Congratulations! You have reached Level 27

I’ve read somewhere that we should start referring to “age” as “levels,” so when you’re level 80 it sounds more badass than just being an old person. 😀 Today I’ve reached level 27 and I’m really blessed to have made this point in my life. Level 26 was particularly challenging, and I had to learn … Continue reading

To the Filipina Moms who Raised Us

As the youngest of four children, and still single at 25, it is inevitable that I spend most of my waking time with my parents, most especially my mom. While my friends spend their Saturday nights eating out with their boyfriends, I spend my weekends teaching my mom how to use Facebook. Not that I’m … Continue reading

Untitled Poem

Untitled poem found in an old journal (created around July 2011): Thank you Lord For I am alive Today, I am not dead I am neither in heaven nor hell I can make other people laugh I can make them smile I can help them forget Their worries for a while I can breathe and … Continue reading

On New Year and Starting Over

On New Year and Starting Over

When I was a child, I used to believe in the superstition that how you start your year will dictate how you will be for the rest of the year. I remember my sister would tell me, “Uyy wag ka nga umiyak, sige ka iiyak ka buong taon.” And so when I feel that I … Continue reading

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 260 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … Continue reading

Self-Discovery #TokyoAsawaNiTokya

Self-Discovery #TokyoAsawaNiTokya

Tonight I found some time to create a detailed itinerary for our Tokyo trip. It’s a fun exercise, because in the past I just rely on travelmates to make one for the group. Anyway, I already know the top sites but I still don’t know where they are located. So earlier, I literally scanned the … Continue reading