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Nippon πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

I woke up today dreaming of Japan. Again. πŸ˜…

Literally. Like I vividly saw Shibuya Crossing, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, Akihabara – to name just a few – in my dream. And I was simply walking through it. Or floating. Or flying. I don’t really remember that part much. You know how dreams sometimes are. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

And the funny thing here is – I’ve never been to Japan yet. Ever.

Oh sure, I’ve stopped there during some trips abroad on a layover. Stayed in the airport for an hour or so. But never went out and explored.

And another funny thing about that? I had bawled, every single time my plane would land or take off from Narita Airport. Yep. Bawled.

Weird huh? Continue reading “Nippon πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅”

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One Long Stemmed Rose

Those who totally know me, know that I’m not really a huge fan of Valentine’s. πŸ˜… Of love, yes – since I’m a romantic at heart and I believe that love should be celebrated every day and not just once in a year. But I don’t begrudge those that celebrate it. Valentines, after all, is a day to celebrate all kinds of love. I still like seeing couples become extra lovey-dovey during this time or even families and little kids expressing love to their parents and siblings. It’s still a nice feeling. 😊

Just this late morning, my 4-year old little boy came home from his speech therapy and asked me first thing when he walked in the door, “Mommy, is today Valentines?” I answered yes and then, without preamble – he hugged me tight and said in a loud voice, “I love you, Mommy!” Continue reading “One Long Stemmed Rose”

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Hello. Testing. πŸ‘€

It’s been a while… πŸ‘€πŸ˜Ά

I know. I know. I really have no one besides myself to blame for not updating this site or writing anything in it or posting photos and such. Been busy being a momma on most days and fixing our lives, so to speak. πŸ˜…

But hey – on a good note, a novel that I’ve been rewriting and editing is already finished and is now going through the process of being proofread and beta read by a good writer/editor friend of mine. I am hoping to get it published by the beginning of March, if all goes well.

Also – I’m in the process of writing a new novel too with another good author friend, who is also my soul sister. This one – we’re hoping to be done writing by April so we could perhaps get it published by May. Continue reading “Hello. Testing. πŸ‘€”

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Another round of Thank You’s :)

When people tweet or message me or tag me in their posts about the books that I wrote and published – I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Especially since I am but a newbie in the publishing business. So to everyone who has let me know that they have my books and that they are happy getting them and happy reading them – THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart. I adore you all. πŸ™‚ ❀

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Thank You :)

It’s such a simple gesture but it puts a huge smile on my face whenever there is someone who would tweet me or message me or even post it anywhere in their social media accounts how they got my book and how much they liked it.

This is one of the many reasons why I continue to write. Because your messages such as these get me inspired. My readers are very important to me. So I am immensely grateful for you all who supported me and got my book and sent me a short note that you did so.

Much love and kisses to all of you!Β πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ’›

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Food Photography: Philippines Edition

So this has been a long time coming. I said way back that I was going to post the food photos that I took when we were vacationing in the Philippines during the summer. But then – too many things happened for the past days that this has been put in the back burner for quite some time.Β πŸ˜…

But anyway – here they are. Better late than never right? All of them are on my Instagram feed, actually. But I’m posting it here in a slideshow for those that haven’t seen them yet.Β πŸ€—

As you well can see from the photos – food in the Philippines is the bomb. But that could be since I grew up with these foods. They’re what you might call – my comfort food given that they remind me of my childhood and how I lived when I was back in the Philippines. Biases aside though – I would really love for you to try Filipino foods. Even the ones that are American or Japanese but made in the Philippines. Most of the Filipino delicacies are really delicious.

And of course – nothing can beat Jollibee for me. Ever.

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Vita Et Morte: available in the Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­πŸ‘€ SOON

Hello friends from the Philippines! πŸ˜„πŸ‘‹πŸ»

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m currently in talks with a local publisher there for my book to be available within the Philippines. It would be easier for everyone to get my book via this local publisher if you are having a hard time with Amazon πŸ˜…

It would still have the same price as Amazon, be rest assured. Shipping fees might vary though depending on where you are located in the Philippines.

I will update you all soon! Tell all your family and friends about it too! 😁

Much love! πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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Vita Et Morte – Finally Published

So… πŸ‘€ I finally did it πŸ™ˆ I finally was able to publish one of my short stories/novellas onto Amazon KDP.

I didn’t know I would be able to do this, but I did. And I’m grateful for those who believed that I could. 😌 You know who you all are. πŸ’›

Please give it a try! Search for “Vita Et Morte” over at Amazon. It’s only $0.99 or free via Kindle Unlimited. 😁

I would also appreciate it if you would also leave a review over at Amazon. It would help boost my book.

Currently working on getting that paperback for this story done, too! Will update you all once I have it printed and ready for release. Thank you all!! πŸ˜˜πŸ’›πŸ€—

P.S. if you want to get a free copy in exchange for an honest review that you must post on your blog or socmed accounts, kindly comment below or email me at ruth.ilasco@icloud.com