BLOG AWARD: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Nica and Jae, my work sisters, both nominated me for this award, so aptly called “The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers”. They are both really good writers, with wide fan bases and inspiring posts. Among the three of us, I am the laziest at writing, mehehe, so I thank them for nominating me. 🙂

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Let us start with the rules first, shall we?

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge the person who passed the award to you and provide their link.
  • Include the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions I posted above.
  • Nominate blogs and link those you have especially enjoyed reading. The number you can select is up to you.
  • Notify each individual that you have nominated them.

Now that the rules are set, let us begin! 

Here are Nica‘s 10 questions:

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

* I love smelling things and people I am very fond of. 🙂

 If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Alfred Hitchcock. It would be lovely to meet him and be an assistant on his movie set! 

Nightly owl or early bird?

It depends on the need, haha. 

Bare or with make up?

I usually go bare. 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee, definitely!

Forest or beach?

The beach. There is nothing like a beach scene.

Shoes or sandals?

Shoes. 

Favorite place to travel.

Home. 🙂 

One food you could never eat.

Raw food. 

Favorite smell.

The smell of home… I mean, the comfortable smell of our house (literally) my pillows, my boyfriend, of babies, books… those smells that I associate with home. 🙂

On to Jae‘s 10 questions:

What is that one song that lifts your mood up no matter how bad your day had been?

* MGMT’s Electric Feel. It has a great vibe, wonderful melody, and I love that they deify the woman in that song. For example:

“All along the western front, people line up to receive

she got the power in her hand, to shock you like you won’t believe, 

saw her in the Amazon, with a voltage running through her skin, 

standing there with nothing on, she’s gonna teach me how to swim.” 

 

Also:

“You are my electric girl.”

I don’t know how quite to explain it, but I love to be referred to as “electric girl”. It’s unique and it feels great! ELECTRIC!!! Haha! 

What is your most favorite Disney Princess?

* Oh wow… I am not much of a Disney Princess fan, so, er… 

What is that one trait you think you got from your mother/father that you love?

* The ability to love. 

What is your favorite month?

December! 🙂 Holiday month, happy days!

If given the choice, what name would you choose for yourself?

Georgina or Olivia.

If you could take me anywhere in the world, where would we go?

* We will go to Europe and beach-hop! How’s that sound, Jae?! 🙂

What is your worst mannerism?

* Ugh. Touching my face. Looking for something to scratch off the surface. Thank God I don’t usually have break-outs. 

What is the most recent book you have read?

Audrey Hepburn’s Neck. It’s a good read; I love the way it’s written. 

What is your greatest frustration?

* Playing the piano, or any musical instrument for that matter.

What is the essence of a woman?

* So Miss Universe! Life is the essence of a woman. The ability to carry it, to live it, and to fulfill it in ways she chooses to. 🙂 Thank you! (Hahaha!)

Moving on, here are my Awardees:

These are all FANTASTIC blogs and WONDERFUL people so check them out! You won’t be sorry, I promise. 😉

Here are my 10 questions:

  • If you are going to be an agent for a living author, who would it be?
  • If you are going to be a criminal, what would you be charged with?
  • If you are going to be an inanimate object, what would you be?
  • The most boring subject in school you ever had?
  • What is your stand about organised religion?
  • Do you like dubstep?
  • What is your favourite film of all time?
  • Would you like to be a Royal family member?
  • Have you a story of unrequited love?
  • You are given the opportunity to throw the GRANDEST party ever: Where would it be, who are you inviting, and what is the theme?

Again, thanks Nica and Jae for nominating me! For the awardees, it really is up to you if you’d do this or not – I just wanted to award you with this. 🙂

Happy blogging, everyone! 🙂

You+Me in Chains


Together, we have said a thousand words

of affection, warm and soft, which we wrapped

around us like blankets. In time these words

sunk into our skins, into our flesh and into our bones

bearing the tattoos of devotion.

Together, we have said a thousand words

of deception, cold and steely, which we kept

hidden inside our hearts and brains like gifts,

Precious lies weaved with our mellifluous voices,

cursing through our blood, sustaining us,

clawing into our senses, gnawing into our consciousness,

syncing with our deepest desires to stay,

to be wanted, to be loved, to be needed,

to be indispensable.

Together, we will say a thousand words

of salvation, of equal damnation, of insanity,

profanity, and eerie tenderness.

Together, we will burn, die, and our words,

The Said and Unsaid, will come back to haunt

our tired, desolate but hungry spirits.

Our souls gliding, not knowing what to do,

what to feel, and what to be in the silence.

I am a tax payer and proud of it!


Yesterday while browsing through my Twitter feed, I came upon a tweet from somebody I follow, Professional Heckler, a tweet about pay slips and taxes.

Professional Heckler: Pay slips are a reminder that I’m an honest taxpayer of the Republic. HONEST. And I’m proud of that.”

It was of course, an instant retweet! I started working in 2008 and the next thing that I felt proud of after getting the job is the fact that I am now a taxpayer, an honest taxpayer who pays her dues to the government. It is a very rewarding feeling, don’t you think? 🙂

My eldest sister read that tweet and replied:

“I salute people like you, I will always be grateful, taxpayers supported my education. Our 3 sisters too! & million others!”

