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17
Jan
11

Book Review: Mr Darcy Takes A Wife

Review on: Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

Rating: 4.5/5

A novel following a novel. Mr Darcy Takes a Wife is a story all on its own, following the events that happen after the Pride and Prejudice book. Definitely a love story come true through another book, Berdoll is able to bring to life the world of Elizabeth Bennet as she weaves together a story that does not bring shame to Austen’s original tale.

What awaits in Mr Darcy Takes a Wife is not just a quick glimpse of what happens once Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy are married, but is able to give the reader a glimpse into the good things that happen in their marriage, as well the problems that they encounter. Not just the Darcy’s, but it also includes the lives of the Bingley’s and the other Bennet sisters. What’s more, Berdoll brings into the story a side of reality that includes a bit of history, incorporating the problems of Britain with Napoleon’s European conquests as well as other aspects of the society the Pride and Prejudice world revolves around. This is not just a story from the perspective of Elizabeth, but also from Fitzwilliam’s as well as even Georgina Darcy’s points-of-view.

If you’re looking for a story that you can quickly read through, this book is not it. Not only does the novel include the passing of many years within the Darcy’s marriage, the way Berdoll writes it makes it feel like the book in itself is an authentic continuation to Pride and Prejudice. Using language and mannerisms from Austen’s time, Berdoll allows the reader to be absorbed into a completely different world. The introduction of various new characters, as well as the re-introduction of original characters, whose stories bring mystery and drama into the Darcys’ lives leaves the readers begging for more.

Despite the almost authentic feeling the book brings, the novel in itself can be quite dragging at certain points in the story. Because of the introduction of various new characters, Berdoll has to create new stories for these characters, and it at times creates confusion within the story, especially when these characters have to by some hand of fate, become involved with the main characters. Also, due to the development of many characters because of the number of years that pass within the story, and also due to the imagination of Berdoll, it may leave readers wondering if certain original characters really do act the way Berdoll writes them out to be.

Personally though, I am quite in love with the way the story pans out. Though it may cause some confusion at times, the way the story makes me feel as I turn page by page, especially when I can almost imagine the story unfolding before my very eyes, it’s quite amazing really. Like a whole new story in itself, readers can truly see the effort and time Berdoll puts into making the book as true (to Pride and Prejudice) as possible, without sacrificing her imagination and integrity as her own writer.

Definitely one of the best Pride and Prejudice sequel books I’ve read so far. I’ve already begun reading the second part of this series…..:)

17
Jan
11

Ateneo Celadon: Chinese Spring Film Festival 2011


The Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute in partnership with Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza has once again organized the Spring Film Festival of Chinese films at the Shang Cineplex from January 26- February 1, 2011 the Shang Cineplex  (Premiere Theater)

The screening schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
MULAN (1:47) 7:30-9:20PM

Thursday, 27 January 2011
FOREVER ENTHRALLED (2:20) 2.00-4.20PM
THE GRAND RIVER (1:37) 4:50-6:30PM
MULAN (1:47) 7.00-8.50PM
THE QUEEN OF COOKING (1:30) 9.20-10.50PM

Friday, 28 January 2011
THE GRAND RIVER 2.00-3.40PM
MULAN 4.10-6.00PM
THE QUEEN OF COOKING 6.30-8.00PM
FOREVER ENTHRALLED 8.30-10.50PM

Saturday, 29 January 2011
THE QUEEN OF COOKING 2.00-3.30PM
THE GRAND RIVER 4.00-5.40PM
FOREVER ENTHRALLED 6.10-8.30PM
MULAN 9.00-10.50PM

Sunday, 30 January 2011
THE QUEEN OF COOKING  2.00-3.30PM
FOREVER ENTHRALLED 4.00-6.20PM
THE GRAND RIVER 6.50-8.30PM
MULAN  9.00-10.50PM

Monday, 31 January 2011
FOREVER ENTHRALLED  2.00-4.20PM
THE QUEEN OF COOKING 4.50-6.20PM
MULAN 6.50-8.40PM
THE GRAND RIVER  9.10-10.50PM

Tuesday, 1 February 2011
THE GRAND RIVER 2.00-3.40PM
FOREVER ENTHRALLED 4.10-6.30PM
THE QUEEN OF COOKING 7.00-8.30PM
MULAN 9.00-10.50PM

Sponsors of this festival include the Confucius Institute, Credit Suisse Bank, Flexo Manufacturing Corporation, Hyundai Asia Resources Incorporated, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Richwell Trading Corporation, Pfizer, Fortmed Medical Clinics Incorporated, Redpeak Capital Holdings Incorporated and Remal Enterprises Incorporated.

For more information, please call Ateneo Leong Center 426-6001 local 5208-5209; 5280. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at 633-2227.

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Re-posting from the Ateneo website.

18
Aug
10

Event: Arrow Philippines 10th Anniversary Raffle

ARROW 10TH ANNIVERSARY RAFFLE PROMOTION

Mechanics:

> Get one (1) raffle coupon with every Php3000 single-receipt purchase, cash or credit. Valid for boutique purchases only.

> Customer must legibly write his/her full name, complete address, landline and mobile numbers, email address and affix signature on the raffle coupon stub and drop it in designates boxes at all ARROW boutiques nationwide.

> Promo runs from August 1 to October 31, 2010. Deadline for submission of entries is on October 31, 2010.

> Raffle will be held on November 14, 2010 in the presence of a DTI representative.

