Three Things We Can Do to Deal With the Digital Chaos of COVID-19

When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was access my Facebook Newsfeed, a bad habit I developed over the COVID-19 lockdown in Manila. To start the day with this is the worst thing I can do nowadays, for I’d be sending myself off an emotional roulette, not knowing what I’ll end up reading and how it would make me feel. I … Continue reading Three Things We Can Do to Deal With the Digital Chaos of COVID-19

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 Kraków, 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)

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.

A Head Full of Dreams (April 2017)

My youthful soul was in every bit giddy after learning about my favorite band’s intended visit to the Philippines. After almost a decade of longing (and voicing out that almost painful desire on Twitter), they finally decided to put an end to the shrugging and made Manila one of their stops in their AHFOD tour. I didn’t think twice about picking the closest area to … Continue reading A Head Full of Dreams (April 2017)