A Trade with another Bibliophile

I set up a meeting with a friend of a friend, both of whom are writers in the Philippines, to get some book connections here. I’ve never actually met either friend in person so it took me a bit out of my comfort zone, but was totally worth it.

Jahric came to the condo after having worked overnight and we talked for a couple hours about each other’s lives and writing experiences. Jahric has been passionate about writing his entire life and started a boutique publishing company in his college years. At that time it was hard to find available capabilities to print books so he worked with a college thesis printing shop to design and create those capabilities, thus adding a printing arm to his publishing company.

The friend who introduced us, Mark, is a creative writing teacher in his province (Masbate) and has a project to develop a library there. See his Facebook page regarding the library here. https://www.facebook.com/thebookmarkprojectfaemhs

One thing about being a reader since a child is that, at my age, you realize that collecting books your entire life doesn’t work because normal people will run out of space. These days half my reads are e-books or library books. Of course, I still like paper, but it’s also nice to pass them on to others that will enjoy reading them. Mark’s looking for book donations so I brought him some of my favorites to share and Jahric will get them to him.

In addition, Jahric is a huge Stephen King fan and has been lusting after a specific boxed set of his books that was not readily available in the Philippines. So, I brought these over for him. They were heavy, but now he owes me, lol.

After our visit, we exchanged some books each of us have written and had a yummy lunch at RackShack in Circuit Makati.

Getting to know authors and readers in other cultures (which can even include areas other than the midwest in the US) is one of the things that keeps my passion for reading and writing alive. What do you do to feed your passion?

Find links to Jahric’s book site here:




To see my other posts on family, travel, food, and bookclub, head to:



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark Rana says:

    Thank you so much, Bob for the support! I’ll surely keep you posted about the library as we will be having an inauguration of the new center soon. Enjoy your vacation, Bob!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ll let people know to contact your page if they have gently used books to share!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Mark Rana says:

        Thank you!


  2. Humberto Gonzalez says:

    Cool exchange you had with Jahric.




    Sent from my iPhone


    div dir=”ltr”>


    blockquote type=”cite”>


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s