HAPPY for 2013

Happy Collage, Sasha Manuel, 2013, Word of the Year | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

In one of them while-my-sister-is-driving conversations, I had mentioned that I've always wanted to write one of them "word of the year" blog posts. I've been meaning to since that first blog post my sister did on it but as you can see, I've never gotten around to do it because (1) I was caught up with a different personal project that year, (2) I keep telling myself I will and next thing I know it's time to welcome another year, and (3) I find that choosing one word out of the lot to be an intimidating act. Well, it is. Choosing just one word and dedicate a year lingering over it can put on a considerable pressure on the choice. This reminds me of a similar post I did a few years back for a photoblog project wherein I had to choose a … [Read more...]

Bloggers Do It Better and the business of re-connecting

StyleManila.com Tog du jour: Military Chic

For the past year or so, I've been searching for something that will help bring back a bit of what blogging used to mean for me. I had missed the community that genuinely wishes to engage in conversations that aim to share and connect. I missed participating in blog carnivals wherein I revel in thematic posts of other bloggers that openly and sincerely wishes to connect with me. Who wouldn't appreciate and accept a real offer of virtual friendship? I most certainly would! There are many ways to go about this, I guess. I can (1) increase the frequency of my blogging across all my blogs (I do have a number of them, you see), (2) find the time to blog-hop, (3) get over this bug that editorialises my brain thus taking away the desire to … [Read more...]

Fragments of Fiction in 55 Words

Over 4 years ago, I was part of a group blog that dishes out short posts --- 55-word posts to be exact --- and without really planning it, I re-visited my work and I had fun reading them again. I reckon this was a great exercise for my writing skills; had challenged my creativity and improved my composition (well, I'm hoping it did at least!). What is it anyway? Well, the title tells it all. But for folks who aren't familiar with it, take a quick trip to Wikipedia to learn the elements and criteria. Here are my sample work and check out mechanics of the mini-writing contest that I'm currently hosting: Slick as Chocolate He takes my hand, leads me to the cupboard and motioned that I pick him up. “What do you want for lunch, … [Read more...]

Birthday Month and a Festival of Thanksgiving

Thea, Hannah, Sasha

December is indeed my birthday month and I always make it a point to celebrate it --- unconventionally if I can --- every year. The festivities became more pronounced as soon as I hit my 3rd decade. I distinctly remember quietly welcoming my 30th, celebrating my 31st with family in Australia (I had to backtrack a bit to remember what I had done for my 31st birthday, hehe), and, the most lavish celebration to date, had a birthday dress esp made for me to wear to an intimate wine party I hosted for my 32nd (too busy to actually blog about it at that time though, sigh). Now, plans for commemorating my 33rd looms ahead. Ideas are still rough but I'm optimistic that everything will work out. I had toyed with the idea of doing a post on "33 … [Read more...]


Books, Meatball Sundae, Purple Cow, Seth Godin, The Numerati, Stephen Baker, The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks, The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, The Prince, Niccolo Maciavelli | The Parody - Personal Blog of Sasha Manuel

That's what makes life a whole lot more interesting. Expecting that currents do run deep, tides indeed change, ripples turn into waves then back into ripples again and that it's not sunny everyday. We even know that the sun doesn't rise nor set at the same exact moment each day. Nothing is constant save change. I would say I've been extremely busy over the past few months but the truth is, my life (and schedule plus priorities) changed in the course of the past year. I've allowed the wind to take me in a different direction --- in the hope of finding myself. It's true, I'm still on the road of discovery and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. A love-hate relationship wherein the situations I've managed to find myself in and … [Read more...]