Con Simpatia

In Books on December 7, 2008 at 9:56 am


I got an early Christmas gift from Italy, which my Mama showed me just as I woke up this morning (what a way to start the day huh?). It was a parcel from my new friends Carlo and Paoletta Viale whom I met months ago when they toured the museum. The parcel contained “the little token of appreciation” they promised to send me after I did them a nice favor (as well as a memorable tour). It was all a happy obligation for me because I saw they were such interesting people and a beautiful couple.


Carlo and Paoletta

While they have a home in Turin, Italy and run a textile-selling business there, Carlo and Paoletta love to travel to discover new places, new cultures as well as find interesting textiles wherever they go to buy and bring back to Italy for sale in their shop. They have travelled the whole world together and have been to Asia countless of times and have gone around in Mindanao. They said they love it in Davao.

I thought they’d send me a little keychain or a piece of beautiful Italian cloth. But when I opened the parcel–


I saw this–


The bookwrap which had the  seal of a bookstore named “Libreria L’Angolo Manzoni”

Then this!


A coffeetable book featuring the beautiful sights of Turin, Italy

When I opened the book, I saw and read:


Carlo and Paoletta’s message

If I should write to them now, I would say:

Dearest Carlo and Paoletta,

Thank you very much for the beautiful book. I long to visit your beautiful city and your home.

Someday, I will.

Note: The main photo is of The Bull, Turin’s heraldric symbol.

Dali Uncyclopediad

In Website on December 6, 2008 at 7:46 am


More like it

Dali, a master of Surrealism is in for a surreal reinvention of facts about him when he visits Uncyclopedia (But then, he’s too dead to care.) So whoever stumbles upon this site may miss their sanity a bit when they discover that they just came upon a Wikipedia’s anti-thesis.

Uncyclopedia boasts of a melting Wikipedia world as its logo coupled with the tagline “The content-free encyclopedia”. While passers-by may be fooled by site’s seeming similarity in layout with Wikipedia, any visitor who dares read on and check the site’s articles will find that it is practically the land of farce. The site exults in cradling misinformation in its pages provided of course that it is only in the spirit of tongue-in-cheek fun.

So a search about Salvador Dali led me to this site and there I found a fitting memorial to him. Consider the article’s introduction of him:

Salvador “Big Man” Dalí is a mutant with fantastic superpowers, including the ability to melt objects with the power of his mind. Dalí did not do drugs, because he was drugs. He is also the father of Señor Spielburgio and George Clooney.”

Then check out the first two paragraphs of his Uncyclopedia biography:

“Born Salvador Ana Lucía Pedro Chupacabra El Hombre Melenudo de Paella Dalí, 1st Marquis de Mústachia in Monte Carlo, Monaco (or maybe a cave somewhere in northern Spain) in 1904, Dalí was like any normal person. He worked on the farm with his father, where he learned the values he holds today of eating your vegetables, drinking your milk, saying your prayers and taking vitamins. He did this, like everything else, very much better than Picasso.

It wasn’t until one morning at the age of 14 that he discovered his amazing powers and that he was gay. His alarm clock went off, like any other day. Dali, however, did not want to wake up, and just stared at the clock.”

Now compare that to the first two paragraphs of his biography at

“Early life

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, was born on May 11, 1904, at 8:45 a.m. GMT[6] in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain.[7] Dalí’s older brother, also named Salvador (b. October 12, 1901), had died of gastroenteritis nine months earlier, on August 1, 1903. His father, Salvador Dalí i Cusí, was a middle-class lawyer and notary[8] whose strict disciplinary approach was tempered by his wife, Felipa Domenech Ferrés, who encouraged her son’s artistic endeavors.[9] When he was five, Dalí was taken to his brother’s grave and told by his parents that he was his brother’s reincarnation,[10] which he came to believe.[11] Of his brother, Dalí said, “…[we] resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections.”[12] He “was probably a first version of myself but conceived too much in the absolute.”[12]

Dalí also had a sister, Ana María, who was three years younger.[8] In 1949 she published a book about her brother, Dalí As Seen By His Sister.[13] His childhood friends included future FC Barcelona footballers Sagibarbá and Josep Samitier. During holidays at the Catalan resort of Cadaqués, the trio played football together.”

Now, which biography would Dali have liked reading?

Vampire becomes Dali

In Films on December 6, 2008 at 4:37 am


Speaking of young punk Dali, there’s another young punk actor, who’s now flying in the box-office as a vampire (yeah, you know who it is, Robert Pattinson aka Edward Cullen), who will do a different flying and staring when his other movie  Little Ashes gets out in the theaters (no release date yet but looks like this won’t be a worldwide release). In Little Ashes, Pattinson plays the young Dali in his wild university years during the time of Fascist Spain. The film focuses on Dali’s  unusual friendship with aspiring filmmaker Luis Buñuel, especially poet Federico Garcia Lorca who as it was later known fell deeply in love with Dali.


Is that the Dali look or what?

I saw the trailer yesterday (thanks to Julienne’s link) and somehow I became more hopeful that the movie could actually be good, despite my misgivings for Pattinson’s effective performance in doing a young Dali.