Dearest Young One,

Hi. Because of some circumstances in the past few days and weeks, I thought of penning you a letter. This is not to reprimand you but to share some life lessons learned from my many years in life. Do not be so impatient to be part of the daily grind and be in an adult’s…

#NeverAgain: EDSA Revolution 36th Anniversary

Today, 25 February 2022, the Philippines celebrates the 36th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Almost four decades hence, this event is still significant to the country especially with the upcoming national elections in May 2022. Four decades hence, the issue is still a hot topic for debate and discussions, with both sides having…

Finding a Home in the City of Lights

Home is a feeling, not just a place. Author’s Note: This was my contest piece during the International Speech Contest Area Level Contest, Toastmasters International, Manila on 19 Feb. 2022. The last time I competed was in 2011 so it felt great joining the contest again. Honestly, I was thinking of backing out a few…

The Magic of the Earth

There is something magical about the Earth. Each day, thousands of seedlings push around the dark, damp earth and move towards the sunlight. They grow, at first, a tiny bit of green but then they become taller and wider and sturdier. Each day, the earth nourishes grains, vegetables and fruits that feed the billions of…

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…

Face to Face with Covid-19

Two weeks ago, I exhibited the first symptoms of Covid-19–fever and chills. I did not know then that I caught the virus. In fact, since it would be the first workday of the year the next day, I brushed my health concern off thinking that a good night’s sleep would cure me. However, I was…

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…