Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace, its ironies and my misadventures

Lumbini was in my list of must-see places in Nepal. I visited it out of curiosity of what Buddha’s birthplace was like. While I am not a religious person, Buddhism, among all the religions in the world, resonates with me the most. And, Lumbini is one of the top holy sites among the Buddhists. It is their Mecca. Taking two to three days from my … Continue reading Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace, its ironies and my misadventures

Missing my flight home: A year-ender post

It was not a confluence of unexpected events that made me miss my flight home. It’s nothing that dramatic. But on December 16, I decided not to take the flight back to Manila and end my supposed six-month sabbatical-style break. I booked a Cebu Pacific flight way back in October in anticipation of the skyrocketing airfare during the holidays. Well, I chose to settle for … Continue reading Missing my flight home: A year-ender post

Coming back after a hiatus

Three months ago, I told my housemate, as if patting myself on the back, how I loved the fact that I was able to keep blogging regularly. Well, if you know the Filipino word “nabati” which means “jinxed,” that was what actually happened in the next three months. Some Filipinos say “nabati” whenever something opposite to what has been noticed has happened, like when someone … Continue reading Coming back after a hiatus

Self-love and liking yourself more

Our minds have been trained to believe that our successes will be based on how much we are liked and loved by the people around us, that we should be receivers of all the available love in this world, thanks to the “tele-serye” romantic movies and TV shows which we were exposed to during our teenage years. But it occurred to me a few months … Continue reading Self-love and liking yourself more

Anti-Fencing Law, activation lock, and how I got my stolen phone back

Flashback. December 13, 2014. I fell victim to a pickpocket in a bar in Bonifacio Global City last month while my friends and I were celebrating our victorious return from Mt. Apo. We already had a few drinks when we decided to bring the fun out. The bar was jam-packed and we found ourselves squeezing our way inside. A few minutes later, the bouncer called … Continue reading Anti-Fencing Law, activation lock, and how I got my stolen phone back

Forced to return to Manila and going nowhere

When the captain of flight 5J639 bound for Puerto Princesa in Palawan announced that the plane had to do a “missed approach,” a term in the aviation parlance for “go-around” to avoid a weather disturbance, I clasped my hands in a prayer. When he said it was returning to Manila, I could already taste fear in my mouth. Whaaaat did I just hear? I began … Continue reading Forced to return to Manila and going nowhere