Archive for ‘Good Reads’

20 August 2012

GoodRead: Jeffrey McDaniel’s Poetry and On Being Away from Who/What I Love

by misslampa

At about 15 minutes before midnight, the moment I got off my weekly Skype conference call with my sister who’s in Singapore and my parents and brother who are in Manila, this poem came to mind.



We had been discussing for the nth time where we’d be during the holidays, who would be flying where, and from whose pocket the travel expenses would be drawn. In the end, we decided to celebrate Christmas in Manila, which means my sister won’t be with us come December 25. That’s terrible news for silly old me who’s been away all year, and who will be away again for most of 2013. All I wanted was a simple noche buena (Christmas eve dinner) for five.

I know McDaniel’s piece isn’t familial at all, and I also have yet to find a lover whose breathing I would stay on the line for. But right now, many of the faces and places I hold closest to my heart are just too far away for comfort. There’s my bestest friend in the whole wide world who’s tying the knot in October and parents in their 60s who’ll be celebrating their birthdays soon, among others. There are a couple of people I’m itching to see, and it is my hope that they’re also itching to see me.

But the thing is, the more I try to make up for the distance with all the sweetness and smileys and even silences I can cram into the correspondences I keep, the more I realize that slowly whispering 32 I-love-you’s just isn’t enough to bridge the miles between us. And even if I dare break the quota and say I love you for the 33rd time, that sadly won’t amount to much too.

For nothing about using up all the I-love-you’s in the world can make me miss them any less.





A shout-out goes to my friend Exxon Yu, who first made me aware of this short but moving poem. The snapshot of the poem above is also from him.

3 December 2011

And the Award Goes to… Me!

by misslampa

My last post for November was about taking writer Roald Dahl’s advice and looking for and finding magic in the most unlikely places. Still, I never really thought of my blog as one such place, but fellow blogger Daniel has sent me some pixie dust just a few days after in the form of this little award:

Ain't it cute? :-)


One can spend hours Googling the origin of this thing, but those who’ve come before me seem to be in agreement that it’s impossible to find where all of this started. Aside from the fact that liebster is the German word for “dearest,” some other things known about the award are…

a)  it’s given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers; and

b) it hopes that the recipient will bestow the award on five of his/her favorite bloggers (all of whom should have less than 200 followers as well) by revealing them in a blog post, including them in one’s blogroll, and informing them through a comment on their blog that they’re now part of the growing number of Liebster Blog Awardees.

It’s given in the hopes that the recipients will keep bestowing the Liebster Blog Award to fellow bloggers, as we all deserve that pat in the back for keeping the grand tradition of blogging alive. I know it’s not going to make me rich or famous, but I think the gallant Sir Daniel is such a dearie for picking me! I’m tickled pink, seriously, so please receive my heartfelt thanks.

Here's a snapshot of Sir Daniel, with all the hair and minus all the wrinkles.Ü


And since the theme of my 28th year has been giving, it delights me to now be in the position to sprinkle some pixie dust on some of the Filipino bloggers I enjoy reading:

Nherz Almo

– entertainment writer by day, foodie and wandering traveler at all those other times when work doesn’t get in the way

Jose Cua

– student, dreamer, and chronicler of the ups and downs of college life in one of the most conotic universities in the universe Ü

Job Perez

– master of the sarcastic and the romantic (ironic, I know) and a genius at pointing out everything that’s wrong with the world

Althea Ricardo

– learner, teacher, and writer who’s eternally hopeful and wide-eyed and excited about turning her life into one grand adventure

Juay Tobias

– runner-cum-baker who is effortlessly brilliant at maintaining a Zen-Zen aura (even if some of her posts seem to say otherwise)

Keep paying it forward, peeps, and congratulations! Let’s keep writing! :-)

27 September 2011

GoodRead: Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman on Being Stretched Thin

by misslampa

Switchfoot‘s lead singer and guitarist Jon Foreman echoes my thoughts (or perhaps I echo him, or we echo all of humanity…with all of this echoing going around, it’s hard to tell, really) on the necessary and indispensable art of stretching oneself thin in an article which he writes for the Huffington Post.

It’s entitled “Making Art Out of Tension,” and in it, he says that “[t]he strings of our hearts were not made for safety. No, these strings are made to dance.” And well, I couldn’t agree more. So I put on my heels and take the stage to do just that.

I stretch myself thin and cha-cha to my heart's content.Ü

Just in case you missed the link above, you can click here to read the rest of this GoodRead. Of course, it won’t hurt if you take his advice to heart afterwards and live your own song – “lyric, melody, line and verse.”

Happy reading!^^