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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 15, 2006



I want Rachel Yamagata. I have a a few tracks of her to share on my playlist. Nice nice list, Ms Gigi.

I love "tagging". I'll put this up sometime next week.

BatJay, Ang Dating Folk Singer ng Ma Mon Luk

i'll raise you with more songs that you asked for. hehehe...


1. "Suicide Is Painless" from the M*A*S*H movie soundtrack
2. "Organ Grinder", Mark-Almond
3. "Born To Run", Bruce Springsteen
4. "Imagine", John Lennon
5. "In My Life by The Beatles
6. "Deacon Blues by Steely Dan
7. "(Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
8. "It Ain't Me, Babe" by Bob Dylan
9. " Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby Stills Nash Young
10. "Himig ng Pag-ibig" ni Lolita Carbon

Ito ang top 10 list ng mga importanteng kanta sa buhay ko. Nagpapalit ito from time to time kaya hindi yan permanent "greatest hits". Isasama ko rin sana ang "Voltes V Theme" at "Magellan" ni Yoyoy pero di na kasya. Special mention din yung "Imitation of Life" ng R.E.M.


1. "You will seek me and you'll find me In the wasteland of your mind"

2. "For all eternity I think I will remember That icy wind that's howling in your eye."

3. "In your teardrops, I can see my own reflection"

4. "The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Everybody's out on the run tonight but there's no place left to hide. Together Wendy we'll live with the sadness, I'll love you with all the madness in my soul"

5. "The Mississipi Delta is shining like the national guitar. I am following the river down the highway, through the cradle of the civil war"


1. "Shooting at the walls of heartache, bang bang. I am the warrior"

top five pinoy rock songs

1. "kundi man" ng jerks
2. "pinay" ni floratnte
3. "tao" ni sampaguita
4. "wally's blues" ni wally gonzales
5. "ang himig natin" ng juan dela cruz

top five beatles songs:

1. "because" ng beatles, siyempre. hehehe.
2. "for no one"
3. "in my life"
4. "strawberry fields forever"
5. "a day in a life"

top five records:

1. "unplugged", eric clapton
2. "tapestry", carol king
3. "dark side of the moon", pink floyd
4. "the white album", the beatles
5. "running on empty", jackson browne


Batjay, isang tanong: Bakit sa lahat ng Beatles songs, Because andg #1 na napili mo? And pls don't say, "Because". Just curious. But I get why you chose the next 4 songs. And pls put answers to the Lines you wished you wrote. I only know #5. Some of them sound really familiar.

Gigi, of your list, I only know the oldies. am so out of date with new music.


Current favorites:

1. Gira Con Me (Josh Groban)
2. El Cielo del Tibet (Ana Cirre)
3. Passera (Il Divo)
4. Quand On N'a Que L'Amour (Celine Dion)
5. Maui Medley (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole)
6. Koutou No Umi (Nakajima Miyuki)
7. Sogno (Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazetti & Vangelis)

As you can see, I'm on a foreign binge. I put together a foreign CD that I try to expose my kids to often so they get used to other languages' sounds. (Including a lot of Filipino oldies, of course.) Supposedly this makes it easier for them to learn foreign languages. Of course, it's better that they're exposed to spoken language, but hey, this is more fun.


Hi K - Can't wait to see what you're listening to nowadays!

Kapitbahay - Napakagaling ng listahan mo (no surprise there) -- puwede ka rin maging classic rock DJ katulad ng kuya mo!

A few thoughts on your musical choices:
1. Suicide is Painless - When I was a HS freshman, my classmates and I were supposed to perform this song as part of a medley in front of the entire school. Unfortunately, two seniors at our school killed themselves right before, so we were asked to take it out of our program. I remember wondering at the time what kind of pain these girls were in so that they would literally throw their lives away. Anyway, I loved the series and remember crying when Radar left (and also left his teddy bear behind).

2. That "Warrior" song -- and video -- is on my Top 20 Songs That Annoy Me list. Grrrrr...

3. Tapestry album - My sister Joni had a copy and I would "borrow" it and play it nonstop. To this day I know all the words to the songs.

4. Unfortunately I didn't know a lot about Pinoy classic rock/OPM (not just American songs translated, but yung talagang original) while I was growing up. So the first time I heard the Jerks was much later on, when my friend took me to a club in QC and I got to hear them live. Ang galing! I felt like I had missed out for years.

5. Oo nga, like Frayed asks, bakit "Because" ang #1 sa list?

Frayed - that's ok, I bet there are a lot of songs you know that I don't, too. :)

Anna - Great idea! I don't get exposed much to global music around here so I have to buy those Putumayo compilations to hear what's going on elsewhere in the world. One time I found myself really connecting to a song, and then I realized I had absolutely NO idea what the singer was singing. That's when I realized what is truly meant when people say that music is universal.

BatJay, Ang Dating Folk Singer ng Ma Mon Luk

i don't know why i like "becuase". perhaps because (pun intended) of the great harmony. have you heard the beatles version without the music? there's an accapela version available in the anthology series, you should listen to it and you'll know why this is on the top of my list.

"because" was also played in one of my favorite movies of all time - "American Beauty". there's nothing like a haunting beatle song at the end of a film where somebody dies a violent death.

finally, when i was growing up, i put the lines of "because" in the "define love" question of the, countless number of slum books i've signed over the years.


love is old,
love is new,
love is all,
love is you.





anyway, no one who had slum books in those days knew that my definition of love was taken from a beatle song. it was just as well they didn't - "because" was my song and i didn't want to share it with anyone.


Coming right up! Have a nice week, Gigi!




I'll work on it this week. Hope you're feeling better. Let's get together soon!


Kapitbahay - There's always beauty in simplicity, and the lyrics of "Because" only prove this to be true. And the thought of you writing in a slumbook is too sweet for words (now I can't stop thinking of this line in another song -- "and your secret love's no secret anymore" :) ). Sigh.

Bugsy and Julianne - Can't wait!

mlq3 - This was fun (especially finding out what other bloggers are currently listening to) -- thanks again!


I finally did it!

Irene Tuazon

I must confess. You got me addicted to your blog!

I just had to link your page to mine. c",)

Stay fabulous!


Hi K - I love your list (esp. since we can play and download it -- nakakainggit, I can't seem to do that)!!! It was so worth the (short) wait. :)

Irene - Back at you!I'm so glad you stopped by because I'll be visiting you regularly. :)


Hi Gigi, I was tagged by Julianne and I have to say I love your taste in music -- especially that you keep up on it! If you ever want to swap something for a mixed cd, let me know...


Hello Storme - thanks for stopping by (and now I've found your beautiful site as well)! Let's keep the lines of communication open (my email link above) -- a swap sounds like fun! :)

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