A Thousand Summers (Episode 11)

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May 30 to June 5 Edition

A Thousand Summers

Episode 11

I took a roll-on, roll-off (RORO) bus. I would have gone to the station in Cubao if only to reminisce my teenage hangout days at the Ali Mall, but it's only in Pasay where they have my route.

The Philippines is a mass of scattered islands so these busses would "roll-on" aboard ships and "roll-off" to disembark on the next pier. The advantages are obvious and the people who made it work should be given credit for it.

The greatest lesson I learned in riding the RORO is that I don't want to anymore. They don't follow their own schedule and I was stuck in a bad seat. Another thing: I was hostaged by greedy resto-owners during stop-overs. What's more, I wanted to stay longer in many of the places along the way.

I couldn't believe the stuff some people bring: there was even a big plastic chest of drawers on the aisle, trapping all of us inside.

To Be Continued Next Saturday

Jonathan Aquino's Journal

March 22, 2015, Sunday

My life is filled with everyday miracles. One of the most recent is that my neighbor across the garden had just turned off his radio and left, as I write this at half past nine in the morning. I'm now happily alone with blessed silence with only the melodies of bird songs on this beautiful morning.

Soft Melody
John Kaizan Neptune

"Smiling face, friendly space, who could ask for more?
Quiet place, soft embrace, who could ask for more..."


I find happiness wherever I am because my strength and sense of self-worth come from within. I enjoy my work and I like the people I work with. This is not my ideal life but I always enjoy the moment. I'm only passing though. I'm on my way to the kind of life I really want for myself, far away from the narrow-minded. I've always believed that my journey is not about arriving, but becoming a better man along the way.