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December 1, 2019

  Manila— My most recent journey would have been perfect except for a glitch. As I was preparing to leave Africa after attending an international conference, my flight was canceled. I wasn’t ready for...

November 4, 2019

I am visually disabled. My left eye didn’t make it after a surgery last year to correct retinal detachment. It can only sense faint movements and some light. Fortunately, a similar operation five year...

September 30, 2019

Manila— Ernest Hemingway was said to have spent time in coffee shops writing. I read up somewhere his story about how he went to a pleasant and warm coffee shop, ordered a cafe au lait and started wri...

September 6, 2019

 Manila— At the start of the millennium, I had the chance to work overseas in an international organization. I was chauffeured around in a diplomatic car when I attended functions representing my offi...

August 2, 2019

 Manila— I spent my birthday with a trip to one of my favorite places in the world. I was not celebrating a milestone birthday. I was just on a breather, a respite from stress – that ever-present stra...

July 7, 2019

Manila — A month ago Facebook reminded me, through a video, of the date when I joined the social media platform 10 years ago. Surprised that I have been in social media that long, I scrolled back to t...

June 4, 2019

 Manila — When I do my morning walks, I watch people walk with their dogs. A few people bring their cats. I grew up with cats and dogs at home. I lived with more animals while growing up in the countr...

May 10, 2019

 Manila — I went to Catholic schools for 14 straight years of my young life, from elementary (basic or primary in other countries), high school and college. In the first 10 years, I wore blue and whit...

April 4, 2019

Manila —  A few weeks ago, work required me to be on the road. There was a writing workshop I had to attend in an upland city; the other one was a press coverage invitation. The first trip was more fa...

March 5, 2019

 Manila — I have vague memories of when I first read a book, but what I can recall is that some time when I was in grade school, I got hold of a book of short stories written by Filipino authors that...

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