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

Those Dark Café Days

(Apologies to Joni Mitchell.) There’s this Joni Mitchell song that I just absolutely love, and that always reminds me of getting older whenever I listen to it—it’s “The Last Time I Saw Richard.” The last part of the song contains the following lines: All good dreamers pass this way some day Hidin’ behind bottles in dark … 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

Enlightenment on Laundry Day

[Originally written on 4 March 2012 at 15h45.] I already got to deliver my last lecture for my PH101-PH102 students this year. In a few days, I’ll be listening to all their final group presentations and final oral exams, as well as checking all their final synthesis papers. My last lecture was pretty straightforward. It … Continue reading

What do comedy, flow, and zest have in common?

Productivity. Yep, you read that right: Productivity. It’s what comedy, flow, and zest have in common. See, a few weeks ago, I got to read Adam Dachis’s contribution to Lifehacker’s “What We Use” series. In it, he identified comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret—as software developer Brad Isaac had revealed it—as one of the tips and … Continue reading