Don’t Ask Me If I Remember You

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“Hello,
do you remember me?
I’m back in town.”

I hear you
on the other line
while i see
the postman
outside the window.

The postcards
you sent on time
The letters
i dared to hide

“Hey i’m back in town,
you still remember me?”

I couldn’t
dare to speak
while i stare
at the angel
in my bed

“Hey, im back in town
you still remember me?”

I put the phone down
because
i remember you
all the time.

 

 

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Beholden

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Summer singing

Its lovely goodbye

still you say

don’t leave me sunshine.

 

Leaves are falling

turning golden,

still you think

you are beholden

 

To memories

of summertime

like chasing

elusive butterflies

 

but when winter

showcase its

magical

snowflakes

 

you dream

of bonfire

scented

autumn

 

for you

rather kiss

the breeze

of yesterday

 

than embrace

the beauty

of tomorrow’s

blossoms.

 

 

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I Don’t Know How To Spend My Time Wisely by Joel F

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If time creates memory and memory defines time, where am i?
Am i still in the past when i hope that the good things i have will last?
Or am i now in the present when my future steps in a split second
For sure i’m not yet in the future because i still keep my prayer in my door.

If my past defines my future, where will my present be?
Is it in the middle of the two, a prelude to a future past beyond my grasp?
If my present decides my future, who decides my past?
Wasn’t my past was also once my future in the not so distant present?

Time really confuses me, so i let go of my time. They say spend it wisely.
Does being wise mean you spend your time preparing for your future?
But how can you prepare for your future without neglecting the precious present?
How can you be wise when it goes so quickly?

Good thing i got memories.
But memories belong to the past not the future.
And time moves in a different direction, memory in another.
Time moves forward. Memory relives the past.

I’ll just enjoy the moment.  I don’t know how to spend my time wisely.
I’ll just use it.

 

*** beach photo taken in Phuket, Thailand.

 

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The Chandelier by Joel F

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I was in a bar when i heard the song again, Sia’s The Chandelier.  At 2 am something in the past comes back again. I don’t know why, there’s something with the chandelier that gives me this creepy feeling. Nope, it’s not the song, i’m referring to the “Chandelier” itself.

Although i’ve seen a hundred chandeliers in more than a hundred places, there are only two memorable occasions when the chandelier left its strong impressions.

First, when our family went to an uptown hotel, my sight was immediately centered to a humongous chandelier . As a child i was amazed by the chandelier’s  intricate design. The countless artful bulbs that give its blinding lights above the red carpet at the center of the lobby seem to welcome you with a screaming voice, announcing your arrival. It was beautiful. I was mesmerized until we went to a wake of a relative.  From then on, it change everything.

I was a child when we visit a  relative. The funeral home with its huge chandelier. The  chandelier had made its impact on my young mind.

The place evokes sadness, while the adults were having their conversation, i was left alone tending for myself.  Since the place is not huge unlike that posh hotel, my wandering eyes were just restricted to the huge chandelier above the coffin.

At the center i see nothing but the white box and the chandelier.  And since i refused to look at the white box, my time was spent most of the time on that intricate but creepy chandelier.

Of course there were flowers, but the chandelier’s  presence is too strong to be ignored.  Its brass finished, its design and the lights seem like a distraction.  Who would ever thought of putting a chandelier in a funeral home?

Their existence was supposed to be just for the sole purpose of welcoming us for a celebration, the one with grandeur and splendor like the one in the posh hotel..

But things have changed, as i reached the middle age, i realized that death is not something to be afraid of.  Now i know why there’s a chandelier on that place, death is a  milestone, a step to the next dimension .

And the Chandelier and its lights welcomes our arrival to that final destination.

Although honestly, it’s an event i have long accepted that is bound to happen. It’s the only future event that i don’t really look forward to. 🙂

So call me crazy , everytime i see a huge chandelier, i always take a second look because it always remind me of a wake, a funeral place.

I remember visiting a relative in L.A.  As soon as we entered her huge beautiful home, a huge chandelier welcome us and i tactlessly told my mom, “Oh My God Mom, this place looks like a funeral home, a huge mausoleum” (all white interior with fresh flowers, high ceiling and a huge chandelier).

Good thing, it’s just my mom who heard me, otherwise I might have offended our kind relative. I have no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings and i have no right to question anyone’s taste,  it’s just that a place with a huge chandelier reminds me of a funeral home.  My weird and crazy mind.

Looking back at this photo, I can see myself barely smiling.  Some memories are never forgotten. Years after, I still remember………….The Chandelier.

