2012

Rough Cut, Work-in-Progress But Here We Go Nonetheless

EDSA XXX rough cut, work-in-progress exhibition screening premiere night tonight. I have nothing to wear—but no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a girl and girls play that silly game with their clothes. I really have nothing to wear.

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Rough Cut, Work-in-Progress But Here We Go Nonetheless

EDSA XXX rough cut, work-in-progress exhibition screening premiere night tonight. I have nothing to wear—but no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a girl and girls play that silly game with their clothes. I really have nothing to wear.

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Goodbye, Bilbao

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Goodbye, Bilbao

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Oh Charlie!

The ex-husband figures in an accident that required some bandages and a few stitches here and there. What does three-year-old daughter Charlie do? Fuss over him, with only one concern: that my face which he’d had tattooed on his arm

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Oh Charlie!

The ex-husband figures in an accident that required some bandages and a few stitches here and there. What does three-year-old daughter Charlie do? Fuss over him, with only one concern: that my face which he’d had tattooed on his arm

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Displacement

I’d probably remember very little of Bilbao aside from my hotel room. I’ve been here six days—and yet, I’ve seen very little outside of the room. Every morning, I tell myself I’d walk around this beautiful Spanish town and take

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Displacement

I’d probably remember very little of Bilbao aside from my hotel room. I’ve been here six days—and yet, I’ve seen very little outside of the room. Every morning, I tell myself I’d walk around this beautiful Spanish town and take

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Lina Alabed and Gracia Querejeta at the Guggenheim

Tonight, I saw two films by female directors Lina Alabed and Gracia Querejeta. Zinebi 54 presented them as part of its tribute to this year’s international jury. Both films are very different from each other: Gracia’s is flippant, cheeky, and

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Lina Alabed and Gracia Querejeta at the Guggenheim

Tonight, I saw two films by female directors Lina Alabed and Gracia Querejeta. Zinebi 54 presented them as part of its tribute to this year’s international jury. Both films are very different from each other: Gracia’s is flippant, cheeky, and

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This Paranoid Life

If there’s anything I am getting to work on in Spain, it’s my paranoia first and my Spanish second. I kid not. It happens every day. The breakfast area is surrounded by televisions, so I get to watch news from

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This Paranoid Life

If there’s anything I am getting to work on in Spain, it’s my paranoia first and my Spanish second. I kid not. It happens every day. The breakfast area is surrounded by televisions, so I get to watch news from

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Hello From the Seriously Stressed!

Travel broke my laptop—or its internal fan anyway. Now I am saddled with a workhorse that shuts itself down every 20 minutes or so. But that’s not even half of all the bad, bad things that happened this month. Here’s

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Hello From the Seriously Stressed!

Travel broke my laptop—or its internal fan anyway. Now I am saddled with a workhorse that shuts itself down every 20 minutes or so. But that’s not even half of all the bad, bad things that happened this month. Here’s

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The Cold, The Cold—and Handwashing Duels With a Stranger!

The thought of setting foot in several zero-degree cities in the next three weeks fills me with dread, so much so that I actually panicked and ditched all the clothes I’d planned to bring, and replace them all with turtlenecks

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The Cold, The Cold—and Handwashing Duels With a Stranger!

The thought of setting foot in several zero-degree cities in the next three weeks fills me with dread, so much so that I actually panicked and ditched all the clothes I’d planned to bring, and replace them all with turtlenecks

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Help Us Finish?

Remember that film that’s been keeping me busy this year? Well, we’re just about done—but we need your help to finish. Click this link to find out how you can help. It’s a fun, crazy film, I promise! It’s also

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Help Us Finish?

Remember that film that’s been keeping me busy this year? Well, we’re just about done—but we need your help to finish. Click this link to find out how you can help. It’s a fun, crazy film, I promise! It’s also

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One Day, I’ll Be Bullet-Proof and Nothing Will Hurt

Slowly, Manila tries to be home. I am adjusting, I think. I have gotten used to the noise and the smoke, I think. I am even making friends, I think. Which makes the next sentence all kinds of ridiculous: but

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One Day, I’ll Be Bullet-Proof and Nothing Will Hurt

Slowly, Manila tries to be home. I am adjusting, I think. I have gotten used to the noise and the smoke, I think. I am even making friends, I think. Which makes the next sentence all kinds of ridiculous: but

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What We Did in Hong Kong

Now that we’ve settled on the exact shooting dates, I can finally share with y’all what the four-day Hong Kong trip is about. Christopher Doyle. Yes, that Doyle. The one who speaks more than 70 languages fluently. The one who

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What We Did in Hong Kong

Now that we’ve settled on the exact shooting dates, I can finally share with y’all what the four-day Hong Kong trip is about. Christopher Doyle. Yes, that Doyle. The one who speaks more than 70 languages fluently. The one who

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One Disease Cocktail to Go

You know shooting starts the next day when you come down with asthma, fever, migraine, and ulcers at the same time. And really, there’s nothing you’d rather do than keel over and spend the next two weeks unconscious. But you

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One Disease Cocktail to Go

You know shooting starts the next day when you come down with asthma, fever, migraine, and ulcers at the same time. And really, there’s nothing you’d rather do than keel over and spend the next two weeks unconscious. But you

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Sometimes, the Universe Finds a Way to Give You What You Need

So there we were reducing casting to the barest minimum due to budget constraints, and then we learn that most of those who auditioned, from the unknown to the established, are willing to act FOR FREE! Warms the cockles of

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Sometimes, the Universe Finds a Way to Give You What You Need

So there we were reducing casting to the barest minimum due to budget constraints, and then we learn that most of those who auditioned, from the unknown to the established, are willing to act FOR FREE! Warms the cockles of

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Running Low on Sleep But…

it’s hard not to look forward to what September brings even though all it’s brought me so far has been exhaustion of the constant kind. I’m tired, tired, tired. I’ve been sleeping only three to four hours a day but

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Running Low on Sleep But…

it’s hard not to look forward to what September brings even though all it’s brought me so far has been exhaustion of the constant kind. I’m tired, tired, tired. I’ve been sleeping only three to four hours a day but

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Poverty Is Porn?

I’m sure I’m not the only person this side of the hemisphere who finds the ongoing discussion on poverty porn ridiculous—and no, you do not need huge, huge amplifiers to hear the deafening indictments online. I don’t get the contention,

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Poverty Is Porn?

I’m sure I’m not the only person this side of the hemisphere who finds the ongoing discussion on poverty porn ridiculous—and no, you do not need huge, huge amplifiers to hear the deafening indictments online. I don’t get the contention,

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Burn-Friendly, Sadly

I burned myself four times this week. Go ahead and snicker–I can’t explain how that happened either. One was a frying accident; the other three were just me being stove-dumb. I suppose it doesn’t help that I put off cooking

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Burn-Friendly, Sadly

I burned myself four times this week. Go ahead and snicker–I can’t explain how that happened either. One was a frying accident; the other three were just me being stove-dumb. I suppose it doesn’t help that I put off cooking

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Lucky in Many Ways

I suppose that all things considered, I am a lucky girl—and no, I do not need a contactless card to tell me that. True, my mother died when I was nine years old but my grandparents, aunts, and uncles loved

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Lucky in Many Ways

I suppose that all things considered, I am a lucky girl—and no, I do not need a contactless card to tell me that. True, my mother died when I was nine years old but my grandparents, aunts, and uncles loved

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Uncle Adorable

I find the way my uncle communicates to his nephews and nieces very cute. He sends out either an email or a Facebook PM, and talks to us so politely you’d think we’re members of the board of mfried.com for

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Uncle Adorable

I find the way my uncle communicates to his nephews and nieces very cute. He sends out either an email or a Facebook PM, and talks to us so politely you’d think we’re members of the board of mfried.com for

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Goodbye and Good Night, Jesse Robredo

I knew Jesse Robredo as the father of Jessica. The year was 2003. My sister and I had both won the Ramon Magsaysay Essay Writing Contest for the Visayas–my sister for high school; I for college. She wrote about Hilario

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Goodbye and Good Night, Jesse Robredo

