• Keeping a Journal

    July 11, 2019 by

    Joan Didion has written about how notebooks are essential in keeping memories. Twitter and Facebook and Instagram ruined our memories, making us all-too dependent for affirmation and hype, that the only memories we stick are those with the best filters, that the principles that win are those which are retweeted the most, and liked the… Read more

  • Maligayang #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy. Also, #EndRapeCulture.

    August 4, 2019 by

    The month of August marks the #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy or Month of Filipino Works, an online campaign spearheaded by the award-winning novelist and poet Edgar Calabia Samar. It’s my time to snoop around his Twitter account and the hashtag to discover promising literature and celebrate the virtue of creation in spite of the unspeakable clownery of Philippine… Read more

  • Anxiety attack on a sacred time

    July 27, 2019 by

    So apropos: As of writing I am listening to tracks of Björk, starting with Human Behavior (*If you ever get close to a human, and human behavior/ Be ready, be ready to get confused and me and my here after/ There’s definitely, definitely, definitely no logic to human behavior/ But yet so, yet so irresistible… Read more

  • Books on faith terrify me—until Anne Lamott (or a bookworm stanning 4 Anne Lamott books in one week after reading 1 book last month)

    July 24, 2019 by

    Some books cast a repelling effect on me especially when they start waxing fundamentalism. Their audacity to assure me of a successful life through a handful of Bible verses and telling me ‘it’s all in the mind’ unwittingly implies that my feelings of emptiness are invalid. When a writer refuses to descend from his/her ivory… Read more

  • I nearly pass out on my afternoon run

    July 18, 2019 by

    Distance: 10.25 kilometers Duration: 01:12:00 Playlist: Carly Rae Jepsen, The Chainsmokers, and Haim Never have I felt this way, except for one panic attack I had on the road months ago. I wouldn’t count that as such, because I was walking, listening to an Eckhart Tolle audiobook. My running app notifies I won’t hit sub… Read more

  • Running for HIV/AIDS

    July 14, 2019 by

    This week opens up for the annual T’nalak Festival in South Cotabato where I am based right now. The office I work in started to get too loud with all the booming playlist on the street and the tourists idling by. It’s harder to get a tricycle anywhere, and the days will be freaking inconvenient… Read more

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