 

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Aloha by Joel F

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“Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there’s music in the air there.”. –Bruno Mars.

Yes, there’s music, a melody that springs from your heart and a rhythm that springs from your hope.  Hawaii is such a beautiful place, some say it’s a paradise, others say it is heaven.

No matter how you call it, one thing is sure, you can’t get enough of it especially when you’re about to leave.  It’s a mini California: countless beaches . only bigger waves for surfers, endless branded boutiques and countless hollywood celebrities.

Should I say a a mini vegas too? So many hotels, exotic and world class shows.  A mini Jamaica because reggae is everywhere.  So many Japanese, Asians, Europeans; domestic and international tourists.

History, Culture, Shopping, Nature, for such a small state, there’s so much things to do and so many places to see. You walk , bike, drive, swim, surf or dive, or just simply do nothing,  lay on the beach and watch the sunset and the changing colors of the sky.

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I’d love to post all my pictures here,  Hawaii is such a paradise i believe it needs a whole website for it.

I remember walking by the beach  and  witnessing a beach wedding and a funeral simultaneously happening, reminding me of life  itself  where falling in love is like experiencing the joys of wedding and break ups giving you the feel of  attending your own funeral.  Life is a bitch really. Ooops, I mean Life is a Beach.  🙂

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Puppy Love and My Purple Bike by Joel F

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Do you still remember your favorite bike memories? I do.
Let me share you mine.

The dancing leaves
The sound of wheels
The ringing bells
And the soft wind breeze.

The stars at night
That sparkle and shine
While i ride my bike
To see you that night.

The bridge that i crossed
As the river flows
Into your arms
I’m suddenly tossed.

The smile in my face
When i see the door
A few steps to take
And i’ll be on your floor.

The lights went out
When i heard a voice
Longing to shout
That it made a choice.

The stars start to hide
As the wind replied
The kiss that i see
And it’s not for me.

I turn and walk away
With no words to say
Your eyes can’t lie
They’re saying goodbye.

As i ride my bike
With nowhere to go
I close my eyes
Tears start to flow.

As i crossed the bridge
On a starless sky
Lightning strikes
On a rainy moonlight.

Now i’m riding my bike
And pass the same road
It looks different this time
As i paused and slowed

A smile on my face
As i crossed the bridge
Remembering the rain
That i thought won’t go away.

Embraced by the sun
Kissed by the wind
I’m still riding my bike
Through the cycles of life.

 

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The Reason by Joel F

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She slams the door
You hear the lion’s roar
What am i waiting for?

You gave your share
She doesn’t care
I say life isn’t fair

She broke your heart
And tore you apart
I stay and did my part

She made you cry
And destroy your life
Still, i can’t say goodbye

She said love is gone
You said you can’t run
I know because i’m dumb

Through it all
And all the fall
What are we hoping for?

She won’t return
The bridge was burned
I know it’s now my turn

You slam the door
I hear the lion’s roar
What am i waiting for?

You wait for her
As i stare
You said you are imprisoned

You can’t let go
I understand
Because i also feel the reason.

 

 

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Can You Name All The Yellow Things

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Can You Name All The Yellow Things?
Let me recall through a poem:

Seeing Yellow in a sea of blue
reminds me of the things
that made me smile and sing

Tie a yellow ribbon
and the yellow submarine

The cute smileys,
sunflowers and daffodils

What else are yellow
beside that sun in the sky

The raincoat that i wear
when the clouds start to cry

The yellow cab
not the one that i ate

but the taxi
that drives so slow
when i’m already late

the long bananas
i can’t resist not to bite

the scrambled eggs and the cheese
that sometimes look white

the corn on the cob
the lemon and the butter

the yellow school bus
of my naughty pesky brother

the yellow pencil that you gave
so i can write you a letter

but if there’s one thing
that i’ll always remember

was the not so yellow tears
you gave me last september.

 

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The Maze Race by Joel F

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I never thought that an old photo of a pre halloween fun day with my high schoolmates in california would make me smile and wonder.

The excitement of being a child again playing the maze race.

The confusion where to go and who to follow.
The whisperings that i seldom hear
when i’m too busy searching for the signs.

The distractions when i sometime stop
staring at that huge orange pumpkin
wondering why it’s only hugely appreciated
during halloweens.

I do get lost sometimes
not because i don’t read the signs,
not because i don’t listen and see,

Yes, i do get lost
when my eyes are widely open
when the road is too clear
and the sky is too bright

because when you think
that everything is all right
you seldom find a way.

