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It's in the Air

Here in the Philippines, people start celebrating Christmas at the beginning of September. Well, not everyone does it, but expect to hear Christmas songs over the radio (and at the malls!) on September 1. If you're on Twitter, you'd know that #MerryChristmas was a trending topic on that day. September's almost over now, and for the nth year in a row, I have failed to uphold a promise I made to a learner many many years ago. This learner is one of those whom I will never forget - let's call her Virginie. She was an older woman who taught me a lot of things - maybe more than I taught her English. One thing she told me: we create our own traditions, traditions that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. She asked me to promise her to always decorate for Christmas. It was a trivial thing, in my mind. My mom never really put much stock on decorating for Christmas (the most we had I think were C6 led christmas lights ). I decided to give it a try, but I never r

Flying Eye Hospitals, Food, and Family

Those are the highlights of my weekend. In the last post, I shared a poem that really struck me. My current work set up is such that I can pretty much arrange my own work schedule - as long as I get things done. For the most part, this works perfectly for me, as I like working at my own pace. I think that sometimes, I do tend to bite off more than I can chew, and I end up working more than I should. That's normal for a lot of people, though, isn't it? Anyhow, after reading that poem over and over again, I decided to chill a bit this weekend. Chill as in just sit/stand and stare and not go out. I think I kinda succeeded. I enjoyed spending time with my sister/brother-in-law, cousin, and of course, Sam. I enjoyed watching TV (yes, I did!) - even silly shows that I will probably never watch again. I did get to see this feature on a flying eye hospital called Orbis, and I regret not hearing about it before they got here. I am amazed at the work they do - providing ey

Leisure by W.H. Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?— No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows: No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass: No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night: No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance: No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began? A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. Isn't that just beautiful? Here's to a weekend that will not be "a poor life full of care; with no time to stand and stare."

Fly, Flew, Flown

I wish I could fly to some far away place where I don't know a single soul. (As long as it's near the beach.) I wish I had flown away earlier. Maybe I could have spared myself of all the crap. Then again, merely wishing about the past never did anyone much good. Now I look to the future, and boy, will I fly to destinations that I only used to dream about. Never mind that it's not gonna be one of those Branson vacation packages . As long as I am free to do what I want to do - all I need is my backpack, my laptop, and a couple of good books. Things are really shaping up, and I am determined not to let anyone capitalize on my overactive sense of right and wrong. Gone are those days when people can manipulate me into doing what they want simply by playing on my conscience. Yeah, I was - and still am in some ways - a wuss. But, I am my own person now, and I shall go find my own path. Happy trails to me! :D

Monday Pick Me Upper: When People Play with Food

When we were growing up, I remember our elders telling us repeatedly NOT to play with food. I wonder what the parents of the artists behind these works of art told them? (I got these images from a friend who sent them to me in an e-mail. Some of you might have seen these already, but they are just too cute!) I think I'll call them penggplants. Poor third wheel! They remind me of papooses (not sure about the pluralization of that). And for the clincher - one kick ass apple! Have a FUN Monday, everyone!