Dec 10, 6:54 PM at CBTL Shang: "I'm in Shang, alone. Actually I'm going home na. It's so cold in here, I forgot to bring my laptop. Studying! I have exam tomorrow, two quizzes. Accounting, theology. Ayoko nang mag-entrep. I'm so tired."


Part of my (new) job is to cover events for social media accounts, so naturally I had to take some photos with a DSLR. I spent an hour last Thursday skimming through the photos, laughing heartily and wondering what the hell was going on with my photos. Maybe my company should hire an event photographer moving forward?

But if I have to select a photo that would best describe my 2015, maybe an image from the same photo album would fit the bill?

Also, a list of resolutions, in no particular order:
  • Revive my Twitter account both for work- and life-related reasons
  • Read, read, read more books, hopefully with writing better as a goal
  • Read less stupid online articles (Esquire is leading in this list)
  • Buy and read books written by Filipinos
  • Eat more greens, less meat stews and greasy shit (workable, since I know I've succeeded in feeling invariably guilty with the idea of pigging out at any fastfood chain)
  • Hang out with people who are sportif, or if not, subsist on seven-minute exercises
  • Another kind of exercise I should do often: French exercises on Duolingo
  • For the love of mankind, make a zine
  • Come up with new ideas for blog posts
  • Publish more posts for haiku, pinned tabs, things I wished I bought, anthropology, and web exploration


You can measure the mark of a man on the day that he dies
In the mixture of memory and wreckage that he leaves behind
- from Song for Josh, by Frank Turner


Found out that Mexico, after all, was conquered by the French during the 1860s, thanks to a review on a Mexican-French restaurant from Jonathan Gold, a food critic at the Los Angeles Times, which Chuvaness mentioned in her review of Din Tai Fung at SM Megamall. The search strings led me to two things (not counting a wiki on Veracruz): a wonderful recipe on the Yucatan version Pollo en Escabeche, only having a citrus-and-spice twist on our adobo; and The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, a series of five paintings by Edouard Manet.


But isn’t there something strange about the picture, the closeness between them, even though they’re not looking at each other? The way that they aren’t looking at each other. It’s very powerful, don’t you think?”
- from The Very Rigid Search, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Cracking Eggs

We press our lips to the enameled rim of the cups
and know this grease that floats
over the coffee will one day stop our hearts.
 - from Morning, Thinking of Empire by Raymond Carver


You're scared when you think you're having it easy.


"I think you should give cooks a prep list you know they can’t complete. Give them a list you know they won’t be able to do. Every day, they’ll do more things than they did the day before, and eventually they’ll complete that list." 

 - from Why Cooking is a Team Sport, by Wylie Dufresne