And the Years Passed By

Today, 22 January 2022 marks the six years since I took my oath as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO). I still distinctly remember that day when I had the oath-taking at the Department of Foreign Affairs wearing a royal blue Filipiniana gown and a rather conspicious silver necklace which I never wore again after that…

Emi in Paris

Recently, I started watching Season 2 of Emily in Paris after a long break from watching Season 1. The vibe is the same–cool, fun, trendy. What I like most about each episode is that there’s always a misadventure that Emily runs into but she almost always pulls it off. I could relate to her efforts…

Body Beautiful

In a recent virtual Christmas party with my Toastmasters International Club, we had fun answering impromptu questions asked during the Ms. Universe 2021 competition but with a twist, assigning each participant a country, such as Ms. Russia to a member who’s based in Moscow and Ms. France to me for having been posted in Paris…

Pan de Salawal, joie de vivre, and the Filipinos

A mysterious child with healing powers. A septuagenarian ravaged by a kidney disease contemplating ending his life. A community people with different maladies and unachieved dreams, living in a poverty-stricken section of the city. These were my observations in the first few minutes of the movie Pan de Salawal, an official entry to Cinemalaya 2018…

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…

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….

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…

Adieu

Yesterday, I was still wrapping my head around the death of a colleague when another sad news came–my uncle suddenly passed away from a heart attack. That time, I had not even written a condolence message for my colleague–a fashionable, ebullient, and high-spirited educator loved by students–because I could not put into words what I…