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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.
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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
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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
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    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
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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 07, 2005

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celiaK

hi, came here via Pinoyblog. I just want to say - "you go girl!" It's a good thing you heeded your friend's advice and 'mixed it up' with the natives. I've got a cousin studying down South England and I don't think he's even trying to imbibe the local culture by being friendly with local students. All he hangs around with are his fellow Pinoy foreign students. Which is a shame really. Imagine being in a foreign country and not even try to soak up what your host country can teach you. Btw, nice blog you have here.

petite

i find this a very moving post. i too am going through adaptation and "acculturation" in this new country we now call home. i haven't quite gotten to the point where i consider, and actually have, non-filipinos as friends outside of work (although i have quite a few non-filipino friends whom i consider my friends within the context of the workplace). your post provides a good perspective at the advantages of opening oneself up to new experiences (and hopefully, new growth) by stepping out of one's comfort zone, in terms of the cultural mix of the company one keeps.

thank you for sharing your perspective on this topic. it's very well said, and i can see that you're writing from the heart.

Gigi

Celia and Petite,

Thank you, thank you!
Being away from home is tough; building a new home is even tougher. But I've learned you can't build something if you stand watching from a distance, and it helps if you have others helping you -- especially those who have already built their homes in the same area.
For years I found it confusing: over here I was an immigrant (or to others, a foreigner) and when I went home I was a Balikbayan. Wherever I was, I came from somewhere else; I was always the "other." It took a while to overcome that feeling of being homeless and get to a point where I now have two homes (o sosyal pa, di ba? :) ).

sarah

gigi: i've been subject to the same scrutiny over here. =) but i've learned to adjust now, like you.

cheers!

gary

I love your stories. They take me back to a fun and memorable place when "tag-typing" on a word processor was ... hmmm ... creative. I'm glad you came to America too.

Gigi

Omigod, you still remember those typewritten notes at Philippine News!Yep...definitely more fun than if we were using a pc. :)

acid42

Lovely, well-written piece. It's a blessing to find a place you can call HOME.

Keep writing!
(found your blog via PinoyBlog)

mell ditangco

After reading this peice, I am now in love with your blog! :D

I can definitely identify with you. Keep it up! For some reason your peice reminded me of jesica hagedorn's dogeaters, although the story line quite different, but the emotions the same.

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