Enero 9, 2008
I never got around to posting any holiday entry last month, so I’m doing it now. Better late than never `di ba? 😀
The Holiday Season, straight from my cellphone’s
A: Christmas tree
at the reception area of our office-the very first Christmas picture I took last year (around November).
B: By the elevators at the lobby of our office building. Took this picture while waiting for my other officemates to come down.
A kiosk that sells Christmas lanterns from Pampanga
The other side of the kiosk.
E: Hanging Christmas wreaths at a mall, which I pass by everyday on weekdays. View from the ground floor.
F: “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” Electronic-operated decors that give snow effect on (artificial) Christmas trees.
G: View from the top. See the giant golden snowflakes?
H: 2007’s giant Christmas tree in Cubao (Araneta Center). That’s how it looks at daytime.
I: Well-lit giant Christmas tree at night. Took the picture while stuck in traffic.
J: GMA Network’s Christmas tree. Again, a shot taken from the window of a vehicle. The diver had to stop in Kamuning–at the MMDA office (figure out why he, the driver, had to do that. Hehehe)
K: My nephew, hugging a Php2, 500-worth giant balloon Santa.
L: Christmas wreath on our door. Thanks to the sales clerk who helped us put it together!
M: Our humble tree, which perfectly fit the corner of our little house.
N: New Year’s Eve; fireworks starting to light up the streets in our neighborhood.
O: Another New Year’s Eve snap.
P: New Year won’t be complete without fireworks ablaze in the sky.
I hope you had a joyful Christmas and may this year be good to us all. Cheers!
Setyembre 11, 2007
I went to National Book Store last night, with the intention of buying one of Neil Gaiman’s books. I was on my way to the cashier to pay for the book when I spotted something on the table of marked down items.
Look what I found:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “No One Writes to the Colonel,” and for the price of less than 200 pesos! Great, isn’t it? 😉
Hunyo 7, 2007
If you want to spend some quiet moments, refresh your mind, feel close to nature and God, Caleruega is the perfect place to go; located in Brgy. Kaylayaw, Batulao, Nasugbu Batangas. As described in the flyer given to visitors at the gate, Caleruga is a house (place) of prayer and renewal. It is equipped with facilities for activities like retreats, recollections, prayer and renewal workshops, and other religious and environmental-related assemblies. But you can also go for a day’s visit. Like what I did last weekend. For 30 pesos entrance fee, you can enjoy the breathtaking views, clear your mind and find peace.
Mayo 7, 2007
It’s sad that the Saturdays of sharing ideas, discussions and being critiques each other’s works have ended last April 28. I joined the Mainstream Fiction Writing Workshop conducted by JL Caiña of the chips. The workshop was held for three Saturdays in a seminar tent in Quezon City. Although we usually started the lessons late than the what’s in the schedule, everything was worth it! I learned a lot from the lectures and writing exercises (hmm, I think I owe JL one activity pa. Haven’t submitted it yet). Hopefully I’d be able to finish the stories I’ve been working on for several months already.
Aside from the learning experience, I also gained new friends. I won’t ever forget Ate Pinky who gave me free rides to QC city hall after each workshop because I’m afraid to cross the street from the seminar tent. Thanks, Ate Pinky! You can always buzz me if you want more pocketbooks. 😉 And Zoe, the lady who looks like Michiko Yamamoto (according to JL and I have to agree!) screenwriter of the movies Magnifico and Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. She hates to be interrupted when she’s talking. Then, there’s Kim who would like to create her own animé masterpiece. And she loves Neil Gaiman. ArJ was the only guy in the workshop. I wasn’t able to talk to him very much, though. But I will never forget the look on his face when we he was forced to bring get the Tagalog romance pocketbook because JL asked us to read one and analyze it.
It’s just been a week since our last day and I’m missing their company already. I miss the exchange of ideas, their suggestions on how to develop my story, the tuksuhan, the laughter… everything. I’ll definitely see you guys again one of these days. 🙂
Mayo 19, 2006
After much controversy, the screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-seller, The Da Vinci Code is in theaters now. The film opens with the bizarre murder of Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere, who, in his dying moments managed to leave behind a number of clues and messages hidden in the artworks of Leonardo Da Vinci. The French police invites Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to decipher the code they found near the dead body. Langdon concedes not knowing that he has already been considered a prime suspect. With the help of Sauniere’s granddaughter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou, Amelie and A Very Long Engagement), Langdon is able to escape the police only to be trapped in a more intricate labyrinth. Soon they find themselves on the run from policeman Bezu Fache (Jean Reno), the albino monk Silas (Paul Bettany), and Archbishop Aringarosa (Alfred Molina). Robert and Sophie proceed to Robert’s colleague Sir Leigh Teabing to ask for his help to unravel a secret that–according to Sir Leigh–had been kept from humanity for centuries.
Mayo 5, 2006
I had the chance to finally watch the much-talked stage adaptation of Carlo Vergara’s Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah—the story of an ordinary parlorista, Ada (christened Adrian, played by Tuxqs Rutaquio) who came to possess extraordinary abilities when he swallowed a weird-looking—size and texture—stone and eventually becomes the hero(ine), as Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, of his barrio defeating a giant frog, zombies and men-hating planet women. Indeed it is a story of bravery, not from possessing immeasurable strength, but having the courage to accept ones self as a whole person—capable of loving and being loved—and daring to take a step and make a change.