Special Book Feature: The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss (plus giveaway!)

It’s only March 2017 but I’ve managed to read seven books this year. Although this volume seems little compared to frequent book readers, I would like to keep the momentum going by reading other genres as well.

The Gaia Effect

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss


One of the books that I’ve read recently that is quite far from the usual style I dig is ‘The Gaia Effect’ by Claire Buss. This is her first novel and the journey to getting her work published is an interesting one!

But first, let me share the blurb of The Gaia Effect:

In City 42 Corporation look after you from cradle to grave. They protect you from the radiation outside the wall. They control the food, the water, the technology and most important of all, the continuation of the human race. Kira and Jed Jenkins were lucky enough to win Collection but when their friends start falling pregnant naturally, everything changes. How long has Corporation been lying to them? Is it really toxic outside the wall? As the group comes to terms with the changes in their lives they discover there is a much more powerful and ancient force at work, trying to bridge the gap between man and nature.

 

Or you may just watch the book trailer here:

Interesting, right? For some reason, I was imagining two Hollywood stars playing the role of Kira and Jed. I also have a Filipino version in my head but I wouldn’t reveal who I had in mind (unless you force me..).

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Hotels vs. Hostels: Which One Is Best For You?

The usual dilemma for travelers is finding a good place to stay during their trip. In most cases, tourists want to get a comfortable yet affordable accommodation service to suit their needs and budget. Plus, the cabin should be walking distance from the places they want to visit for more convenience.

View of Manila from Diamond Hotel

View of Manila from Diamond Hotel

However, looking for accommodation comes with various options as well as types to choose from, making it even harder to decide. So which one is really best for you, a hotel or hostel?
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Independent Film Festivals in the Philippines: A Quick Guide for cinephiles

Manila is now popular as a megacity that is ideal for cinephiles. Although it usually show Pinoy romantic comedies and Hollywood blockbusters, movie-goers today embrace the introduction of independent film festivals which showcase originally made Filipino films.As a matter of fact, it’s no secret that many film buffs from around the world visit the Philippines just to watch local films which help boost Philippine tourism in that aspect. Many luxury hotels and even budget inns in Manila, especially the ones near Cultural Center of the Philippines or Quezon City, get full bookings during the festival duration. Patron of the arts are willing to spend just to take part in these inspiring gatherings!

Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries

Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries

The annual hosting of local film festivals made Metro Manila popular among film makers and film watchers hailing from various parts of the globe. Now, refer to the following list of independent film festivals in the Philippines for a quick guide on what to expect in the indie film industry!

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