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Saturday, September 25, 2004
Are you one of this year's Palanca winners?
Then join us and have your works included in the new issue of online Philippine literary magazine Literatura.
Here's the announcement posted today by Literatura general editor Ian Rosales Casocot:
"IF YOU WON THE PALANCA THIS YEAR AND WOULD LIKE YOUR WORK INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE, PLEASE EMAIL IAN ROSALES CASOCOT AT icasocot (at) gmail (dot) com."
Margaux Salcedo visited us today at our condo unit and whipped up a batch of hot cocoa with Nana Meng's Original Filipino Hot Chocolate, which is based on her lola's original recipe. Nana Meng, who is now 88 years old, has preserved the culinary tradition of the pre-war aristocratic Bulacan kitchen.
It was a pleasure to accept Ian's invitation to have my work posted on this literary site, and I am awed to be in the company of such great writers. The Internet is truly a powerful tool for making Philippine literary works accessible not only to readers in the Philippines but also from all over the world, so I hope you will all support Literatura.
My friend Dean Alfar's futuristic fiction short story "Hollow Girl: A Romance" is also online while his one-act play "The Kite of Stars" is coming soon. Please also be sure to read Wilfredo Pascual Jr.'s "Devotion," which won first prize, and Erwin Romulo's "Confessions of a Space Boy," which won second prize in our category.
I've been able to correspond with Willi via e-mail and extend my congratulations, but I haven't met Erwin yet, so if you're reading this, congrats, man! And congratulations to everyone.
Sam examining the stuffed toy (OK, my bad. My wife, who knows the history of every toy Sam has and who obviously has better eyesight, pointed out that the toy in the pic is actually a small doll, hehe. And the funny thing is that I took this pic) she brought along during our recent trip to Subic. This is just one of about fifty or more toys that she decided absolutely had to accompany us.
I once thought that the "Terrible Twos" was just a myth, or at least an exaggeration.
Until we had a kid.
Sam is cute, precocious and oh-so-charming, but she can also be quite a handful -- and that's an understatement. Sometimes it seems she just wants to say "No" to everything, just for the heck of it. Testing limits. Turning every little thing into a struggle.
Like coaxing her to eat. Making her change her dress. Getting her to go to sleep.
Working from home and taking care of a kid isn't all fun and games. I knew that when I signed up for this, but on some really trying days, I have to wonder if I've bitten off more than I could chew.
It can really be tiring. Too much pressure. Too many demands.
Then Sam flashes a beautiful smile and tells me, "Come on, Daddy. You're my best friend."
And suddenly everything's all right. And I know I made the right choice.
So, did you catch last week's episode of "The Amazing Race"?
You know, the one where the contestants had to go to Cavite, then Laguna and finally the pitstop at the Coconut Palace (or, as the Filipino taxi driver said, "Cookie Palace?"). And have you been wondering if that was really the President's daughter Luli Arroyo and how she got that "gig"? Then read "Luli's Amazing Race."
Shameless plug: Check out the Infotech section in today's edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. PDI reprinted my Palanca prizewinning essay "Surviving the Zeroes."
Thanks to PDI Infotech editor Leo Magno (who's also executive editor and vice president of INQ7.net) for using the essay and including the dedication to my wife Ellen Quijano-Alarilla and our daughter Sam.
I've been getting lots of e-mail from bloggers just dropping a line to say they liked my blog and/or INQ7.net articles, and asking if they can also be featured as YOU Technogear's Blog Addict of the week. YOU is the youth site of INQ7.net.
Thanks to all those who e-mailed. I'm doing my best to answer every message as soon as I can. And to those who've already answered the Blog Addict questions, please be patient because of course we have to schedule when you'll be featured -- and we already have quite a long queue, hehe :)
I've gotten some pretty interesting answers, including one blog addict's insightful comment that sometimes, it's like you're pressured to do something interesting or try out something new everyday so you can write about it. I mean, you wouldn't want people reading your blog to think you lead a pretty boring life, do you, hehe. We'll be featuring this blog addict soon in, well, Blog Addict.