There are stories we grew up with that we’ve always thought were just stories from somewhere—so close to our own or a friend or family’s personal experiences and yet far enough to actually touch.
And then there are stories that become our own narrative where time exists in the here and the now. Stories that unravel; that we currently live through that looks awfully similar to our loved ones. Friends. Then the world.
Suddenly, it becomes our collective story to tell.
Continue reading The World As We Know It
When I was a teenager, which was over a decade ago, me and my friends passed out a notebook—each free to write their thoughts and stories. My adolescent years unraveled at a time when writing in pen and paper were very much practiced; when the internet was just booming and blogs and social media did not dominate our daily lives yet. That notebook was an … Continue reading Old School
I cannot even begin this letter without stating the obvious: I love you. Immensely so. In a way that lingers, but does not cling In a way like the sun kisses the sunflowers–giving it warmth, but does not burn In a way like the spring breathes in new life –subtle. beautiful. hopeful. I think of you and I think: Home. One that knows your secrets … Continue reading Certainty
There is a certain psychological and societal pressure in turning a quarter of a century.
Because turning 25 also means re-evaluating the decisions you’ve made, the life goals you want to achieve, measuring their impact, and becoming more self-aware. This is ‘adulting’ at its peak. Continue reading Quarter of a Century
I don’t know what to call it. Serendipity. Fortunate happenstance. Fate. I found this note (or the note found me) under the chair I was sitting on while I was in a meeting exactly a year ago. What are the odds of finding a note like this in a room full of campaign materials and office documents. The note could not have come at a … Continue reading Kismet
Last year I had this idea of having a gratitude jar. Nothing fancy — just a jar I’d fill with notes on things I am grateful for each day or week. Amazingly, this act became one of the most life changing moments of my year. By reflecting and seeing the good in everyday, it slowly changed my mindset. It has allowed me to reverse a … Continue reading My 2016 Gratitude Jar
Because it is worth celebrating, no matter what. ————- I’ve wanted to start this birthday letter with a comprehensive list on how to celebrate your day but I changed my mind at the last minute. Just because I think we’re done making lists–at least for the time being. I suppose I do want you to spontaneously enjoy your day and to allow the universe to … Continue reading To Eah, for her 24th
Recently, I crossed off something from my bucket list: develop and publish a website. Pinoy Catalyst is an online magazine oriented towards the Philippine Development sector, aiming to inspire Filipinos to take action and be part of nation building. When we were conceptualizing the site, there were a lot of mixed reactions ranging from awe to inspired to “Are you crazy? Putting up your own website … Continue reading How Breaking Your Heart Can Make It Whole
Lately, I find myself clinging on to my friends as if my life depended on it. Maybe, in some twisted sort of way, it does. I was lonely but I didn’t want to feel this loneliness alone. Driven by impulse and the desperate desire to get out of the city, my friends and I decided to take a trip up north. To the … Continue reading Brevity
I was born into a family of storytellers. I was lulled to sleep by my father’s soothing voice in which I dreamed of a safe world he conjured just for me. I was fascinated by my grandparents’ stories of an era long past gone, intriguing my impressionable mind. My cousins were the most animated bunch, giving life to the bedtime stories we read. Growing up, … Continue reading When Silence Isn’t Golden