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#BuqoYA Blog Tour!

Hey there, blogger friends!

Been a bit busy lately writing some fiction. Finished the #BuqoYA writing class last month and it was awesome! I hope you'll give Filipino indie authors some love by helping us promote new YA fiction by signing up for this blog tour!

This is the bundle my novella is included in:

BuqoYA 3: Finding Fairytales (May 11 - 15, 2015)
We all want the happy ending, the dream come true. But what if it doesn’t happen? How far would you go to get that “ever after?” Would you change who you are? Would you swallow your pride? Is the story really going to be as perfect as you think? Follow the path of these characters and see where they lead.

1. The Path of Us by Cassandra Javier
2. Love in the Time of Viral Videos by R. Linea
3. Fall for Grace by Anne Plaza
4. Just the Way You Are by Kat Sales
5. When Cocoy Became Kikay by C. P. Santi
6. The First Time They Met by Ana Valenzuela

Sign up here:…/1BfIIQFol9TpZ3lvJbi20wFu…/viewform


Here are the links for the other bundles:
Buqo YA 1 "Taking Chances"

Whether looking for closure, proving their worth, or wondering what happens after a moonlit night, the characters from these stories will invite you to take a chance for love. Will they find what they’re looking for? Or will their hearts get broken? Step into their shoes and find out.
1. A Portrait of Jade by Justine Camacho Tajonera
2. Second Sight to Forever by Racquel Sarah Castro
3. After the Moment by Six de los Reyes
4. When a KISS Falls by Kaye Dee
5. Loving You All My Life by Rafael Pacifico Pascual
6. Never Too Late by Jen Suguitan

Buqo YA 2 "Sweet Complications"

Would you do a set of dares to prove someone wrong? Would you risk your friendship so you can find love? Would you admit your real feelings? There are a lot of complications when it comes to finding love. Get the feels when you read these sweet stories.

1. Plain Vanilla by Ines Bautista Yao
2. Once Upon A Sticky Note by Kristel Ann Cruz
3. One Lovely Summer Day by Amae Dechavez
4. Travel of Two by Irish Fleur
5. D'01 by Sassy Fova
6. Same by Charm Lee

Buqo YA 4 "Heart Choices"

Sometimes it’s hard to choose. Do you stay or do you let go? Should you become friends, more than friends, or stay strangers? Would you risk love for popularity? You’re invited to explore these stories and find out each character’s choice from the heart.

1. Until the Race is Over by Lyka Caparos
2. In That Summer by Jayen San Diego
3. On the Outside Looking In by Claire Du
4. What About Today by Dawn Lanuza
5. Waiting for Whatever by Fay Sebastian
6. Barely Even Friends by Kristel S. Villar

Arigatou, Minna! smile emoticon

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let it goooo

First snow of the year! Too bad it didn't last :-( My boys were stuck to the window watching the white flakes fall, looking for Elsa, and singing "Do you want to build a snowman?"

All I wanted to do was bury myself under a futon and sleep :-)

So I made cheese rolls and coffee instead :-)


creative collab

Sigh. I suddenly miss all the lovely ladies who participated in the Creative Swap. Gosh, that seems like aeons ago. Hahaha! The whole thing was put on hold because P-chan was about to be born. And now he's almost five! Yikes! Where did all the time go? Hahaha!

So I was really excited to recently work on something artsy with my good blogging buddy Odette. Here's what we've been working on:

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It's the cover for my book ;-) I did the illustration and digital layout and Odette worked on the calligraphy. So happy with how it turned out! Could not resist adding architectural details---can you spot the Tokyo Metropolitan Office building, the Golden Turd, the Fuji Terebi building in Odaiba, Sensoji Temple, and the Millennium Tower in Yokohama?

Here's the original cover that I've been using since 2009:

NEW cover size

The male figure was patterned after Oguri Shun. Sigh. It has almost the same elements (like the buildings and the torii), but I wanted something more relaxed for the launch.

What do you think? ;-)
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toasty roasty

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

I just wanted to share this steak roast recipe that we're currently addicted to. The recipe is actually a happy accident borne of kitchen boredom.

Season steak with salt and pepper at least 20 mins before cooking. Put oil in pan and heat on high (you should see it smoking a bit). Lower fire to medium and sear each side of the steak for 2 minutes. You can cut up the steak before putting it in a baking pan. Chop up some garlic and onions, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and a dash of soy sauce. Add this to the steak. You can also add veg / potatoes / kamote at this point (sweet potatoes are highly recommended. Their sweetness contrasts nicely with the saltiness of the roast). I pre-fry the kamote so they're easier to cook. You can also sprinkle on herbs at this point. Then stick in fish oven (I'm not sure if this feature is unique to Japanese stoves, but any oven should work fine) on medium for about 10 minutes. Check at 8 minutes to see if done. Enjoy!

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casualty of war

Okay. I know boys are boisterous and everything, but when I picked up the poor green army man above, the only thought that was going through my head was: "How the hell did they do that?!"

