The Dead Zone

At the centre of the impending storm is a teacher at the local high school, a young man who goes by the unlikely name of John Smith, no middle name. Johnny is a charming, sympathetic character, a teacher beloved by his students, and he is in love with Sarah Bracknell. In his heart of hearts, Johnny believes that teaching is his true talent, and is what he has been intended to do in this life.

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Night Shift

I’ve had the opportunity to read Night Shift when I was much younger, but there were only a few of the twenty stories that left enough of a mark on me that I remember details ten years later. Strawberry Spring is one of them, as was Quitters Inc., but my favourite by far is I Am The Doorway.

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The Shining

The Shining (1977) has always been one of those Stephen King novels that was on my radar but I never actually picked up when I saw it in bookstores. I’m kind of glad I waited to see it until I was in my twenties!

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Salem’s Lot

Salem’s Lot combines two things that I’m very fond of in literature: vampires and small towns. I have very fond memories of this book, and when I reread it I was happily surprised to find that it holds up. Salem’s Lot delivered on the good, the unpleasant, and the downright terrifying aspects of what it means to live in a small town, plus vampires.

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Strong as 10 Men, a List of 5 Favourites!

In my childhood, there was a figure that competed for my love alongside Godzilla, and that was Hercules! The Roman, the OG, the Bactrian Buddha buddy, however you sculpt your lion-pelted demigod, I was a fan! With my cartoon-drenched childhood in mind, I present to you some of my favourite portrayals as a child, along with some interesting traditional versions that I encountered as an adult.

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Roast Pork Belly Sinigang

After years and years of making sinigang for my sinigang-obsessed family, I finally decided to try and make it differently, just for fun. The result is a stewier, thicker, more intense dish that is probably how I’m going to be making sinigang 4 out of 5 times, it’s that good.

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Bicol Express

I’ve always been in love with coconut milk as an ingredient. One of my favourite Filipino dishes is Pininyahang Manok (chicken stewed in pineapple and coconut milk), which melds the rich flavours of coconut milk with the tangy sweetness of pineapple.

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banff (2019)

My mom and I got to visit Alberta this summer, crisscrossing from Edmonton to Banff one day, and visiting between family the next. Behind the whirlwind of us trying to fit a decade of visits and fondness into five vacation days was the backdrop of the province, and the breathtaking Rockies. 

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a day in the life of a grad student (2018)

Today was a quiet Monday for me. It was still a long day, of course, with meetings and class and Kapisanan work, but having submitted my CIP in the early hours of Monday morning was so good for my soul – and my body, which at this point was so sick of the effects of caffeine that I had to sleep 9+ hours everyday to compensate, with multiple naps on the weekends.

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turning 27 (2017)

I turned 27 yesterday! Mikaius planned a lovely day for us, with the trip to the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibit at the AGO bookended by food – thank you, my love, for the effort that you put into this date!

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Homecoming

Home: the going back, the getting there, the vivid memories of how food really tastes like dancing on the back of your tongue, lending flavour to whatever pale ghost of an imitation it is that you can get wherever you currently are.

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Mangoes

I’d been taking a break while I figured out how to structure a final project due quite soon. The mango kept distracting me, the flavours and the smells and the textures overwhelming me with memories until I had to pause for a moment, and write to let it out.

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Conversations About Hair

Hair, for me, is never just about my hair. My hair is a symbol: of a past life that I loved and lost, of emotional abuse by an authority figure, of being in a church where life was controlled in more ways than just spiritually.

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Toronto Bites: bb’s diner

For our 6th anniversary (6th! Can you believe it?), Mikaius and I spent our day out eating good food and exploring the Ontario Science Centre! We decided to go to bbs diner for lunch, a Filipino diner at 76 Lippincott Street that looks, feels, and tastes like your grandma’s kitchen. Whatever your grandma’s kitchen was […]

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Toronto Bites: NishDish Marketeria

We are resurrecting our Toronto Bites series this year with Nishdish Marketeria! The last one we did was of The Good Fork, way back in February 2016 – go check it out here! Mikaius and I found ourselves in Toronto on a beautifully sunny late winter day. We were going to check out Queen Video’s […]

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MScPl Year Two

It has been an interesting week “back,” even though I technically didn’t have the summer off as I was doing a reading course plus a TA-ship. My first few classes have brought into stark view just how lost and mentally checked out I was last year.

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MScPl Year One

It’s been really difficult. The mourning process is complicated and it ebbs and engulfs like the tide. I had to take a week off from school because I simply could not function.

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Lessons From A Laptop’s Death

I am nothing if not prepared. I have back-up plans, and back-ups to my back-up plans. I have become the kind of student who schedules the entire semester to the day, working with the way my brain functions and trying to make things easier for future-me.

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