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Hi Marbee!


Easter Bunnies
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Happy Easter Everyone!

I can't believe my last post was 30 weeks ago. :-) Then it must have been 30 weeks since the last time I had time to write for myself. Funny how a job in publishing can make you write so much about everything, yet give you little time to write about the things that actually involve you. But that, among other things will change. I've promised (myself) to start writing that fat novel again (if I can find my first draft saved in some obscure CD), and I will, most definitely, blog regularly (for good).

To everyone who has been asking me, I'm doing pretty well with work, since I find myself enjoying it immensely. One of the best things about being editor is that I actually get to create something from scratch every single month (well save for the March-April which is our double issue). I'll let you know more about it as we go along. 

I'm currently in between drafts for something and other, while watching a Taiwan drama that I will not name until I finish. It must be told, however, that I really believe that chemistry between two lead characters matter more than dashing leading men. With it, your heart will accept the irrational characters and deus ex machina plots unconditionally. Without it, the actors can only serve as eye candy (as with the last HYD version that I watched). That's why I'm awfully worried about some shows that are currently being rehashed for local tv. *Sigh*

Alright, 5 minute break is over. Time to go back to writing. X.X

A, if you're reading this, I miss you already. See you next week. ^_^

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SUGARSUGAR September 2008 Special Debutante Issue

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Dawn Balagot, Einar Ingebrigsten and Marlon Stockinger

Dawn Balagot on Family, Fun, and Celebration

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OMG OMG I'm so happy!
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After 4 months of sleepless nights, Starbucks and junkfood


Congratulations to the new architects!

I'll be posting my thank you list tomorrow. :-)

Have a great day everyone. :-)

Reading List (From Karen)
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Not that I'm off the hook, but I have a bit of time tonight after a long day. :-)

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own multiply so we can try and track down these people who've read and force books upon them ;)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible 
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Not all! Haha ^_^)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan 
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert 
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding 
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 

Happy Birthday A!
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Happy happy joy joy day! 
See you in a bit :-)

My new baby
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Welcome home shashinki-chan!

Filipino Beliefs in Architecture
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Between studying structural framing systems and writing stories on Santorini, body art, and other stories, let me share some interesting Filipino beliefs regarding design, building and construction. I also included beliefs based on Feng Shui that I use for my projects (but we usually consult geomancers for most residential projects anyway). I got most of these from Sir O, but please add more if you remember anything else.

1. The number of steps in a flight of stairs must fall on the count of oro (gold), or plata (silver), but it should never fall on mata (death). [I always count stairs and am always wary of homes that have stairs that fall in mata, hehe]
2. Doorways should not face each other.
3. Main doors should not face where the sun sets.
4. The house plan should not be shaped like a cross.
5. Doorways facing the street directly is unlucky (tumbok).
6. Trees must not block the morning sun.
7. Stairs should face the east, mountains or rivers.
8. Windows should not face the bottom of the stairway.
9. Areas under the stairs should not be walkable.
10. The septic tank vault should not be placed under the roof.
11. The oven should face the rising sun.
12. The roof should not slant towards the front of the lot.
13. Doors should not face each other.
14. Wide windows should not face the neighbor's house.
15. Bedroom doors should face the foot of the bed.
16. Avoid drainage pipes under the bed.
17. The bedroom should be higher than the living room.
18. Stairways should not face doors.
19. The kitchen stove should be aligned with the sink.
20. Windows should not be placed on the wall of the headboard.
21. Bed should not face a wall with a watercloset.
22. Waterclosets must not face doors.
23. Do nor place the altar under the stairs.
24. Exposed columns should be round to facilitate chi.
25. Columns should be even and not divisible by 4.

Lot selection
1. Triangular lots are unlucky.
2. Lots with frontage that is smaller than the rear is unlucky.
3. A lot facing east if favorable.

1. Avoid starting construction when the year is about to end (korteng supot).
2. Place coins, religious medals, or chicken blood in the foundations for prosperity and protection before pouring the concrete.
3. Never use materials that once belonged to a church. (Sacrilege!)
4. Groundbreaking should be set on a Monday or when the moon is growing in size.
5. Do not break ground on February as the month only has 28 days.
6. Initial concrete pouring should commence when the moon is growing, or better yet, when the moon is full.
7. Do not move in on a Tuesday or Friday, or the 13th of the month.
8. The order of things to bring inside the house is as follows: religious symbols first (santos etc) containers with symbols for nourishment such as water, rice, salt; and then money (from spiritual to material).
9. Upon entering the house you must open all lights. (I do this every New Year din, haha)

Birthday Binge Day One
Birthdays, for most, are a time for debauchery and celebration. On a normal, non-working birthday holiday, I would have shared the dip plop drinking sentiment, but this year I face a trunkload of paperwork to shred (yes I am leaving, it’s about time Clementine), suitcases of clothes (borrowed) for styling to return without forfeiting the time clause, and an assembly line of writing and design debts that require my undivided attention and Tender Loving Creativity.

So this year instead of throwing one supernova bash, I’m keeping to small isolated explosions, each one made memorable by these groups of fabulous people who have shared birthdays past and will share geriatric soirees with future crumbling bones and calcium-deficient me.

