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  • ADVENTURES WITH A (DYING) DOG

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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.
  • THE HEALING POWERS OF KEEPING A JOURNAL

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    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
  • WRITING YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS

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    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
  • HOW TO BECOME A WRITER
    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
  • THE "PERFECT" FEMALE BODY

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    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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January 18, 2008

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rei

I know a lot more about showbiz than is healthy ... my friends are constantly amazed. It really is a guilty pleasure, although I haven't indulged lately.

I had this scary moment recently when I realized that if I'd grown up in the Philippines I would totally have been one of those people who formed a fan club for their favorite star. Can you see it? rei, president of the Vilmanians For Life? Yes, you can.

Which is to say - don't worry, you're not alone :D

K

That Regine V is expecting a child, cuts her hair short (siete-style) and recently had a gig with her new beau Ogie A in an open-air concert in HK promoting the Smart Card/Remittance to all kababayans.

And that Nanette Medved permanently resides in HK and very visible in many local charity with husband. She's tall and has a nice big mouth, a la Julia Roberts.

Just so you know, hehehe.

Gigi

Rei - Ha, I knew it! I was a Vilmanian, too... :)

K - No, no more useless information!!! :) (PS: Did she introduce Ogie as "my love" the way he did with her at his concert? See...I have no idea why I remember these things.)

Trish

I think that this stuff is just around us that we just absorb it ala-osmosis!

abby

gaah, tell me about it. i try to refrain from pinoy chism, i really do, but it's such a guilty pleasure i can't help it.

Geejay

I didn't know that about you, either. ;) Well, since we don't subscribe to any Filipino cable station, I'm so much out of the loop when it comes to Filipino celebrities. Although I don't really care about this kind of stuff, I still feel sad when I realise I don't because it makes me feel all the more farther from my country of birth. If that makes any sense.

Gigi

Trish - Maybe so, but I really think I know too much (especially when I can figure out Ricky Lo's blind items -- hay naku!).

Abby - Guilty is the word!

Geejay - Yes, it makes sense. And maybe that's why I even bother to know these things still. But for some reason Pinoy chismis is so much fun at times -- I'd rather read about Ruffa's latest adventures than Britney's escapades. Nakakainis kasi!!!

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  • LISTEN: "Pluto" by Chamsom

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    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
  • IMMORTAL PERFUMES

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    Immortal Perfumes is a Seattle-based micro-perfumery specializing in historically inspired, handmade perfumes. All perfume blends are original recipes made from a mix of jojoba, essential and fragrance oils. None of the oils used in this shop are derived from animals. Every bottle is handmade by JT Siems in her Seattle studio. I'm already in love with the fragrance inspired and named after Duchess Georgiana Cavendish. Notes: Black Tea, Lavender, Jasmine, Amber, Bergamot. Read her story here. #6mosnoshopping