Book Bloggers Abroad (19) – Philippines

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.

Philippines

Our guest blogger for today is Chachic from the Phillipines. Her book blog is called Chachic’s Book Nook. She reads and reviews fantasy and young adult. She also created a site for Filipino Book Bloggers all over the world: http://filipinobookbloggers.wordpress.com. This is a venue for everyone to interact and get to know each other better. So far, they’ve had one successful meet up.

Me reading

Me, reading

Hi, my name is Chachic (yes, that’s really my name!) and I live in Metro Manila, the metropolitan region that is the capital of the Philippines. It’s a densely-packed city and I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m in my mid-twenties and my favorite genres are fantasy and young adult fiction.

Sadly, we don’t have public libraries over here. Oh wait, I think we do have them but they’re a far cry from the public libraries in first world countries and I’ve never been in them.

There are a lot of malls in Manila. Filipinos love going around malls and most malls have bookstores in them. I usually get my books from my favorite local bookstore, Fully Booked, because they have the best stocks over here. I’ve tried ordering from Better World Books and I’m happy to announce that Book Depository now delivers to the Philippines, yay! I haven’t given them a try though.

I also buy some books from used bookstores like Book Sale and some online book sellers over at Multiply. I’m also getting a Kindle soon so I hope that will make it easier for me to acquire books.

Mt. Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo, a volcano a couple of hours away from Manila

From time to time, we have power interruptions (called brownouts over here) but thankfully, they don’t last that long. I also encounter down time with my internet provider but nothing extreme. So in general, it doesn’t really affect my blogging.

Usually, I try to put up at least one post a day but if I can’t think of anything to write then I don’t post anything. I try to write reviews right after I read the books so I won’t forget the details and the stories are still fresh in my mind. I usually post around two to three reviews per week.

I always bring a book with me so I can read whenever I have free time, like when I’m in line for the ATM or when I’m waiting for a cab or while I’m riding the train. This way, I can maximize my reading time.

I have the most number of reading hours at night, usually before I sleep. Right now, it’s the rainy season so it’s not ideal to sit outside to read and we don’t have a tree anyway. During summer, I think it would be too hot to read outside. But I enjoy reading by the beach whenever I get to go there.

About my country: I think the Philippines is mostly popular for its beaches. That’s one of the main reasons why tourists go here. That and because of our tropical weather. Check out my Wow Philippines posts to see some of the places that I’ve been to around the country.

Trip to Zambales

Trip to Zambales

I read in English. The Philippines was colonized by Americans and they were the ones who established the schools here so English is used as the medium of instruction. I grew up speaking a mix of Tagalog (the local dialect) and English, which we normally call Taglish. Because a huge part of the population understands English, we don’t have Tagalog translations of foreign books.

I actually find it easier to blog in English since the books that I read are in English anyway. Also, I have a hard time writing in straight Tagalog/Filipino because most of us speak and use Taglish in our daily lives.

Here is my chance to promote a local author! I would like to recommend Tall Story by Candy Gourlay, my review can be found HERE, because I read a lot of YA books and this is the first YA book by a Filipino author that I’ve read and it’s really good. It’s available internationally both in Amazon and Book Depository.

Worldmap-Manila

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Chachic, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. I think your country is beautiful! I guess Manila itself is like any other big city, but the countryside is very nice!

Don’t forget to take a look at Chachic’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Chachic, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Cathy from the USA will be visiting us for the twentieth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

23 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (19) – Philippines

  1. Misha Mathew says:

    It was really interesting to read about Chachic and Philippines. My father has been to Manila and he found it really beautiful.Thanks for the book recommendation!

  2. Beth F says:

    Really interesting post. Thanks so much for giving Chachic a chance to tell us about her country. Beautiful photos, too.

  3. Julie says:

    Very nice post! Thanks for sharing….

  4. Novroz says:

    Hello Neighbor 🙂
    I like reading about Philippines (in Indonesian language, we call it Filipina) because we are not much different phisically.

    Chacic use wordpress too…yeaa, will definitely visit your blog soon 🙂

    • Chachic says:

      Hey Novroz, oooh you’re a fellow Southeast Asian! In our local language, the Philippines is called “Pilipinas”. Yes, you’re right, Southeast Asians tend to have similar physical attributes.

  5. Tes says:

    Wow Phillipines is so beautiful! It’s so wonderful to learn more about this beautiful country.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I was going to ask for a recommendation of a Phillippine author but as I read further along you did that for me. Thank you Chachic.

    It’s too bad that you don’t have access to public libraries, but it sounds like you are able to feed your reading habit quite resourcefully.

    Nice to meet you.

    • Chachic says:

      Hey Suzanne, I was happy to recommend Tall Story by Candy Gourlay especially since it’s available internationally. It’ll be easy for people outside the Philippines to order the book.

      Yes, I’m very thankful that I have a decent job and I’m able to purchase the books that I read. I’ll be very sad and lonely if I wasn’t able to do that.

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  8. Carin B. says:

    Yay Chachic! I love your posts about the Philippines. It looks like such a beautiful country! Where is the picture of your grandfather clock bookcase? Hehehe…I love that bookcase! It’s so unique. I’m looking forward to reading my book about the Davao POW camp, but I also want to read some non-war related books about the Philippines so I’ll definitely take note of that author and bug you at some point about who else I should read. I’m also about halfway through On the Edge so we can talk about that soon too. I love your guest post and congrats on your Kindle! 🙂

    • Chachic says:

      Hey Carin, thanks for always reading my posts about the Philippines! LOL I think you’re the only one who really likes my grandfather clock bookcase. It’s so small though, not big enough for all of my books.

      It’s funny that you want to read that Davao POW book, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like that. Let me know if you want other suggestions although a lot of the books that I read are foreign ones.

  9. amymckie says:

    Great to hear more about Chachic! It looks like such a beautiful place there, and it sounds like there are tons of bookstores. Also – enjoy the Kindle!

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  11. What a fantastic post, and I’m happy to meet Chachic! I am a Filipina/American, so I’m so excited to meet a new blogger from my mother’s country! I’ll be following this site now!!

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