The Bogeyman: A Prologue

This has been in draft for nearly six months now.  Everytime I try to sit and write about this, I just end up staring at my screen. See, I come from a country where this issue is quite a bit of a taboo. And while I love my family, they do have a dismissive attitude toward... Continue Reading →

Coron Weekend 2016

I almost forgot about this trip. See, I bought my airline ticket on a whim (well, I mostly book flights on a whim) about 8 months before the actual trip so I only remembered it about 2 weeks before. Which meant I had to scramble to find a place to stay in a very small... Continue Reading →

  One life to the next. I never was a believer of just having one life. One existence, maybe. But within that single existence we live several lifetimes; son, daughter, father, mother, lover, friend, student - these aren't merely roles, these are lives.

The Nile is just a river in Egypt, you think. But... Your gut has not failed you before. So how come you're not following it now? Is it because you think that no, it's not really like that? You know what that monstrous thing is about. You've seen movies, read books, and heard stories about it. You've... Continue Reading →

Two things: First, Kubler-Ross is universal. It has been used so much in books and movies to describe the emotional stages of people as they go through things like death or break-ups. The Kubler-Ross model is like the Starbucks of emotions - everywhere you turn, it's there. I figured it might be a good place... Continue Reading →

It's different for everyone. While it is mostly known to be about ragged breaths and violent flashbacks, it's not always the case. It is not always shaking or sweating or nausea. It's not always about the pounding heart and the roaring in the ears. It's not always that desire to self-destruct. It's not always loud. Sometimes,... Continue Reading →

This post has been in draft for nearly a year. Ten months, to be exact. I wasn't sure if I wanted this out there. Publishing this now because, fuck it. Why the hell not.   I detest vulnerability. I don't know when it started but as far as I can remember, I considered a show... Continue Reading →

Life Lessons in Your Neighborhood Starbucks

Conversations. I always have conversations with strangers. Mainly in airports because, for some reason, my flights always gets delayed by more than 3 hours whenever I fly alone. I'm not sure why people talk to me. And here I was thinking that I'm successfully giving off the "fuck off" vibe.

All in all, it was an easy and relaxing morning. Perfect for a broken heart seeking comfort from a good friend, good chocolate, and a chilly morning.

Pinto Art Museum and The Pililla Windmills

I really loved the whole place. It's the "God-if-I'm-filthy-rich-my-house-would-look-like-this" kind of love. The structures are beautiful and interestingly phased, doorways (and yeah, I really have a thing for doors and doorways) are framed by foliage, the gardens beckon you to step out under the sun, and there are corners that compel you to sit and stay a while.

From sea to mountain

Month one of 2016 saw me on a weekend trip up North with my STORM loves. Good thing about this? I didn't have to do/plan anything. I just paid my share of the expenses and showed up on time. Best thing about this? I got to spend a weekend with some of the funnest, funniest, craziest people I got the privilege of knowing.

Project Go 2016

To satisfy the need to escape and to avoid recurrence of emotional, uhm, episodes, I have decided to go somewhere or do something (an activity of some sort I wouldn't often do) every month of this year.

June 2015: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Knowing this exchange rate would help you in moments of doubt: $1 = 4,000 Riel. Remember that when a mischievous ten-year-old monk charges you a dollar to use the toilet that costs 500 Riel per use after you tell him you don't have carry the currency.

In case my blog and Instagram posts haven't made it clear enough, I will set it straight here: I am a beach person. So, I was surprised when I said "yeah, sure" when one of my friends asked if I wanted to go hiking up with them to Mt. Manabu.

Crystal Beach, Zambales 2015

I woke up one February morning with a text message from my sister saying she wants to go to a beach. Any beach. So, 15 minutes later, we're booked for a weekend in Crystal Beach. I didn't even have to get up from my bed. Oh, the wonders of technology.

I either usually post a rundown of the year or a list of things I'm grateful for. This year, allow me to do something a bit different. I've been reading (and watching) a lot and I come across so many quotes that validate some of the things I believe in.

Of Jellyfish Encounters and Stargazing

Borawan Island is a play on Boracay and Palawan, as homage for the sand of the former and the rock formations of the latter. No offense to the person who named it (or even to the people who make their living there), but they only got the rock formations right. Boracay sands it isn't, so we dubbed it "Batawan" instead (as in, sands of Batangas and rock formations of Palawan).

Another Random Airport Conversation

I was sitting on the floor charging my phone when this tall guy sat beside me to charge his phone too. He struck up a conversation and asked about the Philippines in general and Iloilo in particular. He was a Kiwi, maybe around 30-35 years old, and works for a graphic design company.

Hanging out at the top of the light tower then eating our lunch on the steps shaded by trees and sunbathing on this flat platform on top of the islet where there's absolutely no shade.

The first quarter of this year has both been easy and slow for me. A beach trip, dinners with family and friends, a wedding in the family, joining a monthly writing challenge, and a "grand decluttering and downsizing" occupied my time. And also the subsequent "what am I doing with my life" funk that followed... Continue Reading →

Now, the thing I found out in the 50 days I've been doing the challenge (apart from the fact that food plays a very large part in ensuring my happiness)

On Life Crisis

“Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing you had to do to knock some sense into yourself? Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing that showed you which way was up?” Rainbow Rowell, from the book Attachments

On True Love

You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.     Cecelia Ahern, from the... Continue Reading →

No Success for the Restless

  One day at a time. That's my mantra these days. Sometimes, I mean that quite literally. When I was a kid, every time I'm asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, my answers would always vary (which should've been an indication of my current state). Here are some of my answers: Doctor... Continue Reading →

A Love Letter

Since it's February, let's keep up with the theme, shall we? I write a lot. And one of the things I like writing are letters. This month, I wrote a love letter that I decided to post here instead of sending by individual snail mail because I think it applies to every one, and not... Continue Reading →

Three months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, we are overwhelmed and grateful for the outpour of aid and support from the rest of the world. Sharing some love. Here's a little thank you video.

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