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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 26, 2005



sounds like you're having a wonderful time. i'm glad :)


You have just put into words exactly how I felt at our high school reunion last December. I was among the ones who stood out. Living the good life is the sweetest revenge indeed.

sistah #1

reminds me of the time i went home for my 25th high school reunion... the "popular" girls (who were now dressed in matronly garb) were rendered speechless when one of the math geeks (guess who) showed up in shorts and a tank top, sporting a tanned and trim physique, thanks to thousands of hours of running and healthy living, rather than thousands of pesos of cosmetic surgery.
i wonder if they all decided to hit the gym once the reunion was over... and maybe even pay a visit to dr. belo for a little nip-and-tuck...


Hi Dexie - The only thing that could have made those nine days more perfect is if my husband and cat went home with me. :)

Hello Jojie - Good for you!

Hi Sistah - And fortunately for those who decided to go that route, the doctor is a classmate. :)


I didn't notice the club lacking ventilation but one thing's for sure: this no-smoking policy in Makati is heaven. During the pre-ordinance days, you would've entered and exited that club in a second. Yes, it's funny to think how people have either been ravaged by time or the opposite and you imagine what they might have gone through to get there-- bad marriages, great jobs, etc. But the main thing was M had the time of her life. Of course she was up later than she should've been (she even had breakfast after at the Swiss Inn) but she was just so overwhelmed. Her brother explained to their father the next day: "Dad, 80% of the people who were there have been in our house at some point - whether in Manila, Tagaytay or NY". In other words, they were all part of her past/present. It was truly a night of friendship.


Hi Chiqs - M was glowing that night, I thought she looked absolutely beautiful. It's just the way I want to remember her -- until I see her next year. What a gift to receive, a once-in-a-lifetime "It's A Wonderful Life" chance to see almost everyone who loves you in one room, who are there not just for friendship's sake but because they are simply needed.

Frankly, I haven't had more than a 10-minute conversation with M since we graduated from HS -- even if I'd bumped into her once in LA when she lived there briefly (at a Red Ribbon, of all places!), and a couple of times at her old store when I was in town. So, yes, we're not particularly close friends (in fact I might be part of the 20% who has never been in one of her homes -- unless we had a class night or party there I've long forgotten about). But that doesn't matter: somehow she's stayed in my heart all these years and I've always cared about whatever happened to her. Now more than ever.


How's Rosanna doing now? You know, I still haven't responded to her email. Would you mind sending her email address again, please?

It shows true heart to beat the claustrophobia, heat, and uncooperative sinuses for a friend. Reminds me of another time... But I'm sure glad you had fun.


Hi Gigi, seems like you're enjoying despite of the odd scenes - referring to the beauty of bald age.

Enjoy the rest of your hoooooli-days!


Hi Yey - I'll email you Rosanna's address; she'd love to hear from you. And, as always, I had a grand ol' time with her over there. I'm now suffering from withdrawal symptoms, I'm afraid. :(


Hi KnOizKi - Absolutely nothing wrong with baldness -- in fact, lots of men nowadays choose to just buzz it all off, yeah? It's the ultimate in low maintenance (plus imagine all the savings from not having to buy shampoo and hair products!), and looks hip too. How brilliant is that?

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