Tuesday, May 10, 2011

[ FIN ]

Today, I will officially migrate to my new journal. 
I have been keeping this separate blog for a while now,
and I think it's about time I leave Overture. 

              Written On Glass

For what it's worth, Overture witnessed some of the strangest
most poignant times of my existence. Thank you for being part of it,
one way or another. Until then, I hope to see you at my new home. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ode à mon Père

Last April 15, 2011, my father passed away due to pulmonary complications caused by cancer. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Nasopharyngeal Cancer in October of last year. If you happen to come across this post of mine today, please say a little prayer for my dad, Rolando M. Arenas. I believe in good intentions, so if it isn't too much, I ask you to pray for my family as well. We'll miss my old man terribly, but we've to let him go now. I'm glad he has now found rest. 

Today is Easter Sunday and it's the 9th day since my dad passed away. We visited his urn at the Columbary and prayed the rosary for the repose of his soul. If there really is an after life like what most religions dictate, I believe it only knows boundless love; there is no pain and suffering. 

I believe we are all alive somehow, whether we move through our frail bodies or one day turn to ash.

A song for my father, wherever he is. 
When you go and you must, 
my tongue will turn to dust
and goodbye won't mean a thing
on a day like today, 
I'll believe anything you say...

Dear Papa,

I know you're in a better place now. Mom, Ian, and I will miss you everyday, but we'll keep it together for you. Thank you for everything, we love you. I know I'll be seeing you one day, but until then I'll keep you in my heart.

Your only daughter,


We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestation. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But part of us greater than the sum of all parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. 
--John Green

Before death summons us, we've got to live. There is no other triumph quite like it.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In My Native Tongue

Tanong ni Spyl Balangatan:

"Sa bagong henerasyon ng mga estudyante, 
mahalaga pa ba kung saang eskwelahan 
ka nagtapos at kung may honors ka?"

Ang aking sagot:

Dalwang Punto

·         Eskwelahan
Ang masasabi ko lang ay kahit na malaki ang impluwensiya ng paaralan sa'yo bilang mag-aaral, sa iyong pagtanda, hindi sila ang nagpapasya kung ano ang landas na tatahakin mo. Bagamat mahalaga sila sa pag-hubog ng iyong kamalayan, mas mahalagang mamulat tayo sa katotohanang ito: The school DOES NOT make you, YOU make the school-- 'di mo utang ang iyong buong pagkatao sa paaralang pinanggalingan mo. Gumaganda lang ang pangalan ng eskwelahan pag may "maipagmamalaki" silang nagtapos sa institusyon nila.

·         Karangalang pang-akademiko
Naniniwala akong may halaga ito. Ngunit, kung hangad mo lang ang karangalan o titulo higit pa sa tunay na karunungang iyong magagamit upang makatulong sa kapwa mo at maging mabuting tao, kalimutan mo na. Wala kang pinag-kaiba sa mga mapagmataas at aroganteng politiko. Sayang lang and award, paubaya mo na sa iba.

x x x x

I'd like to thank my friend Spyl for engaging us constantly to think about relevant issues in our country. It's difficult to be upright in a place where everyone struggles to be "lamang" all the time. If you're Filipino, you know what I mean.

I miss my History and Sociology classes with my college professor, Ms. Carmen Penalosa. I realized it has been a while since I wrote or said anything in straight Filipino. I told Spyl that in those days, I actually appreciated writing papers for Rizal and History class. I never regarded it as a hassle. I looked forward to the class because I realized it concerns all of us as Filipinos. It concerns our past, how we are today, and what kind of nation we may become in the future. How can I not care?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Online Feature

Visit Virgogray Press Carcinogenic Poetry Online.

I would like to thank sir Michael Casares.
To read the featured poem, click here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

News Hardcore!

Manix Abrera just made my day (click on the image for a full view). For more neurotic panels on media and the perils of being a journalist in the Philippines, please visit this link.

