We have been on work from home mode for 5 weeks now. One thing I really enjoy about this situation is not having to start very early from home. I would have to start at 6.45 to arrive at work around 7.30. While working from home, 6.45 is the latest time for me to shower […]
When SARS made the news in 2003, the number of people who wore masks was very, very few. So few that they who did drew curious stares. It wasn’t that SARS was not serious. In the period of its outbreak between 2002 and 2004, over 8,098 people worldwide were infected and 774 people died from […]
How I learned to discover, accept and love my body for what it is.
Lately I am more aware of how poisonous negative thoughts are. The worst thing about it is that negative thoughts usually come from false evidence. This morning at 5 AM I received a WhatsApp message from my brother, who is also my boss. The message was asking for my response to an important e-mail he […]
We employ two maids to take care of our elderly mother and her house. One just joined the household, and the other one has been with us for nearly three years. As soon as the new one joined, the older one complained that she is lazy and spend most of her time on her phone. […]
One way people unknowingly and unfairly judge another culture is by the way they react to the local food when traveling. “Food at home tastes better,” they say. “This is too bland for my taste.” “Too much curry.” “Too much herbs.” Everything that touches their palates is judged using the way food tastes at home. […]
I am learning to be thankful these days. It’s easy to be lured into grumbling about things that I am not happy about. Or regretting the past. Or missing for things that are no longer here. Lately, I am trying to change my thoughts from, “If only” or “I wish I hadn’t” to “I am […]
The art of drinking tea and its lesson.
Since I started my weight loss program 3 months ago, I put a strict limit on my carbohydrate consumption. This brought an unfortunate consequence on my coffee shop frequenting habit. I still went to coffee shops to get my fix, but I stopped buying food. “How about some snack to go with your coffee today, sir? […]
Last July, my wife and I were queuing to board the flight to Bangkok at the Frankfurt International Airport. Our conversation were disrupted by a small lady. “Excuse me,” she said with a smile, “Are you Filipinos?” I smiled back and said, “No, we are Indonesians.” She gave a look of disbelief. “But I heard […]