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Bouyancy Restored

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a…

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Puppy Hideaway

“Achi*, let’s go look at the puppies!” I look up from whatever’s holding my attention. “Sure. Do you know where they are?” “Yes! We saw them before already!” Backstory: There’s a stray dog that hangs around our family’s house. We feed her and pet her sometimes, and I think she misinterprets that as our family…

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Yolanda

I have not been present here largely because my heart has not been happy. A typhoon named Yolanda obliterated the central islands of the Philippines last November 8, 2013. It seems unfair that I am snug and comfortable, while my countrymen have needed to wait (too long) for relief efforts, their houses destroyed, their material…

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Book Swap

I’ve been wanting to unearth a book community recently. There are a lot of readers in Manila, and I’m sure vibrant communities and book clubs exist that I’m not aware of because I have nomad-like tendencies when it comes to reading. But I digress. Tonight, I want to show you something really cool. Now, if…

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