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November 2010

Alliance (Sonata) by Pablo Neruda

Photography, Poetry By November 30, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments
Sunset in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK 2010

Sunset over Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK

From dust-laden glances, fallen to earth

or noiseless leaves, self-buried.

From tarnished metals, with the void incarnate,

with the absence of day, dead of a stroke.

In hand-heights, the dazzle of butterflies,

butterflies setting sail in their unbound light.

You were guardian to the light’s stelae, fragmented beings

the late and tardy sun flung at the churches.

Glance-tinted, with the aim of the bees,

your embodiment of unlooked-for flame in flight

preceded and follows day, his golden kin.

Days cruise in secret and lie in ambush

but fall into the trap: your voice of light.

Oh lady of the house of love – in your repose

I ground my dreams, my hushed expectancy.

With your body shyly numbered, extended suddenly

out to the quantities which have defined the earth,

beyond the broils of the white days in space,

cold with the slow deaths and withering incentives,

I feel your lap burning and your kisses passing

like early summer swallows in my dreams.

Times are when what your tears may wish to be

like age reaches my forehead-

there waves are battering, tripping themselves to death:

their motion humid, fallen, final.

(Translated by N.T.)

Sunset in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK 2010
The River Silver, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK


Poetry by Pablo Neruda

A Study Guide to Pablo Neruda’s Poems


What You Missed at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests By November 29, 2010 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Took me long enough to post about my experience at the Global Pinoy Bazaar this year, but may I just say that it was, “Awesome!” Being one of the exhibitors this year made the experience tiring but I totally enjoyed my two days at the bazaar. I spent a lot of money! About P8,000, actually. And I could have bought more, except that, that was just too much shopping for two days. I spent more than I actually gained, and to tell the truth, I did not gain anything, except all the goods I shopped and an empty wallet. *straight face goes here*

I tried to take as many photos as I could, tried to take photos of all the shops, especially the ones that I liked, but there were just so many booths and there were a lot of people at times that that made that hard. Still, I came home with a good number of photos.

Our Kikayism booth was tiny, it couldn’t hold everything we had, but it was the only space we could afford!

Kikayism (Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010)

We were selling Pinangga clothing and bags, Supladita clothing and espadrilles, Merkins bikinis, Letterbox t-shirts and Palamuti accessories.

Kikayism (Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010)

And these were our neighbors, handicrafts:


Photo Memories: El Nido 2005-2006

Palawan By November 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I went to… wait for it, my Friendster account, and saw a lot of photos there that had me going through my old folders and files, looking at photos. I love looking at my photos from the year that I spent living in El Nido. It was the happiest times in my life, I suppose. Life was simple. We went to work everyday, went out island hopping, taraw-climbing, trekking to waterfalls, visiting inner baranggays on weekends. Work was light, so we had time to go out at night to hang out at Balay Tubay Bistro and have long talks over coffee at restaurants by the beach, read books and watch movies we had not time to read and watch. We ate six times a day! I was, I suppose, at my best there. Weight-wise at least. 😉

On our way to diving and snorkeling at Twin Rocks


Photo Memories: Us, Siblings

Family By November 25, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

Taken during my sister Girlie’s weddding, April 2007

To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
~Clara Ortega


Jma’s Post-Birthday Celebration at Merci Bar & Restaurant

Merci Bar, Personal By November 23, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Since our friend Jma is now based in Singapore, her birthday celebration was delayed for until she could come over for a vacation. It was initially planned as a fab party with the “Any Gorgeous You” theme but Jma had been busy and planning got a little bit lost. In the end, we all ended up in a private function room inside Merci Bar and Restaurant. Who would’ve known there was such a room inside Merci? I have been to Merci twice before, first at a Flush and the Toilets gig and second was just the night before at the Coffeebreak Island second album launch; but I have never really noticed the existence of a function room behind the cash register.

KTV Function Room in Merci Bar and Restaurant

It is a big room with a huge flat tv and booming speakers for the videoke-loving people that we are. It was a really fun night,


Subic Weekend with the Sisterettes and Kiddies

Family, Subic By November 22, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

My sister and my niece celebrate their birthdays one day after the other during the month of November so we thought we’d go somewhere and spend some time together. My eldest sister’s family car picked us up – just Lia and I, at our house Saturday morning, for the short drive to Subic. We met up with my other sister and her family in Pure Gold Duty Free to buy some food, drinks and whatever we might need before finally driving to the resort – The Cliff Royale.

Cousins, Trellia, Sean and Marielle


Photo Memories: Lia at 4 Months

Family By November 21, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

Facebook’s Photo Memories feature always has a way of getting me. It had me looking at my daughter’s photo at 4 months, taken at her cousin’s 4th birthday August last year. A photo I found in one of my sister’s albums and a photo I have been staring at the past two days, just marveling at how huge she was and totally enamored of this pretty smile she has on. I will always be grateful to my daughter for making me happy, for being the only thing that keeps me, for being all that I ever hoped for in a daughter – and more.

Lia with her Auntie Pretty at 4 months old


BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?

