#AfterSix

I came across this #AfterSix series of interviews this year and I must say I was impressed. Hosted by BPI Chairman Jaime A. Zobel de Ayala, the series features “key changemakers who share their journey towards building a better Philippines.” The interviews were 15-minute long, fast-paced, straightforward and informative. They do not have the drama…

To you, little one

Welcome to the world. ❤ You, a wonderful creation from the love of your parents, a miracle of life, a child of both the earth and of the universe, mortality running in your veins, yet with a bit of the cosmos’ timelessness. I cannot say how the world will be by the time you gain…

Kumusta?

Kumusta is a Tagalog word used to ask “How are you?” Or if you’d like the sentence to be complete grammatically, you can ask “Kumusta ka?” We usually ask other people this question. But have you asked yourself “Kumusta ka?” “Okey ka lang ba?” (Are you okay?) I hope that you can readily answer “Mabuti!”…

A Different Perspective

When I was in high school, I thought college students were old. But I didn’t feel old at all when I was in college. I felt so young, in fact, meeting my classmates and professors, and realizing that there are so many things I needed to learn and that there are so many years ahead….

Home (2)

There’s an idiom saying home is where the heart is. Another states that home is a feeling, not a place. I agree with both, but the funny thing is I can equally think of reasons supporting the opposite. 😀 I am writing about home again because I am back to my country after almost four…

Buhay Dorm (at isang boarding house): Mga Alaala ng UPD

Ngayon ay Biyernes ng gabi. At last, makakapagpahinga na rin matapos ang buong linggo ng pagpasok sa trabaho, lalo na’t may mga isyung nangailangan ng aksyon at atensyon sa panahon na nasa transition period ang opisina ko sa DFA. Dapat ay maaga akong matutulog dahil reward ko sa sarili ang pagtulog at pagpahinga. Ngunit, heto,…

Change

The only thing constant in the world is change. How many times have we heard this quote by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus? I suppose, several times. Did this thought comfort you during the adjustment phase when you tried to change an aspect of your life? Did it make you feel guilty for choosing not to…

World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. Today, let us take a few minutes to pause from our daily routines or our busy schedules and take a closer look at ourselves. How do you feel right now? Are you happy with the way things are in your life? Is there something that has been…

Slide over the Rainbow

I remembered a conversation I had with a dear friend one time. I asked why people have to make their lives so complicated when deep down, what most want is a simple life unburdened with so many concerns and unshackled with material things. I shared that I missed the time as a little girl playing…

Caring for the Earth

I came across an op-ed piece by Filipino career diplomat Hendrik Garcia. With the title “The case for climate change education”, it was published on September 15, 2021 in one of the Philippines’ major newspapers Philippine Daily Inquirer. A part of this well-written and informative piece is featured below: “Many countries, including the Philippines, have…