X-List: A Year of Magical Reading

I think it was Stephen King who once wrote: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” This year, I made a commitment with myself to read, and to read furiously. Reading – plus a reinvigorated passion at work, a rekindled interest in origami, and a newfound hobby in kickboxing (more on that when I feel like…

A Dental Visit

On so many different occasions, this blog has been host to a lot of (undeserved and unnecessary) posts that have maligned the profession of dentistry, just because I have more than my own fair share of tooth problems. Like here, here, here, and here. My dislike for dentists bit me back in so many ways:…

Freshman

The big idea for Freshman Masculine Wash is simple: if there’s shampoo for your hair and toothpaste for your teeth, then there must be something for your intimate areas (the word “pototoy” makes bad copy).  A pH-balanced manoy, coupled with the fresh scent of tea tree oil (for whatever it’s worth), apparently gives you that…

100 Songs Part II

I did this one last year, so I might as well make a yearly thing of a 100-song list.  I’m breaking out the ShyPod.

Logo-rrhea

From my days in the school paper all the way to my current job, I’ve participated in many discussions and heated debates on the matter of logos.  It’s not that a logo is the be-all-end-all of branding, but as a visual element, it occupies a central space in the way things are marketed and (inevitably)…

Writing Fellows for the 49th Silliman University National Writers Workshop

OK, some readers have been asking when the writing fellows for this year’s National Writers Workshop will be revealed, and where the list will be posted.  I got this year’s list after getting tagged on Facebook by Jordan Carnice (who’s heading off to Bacolod for this year’s IYAS workshop on a fellowship for fiction… nuks…

Catch Me at the BBC

Just for posterity’s sake: my video feature at Blogworld by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Crazy With The Heat

The Philippine Star reports that Saturday peaked at 35.8 degrees Celsius (roughly around 96.4 degrees Fahrenheit) here in Metro Manila.  The high temperatures meant a trip to Bench Fix at Podium to get a haircut, and getting as many Quickly taro shakes as I can into my system.  I’ve taken to filling my beer glass…

49th Silliman University National Writers' Workshop: Call for Submissions

I found this at the Silliman University website: Call for Submission of Manuscripts to the 49th Silliman University National Writers Workshop The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for the 49th National Writers Workshop to be held May 3-21, 2010 in Dumaguete City. This Writers Workshop is offering fifteen fellowships to promising…