Nothing and everything

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Nothing changes, maybe even me. I wrap my scarf around my neck three times and nestle in. I drive my father's car in the dark, in the rain, winding my way around random streets, wandering until I run out of coffee. Or I'm an early morning passenger with a bagel in my hand,…

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Tripping over the carpet

Days that feel like older days. Lazy suburban summer drives, windows open, listening to a short story read on the radio. Sitting by the lake for an interminable length of time. Browsing at the bookstore I used to spend so much time in, tripping over the carpet. While my mother looks at…

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At least I’m dependable.

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In 2008, my friend Suzen and I started making short video diaries as a way of keeping in touch across the country. I'm clearing out some files from my computer and I found the videos I'd made. Here are some text excerpts that prove no matter how much I think…

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Writing and Filipinos.

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My friend Teri has an article in the latest Ricepaper, titled Between Representations: Filipinos in Canadian Literature. Teri's one of my favourite writers so I am always eager to read anything she writes, but I was especially excited to read this. She and I are both half-Filipino, and have talked in…

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Books and video games.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing Nintendo and Super Nintendo games with my brother, and making that long suburban walk to the arcade on summer afternoons. In high school and my early twenties, I dropped the hobby for a while mainly due to lack of a console…

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Another Mrs Beeton recipe: Carrot soup with rice

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Since I last cooked from my c.1938 copy of Mrs Beeton's Household Management, I've wanted to try another recipe. I marked out a few contenders that didn't necessitate sourcing a pheasant or a sheep's head, and today's lunch was: Carrot Soup with Rice. Here's the recipe: Ingredients - 2 pints of white…

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Toronto crosswalk, July 2000.

Rules of transformation

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A few days ago, I had to go to Toronto for a Finnish class. It was the first time I'd been to Toronto since I moved away in mid-January, and I was expecting it to feel disorienting. I felt a slight surge of alarm as I got to my old…

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Some times.

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 The summer after Grade 10, my family and I went to visit my great-uncle and great-aunt in northern California. We ended up all getting colds, and spent a few days recuperating in their home. For some reason, I only brought one tape with me - Elastica's first album. I…

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IFOA highlights

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Another year, another IFOA. (You can read last year's highlights here.) This year was similar to last year in a lot of ways. I went with Teri to some things, we had sushi to eat, it was even raining like last year. Here are the highlights: - Saw Margaret Drabble being…

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