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Precious  NorCal ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ From the outside looking in - criticizing, speaking out, giving credit where it is due.

This is why I blog. This is why I write.

In light of a threat/ill wish (mamatay ka sana/hope you'll die) I received today (person has since been blocked) and all because I wrote a very short opinion piece about my dislike for an actress's choice of clothing, this new comment on a post I wrote two years ago at my personal blog couldn't have come at a much better time.

While I am extremely appreciative (thank you!), I do not live for "likes" or positive comments or praises from other people. I live for the thought that however controversial or mainstream my beliefs are, someone, somewhere, is able to find a kindred spirit in me. If for every post I can influence someone to speak out, if for every post I can make a person feel that he or she is not alone, if for every post I can contribute in making a positive and productive impact on issues big or small, I will keep on writing. I will keep on (insta)blogging.
**My personal blog has been idle for months as the IG platform is currently the most convenient for this busy mom.

Dear Miss beaUTIFUL girl,

I love everything about this picture from the hips (everyone's) up. Otherwise... Please do not wear those knee-high socks ever again.

3 Things You Can't Live Without

1. A woman - If raising of an eyebrow has a sound, I swear I can hear many married women's eyebrows protesting in unison and threatening to strangle their husbands if they ever said "a woman". I know I did.
2. Art - ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจ
3. Bacon - ๐Ÿฅ“ Masarap naman talaga kasi. (UPDATE: Wala rin daw ito dati. "Bike" ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ›ต daw ito noon.)
4. Eggs - ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿณ Ang alam ko ๐ŸŽธ ito sa dating interview. Bakit napalitan ng "eggs" ang "guitar"? Unless mali ang pagkakaalala ko. Kung sabagay. Ano namang pakialam ko, di ba?
To recap...
"A woman

... and sometimes I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt. I was critical if she was really good for him in the long term but what I can see, now, is that she makes him happy. He makes her happy. Nevermind love. Nevermind marriage. What matters is the here and now. So maybe, someday, with this beautiful free bird, his once uprooted happiness will find its way back home. #jlc #aboutthecoupleinswitzerland Pctto

#Friendzoned? Here's your national anthem. ๐Ÿ˜ It's been 22 years and I still listen to this rendition. Lea set the standard so high that in the two decades after the 10th Anniversary of this musical, her version has become the basis for every Eponine performance of the song even if Frances Ruffelle, no disrespect, sang the original. #onmyown #leasalonga #lesmiz #LesMiserables #eponine #friendzone

He was a relative. I was in high school. He did not rape me. But what he did tainted how I saw him. Him, who was more of a sibling than a first cousin to me. I had decided to completely bury the hatchet because he had seemed remorseful and had even helped my family in times of need. Until he pledged support to someone who joked about a now-deceased Australian rape victim. I am saying "me, too" because I vow that my son will never do what he did. I am saying "me, too" because I am fortunate and blessed to have a husband who sees me beyond the things I'd rather forget. I am saying "me, too" because I want anyone whose personal space was violated and more that they are not defined by what they experienced and that there are people like me who understand. #metoo

These days, everybody seems to have an agenda. The idea makes individuals suspicious. Inherent trust and the belief in the innate goodness of men are lost along the way. Are you making friends with me because I am close to this and that? Are you giving me gifts because I can make things easy for you? Are you taking the video and uploading it online because you want to prove something?

The realization has me somehow seeing the wisdom behind my slightly irksome personal encounter with this gwapong actor's manager several months ago. He refused that I take a video of our actor in question reading a tiny bit controversial tongue twister to which the latter earlier agreed for charity. His reason? People will talk. Malicious interpretations will circulate like wildfire. Better to be mum or not do anything so as not to add fuel to the fire. After all, isn't prevention always better than cure?

It is in the same way that people are wrestling with the thought of privacy. Why take a video disrespecting the idea and upload it with accompanying verbal commentaries that serve to prove what she has been trying to deny?

