Filipino childrens books

FKB 4 + Better World Books Haul

Filipino childrens books

Good day readers, are you keeping cool?

Despite all of the heat advisories, I also mean mentaltally, spiritually, all of the -ies. If you follow me on Insta, you’ve seen that I’ve decided to try to sort my -ies out which should be, unfortunately, a long and arduous task especially since I’m kinda one foot in this boat and the other finding a lot of this hooey. But like with everything else here, I share in hopes that it helps you too.

According to this definition of spirituality, one should ask themself if they’re contributing to their community in a way that energizes them. Can I count this series? ๐Ÿ˜…ย I do not find it particularly nourishing at the moment. But things that typically come up like church or volunteering honestly make me anxious. I suppose what energizes me is meeting people that are actually like me, on my level. But then I fear that they actually take action, and I am a coward!

Ah well, I will uh, meditate or whatever on it some more. In the meantime. Here are some Filipino kids books I actually bought this time. I wanted to send a care package for my new nephew and his parents and fortunately had already found a book I liked through the library. I would just have to find it to purchase! At that time, Better World Books was having a sale, so I decided to take advantage and try them out. Here’s what I got.

Alpabetong Filipino

This is an Adarna House book. My cover says it’s by Victoria Aรฑonuevo but others say Virgilio S. Almario. It’s illustrated by Paul Eric Roca. It’s a basic alphabet book with illustrations of letters and words that start with them (or have the letters in them). At the time of the recording, I hadn’t seen other Filipino alphabet books before, so it seemed fine, but since then I have which are definitely better! Most words are in Tagalog with some in English.

Ang Bagong Kaibigan ng Bing Butiki (Bing Butiki’s New Friend)

This story is about lizards that hang out on the ceiling of an old couple’s home. Their son used to torture the lizards and fear him. He returns as an adult with his own daughter, and Bing wants to befriend her. She ends up being nice, but Bing really doesn’t have a reason to do this seemingly other than “she’s cute.” Perhaps the instinct to approach without caution (I’m giving them this as a benefit rather than superficiality) stems from the book’s Christian publisher which prints a verse on the back.

Inside Illustration

Perhaps not a problem but something others may want to know. The son/father also tells about how the daughter can’t take the lizards home because they have to stay and eat bugs which I don’t really understand.

Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories

This is by the same Liana Romulo of Filipino Friends in my last post! This was actually published before Friends, and surprisingly, I liked this much better. It’s a collection of folk tales. I’ve since read other collections, and I think this is edited for children. However,ย Stories was the book I decided to buy (and the previous two were lucky enough to come along), and I chose it because a few of them contained messages of organizing and rebellion! And I absolutely love the animated illustrated of Joanne de Leon whom will be making at least another appearance in this series in the future!


Title Alpabetong Filipino Ang Bagong Kaibigan ng Bing Butiki Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories
Author Victoria Aรฑonuevo/ Virgilio S. Almario Yna Reyes Liana Romulo
Illustrator Paul Eric Roca Jason Moss Joanne de Leon
Publisher Adarna House Hiyas/OMF Literature(?) Periplus Editions
Year 2003 1993 2000
Language Mostly Tagalog Tagalog & English English
Level Pre-school 1st-3rd grade 4th-5th grade
Recommended Eh ๐Ÿ˜‘ Yes

As for Better World Books, they are definitely an option to keep in mind. I’ve a reflex to go to Amazon for cheap books, but BWB has deals such as buy 2 used, get 1 free. I believe they also always have free shipping. I was able to score these 3 which can be difficult to find (and therefore expensive) for about $11. However, I did not receive tracking info. You might be able to pay for another shipping method to provide it. It seems like it is kind of like Amazon in the way that other users can sell on it rather than BWB being a retailer, so you may find condition descriptions like “may have wear.” ๐Ÿ˜…

Filipino Children's Favorite Stories Cover
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Do you know what’s up with the two authors? Have any books you to see before you buy or want any other recs? Be sure to check out my previous reviews ๐Ÿ‘‡
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July 2019 Empties: Scents!

Hello readers, what’s your favorite perfume?

I don’t really have one. I usually just use gifts but not overly so. There have been perfumes sitting around for years because I wanted to “save” them. For what? The opera? So I’ve decided I need to clean out and possibly even start trying new perfumes so I can find one for myself.ย ๐Ÿ˜„


Victoria’s Secret Strawberries & Champagne

This was a full size gift mist that lasted me a long time. I’m not really sure what a champagne scent would smell like, but this didn’t remind me of strawberries either. Fragrantica says it has cassis (red wine?), so I suppose that’s more of what the scent is. It’s light, but it doesn’t seem to have many good reviews! I don’t think it’s bad, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell

I had a tiny sample for this and the next scent that were good for a few uses. This is light, but probably more sweet and floral than Strawberries & Champagne. Fragrantica users report peach, white jasmine and cherry blossom notes. One compares it to fruit punch. Again not bad; just not me.

Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love

Out of the three Victoria’s Secret mists, I’d say this is the one I liked most. Fragrantica claims it’s a floral fragrance that features lily, cotton flower, chamomile and aloe vera. I’m not sure about those, but I can see the melon that other users have determined. Victoria’s Secret does test on animals.



Kitty Girl

This was a rollerball knockoff/”our impression” of Katy Perry’s “Purr.” I don’t know how close this would be, but I liked it! It’s more what I’d imagine a perfume to smell like, but isn’t heavy. According to retail descriptions, it has top notes of tangerine, pear, jasmine, and gardenia with middle notes of honeysuckle, lily of the valley, and orange blossom. There’s a base of amber, vanilla, sandalwood and musk. Oddly, this came with a lotion, but Iย hated the scent of that.

Harvey Prince Hello

This was another sample from an old Birchbox. It is a citrus fragrance, but there’s definitely a musk base. It contains Meyer lemon, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria. Fragrantica also notes mandarin orange, frangipani, and Tahitian vanilla. I didn’t previously know this, but Harvey Prince is organic, vegan, and doesn’t test on animals. They also are free from certain ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and GMOs. I will consider them in the future!

Do you have a favorite scent? Perhaps because I don’t really use perfumes, I don’t know smells and how to describe. The only ones I know I like are Madagascar vanilla and how my linen closet smells. But things that are supposed to smell like linen don’t smell like mine!๐Ÿ˜†ย So just let me know, and I’ll check them out!