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Underwood Universal Champion Portable 1948 typewriter

The package has arrived! First imperssion: it's smaller than I imagined. But so, so beautiful! Font size is smaller than the Smith-Corona, but I love it. Great restoration work by Mr. Gerald dela Cruz of Comandante Street.

Typewriters in films

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Typecast 10: Bring up the bodies

He is not in the habit of explaining himself. He is not in the habit of discussing his successes. But whenever good fortune has called on him, he has been there, planted on the threshold, ready to fling open the door to her timid scratch on the wood. That's a portion of the last paragraph of the sixth page of Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies . It's the second book of her Cromwell trilogy. I read the first book first, then the third. This book, the second, is when Anne Boleyn dies. There is hardly any surprise in the factual events of the story; much has been written about it. But it is Mantel's brilliant writing that draws me to her work. She crafts perfect sentences, if there are such things.  I was at National Bookstore (SM Gensan) this morning. I visited the neglected spot on the right corner of the store, where books on sale were displayed. I saw a young man, probably in college, read the first chapter of Grit. He kept looking at the price tag, wondering, perhaps


Last week, I put in an order for the restoration of a 1948 Underwood Universal typewriter. Couldn't resist it. Been looking for an Underwood. Reminds me of Frank Underwood in the House of Cards. I should stop with this typewriter: I already have four, and I have nowhere else to store the new ones. All typewriters are old. They don't make new ones anymore. In this sense, I'm immensely grateful to Mr. Gerald dela Cruz, the great Filipino typewriter repairer and restorer. Here's the Underwood currently:




Quiet, relaxing resort in Boracay.


A puppy does sunbathing as tourists enter the tourism office in General Luna, Siargao Island.