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Weekly Gratefulness List (October 16 to 22, 2016)

| 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 [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (January 24 to 30, 2016)

| March 1, 2016

–more books!! The day after the blizzard, we went to a swap event. We dropped off some clothes, phone cases, books, etc.; and came home with… books galore! Now if only I can find the time and energy to read all of them. –”In The Heights,” an earlier work of Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (September 21 to 27, 2014)

| September 30, 2014

–My novel “In My Mother’s House” is now available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison library! I don’t know who requested it, but whoever you are, I’m sending you happy and grateful thoughts. If you’re in the US and you want to know if my book is available at a library near you, visit this link. [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (August 31 to September 6, 2014)

| September 14, 2014

–meetup with one of my oldest friends E, and she also brought me copies of my book so I’m well-stocked again (*hint hint: buy now) –beach day, capped by a yummy cheesy Russian dinner –We saw and finally got to finish “If/Then.” I know a lot of people would rather watch Idina Menzel (who we [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (August 17 to 23, 2014)

| September 11, 2014

(*patiently chipping away at my backlog) –finished a particularly demanding project –sold something on Poshmark! –I rewarded myself with a walk to the library. I finally got to use my library card, and currently enjoying this: –We went to a vineyard! It was my first time ever and it was nice, but I think I [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (May 11 to 17, 2014)

| June 16, 2014

These gave me the happies this week: –I finally finished reading Manila Noir. This is only book 2 for me this year. *sniffs –Celebrated our anniversary (well, one of our anniversaries) –Did yoga. Always feels good to do yoga. Felt particularly good this time because I finally have a mat! Ha! Thank you! More please! [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (December 8 to 14, 2013)

| December 16, 2013

–tail end of our Bicol trip –another batch of book delivery to Solidaridad! Shout out to National Artist F. Sionil Jose and Cesar for being ever supportive! People, do drop by Solidaridad on Padre Faura for their awesome collection of Southeast Asian titles. –PSA Christmas Party at Zavoy Steakhouse (drop by there too! It’s on [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (December 1 to 7, 2013)

| December 10, 2013

–PEN Conference. It was nice to see old professors and classmates in a literary event. Some of the pictures we took are here. –I found this blog entry which made me super happy! –finished two books: “Drop” by Mat Johnson (It was just ok. G hated it. Haha!) and “America, Here I Am!” by Maria Eden [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (August 18 to August 24, 2013)

| August 28, 2013

Because it was such a rainy week, I was trapped indoors and did my best to be productive. –I read four books: Tao Lin’s Taipei Dale Corey’s Inventing English Jane Smiley’s The Age of Grief Malachy McCourt’s A Monk Swimming –had Spanish lessons AND Chinese lessons And then when I did manage to get out [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (August 4 to 10, 2013)

| August 12, 2013

–finished writing a poem (although “finished” is a term of convenience at this point). Still shy about showing it to anyone yet. –Chinese lessons –finished Andrew Crumey’s “Mr. Mee.” It was cleverly written. It’s one of those books that make me imagine how the writer must have lots of fun writing it. I was almost [...]