What You Have to Give Up

What You Have to Give Up

Do you know what it takes to get to where you want to go?  Do you understand what’s at stake?  Do you truly get what you need to give up if you’re going to make your dreams come true—dreams that are too impossibly big you’re too embarrassed...
Why I Quit Facebook for Good

Why I Quit Facebook for Good

Somewhere on the internet, a wise man in the guise of a random anonymous commenter on a random blog post said, “We grow up to become who we were when we were young.”I was a different person when I was young. First of all, I did not give a fuck. I did not...
Stop Making a Big Deal Out It

Stop Making a Big Deal Out It

I had to take a swab test before surgery. To be honest, I was anxious about it. Everywhere I turn, I hear people telling stories about how much it hurts. I see Hollywood celebrities wiping off tears in a corner because of the pain. I hear people telling me they almost...
How to Bend the Rules of Life

How to Bend the Rules of Life

Someone told me, “You don’t have to like the game but you have to learn to play by the rules and bend them slightly.” It floored me slightly. Someone finally understood what I’ve been doing my entire life, and they’ve been able to put it in a few words while I’m the...
How to Be Truly Confident

How to Be Truly Confident

A friend and I were talking about confidence earlier. How do you become more confident? Do you snap your fingers just like that and all of sudden become more confident? Or do you need to take years and years of diving deep and healing and owning your shit before you...
When You Go to a Place, Honor Its Soul

When You Go to a Place, Honor Its Soul

Someone once asked me, “Why, despite all its efforts at promoting tourism, can’t Ilocos Norte hold a candle to other provinces in the Philippines that are doing so much better?” I didn’t know the answer to that back then, but I may have an...
Here’s to the Transformational Year that was 2020!

Here’s to the Transformational Year that was 2020!

2020 has been a good year for me. I noticed that, for people who unabashedly took responsibility for their circumstances despite the uncertainty the pandemic brought upon all of us, 2020 came with it unexpected opportunities, blessings, and amazing things happening...
The Only Kind of Work You Need to Do

The Only Kind of Work You Need to Do

I have a confession to make. I hate writing. I know. I’ve been going on and on about how writing is what I was meant to be doing and that if you’re not doing what you’re meant to be doing then you had better not expect much from life. But I hate it. I have to drag my...
How I Lost 20 Lbs. of Weight Since Lockdown

How I Lost 20 Lbs. of Weight Since Lockdown

I lost 20 pounds of weight since the start of the pandemic. All the extra weight I gained since I graduated from college more than a decade ago I lost in the last several months. That’s mostly thanks to… well… my version of eating less. It came off as a bit of a...