• 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

  • A love letter

    February 14, 2020 by

    To whom it may concern: If you fall under the category of the brokenhearted, the depressed, the friendzoned, the ghostee, the abused, the stuck, the invisible, the solitary, the incomplete, the waitlisted, or the abandoned, I am giving this letter to you. So February 14 excludes you from those who will celebrate this day with… Read more

  • BOOK REVIEW: January 2020

    February 5, 2020 by

    Alright, 2019’s the shit. But if there is anything to brag about that year, then I would claim it to be the Year of Voracious Reading Because What Is Happening To Kloyde, To The World But Then My Reads Are Funny, Cathartic, Full Of Heart. The only thing I regret in that section of my… Read more

  • Your January 10, 2020; my December 31, 2019

    January 10, 2020 by

    In my head, today marks my New Year’s Eve. It’s still December 31, 2019 in my calendar. I kid you not. I believe that time is relative and a social construct. I have two situations to exemplify.  A. March 11, 2018. The day we had to fly out of Washington DC, it was daylight savings… Read more

  • Zine for sale: Running for HIV/AIDS and other essays

    December 1, 2019 by

    Shoutout to everyone especially the mental health advocates and HIV advocates! I am selling one of my zines ‘Running for HIV/AIDS and other essays’ for 100 PHP. This will be sold either online (bulk orders only!) and during the #BLTX9 on December 13 (Zero82 Lokal Bar, Davao City, 6 pm to 12 midnight) and December… Read more

  • Dear diary, and other musings

    November 21, 2019 by

    Dear diary,  I’m not sure when you’d be tired listening to the things I carry and to my intrusive thoughts. A lot of people have quit because I am a liability, and I am glad you are neither a people nor a ghost. Well, you really have no choice. And worry not, you won’t read… Read more

  • Note to self – 26th birthday

    November 7, 2019 by

    6 November 2019 🥰🥳🙏🍕  First of all, there is no happy birthday in the context of failures in the government, scary health issues in the nation, and the Mindanao quake, to which my twin Kleent agreed. I am slipping away virtually, conserving my energy to things that matter, like writing and teaching. No grand party,… Read more

  • Are the K-12 kids alright? Like really?

    October 28, 2019 by

    Case A: I have a friend in HUMSS or Humanities and Social Sciences, who always whines about her projects in creative writing. The requirements from the course make her both inadequate and worn out. Responding to her complaints, I occasionally pretend to be a heartless clown by saying creative writing at her age – like spelling… Read more

  • Book Duke appreciation tweets: A book haul

    October 16, 2019 by

    Come to Book Duke’s Facebook page! Also, I wrote an earlier post about my Book Duke book haul. Don’t miss laughing at it! Books I bought: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men – David Foster Wallace Another Country – James Baldwin Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone – James Baldwin Black Orchid – Neil… Read more

  • Hello students, goodbye

    October 2, 2019 by

    Legit: teachers take the last sessions seriously. It’s the time we wax nostalgic, as if breaking up with a relationship, or retiring after eons, or folding our tents after an unforgettable summer camp. The thing that most students do not know is this: we care about you and we kind of wish that we have… Read more

  • Teaching martial law period literature in the era of post-truth

    September 21, 2019 by

    Pressing are the current times when students are led to believe the “convenient truths” on the President Marcos debate. Despite substantial studies proving the oppression during the Martial Law period, the students’ emotions are won over by apologists whose tweaked narratives renounce common sense. In the age of devaluing reason and glorifying propaganda, literature teachers should… Read more

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