you are what you read

Reading, as they say,is an essential part of learning. Reading can also move a person’s intellect a step higher than simply being informed.

This series features some of the books I have read and some Starbucks merchandise given to me by friends and former students.


“The explosion of color and energy in the Spring has always trilled me” – SPRING MEADOW by Mayumi Oda in Goddesses (a coffee table art book)

Create your own Tumbler from my former student, Raia (Rachelle)

a Christian flagellant performing a bloody, Good Friday ritual, Pampanga 1920. from A Philippine Album by Jonathan Best

Tumbler with gold Christmas prints from my student, Francis  and his mom, Madame Alpha

“Lovely wife, you were lovely, before this, you were sweet, you lauged in the dark, and there was no pain” Bienvenido Santos: Ash Wednesday, You Lovely People

A lovely Stainless SB mug which Jojo bought for himself. He used it a couple of times, before he finally gave it me.

“David wasn’t a creep,” Peter thinks wonderingly, “he was nice. Ordinary” (p. 42). Kurt Chandler, Passages of Pride

Another overused Coffee Press from Starbucks-BODUM Collection (I badly need a new version of this one) from my former student, Candice

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.”
― Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

An overused Black Tumbler from my former student, Candice

In the ranks of men… or was it all a dream?
This Achilles
He’ll reap the rewards of that great courage of his
Alone, I tell you – weep his heart out far too late
When are troops are dead and gone.” Book 11, lines 907-910 ILIAD of Homer

2003 Starbucks Barista Collection Mug given to me (or did I force her her to give this to me) by my good friend, Abigale during my stay in Pedro Gil Sta. Ana, Manila #GoodYears

“Why have I been writing of Cafe Adriatico in the past tense? It is still there, alive and kicking after a quarter of a century.”-Ambeth Ocampo in Malate: A Matter of Taste

2003 Starbucks Barista Collection Mug given to me by my sweet friend Manel when we had some coffee in Starbucks in Malate, Manila probably around that year too.

“Desperate people lose the thing that makes them human beings. They lose their heart. Anger and hate fill them so that they act like animals.”
― Arlene J. Chai, The Last Time I Saw Mother

Christmas Mug from Nish

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices. DUMBLEDORE : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK ROWLING)

Christmas Tumbler from a student

“We read because we are essentially alone.”
― Jessica Zafra, Twisted 8: The Night of the Living Twisted

SB Logo Tumbler from Seanne

“A world could be made in five pages, and one that was more pleasing than a model farm. The childhood of a spoiled prince could be framed within half a page, a moonlit dash through sleepy villages was one rhythmically emphatic sentence, falling in love could be achieved in a single word–a glance. The pages of a recently finished story seemed to vibrate in her hand with all the life they contained.”
Narration, Page 7 Ian McEwan, Atonement

Christmas Tumbler from a former student

“Para syang langit na bughaw kung kaunti ang ulap at malakas ang araw-may aandap na kidlat sa kalayuan, at akala mo’y namalaikmata ka lamang.” -(Relasyon) Tony Perez, CUBAO MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

Apple green Tumbler, from my good friend, Shelley

“Listen to the quiet and experience the peace it affords your soul”- SOUL RETREATS FOR TEACHERS from my former student IA, December 2003

Printed Starbucks Tumbler from my former student, Keimil

“One of life’s quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a floating ash.” Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Starbucks Puerto Rico from my good friend, Anton

“Life is a very thin thread and it only takes a second to snap it”
― Sidney Sheldon, The Naked Face

White Christmas Starbucks mug from a student


“The last image he ever saw was of himself floating on the surface of a boundless expanse of water, moving farther and farther away, like an uprooted rice plant, or a solitary puff of raw cotton.”- Su Tong, RICE

Stainless Via Tumbler from Jojo


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