A Story of Struggle

“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” ~ William Goldman I like stories of struggle. Not because I enjoy struggling or seeing other people struggle, but because there is a strength of character and wisdom earned from struggle that could never be honed by anything else. Today, I’m sharing with […]

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. […]

Why I Suck at Writing Fiction

When people learn I like writing, many of them assume I write fiction. But I don’t. I like telling stories, but for some reason I can’t seem to produce fiction. I know, because I’ve tried (and failed miserably, haha). The only stories I seem to be capable of writing are the ones that have actually […]

The Year 2017, and Grace

I’ve often heard people say, “By God’s grace,” but I don’t think I’ve fully understood then, what they meant. To me, it just sounded like a worn-out expression, made by the cliché-loving, or maybe by the pretentious. It isn’t news to the people who really know me that I am not religious, and I have […]

Pondering Independence: What Happened to the Philippines?

For the past couple of days, I have been obsessing over Hamilton: An American Musical. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s history told in a most entertaining way, featuring cabinet meetings as rap battles and mothers who beatbox. No wonder Michelle Obama called it “the single greatest piece of art in any form I […]