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Dapitan Arcade: kitsch-all-you-can.

Polkadot piggy banks, recycled bottle chandeliers, faux patent croc jewelry boxes, sparkling skeletons, bamboo torches, brass trees, sequin-encrusted kiddie costumes, resin Santas skydiving with their resin parachutes, fairy lights twinkling in shoppers’ glassy eyes. Welcome to Dapitan Arcade. At the corner of Dapitan and Kanlaon streets in the maze of Quezon City, it’s a welcome …

Sad days.

The shock of it all. The raging sadness of it all. And how much we want to help, and how little our help seems to be, dwarfed by tragedy after tragedy. Hungry and angry mobs. Old people soaked in bedsores. A tiny foot motionless in the mud. It is hard to work. I read tweet …

Typhoon Ondoy: Emergency information.

Important numbers: NDCC 9125668 9111406 9122665 9115061 7342118 7342120 Coast Guard 5276136 NoyMar relief efforts 09285205508 look for Clare Amador Office of Sen Villar rescue text hotline 09174226800 Send full address of stranded to 09178997898 093844BOYS RED CROSS RED CROSS again: OPCEN 5270000/5245787 Meralco hotline 09175592824 09209292824 From Ateneo: TO ALL STUDENTS, IF YOU KNOW …

Early days.

I started accumulating fountain pens in 2005. Before then I was used to carrying any number of Pilot G-tec C3s, Uniball Signos and the occasional Artline. Even now, when I carry a minimum of five fountain pens everyday, I still peek at the student pen section at National Bookstore, wondering if maybe I should get …