Just so you know where I’m coming from, I consider life a smorgasbord to be sampled in small bites. What about you?
Long ago, I was a correspondent for a radio station in Manila, covering student activists and riot police. One time, students tossed Molotov cocktails at police who lobbed tear gas grenades right back. A pillbox went off under the radio patrol van I was in. Knocked the microphone off my hand. Made my driver floorboard the accelerator. We got back to safety at home studio. An investigation followed. The students accused the police, and vice versa. Who really threw the pillbox? Moot point. Martial law happened soon after. It shut down Manila Times radio and ended my journalistic career.
Then I drifted. Went OFW in Canada. Raised bees for honey in the bush of Pontiac, Quebec. Did research on the life of native artist Benjamin Chee Chee (he was a boozer – hanged himself in a jail cell in Ottawa on his birthday). Covered the front desk for a Vancouver hotel. Moonlit with a short-lived cartoon strip called “Grouse Mountain Poet” for the Vancouver Sun. Sold books, residential tax shelters, uniform rental packages and whatnot. Tasted life in bits and pieces.
I’m the guy behind the by-line. You can take me as I am just as I take you as you are. Fair enough?
This is your blog. Do with it as you please. Slam it in “comments” or share it with friends. Peace.
Kenneth Edward Lim or “Bing”