Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sad

UberX-Files

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.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lazy

Pershirazi Dudes
uberX-Files

These dudes 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 away….

uberX-Files


Los Angeles
California

Got news 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 road!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bitcoins

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.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Slick As A Whistle




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?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Birds

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 hose....

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Multi-Hued

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.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Foggy

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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Snowden


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 end.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pay For Free?


I signed up for a trial issue on a periodical about birds with a free gift about food. It says if I don’t end up subscribing, I just write cancel on the return envelope but keep the book – as a gift. I decided not to subscribe, so I cancelled and mailed. Then the bills started arriving for the pricey gift! What? After at least 4 customer service calls and a handful of escalating bills, the paid RD addressed envelope finally arrived. How funny now that it’s finally over but at first I was annoyed, then disgusted at this tacky advertising.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Long Con Lance


He 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.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tight Like Skin



Ho Chi Minh
Vietnam

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!”

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rite Of Passage


Xhosa
South Africa

Under 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!