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Weekly Gratefulness List (December 15 to 21, 2013)

| December 22, 2013

‘Tis the Christmas season, that time of the year when everyone meets up with everyone else to spread some holiday cheer. Also, G and I are leaving the country soon. These two major reasons saw us socializing overtime as we spent the week eating, eating, and eating with friends: –lunch with E (eep, we didn’t [...]

At the PEN Conference

| December 4, 2013

I rarely get to attend literary events these days so when I manage to, it’s always a treat for me. Here are some of the pictures G and I took at the event.   During a coffee break, we had a photo shoot with no less than the National Artist for Literature and my beloved [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (July 7 to 13, 2013)

| July 15, 2013

–Lunch with K then coffee with K and CJ –Talk at the Rotary Club’s meeting. I don’t have the pictures yet though. Stay tuned for those! –Finished reading two books (one of which I didn’t enjoy very much so I won’t mention it). I liked The Company of Women by Mary Gordon. –Saw and enjoyed [...]

Post-Birthday Thoughts

| January 12, 2013

Simply put, my 33rd birthday was definitely not one of my best birthdays in perhaps the past decade or more. I spent most of the day in pain, alternating between chills and feeling too hot (no, don’t say hot flashes!). I got my period and understand that I am reduced to a ball of pain [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (February 5 to 11, 2012)

| February 25, 2012

–Premio Tomas awarding I couldn’t be there but thanks to good friend Katea who went on my behalf. (If we’re Facebook friends–or you and Kate are–you might have already seen the picture.) –met super nice people at Dayna’s birthday dinner –watched Shanghai Sharks, and they won!

Weekly Gratefulness List (July 25 to 31, 2010)

| July 31, 2010

It’s been a crazy busy week! I’m super grateful for: – Get-together with Lit friends for lunch and coffee – Cats! – Mandarin classes And super super super grateful for: – the results of the APO evaluation

Witches’ Dinner

| July 10, 2010

Kate is home from her studies overseas so a meet-up is a must. Kate, Bevz and I had dinner at Capricciosa then had tea/coffee at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

My Thesis Defense!

| May 25, 2010

Now that I have uploaded all of the pictures from my Shanghai trip, let me now delight you with pictures from my thesis defense. My Thesis Defense Degree: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Thesis Title: Finding My Way Back to My Mother’s House Venue: Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista’s residence Date: March 19, 2010 [...]

The Joy of Writing

| March 8, 2010

Two days after I released my novel+essay, Ms. Marj, my literary mommy sent me this poem via Facebook. The Joy of Writing By Wisława Szymborska Why does this written doe bound through these written woods? For a drink of written water from a spring whose surface will xerox her soft muzzle? Why does she lift [...]

Christmas Dinner with Lit Group

| December 18, 2009

Annette is home and the Lit people made a mad dash to have Christmas dinner with her. We went to Brasserie Boheme at Picasso Serviced Residences in Makati. Food was yummy and reasonably-priced (at least for now), but the staff were still undergoing training. Fair warning: Don’t go if you’re not the patient type. Super [...]