Monday, June 25, 2007


Me at the Singapore Art Museum (June 25, 2007)

Warm greetings from the Fine, er, Lion City!

I arrived here close to midnight of Sunday, June 23, after a long, long week of preparations for the 83rd NCAA and my Aunt's 50th birthday celebration. My first cousin, Josephine, met me at Changi's new Budget Terminal. Yes, this is a trip on a super tight budget. I have only USD 210, SD 200+, and a handful of Malaysian ringgit which Mom set aside from me from her Penang trip last year. Of course I bring with me memories of my Mother in this trip as this would have been something she would have wanted me to do for the longest time claiming that Manila has made me too, uhm, provincial and that I should see more of the world.

Well, fortuitously enough, I have a cousin I can stay with here. She's married to an Austrian geologist and they're leaving Singapore for Austria for good so this trip is necessary because it'd be my last chance to come and enjoy the city with her. I thank Mom - and my cousin - for making this trip possible.

For now, I am writing to you all from my cousin's place at The Trevose. We just did a river tour of the city earlier (I am happy to finally see the bridge Filipino artist Pacita Abad painted while she was here!) and it was fantastic! Too bad we did it with the skies overcast so the photos all came out dark and gloomy. Very British weather out here and I don't think I like it. I miss the sun because it brings out the color in old buildings which Singapore has a lot of. Sayang.

And the city is SO GREEN! I love it. There are trees and shrubs and flowers everywhere. If only Manila were this green - and orderly -, we'd all be prouder residents for it.


Anyway, tonight we visit the Marina for some chili crabs. Wish me luck. So much for my 1st day here. I hope you are all well.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


INFORMACION Y TURISMO. This is a Spanish-produced indie CD (this is the 3rd of the series) filled with original music and one or two knock-offs (one is a Carpenter song). One of my good finds during my super rare trips to Music One in Greenbelt. I call it my comfort CD because when I run out of new things to listen to, I go back to this. And then some....

Pan Am The Sound of 70s. The second of a series of three albums produced by Japanese artist Yoshinori Sunahara for that classic American airline Pan Am. A rather dull CD save for a few tracks which - thank God - bear a semblance to the idea of flight, and its lost glory. These tracks are cool and allow you to bob your head - even while in bed - and save your day from finally falling apart. Something nice to sleep to while imagining yourself in one of those (probably) comfy sleeper beds (first introduced by Philippine Airlines in their then brand-new 747-200s) that are so 70s!

The Original Shanghai Divas Redefined. This is my waking-up CD. A nice way to help you crawl out of bed and start the day (and for me, "start of the day" means 1 in the afternoon). It features electronica renditions of songs by well-known Shanghai divas like Bai Kwong and Chow Hsuan. My yaya bobs her head to this and actually requested me yesterday to turn up the volume. Hmmmmm.... Thanks to J for my copy of this one. It's been 3 years, methinks. How time flies.

Friday, June 22, 2007


It's not bad to dream. Huwag sayangin ang talent.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I love the smell of dylan in the morning.

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Dylan? Where we're going we don't need dylan.

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We can't stop here. This is dylan country.

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All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my dylan.

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May the Dylan be with you.

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I'm Dylan! I'm Dylan!

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Thanks to Gwyn Guanzon for the heads up.


Peanut plant. Photo by Dylan Gozum (June, 2007)

The last few days of June have been very busy and just when you think it's already over, something new comes up. I am not complaining, 'no.

Anyway, here's my schedule for June:

June 9 Wedding

June 15 Wedding

June 17 Wedding

June 20 Technical rehearsals for 83rd NCAA

June 21 Final rehearsal for 83rd NCAA

June 23 83rd NCAA Opening

June 24 Family gathering at home; flight to Singapore at 8.30PM

June 30 Return flight to Manila at 4.30AM

June ain't a busy month, as you can see. Whew!