Soft Emotions

Today, I sat by the window leisurely folding clothes as dusk crept in. I spied the pinkish orange clouds gradually turn a light grey as nightfall claimed the fading sun. Sigrid’s Home to You played in the background.   “Couldn’t wait ‘til I got outside Wondering, what the world be like I knew I had […]

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Are These Photos Racist?

There’s been debate and clamor in social media about the pre-nuptial photos of Philippine celebrities Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia shot in Ethiopia: … Some people have expressed concern and even rage that these photos appeared to make “accessories” or “props” out of the Ethiopians in the shots. Concerns over racism erupted, with some netizens […]

Social Media Shaming: Go or No?

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in the circulation of social media posts that publicly narrate some sort of offense or wrongdoing by a private person, whose name and photo are typically included (even tagged) in the post. Usually, the one posting is the person who was offended, and in all fairness, it’s often the case […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Greatest Mutant (X-Men)

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been watching all the X-Men movies, from X-Men (2000) to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Although vaguely familiar with its characters since when I was a child, I haven’t really known them all, along with their backstories. Watching the movies allowed me to rediscover the characters, their stories, and their […]

Monsters

The other day, I glimpsed a movie scene of a dragon, breathing fire. Its hide was thick and thorny, its teeth bared sharp and spiky.   Some humans, they were trying to gun it down, the monstrous thing. But the pelts, the bullets, the shots that were fired just bounced off of the dragon’s hide. […]

For the Square Pegs in the Round Holes

This goes out to everyone who has, at one point or another, tried to be someone they’re not in order to please everybody else. This goes out to those who are ostracized for being different. This is for those who continue to be criticized and bullied when all they’re really trying to do is be […]

Mental Illness: It’s Time to Stop the Stigma

When I resigned from my job as a staff nurse, I didn’t really know what career I wanted to cross over to. You know, the “I don’t know what I want, but I know it’s not this” phase. I was ready for a career change, but didn’t really have a specific new career in mind […]