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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.)

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  • 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!!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (October 30 to November 5, 2016)

    Posted By on November 18, 2016


    As a volunteer for Bindercon NY, I was able to attend a couple of sessions for free. Here was the workshop on writing grant applications, facilitated by Glendaliz Camacho and Grace Lee.

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    –Breastfeeding Class

    It was free and I learned a lot of things I would not even thought of asking people.

    –Date night

    We watched “Doctor Strange” at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, this new theater in downtown Brooklyn where you can also order dinner. It was interesting. And then we had this carrot cake dessert:


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (October 23 to 29, 2016)

    Posted By on November 5, 2016

    This week was actually quite busy with a variety of events: book discussion, seminars, meeting/orientation, etc. for which I am all grateful for. But I’m especially happy with:

    –2016 book #13: Mia Alvar’s In The Country

    It’s really good. You should all read it.

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    –dinner with old friend E

    We had French food and they were yummy!

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (October 16 to 22, 2016)

    Posted By on November 3, 2016

    –the rest of our Texas trip

    Some of the yumminess: old-fashioned cherry ice cream soda and butterscotch sundae, churros with chocolate, Vietnamese halo-halo.


    And we got to hang out with high school friend M


    –Brooklyn Classic

    My second year to volunteer for the Brooklyn Classic, an annual fundraising event of the Brooklyn Public Library, when they award the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for fiction and nonfiction. Super lucky to get a copy of the winner for fiction: Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear, and one of the finalists for nonficiton, Tim Sultan’s Sunny’s Nights.


    Also got to take home lovely flowers.


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (October 9 to 15, 2016)

    Posted By on November 1, 2016

    –continued my listing spree

    –Texas, here we come!

    The original plan was Mexico City, but our doctor freaked out when we told her, so Texas was where we ended up.

    Also, I have no idea why I took a picture of this building. What is it even? If anyone knows, please tell me.

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    Thank you! More please!



    Weekly Gratefulness List (October 2 to 8, 2016)

    Posted By on October 31, 2016

    –Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

    The exhibit about Chinese food lured us in. And we were pleasantly surprised that they have so much more interesting things too! Also, free admission every first Thursday of the month, just so you know if you want to go too.


    –free coffee week from 7-11!

    Free + coffee? Yes, please.


    –kitchen success: banana cue

    I would say not bad for a first time.



    –listed a ton of new things on Poshmark, Vinted, Mercari, and Tradesy


    Thank you! More please!