Weekend Halo-halo

Hail to my first Weekend Halo-halo! FYI, halo-halo (literally “mixed together”) is a traditional Filipino dessert which is a medley of sweet ingredients that include boiled sweet beans, coconut strips, fruits, brightly colored gulaman (agar jelly), sago (tapioca pearls), and tubers topped with milk and shaved ice. Now, I may be biased (because I grew up eating it) but I think everyone should try it at least once in their lives. But this isn’t actually a post about food.

The weekend is also my time to catch up on a medley of articles, quotes, videos, and other interesting reads that I also want to share. Hence, the Weekend Halo-halo, folks! Happy weekend!

Recently joined Our Shared Shelf community in Goodreads aka Emma Watson’s feminist book club and excited to join in the discussion on May-June book which is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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The Handmaid’s Tale on PBS News Hour and author Margaret Atwood on “a totalitarian gets serious the moment it fires on a protest crowd”. Chilling, and so true. Plus, how awesome is Elizabeth Moss in her “Je suis une suffragette” shirt. A feminist after my heart.

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Alain de Botton on infatuation and why it’s intoxicating: “its imperviousness to disappointment, for it is rooted entirely in the chimera of the other, enshrined in the illusion of perfection”. 

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On what life as a Vestal Virgin in ancient Rome was really like. Jeez. 30 years of your life keeping the temple fire from going out or else, the entire Roman empire crumbles. Either that or you’d have been a virgin sacrifice.

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On why Beauty and the Beast has always had a feminist message: “It’s a story written and published by a woman, with a strong female character as its lead, who is very reflective and intelligent and she makes her own choices, which is not something you saw in French literature or in French society at the time.” 

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On why adulting also means becoming a better friend to yourself: “Having kids doesn’t make you an adult. Facing yourself and understanding what’s acting on you, and knowing for certain, what you want your life to look like: That’s what makes you an adult. Asking for what you want. Expressing your gratitude to the people who are good to you. These things make you an adult.” 

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On discerning between true friends and false friends: “If you consider any man a friend whom you do not trust as you trust yourself, you are mightily mistaken and you do not sufficiently understand what true friendship means…” 

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Why wasting time without feeling guilty also has its advantages: “Wasting time is about recharging your battery and de-cluttering.” 

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Why saying “No” is empowering: “The ability to communicate ‘no’ really reflects that you are in the driver’s seat of your own life.” 

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