napanaginipan 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…
Asleep | 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…
“beauty mask” by IAD, crayon
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!
philippine genre paintings | jose v. blanco & sons
brother | idol | confidante
big party today!
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