January Blog Challenge: Focus

To become really good at something, you need to have something more than talent. You need to have laser focus and consistency. You need to have dogged determination to persevere even when you hardly see any results. This year, I decided that I will stop whining and not undermine myself and start working on the things that I love. I have wasted 28 years wringing my hands in anxiety,...

January Blog Challenge: Rounded

It's almost the end of the year, and like many of you, I have a long list of resolutions. One of my resolutions is to blog more often, and there's no better way to do that than by starting another blog challenge. So, here I am! This Week's Theme: Rounded Whenever I look up while walking, I tend to look for sharp edges and tangled electric wires. I like taking photos of the sky as it...

March Blog Challenge

For my last entry to our ongoing blog challenge at the office, I chose to post a photo collage rather than a photo essay (sorry, Jonjon!). These are my co-workers from my previous job with whom I've spent more than two years. I have nothing but good things to say about these folks. In fact, I have every reason to be thankful that I had the opportunity to work (and have fun) with each of...

February Blog Challenge: Love

Love is when you can rest easy even when you're out in a scary world filled with big people. It's an all-consuming courage that will empower you to soldier on and brave even bigger battles in life even when you want nothing more than to retreat to your tiny comfort zone. To love is to be courageous and bold, even when everything in the world tells you there's no reason to be. Do you...

February Challenge: Color

When I was little, I read somewhere that the more colorful the food, the healthier it is. I think that holds true for hot pots as well: the more colorful it gets, the yummier it is haha. I've always been a fan of hot pots and what we call in the Philippines sabaw ("soup") dishes, especially when I get to put all the things I love in the pot: mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, onions,...

February Challenge: Festive

When I was 16 years old, I almost had an emotional breakdown at this spot. That was more than 10 years ago. I remember being overwhelmed by everything: the men's suits and their wrinkled ties, the women's black pencil skirts and modest heels; the number of people mindlessly rambling along, following the rhythm of the beating cold heart of the city. I couldn't handle how gray everything...

February Blog Challenge: Red

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word "red" is bricks. I'm drawn to structures and buildings made with red bricks for some reason. I think next to wood, it's the prettiest material to use in a building. This is me with my roommates from college, Leslie and Grace, posing for a photo in front of the church in Liliw, Laguna. I think next to having a great sister, having...

January Blog Challenge: Edge

This post is my entry to a blog challenge at work. Our blog challenge was inspired by this blog post. This afternoon, as we headed back to the road leading to Bontoc from Buscalan, Kalinga, we found that the road damaged by the landslide from December was still under repair. There were no trails or pathways yet, so our guide picked up a hoe and dug small holes where we can put our foot....

January Blog Challenge: Tiny

This post is my entry to a blog challenge at work. Our blog challenge was inspired by this blog post. The photo below was taken by my brother, Paolo Narvas. When I was a kid, I did not like playing with insects. In fact, I was always looking for ways to torture insects. Raised in the city, I thought all insects were meant to be crushed, sprayed on with Baigon, flushed away, swatted at,...

January Blog Challenge: Transmogrify 

This post is my entry to a blog challenge at work. Our blog challenge was inspired by this blog post. Look closely. Can you spot the character from our childhood fairy tales? If you're lucky, you might see it transform into a prince. When I was little, my favorite stories were Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, and the Princess and the Pea. I've always been fascinated by the idea...