Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

One-hour business meeting with M. we waited for the rain to let up. We are meeting again on Wednesday.
M.'s cafe is in the process of rebranding. Closed for a month and reopening in mid-September with a completely new menu with mostly sizzling dishes.
Met the flower vendor in the street. Bought a strand of white flowers for the shivalingam.
If you can be stoked, you can also be doused.
Humans are not originally of Earth because they are the only creatures who have to wipe their asses and change their clothes in order to stay clean.
Fire stops speaking, and earth begins to speak.
It is not much fun to travel to an exotic place only to have to focus on work there anyway.
Timeless architecture and home decor are those you did not copy from someone else.
Men will be overtly critical of something they cannot have.
Six-inch rulers make nifty bookmarks. That is why I saved all of my granddaughters' grade-school rulers.
A cool drizzle in Cubao.

Dipped out to buy food at the hawkers' center.

One of the stands is operated by three middle-aged women who call me "Daddy" and are rather flirtatious. Sometimes they truncate the name to "Dee". As in Judge Dee?
Godspeed to Kristian Sendon Cordero, who departs the Philippines to participate in the 2017 International Writing Program in Iowa.
Two cups very black, Turkish dark.
For one, brief moment at the department store I mentally regressed to my childhood and yearned to buy a ten-foot Christmas tree. I knew exactly where to put it and knew exactly what to hang on it.

Later, at dinner, the granddaughters discouraged me from making such a purchase. A Christmas tree is a storage problem, a cleaning problem, and a lot of sentimental bother.

I agreed, and I wondered why that impulse came over me. I think, the K.T. wanted a tree. I shall have to give them something else for Christmas.
Good day, Cubao!

Slept ten hours last night.

The sky is the tented ceiling of a three-ring circus.

Friday, August 18, 2017

My sister Alice finished translating my volume of Ceremonias y caminos de O. approximately a month ago, but I had a chance to check out the handwritten manuscript only tonight. Quite interesting. All the ceremonies are elaborate, and there are 40 pathways. My head spun. Will resume inspecting the document tomorrow.
Now reading the tenth and last story in Murder Under the Christmas Tree. It's by Ellis Peters, and Brother Cadfael is in it.
Is the taong-grasa who roams Sitio Catacutan for real or is he an undercover agent?

--His hair is long but chopped off for comfort.
--He is dirty but does not stink.
--His all-black shirt and shorts are too contrived, and slashed in the right places.
--He knows how to spend the coins that people give him.
--Sometimes I see him taking a break and smoking a cigarette.
Your Messenger message:

"Good morning, Tony! Last night's dream somehow disturbs me. I dreamt I had just discovered that the padlock to an adjacent room (not mine in the dream) was unlocked. I mean adjoining room with an exit door to the _________ grounds, like my own room. In the dream I got so worried that someone could have entered from the outside and looked through my things and , possibly, could have stolen something material and immaterial.

"In another dream last night, I saw an aunt in a truck going somewhere with some of my relatives and I wondered why she didnt invite me on that trip. She was happy in my dream."

My reply:

Hello ___________!

You've recently been vulnerable, and you wonder how wise it is to show others your human weaknesses. It is possible that you indicated an openness to a deep relationship with someone, but you now fear that this is being misconstrued.

The second dream indicates to me that, while your choice of lifestyle--or choice of happiness--unites you with other people, it might, at the same time, be alienating you from your own family, and from forms of happiness you grew up with.
Haven't seen or smelt Shalimar in a long, long time and I recall that, when I was in grade school, I used to mix a drop of it in my fountain pen ink. (We were required to use fountains pens in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade.)
Never save the best for last. You may not have the time to enjoy it later--either all by yourself or with others.
Overcast skies above Cubao.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sky is a cut-glass punch bowl.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I find it very ironic that this is the Year of the Rooster, and that poultry layers have to be massacred in certain farms.
A good mage reveals his most powerful spells only to his trusted apprentices.
Retirement is the perfect time to read up on and study, on your own, everything you ever wanted to know about--with the bonus of no one trying to discourage you or stop you from doing so.
"I do recall/
That every moment spent was wasted time/
But then I chose to lay it on the line/
I put the past away/"
There are three stages in enjoying a sloppy, boardwalk ice cream cone: first is receiving the perfectly-sculptured cone from the vendor, attacking the twirly top, and licking the ice cream round its base to prevent it from dripping; second is gradually licking the ice cream on the cone until everything gets pushed down into the cone; and third is to eat the crunchy cone with the remaining ice cream inside it.
The corner of EDSA and P. Tuazon Boulevard, in Cubao, looked like a movie shoot location this afternoon, what with all those tow trucks, policemen, and cameramen. The buses of First North Luzon Transit were being pulled out and the terminal apparently being closed down, because of the move to eliminate all bus terminals from EDSA.
Traditionally, business transactions are not made within Hungry Ghost Month. 
Viands are appreciated by adult, hungry ghosts.

