Blogging, Reading, and Writing Oh My

Our little library, with seat and ottoman for reading hours.

Our little library, with seat and ottoman for reading hours.

I’ve been busy reading the last couple of weeks – in between unpacking boxes. There’s nothing like relaxing with a good book. I have over 250 books on my ereader now and I still keep adding almost every week.

The reading bug has bitten my daughter as well. Each week, we go to the local library and borrow books. It started out as five books each week, but it soon became apparent that she wanted more.

Now, she borrows around 10 books a week. What’s more, she’s not contented with the short ones anymore. She’s only five and a half and we’re already borrowing chapter books. She is insatiable and I am so proud of her. She made me promise that when she’s older, I have to buy her her very own ereader. Of course I said yes.

As for me, I’ve been taking several authors to bed recently. I’m currently reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is fantastic. And just scary enough to entertain me but not too much that it keeps me up at night.

Here I’ve listed the ones I’ve been devouring the last couple of nights.

James Phelan’s Alone trilogy

Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain trilogy

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother

Christopher Golden’s Snowblind

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

David Moody’s Autumn series

Michael Grant’s Gone series

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Madeleine Roux’s Zombie series

Bob Fingerman’s Pariah

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

Max Brooks’ World War Z

Edgar Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars

Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

 

The links are on my Goodreads feed.

As it turns out, I read around 50 books last year. Not sure how I managed that but ereader stats never lie.

Isn’t the common advice for writers to read and write? Well, I’m doing a lot of the reading part and currently on the ‘editing’ part – which is part writing I guess. But it’s all good.

I’ve managed to summon up the courage to send the first chapters to beta readers. The feedback has been really good even for the readers who aren’t Filipinos.

You see, the book contains a lot of Filipino mythological creatures. My initial fear was that it wouldn’t appeal to non Filipinos but it turns out it scares the crap out of them more than the Filipino readers. I guess when you’re not used to the monsters of a certain culture it has its initial shock factor.

Good stuff. It fuels the fire that was starting to die.

Back to the keyboard.

Any book recommendations for me and my little one?

Woolies voucher GIVEAWAY, my time with the Bondi Vet and cutting expenses

We just moved houses and the rent has gone nuts. This shouldn’t really surprise me given that Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city. It might have been knocked down from the list of 10 most expensive cities in the world, but it’s still expensive.

Well, at least I’m not living in the other more expensive cities in the world.

According to an article, the top 10 most expensive cities in the world are Luanda, N’Djamena, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich (a dozen eggs costs $7.7), Geneva (half a kilo of chicken costs $16), Tokyo, Bern, Moscow and Shanghai.

Really? $7 for eggs and $16 for half a kilo of chicken? It’s time to find even more ways to drop the monthly budget. Like cutting off the cable TV, quitting smoking if you smoke, dropping the home phone, shopping at cheap groceries and opting for home brands, and getting coupons anywhere using Shop A Docket and Coupon.

They currently have a promo with The Living Room where each week, one lucky entrant will get the chance to play a guessing a game with a $10,000 prize for a correct guess. Entry is limited to one per registered person per week.

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Thanks to Shop A Docket, hubby and I got to be part of the audience for one of the tapings for The Living Room.

We like watching the show every Friday night. Okay, maybe me more than hubby. But it’s mostly because of the super eye candy who is also a vet who looks like Prince Charming’s twin from Shrek.

It was a fun night and I got to fondle a bit of Dr Chris Brown (just the waist, people, all solid, like hugging a marble). He also gave us some thoughts on our dog’s peeing problem, for free!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! One lucky MummyK reader will have a chance to win TWO tickets to be part of the audience in The Living Room PLUS a $50 Woolworths voucher. (If you’re not from Sydney, you can keep the voucher and give the tix away to friends or family — just let us know)

All you need to do is answer this question in a non-essay format, like not 100 pages:

What Shop A Docket voucher would you use and why?

My practical side is saying go for the goods and services that would lower your monthly bills. But my not so practical side is saying a great date night dinner would be good. Luckily, I can opt for both with Shop A Docket!

Australian residents only. Competition closes end of business day 23 July 2014 AEST.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS KELL!

Thanks everyone for joining!

Wordless Wednesday: BRB

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Peppa Pig Live GIVEAWAY

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Peppa Pig and the gang are back in Australia!

Life Like Touring and Fiery Light UK are happy to announce the dates for Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt tour in cities around the country. So far, the show has been seen by more than 130,000 Aussies since its opening.

We love Peppa Pig in our house, so much so that the music keeps getting stuck in my head (and now you’re thinking about it too). We are excited to watch the show especially since we missed last year’s tour (we were overseas).

You’ll see Peppa Pig with her friends on a treasure hunt. Her brother George will be there too. The show features true-to-life puppets operated by some the country’s most talented musical theatre performers.

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Tickets for this year’s tour are already on sale on their website.

See the tour schedule below:

Saturday 1 November,
Drum Theatre
226 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong VIC
Box office 03 8571 1666

Wednesday 5 to Tuesday 11 November
The Playhouse, Arts Centre
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC
Box office 03 9281 8000

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November
The Concourse
409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW
Ticketek 1300 795 012

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 November
Theatre Royal
108 King Street, Sydney NSW
Ticketmaster 136 100

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November
QUT Gardens Theatre
X Block, Gardens Point Precinct
2 George Street, Brisbane QLD
GardenTix 07 3138 4455

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Festival Drive, Adelaide SA
Bass 131 246

Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 December
Regal Theatre Subiaco
474 Hay St, Subiaco WA
Ticketek 1300 795 012

 

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win a FAMILY PASS to the show. All you have to do is answer this question (not in thesis format):

Which character in Peppa Pig best represents you and why?

 

Australian residents only. Competition closes end of business day Monday 7 July AEST.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS Jenly!

AMAZING response to the competition, you guys!

Thank you so much for joining! I will always think of ways to have more giveaways for you guys.

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