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  • .: Joni’s New World :.

    Welcome to Joni's New World! Here you will find my thoughts on anything I am currently obsessing over: mostly Literature, languages, and travel. View the cloud down there for a better representation of subjects.

    I've been blogging since 2005. My early posts were on Multiply but have since exported those to Blogger. See if you can find that. (Actually not that hard.)

  • .: My Calendar :.

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  • Weekly Gratefulness List (January 1 to 7, 2017)

    Posted By on February 16, 2017

    To be honest, the days just passed in a blur of feedings and diaper changes. But how can anyone resist this cuteness?

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    One-week old Jojo

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 25 to 31, 2016)

    Posted By on February 12, 2017

    So much to be thankful for this week like date days, etc., but there’s one major cause for happy flurries: Jojo!!


    Thank you! More please!

    (Not more Jojos, but more happy flurries.)


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 18 to 24, 2016)

    Posted By on February 9, 2017

    –2016 book #16: LaRose

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    –first batch of Bookroo books for Jojo from Auntie V


    –Jojo’s cousins’ visit

    …although Jojo hadn’t come out yet…

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 11 to 17, 2016)

    Posted By on February 4, 2017

    –Christmas party at BRIC

    –hospital tour

    I must admit that I was feeling lazy to do this, but I’m glad we did because it did help me feel more at ease on the day of Jojo’s birth.

    –library concert

    –this halo-halo for date night


    And the Bunny for the date too!

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 4 to 10, 2016)

    Posted By on January 19, 2017

    –free CSS class

    I always feel so lucky that I get to find free classes on things I’m interested in. If you’re in NYC and would like to join future free computer (web development) classes, sign up here. It’s my favorite group so far.

    –kitchen success: Nilagang Baka (aka Boiled Beef)

    It’s. So. Good.


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    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (November 27 to December 3, 2016)

    Posted By on December 21, 2016

    –2016 Book #15: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s “When Skateboards Will Be Free”

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    –dinner with V

    Which is always a lot of fun!

    –date night was at Cafe Tibet

    Food was just ok but company always appreciated.


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (November 20 to 26, 2016)

    Posted By on December 13, 2016

    –Thanksgiving dinner

    With yummy turkey c/o C. I didn’t take a picture because I was too busy stuffing my face.

    –free birthing classes

    –kitchen success: nilagang baboy (literally, “boiled pork”)


    –date night: We finally tried Ichiran ramen. So good, but so expensive! But yeah, it really was good.

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    Thank you! More please!


    About 5 More Weeks

    Posted By on November 23, 2016

    It’s been 35 weeks of carrying a little human in me. I think we’re having a karate kid. Excuse me while I go pee. *waddles away*


    We were at a birthing class last night and I volunteered him to change the diapers. Teeheehee! He did very well.


    Weekly Gratefulness List (November 13 to 19, 2016)

    Posted By on November 22, 2016

    Still sick this week but getting a lot better. I must also say that the humidifier is one great invention.

    –Carbon Leaf concert!!

    I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years when I discovered them in the unlikeliest of places (I was in a tiny city in northeast China) and I became an instant fan. So happy that they’re still together, touring, playing music, and making new music.

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    –2016 Book #14: Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

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    –photoshoot at BRIC

    It was so much fun and I got to meet interesting people.

    –kitchen success: chicken afritada of sorts (I don’t even really know what to call it. It doesn’t look good but I swear it tasted good) and minatamis na saging (sweetened bananas)

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    –a quick merienda date at Mountain Province in Williamsburg

    Their coffee is sourced from the Philippines, and they serve Pinoy pastries (among others). We had coconut muffin (with macapuno topping) and ube brioche (reminded me of ube ensaymada) and they were both yummy. Next time I want to try the cassava cake, which they ran out of when we were there.


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (November 6 to 12, 2016)

    Posted By on November 20, 2016

    I was sick this entire week, but I’m grateful that I had the time and circumstance to rest when I needed to.

    –got some Vinted love!

    The package was delivered to our old apartment and I didn’t even know I had one for weeks. So happy with these Vinted goodies!


    –kitchen success: pork afritada of sorts


    Thank you! More please!!