There were two other statues, both painted gold but neither could I identify. Morning light flooded the hall from the portals along the walls and the diamond windows from the roof. Hanging from the ceiling was an intricate metal chandelier.
Granted that a night bus ride limits the view because of darkness, I see it as the dimming of the lights in a theater just before the curtain rises to start the show. And what is the name of that show?
As I turned the corner, I saw the sign. It was great to see green space in the heart of an urban complex. From where I stood, I could already see where the park started—and ended! While I was gladdened by the sight, it also confounded me. “This is it? This is all of it?!”
Take me out and we’ll karaoke
Tonight we feel famous, don’t we?
Pick me up and we’ll make a movie
I’m acting like the world can’t hold me down, down, down
They’ll never hold me down, down, down
We’ll pass the mic around, around, around, around
Through cooperation with the Rustans Group of Companies, TWG Tea opened their doors in the Philippines in November 7, 2012, which was the seventh international opening for the company. As of this writing, they have six branches in the Philippines, all found within Metro Manila.
While there were other celebrities who shared their thoughts online, a number of my friends pointed to you as being one of the few worth being read. Your wit was on point and it was concise—which was so refreshing after seeing wordy tirades.
For those in a hurry and live in Metro Manila: consider choosing the NBI branch in Robinson’s Otis, which is in Paz Mendoza Guazon, Pandacan, Manila. It’s quite out of the way, which is why there are fewer applicants there, causing only some of the allotted 500 slots for either AM or PM half to be used.
We listened to their tales of how they started writing and the inspiration for their works, answers on how to overcome depression, writer’s block, and other hurdles, and their opinions about literature, writing, and career choices.
They have created a great number of ice cream flavors, some of them inspired by regional favorites and national treats: champorado with dilis (chocolate rice porridge with anchovies), sapin-sapin (colorful layers of rice cake), green mango with bagoong (fish paste), and the legendary leche flan pie. Some are now regulars and others are limited editions.
Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart an army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong
When I saw my food, I was kind of surprised to see that the burger had a knife stuck to it. Guess they’re assuring me that the meat is dead. Thanks but I don’t think stabbing is needed.
The varying penmanship, the blocky prints and wriggling cursive, all with their own depth and force completed by ink, lead, or colorful wax. The rough and simple illustrations that recall kindergarten efforts. Words vainly covered by liquid erasers.