We used to buy or rent used college books at Recto when we consider saving a few pesos that could be used for our other needs. The improvised bookstores in that place offer the best deals as the books are sold at the lowest prices.
As the phrase implies, used college books are those secondhand books, nearly new or old, that still serve as references or resources for college subjects, school reports and projects, and position papers.
In the US, there are established stores for these kinds of books sold for students whereas in the Philippines, some of these small stores are makeshift ones, found in nooks or corners and usually along the university belt.
Recently, online stores in the Philippines now offer these used books that could be bought or rented at cheaper prices.
The other day, during lunch, and as always in between discussions, I popped out a question – Is it big deal if in a bf-gf relationship, that the woman is the one that spends most of the time when they go out, eat out, or watch a movie?
In the Filipino culture, in the days of old, a man, even if he is already a boyfriend, continues to woo until the time they decide to marry if everything goes smooth until the wedding day. By wooing, the man will have to curry favor by doing some work for the love of his life and for her family. It was customary of the man to always show his best character all the time and give gifts to his love. The woman feels truly special during those moments. She does not have to prove her love by doing what her man should be doing, that is, spending money to prove her love. This is an account from women of that time, great grandparents and grandparents.
In answer to the question, the youngest in the group who is in her late twenties, replied that it is big deal to her. She believes that even if they are already bf-gf, it is not fair that she’ll spend most of the time when they go out, or eat out, or watch a movie. It is okay for her to share in the expenses but for a man to make his livelihood out of her girlfriend is not fair at all.
The younger guy in the group said that it should not be big deal if the woman allowed herself to be in the situation knowing that the guy earns less, or his earnings are just enough for himself, or is unemployed. It was an honest answer from a person who has radical thoughts.
In my opinion, a man should be ashamed of himself to allow a situation where most of the time it is the girlfriend who spends a lot when they go out. It is obvious that decency is forgotten, or deliberately set aside. It is like the woman is buying out or paying for, the love from her man.
Yey! I am participating in today’s Photohunt Theme by Sandi and Gattina. A few moments ago, my dashboard was acting up again and I can’t post. After doing some tweaking, I am allowed to post again. Thank you patience! 😀
I share this picture from 2008 where we usually visit my father’s grave at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. The kids (nephews and nieces and my children) were still very young.
Below is another picture of a niece with a big umbrella about to traipse alone.
What does it make of a person who appreciates different types of music genre? Nothing. The person just knows how to appreciate good music from whatever genre it belongs to no matter if other people consider said music as good or not.
I am one of those who are not fixated on one particular genre only, like some others who patronize rock and roll music, for example, only or above all other genre. If an artist sounds unique, with a twang that gets my attention, then the artist must be very good and/or versatile.