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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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January 25, 2006



Hi Gigi! Your friend sure is brave. I wonder what she would have done if the men inside the car refused to give her the time of day. I hate it as well when people throw things "outside" of the trashbin, or when I see people spitting on the ground. I don't have the nerve though to tell them off, the best I've done is look at them really obviously and at the trash they just threw out.

Oh well...


Hi Jovs - My bestfriend is one of the truest (Filipino) nationalists I know. It wasn't something we'd shared when we became friends at 13 -- it was something she taught me. So when she does things like this, it's not merely because she detests littering, it's because she sees it as an insidious act that damages us all in the end.Tama naman siya -- if people treat their country as one large dump, then that's what it's going to become. Parang self-fulfilling prophecy.It all boils down to Respect: for ourselves, others, and where we live.

PS: This is why my family loves her so much she became an adopted daughter a long time ago -- unique siya talaga! :)


i heart your friend. =)


Not to be sexist but in Pinoy society, only a woman can get away with something like that. If I were to do that tapping on the car window thing, a fellow male will take it as a challenge to their manhood. I dont know how a woman would react if she were in the car, though. But then again, I dont know how a woman would react period. :-D

raul rodrigo

Your friend happened to be female, sweet,and pretty.She gets a free pass from the litterbug goons. A man like me would get into a scuffle if I tried that.


Hi Sarah - Me too :)

Hello Jeg and Raul - I think you're both right. It's not just because she's female (and, no, I don't think you're sexist for saying that Jeg) -- but also because she is extremely attractive, sweet, and disarmingly earnest. I guess what I'm saying is we all do what we can with what we're given.

I don't think I could ever get away with what she does (or maybe I just don't have the guts) -- but I can write about it. :)


Go, Rosanna! I have done stuff like that, but mine's usually done in a less sweet, more annoyed way (so men can do this) - example: girl in front of me throws her ATM receipt on the floor (right beside the bin, and after being asked by the machine if she would like a receipt, when she could've just said NO if she was just gonna throw it lang pala), I bend down in front of her, pick it up and throw it in the bin shaking my head. I don't think I can go as far as Rosanna but I think her approach is much better. With an explanation pa to them to really drive the point home. Great story. But knowing Rosanna, am not surprised.


Hi Chiqs - Ay talaga...if she weren't my friend (my bestest friend at that), life wouldn't be as brightly colored for me. I suspect it would be the same for anyone who knows her. :)


Gi, that's exactly the Rosanna I remember, right down to the core, all the way from grade school!

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