weekly photo challenge: motion

filipino dancers
location: koekelberg, brussels, belgium
belgium is one of the smallest countries in europe. it’s about the size of maryland with a land area of 11,690 sq. miles and a total population of about 11 million people.

it’s amazing to discover that there’s an active filipino community in belgium. they have come a long way since the first batch of nurses arrived in the country more than 20 years ago.

the picture i’m sharing this week was taken during the philippine independence day celebration held at the national basilica of the sacred heart park in koekelberg, brussels, belgium.

the dancers were members of the local chapter of the knights of rizal. they were obviously not poetry in motion. but what they lacked in grace, they compensated by their desire to entertain. the audience loved them.

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April 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

top 10 reasons she went away

peanuts cartoon – charles schulz

i don’t even know her real name. she called herself sam, which could affectionately stand for “she’s amazingly marvelous”.

she was the ultimate blogger. hers was one of the most popular sites with a lot of following. yet, suddenly, unexpectedly, without hint or warning, she decided to hit the delete button and leave us in the dust.

top 10 possible reasons she said went away:

  1. she was burned out
  2. she thought it was the best time to do it while she was still ahead
  3. she gained weight with too much blogging, requiring her go out more to shed pounds
  4. her boyfriend made her do it
  5. she exceeded the allowed bandwidth limit, making her a victim of her own success
  6. she found a cure for her insomnia
  7. she finally succumbed to facebook
  8. the moral majority found her
  9. she got married
  10. (supply your own)

her style of writing was sexy but never in poor taste. sometimes it was hard to distinguish which entries were real and which ones were pure fantasy, but they were entertaining nonetheless.

once she told me to keep on writing because she loves to read. as a result, her spirit will continue to haunt my blog. i’m sure i’d feel her presence on them days i least expect.

in the meantime, i wish her the best of luck. thanks, sam, for the memories.

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April 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm 5 comments

Left Out In The Cold

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 April 2015

Douglas M. MacIlroy
Photo Credit: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Anne was in front of our office building when I arrived. I tried to sneak past her, but she saw me.

“Jeremy, I don’t have my badge and I can’t get in,” Anne said shivering in winter’s cold. “Tell Kate that I’m down here.”

Kate was our supervisor in the filing department.

It seemed like yesterday, but that was ten years ago. Kate retired and I left the department after getting promoted.

“Sure, Anne,” I told the co-worker who lost her job after being diagnosed with mental illness.

She smiled, grateful and relieved at the thought of help coming shortly.

April 22, 2015 at 11:16 am 35 comments

wordless wednesday: spices for life

spices for life
location: the spice bazaar, istanbul, turkey

April 21, 2015 at 9:53 am 5 comments

Philippine Corruption at a Glance

political corruption
Getty Images

It used to be that the Philippines was at the top of the heap. In the 50s, it was second only to Japan in East Asia. Those were the good old days. A decade later and decades that follow, it began its spiral downward. In 2014, it’s ranked 114 out of 125 countries in the Good Country Index published by Simon Anholt based on 35 data points mostly provided by the United Nations.

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out how it happened. Political corruption did it. Wikipedia defines it as “the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.”

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April 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm 7 comments

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