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The Nile isn’t just a river in Egypt

Your gut has not failed you before. So how come you’re not following it now? Is it because you think that no, it’s not really like that? I mean, you know what that monstrous thing is about. You’ve seen movies, read books, and heard stories about it. You’ve seen articles and infographics. You watched Silent Voices and you raged over the unfairness of it all. And … Continue reading The Nile isn’t just a river in Egypt

The Need for Love and Tenderness, A Fear of Abandonment, and above all, an Acknowledgement (Despite everything), of the Benefits of Living Life As Part of a Couple by Marika Constantino

February 2016: Pinto Art Museum and The Pililla Windmills

I really loved the whole place. It’s the “God-if-I’m-filthy-rich-my-house-would-look-like-this” kind of love. The structures are beautiful and interestingly phased, doorways (and yeah, I really have a thing for doors and doorways) are framed by foliage, the gardens beckon you to step out under the sun, and there are corners that compel you to sit and stay a while. Continue reading February 2016: Pinto Art Museum and The Pililla Windmills

Slept outside the tent because of the heat. Wasn't disappointed when I woke up to this at 4am. Yes, 4am, but the best view to greet the 1st day of the sixth month of the year.

Of Jellyfish Encounters and Stargazing

Borawan Island is a play on Boracay and Palawan, as homage for the sand of the former and the rock formations of the latter. No offense to the person who named it (or even to the people who make their living there), but they only got the rock formations right. Boracay sands it isn’t, so we dubbed it “Batawan” instead (as in, sands of Batangas and rock formations of Palawan). Continue reading Of Jellyfish Encounters and Stargazing

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No Success for the Restless

  One day at a time. That’s my mantra these days. Sometimes, I mean that quite literally. When I was a kid, every time I’m asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, my answers would always vary (which should’ve been an indication of my current state). Here are some of my answers: Doctor Teacher Psychiatrist (when I learned to be more specific) Colombian … Continue reading No Success for the Restless

The Rarity That is The Time Traveler’s Wife

This post contains spoilers. Just a heads up for those who haven’t read the book or watched the movie. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a book I’ve read and I figured that this book just seems fitting for this month. So, I’m now putting my carefully hidden hopeless romantic streak on full display so I could gush talk about my favorite couple … Continue reading The Rarity That is The Time Traveler’s Wife

About Globe’s Fair Usage Policy

I’m not a subscriber of Globe, but my family and friends are. Yesterday, we were talking about the Fair Usage Policy and one my friends made a very, very valid point. I’m copying it down here straight from our Viber conversation. It starts after we saw Globe’s infographic. This came from my friend who has an “unlimited” data plan from Globe: “Ugh, that infographic is … Continue reading About Globe’s Fair Usage Policy

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The Good Woman or, what to be before expecting a good man

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of articles about finding “Mr. Right” or the characteristics of a “good man.” While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, I can’t help but notice that the articles all say the same thing. I don’t know if it’s just me but, if you think about it, these articles kinda paint women in a bad light. It assumes that women … Continue reading The Good Woman or, what to be before expecting a good man

2014 Goals

I gave in and decided to write resolutions for 2014. But let’s not call them resolutions, let’s call them goals. The year 2013 has been a year of, oh, just so many things and I am so grateful for the good, the bad, and the ridiculous that made my year interesting.

The year that was made things a bit more clearer to me. I may not fully know yet what it is I want in my life but it has validated that the two things that make me so happy and sad and crazy are the things I want most in life. And let me just keep those two things for myself for now. Continue reading “2014 Goals”

Seven Cheers for 2013 (the annual gratitude post)

Before the year ends, I thought I’d bring out the mush, the cheese, and the corn. I only do this once a year so please bear with me.

Every year, right about this time, I take stock of who and what I have in my life and realize how truly blessed I am. Yes, I may be a lost little puppy when it comes to my life’s direction and attainment of passions (I will NOT get started on that) but 2013 way better than I ever imagined back in 2012. Continue reading “Seven Cheers for 2013 (the annual gratitude post)”

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I left my heart in Puraran Beach

This trip was one of those “oh, there’s a seat sale, let’s go” kind of trip. I have a lot of those, apparently. The difference with this one, however, is that it’s the first time I’m going to Puraran. Actually, it’s the first time I ever set foot on the island of Catanduanes. Catanduanes is an island found in the Bicol region. It is accessible … Continue reading I left my heart in Puraran Beach

Of death and regrets

I am a melancholic person. No, that’s not a suicidal cry for help or something. It is merely a fact.

