An Interview with Fehl Dungo by Cathy Nerujen

Blaise25 is known to many readers on Hub Pages, and she is a published poet, with her first poetry volume "Toss and Turn" now available on Lulu.com. Cathy Nerujen decided to ask Blaise, better known to the world and I as "Marifel Dungo" to take the hot seat, and be interviewed. It's a privilege when one gets to interview a well known person like Fehl. She is very relaxed and friendly, and eager to share her story with us.


Cathy: Fehl, lets start with your parents, family and upbringing...can you tell us about your start in life? Can you describe your childhood in the Philippines?


Fehl: First off, lemme thank you Miss Nerujen for this precious interview and time to do all of this…and thanks to everyone, too. Ok, we’re an average family, and we’re really from the Philippines. My mom is a teacher, while my dad a proprietor of a small business. I’m the first born of 4 children. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. We grew up in the province called Pampanga and it’s home. My childhood was uber cool. Half spent playing around with other children and half learning at school. I forgot to say, hiding away from my grandma when she calls us to sleep in the aftie. LOL I was a typical little Pinay – climbs up a guava tree, cooks on kitchen toys, listen to fairy tales, sneaks around and gets some spanking when caught. Oh how amazing it is to be a little girl again.


Cathy: I am smiling thinking of this now. But that started you off in the direction of writing, and poetry? Where did it all come from and how did it begin? Are you a book reader?


Fehl: I’m an artsy person, Cathy. I grew up loving painting and drawing so much. Back in grade school, I’ve won some art contests. It just so happened that I fell in love with another art. When I was twelve, I used to doodle whatever stuff in a journal...sometimes with drawings but more with words. It just so happened that my creative writing falls under poetry. Uhm where did it all come from? I guess it sparked from that first kiss...from that first love…from that first heartbreak…from that moment I first felt the feeling of missing someone…from that moment when someone sang a song to me…you know those feelings and ever since then I painted them in words.

I entered high school in a Catholic school. And I think my passion for writing has bloomed more in there. I belonged to the best class and section in my entire high school and I loved it. One time I joined the Book Club. Yes, I love books but I was never a bookworm. I read random stuffs that interest me. And I have damn lots of interests. LOL I am bisexual if that counts. ;p I read stuff by famous people from different literature like Shakespeare, Dickens, Homer, Dumas, Rizal coz we studied ‘em. I love vintage but I prefer reading the writings of people in the present lifetime such as those poetry and novels in our school paper. Just like how much I like reading stuffs here in Hubpages. They are more powerful to me coz the soul is alive…Right now, I’m eyeing on Crescendo (Fitzpatrick second book after Hush Hush) and Cassy’s and your upcoming book.

Cathy: What made you join Hub Pages? How did you happen upon this community? What was the draw, the appeal?

Fehl: Well I had started a blog site where I put some short quotes, messages and short poems in BlogSpot. I thought of putting them online so I won’t lose them like I did before...I began receiving followers and comments. Then I saw Adsense in the dashboard. I clicked it and discovered the opportunities. I still didn’t figure it out so I Googled something like “blog and earn money” Presto! Hubpages was the first result. (That was pre-Panda Ok? LOL.) And I read and read inside Hubpages. So I tried it and waited to see if it was true. I used to write just poetry and then I tried other topics. After some frickin months, I received my first payout. Then I was convinced, so I opened another account which is named Twentyfive. I want my creative writings to be separated from the Adsense targeted hubs. Blaise25 is not really a business account, if you know what I mean. But then it was the key why I’m in Hubpages. I love Hubpages. It’s where I met amazing people like you.

(Cathy Chuckles.) Okay, so is there any special or particular theme or subject in your many areas you write about that stands out as a favourite for you? All writers write for a reason...so why do you write?

