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1. My plans for the weekend!

 
Will I see you there?

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2. Hello, readers of the Sunday Inquirer Magazine!

Hello! :o) You may be visiting Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind for the first time because you read about it in the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Welcome! I've put together this post to introduce you to Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind and to the rest of the kidlitosphere.

Here are a few of my favorite Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind posts:

Author Interview: Perpilili Vivienne Tiongson

Illustrator Interview: Fereshteh Najafi

Author/Illustrator Interview: Grace Lin

1st Philippine National Children's Book Awards

Book Review: What shall I make? by Nandini Nayar and Proiti Roy

Inspiration from the 3rd Asian Festival of Children's Content

I highly, highly recommend these excellent Filipino book bloggers:

Bibliophile Stalker

Bookmarked!

Chachic's Book Nook

Coffeespoons

Ficsation 

Gathering Books

School Librarian in Action

You can follow me on my other social media accounts:

My first blog (which I still maintain)

Facebook

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My email address: asiaintheheart@yahoo.com 

Thank you so, so much for stopping by! :o)

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3. Hello, readers of the Sunday Inquirer Magazine!

Hello! :o) You may be visiting Into the Wardrobe for the first time because you read about it in the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Welcome! I've put together this post to introduce you to Into the Wardrobe and the rest of the kidlitosphere.

Here are some of my favorite Into the Wardrobe posts:

Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour: Interview with Illustrator Shahar Kober

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Author/Illustrator Interview: Peter Brown

The winner of the Cybils middle grade science fiction and fantasy category is...

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Another Interview with Author Sue Fliess!

I highly, highly recommend these other kidlit and YA lit blogs. They are the reason I started blogging more seriously!

A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

A Fuse #8 Production

Chasing Ray

Chicken Spaghetti

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

You can follow me on my other social media accounts:

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Thank you so, so much for stopping by! :o)

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4. Tarie does the Harlem Shake with her students!



The students, teachers, and staff of Obelisk Interlinked Learner's Home do the Harlem Shake!

Don't forget to watch it in 480p. =P

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5. Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!!! =D

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6. My heart is so full.

Now to make my bookshelves just as full. :o)

By the way, click here to see where I got the picture above. It goes with a nice little rant about how a lot of people forget the diversity in Asia.

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7. Ohhhkay.

So my favorite rapper, Zelo, is a fifteen-year-old prodigy.


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8. Dear 16-Year-Old Me

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9. (Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: My Mommy :o)


I have the most beautiful mommy in the world. <3 She was a beauty queen and model for many years!

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10. More Miscellany

* I want to read Snakes Can't Run by Ed Lin (Minotaur Books, March 2010). It's a mystery for adults set in New York’s Chinatown in 1976.

Click here to watch the book trailer for Snakes Can't Run. It's one of the best book trailers I've ever watched. Love the music. Love the old photographs. Love how everything is so gritty.


* I want to read Edinburgh by Alexander Chee (Picador, 2002). It's a novel for adults - adults who are not faint of heart. I read that it's a story about child molestation and its effects. I also read that it features some Korean folk tales.


* Check out Multiculturalism Rocks!, the blog of children's and young adult fiction writer Nathalie Mvondo. Multiculturalism Rocks! is a blog on multiculturalism in children's literature.

Click here to read Nathalie's interview with me. I explain why I have two blogs. =D

* Check out Zoe Toft's blog Playing by the book. Zoe puts so much thought and care and research into her blog posts. She doesn't just review children's books, she suggests songs, crafts, and other activities to go with the books!

Click here to read my guest blog at Playing by the book.

* Oh, and to mix the personal with the literary =P ... My older brother just got married!

Here I am with my mom, uncle, brothers, and sister-in-law:


Here I am (right smack in the middle) with family and some relatives. Yes, SOME relatives. A lot of my relatives couldn't make it to the wedding. We're a big clan. =D

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11. Wordless Wednesday: With My Grandparents =D

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12. Bellyfest 2010

On Saturday, my beautiful, fabulous poet friend Chloe (I fondly call her Chloebellabelles LOL) invited me to watch a dance show with her at the PETA Theater. (A note about the PETA Theater: I was appalled to see that the theater chairs were plastic chairs and that the stage was all scratched up / beaten up. It's a shame because the rest of the building is so clean and beautiful!) The dance show was the grand evening show of Bellyfest 2010. It was a recital of professional and amateur belly dancers. The very talented belly dancers were beauties of all different ages, shapes, and sizes. They were exuding a lot of confidence and it looked like they were having a lot of fun. I wanted to get up and dance, too!

