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In Which the Blogger Turns Another Year Older…

Fancy a slice – or two – of cake?

The last time the Year of the Dragon rolled ’round, I turned twenty-four amidst the hustle and bustle of the scene I found myself in at the time.  I was between jobs, taking a stab at freelancing, and had just made a foray into the local animation biz (as a scriptwriter and story developer; I cannot, alas, draw for the proverbial toffee).  It was, alas, not the easiest year for me.  I won’t go into the details, anymore, as some memories remain painful, but suffice it to say that I found myself disillusioned with what I was doing at the time.  And, for a few years, I felt that I was adrift and alone.

Fast-forward to 2012, yet another Dragon year.  I turned 36 today – not a bad age to be, perhaps a bit long in the tooth now, probably (!) a little wiser than that green girl I was a dozen years ago.  That girl baked the driest cinnamon buns, rock-hard foccacia, and had a tendency to burn and cut herself in the kitchen.  While I still burn or cut myself occasionally in the process of cooking, I take pride in saying that at least my cooking is a whole lot better than it used to be.  Plus, my repertoire of recipes has expanded considerably over the years.

Admittedly, I still suffer from bouts of depression – this, I think, will always be a given.  I am only human, after all, and some wounds will – alas! – never heal completely and have left dreadful scars and horrible memories.  But, I can cope.  I’ll manage.  I have people who love me and who believe in my talents.  I have faith, even if I seem to be on the verge of giving up at times.

And, who knows?  Things can only get better from here on out.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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