Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Lovely, Lovelorn Little Poem For Valentine's Day

       Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, here's a short poem (by Anna Peters) I found floating in my Facebook News Feed yesterday. I learned that it's quite popular in the Internet and it's a well-deserved popularity. It's lovely and lovelorn, and quite memorable, and will remind you of the beautiful poems of Lang Leav.


       Wait, it's Christmas, not Valentine's Day, which is just around the corner.

       I should've posted a Christmas carol, my bad.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Very Old Woman And A Turnstile That Would Not Open

       "Disappointment haunted all my dreams..."
                                              The Monkees, "I'm A Believer"

       Yesterday, I had a dazed and surreal day.

       I got out of the house at noon to go to an office complete with a red umbrella, a jacket and a peanut nougat bar in my pocket, the only thing lacking was the reason I  got out of the house— the documents I needed to deposit at the office. I went back to the house—I had already walked several blocks— grabbed the precious documents, braved the rain once again and boarded a passenger jeepney.

       While inside the jeepney, the woman beside me was blatantly lying to someone she was talking to on her cell phone. “It’s a verrrry slow-moving traffic here, we’ve been stuck on the same spot for thirty minutes,” she claimed while the vehicle we were in was fairly moving “And oh, the rain was so heavy and (she mentioned a name) has fallen asleep beside me,” she said. But she was alone and it was just a drizzle. I subtly moved away from her.

       Then, while she continued to lie, a very old woman, who was probably already 342 years old, okay, she’s a lot younger than that but I was almost certain that she’s more than a hundred years old, boarded the jeepney alone. She looked so fragile that we, her co-passengers, were worried that she’d shatter every time she moved and she strangely kept moving from seat to seat.

       I alighted from the jeepney and climbed onto an LRT station, bought a ticket and repeatedly and exasperatedly swiped it but the goddamned turnstile just wouldn’t open. I kept on swiping the ticket, with the queue behind me getting longer until someone pointed out to me that I was swiping the ticket on the wrong part of the machine—too embarrassing, yes and I was at that station at least once a week.

       I finally got in and the train was already arriving when I noticed that I was standing too close to the edge of the platform and was in danger of being hit by the train. Fortunately, I was able to step back in time, boarded the train in one piece and reached the office alive.

       I got out after a few hours, boarded a jeepney again and while fighting the urge to doze off, The Monkees’ “I'm A Believer” started to play in the vehicle’s crappy stereo.

       And today, I woke up sick.

       Most peculiar day, indeed.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Green is The Colour of Pink Floyd's Early Years

       On November 11, 2016, The Early Years 1965-1972,  Pink Floyd’s massive 27-disc box set that includes unreleased outtakes and demos, TV appearance, performance, interviews, three films, and 20 unreleased songs will be released. This is a news that will definitely send the fans jumping for joy—until we realize that it’s too pricey for its US$550 price tag.

       Anyway, the box set includes this previously unreleased video for Green Is The Colour, a songa love song to an island written for the film More. And what can I say? The video is as lovely and as sweet as the song. Seeing Pink Floyd (with Waters in it) performing live is always a delight. 

Green Is The Colour

Heavy hung the canopy of blue
Shade my eyes and I can see you
White is the light that shines through the dress that you wore

She lay in the shadow of the wave
Hazy were the visions of her playing
Sunlight on her eyes but moonshine made her cry every time

Green is the color of her kind
Quickness of the eye deceives the mind
Envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned

Monday, October 31, 2016

Horror Movies To Make Your Halloween A Little Creepier


       Today is Halloween.

       Today is a scary day because ghosts, they say, are roaming the streets, entering the houses and are trying to see what’s up and what’s new with the living. Some will tap you on your shoulder, others will just sit quietly beside you and watch TV with you.

       That's not scary enough ? You want this day to be a little scarier? Try watching (or rewatching) these great horror films that are really scary, horror films that will not only have you on the edge of your seat but will literally knock you off your chair:

       1. The Conjuring (2013): Based on true events, two paranormal investigators (husband and wife), help a family that is being terrorized by a dark presence in their house.  Don’t watch this film alone and make sure the lights are on.

       2. The Ring (2002) : A journalist investigates a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone who watches it.  Most jump scare tactics don’t work on me but when Sadako crawled out of that TV, I literally jumped from my seat and hid underneath it. I only came out when the movie had finished.

       3. The Sixth Sense (1999) : A boy who sees dead people seeks the help of a child psychologist.  Our jaws all dropped when the twist about the child psychologist was revealed.

       4. The Others (2001) : A woman is convinced that the old house she’s living in with her family is haunted. Watching  Nicole Kidman’s pretty face in any movie is already worth the ticket price, but in this movie, she will creep you out.

       5. The Descent (2005) : Spelunkers get trapped in a cave and are stalked and hunted by monstrous predators. Low budget movie that offers plenty of scares.

       And finally, here’s an out of place but timely reminder for the occasion I found haunting the Internet.

       Never wait until it’s too late to express your love.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Black Ink Comics, Komikon And Your Facebook Memories

       Photo above reappeared today at my Facebook newsfeed. I posted it exactly four years ago. Time flies, indeed. The event was the 8th Komikon held at Bayanihan Center, Unilab Compund in Pasig City, on October 27, 2012. People at the photo were, at that time, Black Ink Comics artists. Third guy from left is Filipino artist extraordinaire Randy Valiente and the pretty lady beside him is the editor of Black Ink Comics. I can’t remember the identity of the other two  guys with them. This was the time when Black Ink Comics still published traditional comic books, now, they’re focused on manga.
       Here's Black Ink's Facebook page, you can find their works and artists here: Black Ink Comics.
       This blog entry is brought to you by Facebook memories. Remember, Facebook cares about you and your memories.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Little Haiku About Something Green And Winged


A peek beyond it
Gives you glimpse of an angel
That's flying away

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Star

‘Twas a dark rainy night
Everyone’s rarin’ to go home, cursin’ the blight
But not you
The gods had a precious gift for you
There’s a star right in front of you, hiding from the terror sky
The star that’d been refusing to shine its light on you for some time
But it’s okay, you could bask in its shade, and prance
And stare forever at its blinding, dazzling light from a distance
‘Twas a dark rainy night
Everyone’s rarin’ to leave the place, cursin’ their plight
But not you
The gods, that night, smiled at you…