Nov 21, 2016

Volley love

the game,Saturday morning
Volleyball fever has rubbed off onto my friends and relatives. Most of them were religiously practicing twice a week,seemed to be enjoying and made this sport a part of their lives for a year now.
Hence for their 2nd season which the FSA has organized, they are vying for the 
Ambassador’s Cup. This is one special occasion where in Pinoys of Geneva come together and watch their favorite team for two days.
Something that is definitely not to miss. I have promised my girls that we'd watched their Titas (my friends and relatives) play the game. These Titas got me all excited to watch them play against each other, all for the love of volleyball.
The Game
So while my girls found their little friends, I sat in the middle  to have a better view of the court which was divided into three. The surrounding was vibrating with excitement and just being there somehow transported me back to my home country. There were food stands,offering Pinoy foods, of course, and a court full of my fellow Filipinos.
Everyone was in a high spirit. Cheers and applause echoed  the area. I wasn't cheering for a particular team but was overjoyed when each one of them scored and got disappointed when the ball was blocked.

Now back to my friends, some of them have played during their high school years.Others have no experience in playing volleyball at all. But there they were on the court looking confident and excited.  Once  the ball was hit  and the game started, they became engrossed with something more serious amidst the dynamic crowd.

A friend  stated that she would become aggressive and genuinely concentrated on the ball. One said that she was tense,but as Gani, a friend from Vivens men's team put it, there was a bit of pressure as well as eagerness to win but the most important thing is to have fun.
And I agreed to that. It was what this tournament was all about. 
Till next season,my friends.

Nov 14, 2016

A Memoir of an Ex CLEANING LADY

by Elle
First Love
New Pictures, Images border= The whole story won't be complete if he's not in it. He was my first love ever. The one who managed to tame my own Ampalayo.Up to now, I still get this giddiness whenever I think of him.
We were classmates during college and it was not until our second year that he courted me. We were together all summer and so it was inevitable not to fall in love with him after that.
Working right after college gave me independence but he was always there. He accepted my ever-changing moods. He stayed in our village and worked as a high school teacher. That's why every sat evening we would sit at the village's square, gawk at the passers-by, eat, talk or merely enjoy each other's company.
We were in our usual place that night, sitting in a banc right next to a lamp post. We were sharing a coke and a bbq, enjoying the evening breeze when I told him about my plan. He was okay with it, I promised him that I'd be back after two years. Yes, we made plans. It felt good having something to look forward to while away from someone.
That night, he lovingly held my hands and looked into my eyes. I could see the sadness in there but I assured him that everything would be alright.
I was hunted by that night and that look. That even years later, in my sitting room, when he asked: "Why did you forget me?" while his pregnant wife sat within earshot, I was lost for words...wanted to cry and hug him, to stay forever in his arms, to live in a farm, have beautiful kids, own dogs or horses--which ever, you know just like our plan...but it was 5 years late.

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Nov 2, 2016

When a cat in the Big Apple made me cry

Though not a theatreholic, play and comedy musical fascinate me. It’s not only the décor or the ambiance but just being there, sitting and listening to the orchestra. Watching the artists make everything come alive.

Then one magical afternoon I found myself once again in a theatre. 
This was when  Grizabella made me cry. There's no denying the fact that this  CAT is my favorite next to Rum Tum Tugger,of course.
As she started singing Memory I was transfixed by her pain. Her voice pierced into my being, as if I was part of her world and that the inner torment she was undergoing was also mine. Grizabella was eventually lifted up into another realm, I felt pain and relief. 
Then it was the finale, applause, people slowly moving and heading out into a crispy late afternoon. There was no photo-op with my favorite cat but her voice was in my head, accompanying me from 50 street to 168th and that's a lot of "memories".


Oct 30, 2016

A heart full of gratitude

New York

Disney store, Times Square

The city is slowly getting smaller as I look out the plane. Below,  long lustrous lines of lights stretch its way all around the busy streets. I stared at the buildings with all its glimmering lights &  from where I am, they look like stocks of gold – shimmering and sublime.  What a sight to behold, I turned to my husband and kissed him, thanking him of this wonderful experience. Then I closed my eyes, utter a prayer of gratitude all the while engraving in my mind the splendor I am leaving behind.

You have captivated me, New York. I hope to see you again.