Of those who like to stay late at the cafe

“Yeah, yeah, I know Jean’s a kind girl. She’s sweet and all.”  “But what you really mean is, she’s a bitch!” “I haven’t seen you in a while!!!” “Come here and give me a hug.” “I missed you!” “LUKE!!! How many times do I have to tell you NOT to talk to strangers?” “Could we…

Six Things I Look Forward to in Japan

I lived in Japan for six months about two years ago. In that short span of time, I fell in love with the country. I’d always wanted to go to Japan. As a kid, I watched a lot of anime, so naturally I was curious about all the fancy pink blonde hair, the incredibly huge…

Six Things I Will Miss in the Philippines

Filipinos, they say, are all around the world.  They say we thrive and survive wherever we go. True to my experience, I have former classmates who are now working as nurses in Dubai. I have college buddies and university colleagues who are now studying and working in Korea, Italy, the United States, and in Great…

What He Did On My Birthday

When I turned 25, he sent me flowers. He was in Japan. I was in the Philippines. I didn’t know how he would do it. But he Sherlocked his way into doing it! And I felt like I was the prettiest girl in the universe. A few days before my 26th birthday, he came to…

What I Did On My Birthday

Today, I celebrated my 26th birthday. It feels strange to be on the other side of the 20’s scale. But it feels good. The day was unusually warm. I started it with a long walk toward The Bahay ng Alumni, where I would meet one of my best friends, Nicole. We had lunch at a…