Unfortunately, in one part of the recital there was an attempt to string together dance numbers using a narrative. It was a story about a man searching the world for a priceless gift to give his beloved. There was a dance number for each country he visited (Spain, Brazil, China, Egypt, etc.). The dance numbers were charming, but the story was trite and felt very forced. The narrator didn't enunciate his words well and there was no passion or any other kind of feeling coming from the actor playing the man who was traveling the world.

Still, I thought it was an excellent recital. Click here to read Chloe's review of the show. Her review includes a video of one of the amazing performers balancing a sword on her head while belly dancing!


Disclosure:

I bought my ticket to Bellyfest 2010, but I did get freebies from one of their sponsors, Slenda. The people from Slenda were so nice and they gave me a lovely gift bag. Thank you, Slenda!

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13. Children's Book Necklaces

At the Summer Solstice Rockwell Bazaar, I discovered Thingys Accessories by Cessa Gaston. There are lots of cute and quirky Thingys Accessories, but I zoomed in on the children's book necklaces! There were necklaces for Grimm's Fairy Tales, Harry Potter, and other children's books. I bought the necklaces for The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I *loved* those books as a child. I read them over and over and over again.




I'm not really a necklace person though. So I'll use the necklaces as bag accessories. :o)

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14. For Class This Week




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15. Family Update =D


My brothers JP and Brian, along with their teammate Tonek, won the gold for the men's team event at the World Poomsae Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan!!!

Congratulations, JP, Brian, and Tonek!!!

(Those are JP and Brian's medals in the picture. =D)

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16. Miscellany 2-12-2011

* CONGRATULATIONS to the master storyteller Rukhsana Khan for winning the 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Award for her outstanding writing in the picture book Big Red Lollipop (illustrated by Sophie Blackall and published by Viking Juvenile in 2010).


* The Filipino-British children's book Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books, 2011) is now available in the U.S. Buy now!


* Watch out for the Feb. 22 release of Orchards, a young adult novel in verse about a Japanese and Jewish American girl, by Holly Thompson (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011). I have an advance reading copy and the book is so lovely!



* New on my wishlist is Anya's War by Andrea Alban (Feiwel & Friends, 2011). Anya's War is a young adult novel set in 1930s Jewish Shanghai. JEWISH SHANGHAI!


* Click here to read my interview with Sarah Darer Littman, winner of a Sydney T

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17.

All I could do yesterday was follow the news and try to contact my friends in Japan. Now, more than ever, I have Asia in the heart and the world on my mind. I pray for all the people and countries affected by the earthquakes and tsunami, but most especially for Japan.

Stay safe, everyone.

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18. Japan is on my mind.


(art by Christopher David Ryan)

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19. Wow, how time flies.

Remember when I decided to take a long break from teaching back in 2006? Remember when I decided last year to take a break from work in general? Well, I'm back! =D I'm teaching English again - to children and teens at the Obelisk International Learning Hub and to adult learners at the Ateneo Language Learning Center (ALLC).

I'd like to share some pictures of my BEAUTIFUL colleagues and students at the ALLC. =D








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20. With my students from. . .


Japan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Thailand, and East Timor! :o)

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21. So what do English teachers do for fun?

They eat good food.







They visit cemeteries where revolutionaries used to secretly meet.



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22. Why I Started This Blog: The Danger of A Single Story

Shweta Ganesh Kumar shared with me this TED Talk from novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about how "a single story" about another person or country can cause critical misunderstanding, and I felt that the talk really reflected why I started this blog. Please watch it below, if you haven't already:



I sometimes teach creative writing to children and teens and have been very shocked to see that the first impulse of my students - all Filipinos or Chinese Filipinos ages 11-15 - is to write stories featuring characters with blond hair and blue eyes. It seems that, like the seven-year-old Adichie, my students have "a single story" about what literature is and do not think that people like them can exist in literature. (Needless to say, I am now trying to expose my students to more Filipino literature and literature from other Asian countries.)

I blog because our students, nieces and nephews, children, grandchildren, and godchildren NEED AND DESERVE more than "a single story" about Asia and more than "a single story" about each Asian country. And I am really grateful that you are here reading this blog, because that means you reject "the single story" about Asia and "the single story" about each Asian country.

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23. LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL MY STUDENT IS.

And her twin sister of course. :o)


An (my student several years ago) and En are influential fashion and photography bloggers. They are on Preview magazine's Creative It List 2011! Check out their blog here.

P.S. An isn't just a pretty face either. She's smart and her essays for my class were always well-written.

P.P.S. Yes, I will continue to blog and brag about my students here.

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24. More Studentsssssss



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25. HAPPY DIWALI!

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