The Road to Happy

2013-02-21 23.30.04

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust I only have a week left in my trip and had little expectation of anything else that would make it more special than it already is. However, my sister had one last trick up her sleeve. Spoiler. The Road to Happy The Road to Happy - Scrapbook made by Shai Coggins esp for me My heart. Big sis had taken time and effort to make me one of her awesome scrapbooks as a farewell gift. MELT. I go cry nao. I've always admired her artistic skills and enjoyed looking at scrapbooks she'd make for her kids. We'd talk about the how's and the why's, sharing bits about my own foray in the arts, i.e. recent … [Read more...]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, movie poster, Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

"What's your favourite movie?" He asked me during one of our dinner talks. I had a couple of movies in mind I know that are on my list but I knew I couldn't have given him a smart enough reason to make him want to watch it, too. But, today, I'd be singing a different tune. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor image: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A charming story about a journey of faith to make the impossible possible. For the longest time, I haven't watched a movie that made me say, "I love this movie," unabashed. The story is simple, somewhat predictable, but when the credits started to roll, I found myself hating the fact that it's a sign that it's all over. It's the … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Quotes from Recent Reads

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Marakami | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

There are days when my own thoughts are not enough to satisfy what message I feel I'm compelled to say. Those same thoughts are too chaotic and the restlessness it causes in me would only quiet down when I pick up a book and read what others have got to say. These stringed words serve like formula which derives a more solid solution, establishes order in my mind. So I thought you folks might benefit from some of the bits I managed to pick up on some of my recent reads. "The more you think about change, the more things you wind up changing; the more things you change, the better your whole life becomes." -- Mireille Guiliano, French Women for All Seasons "Do not remain nameless to yourself -- it is too sad a way to be. Know your place in … [Read more...]

There’s Treasure Everywhere

Calvin and Hobbes, There's Treasure Everywhere | The Parody, Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

"I'M SIGNIFICANT! ... Screamed the dust speck." --- Calvin Life can be utterly and taxing-ly overwhelming. I'm barely halfway through the entire length of it yet I'm already tired, aren't you? It's all the falling, the detours, and the countless disheartening wrong turns. Lost and just about ready to throw in the towel. Yes, quit --- even when you know there are loads of things still in store in the days ahead. Partly, I reckon, it's esp because of that. However, you still opt to take that step forward, may it be out of sheer will coupled with hope or just due to habit formed over time. You prod on. Toil. Breathe. But what sort of life is it without passion? Without direction? Where will you get the energy to live? And I mean really … [Read more...]