Tula (at tuwa) ni Au Blog Posts

  • On Decaf-ing, and Other Vague Stuff
    on Jan 28, 2014
    1.) I'd like to say I'm undergoing caffeine withdrawal, but as it is just my 2nd day of no-coffee-week, that sounds overly dramatic. I'm feeling lethargic, sleepy and slightly irritated, though. You judge.2.) How many no's do I have to dish out befor...
  • 26 is A Number.
    on Jan 15, 2014
    Paggising ko, 26 na ko. Nakakawoah lang yung feeling. Okay. Bio-age: 26. Disposition: forever eleven. :))Di ko alam kung pano maging 26. Di ko napaghandaan 'to. Parang kahapon lang, 13 lang ako, breezing through highschool... and then. Pero thankful...
  • 2013 Yearender
    on Dec 31, 2013
    Dahil di naman ako makatulog, ihahabol na lang kita, kahit huli. Salamat 2013. Hindi ka kasing agit ni 2012, pero yung pagiging steady mo lang yung kelangan ko. Konting bundok, konting trip. Sakto lang. Pero andaming dagdag na alaala.Salamat sa tatto...
  • Discovery
    on Oct 22, 2013
    I wish I know you more than your face and your name. I wish you know me, too. I wish you know that I know.
  • Bakit Nakakasenti ang Ulan*
    on Sep 16, 2013
    Sabi ko dati, may mga bagay na masayang gawin, pero korni na ulitin. Senti akong tao. (also, walang konsepto ng transition at coherence. Pero tiyaga lang, someday, somehow, everything will be brought together at magkakasense din ang mga bagay-bagay.
  • Trick of the Light
    on Aug 20, 2013 in poem may picture
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  • what was remembered
    on Jul 23, 2013 in poem
    short questions  non answers awkward jokes  forced laughter. that's maybe how it was always be. but. one time the questions flowed, and the answers came unbidden laughter rent the air, coaxed by jokes unrehearsed. just one time. and th...
  • Chronicles of Summer: I Got a Tattoo, But This is NOT Just What It's All AboutTinglayan, Kalinga | March 2013 The fascination started with an fb message: You want to go with us to Kalinga and see the last (traditional) tattoo artist? Maybe get one?* Even before curiosity sets in, I said yes. That's one thing about me: I rare...
  • Chronicles of Summer: La La La La Union!
    on Apr 25, 2013 in La Union gala Luzon may picture
    A/N: Damiiiii backlog! Eto na, magbabawas na. Hihi :)) Anyways, I know di pa summer ng January, but in Au's vocab, beach outing = summer, no matter what the season. So there. And I've already forgotten the important details: price, place, contacts, e...
  • High SeasonRe-posting a poem I wrote for unFold (2 years ago!): AT THE PEAK Up here, it’s an upside down world.At my feet, a sea of clouds.And below –eagles and crowsswimabout. © 2011, Aubrey Graze Pareja ******************************************...
  • Birthday Challenge: How Far Can I Remember?
    on Jan 17, 2013
    24: Second job, 7th&8th mountains 23: First solo backpacking trip. 22: College graduation; first corporate job 21: MyMathVentures (thesis) 20: UP Green League. Also, my spiritual birth-year (aka the proverbs day) 19: Bumagsak ako sa isang subject...
  • Hello, 25!
    on Jan 17, 2013
    Pinakamahabang birthday celebration ko na ata 'to. Since Jan 12, I've been meeting friends, sharing stories over food and coffee and having a great time. :) *** Connections ang tema ng 25th year ko. The past 24 years have brought all sorts of peopl...
  • It's a Different High: of Mountains and Climbing and Why I Do It Even When I Don't Want ToMy love affair with mountains is definitely not a whirlwind romance. Unlike backpacking--solo or otherwise, it took me a long time to convince myself that I do like the mountains, and even a longer time to realize that I am also irrevocably in love w...
  • Whoa. (2012)
    on Dec 30, 2012 in yearend
    Eh yung andami-daming nangyari ngayong taon na 'to?! Parang worth 2 years of bonggang experiences. Andaming u-turns, detours, surprises, lessons, mali at tamang akala, nawala, nahanap, natagpuan... sabi ko nga andami :)) Kung maiimbento ang time-trav...
  • Ilocos sa Ikatlong PagkakataonUna, nung nag-Pagudpud kami nila Dar at Cere. Pangalawa, nung holy week at nag-solo trip ako sa La Union. At etong pangatlo, kasama ang dalawang pares na nagmamahalan. Haha. Di ko na aayusin ang kwento ko. Wala din naman akong makocontribute sa mg...
  • Tree Planting with Indra at Palauig, ZambalesOct. 27, 2012 I arrived at 5:30 am. It was dark inside the Meralco compound, and the street lights did very little to dispel the gloom. The trees and the lamp posts cast eerie shadows in my path. I found the meeting place after a short (and nervou...
  • Love in a Hopeless Place? (Ramblings about Boracay)A/N: This isn't going to be coherent, nor detailed. Much has been said and written about Boracay, and I don't think I'd be able to contribute anything new to the wealth of online info about it. Besides, it's probably one of the most h...
  • My Impulsive First: Iligan
    on Jul 30, 2012 in mga sinalihang contest iligan
    Iligan. Aside from its majestic waterfalls, I would also associate it to my many firsts: first time to stalk a local (wait, don't judge me! Read on.), first time to ride a habal-habal, and first time to come face to face with a place so iconic, i...
  • Palawan Day 7: Coron Day 3 - (Pasalubong) Shopping Spree
    on Jul 16, 2012 in gala Coron Palawan Luzon may picture
    Aww. This is the last post of the second part of my Palawan escapade (see part 1 here). The last post  always feels like the last day of trip itself: already nostalgic, despite the fact that I'm not even home-bound yet. Read more »...
  • Palawan Day 6: Coron Day 2 - Island Sight SeeingGood Morning Coron!  I woke up at around six am to find almost everyone in the room also stirring up. Ha. A trip can really bring out that morning person in everybody, even the most hardcore anti-morning like me. I was excited for breakfast, as I&#...
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