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Like or Dislike? (Part 4)

In a sea of food blog sites in the Philippines, there’s only one that I read on a regular basis from the time I stumbled upon it in 2006: Dessert Comes First. Surely there are thousands of food blogs out there, but only Lori Baltazar of DCF can masterfully combine excellent food photos with her … Continue reading »

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Like or Dislike? (Part 3)

It’s been a while since I did this, so without further ado here are some of the things that earned my thumbs-up or thumbs-down…. *   *   * My undying love for sweets has led me to try these lovely cupcakes from SLICE:  in Choco Yema (P70) and Strawberry (P80) flavors.  The former is a certified … Continue reading »

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In My Basket Cookbook Travel Collection and Recollections

About a month ago, we were visited at home by esteemed food writer and cookbook author Lydia D. Castillo, whom my husband lovingly calls Ninang Didi. She entered our house with an iPad 2 on one hand, and copies of her new cookbook on the other. So cool. Despite her years, she still looked absolutely … Continue reading »

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Super Panalo Sounds!

“Don’t read this book, Mommy. There are so many bad words in it,” cautioned my daughter Bea after browsing Super Panalo Sounds! In late January, I happened to be at the University of Santo Tomas campus and seized the opportunity to buy a copy of the book from the UST Publishing House. I got the … Continue reading »

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Before Ever After

“Chickens rule!” That’s what internationally-published Filipina author Samantha Sotto scribbled on my copy of Before Ever After, her first novel, when I sought her autograph in December last year. As I have not read her novel then, her inscription left me intrigued. The book is actually my brother-in-law’s Christmas gift to me, per my request. … Continue reading »

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Oh, Lourd!

Once in a while, a Filipino literary genius is born. In our ailing society where even a Kris Aquino can win an acting award, the likes of Willie Revillame and Mike Enriquez have fans, and Senate Committee hearings are no different from The Buzz, brilliant poets and writers are rare gems. I’ve been Jessica Zafra‘s … Continue reading »

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And Thereby Hangs A Tale

Fifteen stories. Fifteen remarkable stories make up this new book by Jeffrey Archer, his sixth collection of short stories. I have read only one of his many novels, his first ever — Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less — but I have read every single one of his short stories. I dare say … Continue reading »

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Hooked on Booksale!

One of my proudest achievements as a parent is getting my child into the reading habit. It actually started in the womb. I began reading stories aloud to my Bea even before she was born. There were theories that supported the claims that reading to the baby in one’s tummy will help make the baby … Continue reading »

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