55 Flash Fiction - The Wait

Someone’s said on the other line, “He’s in Laguna.”

She rushed home at 6o’clock, cooked dinner and waited.

Tick tock. Tick tock. 8o’clock…traffic? 9:30 …food’s getting cold, the beer warm. Ten…eleven…lit up a cigarette, waiting.

At one, she took a shower to cool her stinging eyes, and slept without turning on the lights.


Ruby Tuesday @ the Moriones Festival

(initially uploaded from my FS Lerma)

MORIONES FESTIVAL at Marinduque Island

Holy Week - Boac,Magpoc, Marinduque

One of the most famous of Philippine festivals. Colorfully garbed and masked as Roman soldiers and centurions, locals reenact the life of Longinus culminating in his beheading. The entire towns of Boac, Morpog and Gasan are virtually converted into huge stages as the story as Longinus unfolds.

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Six Word Saturday ~Unspoken

Stay awhile. Many things left unspoken.

Friday Fill Ins #147


Would anyone be interested in making a Halloween graphic?

And...here we go!

1. The crickets sing, the butterflies dance...

2. Take care wherever you are.

3. I want to get far away from the worries of it all.

4. Life uncomplicated; this was a dream.

5. But as for me it's getting down to the last unspoken part (**singing**).

6. Life is easy where I come from

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing up office tasks, tomorrow my plans include continuation of tonight's work sched and Sunday, I want to spend time with JV!

It wasn't supposed to be like this...

...when I first set up this blog. This was supposed to be an in-depth personal journal where I can rant and rave about MY life! But I end up talking about other people's lives. It's like an automatic reaction to expound on things based on third-party perspective, or if ever I can't escape from facing issues about me I can't help but refer myself in the third person, like someone looking in but never a part...


Quote of the Day

"When you get into a tight place and it seems that you can't go on, hold on — for that's just the place and the time that the tide will turn."
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

About Harriet Beecher Stowe

American author Harriet Beecher Stowe is known for her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement. When she met Abe Lincoln in 1862, he said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!" She was born in Connecticut in 1811. Her brother, Henry Ward Beecher, became a renowned minister. After an unusually thorough education for a woman of the time, she began her career when she won a magazine prize contest. She died in 1896.

Flower Heaven

No Difference by Shel Silverstein

Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.
Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.
Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.
So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to reach out
And turn off the light!

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Life as I see it..

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

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Unconscious Mutterings #351

  1. Werewolf :: Wolverine

  2. Jim :: Carey

  3. 2x4 :: eight

  4. Unruly :: Curly

  5. Component :: Part

  6. Prolific :: Best

  7. Wrestler :: Hulk Hogan

  8. Huh? :: What?

  9. Dolls :: Perfect

  10. Super! :: Fabulous!

7 Secrets of Success

Seven secrets of success

1. Roof said: Aim high.
2. Fan said: Be cool.
3. Clock said: Every minute is precious.
4. Mirror said: Reflect before you act.
5. Window said: See the world.
6. Calendar said: Be up to date.
7. Door said: Push hard to achieve your goal!

13 thoughts on Silence

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
— Martin Luther King Jr.

"Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace."
— Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar)

"Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts."
— Margaret Lee Runbeck
"Silence is sometimes the best answer"
— Dalai Lama XIV

"Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over."
— Gloria Naylor

"Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
— Confucius

"Words can never fully say what we want them to say, for they fumble, stammer, and break the best porcelain. The best one can hope for is to find along the way someone to share the path, content to walk in silence, for the heart communes best when it does not try to speak."
Margaret Weis (Dragons of a Lost Star)

"I don't want to be married just to be married. I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with. "
— Mary Ann Shaffer (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)

"In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves."
— Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

"Silence may be as variously shaded as speech."
— Edith Wharton

"Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure."
— Henri Nouwen

"Before you speak ask yourself: Is it kind, is it necessary, it is true, does it improve upon the silence?"
— Shirdi Sai Baba

"Silence is noise to the cluttered mind."
— Lemlem Tsegaw

Stephen Gately of 'Boyzone' Gone

Who wouldn't remember Boyzone, the very first boyband that captured our hearts?
I have copy of their best hit singles album, By Request.

1. "I Love the Way You Love Me"
2. "No Matter What"
3. "All That I Need"
4. "Baby Can I Hold You"
5. "Picture of You"
6. "Isn't It a Wonder"
7. "A Different Beat"
8. "Words" –
9. "Father and Son"
10. "So Good" –
11. "Coming Home Now"
12. "Key to My Life"
13. "Love Me for a Reason"
14. "When the Going Gets Tough"
15. "You Needed Me"
16. "All the Time in the World"
17. "When You Say Nothing at All"
18. "I'll Never Not Need You"
19. "So They Told Me"

But they have sad news today...

PORT D'ANDRATX, Mallorca — Stephen Gately, a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone who made headlines when he came out as gay a decade ago, has died while on vacation in Spain, the group said on its Web site. He was 33.

Gately "tragically died" on Saturday while visiting the island of Mallorca, the band said in a brief statement. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Gerald Kean, a Gately family friend in Ireland, said Sunday the singer died of natural causes, without identifying them.

"There's no foul play involved, and it's not suicide. It's just a tragic accident is what we've been told, and we're happy that that is correct information," Kean said. "There is nothing untoward. It's not drugs, we don't believe. It's not suicide. It's not murder. It's not a fight. That's what we've been told."

Kean said an autopsy was expected to be conducted Tuesday.

