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Making My Papa Proud with My Strong Hand

When we were younger, Papa used to improvise a mini shooting range for us. Using his air gun, we aimed at empty cans and bottles. I felt like hitting them was a breeze back then. One time, I got ecstatic when he said I can shoot with his revolver, but when I saw him fire it, I chickened out. I got frightened by the smoke coming from the barrel and all the more petrified of the recoil. From that day on, I never really cared about holding a real gun ever again. I was contented with shooting robots and morbid-looking bunnies in the arcade using pellet guns. This was never in my bucket list, but oh boy, fate has its tricky ways of throwing me into a shooting range.

A woman’s got to have a strong hand to fire guns.

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Just another simple clamor


Oftentimes I wish they were all one and the same. And sometimes I wish I never thought I was good enough at something else and some people didn’t believe so too. That way, my life is just a straight path. No crossroads, no detours. Continue reading

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The boy who cried books

How far will you go for your dream? Will you go as far as turning your back on your family and moving thousands of kilometers away from your comfort zone on your own? All for his passion for education, Justin did. He ran away from home, bought books, and sold them on the streets. His firm belief system and love for books sustain him from day-to-day. With the help of friends and media, he became viral. Book donations and other forms of assistance came in. Read about his story here and here.

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On Courtesy to the Elders and the Priority Lane

What privileges come with being a Filipino Senior Citizen? Do we have to read the 11-page Republic Act 9257 before we understand them or is our Filipino tradition of caring for the elderly enough reason for us to graciously assist them in public? I thought it was as basic as that, but last week, I realized that we need to be more assertive in reminding others of the courtesy to elders, especially to those who are already raising their Senior Citizen Cards up while on queue. Continue reading

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La Union Food Photo Dump

You wouldn’t have a hard time looking for restaurants around La Union’s surf beach. They’re just all across. But thanks to Rafa, we also tried others that are not in the vicinity. Here’s what we had:

1. Complimentary breakfast at the Circle Hostel. Soft and savory pandesal with Cheez Whiz or peanut butter spread and bananas. Manong magtataho also drops by to wake the whole neighborhood up every morning. You can buy ordinary coffee (P15/cup) too. Take just enough for some energy to surf, but not too much that you’ll bloat. The Circle also has homegrown lemongrass, basil, thyme, etc. in their lawn so tea lovers can have their freshly brewed cup of tea from The Circle before setting out to the sea.

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Chance Encounters at the Circle Hostel, La Union

Being caught up in the hustles of employment, the boring yet exhausting weekday routine, and the burden of having to deal with some toxic people every day take away my innate youthful vibe. My cousin would often ask me why I don’t seem to have a lot of new friends after I transferred here in Manila. I am a social butterfly, he insisted. I did not intend to, but that part of me was unconsciously hidden somewhere in my petite anatomy. I became lazy and I forgot how outgoing and cheerful I really am.


Meet Sebastian, Basti for short, the most ma-PR shih tzu in history.

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Desserts in the Sky, Iloilo City

When I went home to Iloilo last December, one of the items on my list was to try Desserts in the Sky. People flooded Facebook and Instagram with pictures of its quaint interiors and classy-looking desserts because it only opened a few weeks before my trip. Luckily, my friends Tesha and Kathleen decided to meet me there a few days before my flight back to Manila (darn).


Tushy and Murky outside DITS.

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