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
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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 […]
October 22, 2010
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Anatomy of the Room: Windows

October 18, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

CURRENT READS: Llosa and Munro

Currently reading Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller. Halfway through Munro’s The Progress of Love, which I started first before Sacks’s The Island of Colorblind.  Why did I temporarily stop reading it? Because Munro penetrated the border one created: the wall between what is labeled as personal and what is knowledge. […]
October 15, 2010

Adrienne Rich: Cartographies of Silence

1. A conversation begins with a lie. and each speaker of the so-called common language feels the ice-floe split, the drift apart as if powerless, as if up against a force of nature A poem can begin with a lie. And be torn up. A conversation has other laws recharges […]
October 15, 2010
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Oliver Sacks: The Island of the Colorblind

But the Eden of lost childhood, childhood imagined, became transformed by some legerdemain of the unconscious to an Eden of the remote past, a magical “once,” rendered wholly benign by the omission, the editing out, of all change, all movement. For there was a peculiar static, pictorial quality in these […]
October 9, 2010
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Mario Vargas Llosa and Notes on Latin American Literature

  “The lies in novels are not gratuitous — they fill in the insufficiencies of life. Thus, when life seems full and absolute, and men, out of an all-consuming faith, are resigned to their destinies, novels perform no service at all. Religious cultures produce poetry and theater, not novels. Fiction […]
October 8, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Remembering | John Lennon

    Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.—The Beatles, “Across the Universe” His words cross our universe.