Shelfwalking: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

by Jess Dimayuga I’ve been reading about travelling lately. The last two books I read were Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M.Pirsig and Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac. The main characters of these books went on cross country road trips while I was at the comfort of my office desk. There’s a Roald Dahl quote: “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” If books could transport us to new places, our book shelves or the way we arrange our books are the borderlands to…

What Am I To You: Episode 4

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla It’s been a week since the Tagaytay escape. I’m not even sure if I should call it an escape. It seems, at least to me, that I walked right back into a trap. I am back at the office. Today, I’m wearing tasteful work dress on a Friday night. For someone who wears black jeans and leather boots on a daily basis, my boss Joey finds me making ginger tea at the office pantry and immediately panics. He places his coffee mug on the counter, makes a face and asks the one question he fears the most….

Bookmarked: International Friends of Bookmarks

by Lindy Gamolo Bookmarked has been here on Bookbed for almost a year now (yey!), and we’ve found out that many of our readers are also interested in bookmarks—either they also actively collect, or they just find these little reading marking accessories cute and keep pieces without any intention of collecting. But you might just change your mind about collecting bookmarks RIGHT NOW. Because for this month, we have Asim Maner of International Friends of Bookmarks (IFOB) as our guest writer. Their collections are some of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen, and I’m sure you guys will agree! Asim Maner has a technical…

#romanceclass: Romance’s wide, open spaces

by Bianca Mori Here’s what I know: I love romance. I love all the trope conventions: the meet-cute, the escalating tension, the conflict, the love-making (THIS) and the all-important happily ever after. It’s a pleasure to read, and a well-done romance can be satisfying like nothing else. A well-constructed romance can also deliver smart social commentary. Some of the strongest and most affirming statements about agency, consent and diversity I’ve read were between the pages of a so-called fluffy book about boy-crazy ladies. (Riiiight.) I love action. Heists, mysteries and thrillers just do it for me, whether it’s Cormoran Strike limping through…

Story Submission: ‘Our First and Last’

by Lucille de Mesa I never thought I would have a chance to walk hand in hand with you on a Valentine’s Day weekend. Every Sunday is your day with her. I’ve already accepted that I can only be with you on a normal day where everybody is busy with their own lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases and other special holidays—I knew I had to spend it without you by my side. You looked at me with those chinito eyes that never failed to make me feel weak. All I could do was smile back and treasure this moment we had. A…

What Am I To You: Episode 3

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla My college life was split in half: the one before Matthew and the years after it. When I graduated from college, I told myself I was closing a phase. Four years later, who would have thought that I never really got out of the same rabbit hole. Am I the same girl he used to know? Matthew asked me out again the following week. The invite came almost as a surprised irony during one of my ad hoc meetings with the magazine he used to head. It wasn’t long before I learned that Matthew was fired by…