friday night solo malling

On my way home from work tonight, I took a side trip to Megamall. It’s Friday, I had no plans and didn’t feel like heading home right away. So I roamed Megamall’s bookstores and the gadget stores in Cyberzone.

I’ve done this aimless malling countless times before and it has proven therapeutic most of the time. The key is to not have any objective or agenda—no necessary stuff to shop for. I just let myself get lost in the sea of books, picking up and browsing whatever strikes my fancy, studying cover designs, and checking how our book products are being merchandised on the shelves. (Okay, I know I’m somehow still working even when I’m supposed to relax…)

While at Cyberzone, I window-shop: checking the prices of the laptops and convincing myself that Kierk, my HP laptop bought last August, was a good buy considering my budgetary constraints. I also look at the latest cellphones. Sometimes I even inquire about the price of the model I own. (By the way, I got a new phone just last month, a Sony Ericsson K750i—fantabulous!) I do this, again, to convince myself that my purchase was a good deal. Sometimes I also inquire about tech stuff I might consider buying in the near or distant future. Tonight I asked about the price of a 1GB Memstick Duo Pro for my K750i, and tried to keep a straight face when the sales person said “4500.” Gulp. Just asking.

Before catching a bus home, I decided on impulse to grab a copy of Mobile Philippines magazine. I have browsed previous issues of this unusually-sized mag (formerly called “m|ph”) and found the articles very interesting. But I’ve always been too cheap to actually get a copy for myself, until tonight. The beautiful Cheska Garcia was on the cover, but even more oooh-inspiring were the content teasers printed around her. Ah, this one’s going to be a chill-out, geeky Friday evening. And so it was.

simple pleasures

Huh? What was that? *quick turn-around* Oh, Gladys and Liezl have tagged me! 🙂 So here are my top 10 simple pleasures, in no particular order (maybe there should also be a list of “complicated pleasures?” Just a thought…)

  1. Arriving at work early, with enough time to make coffee or swing by 7-11 to grab a Big Gulp.
  2. Stored value card, shades, ear-plugged music, and ample airconditioning aboard the crowded MRT (I’ve stopped hoping to get seated.)
  3. A good book on a rainy day.
  4. Roaming gadget stores and just salivating at the expensive gizmos.
  5. Belly-aching laughter and heart-to-heart talks (in alternating order) with friends.
  6. Coffee, wifi, and solitude. Ahhh…
  7. A 1.5-L bottle of Coke or Pepsi just for moi.
  8. Sleeping without having to set the alarm.
  9. Singing — Sometimes composing alternate, fun lyrics. Latest project: the “lotion” compilation! Hehe.)
  10. Smiling at myself, just because I know I could use one 😉

I pass the ball to… all those on my link list who haven’t done this yet. (General ba? Hehe.) So there. Tag, tag, tag!

in print!

Hi, Kim!

Your prodigal writer is checking in. I just want to keep you posted on the (slow) progress of my article. I am still wrestling with it, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 I will definitely turn it in before Monday, the 20th. Truly sorry for the delay. Thank you very much for your patience and consideration. (I’m getting nightmares thinking how I could already be upsetting your schedule!)


That was my email to Kim, the editor of InterLit (an international Christian publishing magazine), last February. I did not make the original deadline and was getting frustrated with the slow birth of my article about cover design. Please don’t get nightmares, Kim good-naturedly emailed back. The wonderful editor that she is, Kim very graciously encouraged me and granted me an extension. Two weeks past the original deadline and almost twice the assigned word count of 1000 (too much adrenaline sent me zooming past the word limit), I took a deep breath and emailed my article to Kim. She then promptly – in less than two days! – sent me back my edited piece. It was about 200 words shorter, but tighter and better. I was dreading a rewrite, but Kim assured me there was no need for that. I smiled at her generous compliments.

That was almost four months ago. Today I got my copies of InterLit in the mail. Yipee! Of course, I read and read and read my piece, each time finding something I thought could be better phrased or organized. But I am generally happy about it and thankful for the opportunity to contribute to InterLit. After I had enough of vanity reading, I pored over the other articles — written by publishers in places like Africa, Romania, Russia — and found them insightful and helpful.

It is a great feeling to finally see in print what you’ve written — your words, your thoughts, your by-line. All the more exciting is the thought that God just might use it to help or inspire someone out there. Getting published can be so elating that the joy can overshadow the memory of the oftentimes agonizing (at least for this slow writer) process of writing. Which shouldn’t be the case. I would do well to remember that writing is hard work. But it’s the kind that I think I won’t mind doing over and over again.

To those who prayed for me and encouraged me as I snailed through the writing process, MANY THANKS!

a seat, a room, a space

There is a comfortable seat in front of me
It’s sometimes occupied, other times empty
I have a list of people I’d love to recline there
Chat for hours, laugh outloud, our hearts laid bare

There is a room somewhere in my head
Inside it lounge all the people I dread
Some of whom I have grossly disappointed,
While some have pained me, left me for dead

There is a space in my heart that longs
For a certain something or certain someone’s songs
Some days I hear a tune that seems to fit
Only to find out it’s just not it