Books, pics, music, happiness index, and our house

I am getting a lot of inquiries about where to find my books. Some people can’t find them in the usual bookstores. I asked my publisher about this and she suggested that if anyone tells me he/she can’t find it in a particular store, I should let my publisher know which store and she will replenish the store immediately. So please tell where you went and could not find them when you write me to complain.

Meanwhile, for Australia and New Zealand residents who are interested in purchasing my first three books (Humming In My Universe, Between Blinks, Writing On Water), you can order through me. I brought a few dozens over for people looking for them here.

My fourth book will be ready for release very soon. I have just ordered a copy of the final edit and once I give it a look and approve it, I shall announce through this blog how to purchase copies. Right now, it won’t be available through the usual bookstores. But you can order it via the net and it will be delivered to you anywhere you are in the world and depending how fast you want it, the price will vary. Thanks to the wonder of publish-on-demand technology which makes these things possible. More on the book hopefully by next week when I have it.

With regards the inquiries on my photos, those wishing to order can write me at emailjimp@gmail.com. I am proud to say I have recieved a few orders from here and there. You can view some of them at the photos section of my multiply account.

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I am currently back in Sydney enjoying my family and the cooling weather. In many ways, one can say that Sydney is the anti-thesis of what Manila is. Where Manila is chaotic and dirty, Sydney is predictable and spic and span. Where Manila is getting warmer, Sydney is getting cooler. Where Manila is cheap and has a continuous party atmosphere, Sydney is expensive and quite sedate, and may be boring to people used to Manila’s hectic pace.

They will also be having elections here soon but unlike Manila, one can hardly feel the fever. Aussies are also required to get out and vote or pay a fine. That only happened during Marcos’ time in the Philippines!

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I have resumed classes with most of my guitar and voice students and have gained new ones. This is only for a brief moment since I won’t be staying long again. It is really fun to teach. There are some students who have great interest in music and I can see that it will play a major role in their lives later on. I see myself in them when I was young. The guitar was something that attracted, intrigued and obssessed me. It was the key to a world waiting to be mastered and I plunged head on and learned as much as I could, or so I thought. Some 41 later, I feel I should have given it more attention, and maybe taken lessons!

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The happiness index in our Aus household seems much higher than the last time I visited. I thought then during my last visit that my kids and Lydia were doing OK. Now I feel they are doing fine. Ala is back in school taking her masters and is quite pleased with everything she has learned and achieved since she moved to Aus. Mio won’t readily admit it but he is already having fun here. He actually enjoys his classmates now and is quite a popular kid in school. Erica had her first taste of selling her Peace Joe line of clothing merchandise at Glebe Market today and sold a decent number of items. She was quite excited at the reaction of people to her stuff. I am so happy that she is enterprising enough to do something like this. Lydia is confident in this new place and is quite adept at directions, driving and doing ecerything that needs to be done.

Me? I need to cool my heels longer here and get more familiar with the place. I still get lost and do not have much confidence going around. But in time, I know I eventually will catch up with everyone. But I am happy to be around the people I love and am enjoying every minute so far.

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Just like all the houses we’ve lived in, our Glenwood place is getting its increasingly large share of visitors. As I type this, there are a bunch of Mio’s classmates talking loudly and laughing boisterously out in the garden while partying. Tonight, Erica’s friends are coming over as well for wine and cheese. Last night, we had a few friends over for dinner. Last week, Lydia’s sister Rosanne visited from the US and more will be coming this year. While I was away, Lydia would invite people alomost weekly for dinner. This is a good house.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
14 years ago

Welcome back Jim!

At last puede ko nang daanan (unless magagawi kayo dito sa bandang amin)ang inorder kong books before you went to Pinas. Abot pa sa Easter puntang US, ha!ha!

Glad to know everyone is getting used to OZ after almost a year.

Enjoy Autumn.

M

Jim
Jim
14 years ago

Yes, it’s ready for you Miles. And yes, this place is growing on us.

leevon
leevon
14 years ago

Hi Jim,

I am quite gratefull that you have taken your time to teach my kids your skills. It is good that they can see someone who has risen and serves as a good role model. They can see what can happen if you really work hard and go the extra mile to learn a skill.

cheers,

LA

Jim
Jim
14 years ago

leevon–the pleasure is mine. you have good, talented kids.

Anonymous
Anonymous
14 years ago

Hello Jim,

Thought I find out what’s new with you and then I read your post about your books. Please reserve one each of your first 3 books for me. Tell me when I can pick them up – you’re just 10 min. away from where I live.

😀
Cye
P.S. I haven’t forgotten – I still owe you a reply to your last zaadz email. Will do soon.

Jim
Jim
14 years ago

cye–pass by anytime. I’m home often teaching guitar, But call first just to make sure.