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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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February 26, 2006



Unfortunately I cannot give you any hot spots to visit! I can, however, tell you that I love your new banner! ;o) Hope you enjoy your journey back home! Angie


You've done the 168 thing and the Mall of Asia isn't open yet - it was supposed to open Thursday.

mell ditangco

:) have fun and be safe! :D


it's great news you're coming home. there are these nice "dampa" restaurants at libis and metro walk where you can "palengke" the oysters, fish etc etc and have them cooked real fresh - very cheap too. not good on shopping, but as suggested by your friend try 168, pretty good bargains. of course there's greenhills and try to check out tiendesitas along c5. hope to have a glimpse of your while you're here - Bienvenido!

BatJay, Ang Dating Folk Singer ng Ma Mon Luk

uy kapitbahay, nasa pilipinas ka na siguro. good luck - eat the food, visit the sites, meet the people and tell us about your trip when you get back.



Hi Angie - Thanks! My niece made the banner for me. I'd better not change my template for a bit or else I wouldn't know what to do about a new banner. :)

Hello Paul - I didn't get to do the 168 thing yet but -- guess where I'm headed this time? And folks keep mentioning the tiendesitas to me, so that's a must-do as well. :) Thanks!

Hi Mell - Thanks!!!

Hello Kulas - I think this time around I'm hitting the streets and avoiding the malls. Thanks for the recs (ganado na ako!) :)

Hi KB - Nandito pa ako -- I'm not leaving until late Thursday. Send me an email if you and Jet want and to bring anything back, OK?


The Dampa in Ortigas is really, really good. =) Don't forget to go shopping for local music!


look forward to seeing you! re: your new look, have mixed feelings. Are you a "pink" girl? Somehow I thought you were much bolder. I liked the colors 3 "looks" ago. It was something like red and orange? Or maroon and orange? Something like that. But pink or peach isn't bad.


Hi Amanda - Dampa - check. And definitely -- I never visit without coming back with music to remind me of home. :)

Hello Chiqs - I was originally thinking of pink and chocolate brown (methinks I must have been in a girly mood then) but decided to go with beige, salmon, and brown instead. Not too girly, more natural and subdued. But I suppose when I yearn for brights again, an orange and brown (a la Hermes?) won't be so bad -- and I'd still be able to use my banner!


Gigi, you're coming home!

Can't wait till Monday lunch.

Re places to go, there's this new farm in Santa Rosa Laguna called Kitchen Herbs - great place to visit, with some kids and their mom to see as well - the mom serves really good food!

See you.

I think your new blog look fits you the most.


speaking of salons, have you tried salon de ken in Legazpi vill.? You know Mr. Louis from Emphasis Salon? He is now there together with Ken who was originally from Basement and later Picasso. Check it out!


Whoa, I just missed you - AND you missed the most happening thing that's occurred in the city so far! Well - in my opinion, at least, which you shouldn't be taking because I haven't been out partying like a good irresponsible 20something much.

Did you go to Iceberg's? It's the cheesiest recommendation ever, but it's one of those chintzy Philippine takes on a 50s diner and the food is good - they have all sorts of halo-halo, which is my favorite Filipino dessert.

Hope you had fun!


seriously, i hope you super enjoyed your return... and that you got to do different things for the first time :)


Hi Gej - As always, it was great to see you and John-John. Even if we almost never met. At least the folks at Good Earth at Greenbelt had a good laugh :)

Hi Rei - What did I miss??? Oh man, what and where is Iceberg's? I'm back now, but I so love cheesy places (which are almost always more fun).

Hello Delish - Thanks! I didn't get to go to a lot of new places but I did have a blast. :)


Hi Meh - Thanks! I don't get my hair cut when I'm home, but I love the Lulur body scrub and hair treatment at Emphasis. But I forwarded the information to someone who likes Louis regarding where he is now. :)

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