1/12/2021
Life through a store window

It is powdered mashed potato mix, right?

I was in the mood for noodles this morning, so I went to the convenience store.

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1/06/2021
To each his own

 "I guess I'll never get the 'working against the people' mentality," Dinna told me. "It just does not compute."

"Filipinos never talk of our tendency to think of himself first," I answered. "If you frame it that way, 'working against the people' makes a lot of God damn sense."

Yes, I'll go out and say it: we Filipinos are selfish by nature.

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12/31/2020
Final notifications

In the seven years I've known Anna, I'm certain I have only seen her once.

At least, I'm fairly certain of it. It was at the old Hard Rock Café, when it was still at Glorietta. I'm fairly certain I saw her shadow, or her silhouette. It was a bit dark, after all. She was in line for a meet-and-greet with Dia Frampton. I was leaving the concert venue, because I already had my own meet-and-greet, sort of.

I was there mostly to write about the concert on the music blog. I'm not terribly familiar with Dia's work, admittedly, but I wrote about her when she was a contestant on the first season of The Voice, and rooted for her, and this was when I was still a bit more adventurous, so, I thought, why not? Also, something for the blog.

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12/30/2020
Annus horribilis

"1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure," Elizabeth II said during a speech marking her Ruby Jubilee that year. "In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis."

That year was marked by a series of scandals and upheavals surrounding the British royal family: separations, divorces, intriguing revelations, and a fire at one of the Queens homes. A few weeks later, it would be announced that her son Charles would separate from his wife, Diana.

I don't really follow British royal affairs, despite the proximity of the monarchy to many aspects of British pop culture that I do follow. (No, I haven't been watching The Crown, either.) I have had to do a little reading to understand the context of that quote - that term, annus horribilis - just to be particularly sure that it suits the past year, even if it's very likely that people have tossed that term around to describe 2020.

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12/24/2020
Everything is inevitable

Since we all seem to be talking about the same things these days, here's another one of the same old.

I'm back at home today. I haven't been here for two months, I think? The last time I was here, it was because I had an appointment with the doctor, who also happens to be my parents' doctor, which says a lot about my age and the stuff I now have to deal with, at least medically. Maybe it's best to say "I'm back at my parents'" instead, but that feels a little too final.

I have been at the flat for nine months now, and with every passing day it starts to feel like a more permanent arrangement. Not that I have anything against it. It's where things are headed at one point or another. But you know this year. Everything permanent has been packaged as temporary, and most of us have not really wrapped our heads around it, unless the change is so profound - a death, perhaps - that we are left with no choice but to deal with it.

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