The Next Five Years

Any adult who’s been in an interview will have heard this very popular question at least once in their life:

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

With everything that’s been happening in my life right now, I can’t help but look back at how my life was back then. To quote something I wrote five years ago in A State Of Felicity, “A lot of things had changed.” And it’s the same now.

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Life is short. Too short, for some. In the long and winding passage of time, our lives are merely fractions of everything that has been, everything that is, and everything that is yet to come. 

Everything is temporary. Grass grows and withers dry. Flowers bloom and blossom, until the last of its petals fall to the ground. We live, and then we die.

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Something To Aspire To

There’ll be days when you’ll find yourself stuck in a rut. It’s still the same activity you’ve been doing for months now, but this time, you find yourself getting less and less interested with it, and more and more detached from the whole thing. You’re slowly becoming this joyless black hole of negativity, and what’s worse, you’re now  starting to spread pessimism and apathy to the people around you. Continue reading

To All Voters, Just A Few Reminders

In a world where pictures can be photoshopped, where memes can be easily created, where videos can be spliced and edited to show just one side of the story.. In a world where the news can be bent to serve personal interests, where surveys can easily sway the undecided, and where public opinion can be influenced by anyone with a penchant for drama, let us not be easily swayed by what we see on television, or hear on the radio, or read about in the paper, or discover through social media.

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We Are Juan

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“A sense of shared destiny”

This is what I love about Miriam Defensor Santiago, and what makes her stand out from the rest of the presidential aspirants. She intends to inspire every Filipino to be part of nation-building, to be part of the solution. Not just bystanders watching from a distance, waiting for something to go wrong. Not just apathetic citizens just going about their daily lives, who couldn’t care less what happens to the nation.

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Give Me A (Commercial) Break!

For a few days now, I’ve been observing the same turn of events unfolding right before my very eyes. At first, I found it mystifying; I was intrigued with the whole thing. I mean, everyone seemed to be so drawn to the drama that they were seeing in front of them. And why wouldn’t they be? It all seemed so sweet, so romantic, so innocent, so.. adorable.

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Dog Tired, Dead Meat

When I first read on Facebook that there was a city-wide festival in China where many dogs were abducted and butchered to be served as meat dishes, I didn’t want to believe it at first. I mean, dogs are adorable pets that all people love, right? Well, okay; I know for a fact that some people here in the Philippines eat dog meat as appetizers in their drinking sessions, but I’ve always believed that there couldn’t be anything worse than that.

I realized I was wrong when I learned about the Yulin Festival.

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Hindi Tama Yan

Pauwi na sana ako mula sa lakad namin kanina ng mga kaibigan ko. Sa tapat ng isang malaking mall, pinag-iisipan ko pa kung magta-taxi ako, o kung magbu-bus na lang. May ilang tao din akong kasabay na naghihintay ng masasakyan. Isa na dun ang isang babae na may dalawang plastic bag na nasa paanan n’ya. Nag-grocery siguro, sa isip-isip ko. Hawak nya ang kanyang telepono, at mukhang may ka-text o kausap, hindi ko na inalam pa kung ano. Nagpatuloy ako sa paghihintay ng masasakyan, at sa pagtitimbang kung ano ba dapat ang sakyan ko. Ilang minuto lang at umalis ang babae mula sa pwesto n’ya, at naglakad sa direksyong pa-loob ng mall. Nand’yan na siguro yung sundo.

Kung magbu-bus ako, hihintayin ko pa mapuno yung susunod kong sasakyan na jeep. Kung magta-taxi naman ako, di hamak na mas mahal ang pamasahe nun. Nasa kalagitnaan ako ng pagmumuni-muni ng bigla kong mapansin na parang may kaguluhan sa may likuran, tabi ng isang taxi na nakaparada. Mukhang may lalaki at babae na nagtatalo; yung babae eh yung nakita ko kanina. Nagulat ako ng nakita kong pinagbuhatan ng kamay ng lalaki yung babae. Hindi suntok, hindi rin yata sampal. Binatukan n’ya yata ng malakas dahil makikita mo ang mabilis na pag-galaw ng ulo ng babae. Nang mga panahong yun, nanlalamig ako, kahit pa nagagalit na ko sa nakikita ko. Hindi ko alam kung dahil ba sa lamig ng hangin, o kung sa takot, pero hindi ito ang unang pagkakataon na nakaramdam ako ng ganito. Yung pakiramdam na hindi ka makakilos dahil sa nerbiyos, na alam mo na dapat kang makialam pero may pag-aalinlang sa puso mo. Hindi ko alam kung pano ako lalapit, kung papano ko pipigilan ang nakikita kong pang-aabuso. Pero kahit nanginginig ako sa kaba nung gabing yun, mas nangingibabaw sa ‘kin ang galit.

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