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...]

Enter the Mini, say hello to MrMe

iPad Mini, Black, Back | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Finally gave in and got me a tablet. Since the first iPad came out years ago, there were folks who asked me if I was going to get one. I said, maybe. But as you can see, it's the end of 2013 and the new and newer tablets will be available locally very soon, AND I've only bought my first tablet today, a first-gen iPad Mini, that I'm calling MrMe. (Points for you if you get why I named it that, haha) image: pinkybolar.com Reason why it took me this long to get one: I couldn't find any use for it. What changed? My work for the next few months will be undeniably hectic and I know I will need all the help I can get, electronically. PLUS there's research involved. SO, since MrMe will serve as my PDA, I just need bare minimum specs: 16 GB … [Read more...]

A Weekend of Dogs and Horror Movies

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My plans for that weekend were simply composed of the UAAP finals game on a Saturday, and writing plus coffee on a Sunday. However, it's refreshing to have my weekend not totally altered, just made a little special. Thematic, no less! Saturday Saturday early evening, after the game, I found myself driving along the long stretch of Daang Hari on my way to meet up with cousins. It's been a while since I last hung out with them and I was looking forward to it. However, I have to admit highlight of my night was this adorable canine: a one-year old Chow Chow called Kelsey. Kelsey, a Chow Chow If you were to judge our relationship with just this photo, you wouldn't believe that I can paint our first meeting with a drastic … [Read more...]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Scanning the shelves at a bookstore for a title that will somehow call out to me, I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed. I'm slowly beginning to accept that it's a good thing to let yourself enter into certain situations without really thinking about what will happen; only carrying this hope that you'll discover and experience something terrific, something new, something that will be surprisingly relevant to your present state. Each instance that solidifies this thought has been wonderful for me. I'm trying remember the last time I was this excited about a book. Looking at the stack of unread books in my room, I know how I can be: I'd be psyched about a certain book while I'm queueing up at the counter but the next thing I … [Read more...]

The Two Dollar Memory

The Two Dollar Memory | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

A two-dollar bill. It's an ordinary object that captured a faint theory: you can find something rare in the most common of fashions; the interest heightened by the circumstance, by the participants. It's simple economics, really. The law of supply and demand. To some, the bill is of no consequence. However, I belong with the people who see it as something significant. The memory dances in my mind, distant and clipped. The moment the bill came into the picture until it found its way to me. It carried with it a moment of brief affection, born of sentimentality and romantic notions. It holds questions and assumptions. It remembers that period of self-discovery and adventure. It speaks its own language of wishes and history. It's … [Read more...]

A Tale of Learning: Mentors

Who's your daddy | Conversations with Siri | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Lately, I've been thinking back to all my work experiences and the people I've worked with or have been fortunate enough to have encountered through my work. I must admit, it has been quite a colourful work history. I've learned a lot and, yea, I believe I was able to share part of what I know to those people I worked with. However, now, I've become more aware of those individuals who served (or still serve) as my mentors. It is with gratitude that I remember the things they've done to push me to reach potentials, some I didn't even know I'm capable of. I didn't expect that I'd have one. Not because I think I don't need one, it's just the idea that someone would be kind and generous enough to take me under his/her wing seems unlikely to … [Read more...]

Journey Life with No Lines; Chase Dreams, Foster Hope

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"Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you. You can start small, but do start honouring at least some of your dreams." I recently started using a new journal. Staring at the blank page -- daunted by the lack of lines and how my mind usually works -- the idea of messing up something which is seemingly perfect; a space so pristine on the surface, I can't help but hesitate. The maelstrom of thoughts, uncommitted purpose, and the choice between a continuation or a fresh start combined, produces a weak step towards a more definitive path. Second guessing myself coupled with fear, I had resorted to over-analysing things. Regardless of what it is and isn't, there's that composite feeling of … [Read more...]