Showing posts with label clairvoyant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clairvoyant. Show all posts

Sunday, January 13, 2013

"I like for you to be still"

I have never enjoyed poetry probably because most of the poetry I have been exposed to were required reading in school. It didn't help that such poetry were also subject to analysis that seemed unusual to me given that like art, perhaps poetry can be interpreted differently by various people, and only the poet himself or herself would probably know the meaning of his/her creation. It was the Clairvoyant who first shared with me her love for poetry by posting one by Pablo Neruda while we were corresponding long distance. I was finishing my doctoral dissertation in Yokohama while she was preparing to take the bar examinations in Manila. This share piqued my curiosity (in part because I was also intrigued by the one who sent it) and I quickly did some research on Neruda and his works. It wasn't really by accident that I re-discovered poetry but it was a re-discovery that also helped me explore literature again. I owe the Clairvoyant for this and the poetry we continue to share today. Following is a reading I found over YouTube of the poem the Clairvoyant shared back in 1999, Pablo Neruda's "I like for you to be still":


 Happy 40th to my Clairvoyant partner! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

All boxed up

Heading home at last after a year and 7 months in Singapore, the Clairvoyant had to gather our things and place them in boxes to be transported back to the Philippines. Friends recommended a shipping company to us and we found their office at Lucky Plaza where there seemed to be quite a lot of companies offering logistics services for overseas foreign workers. We arranged for boxes delivered to our home and they arrived during one of my trips to Singapore. I was quite experienced in this work as I similarly had my stuff moved from Japan twice - the first time when I was returning home after my studies in Yokohama and the second when I was going back after a fellowship stint in Saitama. We ended up having 2 huge boxes picked up at our home and another we filled up with things we brought to Lucky Plaza.

The boxes could fit people inside them
Name recall is definitely there as Jolly-B is quite the same as the most popular fast food chain in the Philippines. Note the various bags in the background? It turns out, as I observed, that many OFWs in Singapore, particularly those sharing homes (or even rooms), probably have no storage for to keep items they wanted to send home to their families. They just drop off items in bags at Lucky Plaza until they are able to fill a box and decide to send their stuff to the Philippines.
Ready to go - after carefully sealing both ends of the box in packaging tape, we wrote our delivery address on the box itself.
Jolly-B staff marking our box after wrapping the entire box in packaging tape. That seemed to be a great idea to somehow have the package waterproofed for the journey via maritime transport.


Friday, July 15, 2011


The Clairvoyant has an eye for sights that I've been using for my wallpapers for quite some time now. Her trips to the US and Europe have yielded quite a number of photos that I believe are worthy of having their compilation. Below are some of my favorite photos taken from our summer getaways. The first two were taken in Gumasa in the town of Glan, Sarangani Province while the last two were taken in Panglao Island in Bohol Province.

These show some of the excellent beaches in the Philippines and just two of where we have been, either together or as individuals. I am searching for photos the Clairvoyant took on her trips to Boracay, Aklan and Malapascua Island, Cebu.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More at the Garden

I forgot to include in the previous posting two excellent and very elegant photo taken by the Clairvoyant with her trusty BlackBerry Torch at the Botanical Gardens in Singapore. These two are actually my favorites as they also bring back memories of Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture north of Tokyo. The lake in the photo below presents an almost perfect reflection of the flora and evokes a certain serenity that would surely make one appreciate the gift of nature and how it can make us feel relaxed, calm.

I like the second photo below because of the combination of colors and the swan just going about its business. I also remember from this photo a picture I took of two swans swimming along the moat of Nagoya Castle in Japan. Unfortunately, this was among those lost in Typhoon Ketsana's floods, along with other photos I took during travels when I was in Japan from 1996 to 1999.

I already am looking forward to the next visit to Singapore, our home away from home. Perhaps the Clairvoyant and I would be taking a nice stroll in the Botanical Gardens and share appreciation of its beauty. Perhaps, too, we can bring a better camera and take more photos for posterity.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Clairvoyant at the Garden

The Clairvoyant recently visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens when she met up with friends for a jog around the park. Sending photos taken with her trusty BlackBerry Torch, I can't help but appreciate the nice features of the garden. I agree it must be a great place to jog considering the environment. The great Philippine hero Jose Rizal must also agree as he did visit the park several times when he happened to be in Singapore. The city-state was a regular stop-over for ships traveling between the Philippines and Spain and remains perhaps the most important port in the region. It is also the place where we are told Aguinaldo met with one Spencer Pratt who claimed to represent the United States and misled the President of the first Philippine Republic into trusting him with arrangements for the "liberation" of Manila and the country.

