From the Writers

ROSE TAN’S DATING EXPECTATION VS DATING REALITY

I am supposed to write about dates, not the fruit. I’m not even sure if dates are fruits or nuts. Let me Google.

49 seconds later…

Okay, they’re fruits.

I’m the nut.

Here are the Perfect Date Scenes from two of my novels and the Real Life Date Scenes I pulled them from.

Call it EXPECTATION VS REALITY.

EXPECTATION:

#BRAK and Blueberry had a date by the sea shore. It was a dark starry night. The cabana was all dressed up, food was great because Brak had all the cash to pay for it. And when Blueberry asked why the dashing bastard of Agron went to so much trouble arranging such romantic atmosphere, Brak said he was making ‘ligaw’.  You know what happened next. Every reader now wants to be in Blueberry’s shoes.

REALITY:

A dude I was so in love with brought me to the beach. We were alone in a big vacation house and  we took the mattress out from one of the rooms to the deck so we can lay there and watch the shooting stars. He arranged the wine and the glasses, he even had a rose for me. Too bad, he forgot to bring food. My romantic get-away ended up with me cooking Ligo for two and  the bastard of Tralala out on the streets looking for a carinderia’ng bukas  sa walang makain in the middle of the night. Aanhin mo ang Ligo kung walang kanin?

Lesson: Bring extra rice.

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EXPECTATION:

#Arik and Tarcila went to a rose farm somewhere in the mountain province–I forgot the name of the place. Arik was so happy to see the roses and the roses were happy to see Arik, they bloomed in his presence. Tarcila cried tears of joy, realizing how much she loved the traitor of Krohn. They held each other and kissed and promised undying love…

REALITY:

I brought a ‘slap-on bra’, the silicone type you just ‘salpak’ on the boobies, no straps whatsoever. I tried it on, loved it and forgot about it even when Ex-Boyfie came a-calling and wanted a spur of the moment excursion to a lake in a nearby town. Malandi as I was, I went as I was–crop pants, shirt, slippers and the ‘slap-ons’.

The traitor of Baranggay Uno was so happy to see the lake. He ran to the shore, graceful as a penguin on LSD. He kept calling me to him  so we can pretend to be running away to forever. I couldn’t move, the ‘slap-ons’ would not stay on anymore. They kept falling down, like the bridge of London. Beautiful me just sat there holding my silicone cups in place pretending I had a headache. In my boobies.

Lesson: Don’t buy ‘slap-ons’ made in China.

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You want more of these?

Are you sure?

Okay. Let me cook dinner first for my forever Valentine.

‘gang sa muli.


“What is your favorite date scene from the novels you’ve written?”

We asked this to our Precious Hearts Romances writers and as part of our Valentine Month, we will be posting their answers here. Keep posted for our next writers answer.


Rose Tan is a Romance Novelist. She has written several titles for Precious Hearts Romances including Bud Brothers which was adapted to television on ABSCBN. You can look for her books Arik: The Traitor Krohn and Brak: The Bastard of Agron here.


 

 

 

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From the Writers

Belle Feliz’s Remembers her Favorite Date

Paano kayo makakapag-date na nakapalibot ang inyon gmga magulang, mga kapatid, buong pamilya? This is Belle’s favorite date scene, in her novel, Remembering Sunday.

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Matatagpuan ang paborito kong date scene sa nobela kong Remembering Sunday, chapter thirty. Iyon ang unang “official proper date” ng mga karakter na sina Mattie at Jem.

Jem and Mattie grew up together. They were best friends. Their parents were best friends. Nang mag-iba ang kanilang relasyon ay naging concern din iyon sa kanilang mga magulang. They were happy for the two but they were also a little bit worried and concerned.

