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The Secret of Artemis

June 21st, 2013 No comments
On the thirtieth of June, the man who will one day promise her the sun was born. Thirty years later, the world will once again live in the absence of light, and she will be the brightest mortal...

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The Jacobs

June 17th, 2013 No comments

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Can you feel my arms stealing your feet from the earth to carry you home?
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Give me a pen & lend me your skin .  I’ll trace constellations in the freckles they fit in
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If I quiet my breath long enough, I can hear you whispering underneath it.
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I can hear you, strained voice traveling from your lips to my ears, the distance it did not wish to travel.  Too far, it says, much too far, it gasps.
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Can you hear me, the good morning smile carried on my first thought upon waking?  Did it make it to you?
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B l a n k e t s  o n  c o l d  s k i n ,
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m y  a r m s  a r o u n d  t h e  b l a n k e t  ,  y o u  i n s i d e  m y  a r m s .
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As i follow behind you I cling to the trail of breath floating from your lungs. I will crawl up it until I reach your lips.
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O h  m y  s o u l  ,  f i n d  p e a c e  i n  t h e  s t i l l n e s s .
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In the dark silhouette of tree on sky, mountain on the fire in the clouds , find the calm you are choking for.
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I will stand in the cocoon of us and everything else will disappear.
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Basa, basa – pag may (transit) time.

June 16th, 2013 No comments
First of all, I apologize to my future self for the jologs title. I still don't know where that phrase came from and I swore I would never use it but - hey, ho - never say never. Napaka jejemon lang.. crap. That's the first and last time you'll hear that from me.
Moving on, a lot of people put in reading as one of their hobbies when being interviewed or answering boring and obtrusive personal questionnaires.
I used to be one of them. I used to like reading books. The Adnu Library helped a lot as they have one of the best libraries in Bicol. I dropped by the Naga City public library once when they were in Centro and then again when they moved to Magsaysay but I still stand by my former statement.
The Ateneo library stood out because they had ( or have - haven't been lately) an extensive list of general interest, fiction and non-fiction collections. Whereas most university libraries only have academic collections.
It was a hobby that I grew out of unfortunately. That is until I discovered...long layovers!


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The longest I had to wait is still 8 hours. The longest offered was twenty-two hours in Changi by Air France; I obviously passed. I've never been to Singapore and I imagine I can go to the city - Philippine passport ata ito - but I don't imagine 22 hours will do me or it justice.
Eight hours can be really long if you're stuck in a crappy airport. I was told international airports vary wildly like the one in Dubai is allegedly amazingly big while the one they have in Doha is basic. They are building a new one in Doha according to their website but it's been 3 years delayed so far.

I usually just buy some newspaper or magazines when I'm bored but lately I've been converted to e-books.
I got the nook at a discounted rate and have been fairly happy with it.
Continuing my scheme to get a dog...one day!
 I'm rediscovering books I liked when I was in high school; Gibran, Steinbeck & Dumas.
Although, I'm a fairly light reader now with Sedaris and Lemony Snicket (guilty pleasure) bookmarked.
I guess it works out cheaper when you factor in the cost of newspapers and paper books and the hassle of carrying them around airports.
I could do other stuff around airports. Eating around is another way to kill time - literally. Like the one in France (CDG), the line to pay was so slow. The lone girl on the counter was taking her sweet time. Screw passengers anxious about missing their flights. Haha.
To think it's not cheap as well and it's not like it's cuisine material. It was canteen-ish.
I would have appreciated a McDo meal anytime...fast and cheap.
I digress. Nook you awesome gadget. Thank you for keeping me entertained and laughing even when I'm alone downing my third can of Coke waiting another six hours to pass before my connecting flight. 

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Oragon! 2013-06-15 19:57:00

June 15th, 2013 No comments
positions of power, influence, and authority must be effectively tempered by notions of servant leadership, stewardship, and the common good.
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Oragon! 2013-06-15 19:57:00

June 15th, 2013 No comments
positions of power, influence, and authority must be effectively tempered by notions of servant leadership, stewardship, and the common good.
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She Who Lived Forever

June 12th, 2013 No comments
I remember her as the girl who, with her brown eyes, would bid the clouds to hide the moon, like a hand drawing the curtain shut, so that she can be at peace in her home that is the darkness...

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Under the Shinjuku Summer Sun

June 6th, 2013 No comments
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden at sunset I remember the day when I left the country in search of the home where my heart is. Standing at the platform, I watched the train leave Sendagaya Station...

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Cebu Pac: Bad-get Airline

June 5th, 2013 No comments
Having flown in many a budget carriers, I can say you do get what you pay for with airlines.
I read that making money here and abroad in the airline industry is getting harder. Fuel is getting more expensive, labor cost is rising and competition is bringing the cost of tickets down.
No-frills flights seem to be the way to go and Cebu Pacific seems to be taking the no-frills thing to a new level.

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Seats. Yes, well maybe. In flight service. Yes. Checked in luggage. That's extra. Having plane crews and airports that are more ready to take on emergencies. No, not just yet. Coke. Yes. Chippy. No. Coffee, Yes.  
Personally, I have never had a bad (or really good) experience with Cebu Pacific. I do know someone who was supposed to go to Palawan but Cebu Pacific overbooked their flight (which apparently is the norm) and that meant they'll miss a day or two of paid accommodation.
They raised hell with the manager, minus, the C. Barretto level and demanded compensation. Rightfully so, I thought. A paid ticket should be a binding contract. It's not a conditional seat on a conditional plane; there was nothing conditional when they deducted the money from their bank account.
On the other hand I haven't heard anyone praise their service either. They seem to be proud of a 60% on time departure rate so really what do people expect about their standards?
Recently, they got flak for their ineptness of safety procedures when emergencies strike. Thankfully, no one died or was injured but the actions - or lack of it - of Cebu Pacific leave much to be aspired for.
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More unfortunate is the fact that I already have booked tickets from September to October to travel around Visayas with Cebu Pacific. Dapat ata kumuha ng travel insurance nito.
We should really speed up the nation's open-air policy. Let competition do its job.  Lower cost and better service. I think the Filipino people should stop passively subsidizing inefficient domestic airlines. If they can't stand on their own - tough.
Of course I could just book it on a normal airline with all the frills. First class or Business Class?
But don't you just detest being offered yogurts every 10 minutes? haha


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Neverwhen

June 2nd, 2013 No comments
Kung ang puso mo ay kapirasong lupa, dito ko nais mahimlay. Ten years ago on this day, I met her. It was a Saturday and the grassy field, golden under the sun, felt the grace of her hands. My life...

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