The #WhatAmIToYou Spotify Playlist

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A few weeks ago I hinted that there’s a “secret” #BeforeIDo playlist on YouTube. Actually, each of the books I wrote/write (because I’m still currently writing #FinallyIDo and #MARIPOSA) has a dedicated YouTube playlist. Nothing really fancy, just a bunch of songs that mean something to me or to the actual location where the backstories took place or to the real-life people my fictional characters are based on. Last night, I decided to create a version of the #WhatAmIToYou playlist on Spotify so you can all enjoy it. Just search for #WhatAmIToYou on Spotify. It’s also available on YouTube here. […]

WAITY 25 Things: My Alma Mater and Hazel (Chapter 1)

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UST photo by   In Episode/Chapter 1: Unrequited, we open with our girl Kit Castille talking about her college years. Here we see a different kind of Kit, very much different from her “Queen Bitch” / “Mean Girl” persona in Before I Do, wherein I briefly mentioned her alma mater during that steak dinner. Did you catch that one?  In #BeforeIDo, I wrote that she lost a bet with Johnny during the UST vs. DLSU UAAP finals. In #WhatAmIToYou’s last few chapters, I confirmed that she’s a Thomasian (you have to get your hands on the book to read […]

[Malaysia] Batu Caves is a Must-Visit!

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When you tell people you’re going to Malaysia, they’ll probably tell you to visit the Batu Caves. It’s a limestone hill with several caves and cave temples, about 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur by car and 25 minutes by train. If you’re traveling in groups of 4, better get car service (UBER or GRAB) so you don’t have to wait for the train. Getting there is very convenient and totally worth it. I’ve been to the Batu Caves several times, roughly 6 times since 2012. We always bring our guests there, but the uphill climb is really not for […]

[Malaysia] A Day at the Islamic Arts Museum

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My family and I love to visit museums. It’s just a nice way to spend the day, especially if you live in a tropical country where the outside heat can be brutal. My husband and I have visited a lot of museums in Malaysia but the Islamic Arts Museum is my top favorite. Here are some photos I’d like to share.       The highlights would be the impressive mosque replicas from around the world.                               Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia Jalan Lembah Perdana, Tasik Perdana, […]

First Condo Home

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Shortly after our civil wedding in 2013, Jet and I moved into our first rental condo in the Philippines. It was very small, only 24.21 sqm really, just a bit bigger than our bedroom in Jet’s property in Taytay. Yes, it was so small but it was also the first time we lived together and we experienced a lot of firsts, especially for me–someone who never experienced living in a dorm in college. And it was our own space and we loved the privacy. We lived in a one-bedroom unit in SMDC Light Residences, the SM property in front of the […]

#MakeAColorfulImpression Photo Shoot

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Sometime in 2015, before I left for Malaysia and before my good friend Ada finalized her plans to move to Istanbul, my family and I had a photoshoot for the #HSGrafikPrint book, Make A Colorful Impression. The approved concept was pretty simple: black and white photos over watercolor backgrounds. Initially, we wanted to stage a colored powder photoshoot like this one: Credit: Dutch Foto But it would be hard to find a studio that would allow us to do something like this. And if ever we do find one, the production and cleanup would be very messy and, not to […]

How We Prepared For #Homer@60 Birthday Party

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On September 17, 2016, we staged what’s perhaps the biggest celebration for our family, my Dad’s 60th birthday party at Industriya Restaurant in Marikina City. Most, if not all, of our party celebrations are big–at least in terms of guest headcount (and at least for us). We always exceed the personal limit of 150 headcount, bordering on 200 pax. Even my own church wedding in 2014 didn’t go over 150 pax because we’ve decided to keep it small and intimate. But when I say #HomerAt60 is one of the biggest, I’m also talking about the concept, detail, and execution. We […]

Writing Longhand vs. Writing Online

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  There is this constant battle between writing longhand and writing online.  At one point, writing longhand seems very romantic.  I used to write in my journal for hours and hours on end.  I didn’t bother with grammar because, for one, I was still in college that time and wasn’t really into editing.  When you write longhand, it’s harder to correct yourself because there’s no “backspace” button.  You end up crossing out words and lines.  But honestly, handwritten journals have a certain and distinct charm that is just so hard to pass up.  And these days, my God, there are […]


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“I will carry myself in such a way that when people are sitting, I would be standing; and when they are standing, I will stand out; and when they stand out, I will be outstanding; and when they are outstanding, I will be their standard.”


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Post from June 6, 2013     Many writers would agree that the best “quotable quotes” are from everyday, random conversations with friends and strangers.  Sometimes, it feels so liberating and “safe” to confide in a stranger who doesn’t know anything about your past, your present, and your future.  There’s no judgment.  No pity.  No what ifs.  No unsolicited advice.  Nothing whatsoever.  There are only a pair of eyes willing to look and ears willing to listen for a short while. Before I got engaged, there was a time in my life that I felt lost, confused, and terrified of […]