Writing on Air

Writing on Air by Jim Paredes

Of great dinners, and home grown chefs

Posted on May 28, 2006 by jimparedes
Pictures on exhibition

Last December, I gifted myself with a photo exhibit at the Renaissance Gallery at the Megamall. I use the word ‘gifted’ because I was quite hesitant to embark on any project which would involve money knowing that I was leaving soon. But precisely because I was about to migrate in 3 months and I knew it would be my last chance to have a last exhibit, I treated myself to this personal ‘art extravaganza’. It was called Jim Paredes in A.W.E. You can actually see my musings on it a few blogs back.

About two weeks ago, someone from Canada wrote to me to inquire about purchasing some of my work (photos and books). Because of that, and the requests that came from readers abroad after my exhibit, I have decided to post the pictures online for everyone to peruse. If you want to buy the big versions in 16 1/2 by 24 1/2, and the 20 1/2 by 30 1/2 as they were exhibited, please write me and I will tell you how much they cost and will mail you a signed limited copy.

My new book (the 4th) entitled As Is Where Is should be available in about two months. Once we finish with the layout and editing, anyone can order it via www.lulu.com and it will be printed and delivered to your doorstep anywhere you reside in the world. This is the beauty of the new technology where we can now ‘print on demand’, saving authors and publishers the trouble of having to figure out viabilities of costs based on orders. No more inventories. The book will be printed and delivered when ordered. Now, anyone who wants to write books can now do so without having to pass through the demands of publishers and the world can have access to it. Of course, writers will still have to market it. I figure that through this method, it will make my book more accessible to anyone who may want to purchase a copy. More on this when it is ready.

jammin with kindred souls

Mario, Ding, Irene, Krip and Menchie and me toasting a sumptious dinner at the Roces home.

Three nights ago, I spent my first late night out in Sydney and it wasn’t a night on the town. It was at Ding and Irene Roces’ home at French’s Forest together with Ed Aragon, artist-illustrator of Sydney Morning Herald. (He makes all those wonderful editorial drawings). There were also Ed’s wife Menchi, Krip Yuson, esteemed columnist for Philippine Star, teacher and writer of many books who is here for a writer’s workshop, and Mario Aldeguer, a friend of the Aragons and the Roceses.

What a night it was! It started with snacks, a sumptuous dinner and after a few drinks amid great conversation, we started jamming with Ed on harmonica, Menchi keeping the beat on a native drum, me on guitar and everyone else singing their lungs out. It was a night of kindred souls gathered together–artists of different disciplines and newly discovered friends. Ed and Ding are painters, illustrators, Krip is a writer, and all of us including Mike, Irene and Menchi are passionate about photography. While we were jamming, Ed and Ding brought out their illustration papers and pencils and started doing quick sketches of everyone which they signed and gave away as parting gifts. In turn, Krip gave us a copy of his poetry book. What a treat to get free works from great artists. I ‘sang for my dinner’ and got paid in excess. Truly a night to remember!

An inspired moment drives Ed and ding to sketch!!

Living with .. ahem..’chefs’

In all these years that I have shared a home with my significant other, I have never known Lydia to be ecstatic over the prospect of cooking. Sure she can cook, but only if she had to. Migrating of course has forced upon us chores that we are taking on for the first time in our lives. Mio and I are in charge of garbage and general cleaning and the girls are the bosses in the kitchen. While Lydia complains about kitchen work, she has been managing to come up with some really good meals. Ditto for my daughters Ala and Erica who seem to not only surprise us but also themselves. They go out of their way to really cook ‘gourmet’ stuff fancying (I bet) that they are competent chefs. Tonight, Lydia went whole hog and attempted to recreate a family tradition which her mother used to bake to everyone’s delight–apple pie. She dug up her mom’s recipe and whipped up a really good one. The apple pie was dessert to the equally fabulous Singaporean chicken and rice she prepared for our dinner.

Needless to say, the whole family was very gastronomically pleased, even as I could see Lydia beaming with pride. Looks like she is really warming up to the kitchen.

Incidentally, my wife and kids DO NOT believe me when I say that I enjoy their cooking. OK. I confess to being a doting husband and father. To them, I am happy with anything they come up with. Mababaw ang kaligayahan. While that may be true, tonight my superlatives were 100% more heartfelt than usual! heh heh!

Another light show

Lastly, I wish to share (again) a gorgeous sunset that showed off all over Sydney the other day. It was worth standing in the cold outside our house to take this picture. Almost every afternoon, there’s a beautiful light show.

