September 20, 2015

A Part Apart

Getting tipsy at a wine fair, Christmases, graduation, family trips, and the long-distance runs we joined last year For the past weeks, since she’d finalised paperwork and itinerary, my sister has been out with friends having mini-despedidas for her #CountdownToSydney. The latter half of this week was spent at home, packing and arranging last minute details for her trip. During this time, I was priming myself for her departure, reminding myself that she’ll be back sooner than I think. One year might seem irrelevant to some, but this is the longest I’ll be apart from my “twin.” While it may sound like a […]
September 16, 2015

Reading Dangerously

That morning light and tree-cast shadows It was a combination of I-Couldn’t-Put-It-Down and The-Traffic-Is-Stressing-Me-Out that made me whip out the book I’d been reading. I had reached the plot twist, and it was making me antsy. At the climax of most books, I have this bad habit of glancing ahead, wanting to find a word or phrase to lessen the weight of not knowing what’s about to happen… and then I feel guilty the moment I glean exactly that, regretting I did not wait for the proper build up. I finished it this afternoon. I really liked this book, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour […]
September 14, 2015

Family Friends

Is the concept of a “family friend” one of those Filipino-isms? I don’t think I’ve ever heard any other nationality use this exact phrase as we do, oftentimes as modifiers instead of nouns. Others say, “she’s a friend of the family,” but we say, “she’s a family friend.” There is also a connotation that the relationship is much deeper than others: a family friend is someone you roll deep with, possibly spent endless summers with when you were younger; and no matter how far life has stretched your band of friendship, across years and miles, you just snap back together […]
September 13, 2015

Grandparents Day

My sister requested to have dimsum for brunch, at this cart-serviced Chinese joint we frequent only on Sunday mornings, because it’s her last weekend in the country for a while. After a giant bowl of congee, and several plates of our usuals doused in chili oil, we headed to the shopping centre to run some errands. While waiting for her number to be called at a certain telecom’s customer service, she wanted to grab some Rita’s from a couple of shops down. We both quickly chose Gelatis, then noticed a promo: free kiddie cups when accompanied by grandparents. I grabbed my dad […]
September 10, 2015

Bars and Bell Peppers

Manila Throwdown started today, as they posted the first team WOD (Workout of the Day) at 12:00 am this morning. I was a reluctant participant, and I’m still not that hot about competing, but I can see what they mean about this being a great opportunity to learn things about myself. Admittedly, it really was fun trying to achieve something with buddies. My team, Children of the Morn, finally got together today for the first time to record our video.  Shoulder to Overhead I managed a 105# squat clean, but failed at 110# In the afternoon, I did another food styling gig with […]
September 9, 2015

On Top

Something miraculous happened today: the UP men’s basketball team won the first two consecutive games of the season, which hasn’t happened since 2005; and they beat DLSU for the first time in six years. #UAAPSeason78 Updated Men’s Srs. Basketball Team Standings pic.twitter.com/WlgqWVx8RB — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 9, 2015 This win can’t just be luck, it’s most definitely a combination of better coaching, individually talented individuals, teamwork, and rigorous training. It’s been years, but that just goes to show that excellence isn’t immediate: it’s earned through hard work, one day at a time. I hope they keep up this trend; […]
September 8, 2015

#BilangPilipino

We can still keep hoping, and working together, for a better Philippines. Praying for a wiser electorate this 2016, and a leader who will have the country’s best interests as his/her top priority, and not selfish ambitions. United for the flag Beautiful capture by @BilangPilipino on TwitterPosted by The Ryan Cayabyab Singers on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 I felt privileged to have been part of the launch of #BilangPilipino this morning, TV5’s media campaign that encourages awareness through high-tech and accurate coverage for better discernment. It’s been a while, but I got choked up singing our arrangement of Bayan Ko and […]