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!

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

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

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...