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December 29, 30, 31. Are these days any different from the rest? I believe so. For many people, it is a time for many things: self-reflection (without consciously doing so), recreation, preparing a list of New Year’s resolutions or the more practical tasks such as cleaning up your bodega and disposing of unnecessary stuff in…

The Grinch

There are days when you have to try harder — to smile, to meet others, or even simply to get up from bed. There are days when the temptation is strong to simply lie under the covers, shun conversations, be in the company of books all day, surf the net mindlessly, or do a solitary…

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 of people with various maladies and unreached 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…

See the Light

I watched the film “Joker” recently. I can say that the acting is superb and the plot is engaging. I wasn’t surprised about its dark and depressing mood because these reviews were common when the movie just came out, although I didn’t have the time then to watch the movie. I felt, however, that some…

#AfterSix

I came across this #AfterSix series of interviews this year and I must say I was impressed. Hosted by Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Chairman Jaime A. Zobel de Ayala, the series features “key changemakers who share their journey towards building a better Philippines.” The interviews are 15-minute long, fast-paced, straightforward and informative. They…

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…