I don’t usually leave comments in Youtube but discovering Booktube has made me braver in making comments since if focused on books. Once I made a comment in BookRiot and the a couple of weeks later Amanda Nelson (love her videos and Instagram posts) uploaded the video request. She didn’t mention my name but I was so happy that she fulfilled my request! Then a couple of weeks ago I asked Wina Wonders to make an Intimidating TBR tag video and when she uploaded the video she mentioned my name! I only know her as a Filipina booktuber and incredibly well-read so I was thrilled to see it. My first Youtube shout-out!!
For the past three weeks I have been reading the hefty Liveship Traders trilogy. I am almost finished with the third book and my brain is almost fried after almost 2K pages. I need to take a reading break! I want something fluffy! I want romance! I want to swoon! My brain wants to relax!
Also, my iPad mini is in the first stage of screen cancer. They have discontinued the iPad mini, right?
Dining Solo? I usually am engrossed with a book and not wearing Kate Spade. Every woman should dine alone with confidence!
I have pretty ignored the dubsmash phenomenon but it got interesting when Agents of SHIELD went up against Agent Carter. Now this is what we call bad blood!
There are two types of people in cafes. There are those who socialize and chill out with their friends, use the free wifi (if available) to check Facebook and Instagram. I used to do that while reading a book on my iPad and the last time I did was to escape the heat and brownout at home. Then I realized that all those coffees have started to accumulate. Why am I shelling out P100+ every weekend? If I wanted coffee, I could always buy a cheap decent black one at Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds. Or if the reason is to have a place to sit and read, I can always look for an ignored bench in unlikely places.
The second type in cafes are the ones that are seriously studying (usually medicine or law) or hunched over their laptops. I have been intrigued with those working on their laptops who obviously are not obsessively checking status updates in Facebook. Some were probably doing work on their business and only recently has it dawned on me that some of them have online jobs.
Right now I am in the middle of qualifications for an online job. I needed to finish an online test before Monday. During the weekend, I was slowly slogging on the questions with the spotty wifi at home. Then it suddenly went out so I hauled my laptop, ipad, handouts, etc. and went to Bo’s Coffee on Sunday afternoon. The place was packed but fortunately they had wifi but only one table (occupied) to plug my adapter. The wifi wasn’t that great and my application kept on fritzing out on me. An hour later I finally managed to move to the table to plug my adapter. My espresso crumble was already a distant memory. I left when it became obvious I wasn’t making headway with what I was doing. It is not cool to do online work in a café. Wifi is not reliable, limited power sockets, noisy, too many distractions, expensive and can be unhealthy (all those whipped cream topped drinks).
I usually get my book recommendations from goodreads but late last year I have started to watch a lot of YouTube videos about books. People who make these videos are usually called booktubers. I loved the videos where they listed the best books of 2014 which has prompted me to put some titles in my to-be-read list. Other videos are usually book hauls, book reviews, book wrap ups, unboxing, etc. There are booktubers who only read YA but I prefer those with diverse reading backgrounds. I want to read more scifi, more literary fiction, more graphic novels.
Though I hear the usual authors (Atwood, Sanderson, Murakami, etc), booktubers have made me aware of new authors. One such heavily mentioned name is Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I haven’t read any of her works which include Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah. She also gave a 2012 TEDx talk called “We should all be feminists.”
I did not realize that my data usage in my phone has been turned on. I was fiddling with it last weekend and somehow the option was enabled. So I used up the load the company gave me and also the P100 I loaded yesterday. So now I am using my own money, waiting for new load from the company.
I hate wasting money being careless!
Last Friday night when I was closing my laptop, the screen crashed heavily. I did not mind since I thought I just closed it too hard. Then the next day, I discovered that the right hinge was broken. The laptop was still functioning but the screen could not stand up anymore. To use it, I propped some books in the back. With all that has happened (broken plastic in the fan area and occasional flickering video) and the age of the laptop (6 years old!), I realized that it was time to buy a new one. With all the expenses I had for the past couple of months, I bought the cheapest Lenovo laptop in the store. It wasn’t fancy or lightweight but it will serve my purpose (videos, music & web). I have transferred all my files to my external drive so I am ready to finally say goodbye to my Acer laptop. I am giving it to my brother, I don’t know what he will do with it, won’t be the junk yard a better choice? What do you do with your old electronics? How do you dispose of them?
Aarghhh, this piece from my laptop just fell off! My laptop is old (6 years) and dying!