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musings on Feb. 14 . . . continued.

9:00 am

Sharing laughs and indulging in pure silliness are things that you could look back at any moment and find yourself smiling — be they with your special someone, high school friends, college roommates, or even with your ex. Today is heart’s day. I slept the night and woke up this morning repeating in my head that today is just another date in the calendar. I felt guilty for not having the enthusiasm that this day deserves. So I spent a few minutes to pause and ponder over a cup of coffee the past events in my life. I sort of made a mental mind map with the figure of a heart being at the center. Lots of memories are popping out like when you are starting to see the image taking shape in an autostereogram (3D picture). Clarity came, and I started smiling.
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warding off mosquitoes

The “sensaryo” or sometimes “sensaryohan” is one of the tools that we regularly make and use when me and my brothers were just little kids in Camiguin Island, Philippines. Every weekend, we hiked up to Manduao, a remote barangay of Catarman, to spend time with our lolo and lola in their nipa hut. The way up wasn’t easy. The trail was bordered by thorny shrubs, big trees, grasses, coconuts, bamboos and banana plants; and hungry mosquitoes, lots of them. Good thing we always carry with us the “sensaryo”. It’s very convenient and handy. By swaying it, sometimes in full rotation just for fun, the smoke envelopes our immediate surrounding, preventing the mosquitoes of coming near us. When the fuel comes low, we can always pick some bits and pieces of dry twigs and coconut husks found along the way.

I really didn’t know why it’s called “sensaryo”. I just imagined it as something much similar to that use in a church ceremony where the priest spread incense smoke inside the church. I found out,  after a few readings that the device used by the priest to spread incense smoke (censing) is called a censer. A censer is a vessel used for burning incense. In different cultures and religious practices, the construction and design of the censer varies. Now I know why it’s called “sensaryo”. It’s the local term for censer. It just happened that I learn of it first as something we used to ward off mosquitoes rather than as the tool used in church for censing.

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Cucumber and carrot atchara

An extremely simple atchara (pickle) recipe. A very versatile side dish to fried or grilled meat.



1 large carrot, thinly sliced into strips

1 large cucumber, thinly sliced into strips

1 onion, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

hot chilis, chopped

1 tbsp. salt

3 tbsp. sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar


Slather salt on sliced carrot and cucumber.

Soak for at least an hour. Squeeze out fluids.

Meanwhile, whisk sugar in vinegar – ensuring the sugar dissolves thoroughly.

Put everything together in a resealable freezer bag. Squeeze out air spaces.

Leave in the fridge overnight before consuming.


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My yummy creamy potato salad

Here’s how:


It’s creamy and yummy. The cream cheese and mustard added an extra yum to the dressing.


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a pair of sandals

I miss my Birckenstock. It was my trusty companion. Although I have re-glued the sole twice already, other than that, it has remained faithful. I worn it everywhere: hiked it, soaked it in mud, washed in a river, and waddled in the sea. It looks cool with jeans, shorts, skirts, and even with a dress. It’s been with me in my most exciting adventures, relaxing afternoon strolls, and  in my saddest walks.

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Late for Halloween…

I kind of got the hang of basic Gimp operations. Since I had not participated in any Halloween related activity the last time, I made an artwork about it. I was inspired by the semi-gothic-emo theme of 2NE1’s music video of “It Hurts” posted by a friend at FB. The character of Sandara’s kinda cute, mute and cute. 🙂

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Again, I started with the graphing paper.

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graphing paper + bus + Gimp

I’ve been practicing with Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program), a share software for image editing. I haven’t got hold of Adobe Photoshop yet, so I’m starting over with Gimp – I like the sound of it /gimp/. I’ve been doing my sketches manually and I am so intimidated by Adobe Illustrator. I feel like a total moron the moment I open it. I’m still starting with Gimp and I have no idea if I can draw vectors with it as easily as Visio – how I missed Visio. So out of frustration, I bought a graphing paper and drew my sketch, took a picture of it, and did some rendering with Gimp. And there goes my “Hop on, hop off” bus… a bit disproportioned and out of perspective. Next time, I’ll draw a flat cartoon, this way I don’t have to worry about being disfigured. So much for the graphing paper.


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