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Jan: White Light Healing

Jan: White Light Healing

Jan is 4’11” and looks tiny biking behind her husband Rexall’s giant 5’9” frame. They are on their way from Samal to Davao again for some errands. Jan is convinced biking is a much safer way to get around, especially during the pandemic.  After all, Davao City...

Katrina: Not Afraid of Living

Katrina: Not Afraid of Living

I took my toddler son to the playground  as soon as it reopened. One day, we met an elderly woman there who asked if she could play with him. At that time, the borders were still closed and she told me how much she longed to be reunited with her...

What’s your new normal superpower?

What’s your new normal superpower?

Uncertain times are the perfect times to grow new normal superpowers. To be okay home alone. To transcend fear and hope.  And be completely fine where we are. To move from enduring to thriving. And make the pandemic work for us, not to us. Philippine embassy in...

E.S. Reyes: Happy Family

E.S. Reyes: Happy Family

My mother has always been an idealist. Before my father, she never had a relationship with anyone else— a Maria Clara in a grotesquely real manner. When she had me, I heard that she collected a lot of child-rearing books; she did everything to make sure that I grew up...

Talia: Married To The Wrong Person Far Too Long

Talia: Married To The Wrong Person Far Too Long

What do we know when we’re young? Not only did I grow up in an insular small town, I was lucky enough to have a religious upbringing, with its bonus effect of screwed up views on sex. Sex is only okay after marriage, so if you are stupid enough to have sex with a guy,...

Ms. A: The Unlikely Monster

Ms. A: The Unlikely Monster

Quiet. Picture a quiet little girl looking out of her classroom window, imagining a fantastical world, an escape from reality. She was a fair curly little girl with chubby cheeks and round eyes.  People would often pinch her cheeks and say “so cute”. This hurt,...

Discomfort drives change

Discomfort drives change

How uncomfortable do I have to become in life in order to change something?  - Inspired by JOE DISPENZA

Whatever I focus on comes true

Whatever I focus on comes true

When I focus on what I want and less on what I don’t want, I manifest whatever I desire and simultaneously fade away what I don’t want by no longer giving it my attention. - Inspired by JOE DISPENZA

I can turn things around

I can turn things around

I meet my problems by transforming - from a ball tossing helplessly in the ocean - into a surfer who enjoys riding on the waves. - Inspired by OPRAH WINFREY 

The General and The Monk

The General and The Monk

Once upon a time, there was a fierce General who went on a rampage, killing monks. Everyone was terrified and fled - except one Monk. This infuriated the General who climbed on his horse and angrily rode through the country to face the Monk. The General stopped his...

The Mountain and The Ambulance

The Mountain and The Ambulance

There was once a steep mountain which visitors had difficulty walking on. They often lost their footing and plunged down. This happened so many times that eventually an ambulance began waiting at the bottom of the mountain to rush the injured to the hospital. Until...

Every day hurts build up and get stuck unless we release them.

Every day hurts build up and get stuck unless we release them.

Everyday pains build up until they become the chronic pains that we carry around us, like they’ve always been part of us. Feeling offended, hurt, disappointed, angry, etc. about something that somebody said or did today, yesterday and even 10 years ago, makes our...

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