Through the pandemic: finding –and nurturing a new hope within

Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” I am publishing this piece on a blog that, at some point this year, I was determined to either abandon or overhaul. Earlier this year, right in the middle of my “turning-40-so-I-should-get-a-stock-of-my-life”…

Good news! You can now pay your travel taxes online 

One of my pet peeves when traveling out of of the country is paying my travel taxes especially if there’s long lines ahead of me.  However, since paying travel taxes is one of my duties as a citizen, I welcome the Travel Tax Online Payment System, a recent initiative of TIEZA, the government arm tasked…

Am filing my 30 days notice tomorrow — a UK cafe needs nanny for its kittens

Just when I thought that I’d be fully contented working for the man, while indulging my passion for writing through blogging and various side hustles, here comes an the news from Mental Floss: (Excerpted from the Mental Floss report)  “The Telegraph reports that the position at Cat Café Manchester pays £8 an hour and includes responsibilities like playing with and feeding the café’s…

10 hours in Pope Francis’ trail

This post chronicles our ten hours of being with the people last Friday, 16 January – the second day of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines and officially the start of his official itinerary during his Apostolic and State Visit to the Philippines. (State — because, FYI — Pope Francis is the head of state…

Pope Francis-mania in Manila

Tomorrow, around this time, His Holiness Pope Francis I will already be in Manila in time for his Mercy and Compassion country visit. The Philippines, considered the largest Catholic nation in Asia, has been preparing for this visit since 4th quarter of 2014 — with parish churches often announcing the expected activities during mass and…

Mean Girl

We read this interesting piece at the NYMag.com (one of my go-to sites when I want to procrastinate), “Could you go 40 days without being Mean?” Basically, the author was invited and challenged by her friend to be nice for 40 days and write the instances where she managed to goof off. The piece described…

My Selfie-loving country

I live in Makati City, Philippines — recently declared by Time as the “Selfie Capital of the World.” Above: Screenshot of the Time study identifying cities with the most number of “selfie-takers.” My city takes the cake with 258 selfies per 100,000 people. The news was met with the same intensity as Filipinos hearing about an American…