Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Nald Tabuzo’s Black Blood
edited by Gabby
Published on July 2018 under Precious Pages Corporation’s Black Ink imprint, a komiks revival effort that also takes cues from Japanese popular culture, Nald Tabuzo’s Black Blood is a refreshing Filipino take on the Japanese light novel.
Now this might seem like an odd post from me, considering that I have talked about BTS on this blog and in positive terms, and I’ve even been to a concert. I very much enjoy their music and parts of their message and still do! But note parts of their message. Not all of it. This is because I’m Catholic, and certain ideas expressed in some of their recent comebacks and the literary works these comebacks reference are antithetical to my beliefs.
Specifically, Herman Hesse’s Demian and Carl Jung’s ideas.
I had only ever encountered a few Herman Hesse quotes (which I quite liked) before BTS came out with Wings and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” (herefrom BST). Once the teasers came out, everyone kept going on about Herman Hesse’s Demian, and so I decided to read it. I found it on Project Gutenberg or…
In this mind introduced to James Joyce through “Araby” and crazy memery, this critical piece is quite a bright and fascinating light. Also, Medieval Otaku’s reblog sparked me into actually reading and thinking about this, so yeah.
Now for the good stuff. In rereading Ulysses and dipping into Finnegans Wake and Richard Ellmann’s biography of James Joyce, it’s become clear that the man is one of those artists who I have a foundational, yet utterly complicated and baffling relationship with. It will take some time to completely hash things out.
As I was lazily wandering around the Internet, I found this short story by Kenshi Yonezu, a well-known Japanese musician who also goes by the name “Hachi.” This story about happiness…ah, it reminds me of those days when my old pessimistic self started to shatter greatly…and I really need to read more stories that are like this beautiful short story.
Anyway, I’d like to recommend this story to all the sad people out there. The world needs more happiness, you know. Also, I’d like to thank vgperson for translating this beautiful story. You can go to the translation by clicking the picture above or by clicking here. If you want to read the Japanese original, then go here.
I first heard about Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” from my principal during high school, but I only learned the names of the Habits and then eventually forgot them temporarily. Then, during last summer vacation, I learned more about them in a seminar-workshop, and from that same seminar-workshop, I even got a copy of the book, which I just finished reading a few weeks ago. And yes, I’m a teenager, but I won’t tell you my exact age yet. It will be revealed in due time…
Anyway, I’ve learned a lot from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and I would like to show you what I’ve learned through my drawings and words!
Habit 1: Be Proactive
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:I can’t control others, but I only I can control myself! I can choose to be happy even if others are sad, I can choose to look for a solution to a problem even if everyone else thinks there no solution to the problem, and I can choose to do what’s right even if many people would hate me because of it! The world around me is an influence, like I am to the world, and only I can decide how the world around me will influence me!
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:I should have a clear goal in life that I am committed to, a goal that only I should decide on, a goal that can help me become a better person, because if I don’t do this, then the world around me can easily drag me away from the right path. I should also know what my strengths and weaknesses are, because knowing them can help me in choosing the right path, too!
Habit 3: Put First Things First
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:I need to balance my time. I need to discipline myself. I need to gather willpower to do the more important things even if the going gets tough. Hardships and failure are things that I will definitely encounter in life, but I shouldn’t give up, and I should also learn from these hardships and failures in order to accomplish my goals.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:Everyone is equal, and it’s just that each and every one of us have different features, strengths, weaknesses, and development timetables. Still, everyone can be great. No need to worry so much about winning or losing competitions against other people, I just need to do my best and have fun! No need to compare myself to others, too. Instead of being envious of others’ success, I should use their success as inspiration to do my best and have fun, and try to help them out in things that they’re not good at, too! If I won’t be able to find a Win-Win solution with someone, then it’s better to go No Deal and stop for a while.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:I should listen carefully to people first before responding to them with what I think. I should also be constructive in giving criticism to people, too! And when listening, I shouldn’t just focus only on their words, but also on their tone and their body language, too!
Habit 6: Synergize
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:No person is more superior or inferior to another, just different. I can also find inspiration in others’ differences, even if I don’t agree with some of those differences. I should respect others, no matter who they are, because we’re all inherently good and we all have the potential to be great, and with our differences, we can work together to find better ways to solve problems! I can’t properly go through life all alone and self-centered, too!
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
What I learned in a freaking nutshell:I need to have balance in my life. I need to keep my body fit, keep my mind sharp, be kind to myself and to others, and keep on renewing and awakening my inner self, because if I don’t, living life happily and properly would become difficult to do.
To be honest, I’m still struggling with some of the Habits, but still, I won’t give up! Anyway, if you, dear reader, are a teen and are struggling with life, I’d like you to read Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens!” It’s freaking humorous, light, and inspirational, you know! “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” is definitely worth a read!
A long time ago (during my final year of high school, I think…or maybe a year before that), I became interested in Paulo Coelho’s books. Yeah, that Paulo Coelho. That famous Brazilian novelist who is one of the most widely read authors in the world. I thank a certain high school English teacher of mine for introducing me to him and his books.
Well, I’ve only read and finished one of his many famous books, though. And that book is the one that I’ll be recommending to you people today.
The Alchemist. A story that teaches us readers about the importance of listening to our hearts as we go on with life, learning to read omens that we encounter in life, and most of all, following our dreams that we wish to fulfill in life. It is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who dreams of traveling in search of treasure. For those who are interested, I would like you people to read the story for yourselves. Even if I was stuck midway in the novel for a long time because of lack of interest, it still amazed me when I continued and finished reading it yesterday. I especially recommend this book to people who fear failure or feel unworthy in fulfilling their dreams. And I also recommend this to everyone, because we’re all dreamers. Each one of us has a dream in life that we want to fulfill, you know.
If you’re interested, why not give “The Alchemist” a read?