[Event Recap #1] #LangLeavinPH

10349956_863518953700512_7592379965365595368_nSo last December 6, 2014, Saturday, I attended Lang Leav’s Book Signing Event at the East Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza together with some friends from Pinoy Book Freaks United. (If you’re a Filipino who loves buying, reading, and devouring books, I suggest you become a member and click on that link.) This is my second time attending a book signing event organized by the ever amazing National Book Store.

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(Top left photo, from left to right) That’s me wearing red, Lency, Anne, Mia, and Fether.

As planned, me and my friends from PBFU intended on going on a night swimming over at the Richmonde Hotel, courtesy of Feather, a fellow member of PBFU, and her dad, before lining up in front of Shangri-La. And some of us who’s coming from Marikina, Manila, and Quezon City areas decided to meet at the MRT Cubao station at around 6:45pm. Upon our arrival at the Shaw Boulevard station, we began walking until we reach the Hotel and once we were all together, we took a swim. 

After a refreshing dip in the heated pool,  we proceeded to Feather and her dad’s suite to shower, and freshen up. While waiting for everyone to finish, it was the perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other, since we all just met online through PBFU, and all we know about each other is our mutual love for books and reading. Once everyone has showered and all, we then went on a marathon to get to Shangri-La. And of course, we couldn’t resist not taking pictures. Oh, and by the way, we were the first ones to arrive for the book signing. ❤page1And we all know what happens after that. The hardest part of camping out for a blockbuster book signing: Waiting for registration. Once we were settled, our beloved tummies growled by 12:00am, and what broke my heart is seeing the nearest Starbucks close down. With all fast-food chains closing here and there, we had no choice but to walk to Mcdonald’s at Doña Julia Vargas Ave. (I’m sorry for being ultra specific. Its just that I want to emphasize the long walk that we took just to satisfy our hunger. Haha!) Once we were able to get back to our post with food in arms, we devoured our food with much gusto!

As the evening turned into a morning, we met up with some other members of PBFU and we remained at the front of the line. Can you actually believe that people just arrived at the venue by 5AM, while we arrived by 11:30PM the previous day? Aren’t we the most excited people ever? We bought our breakfast at Starbucks (Yaaay!) and decided to eat while waiting for the doors to open.

page2Once the doors opened, we headed for the activity center where the event was taking place. We finally got our signing passes and I was labeled as #4. As early birds to the event, we got the rare chance to seat front row for the event. Once we were all settled, we took the chance to take some pictures.

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(From left to right) There’s Anne, me, Feather, Camille, Lency, Mia, and Mary Joy)
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Here’s a photo of our books, and signing passes.
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(From top row to bottom row, left to right) There’s me, Anne, Camille, Lency, Adrian, Mary Joy, Mia, and Feather.]

And after a few minutes, Lang Leav arrived. She was interviewed, and she answered some questions about her, her favorite authors, her writing style and processes, and she read some of her poems from Lullabies. She read Second Chances, All There Was, and Broken Hearts. Shortly right after, was the book signing. Although since we were all in front, and our photographer, Kuya Adrian, was just behind me, pictures from a camera was missing in action. The only photo I have with Ms. Lang is on an Instax photo. 😦FullSizeRenderI was torn on having my book signed as my name either “JM” or “John Michael” but since I found the former a name that’s too short, I chose the latter.

Getting to meet one of my favorite authors really meant a lot to me. I started loving Lang Leav when she released her first book, Love & Misadventure. I adore her and her works so much that I almost cried when I was on stage, face to face with her. And oh my god, I am still trying to recover from the feels that was released when I got to meet the lovely and talented Lang Leav.

It was such a great experience. I’m looking forward to more book signings in the future that’s meant to be spent with these lovely people. 🙂

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[Book Review #9] Lullabies by Lang Leav

 A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist.

Book Specifications:

Author: Lang Leav

Format: Paperback

Part of a Series: No.

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

No. of Pages: 248 pages

Price: 575.00Php

Genre: Poetry. Romance.

Book Review:

The Cover: Just like I was in awe with the cover of Lang Leav’s first book, Love & Misadventure, I am just as impressed with this one. The addition of the sleeping girl portrait added to the meaning of it’s title, Lullabies. Just. Ugh. I can’t really express my full adoration for this book. I just love it. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Poems: Seriously, there’s not much difference to my opinions with this sequel. I loved this book just as much as I did Love & Misadventures. However, I would have to say that I actually loved the first one, by just a tiny inch. There were just some poems from Love & Misadventure that up until now are still stuck in my head and my heart, and I don’t really know why. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Need I really say more? If I were to describe this book with one word, I would have to say PERFECTION. (10 out of 5 stars)

Favorite Poems from The Book:

Perfect by Lang Leav

“He said to me “You’re perfect,
and I want you to be mine.”
But I felt I wasn’t worthy
and to be perfect, I’ll need time.

I knew it would be worth it,
I could be better if I tried,
then he got tired of waiting—
and I watched my chance go by.”

Passing Time by Lang Leav

“I feel the end is drawing near,
would time be so kind to slow?
You are everything to me, my dear,
you are all I really know.

But as I sit and wait and fear
and watch the hours go—

Everything that happened here
happened long ago.”

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[Book Review #8] Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

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Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Book Specifications:

Author: Lang Leav

Format: Paperback

Part of a Series: No.

Release Date: April 26, 2013

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

No. of Pages: 176 pages

Price: 575.00Php

Genre: Poetry. Romance.

Book Review:

The Cover: I am in love with the cover! The red base color of the book + the interesting and whimsical portrait of an animated girl on the middle of the book = an impressed JM. The cover is simple yet gorgeous! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Poems: The poems found within this book are all unique and heart-wrenching. I couldn’t have asked for a better poetry book. Its just filled with sufficient feels that would satisfy me for years. Some poems really spoke to me, reminding me of past break-ups (Yes, I know. This is getting really personal.) and other  heartbreaks that I have previously encountered. However, it also featured some poems for the “in-love” and inspired people out there. The whimsical feels also add to the over-all satisfaction of readers worldwide. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: This book is so worth every Peso! For a paperback worth 575.00Php with pages that aren’t even half-filled, people might judge this book and label it as a ripoff. But let me be the first to tell you that this is worth all the money. Just give it a chance, I, too, hesitated on buying this poetry book. But once I read every page of it, ugh. I can’t even… Just buy the book. (10 out of 5 stars)

Favorite Poems from The Book:

Just Friends by Lang Leav

I know that I don’t own you,
and perhaps I never will,
so my anger when you’re with her,
I have no right to feel.

I know that you don’t owe me,
and I shouldn’t ask for more;
I shouldn’t feel so let down,
all the times when you don’t call.

What I feel, I shouldn’t show you,
so when you’re around I won’t;
I know I have no right to feel it,
but that doesn’t mean I don’t.

The Girl He Loves by Lang Leav

There was a man who I once knew,
for me there was no other.
The closer to loving me he grew,
the more he would grow further.

I tried to love him as his friend,
then to love him as his lover,
but he never loved me in the end —
his heart was for another.

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