Randomesticity: One Year Older, and None The Wiser

This post is brought to you by Richard Armitage, who owes me a cake. So, here I am, one year older, working on a new book, taking on some freelance work (which you’ll hear about in the coming weeks), and looking forward to a new school year on the horizon. Time to check in on what’s going on inside my

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The Great Big Legacy

Let’s just sit back and enjoy this ad campaign for The Peninsula Manila, shall we? Thanks to JessicaRulesTheUniverse for the link.

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Let’s Do This Again

A frustrated cake baker, desperate to be taken seriously. Source: anna-mavritta.blogspot.com.au via Sarah on Pinterest A talented videographer, yearning for stability. Source: Uploaded by user via Kyleigh on Pinterest A wedding designed as a beautiful fairy tale… Source: Uploaded by user via Kevin on Pinterest …and destined to descend into epic chaos. Source: Uploaded by user via Lilly on Pinterest

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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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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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