Static

Static by Raydon L. Reyes *originally published in the March 23 issue of Philippines Graphic magazine   If Nelly could liken Dr. Dumo’s face to that of an animal, it would be that of a mole. His face seemed to protrude forward like a small hill growing from the ground. His eyes, although not entirely…

My pop music renaissance

In 2012 and 2013, some of the best pop singles of this decade came out. Taylor Swift’s “22” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together”; “Live While We’re Young,” “Kiss You” and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction; “C’mon” and “Die Young” by Kesha; Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”; Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and “Roar”; the…

The aesthetic as the message

When Zayn Malik left One Direction, he confessed to interviewers that the main reason he went solo was the lack of opportunities to make an input in the songwriting process. It’s easy to assume at first that what he meant related to the content of the songs that the boy band were singing. Were they…

When non-fictional shows expand your imagination

I’ve recently been watching some documentary series in Netflix and I have to say, they’ve expanded my imagination a bit. It started when I binge-watched The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. Usually, the exquisite homes are built in wonderful locations such as the hills of Switzerland, the glamorous bayside of Miami, the rocky seaside of Norway,…

We need to see more psychotherapy in fiction

Why don’t we see much psychotherapy in fictional works? I surmise we mistakenly believe that a fictional character going into psychological therapy doesn’t make for a good story. Talk therapy, the most known form of psychotherapy, doesn’t generate much imagery or movement. And besides the common thinking that a well-adjusted character isn’t all that exciting,…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: When positive thinking is not enough

Ah, the genius that is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. A dark comedy, the Netflix show centers on Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) — a survivor of kidnapping, cult mind-conditioning, and (implied) sexual assault who tries to shrug away her trauma by choosing to embody a Disney-like optimism. Cue in the bright clothes, the Disney princess musical numbers; the cartoon…

Prelude to Australia

I wouldn’t have gone to Australia this year if it weren’t for a couple of awesome workmates alerting me that Cebu Pacific had promo fares for plane tickets to Sydney. Sydney tickets usually cost around 40k PHP (around 1000 AUD), which is too rich for my blood right now.  That’s already a week-long trip somewhere…