My Favorite Books From 2020

It’s been a very non-eventful year, a reflection that I recognize is coming from a privileged position when I think back at the millions or so of people that contracted the virus, the significant portion of those that ultimately didn’t get out alive, and, speaking about local matters, all the people that lost their jobs …

Burning Through P500,000 In A Year

Time is fickle. One moment you’re sitting in front of the television, hearing for the first time about the oncoming lockdown, thinking about all the money you could save and invest while you work from home in your boxers not worrying about bus fares and office dinners. With hardly a snap of a finger, it’s …

Quarantine Journals: Another Drug Case Botched

I have to hand it to the people in charge, they never seem to run out of things to say or do to completely baffle the entire nation. Today, I woke up to the following news on the DZMM TeleRadyo’s official twitter page: Reading this is just absolutely painful for me. The rider is clearly …

Quarantine Journals: WFH Fatigue

In the middle of mindlessly scrolling through my facebook news feed, I found this interesting article on the Wall Street Journal about the downsides of working from home. It feels almost like it was only a week ago that we had come home from our offices after the announcement of lockdown measures, shaken by fears …

Quarantine Journals: Frayed Nerves (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part opinion piece on current events in the Philippines. While based on news taken from trusted sources, I make the disclaimer that this blog is NOT a news channel. Content on this blog (this article included) should be taken with a grain of salt. I do not intend to …

Quarantine Journals: Frayed Nerves (Part 1)

This is part one of a two-part opinion piece on current events in the Philippines. While based on news taken from trusted sources, I make the disclaimer that this blog is NOT a news channel. Content on this blog (this article included) should be taken with a grain of salt. I do not intend to …

Quarantine Journals: If Cats Disappeared From The World

The day Fully Booked announced that they would be open for deliveries within Metro Manila amid the community quarantine, I was already on their online store browsing for books. That’s how much I missed being inside a book store. Looking at book covers through a screen didn’t quite emulate the experience, especially when half the …

Quarantine Journals: A Bibliophile’s Spending Habits

One tiny silver-lining I was looking forward to with the lockdown was the chance to save a little more cash as working from home everyday meant I’d be spared from much of my daily expenses. There’s the commute, which isn’t really much at face value since I use mostly public transportation and opt for Grab …

Quarantine Journals: My Work From Home Setup

When quarantine kicked in, for some reason I had the vague notion we’d be back on the streets by August. I had no idea how terribly I’d underestimated the virus, and how confidently I’d overestimated my government’s willingness to address it. Now we’re well into August, and things still don’t bode well for us. Right …

Quarantine Journals: Of MacBooks And Men

My old laptop, Caecilia, had served me well in the last seven years (yes, I name my favorite gadgets; let’s talk about that some other time). The machine I’d won through a writing contest towards the end of my high school career carried me through all four years of college and two and a half …