About that Wislawa Szymborska line (i.e., 27th birthday)

*November 6, 2020 A few weeks before November 6, the poem Possibilities by Wislawa Szymborska came to me like a directive: “I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries/ that can be celebrated every day […] I prefer not to ask how much longer and when./ I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility/ that existence has its …

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

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 …

What a wasted run it was.

I stopped at 7.65 kilometer, which was not my gig. I am a 10-21k runner. It was damn scary too. Ever since 2k, I had always felt the blisters growing between my big and index toes, both left and right. Thought it’s something I can tolerate until I get to my running goal, which was …

The course of true love, and mental health too

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander said this realist take on love to Hermia, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” I do not know why I remembered this quotation while thinking of mental health. I did not have any idea, but perhaps subconsciously, I was: flexing that I have read …

A list of things running in my mind while running that I should try to avoid (but I still fail every freaking time)*. I should

stop thinking I am going to be Usain Bolt. It’s never going to happen at least now, tomorrow, or next week. avoid comparing myself to myself. If I won, I beat myself. In every breathing pattern I try to compose to get a faster run, I fish my phone on my tiny zipper pocket and …

I nearly pass out on my afternoon run

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 …

Running for HIV/AIDS

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 …

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