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    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
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August 29, 2005



gigi..u where here pala?

BatJay, Ang Kaskasero


it would have been funny if that slow driving pinoy was me. unfortunately, i don't drive slow. ngyehehe.

sige na nga. i drive a black crv. uy schedule na natin ang meeting natin. are you busy anytime during the end of the week? thursday, friday? labor day weekend? i'll call.


Hi Jove -- OO nga, I was there for about 10 days. Time really flies while I'm there; as soon as I've acclimated I'm gone.:(

Hello Batjay -- That's what I told hubby nga -- I doubted you were the pagong kind of driver.
But I still had to make sure. Baka pokpokin mo pa ang ulo niya the first time we all meet up. Anyway, if we don't get to see each other this weekend, I'll just show up at your apartment (hala, stalker pala ako!). :)

BatJay, Ang Kaskasero

teka muna... did you show him the latest picture of me dressed in drag? i might be the guy he saw, you know.

i just arrived from the DMV office at santa ana for my behind the wheel test. the instructor said i had a lot of errors. gardenget.


Hi Batjay! I just emailed you. :)


what is it with Men and road rage? hay naku.

LOL, muntik na ha. buti na lang wrong


Hi Dexie - I ask myself the same question over and over again! I swear, my husband is a really nice, easy-going guy -- but then get him behind a wheel, and his extremely short-tempered, aggressive alter ego emerges. I don't understand it at all.


batjay relocated in the OC!!!??? Wow! Cool! A blogging icon he is!

hey perhaps I can join you guys? I am a big fan of the two of you, (batjay and gigi), you know. although i spend most of my free time baby sitting my new born.


Hi Mell! Where have you been? I've missed you. :)
I met Batjay and Jet for the first time this past week; they are what they appear (except Batjay doesn't wear women's underwear and stuff really :) ) -- just extraordinarily terrific people. Hey, come join us anytime! You can even teach me how to babysit (because I have absolutely no idea what to do with babies except try not to drop them).


been very busy with the baby and adjusting to going back to work. sometimes I bloghop and baby sit at the same time, but its really tough to type comments when you only have one hand free :D. I was lucky today, the baby slept early, lol. :D i missed you too! :D


Hilarious story!!! Medyo may katagalan na itong post na ito pero ngayon ko lang nabasa... at ang laking halakhak! Hi pala Gigi! :) It's good that your hubby has you - the calm one - when he's on the road. When I was younger (ngayon young pa rin) I was a very aggressive and hot-headed driver too - sa Pinas pa yun. No way would I let any bus or jeepney overtake me, mega busina rin as always. Hehe. And then I learned. Di ko yata ninais na madagukan o mabaril ng kapwa ko road-rager noh. *toinks!* Have a good weekend!


Hi Jovs - The truth is kaskasera rin ako noon (ask my mom -- I think she'd say the rosary every time she was a passenger while I was driving) -- paano kasi, I was trained by our family driver, an ex-taxi driver. :) But my hubby's something else; sometimes he'll honk at a car and I'll have no idea what the other driver just did.

And thanks for the kind words -- by the way, I really enjoyed reading your blog too (and I like the way your hair came out -- I tried using a curling iron too the other day...palpak. So my hairstylist promised to show me how to use it.)!

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