Thursday, July 17, 2014

Araby: How We Would End It

Hi, everyone! Have any of you read Araby by James Joyce back in college or in high school? During my Human Literature class last year, our professor paired us up and tasked us to read Araby, a short story and give it a little twist. She asked us to write a flash fiction of the story. Flash fiction simply means to write a brief story out of something, and our professor asked us to write an additional ending to Araby, and here is our version. I hope you guys like it, it’s a team effort! (A team of two, haha.)

But FIRST, I would like you to read the original Araby here!

Date written: June 10, 2013

As the boy sees himself grudging, he turned around. He paused and took a deep breath, closed his eyes and calmed himself. He didn’t want to go home and sleep with such anger in his heart. He walked away slowly further and further until the lights from Araby slowly fade away. He didn’t want to spend the money that his uncle gave him only to ride the train without anything else left in his pocket so he decided to walk home for him to take his mind off things, cool his head, and just think; think about the girl whom he was supposed to buy a souvenir for.

He walked passively along the dark roads where the sky seemed so limitless, but unfortunately, that night, there were no stars twinkling in the sky. There were very dark rain clouds above his head and the moment he smiled upon remembering the face, the dress, the hair of the girl who calls out Mangan at night, thunder rumbled.

 It was probably the worst night of his life. Rain started pouring but he didn’t attempt to outrun the rain. He thought he would just savour the feeling of cold breeze blowing as the tiny raindrops fall onto him. However, he started feeling cold, he thought he could make it without passing out be he felt his sight getting blurry and body’s shivering from inside out.

He decided to sit on the pavement before he actually passes out and bumps his head somewhere. After a few minutes, he felt the raindrops seized on bothering him. It hasn’t stopped raining; it actually became stronger with the winds blowing harder. He was confused. “Have I passed out already? Am I dreaming?” To his surprise a certain someone was holding an umbrella when he looked up. She was covered with dark clothing and he could barely see her face. He even only assumed that she was a woman because of her petite body; until she spoke to him, “O love! O love!”

Mangan’s sister was standing right in front of him, her beauty radiating despite the gloomy weather. She scanned his face again until the boy replied to her. When no words passed his lips, she decided to sit down beside him on the pavement, not minding that her dress is now soaked and soiled from the rain like him. Still sitting there agape with his train of thoughts in the midst of crashing, he finally spoke.

“Why are you here?” he asked. She cracked a smile to him. “The retreat was called off in the last minute. I asked money from my brother, but I it took me a while to search for him. I hopped on the train at the last minute as well, hoping to come with you,” she explained. Unbeknownst to the boy, Mangan’s sister was in the train along with him. “When I arrived here in Araby, it was already closing, and it started to rain. I was supposed to go home, and then I found…you.” She finished. “I’m sorry I didn’t get you anything,” the boy apologized, and the girl shook his head and chuckled. “I am fine. Let’s go home shall we, love?” She stood up, all drenched regardless of her using the umbrella. The girl reached out her hand to his. He plastered a smile, and she did as well as he reached out hers. She called him love.

Today was a good day after all.

The end! Did you like it? I hope you did! How would you continue Araby? Let me know!

More from James Joyce | Meet my partner (as in, my partner who co-wrote this flash fiction with me) Patrish Dizon

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Liebster Blog Award!

Hey there! I’ve been itching to write about this entry for so long but I thought of writing this after our thesis defense is over and, and, and, now that it’s over and we PASSED (let the cherubs sing,) here it is! I got nominated for a Liebster Blog Award! *claps*

(THANKS TO ERIKA ROSALES FOR NOMINATING ME. You may follow her awesome fashion blog here: Style and Sundry)

So what is the Liebster Blog Award (LBA) all about? It’s an award given to bloggers who are new and starting out (or old, even,) typically those with less than 200 followers. This is a pretty neat way of getting your blog noticed. So there are rules for this:

1. If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you and make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
3. Tag 5-11 more bloggers.
4. Tell the people you tagged that you did (through comment, personal message, etc.)
5. No tagging back!
(The relevance as to why it’s 11, I have no idea.) Alrighty then, now that’s clear, let’s start!


1. My favorite movie couple is Shane West and Mandy Moore. (If you know where they starred together, and you happen to love it, let’s be friends.)
2. I have two guitars named Sunday and Juma.
3. I collect Tic Tac boxes—I have over a hundred of them!
4. Some of my favorite words are marzipan and pavlova.
5. My favorite smell is the scent of a brand new car.
6. My favorite band is Fall Out Boy. (If you know them, listen to them, and happen to love them, let’s be friends.)
7. I hate the sound of creaking doors. (Who does, really?)
8. My sister and I share the same birthday.
9. I don’t drink soft drinks anymore. (3 years and counting!)
10. I took up ballet when I was a younger. But hey, didn’t almost every Filipina take it?
11. I never had a nosebleed in my life…so far!

11 QUESTIONS (from Erika Rosales)

1. What is the most expensive item of clothing (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) do you own?
So far, it’s my Esprit watch that I got from my 17th birthday. Diamond-encrusted, baby.

2. What is your biggest fear?
If I won’t be able to fulfil my dreams! Life is also about finding true happiness.

3. Name a celebrity that you have a crush on.
ANSEL ELGORT. But he’s just like one out of my 99 celebrity crushes.

4. If you were to be part of any TV show, which one would it be and who would you be (can be an original or actual character)?
I’d like to play Tamara Kaplan from Awkward(.)! She’s so talkative, outgoing, and has a very rich slang vocabulary!

5. What is your favorite part of the day?
Around 7PM because that’s like, dinner.

6. What superpower would you like to have?
The power of illusion.

7. Which season (winter, spring, summer, fall) do you love the most and why?
The only seasons I’ve ever experienced are summer and winter but fall sounds nice!

8. If you were to wake up as someone else and be that person for a day, who would you want to be?
An African tribeswoman. I’d like to experience a different kind of lifestyle. Plus, I would love to go to South Africa.

9. What song is stuck in your head right now?
 St. Patrick by Pvris  

10. What is one trend that you would never follow/never did follow?
Wearing floral-printed anything is a trend these days and I really dislike it. Sunflowers and Daisies are exceptions, though.

11. Which decade/era do you like the most and why?
It has got to be the 80s. I super love their songs, it’s so catchy and dance-y! 

MY 11 NOMINEES (in random order)

1. Your Smile Fades in the Summer by Lyn Estrella
2. Little Miss Teapat by Patricia Herbolario
3. Erika Iwakawa by Erika Iwakawa
4. Mediocrity by Trisha Camille G
5. Gene Goquingco by Gene Goquingco
6. Dainty World of Science by Thea Miralles
7. A Few of My Favorite Things by Melissa Cheok
8. Rambles of a Fangirl by Neri SeesRed
9. Bearika Rose  by Bearika Rose
10. Climbing Through Tomorrow by Katyayani K 
11. Guilianna Marie by Guilianna Marie 


1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
2. Where is your next travel destination?
3. What’s the best way to win your heart?
4. What profession have you always admired?
5. What is something that you refuse to share?
6. Have you ever been to a live concert?
7. If you were exiled, what country would you choose as your new home?
8. What was the last social faux pas you made?
9. How much do you tend to swear in public?
10. To what would you like to devote more time?
11. What song best describes your life at the moment?

Share the love, and blog it forward! 

Photo Credit: Liebster Blog Award logo by Erika Rosales