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The thing called happiness By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IN 1972, the 4th King of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck declared, “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product.” It is the very first time that the concept was articulated, changing the perspectives and measurements of Bhutan’s overall development. As an alternative indicator for Gross Domestic Product […]

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New Year’s Eve 2021 By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   AT exactly 3:00 a.m., I normally go out to the yard to feel the air. Today it is cool, crisp and windy, passing through the limbs of the trees and the shrubs. I looked at the sky and saw the moon trying to peep through the […]

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A walk in the clouds By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IN the morning, when the clouds seem to race to the southern end of the sky, I did not wait for the sun to shine, I walked weaving my stride through the side streets lined with old acacia trees, among grasses that have grown up […]

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She paints flowers By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THS poem was read 16 December 2020, on the occasion of the first painting exhibit of a dear friend, Girlie Villariba, held at Io International (formerly ISIS International Manila), 3 Marunong, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila.    She paints flowers She picks flowers on the road […]

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The uselessness of water By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   SO you are in love. And you know what you think you know but don’t. And you don’t because you know what you think you know. And yet, you plunge. You drown. Like a fish caught in midair by a bird, unable to free itself from […]

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Red Tag By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THERE was a time when I would accompany my friends to buy clothes, pick the things we most like, pay for it quickly, and leave the store.  Sometimes, I see something I really like, but take my time to see if I still like it after several hours, […]

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November rain By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   NOVEMBER started with heavy rains and strong winds with Typhoon Rolly. Less than two weeks after, Typhoon Ulysses howled at dawn on the 12th of November, like a madman, breaking the limbs of trees that forced the plants to kiss the wet ground, and made galvanized sheets fly […]

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Indak By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IN my early years in Quezon City, I leased a property for ten years at Teachers Village at the corner of Maginhawa and Mahabagin Streets. This was mainly because we were a big family and I had to find a place for my growing brothers and sisters who came […]

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Is your name Hercules? By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IT is midnight. I woke up to the battering of the trees and the low-lying plants dropping to the ground. My heart sank. I tried to put some of them up, but the wind became stronger. The plants danced frantically with limbs flailing in all directions, […]

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La La Land By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo    LA La Land teaches the importance of resilience and determination. And so do other inspiring movies. But what stuck in my mind is the struggle to succeed. La La Land is a nickname for Los Angeles, California, specifically to refer to Hollywood, the pursuit of dreams, wealth […]

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