In the US and in the Philippines, journalists have been at the receiving end of unfair criticisms (“dishonest people,” “biased,” “failing”) from the government and its supporters. For journalists and students of journalism, this could be unsettling or discouraging or could be taken as a challenge, or all of the above. At the UC Berkeley Graduate School of […]go to article
Before I get swamped in Berkeley, here is an update. Time check: it’s midnight. I’m in the United States. In the middle of history unfolding, perhaps the end of Pax Americana. “We live in exciting times,” a professor said this afternoon. I heard there will be more protests to come, in response to the new leadership […]go to article
Last week I saw a Michelangelo. Today, when my second cousin Kathleen took me to an art exhibition, I chanced upon the famous wave reproduced thousands of times all over the world. What is it with Italians liking Japanese art and manga and food? There are many sushi joints around this neighborhood, competing with hair […]go to article
While people say “Good Riddance, 2016” I drink hot choco outside a cafe in Italy and laugh nervously
L’uomo universale. This is one phrase I picked up from a book I received when I won a storytelling contest in Denmark a long time ago (it feels like a long time ago). It means a “complete man”; says the book: “a man of action was supposed to have a soul and be tender-hearted and have delicate, aesthetic […]go to article
Where are you now? I seem to be getting this question a lot these days, and mostly my answer is on the bed? which is true. Minus the specific location, I am in Milan, Italy, staying at a relatives’ old, high-ceiling apartment. Three days ago, I flew here from Copenhagen with my cousin, my sister, and her […]go to article
What's in my Blog
Like other blogs, this is a website for personal views, stories, and memories.
What's in my shelf
I read biographies, literary novels, short story and poetry anthologies, thriller from that late Swedish author, French language books, and historical nonfiction.
What's on my shelf
An owl, a samurai, a mini microscrope, a vintage luggage from Bangkok, a popcorn bag from Singapore, a bamboo rainmaker from Palawan, a framed drawing of the Game of Thrones’ night’s watch, a purse from India, a mini lamp post, and more.
What's in my closet
Vintage and modern dresses, corporate attire, coat and jackets, scarves, pantyhose. No jeans. Someday, jeans And jeans - finally, after 30 years, I bought a pair.
Aileen has a degree in Communication Arts, major in Writing, minor in Speech Communication, from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She took courses in Comparative Literature before she left University teaching in 2010.
She has published more than a hundred magazine articles covering trade, economics, healthcare, education, technology, and science. Her first attempt at a personal narrative was published in the Youngblood column of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; it was shared more than 15,000 times online.
During her salad days, her 20s, she put up a travel magazine in the Philippines, worked in Singapore, roamed around Southeast Asia, and collaborated with people from different countries and cultures.
Currently she lives in Berkeley, California.Contact Me
TALKS & SEMINARS ATTENDED
Basic stock market seminar
(April 8, 2014)
iACADEMY 6764 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Six Thinking Hats Training
(July 24, 2014)
PBCom, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
(May 23, 2014)
PBCom, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
World Rice Trade Conference
Sheraton Hotel Saigon, Vietnam
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