Fehl: I dunno...is there? LOL But I usually write about love and all its avenues. About my love and my avenues. I write when I’m lost...when I’m so deeply in love..when someone affected me so much...when something is screaming inside me...when I’m in cloud nine...when a thing triggers me to…when I’m inspired by someone or something…I write because there is something to be written.

It’s like I dunno if I didn’t write it down, it would be worthless… empty …meaningless… nada… black… lifeless. It would bother me if I didn’t. Do you understand? LOL.


Cathy: Yes, I understand. It’s a beautiful answer... As a writer, are you planning more books, what can we expect from you? What would you most like to be remembered for as a writer, and if you like, as a person?

Fehl: I have no particular plan for more books at this time. I write in Hubpages anyway. But I’m glad I made Toss and Turn. It doesn’t matter how they remember me. As long as they smile when they remember me.

got this from cheeky-girl.hubpages.com review of my book :)
got this from cheeky-girl.hubpages.com review of my book :)


Cathy: The Old Masters of Writing wrote a lot about Death, Eroticism and Intrigue, according to hubber A. A. Zavala. I think you get two out of three in this area, do you agree? How do you think you score? Go on, be honest.


Fehl: You’re wrong, I got them all. LOL. I had a poem entitled The Killer. And it’s all about DEI. Seriously, my writings are majority about E and I. You’re right. (Smiles)


Cathy: You have a sizable volume of poetry in your hubs. How much of yourself do you put in your poetry? Is it introspective? What is your inspiration? Are you a Romantic at heart?

Fehl: They’re always been part of myself and some people who’s been a part of me. I’ve got some which were introspective of course. Love, art and the people I write about are my inspirations. Sometimes something just hit me to write. Like when I’m in the car on a long late night road trip I type something in my cell phone, before I knew it, it’s a poem. Or when I remember a thing, your lips for example, I could paint it in words or kiss you in the second stanza. Often it’s just a spur of the moment. Yes, I am a Romantic at heart. And it’s a plus.

Cathy: You are definitely romantic, Marifel. Heh. The Panda Update hit many websites and online communities’ web content since it happened. About the future of writing here and in Hub Pages in general, what do you think about that? Any thoughts? Are the new changes going to work for the better do you think?

Fehl: I don’t know what the future may hold here in Hubpages. I think we just have to expect the unexpected. There will be more Panda and algo changes and updates in the future that’s what I’m sure of. There are millions of writers here so I think there’s always a chance for aspiring writers. All you’ve got to do is publish, read, comment and share. Who knows, someone from the big book agencies would read yours and the rest is history. The web is a big place so it’s better to leave your mark on other places, too. As to the Sub domain change, so far it’s awesome. After I switched, my traffic dropped about 500 page views and all else returned to awesomeness when all my hubs were indexed. I’m back to my pre-Panda stats and Adsense income is pretty amazing. Well, this is from my other account. I turned off the HP Ad Program since June by the way. I’ve been seeing positive feedback in the Forum so far, it’s working. I wish the good magic stays longer. (Fingers crossed)

Special thanks to the following people who always read me..


Astra Nomik

Cheeky-Girl

CiscoPixie

Dim Flaxenwick

Mentalist Acer

Dark Heart

Niceandcool

Enigmatic me

Nikkij504gurl

always exploring

Epigramman

Lionel1

Acaetnna

Justom

BBnix

Kryptogirl

Randy Behavior

Kimberly Lyrics

Brandon Fan

Invictus

Poet L

Micky Dee

and many more…

my friends…

and you ^,^


Cathy: You have successfully developed your own new websites and domains and have plans for more and of course you are a blogger. There is an entrepreneurial side to you as well as creative side. I envy your multi-faceted skills here and you’re ability to do many things well. Can you tell us about these projects? What would you advise to newcomers in this area? What else can we expect from you in the future?


