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...]

Mood Notes: Leaving and living; life starts anew


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...]

Melbourne, Sydney, and the Great Ocean Road

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Looks like one of my birthday wishes will come true sooner than expected, or at least, get a good head start. First 2 weeks of 2013, I'll be on the road again, traversing the land of green and gold. Destination: Melbourne, Sydney, and the Great Ocean Road! Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria, Australia I've been in and out of Australia five times since 2005 and I've been to Melbourne twice; last time was last year. But it's still one of the most beautiful cities I've been to so I'm looking forward to this trip. If I got the itinerary right, time there will be very interesting. I'm also looking forward to catching up with an old friend. Sydney Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia (photo by sydneytheatre.com.au) Ah, … [Read more...]

The Land of Green and Gold

Horse Paddock, Weeds, Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island, South Australia, Australia | The-Parody.com, Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

I like Roadtrips. I do. I imagine it filled with offbeat music, long chats, junk food, odd encounters, and peculiar imagery -- all these will form part of the "remember when.." stories which will fuel future conversations. Traveling by road will definitely allow folks to bond. Well, I happen to think that traveling does help one get a glimpse of the other person's personality. A few days spent away from the city was received with delight. It's expected that I will take photos but I wasn't really planning to conduct a photo project on my own. It was simply a case of losing sleep due to the cold, fascination with the sunrise and horses, and the guilt over not spending more time with MrSixty as I should. A humble effort to capture 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...]