January 18, 1942

The newsboys call the papers just as early. Sounds just the same—SUNDAY TRIBUNE!— but the paper isn’t the same. The morning headlines feature the taking of Malacca, a bad blow for Singapore. I have been able to visit the few of the staff of the High Commissioner who had to stay in Manila. They are housed in the old Ynchausti …

January 6, 1942

My theory that the greatest evil that ever befell mankind, the most harmful power that exists, is fear turns out to be correct insofar as I am concerned. I was so frightened during the night that my so-called mind dashed about my head like a fire-crazed horse. I went to bed with beer and book last night, and went to …

January 4, 1942

Jap soldiers came into the kitchen today with an interpreter, wanting to cook their food on our stoves. They are the Bay View Hotel guard and I take it the kitchens there are pretty crowded. I was in no position to say them nay. If what I saw them prepare is the stuff they feed all the troops, it should …

January 3, 1942

] didn’t go to bed. Mr. P-———— , an oil man caught here en route to India, has been staying in the house. He was in the Bay View bar when the Japs came in, but somehow he sneaked out and came back here. I got out a bottle of the Scotch I had saved from the breakage and some …

May 31, 1936

Sunday. Day reserved for bridge with Quezon but early in the morning a message came through from Nueva Ecija, that he would not return. Went to a tea dance at Bay View Hotel given in honour of ex-Senator Torralba, now an adviser at Malacañan. 0