Manila International Book Fair, Sept. 16- 20, Mall of Asia

Self should be there.

Yes, she should be.

Because her new book definitely will be. At the Anvil table. And Dearest Mum will have 10 copies of her book, and she will have so much fun handing them out to all her chums!

Which reminds self: several years ago, self begged Dearest Mum to send her a copy of Story Philippines, which had just published her story, “Don Alfredo & Jose Rizal.” Dearest Mum sent her the requested copy through the daughter of a friend. Self and the daughter made plans to meet at a coffee shop in Burlingame (Of course! That’s where all Dearest Mum’s friends congregate!). Self presented in shorts, T-shirt and sandals (it was summer), and the daughter of Dearest Mum’s friend was wearing a silk blouse, pants, and moreover had bothered to apply full make-up.

After some desultory conversation, daughter inquired of self, “What is this you have written? Are you a chef?”

“No,” self said. “I am not a chef. I’m a Read the rest of this entry »

More Good Things (Continuing Yesterday’s List)

Good Thing # 4

Karina Bolasco is sending 10 copies of self’s new book to Dearest Mum’s house.  (Self forgot to tell Dearest Mum she has a book coming out.  Oh well!  Guess she’ll find out when she opens the package from Karina!)  Yay!  Self can hardly wait to get a copy into her hot li’l hands!  It’ll be sold at the Manila International Book Festival, too!

Good Thing # 5

The U.S. Open is happening.  And there’s a cute little 17-year-old, Melanie Oudin, who’s been a real slayer on the women’s circuit this year.

Good Thing # 6

Self had enough money left in her checking account to pay her American Express bill in full (and this was the statement that included the new washing machine and dryer from Best Buy!!!)  Yay, pats on the back, self! You were so smart to save all that money you made from teaching last year!

Good Thing # 7

Self is mailing out Read the rest of this entry »

Self’s Goose Is Cooked!

No, not really. Self, let’s face it:  sometimes you are just tooo pessimistic.

To put herself in a better frame of mind, self decides to draw up a list of the good things that have happened to her this evening:

Good Thing # 1

Shortly after she began a post, the phone rang:   it turned out to be hubby. “I’ll be home in half an hour,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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