A Trip to the Pharmacie

Helena Frith Powell, author of the bestseller Two Lipsticks and a Lover, wrote that for French women, the battle against the bulge doesn't start in the kitchen; it starts in the perfumery and pharmacy (or pharmacie, if you choose to be oh-so-French about it). Here, that pharmacy is your ubiquitous Watson's store, The Body Shop, [...]


Heist Club Author Spotlight: Justine Camacho-Tajonera

Marian Malabanan is an anthropology graduate student who just wants to study Manuvu folklore when she becomes embroiled in a murder, or what she considers an assassination, and with the Manuvus’ struggle with a paramilitary group in the hinterlands of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Far away from friends and family, she can only rely on [...]

Heist Club Author Spotlight: Mark Manalang

Japanese expat Keniichi Daimon has conflicting emotions for Manila, his second home. Despite his attraction to its beauty and charm, the crime and corruption seeping deeply into the city has left him nearly apathetic of its future. When a young flower vendor is kidnapped before his eyes, he decides not to intervene. It was then [...]

15 Signs that Game of Thrones Rules my Life

The night will always be full of spoilers. Last Monday’s the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6, and after the long wait and unexpected season 5 finale, GoT fans probably raced to their living rooms and switched to HBO. I can’t blame them; the excitement is too painful to bear. I can’t even count [...]

Author Interview: Justine Camacho-Tajonera

Strange things happen in real life, but strange things are more fun and colorful in fiction. Such is the case in #Strangelit, a workshop meant to publish and explore new tales involving the paranormal. The works were divided into three bundles, one of which is entitled Fateful Turns. Justine Camacho-Tajonera's The Mermaid from Siquijor is one [...]

Author Interview: Kath Eustaquio-Derla

It's March, but the #feels keep on coming! Here's my interview with Before I Do author Kath Eustaquio-Derla, who has released its prequel on Bookbed. Cris: How does it feel that you are now working on the BIDO prequel? Do we see an entirely different Kit here? Kath: I feel an intense amount of pressure [...]

Love in Full Circle: A Review of Anne Plaza’s ‘In Over Her Head’

Let’s talk about emotional baggage. Not all of us can deal with the ghosts of our past. These ghosts, particularly those from doomed romantic relationships, have a way of startling us because we wished we’d never see them again. They also scare us because there are things that we have a hard time coming to [...]

Seeing Red: A Taste of Think/Kill

  What would you do if you had the ability to kill a person by just thinking about it? Would you imagine hundreds of ways to murder your enemy? Would you keep yourself locked up in a room and distract yourself with happy thoughts? Would you be like Cyan, who chooses to exercise such ability [...]

That Thing Called Marriage: Before I Do

Every woman in her late 20s must have thought of speeding up her career a bit. Every woman in her late 20s must have fantasized about a grand wedding. Every woman in her late 20s must have cringed at the thought of having kids so soon. Every woman in her late 20s must have been [...]

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Gory

Just recently, I attended the GTMACCON at Fisher Mall, QC. Albeit the small space, I saw familiar faces at the comics convention, their works displayed strategically on tables. Some exhibitors were not as familiar, though, but they had equally interesting stories and eye-catching illustrations. One of these is Vee Jocson’s BUTI PA ANG CUPCAKE MAY [...]

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