Candies are appreciated by young, hungry ghosts.
A dish of fresh cherries that my sister Remi sent over for breakfast.
Two cups very black, Turkish dark.
Wearing Platinum by Roberto Verino.
Good morning, Cubao!

The sky is a stall stocked with tropical fruits.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The most exciting teacher is he who, after you have conveniently categorized him under something comfortably familiar, suddenly steps out of the box and shows you a side of himself you never imagined.
Really enjoyed The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery on DIVA last night.
Back from jalan-jalan.

Angelique and J. off to college.
Wearing Pour Homme by Lomani of Italy.
Two cups very black, Turkish dark.
Lunch at home with Angelique. Aubrey at university.
Good noon, Cubao!

The sun doffs his hat of fire to Earth.
It looked like everyone hated him--his co-participants, the production because of five unflattering shots they gave him, and, I am certain, some members of the audience.

Strangely, there was something about him that I found very appealing. He was most refreshing.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TV channels have begun eliminating end titles from their canned programs. I thought this was a big no-no.
Relationships can develop, but they cannot be engineered.
Even the smallest patch of grass is a great blessing.
Sadly, more tornadoes, at least a week from now.
Actually it will not be launched.
It is never too late to catch up, especially if the person you are catching up with is none other than yourself.
True religiosity never showcases itself.
Rest is the expression of deliberate contempt for time.
A gossip is never well-informed.
When a person is writhing with envy, people will seek to make him even more envious because the spectacle he provides is too entertaining to resist.
"Millennials" are not true millennials if their mentality and taste for entertainment are still fixated in the 20th century.

It is possible that the true millennials will be born as late as 2050 or 2060.
Lunch with Angelique, Aubrey, and Benjie.

Benjie's second day cleaning house.

Now Angelique is off to university.
Good day, Cubao!

The sky is an etagere filled with glass figurines.

Monday, August 14, 2017

This is the 21st year of the Spirit Questors, a group I established in 1996. I've made major changes to the group's structure, operational format, and membership. Just in case there are impostors out there who claim to be Spirit Questors or current members of the group, here are the characteristics that distinguish its members now:

--They do NOT appear on TV shows and interviews, they do not grant radio interviews, and they are not featured electronically or in print, except by me.
--They do NOT use Tarot cards, rune stones, Ouija boards, and other properties from the West, except for their personalize use. We use, instead, the I-Ching, The Oracle of Kung Ming (, the Kwan Yin oracle sticks, temple pwei stones, mahjong cards or tiles, and other methods, especially those indigenous to the Philippines.
--They are gainfully employed, financially stable, and able to buy books and ASEAN implements for themselves.
--They are single. If they are married, I advise them to spend all of their extra time with their family.
--They are gainfully employed, financially stable, and able to buy books and ASEAN implements for themselves.
--They are single. If they are married, I advise them to spend all of their extra time with their family.
--They are gainfully employed, financially stable, and able to buy books and ASEAN implements for themselves.
--They are single. If they are married, I advise them to spend all of their extra time with their family.
, The Kwan Ying oracle sticks, mah jongg cards or tiles, the pwei stones, and e5hods indigenous to the Philippines.
--They do NOT do scanning and readings in public.
--They do NOT belong to other groups.
--They are gainfully employed, financially stable, and able to buy books and ASEAN implements for themselves.
--They are single. If they are married, I advise them to spend all of their extra time with their family.

In handling clients' problems possibly caused by the supernatural:

--We require clients to first send me an e-mail message describing the problems to me in a coherent, rational manner. I have discovered that 90% of such problems can be solved via e-mail alone, thus saving everyone time, trouble, and resources.
--If we must visit a client, I first do it alone, and if I must bring members with me, we go only in a small group of two or three.
--We do not recommend expensive or unusual remedies.
--We do not perform unusual rituals in other people's houses.
--We do not use dubious gadgets.

Participants of my workshops are former workshop participants and NOT NECESSARILY Spirit Questors.

Finally, if I was not there, it was NOT a Spirit Quest by the Spirit Questors.
It is unfortunate that there are no brown candles, but that is the color that stabilizes earth changes.

