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The Crucible of the Idols

October 31st, 2011 No comments
[Part 4 of the "Daemons" series] TWO BEDEWED FLOWERS blossomed from the rubble, their delicate but bright yellow petals bobbing against a backdrop of dust and grey. The surviving wall staggered at...

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Visions Sans Sketches

October 27th, 2011 No comments
[Part 3 of the "Daemons" series] “THIS ONE IS the Infant Jesus,” Clara said as she held the sketch in front of her and Father Pio, her hand stretched high enough as though she levied her pride with...

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Word.

October 26th, 2011 No comments
[Click image to enbiggen] From http://lingllama.tumblr.com Post explodes in 24 hours.

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The Virgin at the Gallery

October 24th, 2011 No comments
[Part 2 of the "Daemons" series] AS YOUNG AS ELEVEN, Clara already had this vague idea that there was something spectacular about the marriage between religion and art. She thought that, once...

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One Invisible Cross Less

October 23rd, 2011 No comments
[Part 1 of the "Daemons" series] FATHER PIO cleared his throat with half a bottle of water. He leaned forward and looked hard at Clara, his bony fists clenched against the glass cover of his desk....

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Wherever the Wind Blows

October 6th, 2011 No comments
[Part 2 of 2 of the "Deuce Diaspora" series] SUDDENLY, THE WIND from the southwest blew stronger. Twenty paces from where I stood, little Paulo held the kite with his frail hands and tossed it in...

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JB & Chesa

October 5th, 2011 No comments

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JOHN BENJAMIN REGALA SANTOS & FRANCESCA JULIANNE ZIMMER
DINKELSBUHL, BAVARIA – GERMANY

A g a i n  &  a g a i n
the two of us walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down again and again
among the flowers
f a c e  t o  f a c e  with the sky

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H e r e  I  l o v e  y o u

In the dark pines the wind disentangles itself.
The moon glows like phosphorous on the vagrant waters
Days, all one kind, go chasing each other.

T o m o r r o w  we will only give them
a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips

like a  k i s s which falls
from our invincible heights
to show the fire and the tenderness
of a  t r u e l o v e.

Then I see you,
Standing under a spire of pale blue larkspur,
With a basket of roses on your arm.

You are cool, like silver,
And you smile.
The Canterbury bells are playing little tunes

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Under the summer roses


When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,

Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,

And  a s k s you

Beautiful, unanswerable  q u e s t i o n s .

The moon turns its  c l o c k w o r k dream.

The biggest stars look at me with your  e y e s .

And as I love you, the pines in the wind
want to sing your name with their leaves of wire.

In that book which is my  m e m o r y

On the first page
That is the  C h a p t e r when
I first met you

Appear the w o r d s :

H e r e  b e g i n s  a  n e w  L i f e.

Understand, I’ll slip quietly

a w a y  from the noisy crowd


when I see the pale
stars rising, b l o o m i n g , over the oaks.

I’ll pursue  s o l i t a r y  pathways

through the pale  t w i l i t  meadows,

with only this one  D r e a m :

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Y o u  c o m e  t o o.


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Marrakech: Sa pamilihing bayan

October 5th, 2011 No comments
I just came back from Morocco. Sikat daw yun for Casablanca..haven't heard of it. Ask your parents...to ask their parents.ahehe...I didn't go and I haven't seen the movie myself and just as well according to our guide - parang sheep lang may herder - It's not the actual place of the movie, it's apparently an industrialized town now and get this - it's a four hour ride away. So I'm quite happy I didn't go. Napaka saya ko pa namang kasama sa car rides.
 La koutoubia
On the first day going to the world famous market was on top of my (well our) itinerary. We just went by ourselves. People say that Moroccans are actually quite helpful and that the crime rate is quite low; our guide at the orientation attributed it to insha allah belief among Moroccans to be content with the lot that you get and not harbour jealousy for others wealth as this was the will of God. Having spent a lot of my time in Manila I was paranoid err... sensible enough for our group. So off we went. On the way to the market we passed by La koutoubia Mosque. It was the highest building in the city, seen in most parts of  Marrakech and rightfully so as it was mentioned to us that as a rule no building should be higher than  the La koutoubia mosque.
Only muslims could enter though and they could only come in during times of prayer.


We did find the the Jemaa el-Fnaa which I think everyone should once in their life see if just to spend the afternoon watching the atmosphere when snake charmers and monkey guides abound change to the night time when food stands sprouts up and  entertainers come.
Inside the souks; you can definitely feel  it's a really big market. You can get lost and if you want you can spend a whole day and you'd never visit the same stall twice. All prices in the square are negotiable; they don't put guides and price tags the rule is you haggle. The price according to them is between what you're willing to pay and what they're willing to give it for. Haggling, of course, is not foreign to Pinoys but haggling in French is.
French and Arabic are the prevalent language..although some do speak a little bit of English. A few even tried to talk to us in Japanese and Chinese...very few can guess we're Filipinos. We went into the souks but spent the late afternoon drinking mint tea which I think was a bit overpriced...ang kuripot lang; parang starbucks kasi ang price. The view was well worth it though.
There were freshly squeezed oranges for 5 dirhams (about 26 Php) but I didn't really try that although I tasted the local food - sabi kasi ni Jamie Oliver I have to try it daw.There were loud story tellers (in Arabic..no subtitle. ahehe), acrobatics, singers, performers...you'll never be bored.  It has everything you could think of daw (P.S. Jamie pas pork). There were loads of food to try. Tangine lambs, beef, chicken, vegetables and fish. Moroccan dishes on the cheap and their equivalent of balut...snails in what seems like brine. Which I did try.

I did buy some stuff for the house but |I didn't get a Morrocan rug, which everyone else seems to be getting one. The rug itself seems nice but I couldn't be bothered lugging one around. 
A lot to say, huh...and that's just the first day.
Marrakech Turo turo? En francais!


















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The Other Side

October 3rd, 2011 No comments
[Part 1 of 2 of the "Deuce Diaspora" series] IMAGINE A FIELD of flowers, the cosmic splendor of the afternoon summer sun washing them with all the light they need. With the celestial glow piercing...

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Social Distance in Facebook: Breaking or Building Barriers in Cyberspace

October 3rd, 2011 No comments
Social networking sites have captured the interest and aspiration of people especially Filipinos and Filipinas to make contacts and connect with families, friends, and others. To illustrate this, imagine Facebook having over half a billion account users all over the world. Twenty-six million of those are found in the Philippines. Thus, albeit virtually, numerous contacts […]
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