About Me

HI, I’M LEAH  ~  Welcome to my Blog!

Here is a modified version of the “25 Random Things About Me” which I think describes me well enough….

1. I’m provincial at heart. After traveling far and wide…I realized that I long to live in the province….”to live in the sunshine, swim the sea and drink the wild air”*….

2. I’m not into pets.** But if I must have one, I really want a pot-bellied pig. You can always throw in some Shetland ponies in the bargain.

**My brother had a pug named Ellard…and even though I rarely saw Ellard cause he was in the province and I was in New York…my heart broke when he died of illness at only 3 years old.

3. I love futbol. Amidst the rough and tumble are moments of sublime brilliance and elegance. A perfectly weighted pass is a thing of beauty….

4. I love oysters. We used to eat them by the sackful in the province. Where the very act of finding and shucking makes the oysters sliding into our mouths with its salty brine even more delicious…

5. I can’t get enough of kung-fu and shaolin movies. If it’s set in the rural areas and people fly from mountain to mountain and carry jars of waters (or walk on hands for hours) over bridges, all the better. Best would be those with funny and wise old men “masters.”

6. I grew up in a ’50’s glass house in the province. We took it for granted until it became derelict. We had furniture that we absolutely didn’t care for and frequently left out in the rain….I am shocked to see exactly the same pieces being sold in the stores now at prohibitive cost and called Danish modern or some such. Who knew?

7. I can find a friend in a desert….

8. I am lucky to have many friends. Although some have turned out false and many have betrayed me…I have learned much from each and everyone of them. More importantly, I owe much of what and where I am now to those friends whose faith in me have not faltered and who have given me unwavering support and encouragement.

9. I love the smell of grass after the rain…

10. I love storms. I love the sky in all its passion and temper. I love the thunder and the lightning and the torrential rain and the howling wind. I love it that after the storm, the drenched and windswept place is filled with a serene and humbled beauty.

11. I love rainy days in the province. When we were young, we would all go out to bathe in the rain. And we run to the plaza to revel and rejoice in the waters. And we would go around town, looking for the gutter with the largest gushing water…pretending it was a waterfall. And we would slide in the school courts and pretend the shallow puddle is a pool. And we would climb walls and tiptoe on it like cats. For what reason, I never knew.

12. I once did nothing but play mahjong, day and night, for two months….

13. I love afternoon teas. I love the elaborate teapots and the dainty tea cups. I love scones and clotted cream and jams. Only at teatime do I enjoy those tiny cucumber sandwiches. Somehow, they are quite filling then. And I like those tiny cakes and even tinier curry puffs.

14. I love Europe. I want to live there someday. I cried a bucketful of tears when I was offered a spot at my old job’s New York office instead of at the London office where I was applying.  (I’m still trying to figure a way where I can live part of the year in Europe…hah!)

15. I adore Japanese packaging. I love their gift wrappers and the way they wrap anything. Even plain brown boxes with some japanese inscription somehow seem special. And sake bottle designs are brilliant.  I want to live in Japan too!

16. I watch Japanese anime because of my brothers. I like a lot of them but I never really got over liking Dragonball Z.

17. It’s a wonder I’m still friends with my best friend. When she was going to get married, I pretended it wasn’t happening (because I didnt want to let her go for some selfish reason) so I did not help her with the wedding preparation nor listened to her pre-wedding tales of stress. The first sentence of my maid-of-honor-speech was “I have to admit that I am very upset at this wedding….”

18. A friend once took me and my best friend to dinner at Sutokil in Cebu. We took a table overlooking the sea. After a while, the lights blacked-out. To our surprise, somebody came and started putting white starched cloth on top of the table, wine glasses, fine china. Then someone brought in  lechon de leche, together with all the seafood we ordered. And we had a waiter serving food and another serving wine amidst candlelights. More surprisingly, there were no one left at the market but us! How a common seafood wet market was transformed into a fine dining candlelit place still amazes me to this day. And we ended the night with belgian chocolates and single-malt whiskies by the seashore.

19. After getting off a tram in Geneva, I realized I had my suitcases but not my handbag (where my passport, wallet and all other valuables and form of identification were). I ran after the tram, thinking I was bionic woman. When I realized I was merely human…I tried flagging down cars. A good samaritan came to my rescue and brought me to the tram. The passengers kindly gave my bag to the driver for safekeeping so the driver gave it back to me. The good samaritan then brought me back to where I left all my suitcases in the middle of the road. Wonder of wonders, all were in intact.

20. My paternal grandmother was a soprano, a classical pianist, a music teacher and a choirmistress. Most everyone in her side of the family sings and plays a musical instrument. None of those musical genes were passed on to me. I fail even Rockband. If it were otherwise, I’d be a rockstar, not a lawyer.  (Perhaps in consolation, I met Bono at a restaurant where he took my hand and kissed it, chatted and gave me an autograph, a warm hug and another kiss on the cheek.  That’s the closest I’ll ever be to a rockstar).

