Weeks ago, the viral “BBC Dad” interview brought to surface one of the tiredest stereotypes of Asian women – nanny. In my travels in Europe and short stay here in the U.S., my brown skin has never drawn any racist remark or other tasteless judgment so far. I’m thankful I haven’t and hopeful I never will. I had […]go to article
Whatever was I thinking when I thought California is small like a province? It isn’t. In fact, the state is so big and rich in resources – from farm produce to brilliant talents – that it can survive on its own. It’s even bigger than the Philippines. One of the state’s gift is wine. Napa, located in […]go to article
I wanted to be an animator when I was in highschool. Someday I’ll live in Japan and join the ranks of worldclass artists who tell stories through anime or moving drawings, I’d tell myself. But then life happened, and I knew I wasn’t good enough in drawing, so I let myself pick another goal when I […]go to article
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
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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