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

Coron, a Diver’s Dream (Palawan, April 2019)

Despite seeing many photographs of Coron’s abundant underwater biodiversity, I was still giddy, mainly because I just took free diving lessons and I couldn’t wait to put my skills to the test. Day 1 Mt. Tapyas Maquinit Hot Springs Asia Grand View Hotel We arrived at the hotel just in time for lunch. After a hearty meal, we checked in for a quick nap and … Continue reading Coron, a Diver’s Dream (Palawan, April 2019)

A Solo Batanes Trip, and the Culture of the Ivatans (January 2019)

I arrived in Basco early in the morning, checked in B&G Guesthouse, and waited for the tour van to pick me up. Batanes has a different culture of its own. Being disjointed from the mainland, the sheer distance necessitates being independent from aid from the rest of the country, and strong dependence to the community. While waiting for my tour to begin, I decided to … Continue reading A Solo Batanes Trip, and the Culture of the Ivatans (January 2019)

Siargao, Siquijor, Dumaguete, Philippines (September 2018)

As my time spent in these provinces have been primarily for work, I didn’t think to heavily document our trip with my camera, nor to document the few I took artistically. I’ll primarily share with you my thoughts about the places we’d been, however, which could still hopefully color your mind. 🙂 Siargao Disenchanted, I lost excitement for the trip after seeing so much of … Continue reading Siargao, Siquijor, Dumaguete, Philippines (September 2018)

Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Miyajima & Beppu (October 2018)

You know what they say (at least in the Philippines), let destiny (a.k.a. Cebu Pacific’s seat sale) take you there! And so, here we decided to go, despite being constantly told that there’s nothing much to do in this part of the country. But oh, come on! The enjoyment of a trip has nothing to do with the destination–one’s experience of a place is always … Continue reading Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Miyajima & Beppu (October 2018)

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)

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 WalĂ©sa 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)