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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. 😅

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. 🤗

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 🇵🇭👀 SOON

Hello friends from the Philippines! 😄👋🏻

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 😅

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! 😍😘😍😘💛💛💛

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Vita Et Morte – Finally Published

So… 👀 I finally did it 🙈 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. 💛

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!! 😘💛🤗

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

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Quills & Brushes / SWEET Books

I have been quite busy with a lot of things lately that I already forgot to update or at least write something here on my blog. 😅 I’m really sorry about that.

I cannot promise that I would be able to write in here frequently but I will try my best to do so. I’ve been updating my stories and other drabbles and one-shots over at Wattpad, however so you could still find me there. Still the same username: @wuthie16

Prompt me with anything and I will try to write something out of it. Be it a poem or a short, depending on your request. Teehee. 😁

I am very happy to announce though about two projects that I am currently involved in. Both have something to do with writing, of course.

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First – QUILLS and BRUSHES. http://quillsbrushes.maichard.net

Quills and Brushes is a website that is a portal to everything MaiChard. MaiChard being Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, the phenomenal loveteam as of the moment in Philippine Media.

If you would click on the link above, it will take you to a landing page to subscribe to the website since it is currently still in the works. But basically – the website is everything that a MaiChard fan will love. It will have forums where everyone could talk about different topics regarding MaiChard. It will have a section for fanfiction written by the fandom’s authors. It will also have a section for artworks, similar to deviantart, created by the ADN Fandom artists.

Right now – it is still in beta stage and so far, has been tested by a select group of people from the fandom – readers, spectators, writers and artists alike. They have already provided feedback and our team of developers are currently working on getting everything updated to make sure it will be the best experience for everyone.

Quills and Brushes is set to formally launch on July 16, 2017 – just in time for the second anniversary of the birth of the phenomenal loveteam – AlDub or Alden Richard and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza).

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Second – SWEET Bookshttps://sweetbookswg.com

S.W.E.E.T Books is short for She Writes, Entertains and Empowers Thru Books. We are a group of six gorgeous (Yes! Claiming this! 😉) women sharing a common interest in writing and inspiring others. This is done through our writings.

As of the moment – we are currently working on our first anthology to be published. Same as Quills and Brushes – we plan on having this published in July 2017 as well.

Check out our website and see what these beautiful women have to offer in terms of what our writings and stories and poems.

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So there you have it. These are the things that are keeping me occupied for the last several months hence the slowness of my updates and such over here. Hopefully though – after these are done, I would be able to concentrate more on my own stuffs. Hehehe.

Don’t forget to check out these awesome sites! 😍😘

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Of coffee and empathy

So this morning, while the hubby and I were having coffee – I suddenly asked about empathy and if he emphatizes with people and things around him. Don’t ask where I got the idea from. I sometimes get the most weird questions in my head at inopportune times. Anyway – I digress. 

Going back…

He told me that while he does know what others around him may feel, he doesn’t really emphatize with them much. Doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s manhid when it comes to what others may be feeling around him, he said. Only meant that he doesn’t dwell much on them, saying he’s more sensitive with the people he loves rather than random people he crosses on the street. 

If you think about it, he made a lot of sense. Because why empathize with someone you have no connection with, whatsoever?

Thing is – that isn’t the case with me. 😅

I emphatize. A LOT. 

To the point that I cry for someone I don’t know – like that series I was watching where the main character got friendzoned. Or for something I don’t really understand to begin with but feel so much for, like that poet who spoke about having OCD . 🙃

I don’t know why I feel this way most of the time. There are days that I feel like being emphatic is a curse for me since I feel a lot that I sometimes forget my own feelings. I drown in someone else’s when my own needs to be addressed. 

I think it’s one reason why I don’t like watching dramas or movies that will make me feel or get moved with emotions. I love action flicks, fantasy, horror and psycho thrillers – films that would make me think rather than feel. 

I’ve said it before – sometimes I hate that I feel too much. 😅 And it’s not like I could turn it on and off at will. I wish I could. But I couldn’t. 

Well then – there goes my ramblings for the day. 

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My Sunday Currently [1]


So I thought of jumping into the bandwagon and create my own Sunday Currently inspired by http://siddathornton.blogspot.com/
So here goes. I hope I could keep up with this too. 😅😁

Reading – Currently reading Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Have been reading it for like a week now. 😩 I need more time. Where can i buy time please?? 😭

Writing – three current fan fictions of MaiChard (Maine Mendoza and Richard Faulkerson Jr. or AlDub) that I have over at Wattpad. I’m doing Chapter 19 of The Photographer and I’m hoping to have that done by tonight or tomorrow. 😅

Listening – to reggae/island songs right now. Chilling with family on a Sunday night with a little wine, beer and dinuguan

Thinking – about how I could get that writing job I’m applying for. Gaaaaah 😩 I’m super praying and hoping I get it though. Because that way, I would be able to work and still stay home with my kids. 

Smelling – the barbecue that my uncle just cooked. In 30°F weather. Yep. That’s already warm here in Idaho. So… 😏

Wishing – for peace. Hahahaha 😅 Seriously though, with the new inauguration of our new president – I just hope the country would really be great again. Just like he promised.  

Hoping – that this winter ends soon. 😓 This year is just bad. It’s been snowing nonstop and we even have subzero temps to the point that school is always cancelled. This could also be with the wish part. I wish this too. 

Wearing – winter clothes. Thermal clothes, winter coat and Ugg boots. We’re hanging out here at the garage of my uncle’s house since like I said – we barbecue’d 😅 It’s really cold but thank God for gas heaters. Which is currently beside me. Lol. 😆

Loving – my family. Because they are simply the best. Not just my immediate one – because that’s a given (love my hubby and my kids soooooo much) but my extended and other friends here that I also consider family already. 

Wanting – that new book Pandora charm. 😅 Sue me but I really want it. Huhuhuhu 😭

Needing – to have more sleep. 😳 I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. 🙂🙃🙂🙃 Like I always drift off at around 4am then wake up at 7am for my kids’ school 😳 My hubby sometimes wonder how I could function with just 3-4 hours of sleep. But I guess I’m just used to it. 😓

Feeling – happy and content. 😊 

Clicking – through the pinoyteleserye.org since I need to catch up on my Meant To Be teleserye shows. 🙃

So… That’s it for now. See you next week again for another post? How was this? 😅 Thank you for reading. 😘

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Of Satin Ribbons and Sunrises

For Pia.


The satin ribbon gracefully danced with the wind while it held her final breath.

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“Love, can you push me outside?” she called softly for her husband of 50 years, as she twirled a white satin ribbon in her dainty, fragile hands – the same ribbon that she wore on her hair during their wedding. She wanted to see the rising of the sun, feeling that this might be the last time that she would be able to do so.

“Wait for a minute, my love,” she heard him answer her back from somewhere around the house. She waited for but a few heartbeats before she finally felt her wheelchair move.

“Won’t you be cold here outside?” her husband lovingly asked, even as he draped a thick comforter around her frail shoulders once they were outside on their patio. “I don’t understand why you want to get out of the house this early. It’s not even 5 o’clock yet. Plus it’s a bit cold here in the beach house and yet you still want to –”

“I’m all right, love,” she answered, cutting him off, looking up at him, smiling, trying to reach for his hand which he gladly gave. “I just want to see the sunrise, that’s all. Even for the last time…”

“Don’t say that,” he whispered, squeezing her hand lightly. He knelt beside her before planting a kiss on her temple. “You would still experience a ton of sunrises and sunsets. This won’t be your last. Wasn’t it only –”

“My love,” she interrupted once more, her other hand that was holding the ribbon – reaching up to touch his face. She smiled at him, amidst the pain in her frail body. She smiled at him, even through his worry for her. She smiled at him, like nothing was amiss. “I’ve accepted it already. You should too. Doctors said anytime now, remember? They couldn’t do anything for me anymore. As long as I’m comfortable. That’s the only thing that matters now. At least even in my death – I’m here. With you.”

“Love…”

“I love you.”

He closed his eyes, as a lone tear escaped which she lovingly wiped away. She leaned down and gave him a kiss which he softly returned. She smiled against his lips as she felt the soft rays of the rising sun on her face.

She gently pulled away as she watched the sun starting to rise on the horizon, painting the sky with its orange and yellow hues, the light blue backdrop beginning to shine through. She watched as the moon and the twinkling stars bid her goodbye to welcome the new day that the sun was bringing.

“It’s so beautiful,” she whispered with a smile, her eyes not leaving the beauty of a new day even though her breathing was becoming slightly labored.

“Love, are you still ok? I should take you back in. It’s getting chilly for you out here even with the sun rising. It’s not good for you. We could always go again in a — Love? Love?! LOVE!”

Her head suddenly slumped backwards, her hand in his slacking. Her hand that was holding the ribbon, falling on the side of the wheelchair – letting go of the ribbon. The wind picked it up, making it sway and dance as it took it in its embrace.

She took her final breath, watching the sun rise, watching a new day unfold, with the love of her life, with the memory of the happiest time in her life, with a smile on her face.

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A/N: May pinagdadaanan lang. 

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A little something to be thankful for

This was quite a surprise for me when I woke up on the morning of the 4th of November, 2016. Aside from the overwhelming response I got from all of my readers over at Wattpad regarding a simple story that I wrote – I woke up to this wonderful news from Wattpad themselves, as well.

And yes - I did the happy dance they told me to do

Translation: Many months have already passed, over 140,000 stories joined The Wattys, the largest online writing contest in the world.  Your story was one of those and we are glad to tell you that your story won the 2016 Watty Award under the category: Writer’s Debut.  Congratulations!

Take a few moments to do the happy dance, pat your back and tell everyone of the good news!

And yes – I did the happy dance they told me to do. 😅😅😅

I never expected to win.  I never really expected for anyone to actually take the time to read my stories (given that I know that I am not one of the better writers anywhere).  So when I placed that hashtag (#Wattys2016) on my story – I didn’t expect that it would get noticed.  I was only thinking at the back of my head, “Well – it’s just a hashtag. Might as well put it there.  Who knows?  Someone might notice it.”

With that being said – I would just like to say THANK YOU! This wouldn’t be possible if not for all of you, the readers of this simple story of mine. (Check it out if you like over at Wattpad: Sa Tamang Panahon under username: wuthie16)

Aside from Richard and Nicomaine – my muses, the ones who this story is dedicated to and the ones who inspired me to pick up my dusty pen and write again – YOU, THE READERS, would be my inspiration for continuing on with this.

Despite numerous times when I wanted to quit.  Despite numerous times when I didn’t have the energy to write.  Despite the numerous times when I thought – this wasn’t good enough.

You all stuck with me and pretty much told me – YOU CAN DO THIS.  YOU GOT THIS.

So thank you

Image grabbed from: http://wattys.wattpad.com/winners/fil/

So thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Sobrang salamat po. 😘☺️💛

Malapit ng matapos ang akdang ito. Pero alam natin na ang happily ever after nina Alden Rioja at Maine Mercado ay magpapatuloy magpakailanpaman. 

Salamat muli. Mahal ko kayong lahat. 💛💛💛

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