A Little Too Late

This short story was written for the theme Spooky Season. The prompt says to write about someone’s first Halloween as a ghost.

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When you die, you won’t matter to anyone or anything anymore except to the worms that would feast on your flesh until only your bones are left under your grave. Fragments of your flesh will soon be ashes or dust, subject to dissipation, and just another element that can cause a sneeze. Family and friends will keep you in their memories, but their world will continue to move without you. You will just be like another file in their hard drive, kept, to be forgotten. Soon you’ll fade away, and even the closest of person will start forgetting the sound of your laughter, your tiny nuances, and all the lines and details of your face. That is life. And death.  Continue reading “A Little Too Late”

On Such A Day

I was waiting for one particular announcement from the morning news – class suspension, that is. My eyes shifted between the TV to my plastic plate with faded pink flower prints that contained steamed rice and fried eggs which I could not call sunny side up as that would be ironic when even the faintest beam of light couldn’t get past the thick, dense, dark gray clouds. Light rain produced mellow sprinkling sound on the roof, remains of the relentless downpour the previous night. I was done with my breakfast when the news presenter declared class suspension for primary and secondary levels only so, I quickly made my move before all college students like me who waited for the same announcement could flock to the streets. Not getting a space in jeepneys or FX and getting stuck into heavy traffic was the last thing I wanted on such a day.

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Hi Bye Mama: A Reminder on How Painfully Beautiful Life Is

Cha Yu Ri (Kim Tae-Hee) is a ghost who have been lingering on Earth, staying close to her husband and daughter, family and friends for five years until one day she miraculously came back to life but only for 49 days.

Hi Bye Mama reminded me of how beautiful yet painful this life can be. How we take life for granted and ignore that death is a fact until it is right in front of us. Continue reading “Hi Bye Mama: A Reminder on How Painfully Beautiful Life Is”

Day 9 – Turtles All the Way Down and Other Books

Since we have less work and more offs, I had more time to read. And I take only two to three evenings to finish a book so here are the recent three.

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Thoughts: On Vodka, Beers and Regrets

On Vodka, Beers and Regrets revolves around the story of Jane Pineda (Bella Padilla) who was struggling with her alcohol addiction while watching the slow death of her showbiz career. Jane meets Francis (JC Santos), a vocalist of a band who had a crush on her in high school while she was at the peak of her career. They fall in love. She changes.

The end.

Sounds like a typical love story.

It is. But it’s not. And it is beautiful.

A picture of a sad and ugly reality, beautifully made into a movie pulling some heart strings here and there.

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Voyager and Other Fictions: The Collected Stories of Jose Dalisay

If there will come a time that I would need to sell my books and leave only a few with me, Jose Dalisay’s Voyager and Other Fictions is definitely going to stay on my shelf and here’s why: Continue reading “Voyager and Other Fictions: The Collected Stories of Jose Dalisay”

Being Hotelier: Types Of Hotel Guests That We Usually Meet

Working in the hospitality industry can be quite interesting because of the different types of people that we meet on a day to day basis. But, interesting as it is, it can also be challenging as not all people are happy campers.

So here’s my list of the Type of Hotel Guests that we usually meet: Continue reading “Being Hotelier: Types Of Hotel Guests That We Usually Meet”

2 Main Takeaways from Lisa See’s Island of Sea Women

Island of Sea Women is the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, set in a Japanese Occupied Jeju Island of Korea.

Young-Sook and Mi-ja came from different backgrounds but they became inseparable until certain circumstances broke them apart. Continue reading “2 Main Takeaways from Lisa See’s Island of Sea Women”