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Dear 18

Dear 18, This is not a letter about all the shitty things you’ll learn when you grow up. This has nothing to do with boys, jobs, careers, and all the things you will go through twenty years from now. Oh, all right, I’ll say it: You will grow up to be a romance writer. Yes, you heard me. By 2017

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After The Storm

I just wanted to let you all know that my family and I are safe – me in Quezon City and my parents in Laguna – and we have been spared the worst of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. That does not take away from the reality that the Visayan islands have been severely affected by the typhoon.  Every day, my dormmates are

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Letters (Almost) Left Unsent: The Precious Declaration

May, 2013.Dear [name withheld, but you’ll probably figure it out anyway], I’ve tried  to count backwards to the years when you last saw me. All that I can remember is that I was 18 years old and didn’t know any better. No, I take that back – I was 18 years old and should have known better, should have seen

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About a Parent

Some of you may be wondering if I’ve been crying buckets of tears over the news that Jeremy Renner is now expecting a child with an unidentified ex-girlfriend – who, obviously, is not me. Frankly, I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh, cry, or beat the living daylights out of the bastard, so I did feel bad for a while… then

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Today’s Dispatch: Show Me Your Role Model

I was supposed to write this entry earlier, before my laptop’s motherboard failed me for the third time and I had to take it back to the shop for an overhaul. But I just can’t help myself. It’s been 48 hours since I’ve read the article (linked above) and the responses to said article (notably this one from Chuvaness) and

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Bring Him Home

I started this blog with an elegy for Whitney Houston. These past two months I had a short entry about Dolphy, and an essay about the shootings in Aurora, CO. Now, here I am, mourning the loss of Jesse Robredo, our well-loved Secretary for the Department of the Interior and Local Government here in the Philippines. Like many Filipinos of

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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