I do learn, after all

January 31, 2009

Oh my God, I’ve developed poetics!

Last night, I was reading this book by a famous author, and I was getting more and more annoyed by the way it was written. I was overwhelmed by the details. It was pure story-telling, which shouldn’t be the case since great stories show rather than tell. Now I know why my prof didn’t like him.

In our first (or was it second?) meeting in class, the professor asked us to write on a scrap of paper our favorite authors, three foreign and one local, and, as an afterthought, to include our favorite movie. I had a hard time thinking of my top three. I’m in this stage where I try different authors. I could probably give my top author for a specific genre, but to list my top three authors without giving me specific qualifications? Not an easy feat. [read on…]

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Fearless Views

January 31, 2009

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Taking It’s Toll

January 25, 2009

I almost died today.

Come to think of it, everyone of us is at risk of dying every single second of every day. But I clearly came close to dying today.

Today’s a typical weekend. I woke up from my phone’s vibration from a message from Rk. Groggily took my laptop from my study table and put it at the foot of my bed and switched it on. Typed in my password to my admin account and took off to brush my teeth and wash my face. When I got back, I’m fully awake and ready to chat. [read on…]

In Defense of Juan Tamad

January 16, 2009

Do you know Juan Tamad? No? Are you Filipino? Yes? Shame on you.

For those who don’t know, Juan Tamad is the stereotype of lazy¬† (tamad) Pinoys. As the story goes, he lies on a papag (Filipino version of a wooden cot or bed) under a tree in the middle of the day and does nothing but nap. In other stories, he lies with his mouth hanging open because he’s waiting for the fruit to fall in his mouth. He’s so lazy he can’t even use his own hands to get the fruit himself. In the more extended story about him, a bird actually takes the fruit that he was waiting for, thus enforcing the moral of the story which is “if you’re lazy, you’re going to miss opportunities.” [read on…]