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Mangrove Tree

A photo I took at a resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The beach was far from being great β€” there were just so many weird creatures for me to feel safe diving in. But the view totally compensates.

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July, the Ghost Month

I am not Chinese, but my dad’s adoptive mother was. Lola Goco, as we called her, showed me and my sister a glimpse of the Filipino-Chinese culture when she was still alive. She followed a lot of customs and superstitions, but she never insisted them upon us. She never had to, because Dad always made sure we knew about them.

One such belief Dad told us about is the Ghost Month, the seventh month of the year when ghosts and spirits mingled in the world of the living — our world.

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Poknat, the ungrateful little duck

After all we’ve done for her, Poknat just flew up the wall and left. Just like that.

You see, we never really intented to have Poknat. I already have four ducks to care for. Two drakes, two girls — the perfect balance. Poknat came into our lives when my dad took pity on her.

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So long, Mister Kapre

I honestly didn’t plan on changing my site’s design so soon. But the old one was just so gloomy, and I wasn’t happy with it. Besides, Mister Kapre is gone. Our neighbor’s mango tree, where the kapre supposedly lived, had been cut down. Got uprooted during a typhoon. Call me superstitious, but I don’t want ...

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Cover Reveal: Chameleon (The Domino Project #1)

Let’s do something different on the blog! I know I haven’t been blogging much, but life happened. Writing happened. I’m currently editing my first novel. There isn’t much to say about it until it’s actually published — or represented, for that matter — so I’ll keep mum about it for now. But if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll have an idea what it is I’m working on πŸ™‚

Speaking of Twitter… One of the writerly folks I’ve met online is KT Hana, and she’s got a cover for her upcoming book for you to see! As a science fiction fan, I’m really looking forward to reading her story. Check it out, and join the raffle! πŸ™‚

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“Seven Weeks” in Diversity is Coming anthology

Interrupting radio silence to put this here: my YA short story, “Seven Weeks,” is included in the Diversity is Coming anthology. So honored to be part of this high fantasy collection. Best of all, you can get it for free! πŸ™‚ The days of unified culture and singular Great Kingdoms are over. In their place, ...

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Hi there, stranger!

I'm Gail. I'm a Filipina author born and based in the Philippines. I'm also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. I love pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). My husband and I live in the outskirts of Manila with our dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. My Fate According to the Butterfly is my debut novel.

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  • Uhm guise if you see me wearing the seemingly same shirt in my pics in the next few days, please know that I actually just packed shirts of the same color? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Day 19 of #authorlifemonth Non-bookish Hobby: biking! 🚴 I was only 4 years old when I first learned to ride a bike on two wheels without balancers---I ended up with lots of scars, but it was worth it! 😁 I've been biking on and off over the years, but lately, my husband and I have been trying to make this a regular thing again... And maybe even do trail eventually! πŸš΅πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
  • Day 18 of #authorlifemonth Dream Author Meeting. One of my awesome mentors @erinentrada was in Manila last year for a literary festival. We were supposed to meet at her signing, but Marcos Highway got flooded and it was impossible for me to leave. So Erin and I met at her hotel just before she left for the airport! 😊 That's 1 out of 3 of my dream author meetings... One day, I will meet my two other author mentors @katemessner and @anicarissi πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
  • Day 16 of #authorlifemonth : Your Biggest Fan. That would be my younger sister Joyce, who has been a fan of me, her Ate Gail, probably since the day she was born πŸ˜πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
  • My Butterflies (the book and goodluck origami ones) are in Australia!!! πŸ˜Šβœ¨πŸ’–πŸ’•βœ¨ thanks for the gorgeous pic, Remy! πŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ’• #Repost @rrremylai (@get_repost)
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I got this beautiful ARC from @gaildvillanueva. It’s a beautiful book and you should all read it!
#mglit #kidlit #middlegrade
  • Day 8 of #authorlifemonth : Writer friends. Isabelle Adrid @karabodegon @rinchupeco @hazelstaybookish @taries Stef Tran @kateva11 πŸ’– not in pictures, but we will have a photo together one day: @rachelsomerauthor @elsiechapman πŸ’– These amazing authors make the solitary art of writing so not lonely as it usually is. Love you, ladies πŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ’•
  • Gonna see if I can do #authorlifemonth this February! I missed yesterday, so I'll do two in one day 😊 Day 1's theme is "your books" so there's me with the Advanced Reviewer Copies (ARCs) of My Fate According to the Butterfly, which will be out on July 30 from Scholastic Press! Day 2's theme is "non-author photo," so there's me with Sundae just being lazy 😁
  • This is Jemima the Puddle-Duck, the smallest, the quietest, and the least needy duck of my flock. She doesn't poop or demand for food and a clean pool either, so that's a huge plus! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚
  • It's Quackie's birthday / hatchday today. She's 4 years old now. She was so well-behaved during her photoshoot πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’– #petducks #petsofinstagram #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram #pekinducks #cute
  • Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with three fabulous Filipino book bloggers πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
  • Since we're too cheap to buy our own fireworks, we're just watching our rich neighbors burn away their money! πŸ˜‚ HELLO 2019!!!!! 😘😘😘
  • Shiny blue drink to welcome 2019! Happy New Year!!!! πŸ˜˜βœ¨πŸŽ‰πŸΎ

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