I knew Jesse Robredo as the father of Jessica. The year was 2003. My sister and I had both won the Ramon Magsaysay Essay Writing Contest for the Visayas–my sister for high school; I for college. She wrote about Hilario

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Today, I Am To…

take myself to Alabang, and not get into trouble while at it. That’ll be hard. How on earth am I supposed to find theNOLA Garden Gates out of well, a bajillion places that probably dot the road? My uncle’s 50th

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Today, I Am To…

take myself to Alabang, and not get into trouble while at it. That’ll be hard. How on earth am I supposed to find theNOLA Garden Gates out of well, a bajillion places that probably dot the road? My uncle’s 50th

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After the Flood

So I’m trapped inside the house thanks to a major flood, and what do I do? Cut up one of my favorite LBDs. I don’t know where I’m going with this, but I pray to God I end up somewhere

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After the Flood

So I’m trapped inside the house thanks to a major flood, and what do I do? Cut up one of my favorite LBDs. I don’t know where I’m going with this, but I pray to God I end up somewhere

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Staying In on a Saturday Because…

I think I’ll crawl to bed unusually early today. My nose is stuffed, my head hurts, and I’ve been sneezing myself hoarse for three days now. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but now I have iron supplements for

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Staying In on a Saturday Because…

I think I’ll crawl to bed unusually early today. My nose is stuffed, my head hurts, and I’ve been sneezing myself hoarse for three days now. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but now I have iron supplements for

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How’d Her Life Live Itself Without Her?

Who starts her day at 6:43 in the evening? An eedjit named Chin. Hello from my bedroom! I’m back in the country but my body clock isn’t. Doesn’t help that I still have a lot of Sleepasil and Benadryl on

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How’d Her Life Live Itself Without Her?

Who starts her day at 6:43 in the evening? An eedjit named Chin. Hello from my bedroom! I’m back in the country but my body clock isn’t. Doesn’t help that I still have a lot of Sleepasil and Benadryl on

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“They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.”

Slowly but surely, I am cleaning up my inboxes to remove emails that hurt. You know their kind: sometimes they start with “dear”; other times, they just begin with the first sentence. “I’m sorry we can’t grow old together” reads

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“They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.”

Slowly but surely, I am cleaning up my inboxes to remove emails that hurt. You know their kind: sometimes they start with “dear”; other times, they just begin with the first sentence. “I’m sorry we can’t grow old together” reads

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Slowly But Surely, Haywire

I leave for Scotland in 15 hours, and I’m this close to going mad. I have not packed, I don’t know what to pack, and between now and my first flight out is a lot of things that still need

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Slowly But Surely, Haywire

I leave for Scotland in 15 hours, and I’m this close to going mad. I have not packed, I don’t know what to pack, and between now and my first flight out is a lot of things that still need

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Dear Miss Sarton, My Laundry Saves

I know I’m well and truly sad when, out of all the things in the world that one can keep busy with, I choose to do the laundry. It isn’t such a bad coping mechanism—I come home to clean, great-smelling

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Dear Miss Sarton, My Laundry Saves

I know I’m well and truly sad when, out of all the things in the world that one can keep busy with, I choose to do the laundry. It isn’t such a bad coping mechanism—I come home to clean, great-smelling

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(Updated!) Maybe a Travel Blog?

I decided against making another blog. I need another blog like I need gas springs. I don’t have the time to make it and the energy to run it. I’ll just post fun-sized guides here. Check out the upper right

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(Updated!) Maybe a Travel Blog?

I decided against making another blog. I need another blog like I need gas springs. I don’t have the time to make it and the energy to run it. I’ll just post fun-sized guides here. Check out the upper right

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You Know You’re Granville Ampong If

1. You think it okay to sneak in biblical commentaries in the middle of a Manny Pacquiao interview. 2. You then try to backpedal out of the ruckus your mediocre writing caused by demanding that foreign journalists Weir and Romero

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You Know You’re Granville Ampong If

1. You think it okay to sneak in biblical commentaries in the middle of a Manny Pacquiao interview. 2. You then try to backpedal out of the ruckus your mediocre writing caused by demanding that foreign journalists Weir and Romero

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