Book of the Week: Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the ShoreHey you!

It has been a busy week for me. Was in and out of Manila Medical Center for another set of tests and while waiting for the results, I gladly returned to my books and my newfound hobby (brush lettering) to distract me from the crazy anticipation.

This week’s book is Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Ever since a friend introduced me to Murakami’s works, I was immediately drawn to his weirdness. If there is such a thing as books as security blankets, Murakami’s works (together with that of Coelho and Rice) would be my snuggly comforter! 😉

I have read and re-read and re-read and re-read this book for so many times but since I have a memory of the fish, this book still gets me. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. My copy of this book has soo many dog-eared pages (almost every other page) because Murakami is just so wondrous with his words. If you would like to be lost in his eccentricity, this book is the first one that you should read.

So… Kafka.

This story is about Kafka Tamura and the complexity of his teenage life as he borders into a surreal world full of signature Murakami weirdness. The story line deals with family issues, finding one’s self and weird synchronicity of events around us. Johnnie Walker and Colonel Sanders also make a cameo, haha! I am particularly drawn to this book because the character himself, Kafka, is so engrossed with books! I also love the intellectual banter between another character Oshima and Kafka when they are discussing about books (reminds me of my book club, hehe)

So without further ado, here are my favorite quotes (ughh, among hundreds in the book, maybe) —

Sometimes, fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps on changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn . Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. 

The things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence. 

You’re afraid of imagination. And even more afraid of dreams. 

There’s an essential order you have to follow in everything. 

Only people who’ve been discriminated against can really know how much it hurts. 

Each person feels the pain in his own way, each has his own scars. 

A life without revelation is no life at all. 

The process of writing was important. Even though the finished product is meaningless. 

I could seriously just go on but that would be unfair as I would deprive you of the beauty of this book – the amazing word play that only Murakami can juxtapose. So go ahead, rush to the nearest bookstore and lose yourself… on the shore.

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Hmmm… wedding season is finally here and it is the perfect time to plan yours! Most couples choose the dates February – June for their wedding because the sun is up (well, except for June maybe) so you can cross out one headache on your list – the chances of rain ruining your little party.

Most couples would take around one year to plan their wedding. In my case, three years ago, I got engaged in September and we tied the knot by June the following year. In hindsight, there are many things that I would have wanted to improve, little details that I could have pored on but then, it was crazy fun so it’s hard to mull over the little things.

My wedding was as beautiful as it was because of my suppliers (I will go through each of them in a while). Your suppliers can make or break your special day so take time to research and remember,  choose wisely.

I have mentioned one too many times in this blog that I only write about the brands and people that I trust and I just would like to endorse this wonderful woman who makes a lot of weddings in Bacolod as wonderful as she is – meet Mom Ellen of Personal Touches. If my wedding took place in my hometown, she would have run the show.

Go check out Mom Ellen and her booth at the Weddings around the World at Robinsons Place Bacolod until May 10 or visit her Facebook page here>>

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So now, just taking a little time to thank my suppliers and hopefully, you’d get them in your BIG DAY!

My ever-reliable coordinator turned achi Chris of Planners Plus,

the now-super-popular Atom Ungson for our emcee (haha!),

Atom Ungson

our brilliant photographer Bogs Ignacio <see my photos here>>,

Corporate Junkie 9

my videographer of course, Jason Magbanua>>

Kuya Pao of Grilled Cheese Studios for my Save-The-Date video>>

my very simple gown perfectly executed by Czarina Villa>>,

Wedding Gown

this was the designed that I wanted and was made perfect by Cherry Blossoms Cakes

Wedding Cake

scrumptious food, mobile bar (kept everyone happy) and my sunset venue set up by KbyCunanan,


and the highlight of it all, our one-of-a-kind reggae band, Roots of Nature (now they call themselves 3rd Nature) — who everybody just loved so much that we finished partying at 3 am! Hahaha!

3rd Nature

I think the husband enjoyed as everyone did 😉


Bogs Ignacio – Wedding Photographer

This blog has never been about sponsored posts. I talk about my good and bad experiences here and the people, products and places that I feature are the ones that I have really connected with.

Last Friday, one of my best friends, Aby got hitched with another friend, Vince. It was a very lovely wedding with Aby poring on every detail to make things as perfect as they can be.

Today, I saw this photo from their photographer who was also my wedding photographer years back. I am just in awe of the talent of this amazing, down-to-earth man.


When I see wedding photos, I always reminisce about the day I had my own wedding. Most of my decisions have been really great (hehe, let’s not talk about the ones I have made palpak with)  but if there is one supplier I would endorse to all those who are wanting to get married, it is to work with Mr. Bogs Ignacio for their wedding. <3

I suuuper love Bogs! He is super easy to work with. He will coach you with the poses and is never intimidating.

Here are some of our own shots during our prenup shoot 3 years ago at Lakeshore Pampanga.

This man can really work magic! Check out all his other works below and enjoy! 🙂

Bogs Ignacio Photography


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