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It’s fall where you are. Where I am there is only either the scorching heat or the lashing rains. I may be exaggerating a little. Fall, even though I am far away from the scent of pumpkin spice and the sight of  fallen leaves- fall, still reminds me of you. It’s not something I consciously…

A Darker Shade

  I don’t think we’ ll ever witness the first snowfall of the year together or that I’ll run back to you the way  I did when I first left. Somehow, I think I knew this when I decided to pursue other things more than you. I knew time would change me somehow. Without you,…

Time Capsule II

I want to be sitting in a restaurant For happy hour, drinking bellinnis while it’s sunny out. I want to sneeze caused by pollen allergies and still be laughing my head off because of your jokes I want to be where the sky is still bright and warm even at 7 o’clock I want to…

Third World Worries

I remember the many nights spent walking in the heat and dust, sitting through 2-hour bus rides stuck in traffic, walking through the flooded streets of Chinatown. I remember you bringing me hot noodle soup and jelly rolls when I got sick, and buying me ice cream every day of the summer we spent together….

Checklists and Checkmate

I don’t think you can fall in love with a checklist. I meet so many people who say they’ll stay with someone or date someone because they like the same things or because they’re a “good person” but I think that’s stupid. Or maybe I’m the one who’s naive. Maybe it requires compatibility for people…

Crooked, Beautiful Things

I used to dream of capturing beautiful things when I was a kid. I think that was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be a filmmaker before I even knew what it was called. I wanted to capture the sunlight on someone’s hair or the flowers on a pretty white house’s windowsill….

Never The Same Love Twice

One– You were a chubby ten year-old and your mom made sure to have her assistant bring you imported candies and a rose stem. Two– Starting to blossom at twelve, the boy on the 3rd row took notice, gave you a rose each day before the fourteenth. Three– You were fourteen when a messenger comes barging in…

Pain in Stills

When hometown blues became too much to bear, I took a chance and ran away for a few days. We sailed in the night and by morning we stepped foot on a thriving island in the Visayas. We had cups of hot cocoa and sticky rice cakes for breakfast in an ordinary looking cafe a…

Second Skin

I was travelling while I was sad- I wasn’t even sure why I was sad. I thought about all the things that had me worried – missing the key people in my life, adjusting back to Philippine culture, getting stressed out over the pretentious lifestyle people paraded over their social media accounts. “Really!” I thought,…

Time Capsule

I want to see the Aurora Borealis with you under blankets and see through tents, in the wilderness of Canadian forests. I want to witness the first snowfall as we wait at the bus stop and you hold me closer, brushing off the snowflakes from my lashes. I want to walk along the streets of…