RISE 2017: An Outlook on Southeast Asia’s Start-up Culture

I signed up to volunteer out of excitement over getting a free pass to attend (and an excuse to travel). I went there alone, and quite oblivious to the tech environment (I was actually laughed at when I didn’t know what a gyroscope was–Is everyone supposed to know what that is?). Nevertheless, my learning curve steepened. Expectations were met–and exceeded–when I came to know a … Continue reading RISE 2017: An Outlook on Southeast Asia’s Start-up Culture

Hulugan, Talay, Hidden Falls, Laguna (2017)

Holidays are most enjoyed in the Philippines. Nature reserves are only a few hours away, serving as quick refreshers from a busy workweek. This lifetime wouldn’t be enough for me to cross off all the country’s pockets of beauty, but I’m counting slowly, one long-weekend at a time. Upon finding out about the long weekend that Thursday, I quickly contacted my friends to see who … Continue reading Hulugan, Talay, Hidden Falls, Laguna (2017)

The Honorable Woman: A Heart Guide

The Honorable Woman: A Heart Guide Photographed by Amanda Lim Words, styling, modeling by Hannah To She is confident that she can carry out her work with grit, and not with an excitement that wanes when faced with hardship. She allows curiosity to take her places. She welcomes new ideas and perspectives that broaden her thinking. She is responsible enough to own up to her … Continue reading The Honorable Woman: A Heart Guide

‘Big Magic’, As Told by Me

Attending a conservative high school that didn’t put enough value on literature and the arts to spark interest from its students, I was unable to discover and grow what would become my love for words. University was a complete turnaround, as I studied in an institution that greatly treasured the humanities. Those four years were my period of renaissance, as I enjoyed my literature and … Continue reading ‘Big Magic’, As Told by Me

Career Reads: Grit by Angela Duckworth

The heavy rain pounded on the window. As I stared at the laptop for the past thirty minutes, a clutter of thoughts ran through my head. My mind was restless as I sat unmoving, both hands on my temples. I closed my eyes, searching my mind for a clear answer after asking myself what I truly desire to pursue in life. “Everyone has his thing. … Continue reading Career Reads: Grit by Angela Duckworth

Angels On Earth: My Brothers with Autism

I couldn’t recall the many times we’ve been furiously eyed and scoffed at, even scolded for not ‘keeping them at bay’. At the end of the day, I shake my head in disappointment of the (general) (Philippine) society’s response to spectrum children. Cases like my brothers’ are still not widely valued in certain societies–particularly ours–and there’s no question why. We mourn because special children don’t turn … Continue reading Angels On Earth: My Brothers with Autism