Let’s Not Forget

With catchy slogans like #itsmorefuninthephilippines and the seemingly automatic default coping skill of the mass populace to rationalize, give it up to God (this one, in particular, being my most used strategy as of late), and/or find the silver lining in anything and everything, it can be easy to fall into the idea that life […]

My First Tattoo: That Time I Fell in Love in Seattle

In a moment of lucid foresight (a rare event in my mid-20’s), I decided to take a two week vacation to explore the rugged terrain of lands unknown to me: the majestic Southwest and the punk/hipster-fied Pacific Northwest. I was applying for a new job and figured if I got this job, I would likely […]

Sitchoassdown

If you don’t know your context, SITCHOASSDOWN. First of all, I will start with the understanding that though I have lived and worked amongst the masa in Metro Manila for the past year and some change, I am still and will always be disconnected due in part to my natural aloof personality and my Filipina-Canadian-Americanness. […]

Destiny’s Children

Today, after school, I chose to work in the library. As fate would have it, three of the retiring teachers at the school were also in the library enjoying the air-conditioning and electric fannage, no doubt. Seeing that we’re sitting within a foot of each other and I want to reach out more to the […]

Dear Ellie Goulding

Dear Ellie Goulding, Hello, Ms. Goulding!  Greetings from Metro Manila!  My name is Leah Marie T. Villanueva and let me just say how much your music and artistry has helped me through some uncomfortable moments in the past few months.  “Uncomfortable” meaning just down right soul-jerking moments where I could proverbially smack a bee and […]