Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Essays, Issue 42

Part I by Rey Ventura Editor’s note: The author is a resident of Yokohama, Japan. The following is a reprint from a manuscript for publication. It is featured in three parts with permission from the author. 1. Each time I leave home for a trip, I always entrust the herbs

Deus ex Vulcanus

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Short Stories

by Paulino Lim, Jr. A Twitter Short Story 1. Night Bus to Bicol The air-conditioned bus lurches, and wakes me up. I must have fallen asleep when it started to rain. A crescent moon flies behind silhouettes of coconut trees. Globules of clouds look like soap suds washing the sky.

Reluctant Debutante

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Short Stories

by Jocelyn Geaga Rosenthal Reprint from FILIPINOTOWN, U.S.A. In the Philippines, a debut is the rite of passage for a teenage girl, so what normal 18-year-old Filipina would not be ecstatic about her coming out party? Me. I was not. Apparently, I was not “normal” in this regard. Celebrate my

The Barrel Man

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Short Stories

by Gerald Gubatan Reprint from FILIPINOTOWN, U.S.A. When we were kids, my dad used to take us to visit his compadres who still lived at his former boarding house on Edgeware Road and Colton Street in Los Angeles. We would pile into the pink Rambler station wagon, then trek down

The Quest for a Spiritual Home

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Short Stories

by Lorenzo Paran III Reprint from Filipinotown: Voices from Los Angeles Edited by Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Gerald G. Gubatan & Gregory Villanueva Book design by Amy Inouye, Future Studio Los Angeles ISBN: 13 978-1494306953, 2013. Available in Amazon.com In a book about Filipinotown, there should be the voice of at least

Long Distance (Laylo)

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Poems

By Troy Cabida Here I am, with all of the baggage on both hands, watch me drop them down the cliff one by one, because even though I’m still loving you so, I still have to keep some of that love for me. Time for introspection, in a land where

Segway, Sideway

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Poems

Ni Troy Cabida Puro nalang segway, parati nalang sideways, mga para-paraang nakakalito. Papaano ba napunta dito? Kung pwede lang sana, simple lang naman ang problema pero bakit ba laging nauuwi sa iyakan at sa pusong sawi? Puro nalang segway, parati nalang sideways, mga para-paraang nakakalito. Papaano ba napunta dito? Pero

Las Piñas, London

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Poems

by Troy Cabida He had the tropical soul, grinning in pineapple yellow, tangerine orange, rambutan red, coloured by the mercy of the sun. He had the brain of the misunderstood, things that rarely came from eating a fresh fork’a melon. To him, that used to be the rest of his

Madilaw na Sampaguita

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Poems

by Troy Cabida Tawang parang awiting kakaiba ang tono, mga haplos niya sa braso mo, at mga sandaling kinalimutan mo ay tahimik na naglaho sa isang lugar na hindi tayo pupuwede magtungo. Siya ba ay iyong matatandaan? Ilang oras na nakasama mo, pero ang kanyang pagkatao ba ay iyong naramdaman?

Ceaselessly

23 Mar No Comments Geejay Issue 42, Poems

by Jonathan Reyes So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby I. Across the counter, the barista pours Steamed milk over a cappuccino Shoulder: the bra strap that Reached down your back As your arms wrapped around my

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