When I Met Raymond (Beijing, April 2018)

I attended a business event in Beijing earlier this year, where about thirty real estate professionals from all over the world, donned in black suits, and women in body-hugging work dresses and high heels ruled. As I scanned through the room, it seemed to me I was the youngest one there. An old man in his eighties, who seemed too aged to be taking on … Continue reading When I Met Raymond (Beijing, April 2018)

How These Polish Kids Schooled Me

The kids of Nowa Huta’s Schola 100 seemed years beyond their age, at least, coming from what I was used to. Each made an effort to carry their teachers’ burdens. During meal time, they take the initiative to clear the table and wash the dishes and even forbade me to help them (!!). The older kids, with a strong sense of responsibility, lead the younger … Continue reading How These Polish Kids Schooled Me

A Renaissance in Europe

Last month, I went on a four-week trip to Eastern Europe, with Krak√≥w, Poland as a base, and explored nearby countries during weekends. I was alone half the time, with the remaining half spent with either the primary school students I was assigned to teach (as volunteer of a project), or my dearest roommates (who are volunteers, as well). One of the lines of literature … Continue reading A Renaissance in Europe

The Holocaust History of Krakow, A Virtual Tour (May 2018)

Among the many riveting facets of this Polish city is the grievous history that took place on its grounds. Throughout the month that I’ve stayed, vignettes of its haunting past have slowly opened its doors, beckoning for me to enter, to explore and to understand the events that made up the most destructive war in history and the part this town has played and witnessed. … Continue reading The Holocaust History of Krakow, A Virtual Tour (May 2018)

The Daily Dreaming 2: The Self, from a Vantage Point

After a month-long trip to Europe, having had plenty of time to reflect, a long car ride put me in an easy, pensive mood. In the Western world, the psyche seems to have a more objective understanding of one’s circumstances, and consequently, one’s responses to them. As such, I’ve endeavored to step further outside myself, as well.   Which do you often listen to–your fears … Continue reading The Daily Dreaming 2: The Self, from a Vantage Point

The Daily Dreaming 1: on showers, consistency, and asking questions

So guys, my thoughts get constipated and, well, as if Twitter and Instagram and tolerant friends aren’t enough, I have to let it out somewhere. I totally forgot what I made a blog for in the first place. Wasn’t that what blogs were made for, to journal with? I try to excruciatingly organize my thoughts, pressure my writing and catch myself going, ‘but, you have … Continue reading The Daily Dreaming 1: on showers, consistency, and asking questions

Twenty-four.

It has been a year of discovery. It has been a year of building relationships. It has been a year of humble progress, quiet restoration, and most of all, clarity and understanding. Clarity and understanding of the self: its limitations, its mysteries, its inclinations. A reorientation, as well, toward the True North. The certainty of being in tune with myself, of being consistent in mind … Continue reading Twenty-four.