Old Neighborhood

Hulyo 29, 2007

I like listening to Vonda Shepard’s song Neighborhood. I was playing it last night while scanning the shelves for a book to read when I spotted one of my scrapbooks, decided to get it, brought it down and sat on my bed. I started flipping through the pages. Most of the photos made me smile, not because of how funny we all looked then, but because of the memories they hold. As I flip through the pages, I was humming Vonda’s song in my mind, too:

Here’s a photo I’ve been looking for/It’s a picture of the boy next door/And I loved him more than words can say/Never knew it ’til he moved away

In my case, it’s not the boy next door (I don’t remember having a crush on one of the boys there–hahaha!) but the kids in the neighborhood–my playmates, my first buddies, my best friends and ates. It seemed so long ago already. Thinking about them now made me realize how much they had influenced my youth, the choices I made in my life as a teenager and even now as an adult. I didn’t know how important and how much they meant to me then until we started drifting apart; going away one by one. It happened unnoticed; maybe because we were all busy creating another world in school, making new sets of friends and discovering new things.

Faded pictures in my scrapbook/Just thought I’d take one more look/And recall when we were all in the neighborhood

Recalling my childhood and the neighborhood brought back a rather unique tale I have heard from one of my playmates. She was new in the neighborhood then. She just moved in with her relatives at that time. Being the oldest among us, we believed everything she said–even her out-of-this-world tales. She was queer, actually, and quite a novelty. At ten, she was short for her age and had noticeable strands of white hair. She talks very fast. One time she told us that she used to eat small pieces of rocks when she was still living with her adaptive parents (at my age then, the place she mentioned seemed so distant and I can only imagine it in my head. I discovered in high school that it was a little more than a couple of hours’ bus ride from our place). And according to her, soil tastes like chocolate! Naturally, we were all amazed at her! But thinking about it now… maybe she had gallstone problems then because I remember hearing from someone that the new girl had been sick the previous year. As a child, maybe that was her way of coping with her situation. Or that was how she understood her illness. You can’t even chew a stone, how much more swallow bits of them?

Here’s a photo of the neighborhood/Here’s the corner where we stood/Here’s a snapshot of Dad’s old car/Never got us very far

Oh, I remember my dad’s old bicycle and its usual spot against the wall outside of the house. He used to take me to school every morning in it. He had to stop using it now, though, mom wouldn’t let him anymore. He never thought of buying a car, as he didn’t see a need for it. His office was just a few minutes from home. He can even walk if he wanted to. Besides, we live in the province, owning a car is not really a necessity.

Faded pictures in my scrapbook, just thought I’d take one more look/And recall when we were all in the neighborhood/And all those friends, where did they go/I don’t know/All those friends we used to know… in the neighborhood…

I miss the old neighborhood. It had changed a lot now. And most of my playmates had moved away; some are married and have kids. I miss our senseless chatters, the robust laughter and our parents calling for us at the top of their voice when it’s almost six o’clock in the afternoon and we’re not home yet. I miss catching dragonflies and beetles in the nearby field that’s not there anymore now. I wish someday, we’ll all see each other again. Who knows, catching bugs could still be possible. 🙂

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hulyo 26, 2007

hp5.jpgDirector: David Yates
Screenplay: Michael Goldenberg
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Olman, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton
Based on the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Wesley (Rupert Grint), and Hermoine Granger (Emma Watson) return to Hogwarts for their fifth year only to find out that their beloved school is at risk. Using the wizarding newspaper, The Daily Prophet, the Ministry of Magic is trying to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry of their claim that Lord Voldemort is rising again to power. The Ministry also interferes in Hogwarts and sends Ministry official Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) to take the post of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Realizing this, Harry, Ron and Hermoine form a secret group-Dumbledore’s Army-where they can learn proper defensive magic. The threat of Voldemort’s return intensifies as Umbridge continue to meddle in Hogwarts.

Read more…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: All is Well

Hulyo 25, 2007

This is spoiler-free. 🙂

hp7.jpg I was one of those who avidly read all the Harry Potter books. I stumbled upon Harry Potter at a time when it hasn’t created a world craze yet. I love prowling the children’s book section in bookstores, looking for something that might interest me–even stories meant for toddlers. And there it was, the first book. So I bought it. From then on, I got hooked; stuck with it until the last. And after the long wait, finally came, the seventh book.

Read more…

May Lihim ang Gabi

Hulyo 24, 2007

Psst! Alam mo bang ang gabi’y may lihim?
Sa katahimikan ng paligid, dalawang anino ang pumuslit
Nag-uunahan ang mga hakbang, tila may tinatakasan.
Kumukubli, pasilip-silip–
Tila nangangambang sila’y madakip.

