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In sum

The first 51 weeks of 2007 was all about love: finding it, having it, and settling into my happy ever after. The final week is still all about it. But I no longer want to be married or engaged in 2008. I simply want to be ready for love, when it finds me.

Here's something nice that leaped out at me from the newspaper today:
Maybe that's what Advent is all about: a constant forward looking. Maybe that's what Christmas is all about: a constant hope, fresh start and new beginning.
- Fr. Jerry Orbos

From www.galingpinoy.com

Merry Christmas, people!

Happy birthday, love


I haven't been a good girl, and I didn't send the present I was so excited to give you because I thought it wouldn't be welcome. But this song's for you.

MFA Saturday

Ever since I started taking my MFA, I've had plenty of fun Saturdays to look forward to--and then look back at. We don't have classes anymore--we haven't had any for two years now, I think--but the fun hasn't stopped.

Jonathan was in town for a seminar and the Philippine PEN fiction anthology book launch this weekend. Of course we couldn't let that pass, even if only four of us were able to make it.

We pulled another all-nighter: Barbara's in Intramuros for the launch (I love the cream puffs); some place in Malate for beer, sisig, mussels, and garlic mushrooms; Bed for a quick peek (there was so much cigarette smoke, I couldn't breath after half an hour watching all those yummy gay men dancing); Starbucks Malate for coffee (my favorite toffee nut latte, yum) and for some lazy picture-taking; and then McDonald's in the United Nations Avenue (thus called because the UN office is there) for breakfast.



We had an average of four beers between us at this place at this makeshift sidestreet bar. I can't recall what it's called, but it's right across Friendly's Guesthouse.



One of the pictures we took of ourselves as we lounged in the comfy chairs of Starbucks, waiting for sunrise.

Lilliputzone

Northgate Cyberzone's been decorating, and I've been seeing giants these past few days.

I was surprised to see a row of evenly distributed pots. They line the walkway I pass through on my way to work and back home. They're made of concrete, but painted to look like clay.



I'm hoping they will be filled with nice little trees for natural shade--and to help keep the fresh air that characterizes this part of Muntinlupa City.



I like Northgate Cyberzone because it's a relatively new area, and there are still empty lots. But there's a lot of construction going on, and it won't be long until the suburban feel is replaced by the hustle and bustle I associate with (and dislike about) the bigger cities.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas too! Aside from the usual sort of Christmas lights, Northgate Cyberzone has balls--



--giant Christmas balls.



You can't miss them.



I was hoping they'd be all lit up at night, but no. They just have little spotlights trained on them.

Unfortunately, I haven't mastered my Samsung digicam yet, so I don't know how to take good pictures at night.

Sad news twice over

It's a sad week for Philippine literature. A moment of prayer, please.

Doc Bau had a stroke last Monday. I've asked around, via text, and I've been told he's out of the ICU.

Edit: (7:29pm) According to my classmate, Jenny, who asked someone very credible, it wasn't a stroke, but an intestinal problem. He's okay.

Rene Villanueva had a heart attack last Monday. He died this afternoon.

He didn't know me, I'm sure, but he was the professor in my UP undergrad scriptwriting class, when I was a practically terrified writer, treading in a pool of extremely talented people.

He was so good and so frank he terrified me even more, but pushed to drowning, I learned to kick back up.

Oops, I did it again

I never learn. First, I try to be uninvolved. I run through my responsibilities, trying to keep my heart out of the whole business. But a nip here and a nip there, a little nuzzle, and I fall. Hard.

I'm in love. Again.

Her name is Diwata. She's a Belgian Malinois puppy. She's not mine.
Diwata
Diwata with my slipper.
She's tiny, but tough.

She makes me happy

Strawberry milkshake + strawberry Champola = Pure bliss.
Keona tasting strawberry milkshake for the first time.
Happy birthday, Lolo!