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I’ve moved!

I’m moving to a new blog — A Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse. I’ll keep this blog online, but from now on all new material will be found in AGGTTA. Be sure to check out my latest posts: a review of the Korean drama “You’re Beautiful” and something on JRen’s latest movie. Thank you for […]


Shu Uemura’s Skin Purifier Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil

So I tried this yesterday.

Shu Uemura's Skin Purifier

It’s Shu Uemura’s oil cleanser — the Skin Purifier Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil. I got a free sample at one of their events. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t bother with an oil cleanser, as I prefer the non-oil ones. From experience, oil-based cleansers require me to wash my face twice afterwards just to get rid of all the greasiness. Which kinda defeats the purpose of a make-up remover — so I wouldn’t have to wash my face more than once just to get rid of all the gunk on my skin. But Nadia from Shu, whom we were chatting with, and who gave us the samples and told us how to use it, assured us the product was totally non-greasy.



I had a perfect peanut butter cupcake today.

Peanut Butter Cupcake - Gigi's Cupcakes (Eastwood)


So we’re TV producers now …

I didn’t say anything when we applied for it, because I didn’t want to jinx it, but my company did join the National Council for Children’s Television‘s Nationwide Search for the Coolest Television Program Proposals for Children, and we won. Well, one of our entries won. All the four entries we submitted were among the 11 finalists, which was pretty cool in on itself. Each of the companies behind the three winning pitches will be given a start-up fund to finance the production of the pilot episode.

This is one of those times where I’m reminded how lucky I am that I get to work with such incredibly talented people. When we joined the Search, I offered whatever I could. Which wasn’t really much, as I didn’t know much about television, or how shows are made. The proposals were developed by the others, and all I could offer was mostly just encouragement. Even when I presented the pitches (I did two of the four), one of them — the winning entry — wasn’t even my pitch. M. developed it and did the first draft of the PowerPoint. I showed up, smiled at the panel, and did the best presentation I could.


All in my head

I’ve never been published.

I have to qualify this, though. I don’t have a published book. I’ve written articles for a broadsheet, had an essay included in an anthology, and my written work is all over the Internet. But no book I can call my own.

Several years ago, I began writing a graphic novel with a couple of artist friends. We all agreed the plot was terrific (I still think it is) and we thought we had it in us to do it. The problem was, I think, that none of us would take the lead in the project. We were either lazy or uninspired or just lacked motivation. Also, although the preliminary art was great, the characters didn’t look the way I wanted them to. Because I was the kind of self-absorbed writer who apparently didn’t know how to do a collaboration. Then I thought, maybe I ought to do a project on my own first before trying to work on something with others.

So I started plotting plots. Plots for novels, that is.


Literary Team for Exposure and Righteous Alliances


Good morning, L.I.T.E.R.A.L. agent. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves writing a post on your writer blog/website on the following topic:

Has your book/story/epic been published? If yes, how was the experience, and where can we buy your book? If no (or not yet), why the delay? Is there anything you know you should be doing to make it happen?

If you currently do not have a writer website or blog, but would like to sign up to be a L.I.T.E.R.A.L. agent, you may create one. Assignments will be handed out every week on Mondays.

We are currently acquiring more writers to join you on this mission. Please direct your writer friends, allies, boy/girlfriends, and nemeses to the official mission briefing page at In the meantime, you may confirm your involvement in this mission by emailing L.I.T.E.R.A.L. headquarters with your name, your writer blog/website URL and maybe something about yourself, and drop by the official L.I.T.E.R.A.L. mission briefing page to get your badge. Remember, only L.I.T.E.R.A.L. agents are authorized to use this badge on their blogs, so make it a priority to not let it fall into enemy hands.


Last day to vote at the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards!

After the Storm: Stories on Ondoy by Elbert OrSo the voting period for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards is open till today. I don’t have a book nominated, but After the Storm (Edited by Elbert Or) is up for Best Essay Anthology, and I have an essay in it. I didn’t have the harrowing experience during typhoon Ondoy that a lot of other people had, but I during typhoon Ruping in the 90s, we did experience having the roof blown off our apartment and we had to live in a pension house for a week. I could’ve written something about that in my perspective on the Ondoy tragedy, but I didn’t actually know about the anthology, and so I just posted something not-so-serious on this blog. Elbert contacted me and asked me if I wanted to include it in the anthology he was editing, and I said yes, of course — the proceeds were going to go to victims of Ondoy, after all. Two years later, I find out it’s up for a Readers’ Choice Award, and so I’ve been asking everyone to please vote for it. Again, voting period ends today, so please head on over to the voting page now and give After the Storm some love.


The Kwentillion mega post

I was super late to the Kwentillion Young Adult Readers Carnival. Because of the rain and flood and all that drama that comes with the opening of ticket sales for Big Bang’s concert in October, I got to NBC Bestsellers in Galleria around 4pm. I missed Mina and Charles‘s “Filipino YA Creators” panel and barely made it in time for the Kwentillion creators’ panel.

Kwentillion creators' panel

The talk was fun. It also gave us insight into what the creators were aiming for — showcasing local talent and giving kids and adults something uniquely Filipino to enjoy. During the Q and A, one of the people in the audience, a teacher, suggested that they try coming into schools to reach the magazine’s audience. Which I thought was a great idea. I hope this happens.

After the talk and the Q and A, there was a signing session. Glad I didn’t miss that.

Young Adult Readers Carnival - signing session Young Adult Readers Carnival - signing session Young Adult Readers Carnival - signing session


The art of drinking and conversation

You say: “I’m eating a sandwich later.”
Non-sandwich-eating person hears: “I’m eating sandwiches until I get so full I throw up.”

