#AVeryChicLife Prompt no. 1


This is one of the lessons that I learned the hard way last year. It was difficult to let go of ties that had become constricting than rewarding. But in order to live the life we deserve, sometimes we just have to bid certain people and situations goodbye, and move forward.

The French Method to Intermittent Fasting


I never had problems about my weight and my figure until 2007, when I started working. I ate a lot of junk food, kept my cup of latte in venti, and exercised…not. It was only after a painful breakup in 2011 and a terribly low self-esteem that pushed me to take Zumba workouts and diet…

I Ditched My List of 2021 Resolutions–Here’s Why


Every year I write down my goals that would set the tone of my next adventure. There were 2016, 2018, then 2020 goals, all tied together by a hashtag. While they did help motivate me to tick off certain activities, they also reminded me of the things I have been continually promising myself to do…

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…