21. I grew up in a small town by the sea. My parents used to bring me fish and whatnot when I was studying in the city. Sometimes, my lunchbox would have lobsters and crabs in it. I never understood why my classmates were oggling and begging to exchange their bacon sandwiches with me. Which I gladly, gladly took. I had my fill of fresh food and didn’t have enough processed food growing up. Tsk.

22.  I’m thankful for the advent of internet for my recently acquired ability to cook.  I grew up with grandparents, aunts, uncles and a mother who were/are fabulous cooks.  I never cooked anything growing up as I was too busy falling off trees or reading books to linger in the kitchen and watch (wish I had known better…).  With internet around, I can just google recipes and come up with passable food.  The wonders of technology….

23. I’m accident-prone. A bit like humpty-dumpty put together again thanks largely to God’s grace and mercy and to my brilliant orthopedic surgeons. They have begged me NOT to be a patient again.

24. My life has not been easy. But I am blessed to have fulfilled many, many of my dreams.  And I am praying for many more dreams to come true…

*Ralph Waldo Emerson



§ 34 Responses to About Me

  • yixiaooo says:

    i’m sorry hear your brother’s pug died at three. my family has two pugs and i know we would be devastated if they were no longer in our lives.

    love your blog!

  • Vina says:

    I didn’t get to read this until now (although you did have something similar on FB – this is updated). Love it!

  • Ito Kish says:

    I hope to meet you someday.

    P.S. You are free to hang out at K I S H.

    • Thanks for dropping by, Ito! I’m going back to NYC next week but will definitely visit/hang out your store when I come back early next year. I just love your eye for decor/furniture!

  • Ito Kish says:

    NYC! I just finished replying to an email of a very good friend of mine who is in NYC!

    I am always reminded that i belong to that city!

    Keep in touch Leah.

  • Maus says:

    Hi sweetie. Just dropped by and enjoyed your posts. Mwah!

  • Hi Leah – good to meet you! I love this introduction, and the randomness and honesty of your portrayal of yourself!

    • Hi Ruth! It’s so nice to meet you too – I relate a lot to your posts. I’ve always felt like a visitor to so many places that I’ve lived in and I’ve learnt a lot about other people and myself in exploring the places and trying to fit in.

  • jeanine says:

    fabulous “about me” page. such a fun read.

    • Hi Jeanine – thank you! I love your blog, your stories and your wonderful, wonderful photos! Beautiful composition and colors. Just out of curiousity – may I know what camera you use? I like that the photos look kinda old. Thanks!

  • What a fun page! Great way to tell others about yourself. God bless!

    • Thank you! I love your blog, by the way. I sooo envy you, living in the country and all. As you can see from here – my dream is to go back home and live in the province 😀 God bless!

  • Pamanner says:

    Yes, I enjoyed “getting to know you.” Like the idea of “25 things.”

  • Hello Leah. I feel good getting to know you through your blog. We have some things in common like not being into pets, rainy days (i don’t like storms because they can kill), and kung fu movies. I used to play Mahjong too but gave it up because it keeps me up all night.

    • Hi Len! Thanks for dropping by! Happy to meet you and know someone who likes the same things as I. I know what you mean about mahjong keeping you up all night. Haha. It’s so much fun though! But I only get to play once or twice when I go home to Manila. Hope to see more of you here!

  • I really have enjoyed reading through your posts here on your blog. Your writing is inviting and your photos beautiful. I look forward to visiting often. : )

  • Princess says:

    Hi Leah,

    It was interesting to know so much about you. We were together in college but it was pretty much “hi” and “goodbye”. Your life is interesting. Hoping to know more about you in the future.

    • Hi Princess! Just as I’ve learnt so much about you from your blog. And am thoroughly impressed with all that you’ve accomplished. Hope we get the chance to catch up and spend time together in the near future. Take care!

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  • niasunset says:

    Hello Leah! First of all thank you for your visiting my blog and for your comments. I am so glad to meet with you. I have just visited/met with your beautiful blog. You talk and make your blog with your heart! I felt this. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  • Josè Pascal says:

    Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in your interesting blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my “italianglish” writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/.

    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories”.

    I dream an intercultural blog. Already involves more than 100 authors/friends.

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon

  • WOW
    where have I been?
    Love this!
    Going to Bastille day this sunday?
    Wanna meet at the macaron counter?
    there could be a few 🙂
    do U have an artists pass to MOMA?
    U should

    • Carol! Are you in town? I would love to meet up with you on Sunday? Macaron counter where? I don’t have an artist’s pass at MoMa. I know there is some kind of celebration at Cafe Bouchon. I’ll try to research. But let me know where you plan to spend the day and maybe we can meet up!

  • Ellen says:

    where are you? are you ok?

    • Hi Ellen!! Happy New Year, my dear! Yes, I’m okay. Sorry for disappearing. I have been sooooo busy! And I have lots of things in mind to write about but am now overwhelmed with my backlog. And the seasons just move so fast. Ugh.

      I will be back soon, promise! Have lots of materials. Just didnt know when I’ll find the time to sit and compose my thoughts. But soon!

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