Meet UK-based Pinoy social worker-turned-author
LONDON - The children's storybook "The Adventures of Timmy the Alarm Clock Boy" has captivated young minds.
Those who got hold of the limited copy of the book only have praises for it.
"I like this book because it's not so childish. A lot of children from different ages can read this book," said 10-year-old Sophie Violet Harris.
"It's a really good and interesting book. I also think that it's not just a children's book. It's very educational. There are facts about England that I didn't have any idea about even if I've been living here for 3 years," said 12-year-old Chloe Elizabeth Harris.
The author of the children's book is 63-year-old Neil Medina, a retired social worker who spent 40 years of his life in the UK.
Medina drew inspiration from his growing up years in the Philippines.
"Kasi noong maliit pa ako, mahilig ako sa fantasy stories at mahilig akong makinig sa radyo kasi wala pang telebisyon noong araw. At saka mahirap lang kami sa Tondo, lagi akong nakikinig ng kuwento ni Lola Basyang," Medina said.
The child he once was and the children he knew while working as a social worker for children helped him create characters for the book.
Timmy, the alarm clock boy, explores England and educates the readers through his journeys.
In the book sequel, Medina will bring Timmy to the Philippines.
"Iimbitahan ni Pepe Mercado si Timmy na magpunta sa Philippines. At yung one book,I'im going to dedicate a chapter. Pagpunta ni Timmy sa Philippines, ipo-promote ko ang Philippine tourism," he said.
Copies of the book were snapped up at the recent book launching at the Philippine embassy in London.
In the twilight of Medina's life, he aims to do what he always wanted: to tell children stories.
Time is ticking away, but not for this author who is just at the outset of pursuing his passion for creating children's literature.