I saw a sleeping vampire in him

By Suresh Patalli

It’s close to midnight and raining in Moscow, which added more bite to the 1°C temperature consistent with the October climate. The golden glow from the illuminated GUM shopping mall in the merchant quarter known as Kitay-gorod mated with the rufescent brilliance radiating from the facades of the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the State Historical Museum. I stood at the centre of the Red Square, lips and cheeks wind-burned, as a tsunami of emotions devoured me.

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The marriage knot could be tighter than you can imagine

By Delilah Rodrigues

Almost a year and a few months ago, my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided to get hitched — and the marriage bug bit us really hard. Our parents, friends and probably even our nemeses (you will know why) were elated to hear about our decision. We had a no-frills civil marriage and an elaborate (traditional) wedding is still in the works. After the ceremony, I decided to move to Dubai. While I was preparing to relocate to the emirate, I was advised on the dos and don’ts of migrating to this new country. But no one told me anything about what I should expect or will encounter after marriage — that too in a new country. Read: Endless bills to look into, exhaustive grocery runs, overflowing laundry baskets and constant bickering (most married people should know with whom).

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For its next act, Manila’s MET theater will rise from its thrashes

By Keith Pereña

As the minibus to Manila City Hall started descending down Quezon Bridge, I could not help but notice the building adjacent it. From my seat on the left, it looked like a decrepit structure, its façade covered in perhaps moss or soot. But years later, as I walked past this magnificent building on my way to the metro station, I found out that it was the Manila Metropolitan Theatre — an Art Deco building that was inaugurated in 1931.

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Why is space travel taking so long? Beam me up right now, Scotty

By David Light

What’s a light-year? The same as a regular year, but with fewer calories. Just an example there of the mind-numbing ramblings with which we have had to amuse ourselves, seemingly for decades, while twiddling our thumbs waiting for the world’s first spaceport to open for business. How and why is commercial space travel taking so long?

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