Showing posts from May, 2014

Missing My Lighthouse

Huggybear's Stories May 31 to June 6 Edition
February 28, 2014 Friday
This is my text message to my childhood friend GD
I haven't been to my lighthouse in Nova Scotia in this lifetime yet. But I'll go to Cyprus first before Canada. That's still next year. Just when I'm preparing to travel further, a lot of people are telling me to settle down. "Oh my personal life is fine," I would say, hoping they'd get the hint. But they don't. Just this morning, a colleague, who keeps bugging me about my private affairs, seemed to want to run my life her way. The gall of these people, I thought. Why is it that the less they know, the more convinced they are that they know everything? "It's unfair," I told her, "because you're stressing yourself about my life when I'm not even thinking about yours!" I said that like a joke.
"Who the fuck do you think you are, and who the hell do you think you're talking to?" was what I …

Michael Ruff

May 28 Midweek Musical 

Huggybear's Favorite Song From Michael Ruff 
I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 

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May 24-30 Edition
Herman Hesse Tony Robbins Loving Nature Talking To Strangers
Hermann Hesse
March 25, 2014 Tuesday
This is my text to my childhood friend GD
When I replied to your text message this morning, I found myself writing a timeless essay about who I am, where I am and where I want to be at this point in my life.
I have revised it, like a Buddhist monk tending a bonsai, and the new version has given new life to my magazine article about Siddharta, the young hero of Herman Hesse's classic novel.
Hesse has faced the same emptiness when it seemed his juices had run dry, not knowing what will come next as Siddharta has finally achieved spiritual enlightenment. What happened to me earlier is like the burst of creativity that inspired Hesse to finish his unforgettable story of the young Brahmin who I've identified with so much. I'm on a Zen state of mind.

See also my story on Hesse's Siddharta
and Beneath The Wheel and The Journey To The East
Tony Robbins
April 6, 20…

James Ingram

May 21 Midweek Musical

Huggybear's Favorite Songs From James Ingram
Where Did My Heart Go

Whatever We Imagine

Somewhere Out There with Linda  Ronstadt [Theme from An American Tail]

An American Tail

Yah Mo Be There with Michael McDonald

There's No Easy Way

Just Once

One Hundred Ways

How Do You Keep The Music Playing with Patti Austin

with Dionne Warwick

Baby Come To Me with Patti Austin

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The Freedom To Leave

May 17-23 Edition
March 29, 2014 Saturday
These are my marathon text replies to JM, a childhood friend who popped from out of nowhere again.
I've been in Cebu for over a year. I feel like I've stayed too long. Some of the most significant aspects of my life I have kept to myself. There is so much that people here don't know about me, specially the profound changes I've been going through. It doesn't stop people from thinking they can intrude into my private life.
Nature doesn't allow a vacuum. Narrow minds who don't know the full story will fantasize their own scenarios. The less a person knows, the more he insists on imposing his ignorant and unwelcome opinion.
I was touched by his declaration of loyalty though I won't quote any of his messages. I forgot to ask how on earth he knew I'm in Cebu. I actually wrote that piece earlier this month. I still feel the same. It's one of my drafts in my phone Notes meant for a different story. I feel …

Gary Granada

May 14 Midweek Musical

Huggybear's Favorite Song From Gary Granada 
Mabuti Pa Sila 

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May 10-16 Edition
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Liking Cebu
April 10, 2014 Thursday
So many times I've overcome the sweet temptation of judging. As a traveler, I really have to struggle against passing judgment on the culture of the places I'm passing through. 
I'm thankful I found good friends here in Cebu. I'd rather be here than in Manila because of the relative lack of traffic and typhoons. There are exceptions, but my experiences with the locals are consistently negative. Yesterday I wrote about in my journal the story of the new neighbor who deliberately plays his radio too loud.
Today alone there are two more examples. On the lobby earlier (aside from another separate story I wrote on the locals' brazen lack of elevator etiquette) I found it staggering to see so many women here that are noisier and more flirtier than the prostitutes of Manila.
Then, when I was in the office canteen about half an hour ago, I saw a real emblematic scene. T…


May 7 Midweek Musical

Huggybear's Favorite Songs From Seal 
Kiss From A Rose  [Theme from Batman Forever]

Batman Forever

See Our Story On Batman Forever
Stand By Me

Walk On By 

Fly Like An Eagle

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May 3-9 Edition
New Writing Bob Proctor Abraham Hicks The Impressionist
New Writing
March 22, 2014 10:19 p.m., Saturday
Text to RG
I'm getting my writing groove back. I'm in the park-like mall grounds of Ayala, Cebu.
I've been doing a lot of writing in one of the concrete benches beside the artificial waterfalls since this afternoon.
I was so exhausted by the emotional roller coaster of the past week. I'll go home in a little while to catch up on some sleep. I didn't have the strength to come to the beach with one of my close friends. I consider it an honor to be invited to a family outing. I told him the truth: I needed time to be alone to refresh my mind.
I'm reviving my comatose article on MMK, adding the John Wayne Sace and Maja Salvador episode . So far, I've written the chapters on Twilight, The Lost Symbol and The Rule of Four for my long-term article on recent bestsellers which I started last year. Speaking of which, I discovered only last week that my…