love, war and family and presents us with a band of memorable characters, spread across Burma, Malaya and India, and across three generations […]

Book Review # 48: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Book Specs Author: Carson McCullers Publisher: Mariner Books Publishing Date: 2000 Number of Pages: 359 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Psychological Fiction, Southern Gothic Synopsis Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of […]

Book Review # 47: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Book Specs Author: Italo Calvino Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Hardcourt Inc. Publishing Date: March 2016 Number of Pages: 260 pages Genre: Postmodernist Fiction   Synopsis If on a winter’s night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a […]

Book Review # 43: Smaller and Smaller Circles

Book Specs Author: F.H. Batacan Publisher: Soho Press, Inc. Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 357 Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Philippine Literature, Crime Fiction Synopsis Payatas, a 50-acre dump in northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part III)

This is a series. Check out the other parts below: Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I) Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part II) Mt. Bira-bira and Mt. Naulaw: Brief Respite While we were climbing down to Mt. Bira-bira, we snapped pictures on the numerous rock structures along the trail. Idyllic […]

Book Review # 38: On The Road

Book Specs Author: Jack Kerouac Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages:  408 pages Genre: Beatnik, Counterculture, Adventure Synopsis During three weeks in 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote the first draft of On the Road–typed as a long, single-spaced paragraph on eight sheets of tracing paper, which he taped together to form a scroll. Representing the […]