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In Memoriam: Mark B. Salvador AKA Coolwaterworks


Mark B. Salvador

Mark described himself in his Twitter account Coolwaterworks as a traveler, writer, and photographer, but, he added, not necessarily in that order.

It’s with sadness to learn from AC and Nortehanon of his passing on Dec. 19. It was so sudden and totally unexpected. His last twit was on Nov. 18 about a boy reported missing as a result of the super typhoon that hit the Philippines recently.

I didn’t know him personally, but through the power of the social media, we got connected in a way. I became one of the followers of his blog, travelandsnaps.com, that went offline on Dec 8. Fortunately, his Flickr account Coolwaterworks is still around to showcase his talent and humanity.

As a fellow blogger D’ Fisher wrote:

 
Coolwaterworks is a careful, refreshing writer to read, seems always mindful of the difference in usage between a colon and a semicolon, between a chicken baticolon and Calle Colon. Dive through to his every entry and you sense a man who knows well, or perhaps a signatory, to the subject-verb agreement of 1898. If there are grammatical slips, I like to harbor those against some hurried time, like toothbrush left behind from the packed items out of haste to catch the last submarine to Spratlys…

Perfection is the field of science and no doubt being an engineer himself, is shaped by this field. If those high-selling fishball vendors are also learning the science of concocting sauces of different flavors, likewise with Coolwaterworks. He blogs. He works. He travels. He makes shots. He writes. He prays. With the consciousness of a man of science, most likely mindful that one neutron in aberration could lead to a different material configuration.

 
Today I’m reluctantly removing his link from the list of my favorite blogs. He would be missed.

He might not be world-famous, but he was special to those who had known him in this life.

Rest in peace, my brother.

December 24, 2013 at 9:39 am 2 comments

Shall We Write Our Own Obituary?


 

Dean: You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”

Movie quote from Serendipity (2001)

A fellow blogger finds obituaries appearing in the local papers somewhat cut and dry. Each one appears more like a job description in a resume. It tells of what the person was and what he had done in generic terms that could be easily applied to anybody else. There’s no mention of anything that would make him unique or special. In her words, there’s “nothing of the essence of that person.”

I checked the obituary section of today’s paper and she’s right. It seems that they are based from a set of templates. Just fill in the blanks and you’re done. In a way, I don’t find it surprising. This section is usually assigned to a staff member of the newspaper who’s just starting in the business. It’s where he hones his skills before embarking in more interesting stuff like murder, rape, politics, etc.

Read more…

February 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm 22 comments


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