Psst! Kilala mo ba ang mga pumuslit?
Sila’y patungo sa dalampasigan
Kung saan ang magsing-irog, nagpapahayag ng pagsinta
Sa ilalim ng sinag ng buwan at piping kindat ng mga tala,
Sa banayad na alon at mabining haplos ng hangin.

Psst! Nakikita mo na ba sila?
Magkayakap, mahigpit
May pananabik sa kanilang tinig
May kislap ng luha sa mga mata
Bagaman puso’y umaapaw sa ligaya.

Psst! Kilala mo ba sila?
 –magsusumbong ka ba?
May lihim ang gabi.

This is me…

Hulyo 19, 2007

Yeah, well, that’s according to a numerology site that also inteprets the meaning of your name (what your name means). I was actually influenced by badoodles’ post “Your Name Determines Your Destiny.” 🙂 So here’s what the website says about my name and my personality. I have highlighted the characteristics that I’m a million percent sure speak of me. 😀


There are 11 letters in your name.
Those 11 letters total to 32
There are 5 vowels and 6 consonants in your name.

Your number is: 5

The characteristics of #5 are: Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.

The expression or destiny for #5:
The number 5 Expression endows with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. You can do so many things well. The tone of the number 5 is constructive freedom, and in your drive to attain this freedom, you will likely be the master of adaptability and change. You are good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what you want. Naturally, this gives you an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes to working with people in most jobs. Your popularity may lead you toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever you do, you are clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker.

If there is too much of the 5 energy in your makeup, you may express some the negative attitudes of the number. Your restless and impatient attitude may keep you from staying with any project for too long. Sometimes you can be rather erratic and scatter yourself and your energies. You have a hard time keeping regular office hours and maintaining any sort of a routine. You tend to react strongly if you sense that your freedom of speech or action is being impaired or restricted in any way. As clever as you are, you may have a tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again because much of your response is glib reaction rather that thoughtful application. You are in a continuous state of flux brought by constantly changing interests.

Your Soul Urge number is: 4

A Soul Urge number of 4 means:
With the Soul Urge or Motivation number of 4 you are likely to strive for a stable life. You tend to follow a rather orderly pattern and systematic approach in your endeavors. You have an inner desire to serve others in a methodical and diligent manner. You want to be in solid, conventional, and well-regulated activities, and you are somewhat disturbed by innovation and erratic or sudden changes. Excellent at organizing, systematizing, and managing, you have a way of establishing order and maintaining it. You are responsible, reliable and in the final analysis, practical. Highly analytical, you can see your way through all sorts of situations and generally have a clear understanding of the issues. You are a very honest, sincere, and conscientious individual.

The negative side of the 4 is rigid, stubborn and somewhat narrow-minded. There is a tendency to hide feelings, or to really not be aware of real feelings. Avoid being too rigid and stubborn in your thinking, and try to always see the big picture rather than becoming to involved with the detail. Don’t be afraid to take a chance once in awhile.

Your Inner Dream number is: 1

An Inner Dream number of 1 means:
You dream of being a leader and one who is in charge. You want to be known for your courage, daring, and original ideas. You seek unconquered heights. People may get a first impression that you are very aggressive and sure of yourself.

Sa Pila ng FX

Hulyo 16, 2007

Sa pila ng FX, sa bandang Cubao
May aleng mahilig magpahintay
Kung umasta’y tila mataas na opisyal
Nagagalit kung siya’y nasasaway.

Ilang beses ko na rin siyang nakasabay
At muntik pa ngang kami’y mag-away
Akalain mong ako’y utusan
Na ang lugar niya raw ay huwag papilahan.

Ako’y naguluhan sa kanyang asta,
Puwede bang magreserba ng lugar sa pila?
Hindi ba’t kapag ito’y iyong iniwang basta
Nangangahulugang ito’y iyo nang ipinauubaya?

Karamihan sa mga pumipila’y ganito
Tila ang pagtitiyaga’y wala sa bokabularyo.
Aba’y mag-isip at maawa naman kayo
Sa ibang naroon at nagsasakripisyo!

©Salve Canale Posted: March 6, 2007 www.emanilapoetry.com

Humor for the conscience

Hulyo 13, 2007

I received an e-mail from my aunt in Australia, supposed to be the hilarious side of religion. Oh, yeah, I definitely got the humor in those pictures, made me laugh really hard. But looking at them closely, they hit something in me. Let me share a couple of them here:
church-sign.jpg   church-sign4.jpg

Don’t you agree with these signs? Personally, I am ashamed of myself. I haven’t opened the bible for a long time and still I dare call myself a believer. I try to find answers to questions bugging me; look them up in the Net or consult other references. But some questions, only God can answer.

 I should thank my aunt. Her e-mail made me laugh, but it humored my conscience more.

I’ll end this entry with another picture. Bato, bato sa langit ang tamaan huwag magagalit! 🙂 peace po! 🙂