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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I hate my body

It's been on my mind a lot lately. I really don't like my body. I've been a thin guy since my first treatment for meningitis in 2008. All that medicine and not eating and vomiting on a daily basis sort of destroyed any musculature I may have maintained from my physically active days back in…Read more I hate my body

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

of eyes and teeth

Yesterday, I was finally able to go to the dentist. It's been about six years, maybe, since I've last gone to the dentist. It was to remove the last set of impacted wisdom teeth that I had. This was a year after my hospitalization for meningitis. I had just survived my second bout with the…Read more of eyes and teeth

photos

I'm not afraid to admit it. I love getting my photograph taken. I probably have said that already before. As a kid, I was so self-conscious and insecure that my dad never liked to take my photo. He used to ask all my siblings to pose for him and when he came to me, he'd…Read more photos