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Monday, June 25, 2012

My Second First Day in LA

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My sister's blurry shot of  the LAX sign

Me and the family, my second time to arrive at LAX.

               Touchdown, Los Angeles!

            I apologize for this very late post. I should’ve updated you guys as soon as I arrived here at the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it sorta slipped my mind since I was too busy doing new things with my life. 

            For starters, here’s a list of things that I am currently preoccupied with and/or new with me:

1.      Started working out for the first time in my entire life. Been doing crunches, lifting weights, jogging a lot with barely any physical results at the moment, just results that are imaginary.

2.      Been eating healthy foods to promote faster metabolism and muscle buildup.

3.      Been eating non-healthy non-foods to cancel out what I just said.

4.      Been hitting the California Driver Manual to study for my written driver’s exam.

5.      Sent CVs and resumes to establishments like Petco, Wells Fargo, RCA Records as well as a bunch of Sunset Blvd. nightclubs where musicians play.

6.      Enjoying the fact that our family is finally complete and together after a very long period of time.

7.      Been playing with the hot and cold showers a lot, which ultimately scalded my skin or gave me slight frostbite.

8.      Almost fainted when I saw a wild fox scurrying on the city streets while jogging thinking it was about to attack. Luckily, it just needed a place to pee in.

9.      Been having a hard time trying to explain that I’m not Hispanic and getting them to speak English when talking to me.

10.   Missing the Philippines and all the wonderful people I love and depended on for back rubs.

Also here’s my last Facebook status posted in the Philippines dated June 22, 2012:




Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Every Long Sip"

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                 If you’ve been hanging out in my blog long enough, you’ll know that I am a firm believer in my constitutional right to join online writing contests and make a fool out of myself by asking Facebook friends in Facebook and/or Twitter to read and/or like it.

            So allow me to indulge myself in yet another online writing contest that I’ve entered. My joining this contest is not so much to gain intellectual merit as to win money. (I’ve indicated that I am a writer many times before and I intend to mean that as an earning profession.)

            I sent a poem entitled “Every Long Sip” to the World Poetry Movement Open Amateur Poetry Contest as my official entry in hopes that I could win $1,000, which, in Pesos, is estimated to be A LOT OF MONEY.

            I must say, I really put a lot of elbow grease on this one. And I must also say that I think I did a decent job considering that I could not exceed 34 lines and I am often a very bad poet. A friend back in UST actually mistook my compilation of six poems as a thesis bibliography, but I digress.

            Anyway, please check out my entry at http://poets.com/andrew-gahol/every-long-sip. If you’re feeling a little Shakespeare or Robert Pinsky today, you can also join the contest (http://www.poetrycontest.com/navlinks/default_028.html). The rules are pretty easy and what’s there to lose?

            Here’s “Every Long Sip”, enjoy: