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Hopes in Transition

“The possible ranks higher than the actual,” Martin Heidegger once wrote.  Whenever I think of that statement, I depart from the notion that man is a thinking being, but that thought itself is framed by hope.  In the thoughts of all men lies hope; that possibilities offer better situations than realities.  In our minds, the […]

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Facebook Greetings

My job involves a lot of Facebook.  While I sometimes rue the fact that I don’t do something as exciting as journalism or something as noble as teaching, I love how much I get to read a lot of stories from people with open security settings.  This Christmas, as I was doing the my rounds […]

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Nu

I read somewhere that the strokes of the Chinese word for anger, “nu,” represent the mind and body becoming slaves to the heart. Rage – the very thing that fuels grief – hangs like a dark cloud in Hong Kong today.  At least, that’s what the news says.  We can’t blame our brothers and sisters […]

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Stopovers

The Benguet bus crash hits so close to home – I’ve travelled that route many times in my life, and that city is home – that I think it’s best for me to keep this somewhat experimental. Somehow there are always those places where the concrete breaks.  The eroded section of the road is closed, […]

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Marocharim Decides to Die*

I decided to die. Death is welcome.  Too welcome: whether it’s in spectacular form like car explosions, or in something as absurd like choking on a walnut not chewed properly.  A gun in my head can kill me faster than cigarettes and alcohol.  It doesn’t really matter if it’s a slow, painful process or a […]

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25 Lessons From 25 Years

One year old.  1, 2, 3. Two years old.  A, B, C. Three years old.  Up and down.  Over and out.  Loop-the-loop, pull. Four years old.  Don’t go back eating Cerelac 20 years from now, okay? Five years old.  Earthquakes hurt, boy. Six years old.  Small circle, small circle, big circle.  Small circle, small circle, […]

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Father's Day

During family reunions, my relatives always mention how much I look like my father.  I inherited just about every attribute of Father except for skin color: the same thick eyebrows, the same dark brown eyes, the same deep voice.  For all intents and purposes, I was my dad’s junior, his younger doppelganger, Daddy’s little boy.  […]

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Remembrance of Schooldays Past

The morning of the first day of school greeted me with the sun in my eyes, and the ringing of the alarm clock in my ears.  I groggily got up of bed to a meal of sinangag, sunny-side up eggs (the yolk just warmed through – just the way I liked it), hot dogs, and […]

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Via Crucis

It’s that time of the year again where we crucify Jesus Christ.  We commit sin so many times in a year that Jesus symbolically has to be crucified by us.  Not that we’re saved when Easter comes – we have sought salvation since the first Crucifixion – but every year, a few days of spiritual […]

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