Celene Sakurako

Submission from Manila, Writer


Celene was born in Tokyo and raised in Manila. She one day sees herself living “in a garage loft of a foreign country without learning the native language.” She’s constantly on the move by exposing herself to new things, expanding her mind’s eye and traveling. She considers Charles Bukowski as one of her literary heroes and her bedside table is filled with dictionaries and thesauruses. Celene also has a photo diary reflecting the people she meets and the places she sees. 





Your idea of happiness?

Champagne gelato on a hot summer's day.


Your idea of misery?

Looking at yourself in the mirror and not recognizing yourself.


If not yourself, who would you be?

There is no one else I'd rather be than me.


Your heroes?

Charles Bukowski


What is your present state of mind?

Always elsewhere. 


What part of the day do you prefer?

The part of day when I am sound asleep in my bed and I do not feel so alone. 


Bedside table books?

My bedside table is filled with different types of dictionaries and thesauruses.


What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?

Go swimming.


Do you collect?

I collect pocket tissues and people's idiosyncrasies.


What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

That gravity doesn't exist.


A color?



A city?



That woman who changed the world?

My mother and her mother.


What are your plans for this weekend?

Skip town.


You close your eyes, where do you want to wake-up?

On an island with all my favourite people.


A song?

Love Like a River by Girls


Right or left handed?

Right-handed but goofy.


What is the best dish you can cook?

Vegetable curry.


What is your middle name?

I don't have a middle name just two first names.


What do you do in your free time?

Check out museums or flip through books at the nearest library.


Favorite ice-cream flavor?



Favorite fictional character?

Casper the friendly ghost. 


Skirt or Pants?

I'd wear over sized t-shirts as dresses all day everyday if I could, but always pants over skirts.