My oldest isn't even five and my youngest is barely two. Does this mean I still have a looong way to go? Waaah!
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Erase, erase

Heehee. Just wanted to share the amazing cuteness I've been playing around with lately. Aren't these food erasers amazingly cute?

Got these as party favors from a kid's birthday party and my sons love them. I have to keep a close eye on both of them while they play with their toy food lest they decide to eat them. But it's great for teaching stuff about food---like which are fruits and which are sweets or how to assemble a sandwich or a sundae cone. Did you notice that they can be taken apart?

If I had these when when I was in elementary school, I might not have listened to the teacher at all :-)

100 yen for a pack of 4 at Daiso. How I love 100 yen stores!
☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Sugar rush!!!


1st reaction: Aaaaaaaaah!

After a few minutes, I turned to my hubby and said: I wish we had gotten married in LA last year on December 6th :-(

And yes, as expected nabatukan ako ng asawa ko ;-) Hahaha!

Oh and we celebrated 10 years of married bliss last December ;-) Hahaha!


Okay, deep breaths. I think I'm good---at least until the next replay.


So, some of you may not know that I've been dabbling in writing novels. My first book, Be Careful What You Wish For (unedited) is now published on Wattpad. I've been blogging about the progress on my other site ;-)

I'm publishing the edited version on Smashwords later this month (buy it please! wahaha!). You can check out the progress of the book cover design over on blogspot ;-)

Anyway, speaking of Adam Levine (Eeeee!), I'm currently writing a new book with him as a peg. Heehee. Couldn't resist (walang basagan ng trip!). It's called Dare to Love Dangerously and the first seven chapters are now up on Wattpad. I plan to add a chapter a week, but it doesn't always work out that way. But anyway, I hope to finish it this year. If you've time, I'd really appreciate it if you could check it out. If you do, please let me know what you think. Hehehe. I'm biased, sinusulat ko pa lang, kinikilig na ako. Hehehe.

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Eeee! Dare to love Dangerously is #73 on Chicklit ;-) (24 Jan 2015)

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Sigh. Apparently I forgot my vow never to engage in recipes with instructions to ''cream butter" during the winter season. The thing just won't cream! Hahaha!

Hope it's warmer (and more comfortable) where you are :-)

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a touch of serenity

Lunchtime is usually a rushed affair for me. The kids come in all sweaty and muddy from the park, acting as if they had been starved for days on end, and I scramble to prepare something quick and nutritious. Then I supervise them throughout the messy meal, whose duration largely depends on what they're having (if it's spam or pan-fried salmon, they practically inhale the food within 5 minutes, but if it's nilaga, it'll take close to 30 minutes). Then they clean up and then it's TV time while Mama eats, and it's another hour before I persuade them to take a nap.

But some days are relaxed. Today was one of those days.

Days like these make me really thankful for little pockets of serenity to enjoy a simple Japanese lunch of makimono, miso shiru, and mikan while the kids play quietly.

Of course about 5 minutes after the photos above were taken, my youngest, I-chan runs up to the table to demand a share of mikan. Hahaha!


What did you have for lunch today?
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missing my blog pals

In the past few days I've been studiously reviewing my old posts and rereading all the comments. I realized that I've really missed blogging; especially the part where I get to interact with all the friends I've made here. Sure, some of them are on FB and I get real-time updates on what's happening in their lives, but it's different on a blog.

What exactly is different?

I guess the fact that a blog post is similar to a diary / journal entry; it's more than just a status update, it's a snippet of our thoughts and feelings at a certain point in our lives. Blog authors put their hearts into their stories. I know I do.

I've been trying to find time to blog hop and catch up with everyone and am sometimes saddened to see that my friends' blogs have been inactive for some time too. And I really miss reading about all their escapades and commiserating on their problems or trying out a trick or recipe that they recommended. When I announced that I was preggers with Pchan, so many people commented to congratulate us. And most of those were people I'd never even met. But I felt the love that they were sending. And I was ecstatic :-)

I'm just really glad that I got into blogging. I'm glad I got to record snippets of my life in Tokyo like this. And I'm super glad I got to meet and interact with all of you:-)

I truly value your readership :-) There were times when I was in Manila, I'd be in the middle of a meeting or after one of my lectures, some people would come up to me and tell me that they read my blog. And I'd feel all warm inside :-) There was even a time when a colleague found out I was based in Tokyo and she began telling me of a blog she used to read. It was of a Filipina living in Tokyo. Then she began to describe in detail one of her favorite blog entries. And it was my public washroom series. And she was just so kilig when I told her it was my blog, she even insisted on a picture. Hahaha!

I guess that's the difference between FB and blogging --- one can't help but read the status updates on FB, but one really has to make the effort to blog-hop and touch base with everybody. I love the fact that I'm not forcing anybody to read my blog, but some kind souls do so anyway.

And I'd like to say thank you. Thank you very much!

And I promise to make a concerted effort to write more. Thanks for taking this journey with me! Arigatou minna!