Paolo F. Belmonte
Paolo F. Belmonte
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A safe(r) way about it
by Paolo F. Belmonte - July 5, 2013 - 12:00am
Sex is great. It starts and ends lives.
The musical mongrel of ’96
by Paolo F. Belmonte - May 17, 2013 - 12:00am
I only listened to three bands in 1996: the Beatles, the Bee Gees, and Tears for Fears, and only on out-of-town trips with the family.
A good day for ice cream
by Paolo F. Belmonte - May 10, 2013 - 12:00am
The sun is out. Not only that, I can feel the heat through my charcoal gray bathrobe, a welcome change from the past week of clouds and rain.
Setting myself on fire
by Paolo F. Belmonte - May 3, 2013 - 12:00am
I smoked my first cigarette when I was 15 years old, at a house party, after two quick glasses of cheap Gran Matador brandy.
Afghan adobo
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 19, 2013 - 12:00am
I am sitting in front of a man from Afghanistan.
Jiu-Jitsu revisited
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 5, 2013 - 12:00am
I’m living in Stuttgart, the capital city of the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Burning rubber
by Paolo F. Belmonte - September 24, 2010 - 12:00am
Yellow Cab and Army Navy are in the food biz, but they also support triathlon, cycling, and drifting teams.
Drunken musings and a dinner
by Paolo F. Belmonte - July 23, 2010 - 12:00am
PRAGUE, Czech Republic —Inormally don’t write or go anywhere near a keyboard when I’ve been drinking, but seeing as I have some beer in me but still want to get an article in before my Wednesday...
Life lessons for the ages
by Paolo F. Belmonte - July 2, 2010 - 12:00am
When I was a small child, I used to love dressing up as Batman. I had a costume purchased at Megamall that I would sometimes wear for consecutive days; my long-suffering mother would religiously put it in the laundry...
Billboards, jigsaws, and a sense of self
by Paolo F. Belmonte - June 4, 2010 - 12:00am
I find it far more chal-lenging to write here in Europe than to write when I am home. It seems that, in the Philippines, I always struggle to find something to write about; here the opposite is true.
A packing complaint and saunas without segregation
by Paolo F. Belmonte - May 21, 2010 - 12:00am
I have not written anything for two weeks. I am slightly disappointed about this, as when Young Star 2.0 came along I made a commitment to myself to churn out an article every week and I just missed two weeks in...
Fire and ice
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 30, 2010 - 12:00am
I am at Emerge!2010, the youth conference I wrote about a few weeks ago. I must admit I certainly had my doubts about it, and a part of me tried its hardest to convince the rest of me that it was not worth atte...
The bull stops here
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 23, 2010 - 12:00am
Success does not come to those who sit around and wait for life to come to them. It seeks out those who meet the charge, grab the bull by the horns, and wrestle it to the ground.
Sink, swim, travel
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 16, 2010 - 12:00am
Imagine you’re a fish living in a aquarium. Each day, as you swim around doing whatever a fish does to keep busy, you see dirt polluting the sides of your tank.
A new thinking emerges
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 9, 2010 - 12:00am
Some people I respect recommended that I check out a preview of an international youth conference called Emerge!2010, so on March 25 I drove over to a restaurant in Diliman called Adarna to see what it would be...
Not just a pickup game
by Paolo F. Belmonte - March 26, 2010 - 12:00am
Sometime ago, a friend invited me to play basketball with a Christian youth group that would get together every Saturday for pickup games in Ortigas. I went — and got annihilated.
Kitchen confidence
by Paolo F. Belmonte - March 19, 2010 - 12:00am
The future is full of uncertainties. This is not a situation unique to our age. Those who complain that the future is uncertain perhaps have never stopped to consider that it is in the very nature of the future to...
Running thoughts
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 25, 2008 - 12:00am
Laziness strikes everyone from time to time, but I’m starting to realize that perhaps it afflicts me to a slightly greater degree than the average Juan. I know I always promise to do my best to write every...
Worms in the brain
by Paolo F. Belmonte - March 28, 2008 - 12:00am
The Last Legion is the last pseudo-Roman film I’ll watch in a while. The actors looked like a bunch of white guys dressed up as Romans for Halloween.
Spontaneous and free
by Paolo F. Belmonte - April 22, 2007 - 12:00am
Last week, I interviewed Lee Nandela of Slapshock and Reg Rubio of Greyhoundz in the most unlikely place: A crowded McDonald’s joint. When I got there,...
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