Monday, 16 June 2014

Football and all that

Having spent some of my teenage years in the Philippines, I can say that the main team sport I like is basketball. But since I've been living in the UK for almost a decade, I have learnt the English life-style and come to love football (with all my heart). I a beginning to learn the ins and outs of football. FIFA WORLD CUP is on, and who wouldn't spend an afternoon chilling in the pub with a larger in their hand and just watch a football match?

I support England because I live in England and it was such a shame they lost to Italy at 1-2 last Sunday. But what worse than that was Spain losing to Holland at 1-5! My heart shattered as I cringed in the couch when the game finished. Anyway, I remain a solid fan of Spain's most agile footballer, David Silva. He's just the best no matter what!
I can't wait to watch their game against Chile on Wednesday! :-)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Cherry Trees of Wyre

I am currently reading this lovely poetry book called ' The Cherry Trees of Wyre' written by Simon Fletcher and illustrated by Ian Emberson. Wyre is a district in Lancanshire England named after River Wyre. 

I never studied Creative Writing or such course and I do not really know how to 'technically' review or study poems but I must say, there are a lot of nice images, words, and honesty in this collection. And I believe 'honesty' is very important in poetry. Most people I know, including myself, can tell if a poem evokes honesty or just a total make-up crap. The former, I must say, is the one which everyone prefers. 

Anyway, this is a 35 page book of poems , all of them are very personal to the poet, I would say, even though a lot of them have references to nature or natural surroundings. I am very bad at writing a 'nature' poem. I think I only had one published as I haven't been attempting to write about it. On the other hand, I am very lucky to have known this very good poet and learn more about his poetry. You can learn more about Simon Fletcher here. 

Flying to the Philippines

I was quite anxious flying back to the Philippines for my AIDF programme. It was my first time flying alone and I'm not too keen on plan...