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Photo by Jefferson Solayao, 2016

Friday, May 26, 2017

Caught a ridiculous makeover of young people on TV:

--One insisted on doing her own hair and ended up looking like a mall flower vendor.

--Another refused to have her hair cut, thinking she looks most beautiful that way without realizing that she actually looks like the cartoon Aurora in the 1960s, Walt Disney Sleeping Beauty.

--Yet another looked like a CGI model for The Adventures of TinTin.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A bachelor will most likely invite an odd number to his party.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sun is a garage emergency light.
An overweight broadcaster falls gravely ill.
Wine, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, and natural honey are good base materials for potions because they keep well.
It is where a person is, not where he came from, that matters the most.
People with short tempers usually have tortured minds.
Bury three more shiny coins in your bowl of earth.
One of the three desired him enough to help finance his project, but he was particularly revolted because he was desired.
Life is a battle only if you make it so. The last quarter of your life should no longer be spent fighting but resting and enjoying everything you amassed early on.
The more he received praises and compliments, the more he became lax with himself and took things for granted.
People have been using the term "spot on" for years and years. Now people are also using the term "bang on". What is the origin of "bang on"? Is it connected in some way with explosions caused by terrorists?
A word of encouragement, whether sincerely meant or not, goes a long, long way.
Cooking is an art that will never die, because everyone eats and likes eating.
A beautiful figurine should also cast a beautiful shadow.
In times of crisis, you function well if you can function alone.
Living in high places does not improve your status.
Teach the disabled to master technology, for they will be best at it.
A mage is never impressed by students who audition for acceptance.
Having children will irreversibly change your life and your priorities.
Most people who are reliant on medication fear the onset of night.
A mage never diminishes in power and in technique, for both of those are cumulative from his eighth birthday.
Not only the players, but the spectators also, must be good sports.
When you are finally turning in for the night, close your eyes and travel, in your mind, through all of the rooms in the house.
You sleep well only when your children are fed and resting peacefully in their beds.
Like pure gold, your brilliant works never tarnish, no matter how hard others try to devalue them.
We are all given obstacles of the same difficulty and intensity, but it just never looks that way to everyone.
War is always waged between men and not between gods, but it is the gods who decide who win and who lose.
A constellation that is already shining in the firmament can no longer be torn down by anyone.
Do not think visually all of the time. Think verbally as well.
The halos and the rays of light will always come not from within your head but from the starship that is above you.
Do not dream of setting up a First-World restaurant for a Third-World clientele. Your intentions may be noble, but you will eventually lose your money and plunge into bankruptcy.

Know especially that, to complicate matters, you may be a First-World person but your staff will be Third-World unless you offer them First-World salaries, and that, even if you send them off to training, they will soon leave you to cross over to greener pastures, usually abroad.

That is why I have always advised M. to keep his cafe a "local local".
A missed opportunity never offers itself again.
Honor only what should be honored, not what others tell you to blindly honor.
Public relations are an indication that someone wants to take something away from you.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesdays-Thursdays in my study. Tea and black coffee. Conducting intensive research with the new Spirit Questors for a client who needs the appropriate magical symbols, rituals, and spells for treasure hunting.

In the Philippines, hunters believe that buried treasure is guarded by elementals. Once the hunters get close to the treasure, the elementals wreak havoc and cause the hunters to fight (and in many cases kill) one another.

In the Cordilleras, there is an albularya who is consulted specifically for treasure hunts. She has a covered basket in each corner of her room. She takes a dish filled with herbs and offerings to each basket. If all four baskets manifest a glow (like a candle glow) from within, the consultants have the go signal to proceed with their treasure hunt.
A quiet, demure man is usually the target of dominating women who want him both as a husband and as a trophy.
Every man should know how to shield himself even from the most unlikely predators.
When you invite an atchay to lunch, you will of course pay for his lunch.

