28 August 2007

different air

i just came from san pablo. it rained there for a bit.

and everything smelled sweet after that.

manila smells different. old. burnt. dry.

plant more trees.

26 August 2007


these days, i'm having a hard time tutoring robin. like any other 9-year old, he's more interested in watching tv or playing with the computer. we do not have a playstation or a gameboy so those are the ones he's interested in. but when we start doing his assignments he starts yawning and acting like the world is caving in on his head.

maybe i should start introducing him to coffee.

08 August 2007

prayers for rain

robin and i just finished our before-sleeping prayers.

he prayed for more rain. i asked why.

"... so that i don't have school tomorrow. goodnight"

har har

tipsy and blogging

there is something to be said about waking up from a nap to the sound of surf in the city. the problem is i am about 2 kilometers away from manila bay. floods can be good or bad depending on one's state of mind.

i don't like to wake up early tomorrow. but then again most people don't want to.

after "chedeng" there's "dodong" (names of tropical storms in the philippine area of responsibility). we prayed from rain. and someone said, "sure." we got plenty. but its all for the good, i think.

all this while cruel summer of bananarama is wafting in the background.

goodnight. and have a nice life.

flooded in

well, for today, we are flooded in. i can't complain though. its not hot and we have been praying for rain. robin's happy though because classes has been suspended.

07 August 2007

new old house

it always surprises and amazes me how moving to another house can alter the day to day rhythm of life. we recently moved to another house although i did live here several years ago when i was lonely and single. but this time around i have a family.

these days, i wake up a bit earlier than usual but i still try to sleep by 10:30. there is more to do because we don't have any help. there's more to clean. ugh. there's lesser plants around but we have started greening up the place -- a couple of young palm trees; several white angel plants - potted by us and placed along the window lines; a handful of celias (hanging plants) in the windows; a garlic vine; a red leafy, grassy 'thing' -- well, its growing like crazy; along the stairs there's a trio of potted san franciscos with strange colors, certainly not the usual colors; a dama de noche in a really large pot and i just planted a handful of climbing ivy along the base of the walls behind the house.

its a bit tough on the finances and more hard work than usual but all in all, we are, i am, happy.

pictures later.