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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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October 04, 2005



Here my Catholic upbringing shows - I have never been able to separate sex from love. The only time I was ever tempted to sleep with a guy I was not emotionally involved with was when I was drunk on 4 or 5 shots of lambanog on an empty stomach. And I think the only reason he didn't take advantage of my inebriated state was because he spent most of the night helping me barf my guts out. I can't have been very attractive after that. My only consolation for the next morning's excruciating embarrassment was that I did not get a hangover - they do say that lambanog's like that, which is one reason I like it.

As for October, I can't tell as my hubby is perpetually randy. It's October all year in this house.


haha! No wonder I always get calls and invites for baby showers around Summer! Goooood, useful information to know - thanks Gigi!


Wooohoo! I was born early June! Mwehehehe!


Hi Anna - Methinks you and Yey should start up your own blogsite, entitled "What Really Happens to Angels." Just kidding! Ok..sorta. :)

Hi Lyn and Jovs - Aha! I knew something useful would come out of this.


I am the most paranoid girl when it comes to STDs. So I do have yearly Pap tests and just had a blood test run. urge everyone i know to do the same


Thanks Gigi, but I think any blog we create would be a poor shadow of yours. I've really enjoyed your writing. I only wish your archives link was on the top of the page so I wouldn't have to scroll forever to search for it! Please change that? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd appreciate it.

Your product and music recommendations are pretty cool too - if I did a page it would probably be littered with book reviews.

And by the way, we never claimed to be angels, haha. Especially Yey!


That's right, Gigi - I never claimed to be an angel, just a "santa", or maybe a "santita", at some point in my life. Plus, because of my very Catholic upbringing, any un-"santita" acts had to be VERY discreetly implemented, as I'm sure you know about. Old habits are hard to break, which is why I still fool people every now and then. :-)

Now, why am I not surprised about Anna's reaction to your post? She has never claimed to be an angel either, but I think that's because she doesn't believe they exist in the traditional sense within the vastness of the cosmic universe.

Sex is sex and love is love. Of course, sex is always so much better when you're making love.

If someone just wants the release and not the relationship, then what is wrong with having casual sex? With two consenting adults who know what they're both getting into, why not? Personally, I would suggest having a f----buddy instead, someone that one already knows and can be totally discreet with - or not, depending on what they both want.

But men really get more randy in October? Hmmm... I'd better be on the lookout, wouldn't you say?

Just kidding....?!?


Thanks for putting the archives link where it can easily be found! That is so much better!


Hi Anna - Thanks! OK, you're right -- neither of you claimed to be anghels. Just my perception of you guys in school, I suppose. Somehow I don't think many others will contradict me, though (except your randy hubby). :)

Hello Yey - Hey, sabi na nga I don't think one-night stands are wrong; I just haven't had one (and better not, because it won't sit well with Arnel). F**k buddies are good to have, too -- just so as both are absolutely clear what the deal is, so no one gets hurt (or a disease).


Hi Cathy - I'm with you! When my husband and I just started dating, the condom didn't come off until both of us had full STD testing and the results showed we were both clear! Then the fun really began. :)

BatJay, Ang Dating Supot

so are you still the master of your domain?

this post just reminded me of that famous seinfeld episode.

musta na kapitbahay? malapit na ang oras para mag dinner na naman. hehehe.


Hello KB (King Batjay or Kapit-Bahay, your pick)!

Let me know kailan kayo free -- next Friday (not this Friday, alam ko may houseguests pa kayo)? Next time naman na mag-ronda ka sa neighborhood, knock on our door OK?


Thanks for the really great articles you write, Gigi. This particular post interests me so much. See, I got attracted fairly recently to a colleague at work. Problem is, he doesn't seem to care about how girls/women/ladies around him look - doesn't have a roving eye! Subsob sa trabaho lagi! I've NEVER seen him check any girl out. He's not gay, alright? I've never been the flirty type - and I actually haven't done anything to seduce him, haha. However,he's become a bit of a challenge for me now. Thanks for the heads up. Now I know I have 3 weeks to work overtime to get him to notice me, hahaha!


Sorry, Gigi, ha. Ang kulit ko, no?


Hi A - Good luck! Hope it all works out for (both of) you. :)

Hey Yey - Hehehe. OK lang. :)

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