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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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August 24, 2005



i have to laugh at the possible snoop scenario. hehe. =)

glad you're back home safe!


Hi Sarah - Thanks! Part of me is glad to be back (the part that hates the heat and high humidity, and doesn't like to be constantly bathed in sweat). The other part -- the one that misses family and friends and loves all the great food -- is a bit sad. I really should spend more time next time I visit -- I think nine days just isn't enough time to fully acclimatize.


Ay how sad...I thought you were busy packing in your blog absence, yun pala andito ka! Next time when you're here, you should inform your blog friends earlier so we could organize a meet and greet!
Anyhoo, it's great that you're still friendly with an ex. That's always a great sign. As for the insecure wife, don't push it. Maybe she's not afraid of your ghost, but of his reaction to it!


Your hubs is very cool for allowing you to meet up with an ex. Mine wouldn't if he could help it. Hehe.

So what makes up the loot you got from the Philippines? :)


Hi Cathy - Oo nga eh! Sayang, I missed out on meeting you and --ehem -- your beauhunk (and, yes, he IS a cutie!). I can already imagine a conversation with you, Nikki, and some of the other fearless female bloggers around -- man, I bet I'd be confessing stuff I wouldn't dare write about!

As far as meeting the wife...I suppose I want to because I truly believe that if/when we do, she'll realize whatever fears or apprehensions she had were completely unfounded. Mabait naman ako -- medyo loka-loka at sira pero hindi nagnanakaw ng asawa. :)

Hi Linnor - The hubs is cool. :) He sees things this way: he says he chooses to trust me, but if I mess up, he's out the door. Fair enough; I've been warned.

Let's see, this year's loot was pretty small but I'm happy. A few (and I mean FEW talaga) bags and shoes, a few pieces of "jewelry" (love that Firma!), a couple of skirts, and LOTS of food! We'll have cheese rolls and ensaymadas coming out of our ears soon. You open our fridge and all you see now are boxes from Mary Grace, QuickMelt, and --of course -- my favorite, Bizu. I wanted to bring back a small chocolate cake from Kookie Korner but still haven't been able to figure out how to pack it (I mull over this every year, trust me).

Anyway, as always, my shopping mantra was Buy Filipino. Our driver told my mom I brought back the Philippines with me; I'd like to think he's right. :)


Welcome back, Gi! Glad you're safe. Missed you at the reunion. Call me so I can make you kuwento and ask you all the questions that I'm not sure should be posted here. Ha!


I've never really understood what makes a married man attractive to some women, in the same way that I don't get why a boyish looking man is so enticing to older women.


Hi Yey! I'll call you today (Friday the 26th). Or call me. I'm home working.

Hello Paul -

RE: married men being attractive. First reason is an ironic one. Women are attracted to men who will commit -- although this often means they are already committed. Second is because we always want what we can't have, and sometimes the challenge is exciting. Third is because there are women who want a man -- especially if he promises financial benefits and without having to fulfill any of the responsibilities associated with being married to him).

RE: attractive boyish men. Men hit their sexual peak at 18, women in their 30s (or say they say). 'Nuff said. :)


Is it Friday yet? Anyway, I was busy in meetings for most of the afternoon and evening. Akala ko, I'm on vacation?

Please make sure to come to FPAC this year, ok? It's on Sep 10-11 at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. I'll be staying in the area the whole weekend, beginning on Friday. We're reviving the Culinary Arts Corner, and so far the planning process is successful if you don't count the financial constraints. I'm sure we'll make it, but a lot depends on a lot. I'm still looking for contestants for the adobo cooking contest. Plus, we're adding a balut eating contest. Are you going to join?


Hi Yey - Yummy - balut! And you know I mean that most sincerely. Still, I don't want to be seen (or worse, photographed) stuffing one after another into my mouth. And think of my cholesterol count after! But I'll happily bring home any uneaten/uncracked leftovers. :) And are the FPAC folks providing the ingredients for the adobo contest?

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