Why I Blog (A Ranking of 4 Motives)

“Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living.” ~ George […]

What’s It Like Being Filipino?

One of the things I appreciate the most about the blogging community is the diversity of ethnicities and cultures that get to interact here. I’m in awe of the idea that with just the click of the button, I could share my thoughts with or get to read about the thoughts of someone halfway across […]

Believe Me When I Say

I hope you believe me when I say— You are going to be okay. You are okay.  … You are not your mistakes. You are not a mistake. … You are not lacking. You are not too much. … You are worthy of love. You are loved. … You’ve done enough. You are enough. ♥ … […]

Kill or Be Killed

Yesterday, I sat with my 9-year-old nephew as he engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, watching gameplay videos of YouTubers Pat and Jen playing Minecraft. As we watched, he explained to me some mechanics of the ongoing game, which at the time was Bed Wars. There were 8 teams, each composed of a pair. […]

The Artist’s Job

“Whose job is it in times like this to connect ideas, realities and people?” ~ Mwende Katwiwa … I just came across the following 8-min talk from Rethinking Life, and its message is definitely worth spreading, especially for all kinds of artists out there. “[I]t is the artist’s job to unearth stories that people try to […]

God & Religion, Depression & Suicide

trigger warning: depression, suicide The recent suicide of a young Filipina artist has been publicized through a post on Facebook. The post compiles an image of her last artwork (which depicted an apparent suicide), some of her selfies, and screenshots of her Facebook posts that expressed feelings of loneliness and pain, words about depression, and […]