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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 27, 2006



You are leading and loving by example, and your Dad followed suit. That made me tear up. Happy Birthday!!!

By the way, count me in as I imitated you, too. I bought the Gilligan & O'Malley Seamless Boy Shorts. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! :)


Happy Birthday, Ms Gigi. For some reason I shared the same thing with you yesterday, it was also my Dad's bday (Aug 27).

I phoned Mom to greet him for me, that is in prayers since he passed away 7 years ago. That moment on, the conversation was as if not going to end as everyone was so excited.

Happy Bday once again. Nag spaghetti ka ba? More blessings!


Happy Birthday!:)


Happy Birthday Gigi :)


Funny eh that sometimes it is easier to tell our friends that we love them than to tell our parents or siblings the same thing.

Happy Birthday!


No matter how eloquent or articulate you are Gigi, words will fail to fully describe that feeling you had that moment – after he uttered those words. Feels good to hear it huh and on your birthday at that. Enjoy life. Happy ka na Birthday mo pa. ;-)


That is a very nice theory you have there and I think it's worth pursuing as you have something there that is very logical to me.

I think I am a touch/feel person. I find a very nice assurance touching a person's hand, shoulder, etc. but you know how it is for guys here in Manila. So, before I be misconstrued as a pervert, I keep my hands to myself. :-)


Hi All - thank you so much for the birthday greetings! I'm so very touched. :)

MadMuse - Aren't they terrific? Everyone else makes them really, really low rise so I hunted high and low for more than a year for something with a bit of a higher rise but not girdle-looking naman (and not expensive, too) --and the G&Ms were just what I was looking for. When I first saw them in the stores, I nearly fell to my knees with happiness (seriously!). Mervyn's private label had something similar but the fabric was too thin. Anyway, I'm so glad you agree. :)

K - I forgot about the noodles!!!

cheH and Mai - Thanks so much!
Mai, It's so hot down here in So. CA I envy you in cool, foggy SFO!

Jovs - It's so true -- I guess because we usually tend to take family for granted because we're "stuck" with them, 'no?

Ernie - Tama ka, there are no words that can describe how I felt -- that's why I didn't even try. :)

(Tito) Rolly - I'm the same way, too, at least with people I'm comfortable with. You're right, I used to think it was bad enough that girls are criticized for being kikay when they're touchy-feeling -- but it would be worse to be accused of being a pervert! Ay naku...


Hi Gigi! Happy, happy birthday! ... Now I know that aside from music and blogging, we have another thing in common. Reading about your family was amazingly like reading an exact description of my own family! That one paragraph that you wrote fits my family to a T. :)


Very touching post! Happy birthday. :-)


Hello fabulous "bug" ladies :) - Thank you so much for the birthday greetings, I'm really quite touched by your thoughtfulness.


wow, i was quite touched by this post! It is only recently that I have been verbal with my feelings towards love ones as well. As you said, it is basically formed by your family upbringing. But the good thing is, we can improve on this aspect by mimicking and then it becomes you and not acting anymore! This is really true.

And I remember that song by Aha ? - with lyrics like .. say it loud, say it clear ... da,da,da!

Anyway, hope you had a wonderful Birthday! And wishing you all the best!


oh, dear, i'm late for the party. belated happy birthday, gigi! i hope this year will bring more fun and excitement your way! :-)



Bakit nawala yung greeting ko dito? I know I did!

But anyway, eto, I'll send you my birthday wishes again. Hindi puwedeng wala ang greeting ko... hehe.



Passing through -

Having tried it on and off for a few days, I'd say the facial expression imitation idea does seem of some use. It does help you put the other gal/guy's shoes on for a bit. It is limited though, by the thought that sometimes people's faces are just like that. Stereotypes. (He isn't looking at you with a reptilian expression. He's just Chinese.)


hi Petite - What? No way! Party's on all week! :) Thank you!

Hello Jet - What a surprise it was to see you and Jay during lunch today! I'm never in the area during weekday lunch -- I wasn't feeling well so my co-worker took me home early today. Thanks for the greeting!

Hi Walker - Hmmm...well it's always good to know it helps somewhat. :)


Belated happy birthday Gigi! :) I just had to leave a comment here about your entry because it made me cry!


Hi Juliet - Awww girl, thanks! BTW I just got my bobbi brown package with the new gold beautiful I wanted to cry, too. :)


I could have sworn I left a msg the other day to greet you but I don't see it. I also emailed you but not sure if you received it. Strange. Anyway, hope you had a blast, and have a great year!!!


Hi Chiqs - You know, I'm wondering if something was wrong with Typepad one day because someone else posted a comment and said it disappeared! Thanks for the bday greeting -- can't wait to see you next year. :)

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