Memoirs of a Washout Writer

Squinting his eyes to better see in the light of a pale gibbous moon, he hurriedly takes out the short pencil hidden in his shirt pocket, and proceeds to write on the little scraps of paper he was able to salvage from the trash. Everything that he writes, and all of his thoughts and emotions, will be carefully placed inside a little time capsule.

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When Quitters Win

It is never quite an easy task, quitting something you’ve grown accustomed to. The road that leads to your decision to quit is bound to be filled with excuses and compromises, long-winded negotiations and half-baked convictions. That particular routine that you want to quit started out as a playful trial run, which then slowly blossomed into an addicting habit. And now it has come to a point when you know that it’s bad for you, but you continue to do it anyway.

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Tuyo at Bagoong

At kahit na anong gawin
Di mo na mapilit at madaya
Aminin sa sarili mo
Na wala ka ng maibubuga

-Apo Hiking Society, Tuyo ng Damdamin
 

Itong kantang ‘to ng Apo ay pumasok sa isipan ko habang kumukuha ako ng ECE Board Exam. Mas angkop pa nga ang title na Tuyo na Utak Ko eh, sa hirap nung exam. Normal lang naman daw yun, sabi ng mga kaibigan ko na nag-test na dati. Pero siyempre, iba pa rin yung maranasan mo yun para sa sarili mo. Kakaibang aroma! Kakaibang lasa! Pambihira, ako’y na WOW-pak na!

Sa ngayon, lahat kaming nag-take ng board ay hinihintay ang resulta. Karamihan sa amin eh negative thinkers, kahit pa yung mga mas lamang sa ‘min sa aral. Minsan nga eh nakaka-asar pakinggan eh, iniintindi ko na lang. Sa ganang akin lang, ipinapasa-Diyos ko na ang maaaring mangyari. At dahil ginawa ko yun, di ko na dapat pa hayaan na pasukin ang utak ko ng kaba at pagdududa.

 

Kahit minsan ay di maiwasan.

 
-Ed. E.