Nowadays, readers have two options, either to read or subscribe to (1) digital or soft copies, or (2) printed or hard copies for almost any reading material, be they newspapers, magazines, journals, books, etc. Over time, I have embraced option #1. With the click of the mouse, every bits and pieces of information that I wanted, at any given time and place, would be there. Oh, the wonders of internet–that was always my mind set.
I hardly ever read newspapers nor magazines anymore in printed form, sans for their crossword puzzles and sudoku games (sometimes I would even go online for these games). Most of my kids, however, still prefer hard copies, when it comes to bestsellers and their favorite magazines.
A few days ago, Regina Posadas of Moms Today, a magazine that is released every other month, emailed me a scanned copy of the article (see below) for which she interviewed me a few weeks ago. It was in the Housekeeping Section of the May-June issue, which was already off the press.
found in page 43 of Moms Today (Note: Picture of the House is NOT ours)
I emailed the scanned copy to my kids, and was surprised to find out later that Vince and BA went to National Book Store to buy a copy. Impressive, I said, glossy, classy, just like the magazines that my girls read. And boy, was I amazed! Reading page after page, it seemed like I was transported back in time, when reading printed magazines and books gave ultimate joy.
Back to the present, it was like seeing in hard copies the articles that I would surf in the internet, right before my very eyes. Like holding in my hands copies of 50 or so articles that I would otherwise have surfed in the net. Articles were just right, pictures were perfect, even the ads seemed appealing.
That was when I rediscovered the joy of reading printed or hard copies. In the past, I would always chide my kids for wanting to buy printed copies of books and magazines that were otherwise available in the net. We still maintain subscriptions for 2 newspapers and the Readers Digest. Week in and week out, I would find around the house copies of different glossy magazines, local and imported, and of course, bestellers and novels, bought by my kids from their savings.
Speaking of hard or printed copies, three of my kids update their Starbucks diaries regularly, instead of using digital diaries. Son J. Angelo has questions about trusting memories to a web application, like storage of pictures.
Monica, who is in Law School, just loves reading, reading, and reading. She prints out her resource materials, which she could read from the net–she would highlight the pages with different colors (her way of understanding her lessons and cases). Books and magazines are everywhere in the house. “Printed versions can never be obsolete”, she insists Hmmm, even the smell of the books and magazines is a delight. You can carry them everywhere, in school, at work, in the car, in the train, or even in the toilet, one of the kids mumbled.
And my kids are right.
By the way, Moms Today is a light read, is balanced, diverse, and has all things that moms and would-be moms would be interested about–family+home (parenting, nutrition, housekeeping, recipes), life stages (pregnancy+birth, newborns+babies, toddlers+preschoolers, school-age kids, tweens+teens), fun with learning (crafts, books+stuff) and many more. A copy costs P100, not bad, considering its quality of content, information and sharing, and the material used. I will not be surprised to see information of San Diego cosmetic dentists in the next issues.
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