Introspections & Retrospections

01| Bushi+DO: On Benevolence

It had been a tiring, yet good day. I had fun, both during the kendo practice, as well as the club dinner afterwards with our guest teachers. I headed home, giddy from the freebies, my thoughts drifting to the manuscript I need to work on when I get home.

A stray kitten mewed in the night.

I stopped. You don’t really have the time for this, don’t you? I told myself.

So I spent the next 15-20 minutes coaxing the kitten from its hiding place. Save for some minor scratches, I felt happy. But now what?  Continue reading

Introspections & Retrospections

Deprivation & Decency

So… just a few moment ago, a dirty beggar went inside the coffee shop I was staying in. I stiffened up, as he approached a lady who was alone in her table. Where is the security guard? was my first thought. Until I heard him spoke.

He was well-mannered. His proficiency in English was better than most, his diction reminding me of a lot of call center agents or graduates from good schools. He was very cordial, despite the fact that his apparent urgency seemed to be driven by either hunger or the fear that some local authorities would show up soon.

I hesitated. I didn’t know what exactly to do; Continue reading