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The Other Melody of My Soul

The first one being my sister Melody, and me loving these two melodies.

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Impressions: Aleph by Paulo Coelho

AlephAleph by Paulo Coelho

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I love about the books of Coelho, as exemplary demonstrated in the most translated book of all time, The Alchemist, is their sheer power to give hope with a readable story. Whether you are reading Aleph in a plane, on a boat in the middle of the sea, in a humid, windowless room lying sick on your back, once you open the pages of the book, you are transported immediately to that trans-Siberian journey with the protagonist named Paulo. Everything around you changes; you get the feeling of discomfort Paulo and his companions are going through in one of the oldest & longest trains in the world, the biting cold below zero climate of Russia, especially Siberia, the vastness of the lake & the beautiful rose he recognizes as his home, his love, his wife, the transformation of the shaman, the eagle of Baikal soaring high in the sky, the beautiful Tatiana and the impromptu ritual by the frozen fountain, the tensed confrontation of Yao with one of the members of the Russian mafia, the angel playing Hilal’s violin, the timelessness of love. In other words, you own the book and the story becomes your reality. And since you have traveled with everyone and know each like your old friends, in the end, you are not the same person just as all the characters in the story are not.

Aleph is a great book. It’s for us people who persist on believing the unknown until the destiny we feel in our hearts manifest in our own reality. While we struggle and learn to read our own signs, Paulo Coelho provides us a picture, an accurate narration of what is to come and that is more than enough to keep us going. Obrigado, Paulo!

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About Des

A 30-year-old who recently moved to Muntinlupa, Philippines, Des is also a Belgian resident who lived in Brussels and Ghent, Belgium. She is a passionate handmaker, finding unparalleled joy in cooking, baking, and crafting. Des enjoys writing but what she really is – is a seasoned traveler. She started traveling when she was a baby braving the waves regularly to visit her grandmother and relatives in the Philippine island of Daram, Samar. She has not stopped since. She’s been pretty much around the 7,107 Philippine islands, visited some nearby Southeast Asian countries, been to North and West Africa, and Eastern & Central Europe. She’s still rollin’!

In her previous life, i.e. in her teens and twenties, Des was a modern dance group active member, a declaimer, a winning school paper photojournalist, a working student researcher, a training assistant & documenter, a customer service representative, a market researcher, a corporate admin assistant, a program officer at a microfinance consulting company, and an intern at an equity investment firm.

A true-blue Maroon, she finished her undergraduate studies at UP Diliman. At 26, Des moved to Europe and obtained her master’s degree from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. She lived in the Dutch political capital of Den Haag for 15 months and moved toLyon, France after her studies, learned a bit of the language & a whole lot of the culture, before moving to Belgium a year after. For a new life it brought her, she considers Ghent her second hometown.

Des hails from Catbalogan, Samar, a Waray-waray through and through. Fortunately, she got her logic from the Dutch prior to being swept off her feet by a French guy, his French family, and the French culture. In retrospect, the combo makes her a perfect Belge. On the pages of PinoyMatters, she shares snippets of her life’s never-ending transitions.

You must be wondering by now: what’s so special about Des? Nothing much really, except Des does things she loves to do, everyday. And to be able to do this, she has to find the things she loves.

The exciting search continues, welcome to her world!