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Christmas Gift ideas

Quirky Christmas Gift Ideas For Just About Everyone in 2014

Christmas is fast coming up, and the idea of getting gifts for family and friends can sometimes feel like a never-ending cycle of stress and anxiety. Grab just anything and you’ll likely spend money on something pointless the recipient would most likely throw away anyway; spend too much time looking for that perfect gift and you’ll just stress yourself out.  Our advice: take your time, and always go for something quirky and personal.

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Thai Cuisine at Basil

A Restaurant Serving Great Thai Cuisine in White Plains, Quezon City

We always pass by this restaurant in White Plains whenever we go to our favorite spa, The Body Spa and Waxing Lounge (ahem), and never really gave it much thought until a week ago.

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Suicide

To the 13 Year Old Boy Who Shot His 17 Year Old Lover at the Mall (Notes on a Murder-Suicide)

This piece was originally published here and is being re-published in The Manila Survival Guide with minor edits.

It was with a peculiar, and perhaps less than noble, fixation that I read about your crime.  A crime which was extraordinarily morbid, and sensational.  And I gathered the following details: You were thirteen years old. You stole a .22 caliber pistol.  You wrote a suicide letter; short, but it got the message across.  You went to SM City Mall, Pampanga.  You met your seventeen year old lover in front of the Astrovision store in the mall’s Building 3.  You shot him in the head.  The bullet lodged in his brain and left him brain dead.  You then turned the gun on yourself and pulled the trigger.

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