Beauty and mortality

A week ago, I got a bouquet of orange tulips from a flower stall in a street market in Paris. The flowers were so lovely that for several minutes that afternoon, after I arranged them in a vase, they were my favorite photography subjects, with pictures taken from different angles. 🙂 After a few days,... Continue Reading →

January 2021

It is the last working day of the first month of 2021. It just seemed yesterday when January 4 came, bringing with it both the anticipation and thrill of the new year, the reluctance to part with the fun and free holidays that offered respite to everyone working hard all year long, and the hesitation... Continue Reading →

Of Snowflakes and Rainbows

The past weekend was unlike any of the weekends that passed by in Paris for the longest time--it was a magical time of snowflakes and rainbows. Looking out of my apartment window in the calm Saturday morning, I saw dainty snowflakes, seemingly light as down feathers, gently falling from the sky. It was a sight... Continue Reading →

Glimpse of a Diplomat’s Life

What do diplomats do? In the virtual age, is the work of a diplomat still relevant? At a time when even the highest leader of the land or the head of the Foreign Affairs Department can post his/her decisions and sentiments online, available to the public within mere seconds and when news travels more than... Continue Reading →

Happy 2021!

You woke up on January 1st 2021, your eyes still heavy with sleep. You wrapped the soft, woollen blanket more tightly around you and felt the soft mattress with your feet enclosed in the warmth of your Christmas socks. While lying in bed, you glanced at your window covered with pastel-colored drapes with tiny flower... Continue Reading →

Dr. Jose P. Rizal Day 2020

On December 30, 2020, the Philippines celebrated Rizal Day, which commemorated the life and works of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It is also the 124th year since Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, was shot by a firing squad in Bagumbayan (present day Rizal Park) because of the charges against him for playing a... Continue Reading →

Poem on a cold December morning

(Looking outside the window, I see the gray sky and the branches of trees, mostly brown also with brown leaves, slowly swaying with the wind and I hear the sound of lazy rain, with some of the raindrops making a metallic sound as they hit the windowpane. Every now and then, a slight rumble of... Continue Reading →

Happy Yuletide!

It is the time of the year again when families and loved ones gather. This year is different from the previous years when family and loved ones can come together and have big celebrations. For some, it is even more difficult because of losing a loved one, having the business closed, and being laid off... Continue Reading →

Happy Weekend!

It is December 12 now. I can't believe that it will be Christmas Day in just two weeks! 🙂 I attended my usual but always awaited Saturday morning (15:00-17:00H Philippine time) meeting with my fellow UP Manila Toastmasters Club members/friends and I would like to share some of our photos and messages today. ❤ We... Continue Reading →

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