My IELTS Experience

I took and passed the International English Language Testing System or IELTS administered by the British Council in 2015. That time, I had an ongoing application for an International School in Saudi Arabia (the same period that I was taking the third level of the Foreign Service Officer Examination). My IELTS experience almost never crossed…

Persistence

I am awed at professional athletes and musicians, researchers and scientists, leaders of advocacy groups, and anyone who has maintained his/her zeal and enthusiasm in attaining his/her goals for years, despite the odds. Can you imagine training ten (10) hours or more a day going over the same routine, practicing the same movement over and…

Courage to Love

Our pet kitten, Pepper, died recently. My siblings and my daughter were heartbroken as I was. Pepper was rescued in early 2022 from our backyard in my hometown, then a teeny-weeny, thin being with scant fur, and with a meow scarcely above a whisper. I usually described those trips as somersaults of the emotions–the thrill…

Flow

I wouldn’t deny it. The results of the recent national elections in the Philippines left me stunned and broken-hearted. For a few days, I walked with a cloud hanging over my head. I feel better now so I am able to write about this matter. I am not being self-righteous. Neither am I naive to…

A Research on District 75 Toastmasters International

Yesterday, I met Mr. Joseph Adonis “Dodong” Baduel, District Governor of TI Philippines in 1983. He was one of my interviewees for a research I did on Toastmasters International almost a decade ago. We were supposed to meet after my research so I could give him a hardbound copy of the research, but I changed…

Petty

So it’s just two (2) days before the national elections in the Philippines, and people are still actively exchanging views on social media in support of their candidates and to attack other runners, and thoughts are swirling in my head. But instead of writing them down, I thought of writing something petty on a Saturday,…

What’s in it for me?

I remember in school, when speech writing and delivery was discussed, one of the things emphasized was “What’s in it for me?” According to our prof, you should think of the audience and what they can gain from your talk. In that way, she said, they will pay attention and listen more. After several years,…