She was silent the entire trip. Her silence punctuated by
long sighs, which turned to quiet sobs when I asked if she was all right. She
shook her head. I said, “You can tell me”,
as the car stopped at destination. “I
can’t.” she said, shaking her head tears were flowing now. I reached for an
orange and said, “This will make your
sadness go away.” She cupped the orange like her life depended upon it,
smiled, wiped her tears then gently got out of the car. Man, such sadness! The
raw emotion so thick, I can almost touch it.
are Persians. Very good natured and
loud and funny and drunk. I said, “I know
a Persian girl before, she’s from Shiraz.” “Shiraz!” They shouted out loud. “Shirazi women are lazy! They lounge around the
whole day doing nothing.” I said “Really?”
“Really man, that’s what they’re known
for!” I said, “You know what I’m
going to call her and tell her “Hi! You know what? You’re lazy! And then I’ll
hang up the phone!” We laughed so loud about this ‘til destination. “You’re cool.” They said. “And so are you dude,” I said, then drove
good and bad. First the bad - been extremely busy! The good? – Plenty of
stories to tell. For several months now, I’ve been driving with uber. It’s like taxi service but
you use your own car. It’s an opportunity to see the city while earning a
little bit of money. Cali is so
spread out and has everything: the ocean, mountains, deserts and snow, all
reachable within a day. It’s a way to be out of the house too – I mean, away
from all my kids’ crying and whining. Haha so be prepared of hilarity from the
Bitcoins are virtual currencies
obtained thru mining, a process of solving complex math
problems using computers. There is a finite number of them that can
be mined, and the closer one gets to the last bitcoin, the
more difficult it is to mine. Right now, each is worth $762.4,
ridiculously much higher than the most valued currency on the planet!
Bitcoins are created by a genius going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto. It was introduced in 2008, caught steam and became a
hell of a storm. Satoshi Nakamoto has since then disappeared,
perhaps now sipping margaritas somewhere in the Caribbean.
Before the toilet paper were leaves and
corncobs, and an assortment of such things. But if you want to be
whistling your way out feeling fresh and clean, tug at that rope, the
one that pulls in the cow for a good l**king?
They usually play around the 3-tiered
cascade, but the bottom part where the pump is leaks, so the ones
that hold water are the upper cascades where birds bathe and play for
days. I usually let the fountain run for a couple of hours before
turning it off but for days, the front yard's been
uncharacteristically quiet. The birds are gone! It's been completely
dewatered that's why, even the green algae has dried and became just
a brown stain on concrete. I know just what to do. Now, where's that
This gender frenzy doesn't easily die
down which only adds spice to the Sochi Winter Olympics. But
really, I think gender preference has transcended from being a moral
issue to being a matter of personal choice. Are we back in the day when atheists
were perceived as devil worshipers and American Indians has yet to
attain person status? Gone are those days! But you can't
really argue with the media especially if it's drawing a lot of
attention from the impressionable general public. So instead, the
Russian government used a different tack: No more talk. Lo and behold
- the Rainbow Gloves.
A stretch of CA2 is straddled by mountain saddles. I was speeding through it on my way downtown. From the mountains up ahead, fog
came rolling down towards us. Within seconds the sun disappeared and
visibility was reduced to a few meters. Headlights were
turned on and we slowed down. Suddenly all you see are faint glow
of red taillights as white haze tried to hide us from each other.
It's that kind of moment when nature suddenly grips you by the throat
and leaves you breathless, awestricken by its raw power.
Despite US request for extradition, China let go of Snowden
from Hongkong to Russia; and then Cuba; final destination – Ecuador.
It’s a trail for all to see the big picture, that there’s an alliance strong enough
to oppose the lone superpower. Russia was a big chunk of the once
mighty USSR and it’s still very
powerful with its nuclear arsenal and all, and it’s allied with economic
powerhouse China. Add Iran to the equation, and Cuba and Venezuela plus the ALBA bloc
and you have a real threat to the throne. I wonder how this will unfold in the
struggled and survived cancer, setup a foundation
to help others who have it then went for the impossible – won Tour De France 7 times! Who wouldn’t be
smitten? Ever since the first win he was accused of cheating and the accusations
kept coming but he fought and proved them wrong in every forum. Did he really? He?
Who’s a larger-than-life, against-all-odds victorious hero? But now it makes
sense: He’s rarely caught smiling on cam and he doesn’t mingle with riders other
than his teammates - because he’s a false champ who conned us all, this guy Lance Armstrong.
Hanoi, a northern
city near the China border has cold
winters while Ho Chi Minh in the
south has tropical weather, hot and humid. As I stepped out of the tarmac at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the
air hugged me tightly like skin; it kept me in like clothing, warm and
comforting. I scanned the waiting area looking for a dignified diplomat in coat
and tie. Being the Philippines’ Honorary Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh, Gerry was surprisingly dressed casually in white shirt
and blue jeans. We shook hands as I started removing my winter coat. . “Welcome to Vietnam!”
Xhosa tradition this rite of passage is more elaborate.
While the circumcision man was sharpening the knife with a rock, the boy sat on
a coconut under a guava tree whose leaves he chewed – to disinfect the wound. “Are you ready?” Before the boy could
answer, he lifted the foreskin, inserted the knife and in rapid succession
hammered it with a stick! “Spit on the
cut.” He did. And the pain, the hotness, and raw feeling it felt gave way
to a scream that has woken the entire neighborhood! That was my rite of passage. I was a man!