When I was 10 years old, I was hospitalized for a major operation. The time in the hospital was a big “delay” in my young social life. Aside from being in pain, I was also bored. My mom and other relatives would take turns in looking after me, but they offered little entertainment to a young child like me. Hehe 😛

One day, one of my uncles, Tito JR, gave me a book that would start my love affair with books. It was a hardbound Nancy Drew book entitled, The Haunted Showboat. I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading and I looked forward to the time that my Mom and my visitors would start a conversation. I would immediately be quiet, open the book and escape to another world and be a smart, young sleuth like Nancy Drew.

A few weeks after being discharged from the hospital, I was…

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