Travel

Travel Diary: Art in Island

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My friend A. and I made a pact that we’ll be each other’s date on Valentine’s Day (or the nearest weekend to it) – at least while we’re still single.  We had a successful “out of town” date last time and we hoped that we could replicate it this year but our overwhelming work commitments have prevented us from planning our date beforehand. Still, we didn’t want to pass up the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day and catch up with each other while indulging in a bit of fun. With only a few days left before the big day, I confided to another office mate about my dilemma and he suggested Art in Island, an interactive 3-D art museum located in Cubao, Quezon City. I have always wanted to go there because I love looking at optical illusions and taking silly pictures of myself. However, it is a place best explored with a companion and I haven’t found anybody willing to go along on a spontaneous trip… until now, that is. Thankfully, A. was very enthusiastic about the whole thing so we went there last February 12, the Sunday nearest to Valentine’s Day, to experience what it’s like to be “part of art.”

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Books

Book 3 of 2017: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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You know the saying don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, I don’t really apply it to actual books. I have moments when I certainly judge them based on their covers alone. Take for example my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. While mindlessly browsing the shelves of my favorite bookstore, its black and white cover of a little girl floating a few inches off the ground appealed to me almost instantaneously. Everything about it screamed fantasy, mystery, and horror all at once – three things that I’m very keen on. Even the title is interesting – Who is Miss Peregrine? What makes the children “peculiar?” Needless to say, I bought the book right then and there. But that was two years ago; now, it’s part of the TBR Everest I must conquer. Oh well…

What I want to point out is that my expectations were mostly built up by its promising cover. I got even more excited when I found out that the story is complemented by haunting vintage pictures. I remembered all those times I read the True Philippine Ghost Stories series back in grade school and I loved how those “real” pictures of ghosts heightened the experience of reading each story to the point that I couldn’t turn off the lights at night for an entire week. As someone who is already tired of reading about dystopian societies and inter-species love affairs that are currently the trend in YA, I was really looking forward to something different – and the dark vibe of Miss Peregrine seemed liked the one I was looking for. However, what I got instead is a book that’s more style than substance.

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