Category: Philippines

The Agony of Surrender

When I moved to Berlin in 2017, the intention was never to remain here on a long-term basis. Once I set up my home, however, and things began to happen, I thought I might as well linger a little longer, give it a shot and see where the road takes me. I will spare you

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A new (b)low for freedom of the press in the Philippines

I woke up to the following headlines this morning and almost feel out of bed: The Guardian: Journalist Maria Ressa found guilty of ‘cyberlibel’ in Philippines Aljazeera: Maria Ressa found guilty in blow to Philippines’ press freedom BBC: Maria Ressa: Philippine journalist found guilty of cyber libel The New York Times: Maria Ressa, Crusading Journalist,

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Breaking Free

If there is one photograph that depicts who I am as a photographer, this is it. I don’t jump on the bandwagon and prefer to break free from most norms and standards. A bohemian soul who refuses to be boxed in by person, place or time. Lockdown, isolation, social distancing has given everyone an opportunity

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Timba and Tabo!

I used to laugh at the Asians who would come to Europe and look for the ubiquitous bucket and dipper for taking a bath. The western concept of a shower just doesn´t compare to the gush of water that comes from pouring that first load of water from the dipper over your head, nor does

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Those dratted -ber months are back

It’s September again, and that means the so-called -ber months are back (i.e. September, October, November, December). Merry Christmas folks! Yes, that is exactly what you just read, Merry Christmas!!! September 1 marks the beginning of the bizarre concept of Filipino Christmas season and on this day, without fail, all radio stations in the Philippines

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Citizenship: One Step Closer

As you may have noticed from my blogging absence this week, I have been caught up in a whirlwind of activity and incidents. Running around between physiotherapy, psychotherapy, the assorted government offices to submit requirements, and studying for the German citizenship test was a lot to chew. I am supposed to be resting and recovering

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Banana Homesickness

There are things in Asia that one simply cannot find here in Germany, and one of them is decent bananas. Before you go into a tirade about European banana pride, let me remind everyone that bananas are not native to Europe, are all imported from Asia, Latin America or Africa, and the imported bananas must

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Restless

Do you know that feeling of being exhausted, emotionally drained, and hollow? It is like a huge dark shadow from a nightmare that has come alive and insists on swallowing me whole. I am restless, eager to break free and simply sail away, but where to? My bucket list is long, funds are low, obligations

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New Year Abundance Bowl

Every year I agonise over my New Year’s Abundance Bowl, hoping that I manage to find my 13 round fruits, as per Feng Shui tradition. For those of you who do not follow Feng Shui, you might be wondering what the big deal is here. Well, the tradition in my family began with my aunt

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On The Sixth Day of Christmas… Simbang Gabi Went Online

Social Media Missionaries… that has to be the strangest and most bizarre term I have heard thus far, and had I not heard it myself yesterday, I never would have believed it. But I am getting ahead of the story.  Yesterday, not only marked the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), but also the beginning

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