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Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Art And Wine

Last Thursday Jan. 24 D and I attended the opening of the art exhibit “Presensiya: The Art of JapaneseAdobo” at The Wine Museum along Aurora Blvd. (former Tramo Road) in Pasay City. Before that night, I’ve known Ron only online via his blog, Instagram, and Facebook. I knew he painted, but it was only when he made a painting for Corporate Closet that I took notice of his art.

He paints in bold colors, clear delineations, often singular images. Clearly he has a point of view and an eye for composition. What’s inspiring is how he did it. He just mentioned his dream to his boss. His boss supported him, and now his paintings are on the walls of The Wine Museum. What’s more, proceeds from the sale of his paintings will go to ABS-CBN Foundation.

Check out his paintings at:

The Art of JapaneseAdobo

The Wine Museum
2253 Aurora Blvd (former Tramo Road)
Pasay City

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


No matter how many books, movies, and TV shows I’ve seen, no matter how many friends and acquaintances I’ve known and observed through the years, nothing really prepares you for a relationship. D and I have been at it for more than two and a half years, and still I’m learning things--about agreements, about commitment, about myself. It can get unnerving at times. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. But then  it can also be quietly reassuring. Sometimes the lesson is so subtle, the impact creeps up on you on a quiet Sunday afternoon. But often it’s simply matter-of-fact, and that’s fine by me. It’s only those difficult times that take a toll on us, especially on D. And for that I am truly sorry.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

From 2012 To 2013

Dec. 31, 2012, 11:24pm - Outside the noise of revelry is getting louder, the pauses between booms are getting shorter. I’m checked in at a condotel in QC. Here is where I’ll be when the old year gives in to the new. D is with his family in the province. And for several years now our family celebrates New Year during lunch time on January 1.

Online, my FB and Twitter friends are taking stock of the year that was, while expressing hope for the year that will be. It’s understandable. People make a big deal of endings and beginnings. When I was younger I too made a big deal of the New Year. I was very conscious of the clock striking 12, as if there was an invisible barrier that separated not just the years but also past mistakes and future goals. Resolutions had to be made, the old giving way to the new.

But as the years piled up, my attitude changed. It also helped a lot that, thanks to cable news, I can actually watch major cities throughout the globe celebrate the New Year one after the other. Time isn’t as clear-cut. The world is round. Life moves in circles and cycles. And the past has a way of informing the present as we stumble our way into the future. Change can happen in an instant, but real, long-lasting change echoes through time.

Have a Happy New Year.