Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

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Friday, December 10, 2010


for christmas, Yaman wishes for a gift wrapped in pink with a purple ribbon. got the perfect pink wrapper. the perfect purple ribbon. the box i got her was wee bit complicated for someone like me who likes gift-wrapping but more used to squares and fine edges. so today, i started around 10am. cut the wrapper in neat lines, the tape in neat short rectangles. but i side-stepped one thing. i had to connect two and 1/4 wrappers together but did so by liking the sides with cut tapes; not as whole long ones which would hold these more strongly.  but perhaps because i'm not having the whole day here in raya, and i was watching tv, took the short but sloppy shortcut.  and i don't know what got into me. after wrapping so many many presents, when the sides got too bulgy, i cut wrapper to the sides. what the hell? it didn't take a while to realize my mistake. ooking at the giftwrapper, with many cuts here, salvageable only by an army of tapes which would make it look like a bandaged box. accepting defeat, the wrapper is now a pathetic bunch inside the garbage bin and Yaman's mommy would have to swallow her pride and be reminded, again, there are no shortcuts for people you love.

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