Friday Funny: walk it, own it

When your cab arrived in less than a minute after you called and you haven't yet walked your million-dollar purchases for people to look at...


A story of grit: a single mom’s journey to becoming a writer

I stumbled upon this story on WordPress Longreads, and I was struck once more at how perseverance alongside a positive and focused mindset especially in a woman facing extreme life challenges are the key to "a dream come true". From the story, I also finally realized what the statement " American Dream" meant which I... Continue Reading →

My almost kris

What shall I write about today, Independence Day? Should be something native. Filipino. Last year, going into Moro country, I knew what I wanted to bring back home as souvenir (and gifts for a couple of friends) from this cultural place. The kris. It was one of the first things I asked about from the... Continue Reading →

(Monday) Morning Poem

Every morning the world is created, Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches--- and the ponds appear like black cloth on which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your nature to be happy you will... Continue Reading →

Friday Funny: perilous, treacherous, hazardous

The Department of Labor via it's Department Order 178-17 has banned mandatory use of high heels in the workplace. On the other hand, would heels worth USD100 and above (including branded pre-loved vintage) provide their wearers more comfort and safety than ones that cost much less? Is workplace safety more of an economics than a rights... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: Temple Run-ins

I miss village-based work. To a researcher-evaluator whose work time is largely spent in abstract space and strategic-level collaborations with client-organizations, encounters with village folks and community life are like much-needed spring or summer vacations of novel experiences and lessons in "real life". It's been a year since my last fieldwork. Last year, around this... Continue Reading →

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