I am not washing my hands off the thought. In my years of blogging, I have had my personal agenda that always involves trying to prove a point. It's just right now, moving forward, any video or photo of her with her rumored beau, whether taken discreetly or with their knowledge, in my head, will always be met and taken with a grain of salt.

Consistency. For how puny-sounding it is, it is actually a big word. See, it is not so much of a question whether a person is married or not. Or if another person is in a relationship or not. If you're married, you act accordingly. You may have "professional but friendly" partnerships with people of the opposite sex but you never give cause for others to think otherwise. The same thing goes if you're not in a relationship. If you are to keep saying you're not in one, you do not engage in PDAs with your rumored beau. I know there's such a thing as show business and "no labels" but it's all bullshittery that I just do not buy. #foodforthought #findingbalanceinthiscraziness

The poshest start for the elite of the elite of the elite! Do you know that a 30-square meter Superior Room at the Hotel Plaza Athรฉnรฉe in Paris like the one where these newlyweds stayed costs 950 euros or P56K upwards per night? For perspective and comparison, a 69-square meter serviced apartment (1-BR Executive) at the Ascott BGC is just over P9K a night.

Does the photo to the left look familiar? Hint: Ian Veneracion. ๐Ÿ”… Ian V. ๐Ÿ”… I.V. ๐Ÿ”… /ay/-/vee/ ๐Ÿ”… @ Ai. Vee.
Additional Clues: Photo to the right from an ALTL promo was merged with the photo in question to the left. The birthday girl took the photo to the left before the Tondeng wedding. Two days later, their cars were documented on social media to be beside each other somewhere on the road in BGC.
I make no claims whatsoever to these. Katuwaan lang. Per usual, ang magseryoso, talo. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bahala na kayo. ๐Ÿ™„ Gusto ko lang magthrowback. ๐Ÿ˜
**There was no photoshopping involved here. All I had to do was make sure dimensions in both photos are almost proportional to each other.

UPDATE: The biggest wildfire, the Atlas Fire, which is 22 miles away from us (may seem far but flying embers and wind speed and direction can render this proximity deadly), is, thankfully, 65% contained. My family is also now able to go out sans any mask. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

Help us reach this goal! We're almost there! The Wine Country (Napa and Sonoma Counties) is a diverse community full of compassionate people that go out of their way to help those in need. I should know. We're lucky to get subsidy through grants from wineries where the special education needs of our son are concerned. Now, it is a community that needs your help. And part of this community are several Filipino families I know who lost their homes in the wildfire. Go to GoFundMe and search for this specific fundraising and please contribute whatever amount you can. Even a dollar will go a long way!
#2017napafirecomplex #napacounty #sonomacounty

I wish I was just packing for a vacation. This thought I must share with thousands of other individuals in our city at the south of Napa County. With two or three wildfires between 11 to 26 miles from where we live still at zero containment, things can move pretty quickly especially tonight and tomorrow when the wind speed picks up.

While we had a bit of a "breather", pun not intended, today, the biggest irony is our air quality being rated very poor as the normally very blue Napa sky was filled with light yellow orange haze and the smell of smoke even with all our windows and doors tightly shut.

But perspective, right? Those in the evacuation centers, those who have lost their homes, the firefighters who bravely battled the wildfires even as they received news of their own homes being destroyed by the several other wildfires all over North Bay - they are wishing they have our kind of problem. Most of these people were deep in their sleep with just about a five to 10-minute warning that a raging inferno was about to come their way.

The nearness of it all, the proximity, the imminent danger to the ones nearby (us), makes it real. And raw.

About three weeks ago, we took our son for an OT feeding evaluation to Napa's sister wine country in Sonoma County in the city of Santa Rosa which is more or less an hour from our house. I was so enthralled at how beautiful the place was. A huge chunk of it is now in ashes just like the many other areas in Napa.

Please, please, keep us in your thoughts and in your prayers especially for the next two to three days. There are many Filipinos who live in the affected areas who, just like everyone else, will now have to figure out how to rebuild when 10, 20, 30 years of their hard work and memories have all been reduced to ashes.

#2017napafirecomplex #napafire #napacounty

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