Gately and his partner Andrew Cowles, who were wed in a civil union in 2006, were in Mallorca together, the band's statement said.

"At present we don't have too many details," the statement said. Members of the group were expected to arrive at Palma de Mallorca international airport Sunday afternoon.

Spanish police said they were called to a house near Port d'Andratx on the western tip of the island on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death was unknown and there were no signs of violence, a police spokesman said, on condition of anonymity in keeping with police rules. He said there was likely to be an autopsy.
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The house, situated on an exclusive tree-lined seafront street, overlooks a rocky bay reputed to have some of the best sunset views on Spain's favorite holiday island.

By midday Sunday journalists had begun to gather outside the quiet, seaside building with several vacation apartments.

Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch said they were "completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen."

"We have shared such wonderful times together over the years and were all looking forward to sharing many more. Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. He lit up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen's family. We love you and will miss you forever, 'Steo'," their statement said.

Boyzone was a U.K. hitmaker in the 1990s and announced a comeback tour at the end of last year. Gately also had released several solo singles and appeared in stage musicals, including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

He revealed his sexual orientation to a British newspaper in 1999.

Elton John said Sunday that he and his partner, David Furnish, were "stunned by this tragedy."

"Stephen was the kindest, gentlest soul. We send our love and condolences to his partner Andy and to all his friends everywhere," John said in a statement.

Boyzone was one of the biggest acts to come out of Ireland in the 1990s. Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said Gately's death was "a huge tragedy to Irish entertainment, Irish music and further afield as well."

"Boyzone and Stephen, they've all been part of Irish life and far wider than that, the last 15 years, and so successful, so it's a huge, huge tragedy. It's so sad," Ahern said.

Boyzone sold millions of records and topped the British charts with six No. 1 singles during the 1990s, including "All That I Need" and a cover of the Bee Gees' "Words."

The group was formed in 1993 by impresario Louis Walsh, who placed an ad in the press announcing auditions for Ireland's first boy band. Among the unsuccessful hopefuls was actor Colin Farrell.


Associated Press writers Harold Heckle in Madrid and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this story.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/11/stephen-gately-dead-boyzo_n_316795.html

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Boyzone on Wiki

...of heart shaped flowers and mooning red cows

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Six Word Saturday

A kiss can write a secret.

- Annmarie Howell

Haunted October #3~ Running Away

Running Away

She's looking for something
but she doesn't know for what
She's trying to remember
what she always forgot

And now the rain pours
and she's all alone
asking the night
where she's supposed to go

Then the sun rises
on a brand new day
and the first things she thinks about
are the things that have faded away

She had built a love
but that love fell apart
So now she's running far away
looking for peace inside her heart.

Enya Wynants

Quote of the Day

"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there."

– Josh Billings

About Josh Billings

Josh Billings was the pen name of folksy American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw. He was born in Massachusetts in 1818. After he was thrown out of college for stealing the clapper from the school bell, he roamed far and wide for 26 years before settling down in Poughkeepsie, New York, as an auctioneer. His essays were initially snubbed; he became successful only after he adopted a more eccentric phonetic spelling. He was best known for his annual Old Farmer's Allminax. He died in 1885.

Friday Fill Ins #145


And...here we go!

1. Sweet dreams are made of these.

2. Do it especially for me.

3. Silliness happiness.

4. Come trick or treat us this Halloween.

5. Outstanding or not , it's still payable to us.

6. Peace and quiet is what I want right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing JV, tomorrow my plans include visiting a couple of friends and Sunday, I want to sleep all day long!

Skywatching at Mt. Arayat

A view of Central Luzon on one of the trails in Mt. Arayat, a potentialy active volcano. One can't see much because of the fog but it is so breathtaking up there!

The barbed wire made me think of something being held back that one would want to escape from...

(picture borrowed from my dearest mountaineer friend AJ)


To run away
To escape
My responsibilities

To live in a Dream
Where I was free

Where nothing

Was expected of me

Where I could be

Nobody to question

Who I am

What I do
Nobody to tell me

Who to be

What to do

That would be nice

But it is not real

I am stuck here

And this
is where
I will always

meg nicole

Haunted October #1 ~The Look

"The Look”
By Sarah Teasdale

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

Let us talk about...HAPPINESS


"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
~A.A. Milne

It's called happiness, Pooh. It's the anticipation of a fulfillment, a warmth inside us.

I have already asked about thing called "happiness' in my previous post
and I still haven't put a definition to it yet. I'm still in pursuit of mine.
Maybe one day, I will.

Let's talk about...anything here!

Horoscope for the day~Oct 6

Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2009 -- Today, with the Moon in your 1st House of Personality, your immediate reactions are more transparent than normal. You are wearing your feelings on your sleeve for everyone to see. Others may look at you in wonder, for you have a way of simplifying complex issues that is enviable. Keep in mind that some things are really more complicated than you wish. Don't throw out important details for the sake of expediency.
Do you believe in horoscopes? I'm not much of a believer, but sometimes I like to check them out. Horoscopes are like silent friends, you get some sort of advise or insight from them, without pushing you...

So now, my today's horoscope said
I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve. Am I that obvious then, that even the stars can see? ;) It amazes me that sometimes horoscopes could be so apt for the moment!

Ruby Tuesday~ Daisies are red...

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
Gerard De Nerval

Pooh and Me, unspoken...

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."

That's you and I, JV...both unsure of our footing, but always finds comfort in our togetherness. We are both afraid, I know. Don't we deserve something more?


Mellow Yellow Monday~Orchid

My MYM for today!


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