When you invite an atchay to a light, mid-afternoon snack, he will scan the menu and then say, "I haven't had lunch," as though he'd been working the whole morning through noon. He will then order not a snack but lunch.

Either way you pay for his lunch.
Because they sent trash, their bodies became trash.
Personality has flavors.
Every young artist believes that the world is there for him to take.

Every mature artist knows that the world is there for others, and that his duty in that world is merely to truthfully describe it.
Tony Perez's Art of War: Your critics live in the ignorance of believing that you would rather be someone other than yourself, and in the ignorance of never believing that you would rather be yourself, inclusive of all your imperfections, at any time.
The sky wept briefly, and showered ill will among the men who would not understand why they, too, should have been in grief.
My uncle, Fr. Francisco M. Perez, SJ, passed away today. He was one of the gentlest men I have ever known.

The wake will be at Ateneo de Manila University.
Watching UFO Hunters on History.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lunch with the granddaughters and three of Angelique's classmates who slept over.
Survived everything so far. Next in line are Angelique's graduation practice, graduation, and our family dinner out, then Aubrey's first day in college. Will need to buy Aubrey school supplies but, at least, will no longer be buying Hello Kitty, Walt Disney, and Barbie bags.
Gallery Frames picks up three more of my paintings for shipping to Paris.

Two cups black, Gourmet Farms coffee.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sun is a tube of golden Pick-up Stix.
The werewolf crossed the street to the burger stand.

Werewolves crave protein more than other creatures do.
Back from jalan-jalan at the center. Bought two plastic sheets, a sack of coffee, KitKat and Snickers bars for the granddaughters, and a pack of Chinese joss sticks, the long, fancy ones with flecks of gold glitter.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Whenever you buy a book, read it. Don't sit back with the satisfaction of merely owning it.
An artist is great because of his production of great works, no matter how few and far between they are.

An artist is not great because he is always in the headlines.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sun is sending computer messages to other planets.
Everything in this world is there for you to seriously contemplate.
There are situations and locations which, once you step out of them, you can no longer get back in, no matter what.
Observe the magical effects of your different leather folders, portfolios, or bags. You will always have one that advances your projects. You will have another that puts everything you place in it to a standstill, and that is the more important folder. Place in it documents and photos of people and things that you want to remain constant and unchanging. That is your preserving folder.
When starting out a joss stick bowl that does not have enough incense dust, simply insert the joss sticks in the holes of an empty salt or pepper shaker or an empty toothpick shaker.
Tony Perez's Art of War: A person who envies you will invest most of his time trying to put you down rather than improving himself.

Ignore him and continue your progress. You don't have to do anything in counteraction, because he is already doing that to himself.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Aubrey, J., and I approved Angelique's choice of ball gown. Now, because of the gown's line, we have to buy not only a special bra for the gown but a bustle as well.
Tony Perez's Art of War: In order to feel self-fulfilled, do things only for people who want you, never for people who do not want you or who are indifferent to you. The latter is always a waste of time and energy.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sun is a brooch of yellow topaz.
When a storm comes:

1) Be safe.
2) Stock up on food and other provisions, including power alternatives.
3) Be ready to do repairs.
4) Enjoy it. It is a complete season itself, no matter how long or how short it lasts.
The werewolf crossed the street to the burger stand. Had a foot-long, spicy dog in a bun and ate that in the kitchen with a dollop of spicy, pickled mango from Assad. Washed everything down with Pepsi.

The pickled mango is hot and as salty as brine. I know of no other Filipino who loves it.
Dinner at home with the granddaughters. Then I bought six ice cream cones at T.'s.
Angelique back from having her nails done in preparation for the graduation ball. She fitted her gown this afternoon but it needs to be altered because she lost some weight.
I believe that you cannot improve and develop your talents to the fullest without improving and developing your physical appearance.
The oldest form of jewelry was the necklace. It was a result of humans draping or hanging things round their necks and shoulders to free up their hands.