Fehl: When the Panda hit, I dared myself to put up a website which caters to related stuff here where I live. You and Cheeky-Girl are great inspirations. Cassy just knows a lot about SEO and Web site building. She sent me brilliant and useful stuff to guide me. (Thanks Cassy!) So I read them and just brainstormed about a week on how my site would be. Oh, you know what I’ve been through…from choosing the domain name to the time it went live. Heh. You’ve inspired me to do it when you told me I should do something for myself…(Thanks for that, my Star!) This project is fvenue.com and if you checked it out, it is what it is.

And oh, check out my best Web-buddies’ websites, too:

webonist.com

cheekygirlsapartment.com

and

betterthanever.weebly.com

I wouldn’t be this amazing without them. (Winks)

Uhm, my advice to newcomers in this area? Well, first think about your target KAP (Keyword/niche, Audience, Profit). It takes hard work, patience, and inspiration. You have to believe it will rank and you have to be so engaging with your target audience. This saying from Coco Chanel is always tattooed in my mind “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” So you must be original and very different from your rivals.


Cathy: Wow, that is excellent advice, Marifel. You are proof that a positive outlook, a plan and a system can bring many good things. Your Coco Chanel quote is particularly wonderful. We can all take something from this. What a joy is it to interview you, Marifel... finally. Thank you so much for letting me interview you, and have you share so many things with me, and with us. I guess you know we are huge fans, right? You are a constant high ranked Hub Page writer and you have a great work ethic. We can all see that. And many can learn from it too. Best wishes for the future, Marifel and well done on two successful years on Hub Pages. We wish you many more.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

You have an awesome mind Fehl.

Thanks for the interview and for interviewing Cathy and Fehl.;)


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hi Fehl. Yaaay, you published the interview. What glorious timing. (By a magical coincidence, my newest poem is also just published. Hehehe.) I loved reading this, even though I did this interview with you. I love reading this here now, and I am so proud of you, Princess. ^,^

I have also tweeted this and I am about to "like" it via Facebook too. This interview is long overdue, I feel. You have been on Hub Pages for so long now. It's high time you were given an interview so that we can all see the real Marifel Dungo. :)

I am a huge fan, and so is Cassy...and more besides. You know how much you mean to us too, Fehl. I am going to promote this hub from my profile too. Mwah.

Lots of hugs and kisses,

Cathy... ^_^


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

awesome interview. I love fehl's closing quote! “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” So you must be original and very different from your rivals." Great tip for those trying to get into the business. any business where there are plenty of others trying to do the same thing.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

The interview was great. What i liked the most, learning about her growing up in the Philippines, and what inspired her to write poetry. Best Wishes Fehl, Well done Cathy.

Cheers


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

You too, Prof A. :) Thank you for always reading. You’re so awesome and always amazing.

Hi, Princess! Yup, I’ve been to your latest poem. You had me mesmerized again. Mwah! It’s a great pleasure to be interviewed by you. You’re Cathy Nerujen and I’m a huge fan. And I’m so grateful for this ^,^ So proud of you, too. Hubpages has been great and I’m so grateful I met you here and Cassy, too. Thanks a million. Mwah Mwah! You guys are stars and I love you so much. :)

Hi, Nikki! Thank you. Coco Chanel’s quote is one of my faves. You’ve got to be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for? You girl rocks! I love your photos especially your poems.

Hi, Ruby! Glad you liked the interview. I enjoyed it so much. Cathy’s the best. The Philippines is so special to me. Such a beautiful place. People like you inspire me to write more. Thank you. Cheers!


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lionel1 5 years ago

Wow I hardly know what to say, you have given us the big one and all I can say right now is thank you very much blaise25.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

This is just fantastic, the best ever hub by Fehl Dungo! Fehl, you are so darned talented, and it's high time people saw the amazing Blaise for who she - for who you are! Your passion for writing shines through all your hubs - and this interview proves it. And I am so happy you get to be interviewed FINALLY!!!!! You are Awesome, Fehl! Holy crap! Now I want an interview! LOL!

