Ease My Troubles, That’s What You Do

I wanted to write something about this photo here and thinking about the title for this post came a line from Rod Stewart’s song Have I Told You Lately.

And realizing I haven’t listened to the song for a while, youtube, here I come. DJ, play the music please.

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Weekend in Hulhumale’ (Palaboy sa Hulhumale’)

*This post is with translation

I had a chance to spend an amazing weekend in Hulhumale’ and this is just another addition to my happy list.

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Instructions on How to Disappear by Gabriela Lee

In Gabriela Lee’s first book, Instructions on How to Disappear and other stories, she has meticulously and intelligently reworked numerous genre tropes. Set in future manila, a gleaming metropolis where one’s  paranoia may not be exactly unfounded and whose lashing sings tribute to Philip K. Dick, “Stations” takes on the ethical trappings of high technology adoption. “August Moon” relies on a succession of flashbacks to uncover, as well as obscure, the eventual doom of a woman who deems herself a “good wife,” while “Eyes as Wide as the Sky” depicts a post-war world – scorched yet not wholly devoid of hope. These stories insist on the unreal becoming the real, the rational melding with the irrational, familiarity breeding strangeness. An impressive debut.
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