Monday, February 14, 2011

No greetings day

The Clairvoyant and I have an agreement to not exchange greetings on this day of hearts. To some it may come as an unusual practice but it is one that we opt not to expound on. It is a mutual agreement that we observe even now when we are physically apart but still one in essence. There are, of course, challenges but as a saying goes, "love overcomes all."

We celebrate our love everyday and manifest this in the simplest and most inconspicuous ways. When before there was IRC and ICQ, now we have Google, Skype and BlackBerry Messenger. And I have scheduled and secured my trips to Singapore until middle of this year, thanks to the generous promos of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Such conveniences weren't possible in the early part of our relationship when airfares were prohibitively high and telecommunications were limited to long distance calls. There were promos then but these were not as substantial as the ones in these days of cut-throat airline competitions and the advent of high speed internet services. Our acquisition of high speed services in both our homes made life more comfortable. We are no stranger to the requirements of long distance relationships and ours is an enduring one, with very firm foundations.

Indeed it is difficult set-up that we have at present and there are probably more challenging times ahead. But I like the message in the lyrics of one popular tune, "love will keep us alive." It is mush at its best and will sound corny for a couple of professionals but we can attest to the truth in those lyrics and have lived our lives with love at its foundation. I believe that our faith in God translates to our faith in each other and it is His love that binds us no matter where we are. This is my firm belief as certain circumstances, of which I shall relate soon in another post, have led me to her. It is a mystery at best but a mystery that despite being difficult to explain, actually brings clarity to how we define love and faith.

My only greeting to the Clairvoyant today is a virtual hug and a virtual kiss. She knows their meaning. I know their meaning. They are enough for a day when we do not greet as everyone else does on this day of hearts. Enough until virtual becomes reality - later at the end of the month.

Friday, November 5, 2010


It's been 11 days since the Clairvoyant left for the US and Canada to participate in meetings of their firm in Chicago and visit her brother in Montreal. She was originally to fly to Chicago via Los Angeles but had to change her flight due to concerns regarding a local flag carrier's labor problems. Instead, she traveled via Incheon in Korea. It turned out to be cheaper and she was able to get a code share flight to and from Montreal. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that she won't be able to visit relatives in LA and go with them to Las Vegas. Our relatives have originally planned to vacation in Las Vegas with the Clairvoyant tagging along to finally see another city that doesn't sleep.

The Clairvoyant and I are not strangers to long distance communications. It was how we met in the first place and we know how to wield the tool that is the internet. More than 10 years ago, communications were via email, AOL Instant Messenger or internet relay chat (IRC). Then, there was also the option of snail mail although I remember I preferred using the post office's Express Mail Service (EMS) to send cards and what have you to the Clairvoyant. We didn't exchange photos as this was part of our informal, undeclared agreement on "just chatting and exchanging notes" about anything under the sun.

Our tools then were significantly and perhaps tens of times better than what people before the era of the internet had to go through in order to get in touch with loved ones. These days, the arsenal has expanded to include Skype and voice chats like the ones provided by Google and Yahoo. Even as I write, I am actually speaking with the Clairvoyant over Google's voice chat. If the Clairvoyant had a camera on her computer, we could also have a kind of video conferencing! Now that should be a great experience for loved ones separated by geography.

This experience will be what we will have to undergo and perhaps for a much longer period come January. The Clairvoyant will be based in Singapore from then as she will be transferring to their office in that country. The good news is that Singapore is wired and will surely have the communications facilities that would ensure an efficient lifeline. It helps that Manila and Singapore also share the same time zone. Maybe we'll just try to travel more with the Clairvoyant flying to Manila once a month and me doing the same. That will surely fill our passports with stamps, even if its just for Singapore and Manila. We're bracing ourselves for that eventuality.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Adventures with Clara Clairvoyant 1

My wife has her own blog and she's been egging me to check it out everyday to see her new posts. I think it's great that she's able to find time to write as I've always loved to read about her (mis)adventures. She's practically traveled around the world and her latest trip took her to Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow and Prague. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to tag along that trip.

The last trip we had together was in Japan. We went around some of my favorite sites near Tokyo including the ancient city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. Required stops included the Hachimangu Shrine and Hasedera. Here are a few photos from the trip:

Kamakura and Tokyo was fun and we're looking forward to Kyoto in the near future. Actually, we've never been to the U.S. together and that's coming up soon... Now, I hope I can take time off from work to be able to join her in New York this Fall.