You say: “I had a sandwich last night.”
Non-sandwich-eating person: “I ate twenty sandwiches last night, and threw it all up and now my throat hurts and my stomach is killing me.”


How to expose yourself without getting arrested (or The marketing workshop for writers)

Author at Once Chapter 2: Marketing

Tomorrow, Saturday, 14 July, I’ll be giving a talk on social media at a writers workshop called “Author at Once Chapter 2: Marketing”. Author at Once is a workshop series by our company Bronze Age Media aimed at helping writers get published. Although the workshops emphasize indie publishing — publishing your work without traditional book publishing companies — we try to present material that will also be useful to writers who have already been traditionally published or are trying to get a contract with a traditional publisher. My talk on social media marketing is for both published and unpublished writers, and those who want to publish independently or through a publishing house. Even traditionally published and established authors do social media marketing, and tomorrow’s workshop will try to teach you how to do it as painlessly as possible.

“But I hate doing Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/etc.!” you say. We understand! Not everyone likes to be social or get friendly with strangers online.


Curiosity Got the Chef: The Nerd Edition

Chef Sharwin Tee invited the staff of Mangojuiced to visit the set of his cooking show Curiosity Got the Chef during last Saturday’s taping. We were pretty psyched. We loved food and we loved television (I’m pretty fascinated myself with how tv shows are made) so we took him up on his invite. 

Three of us ended up joining Sharwin in front of the camera. He needed a few friends to join him for a little party, and because we’re the kind of people who like to say yes to life (and because I’m a massive attention whore), we agreed to do it. Besides, there was strawberry shortcake (!!!) for dessert.   We chatted and ate the yummy food he cooked earlier in the episode. 

This is me and Mike after the make-up lady made us look a bit more tv-friendly. If you’ve seen my previous tv appearance (a Women’s Day march where I’m covered with fake blood that made it to the news), you will agree this is a vast improvement:



Cover girl

No, I’m not not on the cover of anything.

I do make book covers, though. One of them was for Chef Theo Zaragoza’s cookbook titled Foolproof Favorites Vol. 1: Flavorful Heritage Dishes Done Right. The book was featured in Food magazine’s May issue.

Foolproof Favorites Vol. 1 by Chef Theo Zaragoza in Food magazine


A case for secularism in the Philippines

The Filipino Freethinkers podcast has decided to, uh, relax its tone AND its hosts attempt to speak the real national language — Taglish!

Here, Red, Pepe and Margie talk about the bill by Mr. Mong Palatino recently filed and withdrawn which calls to ban religious rites from government offices.


UP Pride Week – June 25-29

The University of the Philippines is celebrating Pride Week 2012 from June 25-29 with forums and a film screening and a lot of other fun stuff. Join the festivities!


Have harem, will time-travel: Rooftop Prince

Korean Drama: Rooftop Prince

I’m now on episode 9 of the SBS drama Rooftop Prince (옥탑방 왕세자). The plot is possibly the most contrived one I’ve ever come across in a Korean drama, but I’m overlooking that because the show is hilarious. Plus most of the cast is great. I say most, because the actors playing the two villains seem to be trying to impersonate a couple of cardboard cutouts of people wearing expressions. To be fair, they’re not really given much to do other than look surprised whenever someone walks into a room. Or whenever they walk into a room. Seriously, you could make a drinking game out of it: you’ll finish a bottle of soju by episode three.

Author at Once - 16 June 2012

Once more with feeling — the Author at Once workshop

Author at Once - 16 June 2012

As the poster says, the Author at Once workshop will teach you how to be an independent author in one afternoon. You’ll learn the ins and outs of preparing your manuscript for publishing, how to navigate your way through Amazon’s direct publishing website, and some marketing basics. Mina V. Esguerra, best-selling author of Summit Books’ “My Imaginary Ex” and “No Strings Attached”, as well as an independent publisher of her own books “Fairy Tale Fail” and “Interim Goddess of Love”, will be the main resource speaker. I will be giving a short presentation on marketing basics. The workshop will be on Saturday, 16 June 2012 at Cafeccino by Dome, in Eastwood Mall. Registration starts at 1.30pm. Sign up at the Bronze Age Media website.


Not exactly the ending I expected


… but it was good and satisfying. And to be fair, the manga it was based on hadn’t concluded yet at the time they wrote the script for this.

If you’re used to western tv dramas, this Taiwanese adaptation of a Japanese graphic novel starring two Korean actors looks a bit weird. For one thing, it has the subtlety of a stampeding herd of rhinos.


Brace yourselves

So, summer’s over. I suppose this really means more to people still in school than it does to those who don’t get summers off.
What it does mean to everyone in the country is that the weather is now going from “scorching hot” to “trying to drown us”.

Every year, we suffer through terrible typhoons and lose people and property (and dignity) to the floods. And year after year, no one seems to want to do anything about it. Because once the sun comes out, we forget. We complain about the heat, and we forget.


How do we love our mothers?

This is the statement of the Reproductive Health Network (RHAN) for Mother’s Day 2012:

If we truly love our mothers, let us prevent their dying in pregnancy and childbirth Statement of the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) on Mothers’ Day 2012

On Sunday, the whole world celebrates Mothers’ Day in appreciation of the myriad contributions of mothers to families and society. Sadly, some 4,000 families belonging to the poorest and most disadvantaged, will be motherless this year, as thousands like them were the previous years. This sad reality is a testament to the lack of serious attention – beyond the rhetoric – given to government programs and social arrangements that would assure mothers’ surviving the critical act of giving life.