Why I love Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

This is a super late book review about Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. This has been in my cart for some months. I’ve decided to buy it as a gift for myself.

โ€œBe led by your curiosity and keep busy doing things that fill you with meaning and happiness.โ€ ๐Ÿฅฐ

Whatโ€™s your Ikigai? What is something that gives you meaning and happiness?
This book is a must-read. This book helps its readers to fully understand their reason for living by knowing their ikigai.

Ikigai does not have to be grand. Sometimes, it could be the simplest thing in life, and that is okay. It differs from one person to another.

This book also gives an overview about the Japanese secret to a long and happy life. The authors are so specific in their explanation. They included diet, exercise, and way of living. They share how people in a certain place in Japan live longer than others.

Major takeaways from Ikigai

  • Each setback is an opportunity to grow.
  • Worrying about things that are beyond our control accomplishes nothing.
  • It is not what happens to you, but how you react that matters -Epicletus
  • Ikigai is the reason why we get up every morning.
  • Once you discover your ikigai, pursuing and nurturing it everyday will bring meaning to your life.

Have you read this book? Share your favorite quotes, too. Here’s mine.

This is the sign that you should grab a copy of this book. Go read it, friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Aishite imasu ni Romulo P. Baquiran Book Review

Isinulat ni Sir Romulo P. Baquiran ang Aishite imasu: Mga Dagling Sanaysay sa Danas-Japan ang mga sanaysay rito noong siya ay nagturo ng Wikang Filipino sa Japan noong 2014-2017. Inilathala naman ito ng UP Press ngayong 2021.

Bakit mo ito kailangang basahin?

Maraming dahilan para basahin mo ang librong ito. Una, basahin mo ito dahil maraming magandang paglalarawan sa Japan ang nilalaman ng akdang ito.

May isang kabanata na kung saan, malinaw na nailarawan sa isip ko ang itsura ng cherry blossoms at ang pakiramdam ng mga naroon sa eksenang iyon. Banayad ang mga naratibo. Parang nasa Japan ka na rin.

Basahin mo ito dahil napaka-natural, at totoo ng pagsusulat ni Sir Joey. Walang paglilimita sa mga danas, nakakatawa man o nakakahiya, na ikinuwento sa akdang ito. Matututo, matatawa, at makakaramdam ka ng lungkot sa mga sanaysay.

Napakaganda ng akdang ito. Parang kaibigan ka ni Sir Joey at personal ka niyang dinala sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Japan. Ipakikita niya sa’yo ang pagkain, teknolohiya, bisikleta, at ang transportasyon sa Japan. Ipakikilala ka rin niya sa mga naging kaibigan at mga nakasalubong niya sa lugar na ito.

Pwede mo pa ring bilhin ang aklat na ito sa Shopee. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dead Balagtas Tomo 1: Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa

I am not into graphics novel or comics but I had fun reading Dead Balagtas Tomo 1: Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa. This graphic novel won the 2018 Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award and 2018 National Book Award for Best Graphic Literature and Best Book Design! (Well-deserved, Ms. author!)

There are three reasons why I enjoyed reading this book.

This book is a combination of science, folktale, and contemporary plot with social relevance. The first few pages feature the creation myth. This is narrated and combined with a modern story in the present. The author perfectly narrates the myth and modern story. Flawless. This has also science-related citations that make the story more interesting.

I also like this book because of the book design. It features traditional patterns that are all amazing. The print, patterns, and color are drawn with passion and effort as in. All of the pages are colored and it is worth the ink. Really.

Lastly, I love this book because it makes its readers aware of some social relevant issues like: labor law, women’s rights, LGBT’s role in the society, how migration affects people, the traffic, and even the technology. Hay. I love the first chapter which is about a boy and a girl who separated way because of you know, dreams. That plot may seem ordinary but the way the author delivered that story is extraordinary. Super.

Everybody should read this book. But, it is quite costly. It is 550, but I got it from Shopee for 365, thanks to the points, discounts, and promos. I had second thoughts of buying it but I think the price is worth it. It is fully covered with bubble wrap when it arrived.

This book is highly recommended. Grab a copy now. SUPER GANDA. PERIOD.