I have periodic bouts of sadness; during my birthday, during Christmastime, watching Kingdom of Heaven (don’t ask why) and I know how to deal with it. For someone as blessed as I am, I figured I have no right to be sad about my life for more than five minutes in a twenty-four hour timeframe. Continue reading “Of death and regrets”

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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy (a.k.a. the easiest book review I made. And not in a good way.)

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A couple of weeks ago, I said I would write a review for the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I read it because I got curious with all the hype. No matter that reviews abound from both ends – very far ends – of the spectrum, I was determined to read through the whole thing and form my own opinion.

Let’s not mince words here. Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy (a.k.a. the easiest book review I made. And not in a good way.)”

“Get off my plane!” and other such offerings of the silver screen

Apart from reading, one of the things I do to de-stress is to watch movies. And like with rereading books, I also like to re-watch my favorite movies. Now, I have what I call my “comfort movies.” They’re exactly how they sound, movies I watch when I’m tired/stressed/sad or generally needing comfort.

While I like a lot of movies, the ones I listed here are the ones that, for some reason, I just don’t get tired of watching. Like, seriously. Continue reading ““Get off my plane!” and other such offerings of the silver screen”

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Monday mornings leave the beach almost empty.

Someday the beach will be my backyard and my List of Somedays

I’ve been neglecting my blog for the last couple of weeks (months, actually) that I can almost see my future self sneering at my failure to achieve my resolution of four posts a month. I really have no excuse for missing out so, given that I’ll be sitting on a comfy chair for the next hour or so to get my nails done, I’m trying to get back on track.

Let me start with a little list. I love making lists. I always carry around a notebook and it’s mostly filled with lists. Now, I plan on sharing some of those lists here but, for now, I’ll start with my List of Somedays. Continue reading “Someday the beach will be my backyard and my List of Somedays”

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Southern (Luzon) Exposure: The Villa Escudero-Tagaytay Edition

We’ve planned countless trips but none pushed through. So, it was a bit of a surprise to me that this one did. It almost didn’t, by the way, since the weekend we planned on going was the weekend after the heavy flooding of the metro. Realizing that we do better with impromptu trips, we decided to just semi-plan this one. We got a discount voucher … Continue reading Southern (Luzon) Exposure: The Villa Escudero-Tagaytay Edition

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Of Storms and Silver Linings

My hopes for a miracle of a sunny day were dashed when I woke up this morning to rain thundering down our roof. I knew even before I fell asleep (4am) that it was a long shot because the whole time I was awake, it never stopped raining. But hope sprung eternal and I fervently wished that today would be a better one, weather-wise.

Unfortunately, it was not to be and I spent the day monitoring updates on the weather and flood, watching heart-breaking videos and reports on the news about the hardships the people in my country is now going through, and sharing information on how anyone can send help. It made me angry and it made me feel sad. But it also made me feel so grateful. Continue reading “Of Storms and Silver Linings”

Photo credits: Paolo Coleho's Twitter account @paolocoelho

The Wonder of Doing Nothing

There are great blocks of time in our lives when we do nothing. Most of the time we think of these moments as bad moments – worst, unproductive ones. And we berate ourselves for the lost time, the lost moments. We start thinking along the lines of “if only I’ve started looking for a job earlier than I did then I could have earned money the first few months after graduation instead of just bumming around,” or  “I spent the whole weekend watching movies when I could have done other productive things like cleaning my room,” or even “I waste too much time reading online articles.”

There’s some truth to it, I guess. After all, if we could have done some other things that we think are more productive than what we chose to do, then we could be wasting our time. Continue reading “The Wonder of Doing Nothing”

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The Rainbow’s End

A couple of months ago, I was involved in making sure that my sister’s pre-nup photo shoot run smoothly. It did, and while they were busy, I was able to go around and snap a couple of pictures.

We were at Bonifacio Global City, one of those areas in Metro Manila that’s losing most of its green spaces because of high-rise buildings. The green spaces that they do have, however, are nice and well-maintained. Mostly. Continue reading “The Rainbow’s End”

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Binondo Culinary Jaunt with the Crazy People 2013

A couple of months ago, I convinced my family to come with me on a food tour in the oldest Chinatown in the world.

Binondo was established in 1594, on the other side of the Pasig River across from Intramuros, as permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholocism. They, and others who are not of Spanish descent or nationality, weren’t permitted to reside within Intramuros.

Now, Binondo is a bustling community of industry and commerce. And food. Glorious food. Continue reading “Binondo Culinary Jaunt with the Crazy People 2013”