hanggang sa ating muling pagkikita

bert11napanaginipan ko si kuya noong linggo nang umaga, father’s day sa amerika \ maaliwalas ang kanyang mukha, gwapo at maputi <tulad ni caloy o ni ate> / bagong gupit ang kanyang buhok at nakasalamin, tulad nang iniwan ko siya \ subalit siya ay malusog at makisig / naglalakad siya sa isang daan at tila may patutunguhan \ nakaputi siyang kamiseta / alam ko na ako ay nasa isang panaginip \ at wala akong kamalay-malay sa mga totoong pangyayari / hindi ako makapaniwala na nandito siya! \ niyakap ko siya nang mahigpit at matagal hanggang naunawaan ko ang katotohanan / papaalis na siya at nagpapaalam…

nais naming lahat na sana nandirito ka pa para sa marami pang mga kaarawan / ngunit hindi ito ang ating kapalaran \ kami na iyong naiwan ay palaging isasaisip at itatangi ka / at ikaw ay mapapalagi sa aking puso magpakailanman \ hanggang sa ating muling pagkikita…

 

goodbyesong on father’s day

full moon2Asleep | The Smiths 1985, photo: MED

Sing me to sleep Sing me to sleep I’m tired and I, I want to go to bed Sing me to sleep Sing me to sleep And then leave me alone Don’t try to wake me in the morning ‘Cause I will be gone Don’t feel bad for me … There is another world There is a better world Well, there must be Well, there must be Well, there must be Well, there must be Well… Bye bye Bye bye Bye…

 

 

illustration friday | mask | guest post

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“beauty mask” by IAD, crayon

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a book about tea: corporate espionage & theft in the 19th century

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for all the tea in china: how england stole the world’s favorite drink & changed history (2010) by sarah rose chronicles the theft in the mid-1800 of the tea plant,  horticultural knowledge, tea-making processes & technology in order to build the tea industry in india / this enabled britain to be in a highly competitive spot with china in the production of the world’s second most consumed beverage

the spy-thief in this story is scotsman robert fortune  / london’s daily express, in its book review, called him “the indiana jones of tea” \ indeed, fortune disguised himself as a local mandarin / he shaved the front of his head like any other ethnic chinese <an act of fealty to the emperor>, wore a tail & got rid of his western clothes \ he also spoke some pidgin chinese and outsmarted pirates!

despite his lack of a gentleman’s background, fortune was the royal horticulture society’s first choice for the mission to china / he is considered to be one of the world’s greatest plant hunters, introducing over 120 plant species to the western world \ many plants are named after him < … fortunei > and his enduring legacy are the many ornamental plants gracing our gardens < bleeding heart, clematis, rhododendron, chrysanthemum, etc >

fortune used many ways of transporting the stolen tea from china to the darjeeling region of india / among them was the use of wardian cases, the forerunner of the modern terrarium & inspiration for the glass aquarium <invented by nathaniel bagshaw ward, an interesting story itself> \ aside from the plant, fortune also brought with him five chinese tea cultivators so that the transfer of technology was complete

this is another interesting good read!

pencils from manila

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the pencil of my childhood schooldays, mongol, ceased manufacturing in the philippines some 7 or 8 years ago / the mongol in the philippines is now made in china \ and the former philippine manufacturer of mongol now produces the t-pencil, “the thinkers’ pencil” \ proudly filipino-made, woodclinched, eco-friendly & 100% cedar wood says its packaging / mongol is a beloved brand & has had to fight off fakes \ my gift of mongols have “genuine” inscribed on them