Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
from Leaves of Grass (1892)
Oh my god! I cannot believe how lucky I was to stumble upon a warehouse sale in this forsaken city. Buying this much books for under 1000 pesos is a miracle. I just wish there were more bookstores around the city, it would be a dream come true.
Several titles are classics, I think anyone would recognize, Austen, Dante, and Dickens. A few others are modern classics while the rest are just the books that my mother, my sister, and I gravitate towards.
A game where tension is built and doubts and tricks placed at every nook and cranny. Twists and turns are sufficient by placing the characters into a setting of a mind game playing field. One side is a team of officials from London and a renowned terrorists and British agent on the other is a powerful Mafia family from Italy.
Delivery of the story of the past that was pivotal in the story as it was the starting and end point of all things. It was narrated as the story was flowing and revealed slowly but effectively allowing the characters to tell the readers what was and what is. I read another adventure thriller novel before this and I hated how the history which was the drive of the story was laid out in big blocks of text that occupy a page or two, and then the characters will discuss how that piece of information is important. I hated that style.
The one negative that I’d like to point out is that Hannah Bernstein was not given as much character development and action as I thought she should have. She was there to help the Brigadier but all she was told to do were to make phone calls and ‘hold the fort’. I liked her from the start, cool and collected, approved of her comments on Dillon, her boss, and their mission, and certainly wished she had a bigger role to play. I would have liked for Bernstein to use her mind more and her knowledge of the mind, after all it was mentioned she had a degree in Psychology.
It was not a wow book but definitely not a disappointment. It was a quick read for me so that would say that it at least kept me wanting to finish the story until the end.
One superpower I would like to have is being able to speak the different languages of the world, be it modern, old, or forgotten. There are words, phrases, and sentences whose meanings are sometimes lost in translation – especially if that word is only available in the context of a certain language.
Yesterday I attempted at dyeing my hair purple. I really want a rich deep-violet plum colored hair. So I headed straight to Watsons and bought a box of Revlon Colorsilk in34 Deep Burgundy. I have thick, black black black hair so of course I’m not expecting grape colored hair. I’m a noob with regards to dyeing hair, so…
With the help of my ninang (godmother? I think?), we managed to color my whole head of hair using only one box. The instruction booklet said if hair is longer than shoulder length, you might need to boxes of the dye mixture. My hair is almost waist length, add to that the thickness and we got a problem.
Fast forward (after 5 hours of soaking) I rinsed and conditioned my hair, and the result was still black with deep reddish purple hints. It’s not plum, it was a big disappointment but I’m taking this as step 1 in the whole ‘Road to Plum Hair’ journey I have started. Maybe I should use that to tag posts about attempts at plum hair. It’s going to be difficult because I don’t want to bleach my hair, seeing it can be damaging. And I don’t really want to get rid of the black, I just want plum for a while, like half a year?
Although, I have to give it Revlon that their product smells amazing! Both the coloring dyes and the conditioner. Also did a bit of research after this failure, and found out that there I should have used Japanese or Korean or other Asian brands to dye my hair because they’re specifically formulated for Asian hair.