Best Lines from ‘Kafka’

Here are some of the best lines I picked from Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore.” Some came from famous writers, philosophers and leaders. Others were from the brilliant mind of the author:

– In traveling, a companion; in life, compassion.
– Even chance meetings are the result of karma.
– It’s not a good idea to make decisions so soon. There’s no such thing as absolutes.
– Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness is a story
– Man doesn’t choose fate. Fate chooses man.
– Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s what it means to be alive.
– As long as there’s such a thing as time, everybody’s damaged in the end, changed into something else.
– The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future.
– Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing piece of themselves.
– Memories can warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

About Trees and November Stuff

About Trees

06-05-30_3771The volume of vehicles along McArthur highway’s San Fernando strip is getting heavier each day. Aside from annoying passenger jeepneys, the number of reckless motorcycle drivers and big speedy trucks is increasing, too. Although I am so pessimistic about the current road situation, I still see a little spark of hope. One solution: cut down trees! Okay, so a lot of locals are having second thoughts on killing the decades-old acacias bordering the San Fernando-Angeles City stretch of McArthur Highway. But human lives are more important than Joyce Kilmer’s poem right?

At first, I didn’t get the point of removing the trees. When I was a kid really loved passing along the highway and appreciate the greenery. But through the years, two lanes are not enough to accommodate vehicles passing through McArthur Highway. Now that I am one of the daily motorists traversing this highway, I realized how dangerous these trees are. From the local news I heard that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to widen the road but the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) is blocking this plan. DPWH has to remove all the trees so they can add two additional lanes. I feel the need for a wider road because the area is becoming more accident-prone. The number of vehicles doubled since its last extensive widening (APEC 1996 if I’m not mistaken).

My idea is to create a park similar to central park in Manhattan (oh! I smell Sex and the City) and let McArthur Highway serve its purpose – a safe and accessible haven for motorists.

November Stuff

Here’s a recap of my November:
– I express my disgust over the 2009 Starbucks planner
– Last November 16, we already turned our Christmas lights on signalling the start of the holidays (and the increase of our electric bill). I love my new Supernova phone.
– Special thanks to my new companion vis-a-vis driving instructor, Butch Ortiz
– I’m excited about the launching of “Cradle” magazine
– 2 “Ferrari” keychains to go before I complete the set of Shell’s cool collectibles!

(Photo of McArthur Highway taken from http://www.batch2006.com/visit_angeles.htm)