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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 20, 2007



Hey, if Oprah can do it, anyone can do it too!

Just think how wonderful it would be to get into size 8 or less!


Good luck Gigi!

I strongly recommend walking as exercise. At least thirty minutes a day to see more of your beautiful place, to meditate or just be quiet, to listen to your I-pod, or to have a nice walk/talk with hubby can do wonders for your health as well, with minimum body strain. Increase your pace as you see fit.

Speaking of health/lifestyle, etc. , commercial: I am joining the Sunday Organic Market at Paseo de Magallanes starting this Sunday. Although it's a 6am - 4pm thing, I might be there only in the morning. Tell your parents (pati Magallanes friends na rin!) to visit my Kitchen Herbs booth. And buy everything I have - ha ha!

I'll be selling around 25 varieties of fresh-cut culinary herbs, a special lettuce -arugula mix that's ready-to-eat, salad dressings and potted herbs, for a start.

We can see each other there too net time you visit Manila.

By the way. I was intrigued by your side bar entry on Incognito's Tin Man. I finally got to hear the song on the radio. Wow! I really enjoyed it!


Hi Jase - I'm guessing you mean a UK/British size 8 (US 4/6)? :) Anyway, I have this pair of DKNY jeans (from the brand's first or second season pa, so you can imagine how old it is) that I keep to remind myself of when I was in the best shape of my life. The day I can slip into them again will be one of my happiest days in recent history.

Hey Gej - Ay naku, I'll make sure dad goes (and will spread the word around -- at least through my sister, AKA Ms. Maga.) I'll email you and let you know if my folks are coming for sure. Do you have an email announcement you can send me so I can blast it away to everyone I know?

RE: Tin Man. Were you able to listen to the song via my sidebar? I uploaded the file on my site so all you need to do is click on that play thingy. Let me know if there are other artists you want to listen to so I can put together a cd for you, OK?


Naku, just found out I am in the waiting list. Most probably I can start by March 18 pa, but will have to confirm. But the market will start this Sunday, so your folks can still go and see the other booths.

Good idea, will make an announcement. Uhmm, is that announcement pure text, or is it in graphics form na.

Another uhmm: what do I click on to listen to the song? Tried doing it but could not get anywhere. But I know how to turn the computer off, so I'm not totally computer illiterate.


Hi Gej - Just click on that triangle (play) thingy on the bar (underneath blurb). I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to listen since the file is stored in my account -- but what do I know, I'm tech-challenged. Let me know if you don't see it and I'll send you the file another way.

Yes, please write up an email with details of your booth -- like your company name, what kinds of herbs you sell, etc etc. Ay naku Gej, this is such a good time for you to be doing what you do -- the craze for organic/natural/green is HUGE over here and is spreading fast all over. I think you should really consider those small recipe cards I suggested before, which you can produce on your own (on recycled paper sana). Because a lot of times people don't know how to use the herbs -- but if you give them ideas, they'll be sure to buy more di ba? Ay naku, I have so many ideas for you!

Anyway, send me the email when you get it done and send it to everyone you know. Then I'll blast it to everyone I know over there. Then maybe you should do your own PR and pitch a story about organic gardening, how you got into it, etc. Email me nga on my private email (I can't find yours) so I can share some ideas with you. :) I really want to see you succeed at this -- such a worthy vocation. Good for you, good for us, good for the earth!

sistah #1

i suppose this means that the next time i'm at your place, you'll be joining me at a yoga class... no excuses!


Good for you! Good luck.

I haven't been exercising as much either :-(


Sistah - As long as I can take a beginner's class, no problem. Sandra and I are going next Saturday in fact!

Cai - Thanks! Really? I'm stopping by to see if everything's OK. Can't imagine you without your gloves on.

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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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