Journey Life with No Lines; Chase Dreams, Foster Hope


"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...]

To Those Nights

To Those Nights, WongFu Short Film, Happy | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

"And in that moment, you realized this is exactly what you've been searching for all along yet never knew could exist 'til that moment, it was -- happy." "From the vantage point of retrospect, all seemed necessary to be exactly where he was -- happy. We'll all get there." … [Read more...]

Cocoons and Crossroads

Southern-most point of South Australia - The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Cocoon It's part of nature's course. A caterpillar isn't meant to remain a caterpillar forever. They're meant to go through a magnificent transformation. They turn into something unlike themselves somehow. They become butterflies. When it's time, elements conspire to bring about the change. They hole themselves up in little cocoons and proceed with the metamorphosis. They emerge seemingly altered completely, wholly. You would think they are, in every way, a different living thing. They were born as one thing then reborn entirely different. I had to ask why they couldn't simply sprout wings, shrink their bodies and grow longer legs as they move along? Why did they have to retreat from the world and spend a considerable amount of time … [Read more...]

The Road to Happy

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“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...]

NYE x NYD: Animated!

NYE x NYD Animated photos gif, Australia | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Admission: I don't like backlogs for photos. This just might be the reason why I take lesser photos now than I used to. Or that I prefer using MrForest (an iPhone 4S) over MrSixty (a Canon 60D) apart from the more obvious reason: size. Over the holidays, with countless things going on and my entire being fixed on vacation mode, i.e. spending less time in front of the computer, et al. So, come the time I had to update my camera uploads (thanks, DropBox!), I'm buried with loads. THEN I get too lazy to work on them. Work-around: I try to come up with themes either for a Facebook album upload or a blog post as I work through stacks. Animated NYE x NYD photo set I found a bunch of photos I took using a remote and with MrSixty fixed … [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...]

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 Ah, … [Read more...]

5 and 30 Years

5 and 30 years | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

With all this hullabaloo about the world ending yesterday, I thought I was saved from having to write this. Since my plans of dying a year younger than I am now failed, let's couple the celebration with a birthday. Ironic, isn't it? I reckon looking back to the last 5 years with a bit of random trivia can lighten up the somber mood. I get to have 5 wishes, too! Thirty Quietly welcomed it through writing, music and coffee at Starbucks. Blogged about it here: Celebrating A Birthday. Random trivia: My birthday should've been 14th of December had I decided to come into the world on time. I reckon I was such a good little girl even before I was out of my mother's womb since, due to certain, er, let's just call them inconveniences at … [Read more...]

The Land of Green and Gold

Horse Paddock, Weeds, Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island, South Australia, Australia |, 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...]