Rule Number One: Post a Picture


Why do one blog while overly conscience about what to write?

And the discipline of blogging, consistency, writing prose, English grammar, short post or longread, 10 or 100 tips to be a problogger?

The discussion is totally endless.

Above all blogging rules, a good picture is the most important.

Still, it is better than nothing if a picture in a blog post has just a so-so standard.

Second to a picture is having a good basic English language.

Be it a single-word utterance with limited productivity or a chunk of words-sentence like Molly Bloom’s soliloquy.

Both ways work as good in any blog post.

If this fails, go back to rule number one: Post a picture.

Good writing is essentially rewriting.
– Roald Dahl, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

You Should Date a Girl Who Reads, Rosemarie Urquico

An all-time favorites and probably the longest English quote by Rosemarie Urquico. Entitled “You Should Date a Girl Who Reads“.

Estimated to about 700 words apiece. Describing an anonymous character of a girl who read. Almost 99.9% of the quote sentences stressing on the wholesome goodness of a girl who read.

Nothing else.

Typically, a bookworm doing nothing more than to read, read, read, and read. And read.

The beauty of this girl is her literacy for books.

Interestingly, author adds on to advocate and encourage readers, supposedly the boys, to know more about this girl by means of “Buy her another cup of coffee.”, and “It’s easy to date a girl who reads.

The sense of humor comes at the very last line of this quote has totally bi-polarized the entire subject-matter.

It says “Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

Not in a contradicting manner, however, looking it as a super-improvised of how author wanting readers to act spontaneously after reading the lenghty quote.

I have to say I enjoy reading this quote. Simply makes me smile. But also slightly unfavorable for not mentioning today’s new-age girls.

James Joyce’s Ulysses and author Murakami were mentioned in this quote. Both, the former has been my favorites too.

Maybe, this quote was written in 10 years ago. Not sure. No source found who is Rosemarie Urquico. From The Philippines or a Spaniard? Unknown. Unfounded.

Nowadays, I hardly find girls who sit on cafe with folks who read old newspaper of yesterday’s news.

These days, girls love pubs and clubs with glamorous high heels, looking sophisticated with their electronics gadgets. To see and to be seen. Music club, not book club with Amazon Kindle.

Just like… A happy slender damselfly loves the shallow water ponds, hither and thither, she flies. Yet, unaware of stealthy pike fish basking near the surface will open his bestial jaws and gobble up in a single snap.

With social media such as Facebook, being so addictive, the new generation girls would probably choose to stay online with handheld devices and Candy-Crush-Saga.

Girls sleep with their handheld device too. Placing it next to their puffy pillow.

How would one be disciplined by holding a book, read, coffee, and be gadget-less?

I really like the quote. Worth the read for a mesmerizing quote.

Read it with a lighted heart.

Or better yet, date a boy who blogs.”

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
― Rosemarie Urquico

Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation Two

laozi, traveler

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. Installation Two.

  1. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  2. “Ever climbing, ever reaching. Ever striving, ever surpassing. Ever gaining, ever accumulating. For leaders this alone are ways to attain. And so for fifty years or more they repeat the pattern until stopped by circumstances, by disillusion, or by death.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子 laozi, traveler

  3. “The photograph is not quite true to my own notion of my gentleness and sweetness of nature, but neither perhaps is my external appearance.”
    ~ A.E. Houseman 1859 – 1936: letter, 12 June 1922

  4. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  5. “Every now and then go away, have little relaxation; for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer. To remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. When you go some distance away, then your work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at glance, so a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.”
    ~ Leonardo da Vinci, (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), High Renaissance Art Painter

  6. “The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  7. “I don’t trust photographers. I’m now relaxed, contented 60-year-old, but look at my pictures and you see a crazy, bug-eyed serial killer.”
    ~ Richard Ingrams 1937- :in Observer 24 August 1997. On a photograph accompanying an Independent article to mark his 60th birthday

  8. “What I find interesting and wonderful about Greg’s (Smallman) )approach, is that he starts from admiring the traditonal – not knocking it, but wanting to know if it’s possible to improve it in some way. He has quite clearly done that for me. Basically, he is making the guitar a more musical instrument.”
    ~ John Williams in 1993, Classical Guitarist, Australia

  9. Picasso once said: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”Going beyond imitation, not reinventing the wheel.

  10. “Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.”
    ~ Samuel Butler, Dec 1835 – Jun 1902, a novelist

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. There are inspiring, timeless and motivational.

There were from my older posts, where I’m trying to list it out in 3 installations.

Making as a re-post, while those singular post will be deleted.

This blog and the rest of them are undergoing an ‘overhaul’ of categories and tags.

Refining them by narrowing into primary and secondary topics, and omitting those arbitrary and irrelevant categories.