How I spent the Holy Week

A screengrab of InterAksyon.com's Pinterest account.

A screengrab of InterAksyon.com’s Pinterest account.

(Below is a slightly edited piece I’ve written for a blog that has gone offline for more than a year now and was posted on April 8, 2012 when I was still working for InterAksyon.com.)

The minute I hopped into the taxi cab I knew I was in for a talkfest.
This was because the driver opened his mouth even before he switched on the meter.
And as soon as I was comfy at the back, I could feel his eyes already on me, sizing me up on the rearview mirror, much like a con-artist checking out his mark.
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How biking almost turned me into a middle-aged hipster (Or how biking changed my life)

The Bridgestone Radac road bike as photographed by Bernard Testa, who is also the bike's proud owner.

The Bridgestone Radac road bike as photographed by Bernard Testa, who is now its proud owner.

When they turn forty, most men buy sportscars and/or take a more than passing interest in younger women.

But not me.

I had no such cash for the first and no such luck with the second.

After all, money—minus rent, books, and beer (in that order of importance)—was tighter than rush hour traffic on EDSA. [See: More]

From the Grammar Nazi Dept. Edited the third sentence to read “no such luck with the second” from “no such luck for the second.”

UNFINISHED BUSINESS | 8 books I left unread in 2013 for reasons lame and otherwise

My Granta magazines, arguably the largest such collection in the Philippines.

#SHELFIE. My Granta magazines, arguably the largest such collection in the Philippines. But literate frenemies have disputed my claim, which I’m unwilling to give up.

It’s the start of 2014.
It’s time for some people—myself included—to look back and take stock of the books they read the past year.
Except that that’s so last year.
For 2014, I’m doing something different.
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