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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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September 17, 2006



ey, gigi, i hope you feel better soon!

btw, i think your hubby was pretty know, in a 'hungry hubby' kind of way. :-)


Petite - Thanks, am almost back to my usual self (I'm up late tonight, that's a good sign, 'no?). And yes, I also have to admit that I can never make a good pasta dish without him anyway because for some reason he's the only one who can get the noodles PERFECTLY al dente. I've long since given up trying. :)


"And as he took the first bite I asked him how it tasted. He was tentative and hesitant, and then said it was just okay. "But it will be perfect tomorrow,""....

ang super bait naman ni hubby mo ;)

Gute besserung, Gigi.

BatJay, Ang Dating Folk Singer ng Ma Mon Luk

baka gusto mo ng sabaw ng sinigang na salmon? jet cooked some and it will be good for your flu.

exchange gift tayo - spaghetti for sinigang?

in any case, jet and i have a gift for you and arnel waiting here at home. idadaan ko sa bahay ninyo one of these days.

take care,

PS - jet and i actually love spaghetti sauce after it's chilled overnight and then re-heated. why is this so?


if i've got Grey Anatomy's DVD set(no. 1 reason to be sick! mine at least) and that lovely P&J bag, i bet any sickness will be gone fast enough.

glad to hear you're getting better.


MissP - He is, really. The first time I cooked for him (we had just started dating), I made pochero and used plantains that were way too "mapakla." And I watched him struggle through dinner, his lips kept smacking and sticking together and he really tried to keep a straight face...I knew then that he'd be the guy to stick with me through thick or thin. :)

Kapitbahay - Sige! I have the sauce frozen (I plan to "fix" it tomorrow). I'll bring you some. I hate to admit this, but the hubby would gladly take Jet's sinigang ng salmon over my meatsauce any day.

Amaranthine - Thanks! I can't wait to veg on the couch this weekend and break out the "Grey's" so by the time the 21st comes around I'll be all caught up again. :)


Did you purchase that 'Paul & Joe' anyway? Their jeans are obviously cool than the Paper Denim & Cloth but sooo expensive (for me).

I hope you're feeling better now.


I hope you're okies now dear gigi!So sweety naman ni hubby mo!:)

Take care & take some rest & enjoy your GA dvd set please;)


Hi K - The regular Paul & Joe line is pricey for sure -- but their line for Target is not at all! Prices are below $50 -- can you believe it? Of course the fabrication, details, etc. are not up to par with the regular line, but the styling is fun and somewhat fashion forward. So in other words, yes I bought the bag (about $39, I think -- what a steal)!

Hi cheH - Yes, feeling much better now -- thanks!!!


I swear P&J brand is too expensive around here, say for a plain crew tee it would cost me $200 unlike the one from Replay's $80 bucks.

HK is relatively getting very very expensive.


Hi K - That's too bad, I remember when I used to go to HK because of the terrific shopping...and the great prices. :(

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