Archive | May, 2011

2 things before lunch that made my day

30 May

1. Doodles in a Hello Kitty notepad, given to me by a pretty half-Mexican kid in her pyjamas. I barely know her.

2. Reading a naughty post by a Twitter friend. Can’t stop laughing on that one.


Not that enthusiastic at all….

29 May

In a few days I will be leaving for Cebu, and it seems that I somehow forgot about it or that my consciousness is unaware of it. I know and I am fully aware that I will be going this week but… I dunno. The impulse to pack and write a checklist is not too inviting for me anymore. I hope not to cram on the basics on the things that I need to pack.

Introduction to Travel Writing Seminar

24 May

Designed by Words Writers’ Workshops presents

June 25 and July 2, 2011 from 1 – 5:30 pm (two Saturdays)
Ortigas Foundation Library, Ortigas Building, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City

Pre-class activities:
1. Students will already choose one travel destination as the subject for their pre-class assignment.
2. The pre-class assignment is a short travel piece to be written before the class. Students should bring the assignment on the first day of the class.
3. Worksheet # 1: “Exploring ideas, Uncovering details” will be emailed to the students to help him/her brainstorm what to write.
4. Students may bring one or two materials (i.e. photos, brochure, trinket) regarding their trip to serve as a writing prompt when they write in-class.


Travel Writing Basics
June 25, 2011 Saturday, 1 – 5:30 pm,

Lecture #1
Introduction to Travel Writing
What is Travel Writing?
Form: The Personal Travel Narrative
Reading and analysis
Form: The Travel Feature Article
Reading and analysis
Workshop #1 Discussion and feedback of pre-class writing assignment

Lecture # 2 Travel Writing Techniques
Description Writing Techniques (part 1)
Quick Writing Exercise
Workshop #2 Discussion & feedback on the exercise
Take home assignments (students will email their written piece on Friday, July 1, 2011)


Travel Writing Workshop
July 2, 2011 Saturday, 1 – 5:30 pm

Workshop # 1
Discussion & feedback on revision to the travel essay
Lecture # 1 Deconstructing a Travel: a Study on Structure
Workshop # 2 Discussion & feedback on student assignment # 2
Lecture # 2 Writing Techniques
More Descriptive Writing
Techniques (Part 2)
How to organize your material
BONUS Travel Writing Tips

“Write the story of your travels”

To register, email and request for a registration form.

Workshop Fee is only P3,000. Deadline of registration is June 20, 2011. Early bird registrants can avail of 10% discount if they register and pay the fee on or before June 13, 2011. Visit us at

Carlomar Arcangel Daoana has travelled to Ilocos, Siquijor, Dumaguete, Baguio and Palawan as well as Malaysia and Singapore on assignment. He has written travel features and essays for the Daily Tribune newspaper, Experience Philippines Travel Magazine, Homestyle Magazine and other publications. A sojourn in Bangkok, Thailand’s Wat Pho Buddhist temple birthed the poem “The Bird Feeder” from his collection The Fashionista’s Book of Enlightenment, a finalist at the National Book Awards. Carlo completed his degree in Literature at the University of Santo Tomas. He has served as panelist during the annual UST writer’s workshops and was junior associate at the UST Creative Writing Center for two years. In “Traveling writers, writing travels,” Carlo shares his creative process on travel writing in an article published in Montage, the Varsitarian’s Literary Magazine. Read the article at

Weekend Tasks

21 May

One of those boring weekends where I don’t get to go anywhere. One of those boring weekends I hope for productivity. Every weekend I always have the same checklists of to-dos, but ended up doing nothing that was on the list.

For this particular weekend I intend to accomplish the following tasks:

1. catch up with blog backlogs and write a post about my 4-year anniversary in mountain climbing.
2. do ALL my laundry
3. CLEAN MY ROOM – yeah, it’s screaming like that
4. read the red book
5. sort out my computer files
6. arrange my work files in the office

That’s in no particular order, but judging from the capital letters used, you could go and figure what really needs to be done first.

Keeping my fingers crossed on a very fruitful weekend. Till then, I’m off to cross out some items on the list. Ciao!

The First Kiss

19 May

This is too cute not to be shared. ;D

Let it begin….

19 May

Another journey that I should have jumpstarted years ago. It will a long voyage for me but I am keeping in my mind what’s all of this for.

Focus. Concentrate. Contemplate.

Adorable Things: Cat Shirts

19 May

I am not a shirt-person. In fact I invest so little on my wardrobe and accessories. Soooo little. I buy clothes once in a blue moon, I buy shoes when one gets worn out. Currently, I have no running shoes, and a worn-out/maltreated trek shoes.

So when I found these babies, they are instant love! Hopefully the deal stays put forreber. I might purchase one if I get back my credit card available balance. Each shirt costs $15.00 (excluding shipping I presume).  Extra size 2XL gets an additional $3.00 cost.

You can get them at