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  • Around this time last year

    Around this time last year was a beautiful start to a year of travels literally around the world from Manila to Aarhus to Milan to Berkeley and back to Manila. If one is to choose a city to live, Manila would be a difficult choice right now given the levels of air pollution and the density […]

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  • When rice is life

    Don’t even joke about it. Somebody must have said this to Senator Villar when she suggested, and later denied, the banning of unlimited rice promos in restaurants to curb diabetes in the Philippines. But the damage has been done. Within hours after news broke, the poor senator is now one of the most hated politicians […]

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  • America

    A week before US President Donald Trump took over the White House in January, I arrived in America. I was flying from Milan with connecting flights in Lisbon and New York, and I just finished writing the 10-page exam that sealed my first semester at Aarhus University in Denmark. I remember, all I wanted to do when I landed in my […]

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  • Six Uncomfortable First-Time Travel Experiences

    Travelling is an amazing opportunity – and one you shouldn’t turn down if you get the chance. You’ll make life-long memories and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences, although not all of them will be memorable for the right reasons. Without a doubt, when travelling, you’ll have some uncomfortable first-time experiences. But don’t worry – within no time, […]

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  • Surfing

    Today I was looking at the Pacific Ocean from one of the corners of California coast. The spot was a three or four hour drive from Berkeley. The waves were strong and the wind wild. Surfing comes to mind. One waits for the right wave to ride when surfing. When the big one comes, the […]

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  • If you are inconvenienced, scream

    When a guy grabbed my behind while I was inserting a train ticket into the machine station in Milano one night after the 2017 New Year’s Eve, I screamed like one does when watching horror films. It was a weekday and there weren’t many people in the station. I was wearing shorts underneath a mini skirt but […]

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  • That moment I was mistaken for a nanny in Singapore

    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 […]

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  • Wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa

    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 […]

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  • The one job in my 20s that pushed me to grow up, fast

    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 […]

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  • Russian-speaking prosecutor, Japanese foodies, and other people you interview for J-School

    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 […]

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