Me and Pepsi Paloma

Recently, one of the leading newspapers in the Philippines published an article about an old rape case. Though I wonder what the motivation is behind the resurfacing of this case, it also reminded me of the song Spolarium by the Eraserheads and its purported reference to the Pepsi Paloma rape case, and its subsequent whitewashing […]

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The year thus far

The year 2013 for me has been a seemingly endless series of parties at various clubs, hunting at singles bars, and searching for that perfect watering hole with the right blend of intellectuals and dreamers to have infinite discussions with. While there have been some (ok quite a few) not so great moments, in general […]

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That elusive hash brown drowned in melancholia

Today was no different from the previous days of the past weeks. Nothing new, nothing remarkable. Not even a single second offered a chance to break the monotony. Why then do I now feel that there was something today that I should have noticed; should have remembered? It wasn’t the book I read, nor was […]

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There was this fly that pretended to be a rainbow

For the past 3 months I allowed work to suck me dry. Then, this week, I finally closed that damn project and got the chance to suck back. And oh hell yeah am I gonna feckin suck ’em dry. No sexual connotations by the way. So yeah, I’m back. And I owe you guys a […]

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That white kettle pretending to be black

I want to stop. See people again. For who they are, what they are. Not as blurs racing past, nor as mere mile markers in a Disneyfied journey. I want to see the defiance in their eyes. That look of utter rage, as eloquent as classical poetry, as timeless as inherent anarchy. I want to […]

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Beer pa dai

Ganihang kaadlawn naglaroy-laroy ko sa mga hilit nga bahin sa sugbo sa tinguha nga akong subli mahimamat ang akong pagka-sugbuanon. Sa wa damha nga panghitabo, labaw pa ana ang akong nahimamat. Nassag ko sa bukirong bahin sa sugbo. Samtang naglakaw ko sa usa ka ngit-ngit nga dalan, nakakita ko’g hayag sa may unahan. Sa pagduol […]

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No blue skies

There is no such thing as the truth. The world is flat; humans don’t need oxygen; and the earth is the center of the solar system. Dragons, the winged and fire-breathing kind, did exist. So did unicorns and care bears. Politicians never lie, they just want to be politically correct. Left-handed people aren’t really left-handed, […]

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Reflections of a poetry victim

Words, without fire, are meaningless. As empty, as bereft, as pointless as a vulture’s wail of lament. Words are meant to move mountains, to shatter chains and break cages. When storms rage, words placate and soothe and invite serenity. When all else seems bleak and hopeless, words give strength and courage to face demons. When […]

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On alarm clocks and why they are pessimistic

None of us really dream. It’s just an illusion that we choose to believe in to keep alarm clocks happy. And why should’nt we? After all, alarm clocks define our existence, no matter how much we’d like to ignore them. They are a constant reminder of the mundane inanity called reality. They exist to give […]

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