Saturday, December 10, 2016

November

(Spoiler: This post ends with a book giveaway.)


I turned 30 recently. What a big number, isn't it? So serious. So adult. I've been re-watching Season 1 of Gilmore Girls (to prepare myself for the new series), and I just realized: I was roughly Rory's age when I first watched this show. And now I'm nearer Lorelai's age.

via GIPHY

I've felt less than festive. Not because of my age (I'm 30! I did it! I'm still alive!) but because I was in poor health from late October until November. Some stubborn nasty bug, plus an infected eye, plus a family member ending up in the hospital, plus all the heartbreaking things happening in my government and the world, equals a 30-year-old who feels older than she really is.

Let's pause for a sigh.

And that's the only way to deal with all this, isn't it? You pause. You revel in the small moments of happiness.

You take it one day at a time.

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And now moving on with life and all that is sweet and tasty.

J got me my favorite cake on my birthday. Choco Yema Cake from Slice BGC. It was decadent. It was overwhelming. It worsened my coughing fit.

Best cake ever.

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We also went back to Baguio to re-visit our favorites. This time we stayed in Camp John Hay, which we found greener and quieter than Session Road. For those booking tickets online: Victory Liner no longer sends tickets. You'll get a voucher in your email, which you'll need to print and exchange for a ticket at the bus station.


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 I still haven't mastered the art of sleeping on the bus. (J has a doctorate.)

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#thisis30 I suppose?

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 We waited at the bus station before walking to Cafe by the Ruins Dua.

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Eighteen degrees Celsius in Baguio! Take me back. (I'm sure someone from Canada will read this and think, Eighteen degrees? Oh you are so cute.)

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 That guy behind the flower is having a nice nap.
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Baguio Technohub, which has some of our Session Road restaurant favorites. Vizco's. Hill Station. 7-Eleven.

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We also went to Chocolate de Batirol.

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We stayed at Le Monet. Great service and the location is superb. AND our room had a balcony!

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Happy J eating a steak at Melt.

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We went straight from Baguio to the second day of the November Komikon. Thank you to everyone who dropped by and bought copies of After Lambana, and my apologies if I sounded vague and foggy!

(I heard from the Visprint ladies that attendees wiped out the stock of After Lambana on the first day of the event. Excellent.)

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We carry on. Here's a great shot of our spicy tuna burrito from Nori.

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Life is yummy, still.

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Now that After Lambana has been released, here’s how you can support it:

1. Buy the book. Of course! :) Delivery to book stores is pending, but you can email bookorders@visprint.net to have it delivered to your doorstep. You may also fill out this order form (closing today, December 11) to purchase this book and other Visprint titles.

2. Share this link and other After Lambana info on your social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest etc.).

3. Review the book. Blog about it. Tell your friends, whether you enjoyed it or not. If you are on Goodreads, add the book to your bookshelf and share your thoughts.

To celebrate, I will be giving away one (1) free signed copy of my new book. (Signed only by me! Sorry--I forgot to ask Mervin Malonzo for his autograph.)

Go to the link below to see the mechanics and enter the giveaway.

Some additional details:
  1. The  winner will be announced no later than December 22, 2016, Thursday.
  2. Open to residents living in the Philippines only.
  3. The copy will be shipped, hopefully immediately (it depends on how busy I am) via courier.
  4. The copy I will be sending are from my own set of advance copies from Visprint, but Visprint is not a sponsor of this contest. Neither is the courier.
  5. The winner will be chosen via electronic lottery, and will be announced on this blog and contacted via email.

Once again: Click here to join!

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner!