Writing on Air

Writing on Air by Jim Paredes


Wii, Sikhs, and artists

Posted on June 30, 2008 by jimparedes

My body aches from too much Wii!

Grabe. The past two days, I have rediscovered  Wii sports and I have been playing tennis, bowling boxing and baseball and my sore arms are the price I pay for all that fun. ha ha. I have not been excercising for some months now and I guess nabigla ang katawan ko. Will probably play some more later on.

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We live near a huge Sikh temple along Meurants Lane here in Glenwood. It is am imposing structure which you can see even along Sunnyholt which is a main thoroughfare in these parts. I’ve been wanting to go inside for the longest time.

A few days ago, I finally went inside. I took a detour from my afternoon walk which would have taken me near Woolies ( a supermarket) and instead proceeded to the Sikh Temple. I asked two devotees outside if and how I should come in. They asked me to take of my shoes and put an orange hanky on my head as a sign of respect.

When I went inside, I saw a few devotees and some sort of ‘priest’ who called me to his side and welcomed me. I asked if I could take pictures and he obliged. He also asked that his picture be taken. He was friendly and emphasized the universal mesage of his religion which is. “God is One’. He also asked me to partake of something he gives all devotees, a sweet cake-like food that I imagine is like their Holy Communion. He asked me to return another day and eat with the devotees and listen to Indian music. I probably will and will take a great amount of pictures.

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Last Saturday, I attended the birthday party of Edd Aragon, Sydney Morning Herald’s award-winning caricaturist at his Ermita-like house in Kings’ Park. It was a fun night as it always is when we visit Edd and Menchie’s place. The sala has an array of combo instruments and everyone is free to pick up a guitar, drumsticks, sit by the piano and play to your heart’s content. And that’s exactly how the party played out.

It was also great to see people I had not seen in awhile–Ding and Irene Roces, Mario Aldeguer and Lenny, and a few others I met early in 2006 when I had just moved. It’s great to be in the company of artists. Good food, great conversation everywhere.

Edd’s house is also an art gallery and prominently displayed were some of his black-lite art. It’s medium of painting where you need black light to see the work. Here is a fascinating off-beat portrait of the most off-beat person in the Philippines, Pepe Smith!

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Visited the city a few days ago just to get out of the ‘burbs’. I passed by St. Mary’s Cathedral which will be the center of the World Youth Day to be held in Sydney this August. It was being spruced up inside and I could not stay long since there as dust all over.

The whole city is gearing up for it since they expect 500,000 visitors from all over.

While I was there, I also went to see the Bienale. This is the cutting-edge, city-wide art exhibit which Sydney hosts every two years. I went to the exhibit at the Art Gallery at the NSW Museum.

I was amazed as I approached the majestic building to see ‘grafitti’ written on its facade–the museum’s way of honoring the wild, rambunctious spirit of the Bienale, I suppose.

The works were fascinating–from performance art, paintings, film, installations, etc.. I sat with a guy named Ross whose ‘work’ was to interact with anyone who sat down with him. We had a twenty minute conversation which was to say the least, fascinating.

The two pictures of painters here are actually an on-going cat and mouse game. One is painting all the walls white while the other is painting all the walls black. They eventually will get on to each others’ spaces and that’s the point. This goes on till the closing of the festival.

There was a feminist who exhibited a short film of herself and six other scantily clad women and a man who were wrestling, cavorting and just plane body-rubbing all over the place while black paint, dead fish, raw chicken and paper were thrown all over them. I could not make sense of it, frankly. I read more about the artist and an interesting trivia I got was an event that contributed to her rise in the feminist art world. In one exhibit, she read poetry where the manuscript it was written on was taken out from her vagina!

Uh…. yeah. Cool. uhmm.. I suppose..

18 to “Wii, Sikhs, and artists”

  1. witsandnuts says:

    Thanks for sharing about Sikh Temple. It caught my interest in particular because I have a number of indian colleagues. I do ask them where’s their church in Abu Dhabi and sadly there’s none, to think that there are millions of indians here. Through your post, I got a glipmse of how is it to be inside their temples.

  2. jimparedes says:

    It’s cool to be exposed to different religions, lifestyles, cultures.

  3. Emmanuel Romano Punzalan says:

    Hi Jim, I actually was walking around the bienale exhibit too last thursday afternoon, my kid plays for the glenwood redbacks U-13 div 1 soccer team, they train every tues and thurs 7-8pm i drive him to the glenwood park and sleep or read in the car till he finishes…i live by the way in nearby woodcroft… we are just neighbors!… thanks for the writings…hope to run into you soon…cheers.

  4. pdafan says:

    sir jim paredes,

    i miss your wisdom and guidance sa PDA! you’re the best pda headmaster/mentor/teacher talaga.

    have you seen the new pda2 scholars sir? they really need your guidance and help. most of them can’t sing/don’t have the passion for music/have motivation. PDA2 has become a drama show instead of a show for music appreciation.

    sana bumalik na po kayo sa PDA!

  5. jimparedes says:

    Emanuel–Looking forward to meeting you one of these days.

    pdafan– Thanks. I will guest in PDA one of these weeks. Watch out for it!

  6. Nica says:

    I found your blog by random and I’m glad I dropped by! It was a good read. I’ve been to a sikh temple in Manila once when I was a sophomore in high school 2 years ago. We were all given that mashed bread thing. We were at awe.

    I’ll visit again! 😀

  7. chrestol says:

    hello sir jim,

    magandang araw po sa inyo sir jim, Im also a fan of PDA season 1, I really admired the way you ran the academy especially the way you interacted with the scholars, you were not only their mentor but also like a father to them. Im really glad that you will guest sa PDA. Im looking forward to it.

    Sir jim, gusto ko lang po rin po malaman kung updated ba kayo sa nangyayari sa careers ng PDA season 1 graduates especially yeng, ano pong masasabi nyo sa na-aachieve ni yeng ngayon? Godbless po sa inyo dyan sir jim

  8. helen says:

    hi sir!i’m glad to know that you will visit anytime soon in pda2…scholars are really full of drama…im glad the two male scholars have left the academy already so as NOT to influence th fellow scholars of their kadramahan…i’m so dissapointed with this batch but i don’t want to lose Hope..i love this program and pda1 was really really good…the scholars then were so eager to learn and the show was able to showcase their singing prowess…ang batch na to ang daming kailngan pang gawin at dapat tutukan talaga…your guidance and wisdom is very much needed to uplift and give enlightenment to the remaining scholars…i will look forward to your return in the academy….we really MISS you in PDA!

  9. jimparedes says:

    Chrestol and helen– I think PDA 2 is still trying to find its footing as of now. In time, it will be better. They have good people there running the show. I guess we cannot expect the scholars today to be the same as the last batch although I know one can’t help but compare. Sooner or later, lilitaw din ang galing nila.

    Of the past batch, I think Yeng did extremely well. The others are doing a few gigs here and here and have their own fans. They may still be within striking distance of going bigtime if not in singing, in acting.. Let’s see. time will tell.

  10. pen says:

    Kamusta!

    The mosque in Auburn also opens it doors to visitors. I pass by it by train and have been mustering up the courage to get off that station to do the same as you did. One day they had a huge sign saying “Come visit” (it’s gone now) and I still couldn’t do it. It can be intimidating.

    Shame my Moslem friend has already left for Germany, as company would have made it easier. Now I have a year left to go in Sydney I may as well finish off my list of things-to-do before my scholarship ends.

    Thanks for writing about your visit to the temple. I might just do the mosque visit myself =) And maybe I can venture out to Glenwood to see that Sikh temple too!

  11. Juan says:

    have you given up on christianity just like you gave up on the philippines? hahaha.

  12. Juan says:

    political fatigue is for politics, is spiritual weariness for religion? shopping for one like trying on a new shirt? lolz.

  13. Marilyn Lee says:

    Try the Wii Fit and Balance board. You’ll love it! 😉

    M (Canada)

  14. jimparedes says:

    Juan–who said I have?

    Marilyn–Thanks for the tip. I have the driving thing and it’s a lot of fun as well. Wii is THE BEST.

  15. To get some basic information about Sikhs, you could visit http://www.eSikhs.com

    When visiting a Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) you just need to be dressed decently, cover you head with a piece of cloth (handkerchief or bandana) and be barefooted. This applies for both male and female. All Gurdwaras (Sikh Temples) will serve FREE vegetarian food to all visitors after respective programs/events. If not for anything else, visit for the food. 😉

  16. Zoe Ali says:

    Indian Music is really cool and some of it are great dance music too.`::

  17. Tilly Holmes says:

    indian music is quite cool and a bit colorful, i like it:’*

  18. Indian music is kinda groovy and cheesy specially if you have seen those bollywood movies .:,



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