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A Poised Quill πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­  βœ’ Quiet adventures told through the lens and words of @bobbierebultan ❀ Food + Books πŸ“š goodreads.com/bobbierebultan πŸ‘‰ facebook.com/APoisedQuill

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Random #shelfie πŸ˜ƒ I love looking at my shelves especially after I've cleaned them. πŸ“šπŸ’• It makes me dream of bigger and grander shelves and more books. 😍 There's another shelf at the bottom that isn't included in this shot--that's the shelf that houses my least favorite books. (Excuse the mothballs and silica gels. I like to keep my shelves insect-free and mold-free πŸ˜…πŸ˜›)

Delicately and skillfully prepared right in front of their smitten, drooling, and mesmerized customers provides a rare combination of artistic entertainment and a glimpse of Japan's culinary culture. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ http://bit.ly/apq-kobe-beef (Bobbie & Borgy: Japan, April 2017)
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I'm sorry (not really) for this really random steak picture. πŸ˜‚ It's nearing lunch time here and I am seriously craving for steak. 😡

Now reading: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. I've read so many positive reviews about this book, but I honestly still don't know what to expect from it. After the weirdness rip-roaring of American Gods, I'm really not ready for something too tame, so I hope this book won't be that. πŸ˜…
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My review of American Gods is already up on the blog and on goodreads! πŸ˜‰ (I know it took me a month to finish reading. Sorry! ✌)
πŸ“˜ http://bit.ly/apq-book-american-gods

Got this gorgeous edition of Neil Gaiman's (@neilhimself) Neverwhere earlier! 😍 Chris Riddell's (@chris_riddell) illustrations are stunning!

@frostbeardmpls' Fall collection is all sorts of cozy! 😍 Particular shoutout to Bookworm and Le Cirque Des RΓͺves! ❀ I'm going to miss these old labels, but on the other hand, I am so excited for their rebranding! 😍

Even though we don't really have a fall season here in the Philippines πŸ˜‚ it's still easily my favorite, because literature always makes it so romantic. 😝 And anyway, I'd imagine it's the time of balance--not too hot and not too cold. Just...perfect. ❀

I found myself missing Japan more often lately. 😳 Japan has an aura of quiet sophistication. Modest but refined. Everything is a work of art. Castles are surrounded with calm moats while cherry blossoms twirled in the wind. Winding stone paths are trimmed with towering bamboo groves and cherry trees. Lanterns, both tōro and chōchin, glinting off the torii gates on temple grounds and shrines. It feels as if you're walking along the fringes of their history. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ― (Bobbie & Borgy: Japan, April 2017)

The historic district that lead our way to the temple gave off a sense of otherworldliness--the tone of old Japan blanketed over everything. And then the lush and hush that greeted us during our approach is archetypal of the Zen stillness.

The Silver Pavilion (or Ginkaku) sits along Higashiyama (Kyoto's eastern mountains). Surrounding the temple is a calm pond, an impressive and carefully manicured landscape, and an interesting dry-sand garden, Ginshadan. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ― Imagine how the landscape and view will look in autumn and winter. 😍 (Bobbie & Borgy: Japan, April 2017)

Setting the scene: He woke with a start. He must have dozed off. He was sitting slumped on a plump couch with an open graphic novel on his lap. He looked around him discreetly, hoping he hadn't been snoring. No one was around. He glanced at his watch, they've been here for almost an hour. He rubbed at his eyes. He's been lacking sleep lately because of work. This would have been the perfect time to catch some sleep but when she had asked--pleaded with those soft dark eyes and dramatic eyebrows of hers--him to accompany her to a quick bookstore stop, he couldn't resist.

He looked around. It's impossible to see her anywhere. The moment they entered the store, she lead her to this couch and then disappeared behind the shelves, which towered over her tiny, bouncing frame.

He gave a deep sigh. He wondered how he agreed to this. They have never had a 'quick' visit to the bookstore and he guessed they never will. "It's the eyes," he thought. "And her tiny voice." "I'm ready to go!" He heard, as if thinking about her voice conjured it. He looked up and there she is, cradling on her arms six paperbacks still wrapped in plastic. She stood there beaming. He couldn't help but smile back at her. He took the books from her arms and lead her to the register. She was practically alight and he...well, he just looked at her practically sparkling with happiness and, despite the lack of sleep, he glowed with her.✨❀
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@frostbeardmpls New Paperback candle is probably the freshest and cleanest scent I've tried from them. It kind-of breaks my heart that this isn't part of their permanent collection, but I get why this has to be done (I already have their Fall collection! Hehehe 😳😍)

A book in her hand and reality hung suspended. Each page she turned held her afloat. If a bookstore is her universe, the pages are her orbit. ✨
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I've posted this photo a few times on my personal account, but this is the first time here. So yes, some of you may already be getting sick of seeing this photo. πŸ˜…βœŒ I won't be writing a Setting The Scene again this week (although I've already written that short piece above) because I honestly do not have the drive to do it. πŸ˜– A lot has been happening lately. Anxiety is acting up along with other messy emotions, and the ONLY thing that calms me right now is reading, which I can't do ALL the time. So yeah, my nerves are frayed right now. πŸ’”
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In other news, despite the gloomy days, I am soooo ready for the Fall collection of @frostbeardmpls 😍😍😍😍
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I pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. πŸ˜’πŸ’” And also, stay safe, Filipino friends! Weather here in the πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ has also been unkind lately.

Now reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I know I've been saying that I'm a huge Gaiman fan, but this is the first time I would be reading American Gods. 😳 And I am so happy I picked up this edition! Aside from the GORGEOUS cover, this editon is 12,000 words longer than the first published. And this is the version he's most proud of, so that makes me really happy and excited. 😍

This candle from @frostbeardmpls is the perfect companion for my weekend reading. πŸ€“πŸ“šπŸŒ§πŸŒ© While most of my Western friends have been raving about the eclipse, most people here in the πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ stayed indoors because of the rain. Monsoons here in the Philippines have always been scary, so everyone here is really vigilant (stay safe fellow Filipinos! ❀)
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My review of Blindess is already up on the blog and on goodreads! πŸ˜‰
πŸ“˜ http://bit.ly/apq-book-blindness

Setting the scene: She's always been pessimistic and skeptical. She doesn't like getting her hopes up.

So when he brought her to their favorite seafood shack where they had their first date, she only thought he wanted to indulge on a Friday night.

So when after that, he brought her to a bookstore that was open late at night while he watched with a smile as she browsed the shelves for two hours, she only thought he was amused at how indecisive she's always been when book shopping.

So when upon reaching home, he tightened his grip on her hand and pulled her towards the back of the house, she only thought he wanted to check the yard.

So when she saw the gazebo light up and hundreds of wisteria hung from the ceiling, and rose petals covered the floor, her heart began to race, but she tried to remember the date, wondering if she forgot an occasion.

But when she finally stood inside the twinkling flower-strewn gazebo and he hugged her and she felt and heard the wild thud-thud his heart made in sync with hers, she finally understood.

He looked at her shyly, and then knelt down on one knee.

Finally, she believed.

Now reading: Blindness by JosΓ© Saramago. This has a high average rating on Goodreads, but I also noticed that it's really not for everybody. A lot of people found this book very heavy and disturbing. I am willing to give this a chance, of course. Admittedly, however, I am already finding myself a bit swayed by the negative reviews. Leafing through the pages, I just KNOW I would struggle through the writing style. πŸ˜• I hope I won't be DNF-ing this. πŸ˜₯
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My review of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is already up on the blog and on goodreads! πŸ˜‰
πŸ“˜ http://bit.ly/apq-book-wayfarers1

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