I learned some new things here today. This is excellent. The Coco quote is cool, just like Nikki said. Fehl you are 100% original. ^_^


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

Hi Lion! I'm always happy to see you in my pages. You've got some hugs for that :) Your hubs are awesome and so informative. I wonder if you've written poetry and stuff? Please do tell. Because I really wanna read.. :)

Hi Peach Muffin! This hub is Cathy's, yours and mine. :) Without you 2, this wont be possible. ^,^ So thanks and mwah mwah! You're awesome! I wanna interview you. Let's do it. :) Meet me after tennis? LOL

Coco is awesome! I love her stuffs LOL And her quote is vogue too. You're 100% and more original, too ^,^


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Heh! After tennis! How did you know - did Cathy tell you? LOL! I was playing tennis yesterday. I just love tennis. Can you play tennis? I'm silly for asking this before! Well I prefer to give Cathy credit for the idea, though I obviously helped with things too. But Fehl, it is your answers that make the interview what it is. ^,^ Mwah right back! LOL!

Yes, Coco is legend, I could never top her, no one can. But you are right to follow her because she is an example to us all. She became the exception to the rule, then she just became the rule, I guess.

Hey, I love the idea of you doing the interview with me, Fehl! Wow, can we do that? *Peach Muffin Hugs ya*


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

Blah..you told me in FB. Oh this is weird. Yup, kinda. I love the outfit LOL Yup, she's so awesome for doing this. (Oh you're using her HP profile..LOL) Did you even sleep Peach muff? MWah!

Indeedy. :)

Yup, I was serious. I wanna interview you Tennis Muff :) XOXO


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Hahaha! Sorry! We were both using the laptop at the same time, like a tag team! LOL! You figured correct! Er...tell me about the "outfit", it sounds interesting! Was that Cheeky me? LOL!

Me sleep, usually yes, though I am an earl riser...when I am not being woken up by certain person's going tappity-tap on the keyboard! LOL!

Hey, the interview sounds rad! I want to sign up! :) "Tennis Muff"...Haahaa! I am smiling reading this! Fehl you are hilarious! I love your nicknames you give me! Say hy to Stacey for me! ^,^ XOOXOO!


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

It's OK. I know you're using the same laptop. Lucky laptop. ^,^ Well let's just say I love tennis coz of the outfit LOL We're so cheeky today! :p

Hahaha Again, lucky laptop..er keyboard! LOL

Yup, let's do it. I'll send you the Qs just like our Cathy did..Or better yet, let's just chat sometime after tennis LOL Stacey says hi back at ya! I love mornings... ^,^ She taste like Caramel Machiato...(licks my upper lip) So yummy!

XOXO


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hehehe. Tennis Muff. That is funny. :) Yes, she uses my login. I must change my password. I might get hacked or something. LOL. Tennis is so tiring. Too much running around after the little green ball.

Oooh, a hub interview for Cheeky Woman. Yaaay. ^_^


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

I never run out of nicknames it seems LOL Oh yeah you must, baby. Don't use Curly or Tennis muff as passwords ok? LOL If you're the green ball, I wont get tired running around chasing you :) (blah. the heart thing wont appear in Hubpages hmp! arrrhhh! ) LOL

Oh yeah, I'm a huge fan of the Cheeky Girl so would be a great pleasure to interview her. Still thinking what to ask her. I want it all to be unique ;)


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I will take not of that, Fehl. Heh, chasing the green ball, if its me then okay, if its tennis it gets damn tiring on the legs..... gaaaaah... Yes, the heart thing doesn't work...Grrr. LOL.

Please do this interview with her. She will be so happy too. Mwaaaah. Love you Fehl. ^_^


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

Well sometimes I need tiring legs exercise.. ;p Mwah! I heart you.

