One of my most embarrassing gifts received ever

Today, one of my Korean friends invited me for a dinner out. I accepted his invitation and we met in a mall in Makati around 4 PM. We dined in Kimpura, a fine dining Japanese restaurant. While eating, he presented me with a gift. “What’s the occassion?”, I asked him with a frown on my face while attacking my tempura. “You’re welcome. Can’t I give a gift without a special reason?”, he answered with his Korean accent. I left it at that. Then curiosity kicked in and I opened the paperbag only to be surprised with what I saw. Seriously? Read More …

They are murderers!

For more than a month now, I have been considering having a hair perm and leave my almost seven-year relationship with straight hair. I have natural wavy hair which I felt a burden starting when I became self-conscious on my appearance. There is this connotation in my country that straight hair is always “in” and curly (especially telephone-cord curly) mane is much associated with indigenous groups. I have nothing against those original Filipinos, but I don’t want to be mistaken as a member, so since I was fifteen, I have sported sleek, salon-straight hair. With the tsunami effect of Korean Read More …

Are you blind too?

I was sophomore in high school when I started wearing eye glasses. I remember complaining to   Mom back in sixth grade that I couldn’t read the writings in the black board in front of classroom, but she somehow ignored that and only had me tested after a few years. I was fidgeting in my seat while the ophthalmologist asked me to read the letters in Snellen chart a few feet away from me. After that, he had me in autorefractometer/biomicroscope whatever and soon, my eye vision was determined: I had astigmatism and myopia. After that day, I started wearing prescription Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 30 (A motto or philosophy)

Before the month of October ends, I finished reading my first Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist. I remember I was in high school when his novels started gaining attention, but I didn’t find myself included in the hype. I tried leafing through the first pages of one of his books, which I have forgotten the title, and found it uninteresting. So I put it down and changed to another. However, last week I was looking for a new book to read. This sounds funny at first since I have a long list in my TBR pile. Too many books to Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 28 (A scar you have and its story)

I know I am far from beautiful and my face, if not ordinary, is below average. People always notice my too big eyes enhanced with dark circles which are getting darker everyday. I look like panda. Not only that, I have too much moles in my face. Two prominent ones are under my right eye. And the left? Right above the eyebrow lays a scar. Yes, right above the left eyebrow, not forehead, so you may now quit imagining me with a lightning bolt scar. LOL. It is smaller than my eye mole and is not really that visible unless Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 27 (A physical feature you love)

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” ― Joseph Addison The number one physical feature I actually love is a beautiful pair of eyes. Since I have already written about it in my previous post, I will share you the second thing I like – a genuine smile. A smile bestowed to others clearly shows that there is a caring and kind person within one’s self. There were many things written about its power and how even a single act Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 26 (A childhood memory)

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence Even as a child, I was a loner. Playing with other children my age was okay, but I prefer being alone. I didn’t like to play outdoors, especially under the scorching heat of the sun, for fear of sweating too much. I had this (strange?) outcome that whenever I feel hot and sweaty, I was easily pissed. Until now. So I rarely go outside to play. Instead, I found companions in the forms Read More …

Poetry: Escape

  [photo: The Phantoms of the Forest by Casoni Ibolya-Iby]   With my young heart, I loved purely and innocently, I gave yet I was inadequate for he left. Soon another one grew but was abruptly cut as a bud, it didn’t blossom. The cycle repeated. The leaves changed colors for how many times – I could not remember as my frail heart weakened to beat. Oh desolation! This emptiness when will it leave? I grew weary and prayed for this misery’s end. Until now, in here surrounded by earth, I pushed this limpid glass over me as I screamed Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 21 (Something you know you do differently than most people)

Many of my friends have teased me, in more than one occasion that I am abnormal. Far from normal. Well, I believe that normal is relative, at the same time subjective, on the rules set by the society. No matter how interested I am to delve in the philosophy of that state of mind, I do not want to bore you with my insights on that. Perhaps in another post.  I am a tea person and I find it a bit difficult to find someone who shares the love for tea in this tropical country. Still, I go to coffee Read More …