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on writing*

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

*with apologies to Stephen King. this is about your book anyway. 

I’ve never picked up a book by Stephen King – mainly because I was afraid to be afraid, to be haunted. But last night, I did pick up one of his books, and it couldn’t have come at a better time – it was his writing memoir, On Writing.

And so, Mr King says to me:

“You approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: You must not come lightly to the blank page.

“I’m not asking you to come reverently or unquestioningly; I’m not asking you to be politically correct or cast aside your sense of humor (please God you have one). This isn’t a popularity contest, it’s not the moral Olympics, and it’s not church. But it’s writing, damn it, not washing the car, or putting on eyeliner. If you can take it seriously, we can do business. If you can’t or won’t, it’s time for you to close the book and do something else.”  (pages 92-93)


usapang vm

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

eto ang maayos na dayoff activity: tapusin ang veronica mars season 2!

feature quotage! (spoiler alert) 


the kite runner

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

 the kite runner

“… I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”, page 388

finished last night Hosseini’s awesomely heartbreaking book. finally, after what seemed to be a decade of trying to get past page 25. i had no choice but to stay in bed with my tattered lungs for most of monday and now, ta-da! i am now wondering why i hadn’t finished it much earlier.

so, what do i think of it? let’s see. it broke my heart, of course. maybe one of these days we could already watch the movie version and compare. reading hosseini’s description of afghanistan was the most heartbreaking of all, i am left wishing that most of that was fictional, that things are after all well over there. and oh, the children. the children. =(

i guess this year’s turning out to be better, book-wise. at least, my book queue is moving — the speed of glaciers, yes, but with global warming and all, i don’t know if that metaphor is still proper.


Friday, May 16th, 2008

pag gipit, ikutan. 

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it , all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

-Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad.

or, as tori amos would say: a sorta fairytale

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

dear love, 

here it is.

happily ever after

your very own happily ever after. (in pdf!)




start february right with winterson

Friday, February 1st, 2008

parang nananadya lang hahaha - someone just posted the LONGEST quote-post quoting practically everything heartripping in jeanette winterson’s written on the body.

naaalala ko to e (kung pwede ko lang sulatan yung libro, sinulatan ko malamang):

I don’t lack self-confidence but I’m not beautiful, that is a word reserved for very few people, people such as Louise herself.  I told her this.

‘You can’t see what I can see.’ She stroked my face.

‘You are a pool of clear water where the light plays.’

oha. *insert moment of kilig here*

OST for this moment: jose gonzalez - heartbeats

(cryptic l word s5e04 spoiler after)



Thursday, January 31st, 2008

my favorite government stat website says (no offense sa nso, i loff you too) nearly 70,000 Filipinos died from diseases of the heart in 2003.

ay pucha mali.

heath tribute pala, hinde health. (kasalanan mo to irene.)

brokeback mountain, 2005


excerpts from wallets

Friday, January 11th, 2008

i. from jeanette winterson, oranges are not the only fruit: (and one other thing)


this life in black and white

Monday, October 29th, 2007

for some reason, i love black and white photographs. not that i hate color. i love color.

but i just really really love black and white photographs.

[warning: massive photoshopped camwhorage under cut]


everybody’s free to wear sunscreen

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

baz luhrmann, you make a lot of sense. 

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours