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When you are a lover of books, of fiction novels particularly, there is simply no end to new bittersweet experiences: living other people’s lives, travelling to other places, indulging in others’ memories.  I have always loved how William Styron put it: “A good book should leave you…slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives […]

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I just turned 38 last week, and I still do not see any need to lie about my age.  Truth is, I would rather lie about my waistline, not my age. Unfortunately, my age is easier to conceal than that other “figure”. Birthdays are always something to be thankful for.  Another year does not necessarily […]

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It’s my Mama’s birthday today.  Memories keep flooding back, and I probably am entitled to be wistful, just for today.  Happy memories of when she was still around are enough to warm my heart and put a sweet smile to my face, but the thought that she is no longer around for tight hugs, sweet […]

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The thing with this serendipitous couch is that I get to find things, people and incidents by “fortunate chance”, and share them (or their stories) with you as a patient candidly does with his shrink (*evil grin*).  Normally my articles get prepared a few hours before deadline (no news there) and until the very moment […]

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  Last week I could not help but laugh at the realization that there is actually a need for PAGASA’s “official declaration” that summer is here.  To date, despite the sweltering heat in the afternoons, there still is no official word so we are seemingly still in weather purgatory, neither here nor there, neither hot […]

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A few weeks before Lent, the Catholic community was shocked by the news of Pope Benedict XVI retiring on February 28, 2013.  The 85-year-old pontiff is reportedly the first to retire in Roman Catholic church history, spanning a period of 600 years. I pride myself for being raised as a product of a Catholic school […]

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We’re still hitting 10-deg-something chilly weather especially at night time and in the early mornings, and we’re once again given a superb reason to just curl up in bed and (apart from sleep), do what we do best on cold nights like these – read, read, read; or else, watch, watch, watch.  These are lazy […]

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I wasn’t prepared for motherhood.  My good guess is that no matter how old you are when you become a mother for the first time, no amount of preparation is ever enough to really prepare you for actual motherhood duties. I feel younger than ever, despite the fact that my waist line seems to be […]

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How is 2013 treating you so far? I hope you are having a good start, and that you managed to actually take the first steps towards your goals for 2013.  The other night, while watching the news, I came across this report on “post-holiday blues” – specifically that feeling of (semi?) depression after the holidays […]

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I have always prided myself as a multi-tasker, practically an Oprah minion when she discussed it lengthily on her old talk show.  I was an advocate of doing 3, even 5 things at the same time, and truly believed that as a working mother, I need to master that art.  As time went, however, I […]

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