The Life of Richard Parker

Last night, I finished reading Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi.” It made me feel melancholic, reflective, and redeemed all at the same time. The story starts with this premise: that anyone who will hear it will come to believe in God. Whether this story reinforced my belief in the existence of a superior being, I…

Of Choice and Marriage

  Sorry but some days I just wake up with this strange feeling that I’m never going to be good enough for my boyfriend. He didn’t do anything. And I don’t even know by which standards I’m saying this. But it’s scary. Before I go on and bore you with a rant session, let me…

This Silence

Most times, I don’t know what to say. And often that comes across as me being unfriendly. Well, silence is associated with coldness, I suppose. But I am far from cold. If there’s anything cold with me, it’s only my hands or my feet. It’s winter, and I get cold very easily. But really, I…

On the Socially Constructed Life

I, myself, wonder why I’m a reluctant writer. Am I a writer in the first place? Or am I just a person with too many thoughts? I sometimes hesitate to write because the moment I grab the wireless keyboard, place it gently on my lap, and start feeling the angular grooves and curves in between…

A Strange Serenity

My exploits in Japan have taken me to so many unusual places, but none was ever as strange as Tamagawa Park. It’s not really because it had exotic flora or fauna or that it had a long-winding river that snaked into the horizon or that it had visitors who didn’t speak nor relate with me.…

Autumn in Japan

After almost three years, a rollercoaster of emotions, and a brave decision to change my life, I am now back in Japan. It feels strange to me that I don’t feel strange at all. It feels like I had just come back from a very long vacation. And now I’m home. I’ve only been here…

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…