Category: Journal Art

Currently Reading: Duterte Harry

Here’s a journal entry I wrote yesterday about a book I am currently reading, Duterte Harry by Jonathan Miller. This is such an important subject to us as Filipinos, and I feel that the issues raised by the writer are worth taking a closer look into. The book showed a lot of promise, but I must admit that many of the things he wrote especially towards the end are repetitive. It seems a bit rushed and could have used better editing and polishing up. In any case, it’s a very interesting read and offers good insight into the current president of the Philippines and the cult of personality surrounding him.

Book Hangover! Monsoon Mansion.

I’m relieved to finally have some time to journal last night. The new year opened with a lot of challenges and I’m only beginning to catch my breath. Here’s a journal entry about a memoir that I recently read called Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes. At first I had a hard time getting into the tone of the book. The language felt off, like the dialogues don’t sound like something kids would say. If you stay with the book, though, her writing style shapes up and begins to make sense. There’s so much about this book that really resonated with me. Some of it reminded me of my own childhood challenges, and a lot of it reminded me of my mom’s. Except that she was born into privilege and money. There are so many things to unpack and uncover in this novel. This journal spread actually couldn’t cover everything that I wanted to write about it, so I’ll probably make a second one. I’m going to write this up as one of my favorite memoirs. Review to follow soon-ish.

Pens in the photo: Lamy 2000 (inked with Platinum Carbon Black) and Franklin Christoph Model 02 (inked with J. Herbin Rouge Hematite)

The Heavens Declare

Today’s journal entry. I’m currently rereading one of my favorite books, Lee Strobel’s The Case for a Creator. Maybe I’ll make more pages to cover all my favorite parts of the book.

I used to think that science and faith are incompatible. It’s not something I verbalize or look closer into. I just grew up shrinking away from all the unpleasantness that usually came with the topic. At church, most of the preachers I listened to talked about science as if it’s the enemy to faith. I personally didn’t give it too much thought. I kept science and faith in separate compartments, so to speak. Until I read this book. After the first time I read it, I find myself rereading every once in a while. All the details about the world around us are just mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. Everything from the delicately choreographed orbits of the planets around us to the information written in every single cell in our body…all of it amazes me. The more I learn about the world through science, the more I learn about the Creator, and the more worshipful my heart becomes.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1