The last type of jewelry to emerge was the ring. It was a result of economic superiority and discrimination. Rings were worn by those who wanted others to know that they do not do manual labor.

Yes, it's all about hands.

How many world leaders wear rings?
Never buy time at the expense of other people.
When following a theme for your decor, avoid investing in trash.

Before buying something, ask yourself again and again if it will not be old, ragged, unwanted, and unattractive in the next six months.
Your most creative thoughts occur in mid-afternoon.
A young person's infatuation with an adult is always temporary.
As long as you prepare for something well in advance, you will have nothing to be sorry about.
Master the technique of seeing without having to look.
Do not seek teamwork all the time. It demands hypocrisy.
I have seen, sadly and too often, racial discrimination practiced by judges in competitions.
A real villain needs no cronies. He will have them only as sounding boards.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Good noon, Cubao!

The sky is a tureen of bisque soup.
The werewolf crossed the street to the burger stand.

Another hot, starry night.
Stock up, but use everything you have.
Consider that frequently watching and reading love stories actually prevents your own love story from taking its natural course.
If you happen to be in love with someone, tell him/her. If the feeling is mutual, you will have no more sleepless nights. If the feeling is not mutual, you will have no more sleepless nights also, because disappointment has a way of grounding you and making you more realistic.
Repaint, rearrange, or redo a room in order to get rid of its unpleasant memories.
Do not wet your feet in any way before going to bed. You will be unable to sleep.

Friday, May 19, 2017

I am currently in love with Grimm. I am more than satisfied with the scripts, the direction, and the acting. All of the performers are beautiful--you won't find a set of gorgeous faces like that in any other TV series even if you searched high and low. I particularly adore the production design and the set decoration--the trailer and its props, the spice shop and its props, the houses and their props.

More than anything else I love the lighting, especially the lamps. There must be a minimum of five lamps in every room in every location--on tables, on the floor, you name it. All kinds of lamps from the 1950s to the present time. And I cringe whenever they get smashed during fight scenes. The entire series already must have smashed 500 lamps.
The worst motive for seeking a lover is that other people have lovers of their own. Once you have a lover, you will end up blatantly announcing to the world that you have one, only for everything to fizzle out when all of your illusions have faded, and, in the last analysis, everything will have been grossly unfair to the lover who once was.
Lunch at home with the granddaughters.

A Saturday flurry. Asked Angelique to replace the optical mouse on my desktop, Aubrey had one of her flower arrangements delivered to a client via Grab motorcycle, and Angelique has to buy a sack of food pellets for Kichiro Mayuzumi.
I saw that you were unable to sleep last night.

Next time, try this:

Buy a soft bristle brush. Whenever you are unable to sleep, sit on the edge of your bed and then brush your hair slowly, carefully, and tenderly. Enjoy the sensation.

Do the same to your hands, brushing all the way to your fingertips.

Lie down and close your eyes.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sky is a glass kettle.
The best TV shows are shown Monday through Thursday, the very days and nights when employees are at work and not watching TV.
Light rain over Cubao.
Jalan-jalan at the center. Paid our water bill, then went to City Hall to claim my NBI clearance for travel.

Took the jeepney to Arayat on my way back home. It was the first time I rode a jeepney in three years, but it felt like the last time was only yesterday, meaning that the last experience was not so unpleasant that it had to be repressed.

P. Tuazon is being dug up in two sections, and vehicles are being made to pass ten at a time each way. It is a VERY bad idea to pass through this road.

Two chocolate ice cream cones at T.'s.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

To prevent unwarranted astral visitations, prop up a compact mirror, facing outward, on your window sill.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sun brushes his hair with star bristles.
Been saving my granddaughters' old school notebooks to use for writing random notes, because I hate wasting paper. Currently on Angelique's 2010 planner, when she was a high school freshman. Took photos of some of the pages.

It is the person who stays quietly in the background who loves you the most.
Look forward only to the simplest things in your life and you will feel much blessed.