Friday, January 11, 2013

The Rambling Silent

I once said a long long time ago,
Perhaps an age lost in memory,
I'd gladly get lost in the vast sea
As long as i return to your shore.

But now I can't for any longer
Stay adrift in madness and endure
This heavy, choking, sinking feeling
Of the oceans' depths suffocating.

On your shore I once did try to light
A fire that would burn, and burn so bright.
But it was a flame you did not want;
One I deprived 'til its body gaunt.

It couldn't be the fire for your winter,
Nor the light for a dark starless night,
Nor caring heat in face of defeat;
It was a flame you never needed.

But I could not kill it totally,
I am weak.
I just let the embers glow and fly
Nourishing it when it should have died.

Tending it was an effort in vain
Like how lanterns fall from the heavens,
Or how paper boats sink into sea.
All my hopes were just wishful thinking.
Oh, my beloved a cocktail of bane.

Left to my own I would probably
Burn until nothing is left of me.
Thank God someone told me not to dwell
And  pulled me out of this little hell.

So tonight I'll kill this flame fully.
No ember nor dust nor spark will fly
So long as they could again ignite.
Let forever pass, it will not light,
For I shall bury this flame with firm resolve.

And maybe one day when I return,
Listen for me knocking on your door.
I'll greet you with my smile and humor.
Please, do tell me stories I adore;
Holding in my hand a piece of coal,
Once bright red and hot, now black and burned.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Strategic Laundry Management (part 1)

You're going to uni and are going to live in a dorm. Or maybe you want to move out of your parents' house to live in your own apartment. Possibly, your significant other, with all her laundry washing prowess has left you...

Regardless of the back story, you are placed in a dire situation. Somehow, the circumstances have forced you to do the laundry by yourself.

Just like any battle, we need... to strategize.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Amateur Chef: Netherlands Edition (part 2)

This blog is still ALIIIIVE!!

I know it's a bit late for a Halloween post but I'll use it anyway...

Exams, traveling and some other stuff have kept me busy lately hence this post being long overdue. Regardless, this is the sequel to my previous post. Anyway, on with the story...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Amateur Chef: Netherlands Edition (part 1)

So today I wanted to try something interesting.  Why not cook something for myself for a change?

For context, I have never cooked anything in my life. The closest I got to cooking was probably Cooking Mama. (It was on Wii, if that makes it any better.)

I have always taken pride in my gold medal dishes .

 Beyond the jump is a tale of adventure, clueless-ness and experimentation; fortunately not of fires and explosions. Well, maybe some smoke...perhaps a bit more smoke.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

One Lesson Learned... The Hard Way.

Winter is coming...

First of all, I hail from the tropics. "Cold" for people here is probably "aah-I-can't-breathe-cold" for me.  Anyway, I find myself living in a dormitory/apartment, whatever you want to call it.  Seven males and females share 1 bathroom (only for bathing; each room has a toilet).  Unfortunately, my room is inconveniently located at the opposite end of the hallway.

On one very cold morning, I learned a lesson I will not soon forget.

It's not even winter yet. x_x

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Carrot, An Egg and Coffee

The title may seem familiar but this short story was shared to me some time ago by my teacher back when I was a kid.  Seen it or not, I feel that it is still worth re-reading. It doesn't really matter what kind of problems you are dealing with. This little dose of inspiration will surely be helpful.

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Thing or Two I Learned from the Dutch

(...insert long story here)

...And suddenly, I find myself living in the Netherlands. Halfway across the globe from home. I've only been here for barely a month and I am already starting to appreciate Dutch culture, or at least what I make of it. I find their mentality quite interesting and highly effective for dealing with stress.

A skillful demonstration of the art of stress management

Some of the things I learned after the jump!