Browsing Date

November 2010

Alliance (Sonata) by Pablo Neruda

Photography, Poetry By November 30, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments
Sunset in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK 2010

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.)

Sunset in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK 2010
The River Silver, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK


Poetry by Pablo Neruda

A Study Guide to Pablo Neruda’s Poems


What You Missed at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests By November 29, 2010 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

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!

Kikayism (Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010)

We were selling Pinangga clothing and bags, Supladita clothing and espadrilles, Merkins bikinis, Letterbox t-shirts and Palamuti accessories.

Kikayism (Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010)

And these were our neighbors, handicrafts:


Photo Memories: El Nido 2005-2006

Palawan By November 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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


Photo Memories: Us, Siblings

Family By November 25, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

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.
~Clara Ortega


Jma’s Post-Birthday Celebration at Merci Bar & Restaurant

Merci Bar, Personal By November 23, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

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,


Subic Weekend with the Sisterettes and Kiddies

Family, Subic By November 22, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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


Photo Memories: Lia at 4 Months

Family By November 21, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

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


BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?

Musings By November 20, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

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