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Memoirs of a Geisha: A book worthy to be a classic

To be true, I never thought that I would ever read Memoirs of a Geisha. There is actually a movie about it, released many years ago, but it did not occur to me to see it. But after reading the last sentence of the book, I immediately wanted it to be placed on the shelves of the classics. The only adjective that I can think about to describe Memoirs of a Geisha is this: gut-wrenching. I say that this book is gut-wrenching because of its poignant and subtle rendition of human emotion, especially of loss, love, dreams and man’s capacity to triumph over unimaginable hardships. Sayuri, the main character in the book, is a village girl, who after being taken away from her family and separated from her sister, was trained in one of the okiyas and later  turned out...

Ithaka: Don’t Hurry the Journey at All

Every time I lose track in life, I always return to this poem written by Constantin Cavafy because it reminds me that in life, there is no such thing as losing track but only journeys to unfamiliar seas and shores. ITHAKA When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction. The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, angry Poseidon – do not fear them: such as these you will never find as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare emotion touch your spirit and your body. The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, angry Poseidon – you will not meet them unless you carry them in your soul, unless your soul raise them up before you. Ask that your way be long. At many a Summer dawn to enter with what gratitude, what joy...

The God I Used to Believe In

The God I Used to Believe In

I grew up believing in a God that is quite vindictive. I was taught by my parents and especially my religion that God is good as long as I am good and God is bad when I do something bad. With this framework, I knew of God as a loving God but the moment you break his commandments, he will punish you with eternal banishment and everlasting damnation. For many years, I tried to live with this notion of God until something happens that radically changed my understanding of the God that I used to believe in. In my previous post, I shared with you my experience of being revoked from the membership in an organization after I admitted my fault to the authorities and my subsequent expulsion from the said organization. After that event, I expected God to favor me since I...

Be Honest, Anyway

Hello world.This is my first ever post in my blog and I’m quite excited about it. I entitled my first post “Be Honest, Anyway” to tell you, dear reader, what my blog is all about. In a way this is a short orientation or introduction about what my site will be and what you can expect from me. “Be Honest, Anyway” is a line from a poem written by Mother Teresa of Calcutta many years ago. Actually, some say that it was not Mother Teresa who originally wrote the poem but Dr. Kent M. Keith instead. In any case, the poem speaks so much about the solid foundations of living a life with dignity, honesty and integrity. Since this is my first time to write something and share it to the world, I have to be honest to tell you, dear reader, that...