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...]

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...]

I choose Summer

Australia | The-Parody.com - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

A quick record of initial impressions on what lies ahead. Curious that sentiments are a touch lethargic and pedestrian, taking in circumstances that are extraordinary and somewhat reflective of a charmed life, I find myself disoriented. Mind over matter, I tell myself. It's not that the luster's lost nor that the high it brings has gone missing, it's the contrived sense of life. However, I am rooting for the will to win over the heart. I believe choices mold your life. ".. if [she] would be beautiful and happy in her November of life, she will cherish all her present powers of mind." -- Jane Austen, Persuasion Wrapping my head around the thought that I live a life wherein there are no mistakes. It may appear so, most of the … [Read more...]

The Traveler: Yangon Skylines and Perspectives

Yangon, Myanmar | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

If you spend too much time looking up, imagining how it must feel like to be up there instead of where you are, I'd have you know that someone up there is looking down wondering the same thing, only in reverse. It's funny how surreal an experience can be for an unsuspecting dreamer. Yes, sometimes, you do wake up and find you're there. Or, at least, you were. Once in a lifetime. Some opportunities do come only once and never again. One would be so lucky to be conscious when it arrives and would have a good mind to grab it. These opportunities often present high risks. But think of the risk as relative; presenting you with choices that may lead you in different directions, or cause you to embark on a journey to unknown territory, … [Read more...]

Changes

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...]