Isn’t that a nice feeling? As a taxpayer you are reassured that your taxes actually reach beneficiaries. And these beneficiaries are actually grateful. No matter how big or small your tax cut is, there are actual people who benefit from it. Of course, other people use the taxpayers money for their own gain, may God have mercy on their soul – but still, I am hopeful that the time will come that the hard earned money we give the government make its way to more people, in more ways, big or small.

(P.S.

My sisters, all four of them, are State University babies. 🙂 Three of them are still students, I assure you taxpayer that they make good use of your money because they study so hard, they excel, and actually contribute to the betterment of mankind. If they don’t continue to be good citizens, you’ll be rest-assured I’ll whack them. Hard.)

How sweet it is!


Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you? I always wonder about that. If people can see me the way I see myself, if they could live in my memories would anyone, anyone love me? -John Green

I came across that quote while browsing through one of my blogs, and the thought never left my mind until I got home.

We all have our own notions of ourselves and we all have secrets. We all have our light and dark. We all have memories we’d like to keep to ourselves and memories we can’t get enough of reminiscing.

Needless to say, the quote quite boggled me. So, why should I be the only one in pain? Haha, kidding aside – I shared the quote to four friends of mine, and two of them responded to it. My boyfriend of six years, Justin, and my friend, Jessica.

They both chose to answer it as if I asked. They know I had both wanted them to dwell on it (for themselves) and to answer the question (for me). Not that I am fishing or anything, I just wanted to know what they thought. Here are their answers:

Justin: I’d love you. Being together this long gives me a right to say so. I know how you think and I know how you see yourself. I know you better than anyone else. So believe me mahal (love) when I say I’d love you still if I could see you the way you see yourself.

Jessica: If you were asking me… I’d say YES. You’re someone worthy of pure love 🙂 and knowing you inside and out is a very big bonus. I would live to see it!

I read their responses around 4AM – I woke up because it was very cold, and their thoughts instantly warmed me up inside. Needless to say, I went back to bed, smiling.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that there are people in our lives willing to stand by us, accept us and love us despite everything? 🙂

There is no why? The hell there isn’t!


Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last: “Why me?”
“That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is.Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?”
“Yes.” Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.
“Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.

That is an excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and I used to love it, revel in the idea that it is possible to be just in the moment without any why, without anything. To just be in the moment. But as of last night, I felt like the ladybug inside Billy’s polished amber. 

“Well, here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.” 

The hell there isn’t! 

WHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHY??

I should probably stop creating amber moments because I am no ladybug.

Ending Conversations


Abruptly ending conversations always make me feel uneasy – like a big void is opening inside of me and everything is just falling in that void.

Somehow, the abruptness of the act doesn’t feel right. I am chasing the last words spoken, and then expecting what’s coming next, only I know nothing is going to come next.

And that nothing ever will come next – because somehow, that abrupt end to the conversation becomes the period, the ending, not all has been said.

Because the call ended. No call back. Got disconnected from the internet. Electricity was cut-off. Battery empty. You don’t deserve a response. Cut, cut, everything is cut.

No proper ending.

The last words will never be acknowledged ever again.

Nor will it be open for conversation.

The should be response will never be known to me.

Hi-ho 2013!


Hello there, dear friends!

It’s been a while, huh? 🙂 How was your holidays? Me? I spent 12 days of vacation at home. Yes, and those were 12 glorious days of watching reruns, gastronomic feast, sleeping, sitting, and acting crazy with my family.

I had meant those 12 days to be spent away from the internet as much as possible. I did not use my mobile phone much, didn’t go out of the house, didn’t meet friends. That was a break I needed – to just stay away from the hustle and bustle and prepare for the onslaught of busy days.

It was a great 12 days. I finished seven books, seven seasons of The Golden Girls (for the nth time!), I ate so much with zero exercise, and just went through the days without a sense of time. Glorious, I tell you. The weather was mainly chilly, there’s wine, food, a new LED TV, company, and more food. Oh, except for catching a flu on Christmas Day that lasted for about four days, I am totally fine. I passed it on to my sister Anna and my Dad. My bad…

Sorry for this crappy post; it seems my brain has not rewired yet – my mind is still empty; but my heart is longing for another long vacation. 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful and fun-filled Holidays! 🙂


Go Janine!!! 🙂

Adventures of a Beauty Queen

I had the chance to get up close and personal with Janine Tugonon, our new Bb. Pilipinas Universe winner during her victory party at a ritzy tent behind the Araneta Coliseum and here’s what swirled through my mind as I watched her embrace friends, smile for the cameras and field questions from the press…

SHE’s A WOMAN OF FAITH

I found out that Janine Tugonon goes to Victory Christian Fellowship at Pioneer and this explains her answer in the pageant Q&A portion – a judge asked what she thought of women who skip having a family to pursue a career and Janine Tugonon in a nutshell said that while she believes women have the right to choose, what’s important is to do what God has called you to do.

While an answer like that is fine for Philippine consumption since the majority of us is/are Catholic, can Janine Tugonon…

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