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i have developed a new and nasty habit: while the world sleeps, i click away. or read my comics like there is no tomorrow. i succumbed to sleep only when the shoulders and lower back begin to ache, or when the eyes start to close on their own accord. such is the strange sleeping habit i have now. i don’t know when it started. weird as it may sound, i am, once again, looking forward to when i crash and this somewhat insomnia-like cycle draws to a close.

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G has been telling me all about the great finds, good food and perya-like amusement activities of Colon Night Market. Today, I finally had a chance to go. I had loads of fun! Everything you can think of (and even those you haven’t thought of) are for sale at bargain prices. That plus all the food that would remind you of your childhood: fish balls, squid balls, kwek kwek (quail eggs in batter), sweet corn, those cool colorful drinks with sago in big white plastic jugs, and all the fresh fruits in season like oranges, guavas and mangoes. The best part, though, is me not buying any thing! I oohed and ahhed over a lot of bags and shoes but did not make a single purchase. Too bad we didn’t bring our cameras. Well, there’s always next time.

Some tips for a much more fun experience at the Colon Night Market:

  1. If you have a tendency to be claustrophobic (like me) be sure to keep moving. Do not stay too long in one place, especially in the designated pathways. If you want to take a closer look at the merchandise, go inside the stall.
  2. Do not immediately buy the first item you like. There might be similar or like items a few stalls away that are cheaper.
  3. Haggle like crazy! That is half the fun experience at such markets.
  4. Make sure your bills are in PhP100 denominations or lesser. Makes it easier when paying and makes haggling more effective (for obvious reasons).
  5. Wear your most comfy shoes and getup. Cargo jeans or cargo shorts are preferable. All those pockets means security for all your valuables like mobile phones, wallets and currencies.
  6. Bring your own big shopping bag. It is better to put all your purchases without the standard plastic bags the items come wrapped in. Be kind to Earth. Remember what Masi Oka said: It’s time to Green Your Routine.
  7. Bring your own bottled water.
  8. Leave the arte side of yourself at home. By this I mean bear in mind that this is Colon; not uptown or Ayala Business Center. There will be sights and smells that are uniquely downtown and if that spoils it for you, better not go.

G further said that the place bustles with a different kind of energy in the early evenings than it does an hour or two toward closing time. I just might try that next time. I will hopefully have taken the cam and have some photos to share in another post.

I thought I saw the Pisces sign on one of Jopie’s Facebook albums. When she asked me about it, I had second thoughts and looked it up. Sure enough, it was not the symbol of the twelfth sign of the western zodiac, but the Ichthys or Ichthus, the ancient and classical Greek word for fish, which the early Christians used as a symbol for identification. More popularly known as the Christian fish or the Jesus fish, it consists of two intersecting arcs tracing the outline of a fish (most commonly with the fish “swimming” to the left).


It is a little known fact to me that the Ichthus as a Christian symbol is an acronym for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior” in ancient Greek.


I was born under the sign of Pisces and have always had a thing for fish pendants and fish designs. But now that I have discovered the Ichthus, I have a better reason, if you can call it that, for choosing to wear the symbol. (I also like butterflies, but that is another post.)

For comparison, since I already mentioned it, here are the (overlapping) symbols of Pisces:



And now that I know that I was at least half-right about the symbol I spotted on the photo, I can now sleep.

Neil Gaiman is on a book tour to promote The Graveyard Book. I have been following the tour because of the readings that are being filmed and broadcast in installments. No doubt Gaiman is a master storyteller. I am not into audio books but watching and listening to him read The Graveyard Book is a good first experience. I enjoyed the story even more because of the facial expression and the inflections and voice characterizations. I just finished chapter 8, the last chapter, but I am still eager to get a copy of the book.

All chapters are at http://www.mousecircus.com/videotour.aspx

There’s a new coffee shop very, very near the office and I have been frequenting it for the past few weeks. Not for the coffee but for the food. I got to taste a different type of pasta each visit. I haven’t tried any of their sandwiches, though. And there is always something new in the dessert menu. No doubt I will have tasted everything soon. :mrgreen:


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Scientists have created a machine that will recreate the big bang. Excerpt from the news article:

If all goes according to plan, the Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator underground near Geneva, could re-create the very moment 13 billion years ago when scientists believe a tremendous explosion known as the “big bang” created the universe.

Read complete story here.

What has me wondering a bit is if they have taken all necessary precautions or thought the whole thing through. I mean this is a recreation of the big bang. What happens to everyone in the surrounding areas when or after they turn the LHC on? No tremors or other things that can trigger disasters?

I am all for change and anything that can improve the world and our understanding of it. Maybe they should have included some assurances in the news article that nothing untoward is going to happen so all of us cousins of Chicken Little (fifty five times removed) don’t get any ideas of the sky falling again.  😉

It rained!! Finally! I could do a rain dance right now, except someone has beat me to it and the rain gods have seen fit to oblige. It has been hot and humid the past few days so this is definitely a welcome change. It would be nice to stay in the house but no can do. It’s Friday, anyway. Last work day of the week. Almost.

Last night, I finished Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It is a really good book. I enjoyed it immensely. I laughed out loud as I turned the page. My brother is not so into books as I am but I think even he will find this very entertaining and worth the time. But I know that if they turn this into a movie, he’d prefer that. :mrgreen:

Right. Off to work.


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