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How My Son’s Old Fear of Flying May Have Saved His Life Last Week

How My Son’s Old Fear of Flying May Have Saved His Life Last Week

Amazing how things work out. Back in 2014, H was going on his first* plane ride and we were worried because he’d been starting to show an aversion to noise, crowded places, enclosed spaces, and especially to noisy, crowded, enclosed spaces. We did everything we […]

Work from Home (or Hostel)

Work from Home (or Hostel)

♥ ♥ If you’d happened to peek through the second floor window of a hostel in Via Cavour (Florence) one Saturday evening last February, you’d have seen a girl hunched over a laptop on her lower bunk bed, sifting through Pubmed abstracts and typing furiously, […]

Thank you, 2016.

Thank you, 2016.

SGMT — When a blogger friend asked me about a year ago if 10 years hence I could still see myself doing this — traveling, writing, and writing about traveling — my answer was an unequivocal yes. Travel is the food of my soul, I’ve said; […]

Nice, Beloved

Nice, Beloved

My heart bleeds for you. 🙁 The Moment

No, I’m Not Always Traveling

No, I’m Not Always Traveling

(And other common misconceptions about people who love to travel) _ _ I’ve just finished preparing a rough budget for a trip I plan to take next year with my family, and against every fiber of yearning in my body, I’ve come to accept the […]

Blue and Good

Blue and Good

SGMT —  At this time last week I was with my family on a beach in Davao.  This week, right now, past midnight, my sunburned little nose is still stuck in front of the computer because I have to catch up on all the work I wasn’t able to do […]

The irony of freedom

The irony of freedom

Reflections on the EDSA revolution and the ramifications of victory, thirty years later * * It’s the sad irony of freedom that those who enjoy it have the full right to spit on it. If it was within my power, I would happily resurrect Marcos, give […]

Look who conquered his fear of flying!

Look who conquered his fear of flying!

* * Yay! 🙂 🙂 * I wish I could say it’s because we did everything “right” this time, compared to last time, but we didn’t. Last time, we showed him cartoons that featured flying. We prepped him on what the plane and the airport would be […]

Putting yourself out there

Putting yourself out there

This is something I wrote last year for a fellow blogger — sharing it now to hopefully encourage anyone who wants to write but is too wracked with self-doubt to start. * Whenever people tell me that they want to try blogging but they’re not […]