November 14, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Tarsem Singh: The Fall

It’s a style that will never be in . . .  but it will never date. —Tarsem Singh, New York Times’ “Special Effects from the Real World” This is a celebration of images. According to Tarsem Singh “my production value is going to be the earth; I’m going to use […]
November 13, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Naming Home

There is a  place, beings one wants to call home.    
November 13, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Ode to the Key Holder

November 12, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

A Gift Straight from Japan

November 9, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Simeon Dumdum Jr.: Barrio Road

Here the river has the right of way. The jeep crosses the water and glides into noon. Somnolent, we see shadows of coco trees But forget where they are. Then a jolt, as the jeep, its engine purring, stops to let two startled pigeons flush across and miss the fender, […]
November 5, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

An Act of Returning

Ex-stasis: where one does not belong to any place, where anything can lead to something, where something can lead to nothing, where the self is not located nearby, where the self is left somewhere else. Notes on Baguio Houses constructed on mountains’ shoulders looked like painted boxes arranged drastically like […]
November 4, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Unexpected Gift: Notebook

She usually gives salty bread—the type you can find in Leona’s (Sosyal siya ;)). Not a bread person, but I can tolerate something salty. She suddenly popped in my workstation with a notebook in her hand. I was thinking she wanted my autograph. Ha-ha! “Do you like this?” she asked. […]
October 31, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Boracay: Traveling with Llosa

Life gets difficult when a person goes to live somewhere else. . . Luckily we know how to walk. Luckily we’ve been walking for such a long time. Luckily we’re always moving from one place to another. What would have become of us if we were the sort of people […]
October 30, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Quotable Motion: Up in the Air

How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. . . you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger […]
October 26, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Bonbon River: Notes to Self

October 23, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Nostalgia Is Dead

 
October 23, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Boracay: A Mountain for a Sand

Winning a trip for two to Boracay is perhaps an elation for others. Well, I am elated—economically speaking. The ticket cost more than P12K, plus a two-night stay in a first-class hotel in Station 1. I inattentively entered the travelogue contest hosted by 88DB, a sister company of JobsDB. They […]