Beauteous Belgium

I visited Belgium on the 1st day of June in 2019. Arriving in Ghent from Paris by bus around 5AM, and leaving Brussels around 6PM, it was my shortest trip to a new country. It was my first time to join these cross-country bus tours from Paris, which I can say, both has good points... Continue Reading →

Choosing to See Beauty

2020 started as a promising year. New decade. New plans. New dreams. But COVID-19 came bringing with it an ever-present health threat. Not only that--it also brought with it death, economic losses for countries, a decline in countries' tourism, an increasing percentage of unemployment, uncertainty for the future, and a challenge to people's well-being. The... Continue Reading →

Salamat sa mga Kababayan

Dahil sa sitwasyong kinakaharap ng buong mundo ngayon, sa banta sa kalusugan na dulot ng COVID-19, may mga ipinapatupad na mga bagong pamantayan ang mga Pasuguan at Konsulado ng Pilipinas sa iba't-ibang panig ng mundo. Kasama na rito ang pagpapatupad ng istriktong appointment system para sa mga aplikante na nangangailangan ng serbisyong konsular, pati na... Continue Reading →

This ‘n That

It's another weekend again. Aside from resting, catching up on my recent fave Netflix series Anne with an E, getting in touch with my family and friends, and preparing sumptuous home-cooked meals, I had in mind to write about Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine national hero, whose 159th birthday Filipinos are commemorating on 19... Continue Reading →

2020 Then and Now

It's the sixth month of the year. It's hard to believe that in the same span of time, we'd be ushering a new year again. It seems that 2020 is both the shortest yet the longest year ever. This year altered some common perceptions of work. Now, we know that a lot of work can... Continue Reading →

Paris walk after lockdown

After two months, I was able to walk again around my neighborhood last weekend. The feeling was exhilarating. I have been to the same area so many times before, but that time, it felt refreshingly different. The familiar sight of the Eiffel Tower greeted me. The sky looked dull though, or perhaps, the more appropriate... Continue Reading →

A Quest (2013)

(I would like to share with you this essay that I wrote in 2013. This was included in the book "Bakit Masayang Tumambay sa UP?" launched in 2013.) “I don’t want to be a dry leaf tossed around by a gust of wind--powerless, directionless.” -From my journal entry dated April 1998 This quote probably explains... Continue Reading →

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