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

GDansk & Sopot, Poland (May 2018)

Gdansk This is the pier city in which two important events in history transpired: 1) the invasion by the German army in Westerplatte, which marked the beginning of World War II, and 2) the formation and operation of the largest independent trade union Solidarność—its leader, Lech Walésa served as Poland’s first president after its independence from the Soviet bloc. It carries a reminder of the … Continue reading GDansk & Sopot, Poland (May 2018)

Vienna, Austria (May 2018)

“When will you realize: Vienna waits for you?” Having listened to this song a couple of months back, I was excited to realize this romanticized notion of escape from reality. I finally did, and I realized that to romanticize this city was simply to regard it for what it is. Vienna was as pompous and elegant as I thought it to be, rightfully revered by … Continue reading Vienna, Austria (May 2018)

Prague, Czech Republic (May 2018)

Prague generously took me back in time as structures dating over ten centuries back still stood erect and majestic. Exploring the city by foot was preferable, as every corner was adorned with intricate ornamentation, telling unfamiliar stories about kings, queens, artists, gypsies, all distant characters I’ve only come to know in books and movies. A couple of main points of interest: Old Town Square. Crowded … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic (May 2018)

Budapest, Hungary (May 2018)

Two days was enough for me to explore the city. As this trip went after my visit to Prague, I was a little less enchanted because of the similarities between the two cities but a little more relieved that there are significantly lesser tourists. There was more room to slow down, walk leisurely, and take in the sights. The streets were less frenetic. I wasn’t … Continue reading Budapest, Hungary (May 2018)