The past few weeks

It’s been weeks since I came home from Taipei (or has it been a month already?)! And what have I been up to since I came back? Not much, really. Most of the time, I’m stuck at home trying to get used to everything again. For the most part, I’m doing okay. I mean, I…

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Living in Taiwan: Highlights

Coming home to the Philippines after two years in Taiwan feels so strange, and lately I’ve been finding myself reminiscing and thinking about my academic journey in Taipei. I think I’ve already emphasized this enough: Studying abroad is no joke. Yes, it’s fun and you will experience so many things that you will never experience…

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Grad School Chronicles: Thesis crazy!

First, some writer’s notes: This is the first in a series of posts, originally from my paper diary and translated into English (but otherwise unaltered), that talk about my graduate school journey and reflections. I have long refrained from writing or posting anything about the challenges, reflections, and mundane details of my graduate school life…

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To the men in my life

This is a short appreciation post for the men who helped me get through a stressful point in my life, because I seriously don’t know what I would do without these people. I didn’t want to write about this while the issue was still ongoing because it’s very sensitive, but now that everything has been…

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A look around Jingmei Prison

February 28 is a Taiwanese national holiday commemorating the 228 Incident, a historical anti-government uprising in Taiwan that marked the beginning of the White Terror1, or martial law era, in the country. What better way to remember the victims than to visit a museum in a former martial law-era prison and learn about their stories,…

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Trilingual problems

Like almost everyone in the Philippines, I can speak both Filipino/Tagalog (my native language) and English. But because I grew up in Manila, most people don’t know that I can also speak another Philippine language called Cebuano, which is spoken in Central Philippines. So, this makes me trilingual. Many of my monolingual friends assume that knowing three…

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2017 in review

I finally finished this semester so now I have time to write! My New Year post is quite late, but hey, better late than never, right? But first, a little rant! 2017 was one of the worst years for me. Last year, I experienced some of my lowest lows. I almost failed a class, struggled to…

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