06
Aug
10

Contest: 1st Nationwide Cyberzone Cosplay Tour

Please take note of the deadline for registration if you’re interested in participating.

Full Mechanics here.

Register here.

05
Aug
10

The beginnings of a Jane Austen collection

Some people attribute a love of certain movies to their book counterparts. It’s wonderful albeit sometimes disappointing to find movies that try to live up to the stories, characters, plot that is set-up and given thorough detail in the book. For this certain case though, I’d like to share that the opposite happened to me. My discovery of the book, and later on the author, is all thanks to a movie.

I became a fan of Victorian, Regency Era-related literature back in High School when my friend introduced Romance Novels to me. I found them short but fun, interesting and very much appealing to my then (and ever-present) romantic self. I read book after book after book whenever one was available. However, my first encounter with this certain book at that time discouraged me from reading further. For an English class, one of our choice for books was Sense and Sensibility, which I was very excited to start on. Soon after I started though, it was obvious that I could not devote the time nor the concentration to actually find interest in the book and finish it. So I stopped after a few pages and decided to choose another book. After all, if it was Regency Era I was attracted to, my short and not so difficult romance novels were always there.

I thought I had given up on Jane Austen. That bad start made me think that I was probably not fit to read Austen books. To each their own, since each person has a certain genre or theme of books they like to read. Maybe, Austen books weren’t my thing. That was what I thought, till I watched Pride and Prejudice (2005 – Keira Knightley version). When I first watched it, I cannot remember. But it was like love at first sight.

Ever since then, I’ve been actively (not obsessed), pursuing my still-growing love for Jane Austen’s works. This is my collection so far…

Continue reading ‘The beginnings of a Jane Austen collection’

20
Jul
10

Bloggers at Real Home Ideas5 Launch

I’ve always been an avid fan of interior design and architecture. It could be because I have uncles who are engineers and architects, and we really make a living out of designing stuff like houses and buildings. Or maybe, it’s just really me. In fact, on tumblr, I follow a few blogs that showcase different pictures of room layouts and the like, as contributed by people from around the world of course.

It fascinates me, all these different themes and designs and ideas. So last June 23, when fellow blogger Fran Haw-Ang invited us to the launching of Real Living magazine’s Real Home Ideas5: Small Space Solutions, I was beyond thrilled. You see, our home is like a mini-dump (to some extent). It’s not messy-messy, but it could be cleaner if you know what I mean. My family, we’re a bunch of pack rats, we find it really difficult to throw away things, which leads to clutter of old things around the house that don’t really get used but take up loads of space. Also, my “moving” to Beijing for my studies means that I’ll live in a dorm or an apartment which is smaller than what I’m used to, so knowing how to layout and organize my belongings will be a big plus.

Back to the event.

The launching of the event included displays of 3 different room situations, making use of small spaces for productive layout-ing. The idea of the book launch was how to make the most out of small spaces, especially for people who live in apartments and condominiums and don’t have much space to work with. With over 200 pictures and over 100 decor ideas, the magazine gave tips to readers about how to arrange their living spaces. As the press release states:

“The book is divided into three parts. The first chapter deals with different kinds of small homes and allows the reader to identify which type is most identical to the one he or she owns. The second chapter is all about small space tricks, which gives storage and furniture layout ideas. The third and last chapter gives tips on how a homeowner can go about renovating a small space and what to remember before retouching a small space home.”

Real Home Ideas 5 (picture c/o Real Living/Summit Media)

With various themes and ideas in the book, readers can be inspired to re-design their own living spaces, whether or not they live in small or big spaces. During the event, the various interior designers who presented their ideas for various living spaces also answered some questions regarding personal living space issues.

At the event, 3 different designers presented their own small design concepts. The first was a living room concept with an Asian feel. A combination of various Asian pieces. The next was a dining room concept with simple colors that give the space a somewhat distinguished feel. It’s amazing how the simple pieces make the space look so classic. Lastly, the last space which was for the bedroom, allowed attendees to see how a bed can be made from just about anything. In order to allow room for more creativity, the designer didn’t use a frame but used a mirror instead, which is creative since mirrors allow for rooms to look much larger than they actually are. Also, large pillows made the bed look some like posh bachelorette’s pad. [See pictures below]

Living Room

Dining Room

Bedroom

Overall, it was definitely a wonderful event. As I browsed through the magazine, I was able to catch sight of some things I might want to look for at SM HomeWorld, since the event was sponsored by SM HomeWorld. I never knew they had such items. Time to consider getting some of those things and replacing some stuff at home. For when I come back from Beijing of course. Who knows how soon or how far away that is.

20
Jul
10

Event: Dokissaten Cafe goes Coffee Prince

Dokissaten Cafe goes Coffee Prince at the Kpop and Culture Fest on August 8, 2010. Serving you 10am-830pm at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall, Building A.

Date/Time: August 8, 2010, 10am-830pm

Venue: Kpop and Culture Fest at SM Megamall

Visit Dokissaten’s site.

Update as of August 7, 2010:

From the Dokissaten Cafe team:

Due to unforseen circumstances, we will be withdrawing our participation from the K-Pop and Culture Fest. In order to provide the quality service we are known to deliver, we will be postponing our Coffee Prince event to a later date.

To answer some questions sent to our previous post:

- Yes, we’ll still have the same staff in this event, as well as new trainees.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to give updates on this soon!




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A fresh university graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University who loves to write stories, articles and poetry. Enjoys reading books - mostly fiction, and loves to play video games.

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