Nanay Tess

For our plane seating arrangement going to Manila via CebuPac, I was randomly separated from my officemates. I was assigned at row 2 while they occupied half of the row of 21. I did not mind this setup because our exhaustion made us want to rest than to chat. In my row, I was seated…

Faith: Lost or Found?

Last year, before my fieldwork in graduate school demanded my time, I used to attend free meditation classes at Fo Guang Shan – a Buddhist temple — during the second and fourth week of Sunday. I am not really into religion, but I like the idea of meditating for self-awareness and inner peace. Every after…

Part 2: Sablay 20XX

Now we are here Second Semester 2017 – 2018 It was a tug between thesis and comprehensive exam. If I were solely to decide – putting sideways the influence of others – I will be forever stuck in between. If I choose thesis track, finishing it would be indefinite juggling it with work and personal…

Part 1: Sablay 20XX

Started From The Bottom First Semester School Year 2016 – 2017 It was the start of the first semester for school year 2016 – 2017, and I was running late for my CD 291 research class. I sent a message to Albert to ask if the class has started, he said yes. Of course, it…

Waste-Free Philippines: Yay or Nay?

Trash everywhere I take a walk along A. Arnaiz in Makati going to the office every day. Everyone knows it is more convenient to walk in the metro than to survive the heavy traffic or the jam-packed train rides. If only everyone has the option to walk from and to their work place, a lot…

Family Relationship and Mental Condition

(I submitted this anecdote during the Mental Health Awareness week in college last year.) I remember when I was a kid, you would put fake blood made of ketchup on the side of your mouth then you would bolt to catch me. It was dripping all over your shirt as you pretended to be a…

To Hatred and Frustrations, Thank You

Facts can tell how beneficial working out is. It tells you that it helps you sleep better, it releases happy hormones, it reduces your risk of heart diseases, it improves your strength and endurance, and the list goes on. But it’s another case for me, the reason why I workout – apart from its health…