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FTM? FYI…

I’ve been a mother—a first-time mother, or “FTM” according to mommy forums—for four weeks now, and I’m happy to report that I haven’t lost my mind yet. Heck, I even found the time and energy to write this blog post, so I think I’m doing okay. Adjusting to life as a parent has not been … Continue reading

About “Her”

Just three things, really. First: That technology puts on a face by effacing itself is unsettling. It lends reality to the illusion that, by connecting, you are relating. That is not the case; connection is not relation. This was the tragic mistake of Theodore. Perhaps, sadly, this is the tragic mistake many of us make. … Continue reading

The Last of My Twenties

UPDATE: I added a few more life lessons, so I had to rearrange some bits to still make twenty-nine. Enjoy! – – – Today, I turn—drum roll, please—twenty-nine. That’s just one year away from thirty! Or, on a glass-half-full note, that’s only nine years after twenty! (Wehehe.) In any case, I am now twenty-nine years old. And, … Continue reading

The Hollow Sprint Method

(WARNING: This is a very dorky blog post on productivity and time management.) A few months ago, I found myself struggling to get work done. I had procrastinated, so I started working on my tasks late, pretty close to their deadlines. I knew I had enough time to get all of them done, though, so … Continue reading

Notes on Happiness 2012

Last September, I decided to start tweeting my personal notes on happiness. Some of the notes were inspired by what I was going through, some were inspired by what the people around me were going through, others were inspired by what I had read or heard. Point is, I was happy, and I wanted to … Continue reading

Happiness as Possibility

A few weeks ago, I told my students about a prayer that Fr. Ferriols once said in class: “Panginoon: Posibilidad, posibilidad, posibilidad. Amen.” A few days later, after I mentioned Fr. Ferriols’s prayer in class, a former student—who is now my colleague and who has been sitting in my classes (I feel so old!)—lent me a copy … Continue reading

#YOLO

I started this blog to document my pursuit of happiness. But then work happened, and then more work happened, and then, before I recognized it, happiness happened. It’s funny, really, because I had every intention of tracing its progress, my happiness. But when you find yourself already happy, without realizing it, you find yourself caught … Continue reading

Hazey Jackie (I and II)

(Apologies to Nick Drake.) Finally! After weeks of intense work, I now have time to rest. (Insert big smile here.) Instead of days defined by attending consultations and meetings, listening to group presentations and oral exams, checking papers and journal articles, and finishing household chores and responsibilities, my days are now defined by, well, “nothing”: … Continue reading

Saturn, is that you?

[Originally written on 8 March 2012 at 19h50 on my smartphone.] I don’t know why I’m writing this here. I could’ve easily turned my laptop on, and written what I have to say there. But writing on my laptop seems so formal; I always have to write carefully on it. And what I have to … Continue reading

Hell Week in the Month of Love

I teach philosophy to third-year college students. One of the lessons I never fail to teach is on the meaning of the Greek word philosophia, based on Martin Heidegger’s 1955 lecture “What is Philosophy?” What I always make sure to emphasize whenever I discuss the word philosophia is that before it is determined by wisdom or … Continue reading