march 2018 playlist

Mar 31, 2018

magic // rudy mancuso x maia mitchell
what i need // hayley kiyoko x kehlani
no excuses // meghan trainor
dura // daddy yankee
alone (remix) // halsey x big sean x stefflon don
the middle // zedd x maren morris x grey
put me back together // cheat codes x kiiara
getting over you (r3hab remix) // lauv x r3hab
my enemy // chvrches x matt berninger
let it be // hayley kiyoko
one thing (grant remix) // san holo x grant
jumping stairsets (demo) // pvmnts
like that // bea miller
on my own // 3lau x nevve
nostalgia // mo
chasing fire // lauv
dust // annalia

{Story Diary} That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra

Mar 9, 2018

that kind of guy mina v. esguerra #romanceclass filipino repThat Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra
Contemporary Romance, Filipino Lit
March 8, 2017

Yes, it’s true: "Good girl” Julie Crisostomo dated that guy Anton Santos for almost a year.

Julie is everyone’s loyal and concerned friend, but she has no experience being someone’s girlfriend. Then Anton, a “player” she never thought would be interested in her, swoops into her life and doesn’t seem to want to leave it.

Anton has dated a lot of women and is everyone's "delicious distraction." But he seems to have fallen hard for Julie—if only she believed him.

TriNoma (Triangle North of Manila) Mall, Quezon City, Philippines

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Tagaytay, Philippines

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With a beautiful view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano in the background.

Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

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Where my family is from! Makes me want to go back.

Muntinlupa, Philippines

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Coron, Palawan, Philippines

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that kind of guy mina v. esguerra filipino food collage

Manang = older woman; a term of respect for older female relative
Merienda = light meal or snack
Beso = cheek to cheek kiss
Simbang Gabi = "night mass"; a 9-day catholic mass tradition
Lola = grandma
Bagay (there's two meanings depending on topic) = "things"; or "it suits you"
Quezo de bola ensaymadas = ball of cheese and bread
Ligawin = having many suitors
Dalandan = (sweet or sour) orange


"All food is comfort food to me."

--Mina V. Esguerra, That Kind of Guy (pg. 24)


This was how a manang self-destructed, probably. Not with drugs or alcohol, but cholesterol.

--Mina V. Esguerra, That Kind of Guy (pg. 54)


"[S]he has played different roles in my life since I met her. And vice versa. But I still love her, always have. And based on our track record, I think I always will," Charlie admitted.

--Mina V. Esguerra, That Kind of Guy (pg. 111)

Pretty much awwed at this secondary characters confession of their dear friend.

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance novels. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, publisher, and publishing mentor. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

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