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Life

By the Bay

I took a walk along the seawall by the Mall of Asia, and looked far out into the water.  Despite the rank smell of trash and seawater, the bay looked serene.  The big mall and all its cheery Christmas lights cast reflections on the water; much as I hate malls and open bodies of water, […]

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Panciteria Kaliwete

I’m sure that the recipients of this year’s Gusi Peace Prize – the greatest by-god WHOO holy freaking awesome award for peace on the face of this planet – deserve it, but the unheralded champion of peace and harmony has always been the neighborhood panciteria. On those nights where I go home very late from […]

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Stuff You Should Get Me For Christmas

It’s that time of the year again where the thought counts more than the gift itself… or something like it, so I become the unwilling recipient of scented candles, mugs, and picture frames.  See, it’s not that difficult to get me a gift.  If the store sells alcohol and cigarettes, then you can find a […]

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If I Weren't Writing…

I’m still writing… so much for a career shift.  LOL. “You should be lucky you’re doing something you like,” a friend told me last night.  I think I belong to that minority of people who do actually make a living out of something they like doing, but when you’re pushing 25, the quarter-life crisis leads […]

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Love in a Time of Catachresis

I heard someone say that the love letter is every person’s contribution to literature.  As honest and as earnest as you want to be in a love letter, people want to land that all-important impression that turns the “bes” to the “babes” (or “behs” to “bhabes,” depending on how you spell it).  It doesn’t seem […]

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Death Foretold

Of the last gasps of the dying: we wait for them to exhale. Save for my grandmother, I’ve never seen anyone die.  I just check obituaries, or I hear the bad, sad news from a friend or an acquaintance that someone I know passed away.  Yet those are for sick and old relatives.  Over the […]

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Tattoo: Fritzified Gets Inked

The Lumix was capturing every bit of the tattoo session, from a comfortable distance.  They call it “dutdutan,” where art and commerce – pleasure and pain – marry.  Then again, there’s a difference between watching someone get tattooed, and being tattooed.  Thank goodness I wasn’t seated on that chair. Back in college, I was enamored […]

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