How to Read In a Way That You Can Recall More of What You Learn

Everyone does a lot of reading nowadays. Our average words per minute today is more than it was thirty years ago. Apart from a good old paperback, we now have blogs, lengthy PDF reports, eBooks, and other readable information being hurled at us at such a rapid pace that our brains cannot catch them all. Reading a lot gives us the illusion that we’re learning … Continue reading How to Read In a Way That You Can Recall More of What You Learn

My Memorable Time Participating in this Global Innovation Lab in Shenzhen

The UNLEASH Delegation is made up of a diverse congregation of 1,000 talents from 162 countries chosen among a lot of 18,000 based on our insights and experience. We come from different backgrounds–the academe, the private sector, the development sector, and the government. We’re introverts, extroverts, feelers, doers, thinkers, but what unites us is the desire to make an impact in our communities and the … Continue reading My Memorable Time Participating in this Global Innovation Lab in Shenzhen

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)

Golden Nuggets: Ten Podcasts that Expanded My Thinking

Traffic in Metro Manila causes billions of pesos in lost profit each year. On an individual level, it is a huge waste of time and energy that could be used for economically value-adding activities. I spend hours on the road each day–hours I could spend reading a good book, engaging in meaningful face-to-face conversation, or facilitating workshops with my team. It is tempting to conclude … Continue reading Golden Nuggets: Ten Podcasts that Expanded My Thinking

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)

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

11 Ways to Travel with Purpose

If you wish to travel for inspiration and growth, to get a heart fix, to explore not only physically but culturally and socially, you landed on the right blog entry. 2017 became my year of venturing into the unknown by myself, so I made this short list of guiding principles, based entirely on my limited experience, for a proper soulful immersion of every destination. 1. … Continue reading 11 Ways to Travel with Purpose

Silicon Valley Inspiration Tour, California (August 2017)

A week was spent on an exclusive tour to visit start-up founders, community developers, pioneers, thought leaders, and the spaces, ideas, and actions that shape the culture of Silicon Valley. The exposure was mind-opening to say the least; allow my pictures and stories to show you why. (Some photos taken by Mario Herger) DAY 1 INTELYGENZ, INC. After brunch at Cafe de la Presse, we … Continue reading Silicon Valley Inspiration Tour, California (August 2017)