Monthly Archives: October 2011

Missing her. Again.

What a strong woman my  grandmother is. Here’s a short clip of her, smiling despite her sickness. This was the day after she learned she had stage 4 lung cancer. Sigh. I miss her terribly. It has been exactly 42 days since she left us.

I knew she was trying to stay strong for us. She wanted to keep fighting. Her body weakened each day but her willpower was just.. WOW. Every day was struggle but it wasn’t enough reason to give  up. She was given 4 months to live, yet she survived until her 8th month.

Look at her.. Is this a portrait of a person who has cancer? I love her smile.

My nephew, Gab, couldn’t sit still for a photo. He tried to wriggle free of Lola’s grip here. She also loved the little critter to bits.

Haay. Excuse me, I need to blow my nose.


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Notes from the DLSU Bloggers’ Congress 2

Weekends–in my vocabulary–are defined as days that are meant to do nothing but pointless whatnots. I sleep at 4 AM on a Friday and wake up 4 PM the next day. Not a good example, I know, but do know that I’m trying my best to curb this habit of mine.

Two Saturdays ago, I decided to jumpstart my new-improved “weekend life” by attending the DLSU Bloggers’ Congress 2 held at De La Salle University – Manila. Sure, I went alone but I seriously had a blast during the whole event! I hope the La Salle folks would organize something like this every month.

Warning: I apologize for the photos you are about to see. I was seated at the far back and this annoying microphone was blocking my view.


First speaker up was Rob Cham of Christian San Jose, who was initially invited, can’t make it at that time so he sent Cham to fill in. Rob Cham is a professional illustrator. I have never browsed Cham’s blog until now but he apparently gets 3,500+ hits a day so he must be a pretty well-known. He’s just a year fresh out of college and yet has done several notable projects already.

Next was food and travel blogger, Anton Diaz of This guy doesn’t need any fancy introduction. His blog is one of the most-visited sites in the country. And thanks to him and his equally grub-lover team, Mercato Centrale was born. Now, say it with me in true Plants vs Zombies fashion: Fooooooooood.

Camille Co of Camille Tries to Blog had a more streamlined presentation; Quick and straight-to-the-point. Aside from being a fashion blogger, she’s co-founder of the clothing brand, CoExist. She only started blogging early April of this year but she already seems like a pro. I sometimes head to her LookBook and Chictopia pages for fashion inspirations now.

Co raised several good pointers when blogging. In bullets. OC!

  • Be cohesive.
  • Keep it clean, simple, and interesting.
  • Share stories.
  • Always give proper credit.
  • On photos: Quality over quantity. Don’t scrunch in tons of photos in one blog entry.
  • On product reviews: Research and inform.
  • Invest time and effort. Never do anything half-baked.
  • Be honest and grateful.
Saab Magalona of Spell Saab was the last of the roster. How do I even start describing her ‘speech’? At one point, I stopped punching in notes on my trusty BlackBerry because I sensed that I was in for a laugh. And I was right. I loved how she gracefully fumbled and fidgeted her way through her talk that made us, the audience, at ease. It was very heartfelt, spontaneous, and frank.

Saab recounted how she went through a phase where she was sick of being compared to her older sister, Maxene. Aside from having her hair dyed purple, blogging was kind of her escape from the teen angst-y stage most of us go through. We both started blogging in 2003 and we both have issues on time management. MAJOR issues. It’s kind of surprising that we are very alike in some ways.

I’m not technically a fan of her celebrity status per se but I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog. It’s light, casual, and college-level cool. Sobrang chill lang.

There was a meet-and-greet after the event but I decided to skip it. I was too shy, I guess, because I went to the Congress alone. Besides, I’m sure that I’ll be seeing them again sometime soon because we live in the same country.

So there I was, munching on free tacos and drinks while the others mingle. I’ll take it as a good sign that no one was giving me odd looks. My petite frame can pass me as a high school or college student, you know.

It was my first time to step inside DLSU’s grounds so I wandered idly while waiting for my ride. I admired the school’s architecture, the manicured lawns and tress, and its people. Kids are probably bred well here.

At times like these, I always miss my Alma Mater. Hands up if you’re an Adamsonian!

Thanks to Kat Lorenzo for being so accommodating on answering my e-mails, as well as to Efril LagmanYsa Chong and her co-host (I forgot her name. Sorry.) for keeping the crowd alive at the Congress. Good job, you guys!


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I’m so going!

Blocked October 15th for this:

You still have five days to e-mail Kat Lorenzo ( and have your name included on the list. Come on, it’ll be fun!


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Pancakes are served

I don’t know why I always get lost at Ortigas. Okay, maybe not just at Ortigas. It’s mainly because I’m such a dweeb at directions. You shouldve seen me a while ago, braving a Signal No. 1 typhoon and wandering like a lost, wet puppy (my umbrella turned inside-out). Pity.

Despite the stormy weather, I like how it mimicked my mood. A week has just went by since my lola passed away so the wounds are still fresh. I’m okay but I’m still coping.

The winds are still strong outside the mall I’m currently staying at. Pancakes, I thought. Pancakes and a mug of hot chocolate will keep me sane.

Ahh. Sane is me. It’s the small and simple things that could get us by.

Happy afternoon!

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