Lost & Found… & Lost

Someone from my not-so-distant past came to haunt me...right there on a Monday morning.I couldn't explain it. I was, and still is, irretrievably drawn to his mystery. It's true that we all want something we could not have or ever be near with.How I wanted to soften that wintry gaze that accused me of reacting so badly.But I've promised to myself to stop chasing rainbows and just wait for the rainbow to show on my horizon.I can no longer weep for what I lost. Right now,I'm justbeyond feeling,beyond pain. ... Continue Reading...

Pigout

Have you ever tried tasting 20 different kinds of food in 30 minutes? Amazing but true, and we do just that every year at the World Food Expo. Even though am not from the food industry, I make sure I take my annual dose of Wofex because it's Manila's ultimate foodie event - a whole pavilion of booths showcasing the latest food offerings, culinary trends, kitchen equipment and cooking demos.Even though I decide to do it alone, I bump into Mark of the Inquirer who also kept bumping into other people, including this action star who is now a food franchisee. People were ... Continue Reading...

Do It Again, David!

cover, originally uploaded by ajay1. I liiiiike David Sedaris. Unfortunately, he's not profound enough to make me looooove him...yet. And that's exactly the matter: he doesn't mean to be profound, only FUNNY. Plus the fact that he's deliciously gay. I envy the fact that he's got a steady boyfriend who happens to have a house in Normandy. Reading Sedaris is all about growing up in North Carolina, living in New York, sniffing coke,learning French in France and so on. Now, that may seem ordinary but it's his gift of words, describing things and keen social observation ... Continue Reading...

Much Ado About The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is the reason why am not eating pasta in seven years.Personal biases aside,I think the book is sooo overrated, a product of Doubleday's media hoopla, so to speak. Surely, the well-read among us have browsed through better stuff in our lifetime. While going through it, I had to actually peek through the succeeding pages to see when the insanity would end. My high school chum Lei, who maintains her own reading club at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hit the nail on the head when she said: "It's like a watered-down Eco. Written for Hollywood, ... Continue Reading...

London Postscript

Reading Da Vinci did bring me back to the time when I visited London with Maria L. in the spring of '96. The pic shows me outside Westminster Abbey whose grand structure was unfortunately not captured by our amateur cams. In the words of Dan Brown, the Abbey is "neither cathedral nor parish church." It is here where the remains of kings, statesmen, scientists, poets and musicians are entombed, including Elizabeth I. It has also witnessed the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, the canonization of Edward the Confessor, the marriage of Andrew and Fergie as well ... Continue Reading...