Enter the Mini, say hello to MrMe

iPad Mini, Black, Back | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Finally gave in and got me a tablet. Since the first iPad came out years ago, there were folks who asked me if I was going to get one. I said, maybe. But as you can see, it's the end of 2013 and the new and newer tablets will be available locally very soon, AND I've only bought my first tablet today, a first-gen iPad Mini, that I'm calling MrMe. (Points for you if you get why I named it that, haha) image: pinkybolar.com Reason why it took me this long to get one: I couldn't find any use for it. What changed? My work for the next few months will be undeniably hectic and I know I will need all the help I can get, electronically. PLUS there's research involved. SO, since MrMe will serve as my PDA, I just need bare minimum specs: 16 GB … [Read more...]

A Weekend of Dogs and Horror Movies


My plans for that weekend were simply composed of the UAAP finals game on a Saturday, and writing plus coffee on a Sunday. However, it's refreshing to have my weekend not totally altered, just made a little special. Thematic, no less! Saturday Saturday early evening, after the game, I found myself driving along the long stretch of Daang Hari on my way to meet up with cousins. It's been a while since I last hung out with them and I was looking forward to it. However, I have to admit highlight of my night was this adorable canine: a one-year old Chow Chow called Kelsey. Kelsey, a Chow Chow If you were to judge our relationship with just this photo, you wouldn't believe that I can paint our first meeting with a drastic … [Read more...]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Scanning the shelves at a bookstore for a title that will somehow call out to me, I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed. I'm slowly beginning to accept that it's a good thing to let yourself enter into certain situations without really thinking about what will happen; only carrying this hope that you'll discover and experience something terrific, something new, something that will be surprisingly relevant to your present state. Each instance that solidifies this thought has been wonderful for me. I'm trying remember the last time I was this excited about a book. Looking at the stack of unread books in my room, I know how I can be: I'd be psyched about a certain book while I'm queueing up at the counter but the next thing I … [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...]