Where I want to be

As the year ends, I think about why I moved back to Manila and why it is so important for me to be in the middle of the action. And why, after such a move -- just a little after a year from almost dying of kidney failure -- I flew to Boracay to celebrate…Read more Where I want to be

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nine years ago, today

Every year, on this day, I write about having been diagnosed with HIV. It happened nine years ago today. I got a call from the clinic telling me to come over to receive the results of my HIV test in person. I didn't know about the procedure back then. I complained about having to go…Read more nine years ago, today

Four days to Christmas

It still shocks me that it's just four days to Christmas. It seems that Christmas, for me anyway, has been mostly about going to various Christmas parties, rushing to the mall and fighting the crowds to buy the very little Christmas gifts that I can afford to give out, facing Christmas rush traffic, and then…Read more Four days to Christmas

busy (this is not a complaint)

Lately, every time someone asks me how I am, I always respond with an exasperated sigh and say, "I'm so busy!" And then, I realise how ungrateful I sound and quickly backtrack by adding, "I'm not complaining. It's just that I haven't been this busy in a long time so I'm not used to the…Read more busy (this is not a complaint)