Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

Natalie Goldberg (free-flowing writing)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Second Weekend

it's my second week here. since sept 7-8 before the plant tour in isabela, ifugao and benguet.  it's not a full weekend yet since most of the time, in the afternoon, i've been out in the neighborhood - buying stuff for the unit. i still miss megamall. it has everything, from the mundane to the classiest stuff.  at papemelroti, spent almost an hour absorbing every abubut, home design, and what have you. the ceramic pieces i wanted are there, the sign of "BELIEVE" for the office, and even a smaller version of the Desiderata, which is now again displayed in the bathroom. hanging a Desiderata where one spends most of the time thinking.  it's a ritual, that i hope will also bode well for this modest nest i'm in.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Yaman and Dork Diaries

it's better than any other expensive but minute Lalaloopsy set.

buying her another Dork Diaries book (Dork Diaries 2-in-1) continues her reading habit although yes, at a much dorky, teenager-y level - kakikayan for one.

but here goes my daughter - designing her Dork Diaries book with sequins and gems.

so like Yaman, just only Yaman...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Perfect Day for Yaman!

my daughter has a new Lalaloopsy Littles doll (Bundles Snuggle Stuff), placed just right beside her this morning while she slept. and the package arrived with her LPS!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Apayao and my Mom

Yesterday, performed my first public role as GDP Business Development Manager in front of schoolchildren, teachers, and superintendents of the Department of Education in the province of Apayao.  In doing so, I am acknowledge my northern roots, with Mommy being an Ilocano and with myself surrounded by her fellow Ilocano-speakers.  This first public role paid homage to my northern roots and I beam with pride for my Mom, for belonging to her.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Recovering the Sakong

as the plane touched down here in tuguegarao, my first thought was:

'i'm not entitled to walk after not blogging for a week. by the now, i should be in crutches. no!...perhaps a wheelchair as not only have i lost my feet, but my legs as well.'

remember, the REAL Natalie's challenge? to shoot one toe off for a day of not writing. seven days from september 8, and the days before that. my toes are long gone now. so i'm shooting from the sakong up.

okay, okay, of course, i have a big excuse.

i have a big job, with big responsibilities, and a big question mark on how i'm going to settle down to address the Balanced Scorecard for performance.

to go ahead is to go sure. and to go sure is to stop, breathe, think, systematize and build a routine WHATEVER happens in a day, however the schedule may change.

there's a new laptop.

now using an I-phone.

living in a neat modest condo near work.

i'm touching down. recovering stability. from the sakong up.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


on-boarding. orienting. learning. moving.

no facebook.
no lumosity.

just change.

stabilizing is on the horizon.

no blog for the next four days.

stabilizing soon soon soon.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Thought Bites

lalaloopsy - in Yaman's lips all the time

special privileges in Isarog - as a loyal customer for more than 5 return trips (manila-naga) this is deserved.