HPAIRxHong Kong 2016

Disclaimer: Everything there is to know about the formalities (applications, panels, fees, etc.) of the conference can be found on their website. This is more of a look back on my HPAIR journey. I have always heard about HPAIR in social media sites, college corridors, seminars and opportunity posts but for some reason the timing to apply never seemed right. The Harvard Project for Asia and International Relation in Hong Kong 2016, however, came at the perfect time and place. It was right before law classes start and near enough for the plane fare not to be sky high expensive. Growing up, when […]

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On Bravery

To a 6 year old, a television filled with hijab wearing girls, gun slinging boys and prisoners of war constantly brought confusion as to what is going on away from the confines of southern Luzon, specifically in Mindanao, a far region from where I stay in the Philippines. I saw it as a horror story, as a nightmare, as a long cramped ride, a dark room- where all I wished for from the moment I learned about it was for it to end, to fast forward to closing credits, to wake up, to reach my destination, for the lights to […]

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We Said Go Travel: Be Part of the Global Travel Writing Community

I first chanced upon the website We Said Go Travel when my mom told me about a writing contest wherein “Bravery” was the topic. When I was browsing through the site, l found it interesting that such a travel contest/blog/website would delve into deeper elements of seeing the world in addition, and moreso, to the beauty that earth has in store. It highlighted, amongst many, the human experience, the stories behind a foreign face, dialogues with shared languages, and connections of different colours. The caches of memories and thoughts present in the global community that is We Said Go Travel […]

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Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas

This is a year over due from my trip up North with a couple of friends. As it was my first out of town trip with sight seeing for the main purpose (not training, competition, team building, conference or what-have-you), I was thrilled to be a full time tourist in my own country. I feel proud to have shown what lies in the North to one of my foreign friends, but I am even prouder that I have finally ticked off several regional landmarks out of my list of places to go to here in the Philippines. Kay Ganda ng […]

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NTU Fest

Nanyang Technological University celebrated NTU FEST for the first time this year and exchange students were required to go and mingle with the local students for this event. There were various booths, a 5km fun run, and a concert by Kang Gary and Jung In. (Apparently big Korean stars that NTU imported for the event) Despite the scorching heat, I liked how eveyrthing was situated in a music festival vibe with people just sprawled over the grass, listening and watching performance while other roam around booths, playing games and taking pictures. Some giveaways are even coachella and mardi gras in […]

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[08.14] Singapore Tour

FIRST STOP: LITTLE INDIA COLORS, SOUNDS AND SCENTS Of all the stops lined up for the day, our first was the most foreign to me. Indian is a culture that a typical Filipina would not have grown up with, after all. We were greeted by a bustle to the senses. Everything seemed brighter, more colorful, louder, livelier. Even their food looked more ostentatious than usual Singapore street food. We visited one of the oldest establishments in the place and had henna tattoos afterwards. I was most especially thrilled with having my hand tattooed albeit it being temporary as it was […]

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To New Beginnings, New Dreams

I am writing this as I sit on a plane en route to Singapore. While it is not my first time to go there, it is my first time to fly to anywhere by myself and it might sound petty, but sitting here, watching movies on the small screen, thrills me endless. I have always dreamt of going to another country to study and I had a pretty good gut feeling that someday it would happen. I have come to the point that I have stopped questioning the storms, detours or even crashes that come around because I know, sooner […]

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