Humiling si Mattie ng isang proper date. She wanted a real date. Dinner. Steak. Candlelights. Music. The works. Jem got a reservation in a quiet, private and pricey restaurant. I loved writing this scene because it was fun and Mattie and Jem were just adorable. Medyo nakakatawa na sumama ang kanilang mga magulang at kapatid sa date na iyon. Magkahiwalay ang table pero naiilang at natatawa pa rin sina Jem at Mattie. Nagdesisyon sila na mag-pretend na wala ang kanilang pamilya sa paligid sa bandang huli. It was a lovely dinner date.

Mahal na mahal ko ang dalawang karakter na ito at alam ng mga nakabasa ang kinahinatnan ng kanilang relasyon. So I adore and cherish every happy memories they had together. I hope the readers also found it cute and endearing.


“What is your favorite date scene from the novels you’ve written?”

We asked this to our favorite writers and as part of our Valentine Month celebration, we will be posting their answers here. Watch out for our next writers who will share their experience.


Belle Feliz is a PHR writer. She has written “Constantly In Love” “Henrick’s Love” “Happy Ever After” and “Destined Love” among others.

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Sweet Cupcakes from Sweet Single Moms

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Second chance ang isa sa pinakamaganda ngunit isa sa pinakamahirap na ibigay na regalo lalo pa kung ang pagbibigyan ay ang sarili. Kaakibat na rin siguro kasi nito nakakapagod na muling paglalaan ng tapang upang muling magtiwala, at ang takot na sa huli ay kapalit ng inipong lakas ng loob pagkakataong masaktan lamang muli.

Ito ang mga kwento ng mga single moms na nagmahal, nasaktan, naanakan, nag-bake. At ang pait na kanilang naranasan ay napalitan ng tamis ng mga cupcakes na kanilang sama-samang pinasarap. Ngunit nakakaumay ang cakes kung puro tamis, kaya naman may mga lalaking dumating para dagdagan ng flavor ang kanilang buhay. Ang tanong, paano muling masasama sa recipe ng kanilang life ang love? Iyan ang kwento ng Little Cupcakes Series ng Precious Hearts Romances.

Second chance ang isa sa pinakamaganda ngunit isa sa pinakamahirap na ibigay na regalo lalo pa kung ang pagbibigyan ay ang sarili. Kaakibat na rin siguro kasi nito nakakapagod na muling paglalaan ng tapang upang muling magtiwala, at ang takot na sa huli ay kapalit ng inipong lakas ng loob pagkakataong masaktan lamang muli.

Ito ang mga kwento ng mga single moms na nagmahal, nasaktan, naanakan, nag-bake. At ang pait na kanilang naranasan ay napalitan ng tamis ng mga cupcakes na kanilang sama-samang pinasarap. Ngunit nakakaumay ang cakes kung puro tamis, kaya naman may mga lalaking dumating para dagdagan ng flavor ang kanilang buhay. Ang tanong, paano muling masasama sa recipe ng kanilang life ang love? Iyan ang kwento ng Little Cupcakes Series ng Precious Hearts Romances.

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Little Cupcake Series writers: Wendy Shaw, Aya Myers, Bridgette Marie, Juris Angela, at Jasmine Esperanza

So experience love the second time around with the Little Cupcake Series. Order now online sa PreciousShop and get discounts and special packages.

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10 Beautiful Words About Love That Don’t Exist in English

That tingling sensation you feel inside when you see the person you really adore, or when he smiles back or when he does those little things that make you blush. Filipinos call that “Kilig” and it is just one of the words, beautiful words that do not have an English counterpart.

Here are ten more lovely words that we feel but can not express in English.

1. Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.

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2. Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends.

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3. Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair.

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4. Retrouvailles (French):  The happiness of meeting again after a long time.

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5. Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing to forgive abuse the first time; tolerate it the second time, but never a third time.

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6. La Douleur Exquise (French): The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have.

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7. Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall into love.

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8. Ya’aburnee(Arabic): “You bury me.” It’s a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person, because of how difficult it would be to live without them.

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9. Forelsket: (Norwegian):  The euphoria you experience when you’re first falling in love.

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10. Saudade (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and is lost. Another linguist describes it as a “vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist.”

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