The only way to have brown candles is to buy black or violet candles, lay them flat, and expose them to sunlight until they fade to brown.
Every serious student of magic must own a compass.
You never know what is in store for you, but the gods and goddesses do.
Tony Perez's Art of War: Know not only your advantages and disadvantages but your enemy's as well.
Violet is an enigmatic color because it is neither red nor blue.
When people write in notebooks, they write on the opening pages--and they write on the end pages. I observe that everything on the opening pages reflects their conscious, and everything on the end pages reflects their subconscious.
There are certain types of students one must naturally stay away from. These are the students who think you are obliged to teach them everything you know.
So tempted to watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight live at Kia Theater on August 27. It's scheduled 9:00 AM - 12:00 NN and a VIP or Loge ticket includes a hot dog sandwich and iced tea. BUT, that's on a Sunday and I have to be home, especially to attend to lunch for the granddaughters.
Because it is raining
You will come to me again
The rain hangs from the sky like glass bead curtains.
Wearing Elizabeth Taylor's Passion for Men.
You know when the electricity trips even just a fraction because all five electric clocks around the house start playing music at the same time.
Democracy allows people to find each other. Religion seeks to prevent it.
Lightning and thunder are ripping through the stratosphere above Cubao.
If you can't even make your best friend do as you say, what makes you think you can make a politician or a criminal do as you say?
Noon drizzle in Cubao.
Lunch at home with Angelique and Benjie.

Aubrey at university.
A Monday of prospective, romantic affection. Your beloved is undergoing a minor problem and needs a holding hand. The choice of action is yours. Will this be your beloved's Monday or will this be yours?
Good morning, Cubao!

The sky is streaked with white puree.
Now more than halfway through Murder Under the Christmas Tree.
Benjie is cleaning the house again tomorrow.
Watched the nth replay of Mad Max: Fury Road on HBO and noticed for the first time that Australian actress Melita Jurisic plays The Vuvalini. She appeared as WOMAN in my play On The North Diversion Road, directed by Nonon Padilla for the Black Box Theatre in Melbourne, years ago.

Am quite flattered that my play is included in her stageography list on

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bought myself a wood burning tool with interchangeable points. Planning to do artwork on the surface of a wooden table, hopefully soon.
Watching the nth replay of The Mummy on AXN (I have the complete, DVD set, though) and searched for my Amun-Ra stone paperweight bought from the shop of the Museum of Modern Art in New York more than 15 years ago. I'm glad I still have it--it's one of the few Egyptian items I have.
Your Messenger message:

"Dear Tony,
"You are one friend whose mind i truly respect.

"May i have another reading?

"I was with some monks in a dream. All of us were holding sandals and slippers in what looked like a distribution of or shoppping for footwear. I was so happy that the most beautiful and only pair of beautiful white rubber sandals was given to me. I made an effort (while dreaming) to remember its design."

My reply:

Hello ________!

This is a sequel to a previous dream you had. In this one you are happy to wear white sandals instead of white, high-heeled shoes. I see this as a good indication; it seems that your psyche has fully embraced humility--wearing sandals like the monks rather than setting yourself above the rest.
Do not Click on globe-shaped and gift-box-shaped icons on your screen. It gives others permission to make changes to your computer.
I am happy because I have always known what I want and I have always known what I do not want. Those include possessions, abilities, activities, and people.
Comfort is the successful dissipation of pain.
Whenever you kick ass unduly, you kick your own, but you feel it only much later.
It is not red, but the combination of red, black, and white, that wards off negativity.
Take a shot of brandy or creme de menthe the next time you have the flu.
Toys are non-fattening pacifiers. That is why he who has toys remains gorgeous and sexy.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, but only more so in the daytime.
Do not engage in religious group dynamics.
To appreciate the present, do a flashback and a flashforward.
Stress causes dysfunctional hallucinations.
Soaked in sweat
My T-shirt clung to my body
And I felt that I'd been walking
In the rain
Angelique back from her college retreat.

Went jalan-jalan at Sitio Catacutan.
Seventeen years into the 21st century our collective mindset is still fixated in the 1990s. There are no new forms of art, and I suspect that the world will shed the old millennium only as late as 2050 or 2060.

Everything around us is Thanatos--new wars, new boat-rockers, new dissensions--as if terrifying earth changes were not enough.

Where is the life principle of the 21st century? 
It is quite sad that many companies in the Philippines do not give their employees retirement plans. As a result, their employees need to make arrangements to take on other jobs after they retire, meaning, of course, that for such employees there is no such thing as retirement.

Companies should therefore not be surprised if their employees, at the age of 40, become loyal not to their companies but to themselves.
Always plan a life of retirement in which you are dependent on no one but yourself, and in which your importance is defined only by yourself with or without fans and supporters.
Thus far into my retirement I have allowed myself to go with the rhythm of day and night and with the natural flow of activities set by our house and its residents. I now have a routine--one that is relaxing, enjoyable, stress-free, comfortably predictable, and with much space to be creative in and to indulge in my crazy hobbies in.

This is the life I dreamed of and saved up for since the age of 18.

One-hour business meeting with M. we waited for the rain to let up. We are meeting again on Wednesday.