How apropos is it that the 100th post on my blog would be about Les Miserables? I never would have thought about it myself, but I watched it with my friends over the weekend, and we had so much fun with each other that I couldn’t help but share my joy here, even though I did spend a considerable amount

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Today’s Dispatch: So This Is Christmas (Part 4)

In case “Driving Home for Christmas” didn’t already make you cry, here’s Whitney Houston doing one of the most definitive versions of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (One of the rarest times when I would have watched Jay instead of Dave for Christmas.) And if you’re still reeling from dearest Hawkeye singing and playing piano during his opening monologue on

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Today’s Dispatch: So This Is Christmas (Part 3)

Continuing with our holiday-inspired theme, here’s a list of Songs You Should Hear At Your Mall More Often. (And by “more often” we mean “so as to crowd out any songs about senior citizens in reindeer-related accidents.”) Chris Rea, “Driving Home for Christmas.” Run-DMC, “Christmas in Hollis.”

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Today’s Dispatch: So This Is Christmas (Part 2)

No holiday celebration chez Meimei is complete without a few entries from Barenaked Ladies, whose snarky takes on Christmas classics are always welcomed… at least by myself and my siblings, knowing that my parents would be horrified at what they might hear if we’d played these around them. First, their now-iconic take on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We

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Today’s Dispatch: So This Is Christmas (Part 1)

Originally I set out to do my yearly review of the video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for this blog, but those plans were ruined after getting stuck inside a store that played a heinous cover version of the song on an endless loop. So, in the spirit of the holidays (and the mall-initiated brainwashing that comes with it –

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Today’s Dispatch: Waiting on a Line of Greens and Blues

This post was brought to you by THIS SONG: See, here’s the problem: It’s October 30, right? And I’m supposed to be plotting my NaNo by now, because we’ll be busy tomorrow since we’re getting a jump (pun not intended) on All Saints’ Day by visiting the family pantheon. (Okay, not exactly a real “pantheon” per se, but we use

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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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