This reminds me why I never really applied for a newspaper. I turned down a magazine offer and quit my program researcher position at a local television network. I was in the news and public affairs department actualizing content for a women's magazine show, but I just had to go. They were giving me mini-segments to produce (I guess to convince me to stay?), but I left my job even before I had the chance to write.

It occurred to me that any body who plans to take on this path has got to be a lot crazier than most of us. I can't imagine doing this for the rest of my life, but they do. They have got to be insane and seriously passionate about it-- and I admire them immensely for having that kind of drive. I wish all the best for my journalist friends, especially to my pals Micheal Mira and Yna de Leon (who is currently applying for an opening in the news department at a local television network). Be responsible writers, stay safe, and get enough sleep you, psychos. Also, I'm very proud of my former producer, Shai Lagarde (you're bolder, more beautiful and immensely creative), keep on making your dreams come true.

I think work is like marriage. Talk about commitment (issues). I've had four jobs, which could just mean I've already divorced four serious careers. But I'm not really thinking about that right now. As long as I have work that pays the bills and gives me a flexible schedule, I don't mind.

This doesn't mean I've stopped writing after every career crisis and personal turmoil that has graced me. By the way, I'm giving school another shot. I am writing.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Prelude to Summer: Laser hair removal, anyone?

Summer is the perfect time to relax and enjoy beautiful vacation spots in the country. For most women, it can also mean hair removal season. That’s right! Don’t let unwanted hair stop you from having a great time at the beach.

We all know too much shaving and plucking is not advisable and can only cause dark patches on delicate skin. These days, women have the option to stop struggling with razors or tedious plucking and turn to laser hair removal.   

Laser hair removal is a promising procedure which can give men and women smooth and hairless skin without unsightly bumps. When done properly, this method can be virtually painless. Just like any beauty procedure, it is very important to research on the latest laser hair removal treatments offered here in the Philippines. It is also necessary to select reputable clinics and trust a recommended dermatologist to perform this treatment.

Remember to openly discuss any history of skin allergy with your dermatologist before the procedure. If you’re taking any prescribed medication, inform your dermatologist so they can asses if this can have any negative side effects on your skin after the treatment. It is also very important to note that you can’t undergo laser hair removal if you have recently tanned skin. You have to wait until your skin’s normal pigment comes back before the procedure.

Ready for the beach:
With my friends at Panglao Beach, Bohol
Summer 2009

Laser hair removal is done in sessions usually in two to three week intervals or as specified by the dermatologist. It is not advisable to have prolonged sun exposure or take a dip in steam baths 24-hours after laser hair removal. Even after the procedure, patients must follow their dermatologist’s recommendation to avoid any irritation after the treatment. Kaya magpa-laser hair removal a few months before hitting the beach. :p

Laser hair removal techniques have come a long way since its introduction in the Philippines. Now available in selected clinics, Permasilk laser hair removal is an effective treatment that shows satisfying results within six to eight sessions. It uses the COMET System which is a combination of radio frequency laser and electro-optical technology which targets the hair bulb to effectively eliminate hair growth. 

Hair removal issues ni Ca.. este, naming lahat! :p

NO. 1 TIP: Get your treatment a few months before going to the beach. 

There are reputable laser hair removal clinics with professional and highly recommended dermatologists here in the Philippines that can help interested women achieve smooth armpits and legs. It can even remove hair effectively around the bikini area. One of the latest effective hair removal procedures is Permasilk laser hair removal. Remember to discuss any history of skin allergy as well as unusual skin condition openly with your dermatologist before the treatment to avoid problems. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Apparently, nothing at all.

The album of the day is Mer de Noms by A Perfect Circle

1. Today began too slow. I tend to loop the same songs on my playlist. I've to exert more effort to appreciate unfamiliar things. Friends would always have to remind me more than twice to come out of my lair. New work has come and yet I just can't get my head to start functioning again.

2. I decided to go for a long walk in the afternoon to shake off the dust I've accumulated. I was planning on watching a few movies, but I guess the DVD marathon will have to wait another day.

3. I received the Tuesday mail and, well, what can I say? It's always a pleasure to find real letters rather than bills.