And most of the time
it is only when the doors are all closed
that i noticed the windows.

 

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**Photo was taken while visiting my high schoolmates in California. They brought me to  Dell’Osso Family Farm  in Tracy for a wonderful game of racing through the biggest corn maze in the United States. I lost in the race but win priceless memories of bonding with my classmates and their kids. How time flies.

 

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My Favorite Ghost Movies by Joel F

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Halloween and All Soul’s Day

I have to write a blogpost regarding these events and i am in a quandary as what to post.

Should i make a beautiful artwork of my past halloween photos, those flirty gay costumes that led to a one night stand somewhere in west hollywood?

or narrate my real life ghost stories, the “I SEE DEAD PEOPLE” kind of thing that almost resemble that Bruce Willis Sixth Sense movie?

Hmm, or just post something about My Favorite Ghost Movies. Let Me think.

All right, i’ll go with the subtle one first : My Favorite Ghost Movies (listed in no particular order just like those finalists in Miss Universe contest).

Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour)

This is a classic movie. This is the very first movie that made me cry. Why? Honestly? Simply because i don’t understand the story.

I was in grade school playing with my neighbour when her sister and her sister’s gay friends started screaming because they’ll be watching the gorgeous mister superman christopher reeve.

While I was playing dolls with my gal pal, I’m also watching the film, although I never really understood the plot as my playmate keep talking to me.

What I knew was this film made the gay guys cry and I don’t know why I also cried with them . And when they started singing that “Somewhere in Time “ song, I can see in their faces that they really mean every word of it. (which I later understood when I had my first broken heart)

Years after, during my high school days I look for this film and this time watch it all alone and oh boy, it’s really a touchy movie. Looking back I can say it’s not your typical ghost story. It’s actually more of a fantasy love story , more of a time travel , back to the past sort of thing.

Ghost (Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg)

What can I say? Another movie that made me cry but this time I knew why.

A commercial success that proves that a ghost movie need not be that horrifying and grotesque to be a blockbuster hit.

I love Demi Moore , her beautiful face and trendy short hair is unforgettable and that lip lock with Whoopi is such an epic scene for me. Beautiful.

This movie shows what true love is all about even after death.

And who would ever forget Ghost theme song “Unchained Melody”, the ghost song that riveted all over the radios and pop charts even years after the movie was shown.

Just Like Heaven (Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo)

One of my favorite Reese Witherspoon’s movie. This is a heartwarming cute love story This is about an architect falling in love with the spirit of the woman who used to live in his apartment.

Well, I don’t really have to tell you the whole story. I’m not making a review here either. I just like this movie and I like Reese Witherspoon . ( and Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep who happened to be not in this movie 😉 )

The Sixth Sense ( Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment)

“I see dead people….. all the time. They don’t know they’re dead. They’re everywhere.”

Truly one of my favorite ghost movies.

Some people may not agree with me but there are things that up to now science can’t still explain and seeing dead people or ghosts is one of them. Some call it a gift, others call it a curse.

Whatever it is, this movie made me realized that whatever gift you have, one must always use it for the right reasons.

The brilliant performance of a young guy haley would really make you believe he is scared to death, and really seeing ghosts. Superb acting.

And yes, this movie is also all about love, being accepted for who you are and believing in yourself even if others call you a freak .

This movie made me cry again. (I am such a cry baby and who would ever think a ghost movie would make me shed tears?)

The Others (Nicole kidman)

“ Death of a loved one can lead people to do the strangest things.”

“Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead”

Such a brilliant way of storytelling. One thing good about this movie is the way the story is being narrated.

The suspense, the angst of putting you at the edge of your seat just by making you think.

The unexpected twist in the ending.

This is not a typical ghost story where you have to scream at every scene, where you need dark cinematography to scare your wits.

Its simple no frills, no high technology make up or production , can still make you think and wonder what the hell is going on and still end up not being shortchange.

Truly a masterpiece. I must say This is my All Time Favorite Ghost Movie.

The Ghostbusters (Dan Akroyd)

Enough of the heavy ones. This film is a mushy ghost movie that made me laugh. The only ghost movie where I keep laughing.

The plastic gadgets that we all bought on a mall just to appear cool during Halloweens. This movie is a crap, but the only crap that I really love.

And nothing can be funnier when you sing that song “If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!”

Unforgettable song for growing kids, who would ever imagine we would sing and dance this on our Christmas Presentation and it’s not even Halloween.

 

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