Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Perils of Working from Home

When people learn that I work from home, I get different reactions. Most people would say "Ka hayahay."  Hayahay is a term from our local dialect which could mean any of the following: relaxing, comfortable, convenience, ease, and all other terms related to it. It is as good as saying "It must be nice to have a stress-free work."  

No, not really. And there's no such thing.

Sometimes, people envy me, thinking that I hold all the time for myself. Note, thinking. It seems most people with "real jobs" think home-based jobs can be as easy as just clicking the mouse, (e.g. paid to click, networking, referrals, ponzi schemes) earning while doing almost nothing. No. These are real office jobs we do, only we chose to be at home.

Working from home is not what you really think it is. I am well aware of the perks of working at home, and I absolutely love it. However, I can't deny the fact that I also need to acknowledge the perils that come with it.
My Workstation

Monday, April 8, 2013

I did not succeed as a nurse. So what?

I have this callous. It’s thick and it’s dark.

Ten years ago, I chose to study nursing because I thought this career could take me to a good life: work abroad, have a car and build my dream house.  One hundred hospital duties, thirty absences and countless pink slips later, I dreaded the fact that I chose Nursing.

I regularly slept in class, I flunked a major subject because of accumulated absences, and I loathed every second of every day of every 8-hour health care lecture. I just don’t like it. It cost my parents more or less than half a million pesos to send me to nursing school and I ended up being a disappointment.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mistborn Trilogy

You know what's so depressing? it's when you're down to the last 50 pages of the book that is totally gripping and has held you captive and awake at nights. The fact that you're about to leave a different world that you have loved and the characters you got attached to. You're excited to know how it's going to end and at the same time saddened because you know that that's the last of that world.

This is exactly how I feel right now
This is the best epic fantasy series I've read in a long time, and it has finally come to an end. Brandon Sanderson, I hate you so much. You should have just shot me to the head instead.

Will probably get hardcover copies for these. :)

Anyway, I feel like I've been Brandon SandersonedI just got more books from him and these are next on my reading list.

The Way of Kings Part 1 was out of stock, but still I got myself a copy of Part 2. Excited lang. hehe  

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In my mail: Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Collection

Look what came in the mail today!

Barnes & Noble

You know how much I wanted these from my previous post. Gawd, I've waited for more than 2months for these books. Yes 2 months. Scared the hell out of me. I am used to buying stuff overseas and there was never any issue regarding delivery delays or items not received. But this one really gave me worries.

I didn't throw a hundred bucks for this just to be taken away by careless freight forwarders. Just so you know, a local bookstore actually sells books like these but since they're too pricey (almost 50% more than the original price), I decided to order from the actual Barnes and Noble site. Saves more even with the freight fee included. But of course, the loooong wait and anxiety is the price to pay.

Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Boxed Set
The boxed set
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Boxed Set
The Classics are ♥. Need I say more?
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Boxed Set
Gilded pages. Love it! Looks like I just opened a treasure chest !

Gasp. It's worth the wait. I am so stunned. B-E-A-utiful is an understatement.

I know EP leatherbounds are waaaay better, of course, paired with a price that I cannot ever afford. But who needs a sixty-dollar worth of leatherbound book when I got these? I couldn't be more satisfied. These B&N books have elegant covers with intricate details and beautiful design, gilded pages, readable fonts  printed in a smooth paper, plus the smell... ahhh the smell... I'm so in love.

Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection
The pictures don't even do justice.
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection
I know someday this will come handy for my son's Literature class
I'm not an expert on scrutinizing book make or quality, but I believe this is a bang for your buck. They are actually cheaper than I thought. I mean, $18 for a book to be this absolutely gorgeous? I got myself a great deal. These books are a keeper.
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Grimms Fairy Tales
love the illustrated flyleaf
Barnes & Noble Classics Leatherbound Edition
Who doesn't love books with maps?
Barnes & Noble Classics Leatherbound Edition
Inside Sherlock Holmes. The fonts? Readable. The pages? Smooth and nice.
 Love that satin ribbon bookmark
Barnes & Noble Classics Leatherbound Edition
yes! some books have illustration on them!
The only let down is the ease of reading for the bigger ones. Yes, they're not just eye-candies for shelves; I plan to actually read them (although I've already read most). To bind more than 5 novels into one book, imagine how thick, big, and heavy would that be? But that's okay, I have read the Deathly Hallows (in Hardcover) without complaints. Although these leatherbounds are heavier. I don't like reading while lying down anyway. So a heavy book on the lap wouldn't be much of a problem.

I hope they make more leatherbound editions. Imagine having Tolkien's Lord of the Rings in leatherbound. Uh-huh, EPIC.

Anyway, could somebody spare me a hundred bucks? I dream of having the entire collection one day, but I'm good with just a few. Four more will do. Would that be too much to ask?

Barnes & Noble Classics Leatherbound Edition Shelf
Perfect! But it breaks my heart that the more I look at it, the more I long for the other collection. LOL
I am a HAPPY worm!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Perks of Working at Home

I design websites for a living, cook breakfast, wash the dishes, then feed, bathe and play with my son at the same time. Sounds like too much of a juggle? I don't think so.

I survived the first crucial year of mommyhood, tending to my son's needs, always there to see my baby's sloppy first, watching him grow every minute, never missing a milestone - while at the same time earning money for our basic needs. See? That reason alone is the greatest perk of working at home.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I want...


Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics Collection

Would you look at that? I can stare at them forever! Seriously. Who could resist these beauties? The classics, gorgeous covers, leatherbound... ahhhhh (yes with a lot of h) they probably smell awesome. I know nothing beats those, you know, vintage leatherbound books, or it's nowhere near those Easton Press leatherbound collector editions, which is in no way I can afford also... but this is close to having that.
© Life is so full of tae!
Maira Gall