Adventures in biking and beercasting

The Black Swan along Magsaysay Boulevard in Tacloban City. The bike and the beer are no longer with me.

The Black Swan (the name of the bike) is photographed along Magsaysay Boulevard in Tacloban City last year. The bike and the contents of the bottle are now gone.

Below is a two-minute or so long podcast—a collection of several sound files recorded before Christmas last year—that I recently put together using Audacity for the Mac.

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How a book turned a frenemy into a BFF

Cropped from the invite of the book's launch

A frenemy made me do it.

Yes, a frenemy: someone I hadn’t seen, heard from, let alone hung out with in the past three years; a period in which I switched civil statuses, apartments, and jobs (in that order).

From out of nowhere, the guy called me up, asked me how I was, and offered me to become a part of something worthwhile.

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Kowloon House Revisited

SO IN comes a text message prompting the phone to buzz and beep, buzz and beep, buzz and beep. The table trembles a little but it is ignored and so is the red light on the smartphone that keeps on flashing. It is a quarter of an hour before the deadline of a writing exercise and I choose to stick to the routine, a task easier said than done. Continue reading

The Long Island Iced Tea effect


The drink I fixed looked nothing like this. But then again, it may have tasted nothing like this as well.

“To our friends who know the worst about us but refuse to believe it.”
— drinking toast
You don’t have to visit Long Island to enjoy the iced tea named after it.
You only have to be a certain age though.
After all, the Long Island Iced Tea is not for kids nor is it for adults with weak constitutions, stomachs, and gullets.
The Long Island Iced Tea is one of the most potent beverages known to man, next to isoprophyl alcohol, gasoline, and Clorox. Continue reading