10 Cheap Gifts I’d Love to Receive

If you’ve read 10 Simple Gifts I’d Love to Receive, you’ll know that I’ve already made a similar list. I thought of more items, so I made this new list.

1. Gel pens

I  like doodling with them.

2. Mod Podge

Hey Kessy in UP Town Center has it.

3. Clear acrylic spray

I use it for my crafts.

4. Elmer’s All-White glue

I use Elmer’s glue for my bus ticket art and my paper mache. I’d really love to get that giant jug of Elmer’s glue.

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5. Flour

I use flour for my paper mache so I need lots of it.

6. Papemelroti notebooks

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I like Papemelroti’s blank notebooks with no design in front. I like them because I design the covers. I also like the Papemelroti notebooks with designs in front, especially the ones with inspirational quotes. Unlike ballpens, I actually also like fancy notebooks, but I don’t mind cheap ones as well.

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Sana may bike rental sa traffic na streets

Sobrang traffic na sa Maynila these days na minsan bumababa ako ng bus at naglalakad. Tapos, mas mabilis pa ang lakad ko kaysa sa takbo ng bus. Sa mga sitwasyong ito, makikita ko na maraming tao din ang bumaba sa bus at nagproprosisyon kami together sa kalye.

Kaya minsan nag-wiwish ako na sana may bike rentals sa mga kalyeng ganito para magbibike nalang ko hanggang sa dulo ng kalye, tapos puwede mo iwanan doon sa dulo na hindi na traffic or hanggang makarating ka sa MRT.

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Awayan sa kurtina sa bus

Parang scarce resource na yata ang kurtina sa bus. Na-experience mo na ba ito: ang init ng araw kaya hahatakin mo yung kurtina, pero yung taong nasa harap mo hahatakin rin. Away na ito! Naka-aircon bus ka nga pero wa-epek naman ito kasi nakaupo ka sa may bintana at sobrang lakas ng araw.

Dati naman may kurtina ang lahat ng bintana sa bus. Bakit ngayon parang kulang-kulang? Minsan pa nga, walang kurtina yung boung bus. Good luck nalang sa init!

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Bird’s Nest Hairdo

My mom used to say that my hair looked like a bird’s nest, but I disagree. I think it’s more like Medusa’s snaky do.

When I get out of the bathroom my hair becomes a tangled horrible mess, but once I comb it, it becomes straight. Age changed the unruly nature of my hair. It became more tame, but like a mermaid who has pretty legs but turns scaly with a drop of water, my hair springs back to its Medusa past every time it interacts with water.

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In Defense of My Terrible Handwriting

*Note: If Filipino words are used, they are translated below

If someone says to you that you have good handwriting, would you burst out laughing?

I would.

Imagine someone who can’t stop herself from writing during an earthquake. Imagine the pages that she wrote. Congratulations! You have visualized what my handwriting looks like. It’s wobbly, pointy, screwy, and ugly. My relatives often refer to it as kahig ng manok or chicken scratch.Is there really a way to defend these ugly scrawls? Let me try.

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A Childhood in the Philippines: Eating Mangoes

My cousins and I loved climbing mango trees in our grandmother’s resthouse in the province. There were indian mangoes, pico mangoes and carabao mangoes. The adults would bring platitos of bagoong alimasag, barrio fiesta bagoong, or salt. Each person would pick which sansawan they liked the best. For my cousins and I, dipping the mangoes in a bowl of toyo was our thing.

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