GOOD! It's hard to be good. No matter how right, logical, encouraging, uplifting it is to do good-- we cannot do so consistently. We act in the heat of the moment. We drown in the sudden gush of emotions. We are entangled in the cascading thoughts of suspicion, fear, and anxiety. And we are left … Continue reading GOOD!


STAR FOR ALL SEASONS Kamukha ko raw si ate Vi (star for all seasons Ninang!). Well, I think lahat ng maikli Ang buhok, oval yung face, at maputi ay kamukha ni Ate Vi. In fact, my mother also looks … Source: STAR FOR ALL SEASONS

BREAKTHROUGHHHHHHH (Ninang! One Moment in Time!)

BREAKTHROUGHHHHHHH (Ninang! One Moment in Time!) I used to just swim for a minute before I feel my lung almost bursting. Then in that one fine day in a resort in Palawan, I learned to breathe properly while swimming (you can exhale even outside the water!). Now I can do 10 laps continuously--oh maybe just … Continue reading BREAKTHROUGHHHHHHH (Ninang! One Moment in Time!)

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE (ka)PARIS! (Better Half Ninang? πŸ˜Š)

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE (ka)PARIS! (Better Half Ninang? 😊) Getting old certainly does not only bring memories. It brings questions of What might-have-beens if we chose a different path (midlife crisis Ninang?). And even more challenging to some, it stirs questions of WHO could-have-beens. Queries that wise people think should not be asked at all. It … Continue reading WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE (ka)PARIS! (Better Half Ninang? πŸ˜Š)


OVERFLOWING Overflowing.. I'm bracing myself for busy days this December with preparations for celebrations and gift giving, actual reunions and heavy traffic, on top of teaching, research, and service responsibilities. Overflowing.. I'm preparing myself to every kind of emotion with the stress and pressure that go with anticipation of and actual work in hopeful expectation … Continue reading OVERFLOWING


HOPE AGAINST HOPE Is there hope for our country? We are markedly divided about decisions (FOR versus AGAINST) on issues whose significance further divides us (TRIVIAL versus RELEVANT). And we are infiltrated by Amoral people without identity who liberally spew abusive words without regard for what is humanely acceptable, simply because they are accountable to … Continue reading HOPE AGAINST HOPE


SENSE OF OFFENSE, SENSE OF DEFENSE Who is sensitive and does not easily get offended? Who is sensitive and not readily become suspicious of what others really mean? Sensitivity gives us better capability and capacity to empathize and understand. But it also makes life harder when we put inappropriate meaning (and feeling!) to what another … Continue reading SENSE OF OFFENSE, SENSE OF DEFENSE

The Feast in Defeat (DeFeast Ninang?)

The Feast in Defeat People can easily write about victory and achievements but who will write about losing? Who would want to reveal any weakness? Who in fact will be inspired by people not making it? We feel uncomfortable when people talk about failing an exam, repeating a grade level, losing a contest, or not … Continue reading The Feast in Defeat (DeFeast Ninang?)