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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...

February 1, 2019

Manila — In the movie "Sweet Home Alabama," Reese Witherspoon has marched down the aisle to marry Patrick Dempsey when her lawyer came panting, showing her the divorce papers signed by her ex-husband...

January 2, 2019

  Manila I'm an early riser. I always wake up at 5 am every day, even earlier. On some rare occasions, I wake up past that time when I stayed up late that night or had difficulty sleeping. Ofte...

December 6, 2018

Manila —  I don’t remember any one memorable Christmas during my childhood, but most of it was replete with dreams about Santa Claus. My Christmases were not the usual midnight rituals of waiting for...

November 2, 2018

 

Manila— As I write this, I just read somewhere again that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wears the same style of sweatshirt every day to spare himself from wasting precious time thinking about wha...

September 30, 2018

Manila — In my last column, I wrote about growing old with "the one." As I was writing it, I thought about the people who didn't make it as "the one," on one hand, and the people who lost them, on the...

August 2, 2018

 Manila —What is likely to happen today? What's my future like? What happens when the planets party? What does it mean when they align? When Venus moves into retrograde mode and Jupiter enters my fift...

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