Category Books

Music, Madness, and Magic – A Night with The Phantom of the Opera

Finally, after almost 6 months of waiting, we finally got to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, last Saturday, September 8. I was thrilled when I found out earlier this year that they were going to show The Phantom of the Opera here in the […]

The Sweet Life in Paris

Sometime in the early 2000s, American pastry chef, and writer, David Lebovitz, decided to leave his life  in San Francisco behind, to  live in the city many of us (me, at least) dream of – Paris. In his light, and funny book, The Sweet Life in Paris, David shares his misunderstandings and (mis)adventures as an American trying to […]

Skippy Dies

“Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair.” Yes, Skippy dies.  No, that’s not a spoiler.  As the opening lines and title of the novel imply, Skippy’s death  is (one of ) the main plots of the book. A huge novel like Skippy Dies is hard […]

Shakespeare and Company

  Despite all the beautiful art, amazing architecture, and historical ruins we saw during our 3 weeks in Europe, for me, one of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the legendary Shakespeare and Company, an English bookstore in the heart of Paris. Unfortunately, this Shakespeare and Company is not the original Shakespeare and Company of […]