November 17, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Jonathan Safran Foer: On Distance and Silence

Tragedy primes one for humor. And humor primes one for tragedy. They amplify each other. As a writer, I am trying to express those things that are most scary to me, because I am alone with them. Why do I write? It’s not that I want people to think I […]
November 16, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Jacques Prévert: The Cat and the Bird

A grieving village hears The song of the wounded bird It is the only bird of the village And it is the only cat of the village Who has half-eaten the bird And the bird stops singing And the cat stops purring And licking his paw And the village gives […]
November 16, 2010

SEPARATENESS

separated by distance separated by silence
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 […]