Perfect Illusion (Lady Gaga)

I have been a fan of Lady Gaga since the release of Just Dance so many years ago. She was different and her music was tight, to borrow the contemporary parlance, I'd say her music was lit. She followed her debut album with Fame Monster and I was sure that I was going to like…Read more Perfect Illusion (Lady Gaga)


a post about writing

I was asked to be a speaker and a panelist for a writing workshop here in Bacolod. I'm quite excited for it. So much has been said about my HIV advocacy but not much has been said about my being a writer, considering that I've been working professionally as a writer since I was fourteen…Read more a post about writing

so it’s been a year

The TimeHop app just showed me that exactly one year ago, No Filter had its Press Preview, its first public performance, and my book Remnants was made available online. Wow. So it's been a year. My book barely made a dent. It didn't do as well as I had hoped or planned. I underestimated the…Read more so it’s been a year

a master of something

I've been really itching and aching to study again. I've become very politicised lately but I don't know how to use my art as an instrument for my politics. At the same time, I don't want to use art merely as a political tool. I still want it to be about craft and telling compelling…Read more a master of something

Swords to Plowshares

I saw this article last night and it really resonated with me. Artist Melted Weapons of War to Make Shovels for Tree Planting (link / Inhabitat) The article, written by Brit Liggett, talks about how artist Pedro Reyes collected over a thousand and five hundred guns from residents of Culiacan in Mexico, melted these, and…Read more Swords to Plowshares


One of my favourite musical artists is back with a new album. I first came across Tanita Tikaram in 1998 when a friend back in college who shared the same musical tastes as I did gave me her cassette of Tanita Tikaram's The¬†Cappuccino Songs. We always shared music with each other and she knew my…Read more longevity

Advice (protection)

Ssshhh... not articulate, do not give yourself away; do not reveal, or give up what you know   you do not make yourself vulnerable or open yourself up to their scrutiny they have no right to lay their eyes, fire and brimstone, on your skin, not even your fallen hair or that tear…Read more Advice (protection)