Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest ClineDone reading READY PLAYER ONE. This sci-fi YA is recommended by one of my two favorite booktubers – Daniel Greene.

Author’s Writing Style: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ Surprisingly, it is better than I expected. It is excellently written in first-person POV in past tenses. On the get-go, the written words give me a reason to love and appreciate its potboiling plot even I am not a geek. I laugh while reading it and sometimes there are parts that bring tears to my eyes, believe me.

Character/s Development: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ I am glad this book is written in first-person perspective. This writing style dissects who Wade as the person inside and outside his virtual world, OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). I get to understand Wade considers his non-virtual life as futile, unproductive and hateful. He grows up without his parents by his side; therefore, it is expected for him to see the world negatively.

Plot: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ The year is 2044 and the story centers on Wade Watts. He is an intelligent tech geek who spends his 90% day-to-day life inside the OASIS. Just imagine the video game The Sims, then merged it into a Facebook setting. There you have it, you have the OASIS. Inside this virtual world, Wade can go to school or work without leaving his house. Aech is his online best friend while Artemis is his apple of the eye. The story begins to stir as Wade tops the toughest and roughest game inside the OASIS.

My overall score: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Book Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Done reading and watching the animated film, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.

Author’s Writing Style ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣: Now that I’m an adult, I miss listening to children’s story like this. Somehow, it awakens the child in me and genuinely appreciates the simple things in life. It is written for young children; therefore, I expect it to be fun.

Character Development ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣: Excellently done. It focuses on the caterpillar. I get to realize how simple a caterpillar’s lifestyle is – just finding food to survive. As human beings in urban area, it is impossible to live just by eating. You need a house to protect yourself from cold and heat. You need to work every day. You need to learn how to budget. We are more than a caterpillar, indeed.

Plot ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣: It is a children short story of a caterpillar who never stops eating. He eats fruits and pastries until one day, he decides to hide himself into a cocoon to rest.

My overall score: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Memories of The Decade (2010-2019)

2010 – 2014

October 10 was the only special memory I can remember in 2010. This was supposed to be an ordinary Sunday afternoon. Then, Dianne and I met in a mall. I could not remember the exact reason why we met. One thing’s for sure, it was a planned meet. Nothing romantic whatsoever. We were just friends. Unexpectedly, we found ourselves playing Virtua Tennis in Nintendo Wii. She was Ana Ivanovic and I was Rafael Nadal in a clay court. She lost. I was the King of Clay but when we changed players to Roger Federer and Rafa, she won. Dianne punished me with her deep groundstrokes. 2011 came. It was this year when Novak Djokovic dominated the ATP Tour. I was still a big fan of him that year and I was overjoyed he won a total of 70 matches and lost only 6 and hailed as the new World Number 1 after winning Wimbledon in singles.

My first promotion in work happened in 2012. I participated and passed the SEO Analyst Training Program. This was a milestone to me. If the job of a psychologist is to diagnose a mental health disorder and conduct therapy without medication, my job as an SEO Analyst is to diagnose what’s right and what’s not in a web page then decide what to do to improve its online visibility. 2013 then there was 2014. This was my favorite year of the decade! I ended the year on a high as I dug in, dug deep and made it happen to watch a tennis exhibition live at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. I was with my dad. He is not a tennis fan and until now as I am writing this, I did not know if he genuinely enjoyed the adventure or genuinely felt anxious seeing me on a Cloud 9.

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The kid in me was genuinely happy when I found this book – my favorite show way back when. *Cough* I’m 35 now *Cough*

2015 – 2019

2015 was a miracle. Daddy and I made our second trip in Mall of Asia Arena to watch IPTL. I could still remember the night when I saw Ana Ivanovic and Rafael Nadal. Excitement and happiness devoured me while watching their matches in VIP area. Luckily, Daddy had them signed my white souvenir cap. After all those moments of nirvana, I felt totally spastic. I mean, I have cerebral palsy and I am expected to have concrete-like adductors and hamstrings. My spasticity and I are inseparable. Therefore, I needed to return to physical therapy for good. In 2016, I made it happen. My physical therapists thoroughly explained to me what gone wrong and what gone right. It seemed like my rebirth while listening with all the information I learned about myself (Just A Cupid Insert: Learning with their beautiful DDC Clinical Instructor). It made me wonder why I was denied to receive the exterior truth about myself when I was the one who suffered much since five years old. Too late for blaming, life continues, I am not dead yet, then 2017 came. Damn it, this year was the decade heaviest! It made no logical sense to me when my best friend for 18 more years backstabbed me. I said a garbage joke to him, he took it too seriously like his sexual orientation depends on it, then I found out he was spreading the joke to his girlfriend and family. What a delusional fella. Best friendship ended, regrets as usual, I could have allowed him to stay in my support system but that was better decision to end all. I was exhausted and “was poisoned” of his eccentric personality since Day 1.

I kept holding on with life until I made 2018. It was a renaissance. Slowly but surely, I recovered from the tragedy. I decided to read fiction books to heal my bleeding soul and I was “surprisingly” elected as the Alumni President in BS Psychology while working full time. I celebrated my birthday with a group of DDH Physical Therapists too. This year was stressful but greatly memorable. 2019 was a first. I had enough psychologically and decided to consult a psychiatrist for the unresolved fragments that happened two years ago. This was the moment I realized even a psych major also needs professional help. A lot of people would misunderstand the decision I made. Never give a care anyway. Their perceptions were all inaccurate stereotypes. Their perceptions were their truth about themselves, not mine. I understood the truth clearer. I thought the year would ended this way. Holy cow, Cupid played his tricks. He put me on a love triangle again – a moment of my decade to realize that I am either plainly stupid or I am not choosing who to fall with.