Last night I already turned off the light and was ready to sleep And then, just when you think your eyes are tired enough, your mind isn’t I reminisced and reflected on what had just happened And those conversations at that birthday dinner kept playing in my head And it was about the mum (who’s […]

The years are shorter when we’re older. So I heard from a birthday celebrator today who’s a friend of my sister’s. Her husband was the Elvis fan. Both are Filipinos. But their kids are Dutch or at least raised as such by the environment they were born in. Now I remember my parents back in […]

It’s holiday in Manila, but I am in Stadscafe van Kinsbergen for my first business meeting here since I arrived in the Netherlands on Nov 4. I haven’t really been successful in my pursuits to organize business sessions where I can pitch my company and my country, the Philippines, to potential investors from this country. […]

Shit happened today. And I literally mean shit. I don’t really want to give you the details but it was a little messy. Ok, I think messy kind of gives it away. When that happened, I realised that this babysitting is no easy thing. Not. At. All. What with all the shit! Here’s just a few things that […]

Black, white, asian, middle-eastern, dutch. The church was full of all colors, even sizes. My 10-month old nephew could probably understand the homily more than I. Yesterday was my brother-in-law’s birthday celebration. The house was full of all characters–karaoke singers, karaoke dancers, Filipino couples, Filipino-Dutch couples, Filipino couple soon-to-be married, Filipino teenager raised in Holland, […]

Young people are always engrossed with traveling, of not being here, of being somewhere else, of being anywhere else but here, as if we’re always looking for ourselves. We are traveling all the time. Our mind travels. Our heart travels. Even our nostrils travel. It’s in our DNA to travel. We travel even if we […]

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands We went out, three degrees outside, for the first time since I got here. There was a nearby shopping strip — Mango, Zara, and the local Dutch brands. We set out to look for these items, the only I items I target, take note, target, to buy while in Europe. This means everything in […]