T’was the Eve

As most know, I am a sucker for traditions, especially when - out of nowhere - the stars conspire and produce alignments that cause extraordinary events to happen. Or the stars create catastrophes that make me thankful for my knack for keeping a straight face at the most absurd situations.

The first Eve tradition is something we call, Coal Mine Overtime. Seems as if I am required by the karma gods to render twenty four hours of manual labor just before I turn a year older. Two Februaries ago, I was frantically tanning Treisha’s bum, fighting over the airtime for Nicole’s straw hat, and scouring the set for the cutest sunglasses for Karen B -- all for the Sandwich Sunburn music video. The year before that, I was makeup artist-cum-pornographer when I did a commissioned nude shoot with a ‘model’. It was one helluva memorable February 8 for me -- imagine taking guerilla nudes in the cubicles of Manila Penn, composing ‘tasteful’ topless shots by the bay lit only by headlights, and wrestling with the model’s seven-year old monster as he was, my goodness, hanging out with the crew. That one incident made me seriously reconsider my budding career in carnal photography, and I never did venture in these tepid waters since. Anyhow, for my 2008 birthday eve, I was in wag-po country showing shy women how to appreciate their own beauty (Thanks for the thumbs up Cher). This was the first part of my series of lectures on corporate makeup, a thinly-veiled workshop on confidence building using makeup. Not to debase all my other birthday eve activities, but this one made such a tremendous impact on my thirty newfound girlfriends that it set the mood for a new, inspiring year ahead.

The second tradition involves wine, dinner and song with Aurelio. This started a six blue moons ago, when we defied all parental instruction manuals and instead, went lamppost hopping until 4am, ending the night with a little waltz around the Matahimik apartment to the beats of Mr. Marley. We’ve been jitterbugging since, but this year I made it even more special by adding a pillow-dive to my bed. I was simply too tired to eat, drink, or even take my stilettos off. Hence we postponed the festivities for another night.

Day 1 - February 9Collapse )
And so the night turned to day, and I woke up with a feeling of distress. My article for Manila Bulletin should have been sent last night! (Sorry Kitten!) And so I huffed and hummed the last minute editing of the Discovery Shores feature for WE Destinations (this beauty will be out in a matter of days), debating with Lee Lee over diction and minor locutions that make writing (and editing) together a trigger for instant MMA bouts via Skype.

Upon submission of the much delayed article, Aurelio dragged me to the pick his gift. Aurelio is getting me a cat! I’ve always dreamed of having one, but sadly, I was not fortunate enough to be born into a family that liked felines. Instead we have 10 dogs, one turtle, and a Mister Green Chameleon my brother keeps in the fourth floor. On our way to Tiendesitas, we were greeted with a stern warning: fluffy Chinese dog MJ chased a hapless street cat up a bayabas tree.

Now I have this one big flaw. I am horribly, awfully, terribly, indecisive. So imagine the stress I had to endure while figuring out which creature I really wanted. Kitten or puppy; toy dog or guard dog (I was eyeing the chowchow); Persian or Siamese; dame or stud; pomeranian or shi tzu -- the possibilities were no only endless, they were exhausting. So before all the stores closed for the night, I choose the first pet I saw that night -- and I took the naughtiest chihuahua I’ve ever seen. Everyone, meet Don Vito.

Don Vito

Don Vito

I spent the rest of the night with my family, and well, playing with Vito. He's absolutely adorable!

The Esguerras

The Esguerras

Thanks Love! <3 <3

Me and Lee Lee

Gong Xi Fa Cai!
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Gong Xi Fa Cai Gong Xi Fa Cai! Was too busy to visit Ongpin this year, but here are some of the superstitions that surround the Chinese New Year. 1. Open all possible openings to allow the old year to go out. (Check!) 2. House should be cleaned before New Year's Day, on the eve, all brooms, dusters, brushes, dust pans and other cleaning supplies are put away. No sweeping or dusting on New Year's Day as good fortune might get swept away. (Stopped with house cleaning, hehe, but everyone can start cleaning again on Friday) 3. Do not wash your air, as it would mean you washed away good luck for the New Year (Yikes. My hair reeks of marble dust from the jobsite) 4. Wear Red! (And we will) 5. Send out lai see (red envelopes with money) to children, unmarried friends, and relatives for good fortune. (This is for YOUR good fortune! So don't be kuripot) 6. All debts should be paid BEFORE the new year. Nothing should be lent on this day, since it means that you would be lending the entire year. (No exorbitant credit card charges today, darn) 7. Eliminate all negativity in your body for the whole day. Avoid the number 4 (death). References to the negative past should be avoided at all costs. (Then I'd better stay away from people who keep looking back.) 8. Because New Year activities set precedent, try not to do anything you don't want to keep doing for the rest of the year. (Will try not to make fun of other people, promise, hahaha!) 9. Do not use knives or scissors this year as this may cut off good fortune. (Hala! I should have scheduled that haircut with Louis Kee yesterday.) 10. The first person you meet, and the first words heard are significant to what the fortune will be for the entire year. (First person I heard today was Aurelio, who was on the road somewhere in Cavite at 430am. First words heard were "Hey love, I missed you." Hm... is this indicative of the thrust of our possible business venture this year? Thoughts.)


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