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...]

Notes on the New Society of the Philippines

Photo© 2008 Sasha Manuel I wonder how many of us remember the significance of September 21 in Philippine history. Personally, I haven't really given it much thought until last month when I found this old book among old things while I was organising bookshelves in the den PLUS everyone commemorated Ninoy Aquino who was assassinated during the Marcos administration and I had chanced upon a documentary: Beyond Conspiracy, After 25 Years, The Aquino Assassination on telly. For the clueless, 21 September 1972 was the day when Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed the proclamation placing the entire Philippines under martial law. Which, btw, Marcos likes to call "The September 21 Movement". And the old book I found is penned … [Read more...]

Today I Am Thankful, Week 3

How quickly a week passes. This makes me realise how we often dismiss the fact that time is indeed fleeting. You can only feel it during the moment when you're thinking about it. You can only look back and try to remember what we have done and think of what we will be doing. Personally, I hope I can find myself realising it while I'm doing it and be thankful. There are small things, out of the ordinary, silly things, or grand. I'd like to think that no matter what it is, or how I've felt during these events, the intensity of how they add on to my life will prove to be equal. They are parts of a whole. Everything plays a part. All of them relevant. Here are 7 things I've done, is doing, and will be doing that I'm thankful for this … [Read more...]

Today I Am Thankful

To exercise thankfulness in one's life is something that I will always strive to do. Not only will it allow you to count your hatched chicks (or so they say) but also to exercise hope for things to come soon after. We all know that time will wait for no man. Every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year in a lifetime will not pause even if you beg it to. Everything will continue to move even if you don't want to. Wouldn't it be best to just move along with it instead? There are 7 days to a week, 4 weeks to a month, 12 months to a year. And every year is like doing it all over again. But a lot of us worry about the future too much. Wanting to live it so much that they often miss what's happening today. 'The past is a ghost, … [Read more...]

Purged and Picker Uppers

Though I had said I'll be around here more often, I went and disappeared for more than a month. Fantastic, yea? I didn't mean to, really. With life happening all around, sometimes, it's good to take yourself out of the things that cause you to remain where you are. It's good to know that there's always a way out. There is no pill, prayer, or principle that will instantly undo the damage of many years. There is no growth without change; there is no change without fear or loss; and there is no loss without pain. We fear these losses because they were, at least, comfortable and familiar. … [Read more...]

Serendipity & Reflections

"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." --- Anais Nin This is not the first time I've encountered this thought. The central message has been at the back of my mind, silently guiding the way I deal with people and situations, sometimes consciously and, most of the times, not. We find ourselves amidst a storm. In it, we simply see the inconveniences and annoyances, overlooking the real dangers, sometimes. Only when it has passed that we see the things we could've done to prevent certain things, we see how much damage has been incurred. Metaphorically, it can be said that there's wisdom in hindsight. Had we heeded the signs and advise perhaps things would've been easier to deal with. Had we accepted that we've … [Read more...]