One

I’ve always been afraid of things. I’m not sure why. Mother says it’s because I was born in the Solstice. I doubt it. If I were born then, I should’ve been dead by now–like all the other Children the Government had passed judgment on for being born on that day. No, I think my fear…

A Culture of (De)Motivation

I have decided quite recently to lead a healthier lifestyle. I have cut down on white rice, bread, cookies, and processed food such as canned tuna and corned beef. I have also stayed away from fast food. Basically, food-wise I am now going for fresh fruits and vegetables, even occasionally munching on lettuce leaves without…

On Respect

Currently, I am 25. By the standards of many in the work force, I am young, inexperienced, and naive. “But I have worked in a university for five years. And for three years, I have been working on obtaining a Master’s degree in English Studies. Surely, these things must gain me some respect.” I can’t…

Diary Entry: 09 May 2013

I once had a friend who, in her moment of despair, went hysterical and threw around these glass mugs that she had in her room. Everyone started backing off. Only I and her boyfriend stayed close. He stood beside her but didn’t know what to do. Everyone didn’t seem to know what to do. And…

Futami-san

That day he came into her life, she already knew who exactly he was. He had always been there. A shadow lurking in the dark. Or a bright spot in the sun. So when he said, “I have come to take you now,” she just gave him the smile she had rehearsed all her life.…

Coffee for One

There are nights like this when sleep simply eludes me and the weight of the world seems (impossibly) to gather upon my shoulders. There are fragments of reality and visions of lies, alternate universes, unspoken desires, all melding (into swirls of cream) and meddling with my mind. There are nights like this when words are…

My Recent Trip to Japan

At the airport in Manila… In Osaka… Lots of food!!! Though not very Japanese… And guilty fish… smiling salamanders.. my boyfriend’s favorite frog… and a view of the ocean… and penguins too!! It was springtime! And the Doctor has a cafe in Ginza! And always… the unusual product… And finally… a lovely view from home..

The City in the Mountains

I was born in Baguio City, in the Philippines. But I didn’t grow up there. While I may not remember so much about the Baguio of the 1980’s and early 1990’s that my parents have told me about, I do remember that a lot of my happiest days were spent in this city in the…