hazel

Published: 18 articles

ETIQUETTE AROUND SINGLE WOMEN ( THIS WOMAN*) OVER 30

              1.“Are you still single?” and  “How are you?” are not the same questions, so be careful how you greet me at parties. “Yes, I’m fine, I’ve moved, been promoted, finished a marathon, boxed for charity, recovered from a fracture since you last saw me, but yes, I am […]

My Shot at MANnyhood—My London Boxing Experience

I grew up in the Philippines,growing up there was challenging, you see, my culture was in love with two things: beauty pageants and.. boxing.And at an early age, I knew that if I wanted  people to celebrate me, I either have to be spectacularly beautiful or brutal and unafraid to bleed.For me to be spectacularly […]

04:11:39 A nurse’s diary of the Paris marathon

04:11:39: I have learned, is enough time to morph into a different person. 04:11:39… 4 hours 11 minutes and 39 seconds, that was the amount of time I spent running a marathon in the most beautiful city in the world and if my calculations are right, that’s also  roughly the amount of time I have […]

WHAT THE MOUNTAINS TOLD ME

I got out of the car in slow motion, I was asleep  for more than half of the two hour trip to Rila monastery from Sofia.I was dehydrated, but it felt like I was home somehow. I get those few adults moments, mostly when I go running,when I would  feel some sort of nostalgia which […]

A summer that never commits

There  I was ,sipping Belgian beer  squinting under the “summer” sun in London.  “Don’t like the sun?” He asked. “I’d rather have winter, than a summer that  pretends to be there but never commits.” He stared at me like I was mad, they all do. I knew I sounded like I was already drunk, but […]

MY 2015 LETTER TO PRINCE CHARMING

      DEAR PRINCE CHARMING,     Where the hell are you?   I am about to give up, cut my hair and run to get out of the forest.   I’ve met and escaped so many wolves some of them I have slain with my bare hands but   none of them I have […]

GET UP

    GET UP Flush the vodka off your system get up take a shower its safe to cry there get up your bones are not broken your heart is still pumping somewhere       get up, comb your dark brown hair go leave the room its cold you know get up put on […]

THE THREE SONGS THAT DESCRIBE MY NEW LIFE IN LONDON

 When I was a kid we played the London bridge game, where we sang the London bridge song and two kids made an arch and lower down the arch to catch a kid who passes through  when the “my fair lady” bit is sung.Recalling it now,I think we were fooled as kids, but what do […]