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…

Rain

Paris, 24 July 2021 at 8PM Ten minutes ago, it rained so hard. But like the way the rain came, now it stopped although there’s still a drizzle and occasional distant thunderstorms. I’m not used to heavy rains in Paris, so that was a surprise. The weather is usually calm here with just varying levels…

Before They’re Gone

One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic made more conspicuous was our mortality. At the height of the pandemic in 2020, there were news of people getting infected with the virus and dying a few days or weeks after, causing anxiety to many. At certain points, it did enter my mind that I could…

What “My Octopus Teacher” Made Me Feel

I never thought documentaries about animals or nature would make me cry–not until I watched My Octopus Teacher. At one point, I had to pause watching just to cry my eyes out. As someone who is not good in swimming and does not have any experience in diving, and as such, has not seen nor…

Summer

June to August is the summer season in France. Based on my observation, it’s the only period when the weather feels as warm as most months in Manila. For the first time this year, I used my yellow fan in the office, a souvenir from an event I attended during my first year here. We…

Home

A colleague moved to a new apartment this week and relayed to me that although her new place is comfy and spacious, she was unable to sleep during the first night. That brought to mind my first night here at my place in Paris, about three years ago, when, exhausted from a day’s work, from…

Personal Narratives

Our lives are made up of different stories bound together by various themes. Unlike fictional short stories or novels, however, where the turn of events are sometimes predictable or when the characters and their actions lean towards the theme and the authors’ perspectives, real people’s stories are more complicated and more interesting. In fact, in…