20 to “Of great dinners, and home grown chefs”

  1. Marie says:

    Hay naku finally I can get to buy your book online…ang hirap eh, walang mautusan sa Pinas! Are the other titles also available online?


  2. cbs says:

    yo jim, nabalitaan ko lang kagabi, may blog na rin si krip!

  3. Jim says:

    Unfortunately, the first three books are not available online. Not yet anyway. Will work on it.

    cbs–would you know krip’s url?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow nice sunset! 🙂 You took the photograph? Beautiful colors!

  5. Anonymous says:

    even my husband who does not cook in the phil. became a gourmet cook here in the US. no choice. even my kids who were used to having maids have to do their chores. That’s the way it should be and my son who moved to his own apartment had to do his own cooking and laundry. What an achievement according to him.you are all doing very very fine. good luck to the hidden talents that needed to be discovered in the midst of being preoccupied with all the adjustments in the life down under.hope to hear from you again.

  6. Bass Poet says:

    Hi Jim,

    Your books have always been a source and reference of principles, ideas and hope in providing a holistic continuum of service to my homeless clients in Toronto, Canada. I never ceases to amazed me that I find your writing not only ideally profound but also it resonates strongly in my affirmation that my daily life is divine and sacred each moment.

  7. Jim says:

    anonymous–yes I took it. Check out my daughter ala’s shot. It looks even better.

    anonymous–yes, hidden aspects of us find expression in new situations. In our case, the closet gourmets are coming out. ha ha

    bass poet–glad to be of some help in your noble work with the homeless. Only when we see ourselves in others is compassion a reality.

  8. pepay says:

    i think tita lydia/mrs.paredes (how should i call her?) is really pretty. doesn’t look like she has an apo already.

  9. Jesse says:

    Hi Jim,
    Your gallery is truly a work of art. (I just had to write that– made me sound “sosyal.” Lol.) I keep coming back to your weblog for more pictures and wisecracks 🙂 Hope you dont mind that I linked you up in my own blogsite.

    Have a great day!

  10. Anonymous says:

    SOOOO proud of my sister!! You don’t know relieved I am that I will not have to be the cook when I visit in December. Siempre, I miss all of you.

  11. jey says:

    hi sir jim!

    i’m happy to have caught your exhibit at mega mall and yeap, i am in awe. =)

    will you be coming up with your 4th book?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hey, Is that Rosanna Papa? 🙂

  13. Jim says:

    pepay–you made Lydia smile with your comment. heh heh.

    Jesse– glad you liked my work. feel free to link!

    rosanne–sabi ni Lydia, “That’s what she think’ about you not cooking when you get here. ha ha.

    jey–Fourth book is almost done. Finishing touches nalang.

    anonympous–No, it is not! Rosanne is my sis-n-law.

  14. balikbayan_box says:


    something to look forward to buying your books online.


  15. Doranne says:

    Your kwentoes are so funny. I cant imagine you in a reluctant-to-drive” state! 🙂

    Im excited about your book. And now, I feel bad that I didnt have your other books signed now that you’re far away. Going back to your ooold post, “The Real Meaning of Life” is still unavailable back home.

    Congratulations on your book! I am looking forward to your refreshing writings 🙂

    I checked out Lulu.com and I got excited. I just might get my a** moving and make something! 🙂 I cant decide between a calendar or a small book… Hmmm… Im excited coz Im getting all sorts of ideas 🙂

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jim,

    My brother-in-law is a very big fan of APO. He just had a stroke and I wanted to get him the pic of “Ganesh”. I think that will cheer him up. Let me know where I can email you the info.


  17. Jim says:

    balikbayan box–will announce when books are ready.

    Doranne–go for it. I’m sure you have enough fotos, graphics and writings to come up with your own. Ikaw pa!

    lani–Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Please write to me at jim_paredes@yahoo.com and let me know what size you want it in and I will give you a quote.

  18. ghee says:

    ganda po ng mga pics!

    ingat na lang po together with your family 🙂

  19. wys says:

    wow sir jim (uh, i don’t know how to addrees you..pwedeng tito jim? ;> ), but you actually reply to your reader’s comments! i’ve been reading ala’s, erica’s and your blogs for quite some time now, and it’s really fun! all of you are great writers, and i commend you for passing on good genes to your kids. Plus, ananda is such a darling to watch/see! goodluck in your down under life 🙂

  20. kiwipinay says:

    aha! what a small world, ka-pansitang jim! Menchi was my batchmate in high school… err…. say…. 5 years ago? nyehehhehe… kidding aside, i was suprised to see her photo in your blog. haven’t seen her for a long time, though. last time was during her father’s wake when she went back to manila. please send her my greetings on your next jammin’.


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