Dashing MrDash, a 13.3″ MacBook Pro Retina (A Not-So-Faerie Tale)

13.3" Apple MacBook Pro, open, angle, thin | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Prologue In a city of my homeland, not too long ago, a charming MrB, a 13.3" Macbook Pro (late 2012 model) entered my life (reliever to MrBoo, a 15.4" MacBook Pro). Events that transpired soon after had been a mix of a vexing voyage, preying post, dismal drudgery and challenging changes that ended abruptly one morning in the seventh month of this year, with the villain driving off with MrB, leaving a helpless, heartbroken me. I've never lost a laptop. There's a first for everything, I guess. In this instance, since it took me unawares, the emotions that came crashing down on me was unbearable in the first few moments. The vulnerability I felt isn't like if it happened in my own country. The desolation that came with the circumstance … [Read more...]

Of New Things and Saturday Afternoons

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For someone who's big on routines, finding myself in situations wherein I'm faced with choices that fall outside of my comfort zone will surely entail a little rattle and shake. I'd often just say no and walk away to anything that's new. But then there's this voice that says I'm too young to be too set in my ways. How would I discover what I want in life knowing I have yet to experience a multitude of things, to walk many an unbeaten path, to satisfy the senses with strange and foreign stimuli? Would I have known that I'd find Negitoromaki such an orgasmic gastronomic affair that lasts a minute of forever if I didn't let go and trust the chef's recommendation? I would have walked the ends of the earth with just the knowledge of the … [Read more...]

36th Year: New memories and one wish

Sasha Manuel at 50th Street Cafe, Restaurant & Bar

If the universe shows you a new path to take, put a spring in your step and go. You will have questions. You will have fears. But always remember that your time on the road to a good life will bring new things, new memories; good things, good memories. This year has been a rollercoaster of events, periods of lull and loneliness to moments too special and poignant yet brief. Shifting from a comfortable life into a high gear filled with terrifying changes; all points to one thing -- a reminder that this is what it means to say you're alive. For folks who really know me and how I celebrate my birthdays, this year offered a colossal difference to how I went about my special day. Moving to a new place (a different country) with no … [Read more...]

Mood Notes: Leaving and living; life starts anew

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How do you leave a place you love without a shadow of a doubt? You will agree with me that there is no easy way. Life beckons. Fate takes you on a new journey; unchartered, quick, challenging. You now will fly off the nook and nestle, albeit perhaps temporary, in a new place. You will wake up to a new sunrise; sleep under unfamiliar stars.  You take things in, wary but curious. To smell if the coffee is strong enough to jolt your senses awake. To see if the grass is indeed greener. To listen to trees and solidify where your soul is rooted and where it plans to branch out. To know if this is what it truly feels like to see your dreams coming true. --- How do you tie loose ends? A daunting task, idle thoughts whisper. A … [Read more...]

Prepping for a life on the go; eReading with Kobo

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Again, here's another bit that I'm slow on the uptake: eBooks. I love holding a book while I read. I've mentioned this a lot of times before. But as circumstances have changed for me, I need to adjust to a more mobile lifestyle. This includes books. I can't, even if I want to, bring all my books with me anyway. This is the next best thing as I build a new library once I've settled in. So, this brings me to an eReader of choice. Though I'm an Apple user, I found myself committing to something that doesn't have to be spelled with an "i" at the beginning; "e" in most of my work terms is enough, haha. Anyway, I'm owing my thanks to the makers -- Rakuten. A company that's somewhat close to my heart (so to speak). They brought us … [Read more...]