2013 Day 66

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2013 Day 66, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

Going to the island for a weekend full of Sun Surf and Sand..

Boracay Open 2013 is Presented by 2XU, HUMAN PERFORMANCE MULTIPLIED.

"Hey Sexy Lady"

March 7: Registration 8pm; Captains meeting 9pm at Paradise Garden Hotel

March 8: Party @ Area 51, 9pm

March 9: Costume party at Club Summer Place. Theme: bachelorette party

March 10: Beach party after the games at Casa Pilar


2013 Day 64

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Ride Life, Ride Giant..
I just have to continue training.. it's going to be all worth it come 226..

2013 Day 63

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Been swimming everyday the past 4 days.. I need to work on my form and speed

2013 Day 61

2013 Day 61 by ssshortzzz
2013 Day 61, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Subic Weekend!
Went early and biked from Harbor Point south to Zoobic Safari, then north up to Subic Town. just a nice 66km ride..
Spent the rest of the day hanging out watching Beach Ultimate


February 2013

How time flies.

It's been 60 days  (today is March 1)
Looking back I would like to say it's been a good year so far.

  • K3 played well in the New Year's League (4th place in pool A)
  • I've been biking more and in the past week started to swim again.
  • Timex 226 is still in December but I need to start training now.
Looking forward to more trips out of town, getting closer to my in-laws-to-be and being more proactive at work (they've asked me to join a few committees)

So much to do, so much I want to do.. I just have to remember to focus and enjoy.

My Friend: Gretchen

I did a portrait shoot of my friend Gretchen
She's my Ultimate (Frisbee) teammate in K3.
When she told us she was publishing a chapbook, I got curious about this shy little girl


Where are you from? What do you do? What do you have going on in life?

I’m from Quezon City, and I just graduated last October 2012 from Ateneo with a degree in Creative Writing. (Although I’m still waiting to march on March 2013.) I started working as a copywriter and marketing assistant at Crazy Monkeys Design Studio, and I also write freelance for and Glamourbox. When did you start writing? Who do you write for? (Who's your audience) Writing was always something I loved to do, even as a little girl. So as early as kindergarten, I’d be writing silly poems about nature, my favorite toys, the people I loved—anything under the sun really. And I’d give these poems to my mom, dad, Lola, Lolo, Titos and Titas. I think it was in the 7th grade when I was so obsessed about WWE and was starting to get crazy about Harry Potter that I began writing my own fanfiction on the wrestlers/characters I loved to ship—which eventually led to writing original work. I don’t really write for a particular audience. I write because I want to. Because I can create my own world. Because I can take people, events and moments—and manipulate them in such a way that appeals to me. It’s a bit escapist, but I love the feeling of holding my pen and draft notebook, or sitting in front of my laptop, and knowing I can do anything or be anything.

Describe your writing process: What do you do when you have a writer's block?

I love writing at night or in the wee hours of the morning. There’s just something about the mood and the silence that gets the creative juices flowing. I also always bring a pen and my little draft notebook with me. So anywhere I go, when an idea sparks or I think of something as simple as a one-liner I can use for a character, I can jot it down.

I think the best way to avoid writer’s block is to live, and I mean to really live. Heighten your senses. Feel things completely. Step outside your comfort zone. With me, I grew up in a very sheltered environment—my parents were (are still) overprotective, I studied in an all-girl private school, and even in college I was quite spoon-fed. It’s only now that I’m really getting to experience life outside the box—because of people in ultimate and climbing. I also think that reading, and reading a lot, is a good way to evade getting stuck in a rut.

What made you publish this chapbook? Do your friends and family look at you differently now that they've read? 

It’s always been one of my dreams to publish a novel. So when my block mates were thinking about publishing a series of chapbooks to give us more exposure and allow a wider range of readers, I was definitely in on the idea. It probably sounds contradicting, but I’m a little shy to let people read my work. There are only a select few that I actually show my work to (aside from professors and workshop classes).

Publishing the chapbook helped me get rid of that wariness. I’m actually not sure if my family and friends look at me differently now. Maybe! Haha. Especially those who didn’t think I was capable of such twisted plots.


Describe your book in three words.

Dark, Lonely, yet Funny.

Now describe it in one.


I hear you're a Potterhead. Do you despise Twihards? 

No, not really. I’ve never read the books though—just watched all the movies. My cousin, who hates reading, actually read the series. So I don’t see the point of despising something that encourages more people to read.

What else do you enjoy reading? 

I’m a huge, huge fan of Megan McCafferty’s the Sloppy Firsts series. That’s actually where I got the quote, “My thoughts create my world.” Right now, I’m reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. I’ve got about twelve more books in my reading list, including The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


Lightning round: 

Tumblr address: 
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Fave Harry Potter character: Draco Malfoy
Potter character you dislike: Ginny Weasley
Book reread the most times: The Little Prince
Fave tv show? Modern Family and Suits
Fave ice cream flavor? Cookie Dough from Sebastian’s
Who is your movie crush? Can’t decide between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy
3 things you take with you before you leave the house: Cellphone, wallet, draft notebook


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