Musings By November 20, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

I saw this on my Facebook News Feed yesterday and got curious. I went through the list and bolded the ones I have read just to see how I fare. Not bad I suppose; but now I have got a worthy reading list.

Please copy and paste your bolded books read, italicized books not completed, and then sum up with a head count, so to speak.

The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy


In memory of Dr. Daniel Lagunzad and Leonard Co

Musings By November 19, 2010 No Comments

I know I’m supposed to only post happy things here (aside from a few old writings here and there from old blogs when I’m too lazy to post anything new) but let me take a moment for this… I was in tears this morning and I am in tears as I write this. I could and can not help it. These people were an important part of my life. They were my inspiration. They were my pillars of support. I have loved them as biologists and mentors. And today my heart weeps.


I like You Calm, As if You Were Absent

Photography, Poetry By November 18, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

Still Water by Raffy Parcon

I Like You Calm, As if You Were Absent

I like you calm, as if you were absent,
and you hear me far-off, and my voice does not touch you.
It seems that your eyelids have taken to flying:
it seems that a kiss has sealed up your mouth.
Since all these things are filled with my spirit,
you come from things, filled with my spirit.
You appear as my soul, as the butterfly’s dreaming,
and you appear as Sadness’s word.
I like you calm, as if you were distant,
you are a moaning, a butterfly’s cooing.
You hear me far-off, my voice does not reach you.
Let me be calmed, then, calmed by your silence.
Let me commune, then, commune with your silence,
clear as a light, and pure as a ring.
You are like night, calmed, constellated.
Your silence is star-like, as distant, as true.
I like you calm, as if you were absent:
distant and saddened, as if you were dead.
One word at that moment, a smile, is sufficient.
And I thrill, then, I thrill: that it cannot be so.

PABLO NERUDA, written in 1950

This little bit of inspiration I got off Raffy Parcon’s Facebook account. Thanks Raffy. Cheers to photography and poetry.


My First Travel Photos – Hong Kong 2003

Hong Kong By November 17, 2010 No Comments

We didn’t even have our own camera. We just borrowed my brother’s girlfriend’s point-and-shoot and my sister and I took turns with it. I remember going out one morning to the nearby park to take photos, only to have the camera’s battery die out after thirty minutes of walk from the flat and four lousy shots.

Anyway, here are, I suppose, my very first travel photos. These were taken by a Casio exilim.

At the Ocean Park


Going Back to HK After So Many Years

Hong Kong By November 16, 2010 No Comments

As of posting, my daughter and I are on our way to Hong Kong on a Cebu Pacific flight. There, we will meet up with H, who is flying straight from Texas – fresh from a Manny Pacquiao fight live, no, actually, fresh from a week-long last quarter meeting with his team. The Manny Pacquiao fight was just a bonus, since it incidentally fell on the same weekend they were in Arlington – where their office is located.

Actually, as of posting, H does not know we will be in Hong Kong. I just made this trip up on the spot. Nah, actually we talked about it but I was apprehensive about finalizing plans. It just dawned on me Sunday night that this might just be a good enough trip for the family to take. One, free hotel accommodations. Two, free round-trip flight for H. I only have to pay for my plane ticket and since Lia is still an infant, I only have to pay P400 for her round-trip. This was a good-enough time to go. One we might not take in a long time.

My last trip to Hong Kong was, surprisingly, seven years ago. It was a trip I made with my sister Jasmin and cousin Karroll. I had thought about coming back for a quick visit so many times in the past but I have never managed to make up my mind. This is a good enough time to come back.

With sister Jasmin and cousins at the Ocean Park


Isang Gabi Para Kay Perry (Calara) from Friends for Cancer Awareness

70s Bistro, Poetry By November 15, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

“Tugtog at Awit…Isang Gabi Para kay Perry (Calara) – from Friends for Cancer Awareness” is an event organized by Perry Calara’s friends. This will be held at Conspiracy Bar along Visayas Avenue, Manila. Click here for the map.

Tickets are available at P 300, 500, 1000.

If you are free and anywhere near the venue and if you have friends who want to share the night with us on December 3, 2010 – please come. The show will start at 7.30pm.



Lia and Mia in Makulay Lodge, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 14, 2010 No Comments

Lia and I went to hang out one hot afternoon in Makulay Lodge in Caalan Beach – a lodge and restaurant owned by the Mercado family. There, we met Americans, Mia and Carl, who were staying at the lodge. I had left Lia sleeping in one of the rooms downstairs while I went up to the house up the hill to have a look-see of the new cottage Rose and Del have just finished building.

When I came down, Lia was being entertained by Mia and Carl, who had found her awake when they got back from helping out with collecting Acanthaster (crown-of-thorns starfish). These are photos taken by Carl. I got them off Mia’s FB photos. The two of them are simply adorable! Thanks Mia and Carl!

Lia and Mia in Caalan, El Nido, Palawan

Lia and Mia in Caalan, El Nido, Palawan

Lia and Mia in Caalan, El Nido, Palawan