The City in the Mountains

I was born in Baguio City, in the Philippines. But I didn’t grow up there. While I may not remember so much about the Baguio of the 1980’s and early 1990’s that my parents have told me about, I do remember that a lot of my happiest days were spent in this city in the…

Every child is special, indeed!

I have always had a soft spot for the misunderstood, the outcast, the misfits, those deemed to have “special needs.” But when I think about how to help them, I’ve always felt, well, helpless. And there are two reasons for that: (1) I, myself, feel misunderstood most times, and (2) there are a lot of…

Happy Happy Cream Puff Days

If there’s one place I like bringing my friends to for a quiet afternoon chat, it’s Happy Cream Puff. This small, cozy patisserie, located in a quiet corner in Makati, sells just about the most mouth-watering cream puffs in the archipelago. You can stop reading now and just look at the pictures. A cream puff,…

My Ramen Bar Experience

When I was trying to re-organize my stash of photos, I realized that I had A LOT of pictures of food. So many, in fact, that they comprise about 65% of my portfolio. I never dreamed of becoming a food photographer. But I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to practice writing about more…