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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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January 29, 2005



awwwww! that's so sweet! talking about your sisses make me smile. got 4 sisses and 2 bros.

iba talaga bonding pag sa mga sisses. however, similar mga looks namin, halatang magkakapatid kami. the most fun part about having sisses too is yung tipong magkatinginan lang kayo, nagkakaintindihan na. ah basta! i love my siblings kahit we fight from time to time, hehe! ;)

sistah #1

hey, i thought i was the sexiest :( don't i get credit for being a size 2 on my thin days and having the legs (even if they are shorter than suzy's and bear surgical scars from running and skiing mishaps)? i suppose when you think about it, "smartest" ain't bad...

by the way, you never said what YOU were the best at. if i were to hazard a guess, i would say most creative...


The thing about being all girl kids (I'm one of three) in the family is that you also appreciate your dad more. Imagine the patient and pure love this man must possess to be able to smile benevolently through all the PMS. Sisters rule!


Hey.. I briefly worked out at the gym in my office building last year. I can easily complete a set of stomach crunches .. as long as its not more than 5 crunches per set ;) I've also started to enjoy salads but given the choice, I'd still choose potato chips over veggies

I agree with Joni. You are certainly the creative one of the brood


Barenaked - I LIKE that name!

Joni - Geez, I was hoping you'd say I was the prettiest. But I guess we all think we're that in the family. :)

thebee - For years my dad picked out and bought all my clothes, shoes, and makeup (because he traveled so much, and I'd give him a long list of things to get for me). Now THAT'S love!

Suzy - I guess potatoes are veggies anyway? (Quick Joni -- aren't they?) And are you sure I'm NOT the prettiest of us all? :)


You were the cutest kid... especially when compared to me :( I was thin, dark and angular while you were the cutie pie.

To this day, you are still the fairest of us all with the best eyes... and yes, although we are all pretty good looking, you must have an edge over us in this department


Aww shucks..see, this is why I love my sistahs! Because you put up with me when I'm makulit. :)

PS: I remember a long time ago, when Wally (whom I know is your favorite among my exes, as well as Tina's -- hehe) was telling me why he loved me so much. "It's your mind, I love your mind, " he kept saying. I looked at him without smiling (parang pikon pa), "Why can't you just say I'm HOT! What's wrong with saying I'm sexy? Why can't you say you love me for my body?" Kaya pala ex -- if he loved me more, he would have just lied (just like you did now).

sistah #1

yes, without a doubt, you ARE the prettiest!

now where's my birthday gift???


thank you, ate--my favorite sis-tah. :-D

i agree with the rest of the sis-tahs that you are the most creative..u used to paint, and now you landscape your own garden (you must have gotten dads artistic genes..and didnt leave any for me)



What gift? You forfeited that when you accused me of over-primping!
Anyway, you were supposed to tell me what you want, since apparently I'm not creative enough to choose a gift you like.



Hello there Gigi. Thank you for visiting my site. Isn't it nice to have sisters? All my children are girls, they used to fight a lot, now a bit, at times more, but still there is love in those fight. i see my daughters in you and ur sisters.


Hi Luchie,
You write so highly and so fondly of your daughters, that I take that as an incredibly generous compliment. Thank you!

mell ditangco

great blog you got here! :D


Thanks Mell!

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