Who of you still fall asleep while reading a book?
I love reading books – yeah those books with paper pages that you have to flip through the pages, and not your digital versions, because those hurts my eyes. And I always have that genuine love for books.
I can describe books a bit similar to wines – the older it gets, the better it reads.
Not to mentioned those old library books, (ahh I love libraries!) and smelling those old pages (yeah I know they are dusty, and that’s make them more appealing).
But never have I fallen asleep to the books that contains stories that catches my attention.
Few weeks ago, I’ve got this booklet delivered to my office and the sender is requesting for my review. Though I rarely review books (okay, my other book reviews are still on my drafts, but will share it to you very soon!) I don’t mind giving an honest, no-sugar-coat-kind-of-review.
If you already read this booklet the 7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change the World written by Mike Grogan, then please do tell me your insights because am truly want to know yours!
So back to this booklet – yeah I call it a booklet and not a book, because for my own definition – a book has more than a hundred pages.
This booklet was written by an Irish-national who had an undeniable passion on all-things Filipino: our traditions, way of life, the local people, our undeniably beautiful cultures, etc. which made him inspire to write his second book.
As a Filipino, I always appreciate that many non-locals are gaining some fascination to our culture and way of living. Yeah we Filipinos, knows it perfectly just like the back of our hands – but due to the modernization and globalization, those are less observed by us Filipinos as we embraced the new cultures. But it doesn’t translate that the old ways have vanished.
Those old ways are still there, it is in our veins – just waiting a perfect time to unleash it.
In his less than 50-pages piece, Mike Grogan have shared his genuine observations and personal experiences on being with Filipino community since he moved in the country in 2015. And I say that those seven reasons are true, and if you ask other non-local guests who have been to the Philippines, they will also share to you a couple or three stories that proves his stated reasons.
However as I flipped and read it pages by pages, I find myself in an unfamiliar state when reading books.
The state of boredom.
His thoughts are expressed in his effort, however I find it lack of touch – of course I could relate to what he is describing because those are things I’ve known for many years, but the story is lack of touch – it didn’t touched my emotion.
And I thought, “…maybe I’ll read it again” that maybe the second round I read it, I could finally get that emotional juice I was looking for.
Unfortunately, I didn’t.
It’s like am in a foggy place and no matter how much I tried to clear-out my space and wear my spectacles, still I couldn’t get what I want.
Words are well written no doubt on that area. And I applaud his efforts on collating these information aiming to reach-out many readers and reminded us how awesome to be a Filipino.
Yes, we are awesome – we already know that. We all know that if Filipinos will rule the world, it will be one of the BEST (or maybe worst if misguided).
However, it lacks emotional mojo – it’s not emotionally arousing!
It would be more interesting if he added some facts and stories that not all Filipinos know that we possess it.
Like a trivial facts or something…
Plus, it would be more interesting if he also added some photos of him documenting sharing his hands-on experiences to make it more viable.
Reading his piece is like listening to my college professor speaking in mono-tone, and I couldn't help to control my sleepy head.
Especially nowadays – readers are more visual, both thru imagination and reality, so it should be interactive, and it wouldn’t aim your readers to fall asleep like when you are in a cinema, and the storyline makes you bored and you fell asleep… worst snoring!
However, that is just me – and I don’t know if you will feel the same.
This booklet will be a perfect guide for non-Filipinos, as quick Filipino101 Guide before deciding to visit or maybe moved-in here in the Philippines.
As a self-proclaimed best-selling author, Mike Grogan also shares his knowledge through several motivational talks, so if you are interested to hear his expertise on his crafts do check him at http://www.mikegrogan.ph