30 Nov 2010
in Hong Kong
Our flight bound for HK via Cebu Pacific was scheduled at 5:40 AM. We left the house for the NAIA Terminal 3 at 3:30 AM and made it just fine. Didn’t have to wait too long for boarding.
We stayed at the farthest end of the waiting area and had the space to ourselves.
30 Nov 2010
in Photography, Poetry Tags: Pablo Neruda, photography, poetry, sonata
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.)
- The River Silver, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK
Poetry by Pablo Neruda
A Study Guide to Pablo Neruda’s Poems
29 Nov 2010
in Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests Tags: Global Pinoy, Global Pinoy 2010, Global Pinoy Bazaar, Rockwell Tent, Yabang Pinoy
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!
We were selling Pinangga clothing and bags, Supladita clothing and espadrilles, Merkins bikinis, Letterbox t-shirts and Palamuti accessories.
And these were our neighbors, handicrafts: More
26 Nov 2010
in Palawan Tags: Bacuit Bay, Casa Rosa, diving, El Nido, Entalula Island, friends, Palawan, Potters Place School, Puerto Princesa, Taytay, travel
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
25 Nov 2010
in Family Tags: family, siblings, sisters
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.
23 Nov 2010
in Merci Bar, Personal Tags: birthday, birthday celebration, friends, Merci Bar, UP Rep, UP Repertory Company
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, More
22 Nov 2010
in Family, Subic Tags: family, kids, Lia, Marielle, Sean, sisters, Subic, weekend
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
21 Nov 2010
in Family Tags: family, Lia, photo memories
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
20 Nov 2010
in Musings Tags: books, hobbies, reading
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 More
19 Nov 2010
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. More