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

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sleeping and dreaming

Last night was the first night of good sleep that I got in the past two months. It has been a tough two months. I think I've been saying that often here. The initial rush and momentum that pervaded my return to Manila ended abruptly in the second week of June. A guy I was…Read more sleeping and dreaming

how to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Relief operations ongoing. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has ravaged the Visayan region down South in the Philippines. The worst typhoon/cyclone in the history of the world, they call it. This is what we can do to help, if you are able and willing. At some point, we have to realise that we are all in this…Read more how to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

world’s on fire

I find myself returning to 2004, when Sarah McLachlan released World on Fire. The video opened people's eyes to what it cost to make a music video and what it meant, equivalently to other people, less fortunate people, all over the world. Now, I read articles and see photos of Typhoon Yolanda's destruction over the…Read more world’s on fire