The Art of Going Home

The Art of Going Home This familiar blue screen informs me that I have one hour and 6 minutes to my destination, Manila, my home. It’s quite funny how this trip came about – I had just abruptly booked my flight home as I was tearing up as Michael Buble sang Home in my green […]

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Hello, 23!

“Announcement in progress, please wait…” appeared in front of George Clooney’s face as the male voice of a cabin crew spoke into my ear explaining  that we were about to land. I was neither interested in the movie nor the announcement so I looked outside the window and saw the thousand little lights in the darkness […]

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A glimpse of Kuala Lumpur

I let out a happy sigh and said, “This is my favorite part of being in a new city.” That place in this new city that feels like home “She’s Thai, they’re Indonesian and I’m Brazilian.” “… it’s okay to go through the hard times because it means the good times are coming,” says the Prime […]

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The Sounds of Batad and Sagada

My Cordillera Soundtrack I went on a trip up in the mountains with one good friend and ended up with 5 new friends, a whole lot of adventures and misadventures, and, an epiphany about a popular song – all set against an unlikely trip playlist. “Love on Top”/ Batad Rice Terraces I was beginning to worry that my […]

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2014: The books that filled it

In May of 2014, I fell in love with reading books again. Thanks to Jennifer Egan and her brilliant novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad”. The words she put together beautifully became my escape from the realities of riding the public buses jerking their way through EDSA and inside our unfortunate metro that’s void of any kind of personal […]

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Nagsasa Cove: Comic timings

What was supposed to be a relaxing sleep left me with an aching back on Sunday morning, inside a blue tent I happily put up the afternoon before. It took me a second to realize how my thin fleece blanket was the only thing separating my back and the uneven floor I inferred was from […]

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Pinatubo: Its own kind of beautiful

Mt. Pinatubo. May 24, 2014. Stepping down from the 4-wheel drive on the way to the foot of Mt. Pinatubo is like finding yourself in this vast and blank piece of canvas. You are engulfed in this intriguing gray from all possible sides – the crumbling walls that may or may not be part of the foot of […]

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