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

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

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)

Baguio City (January 2018)

It’s been years since I’ve last been to the mountain city, but I recalled a few fond memories: walking down Session Road and seeing the swan boats in Burnham Park once again, and paired them with treasured new ones such as the fascination in shopping at the public market, happy coffee-shop hopping, and discovery of Filipino literature at Mt. Cloud bookshop. Baguio Public Market Patch … Continue reading Baguio City (January 2018)

Paradigm Shift: 5 Things I Learned about Mainland China (Beijing, April 2018)

Just this week, I set out on a last-minute business trip to Beijing. Having visited China three other times before, each one either dull or unpleasant, I had nothing but qualms about going on this trip, especially as I was to be alone, ill-equipped with barely-conversational Mandarin. To my surprise, fourth time was the charm. This trip turned my mind around, left me eager to … Continue reading Paradigm Shift: 5 Things I Learned about Mainland China (Beijing, April 2018)

San Francisco, California Pt. 1 (August 2017)

In this post, I compile a few of the noteworthy places I visited during my two-week stay in the bay area, particularly within the city. City Tours Some of the pictures in this post were taken during the Hop On, Hop Off tour I took. A few of the ones directly below are of: The Hilton Hotel (setting of Dirty Harry), The Golden Gate Bridge, … Continue reading San Francisco, California Pt. 1 (August 2017)