I will. I'm excited. :)


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Awesome interview, it is 12:29 pm Saturday here and honestly when I came on hubpages about an hour ago, I thought it would be slow because weekends usually are, I am so glad I decided to stick around. :)


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

It’s 3:50 pm here and I’m on Hubpages, Facebook and downloading something lol Yup, it kills time ehehe


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Tennis is good for you, ladies! It will tire you, and that's how you know it's good for ya! I love this hub, it's just awesome! :D


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

Yup yup, it's so good Tennisbaby :) I have made some questions for your interview..will be adding more ;) XO


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I soooooo love Hub Pages. :)


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

Uhm why do you love HP sooo much, baby? :p


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epigramman 5 years ago

...gotta love the Cassie and Cathy show ....and yes now I am loving the Blaise 25 show too as I've had the privilege and honor to find out a little more about you - love your writing , of course, but sometimes it's nice to know about the person behind the pen ,so to speak, would you like to interview me?

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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

It will be a frikin great honor to interview the legendary Epigramman :) I would love to! Yay! I am serious. I made an interview with Cassy recently. Perhaps you'd like to read it to have a bit of idea how crazy my questions would be LOL


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anjperez 5 years ago

glad to know more about you. (,")


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you... Author

thank you AnJ :)


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Such an awesome interview! No wonder Cathy loves you!


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hi Augustine, thank you for the nice comments. Yes,we did this interview a while ago and it was fun to chat about the things that make Fehl (Blaise) tick. She is a fun person and very smart. You learn a lot from her. Plus... yes, I love her so much! Heh. I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. :)


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you... Author

Thank you so much Augustine. :)

And thank you Cathy for doing this to me. Mwaaaaahhh I am so blessed to have you :)


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hi Fehl, wow, I would do anything for you, baby. Mwaaaaaaaaahh. You are so special. XOXOXOXO :)


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you... Author

I would do anything for you too :) Mwaaaaaaahhhh :)


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Mmmhhhh.... :)


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

So cool, Loved every bit of it! Awesome, pure awesome!


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you... Author

You are awesome for reading my hubs today and commenting. Thanks so much. Can't thank you enough :)


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michememe 4 years ago

This was a great interview. I enjoy knowing how others write their poems. Well, where their minds or emotions are shall I say. I am the same type of poet, I write more from my emotions. I enjoyed reading this hub.


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hi Michelle, yes Fehl is a terrific writer, and her poems and writing are great. She writes under 2 hub names and she is in the top ten of read hubbers now.

Her poems are very special and original. She writes from the heart. And her poetry book has romantic poems in it.

Writing from your emotions is a good thing. No matter what the emotions are, it is always more real.


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michememe 4 years ago

Ok. Congrats to her for being in the top 10. I agree poems written from emotions are more real.


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Some of her hubs went viral. She is super smart and talented. And yes, poems are magical when written from the heart. Writing with passion is a good thing.


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you... Author

Hello Michelle. Thank you for reading this and for following me. Wow you write from emotions too. That makes me wanna read your hubs now. I invite you to read the best poems here in the hubs, start from the people who commented here :) You’ll like Astra, Colin, Nikki, Cheeky, Max, Mentalist Acer, Always Exploring, AA Zavala, Randy, Dark Heart, Kimberly, Invictus…oh wow there are lots. Plus now you. :) Also if you wanna read mine, that would make me happy too lol

Hi, Astra! I love you, baby. ----/----(@


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michememe 4 years ago

Blaise25, I am all over it. I am going to relax and hub it out today reading. Yes, I am an emotional writer, especially when it comes to poetry.


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I just totally love Hub Pages. :)

Fehl, you are amazing always. But you know where my heart is with you. Mwaaaaaaaaaah :)

I love you too, Fehl. -----/---(@


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you... Author

can't stop thinking about that scarf...and the way the tips of it so close and almost touching those muffins...

^_^


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michememe 4 years ago

I love the hub too.


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

LOL. Omg that scarf, that is so funny. :P


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bumblehub 4 years ago from Philippines

awesome, great interview!


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you... Author

Thank you Bumble :)

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