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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 24, 2006



You're not star strucked at all :)

Irene Tuazon

Cool! I love South Border!

Your job sounds hella fun! c",)


Hi Jase - I am sometimes...but I think I've just been conditioned not to show it :) The funny thing is I get starstruck by the most unexpected people; for instance, more than 10 years ago Pilar Pilapil (the Philippine actress) strolled inside my store and was absolutely wonderful. She was still so beautiful that even my salespeople who were there, who didn't know who she was, were enthralled by her presence. We had her try on a bunch of stuff for fun (slow night) and it wasn't until she was checking out that I confessed I was a fan of hers.

I didn't tell her, of course, that when I was a little girl I used to watch her on TV and thought she was the most beautiful woman ever, and that night I discovered I was right after all. She was a bit embarrassed that I'd recognized her, I think, but she was gracious throughout. :)

Hi Irene - That was my old job, the one I left behind because I needed my life back :) But the fun moments were the best indeed, no doubt about it. And yeah, these SB guys are really talented; it was nice to find out they've managed to still keep it real.


Gigi, I am a BIG South Border fan! You should hear their song Rainbow ... cool R&B song. And if you can understand Cebuano (I don't but my old yaya explained the lyrics to me), I like what they did to the Cebuano ditty "Usahay" (Sometimes). I like a lot of their songs and I was sad they had to leave the Philippine music scene. Well, I hope they'll strike gold there.


Hi Bugsy - I'd hear a few of their songs (post Brix and Luke) when I'd go home, but I never really considered myself a fan. Then all of a sudden, my friends here started hanging out with the guys so I got to listen to their music and gained more appreciation for it (that Jay Durias is a genius). They do admit they are "starting over" here again, although for the older members it won't be nearly as rough as it was when they were really starting out. Plus they already have a Pinoy fan base here and internationally. But I think they'll do well. I haven't seen them live yet, but I hear they're fantastic.


You are as big as the South Border because you have been quoted from Rice Bowl Journals.



Yes, Gigi, I agree. Jay Durias is a genius. :)


Hi K - Thanks for the heads up! How random was that??? I feel so ... :)

Bugsy - When it comes to music, you and I seem to agree often. :)


I saw there performance at bbking's. director Rowell Santiago "brother of randy & raymart" was there to witness our pinoy pride bringin the house down. the black and white peeps where all over the place screamin for southborder. i just can't believe what i saw.

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  • LISTEN: "Pluto" by Chamsom


    I don't have to understand Korean to love this song, although I think it's about a person who was in a rocky relationship that ended but still feels deeply for her former lover and is feeling lonely tonight. "You're like a little star that's far away from me and keeps disappearing." I suppose the title -- Pluto used to be known as the ninth planet from the sun but now isn't even considered one -- might provide a bit more context to the song's meaning. Spotify


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