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Hello from Georgia

So here I am in my babe’s office hoping he’d drop by from his class so I can ask where the computer center is.

Waiting and listening to the goddess Tori, I decided to look inside the boxes of books I sent him from home.  Some of them were mine and I was pleased to see my Neil Gaiman collection safe and intact.  Among the random tomes, I found, to giddy pleasure, a book given to me by my Glee Club.  It was actually a bunch of letters and miscellaneous comic strips and drawings sturdily bound and covered in plastic.  It’s title: Pumpkin Patch.  The cover was done by the budding artist, Meggy, who drew a Tim Burtonesque jack-o-lantern watering little pumpkins in his patch.  I guess the long-legged Jack is supposed to be me and my girls, the pumpkins.   It was charmingly creepy (or creepily charming) done in black and white because for some reason they thought I was into goth.

Digression:  On one of my birthdays, my club officers asked the girls not to wear anything colorful (a.k.a. only black) because “Ms. Cabel won’t like it.  She’s into goth.”  The truth is, I didn’t NOT like goth but I wasn’t into it as much as they assumed.  I wore mostly black because 1) it was sort of a UP College of Music performers’ uniform.  2) black was easy to mix with … black.   And when you’re a full-time teacher, you don’t have time to mix and match pieces from your closet when dressing up.  But me in black in ICA, it became my thing.  It was a piece of the Ms. Cabel puzzle along with my toy cactus, Pablo, and my ability to swing from one mood to another.

Alright, enough of that.

It’s been a couple of years since I read Pumpkin Patch.  I read it only twice since I got it because, even in my own company, I get very embarrassed when people say nice things about me.  I just go all squirmy and shy, wishing to just explode — poof! — into a cloud so I could hover away.  I know how to react to nastiness but niceness, not always.

I miss my Glee Club.  Those two years of moderating were the most exhausting, most emotionally-draining, and most gratifying of my time as a teacher.  I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.

You see, I’m no longer a teacher.

Here in Georgia, USA, I am not a teacher.  I am not a musician.  Not a writer.  Not an actress.  I’m not despairing, though, because I like where I am now.  I’m finally with my best friend and love and there’s no place I’d rather be.  But everything I was back in the Philippines is a memory for now.   I’m waiting to be who I was meant to be in this new and strange place.

I am in a cocoon and I’m waiting for wings.


Pablo Answers 20 Questions

pablo-christmas3.jpgThe fabulous Jovi of Girl, Interrupted tagged me to answer this 20 Questions Meme.  I finished it, actually, but then saw Pablo Honey looking all wistful that I asked him to answer it, too, which thrilled the poor dear to no end. 


Remove 1 question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.

20 Questions Meme

1.) At what age do you wish to marry?

  • Cacti don’t marry.  I would like to spread my seed, though, and produce lots of Pablitos and Pablitas.  So, pollinate me, please!!!

2.) What color do you like most?

  • All shades of blue.  They make me think of the desert sky. 

3.) If you have the chance, what would you probably say to your beloved one?

  • “Ah, you’ve pricked my heart.”

4.) Where is the place that you want to go to the most?

  • Australia and stare at the changing colors of the Uluru.  

5.) Which part of you that you hate the most?

  • My bar-b-que stick leg.

6.) When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do?

  • Flap my arms around and wail.

7.) What are you afraid to lose the most?

  • My flexibility.  I don’t want my rubber body to harden with age.

8.) If you win $1 million, what would you do?

  • Buy a tanning bed (since I miss the desert heat).  Set up a foundation for teachers.  Buy Cabsy a grand piano.

9.) If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to her?

  • Yes!  I would do even better and sing her the traditional cactus wooing song entitled, “Pulp of My Heart”.

10.) List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you.

  • Witty.  Deep.  Smart. 🙂

11.) What are your requirements from your cacti half ?

  • Succulent. Nice aerole and spines.  Rubbery but soft.  Has a nice pair of arms.  Good taste in hats and bandannas.    


12.) Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most?

  • I don’t regret anything.

13.) Which type of cacti do you hate the most?

  • Posers.  Ones who wear ostentatious hats but are without depth.

14.) What is your ambition?

  • Help Cabsy reach out to more students.

15.) What is the thing that will make you think she is bad?

  • If she thinks she’s too good to be called a cactus.

16.) What is it that people don’t know about you?

  • I don’t have eyes — just the shades. 

17.) So far, have you had a life-changing moment? What was it?

  • Meeting Cabsy and the ICAns.

18.) Name one of your body part your past significant others tells you he adores.

  • My rubbery soft trunk.

19.) It would be 2008 in a few days, do you have a new year’s resolution?

  • Exercise for flexibility.

20.) What did you wish for this Christmas?

  • A new spine.  I’m tired of this bar-b-que stick.

Pablo Honey tags 6 of his pals: Chris, Liz, Merri, Grace, Allie, Ekang

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