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The Wonderful World of Living an Ordinary Life

“The Wonderful World of Living an Ordinary Life” posits the many wonderful things that unfold in choosing to live an ordinary life, the trade-offs that come with wanting to be ordinary, the romanticization of choosing prestigious roles in society, and the need to support leaders with absolute integrity given the many trade-offs that come with the life of genuine leadership. It ends with a reminder that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being ordinary, as long as we do our every work honestly, diligently, and conscientiously.

As seen on Rappler: [OPINION] The Wonderful World of Living an Ordinary Life

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Puzzling but Not Surprising: Speaking English with Filipinos in the Philippines

“Puzzling but Not Surprising: Speaking English with Filipinos in the Philippines” suggests that one of the readily available ways to stop inequalities in the Philippines is to stop speaking in English. It starts with a brief history of the country’s pre-colonial legacies, how these legacies were circumvented by the colonial powers to help legitimize their positions, and how the system was further maintained to feed the status quo. It then proceeds with the premise that normalizing the use of English not only perpetuates these legacies but also hammers the difference between “us” and “them.” Ultimately, the privileged and the literate are encouraged to become constantly obliged to remain acutely sensitive to not allow English to become the new Spanish.

As seen on Rappler: [OPINION] Puzzling but Not Surprising: Speaking English with Filipinos in the Philippines

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When Living Alone Has Become a Badge of Honor

“When Living Alone Has Become a Badge of Honor” explores the new, fashionable way to mark what it means to be a ‘grownup’ in this day and age. It starts with the author’s personal experience, explores if there, indeed, is anything wrong with living at home as an adult, how different families respond to different realities, and ends with challenging the fact that we might be asking the wrong question whenever we ask, “Why are you still living with your parents?”

As seen on Rappler: [OPINION] When Living Alone Has Become a Badge of Honor

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Celebrating Father’s Day in a Paternalistic World

“Celebrating Father’s Day in a Paternalistic World” starts with my personal experience as a single parent after my husband left our family, the cultural expectations of what it means to be a ‘mother’ and ‘father,’ the costs of keeping the nuclear family, appreciating globalization as a family ally, an opportunity to revisit what it means to be a ‘father’ and ‘mother’ every time we celebrate father’s and mother’s day, and, finally, what we can take away from celebrating father’s day in a paternalistic world.

As seen on Rappler: [OPINION] Celebrating Father’s Day in a Paternalistic World

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Anthro on Foot Explores the Wonderful World of Nature

Hello!

Sharing with you resources helping me connect with nature’s wonderful language:

Books: Alecia Spooner’s Geology for Dummies, Arin Murphy-Hiscock’s The Hidden Meaning of Birds, Barry Lopez’s Of Wolves and Men, Dante Ambrosio’s Balatik, Henry David Thoreau’s Nature and Walden, Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem, Michael Balick’s Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany, National Geographic magazines, New World Library’s The Sacred Earth, Rachel Carson’s The Edge of the Sea, Silent Spring, and The Sense of Wonder, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, Stefano Mancuso’s The Revolutionary Genius of Plants, Stephen Maran’s Astronomy for Dummies, Tim Fisher’s A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Philippines, Tristan Gooley’s The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Sites: Merlin Bird ID app, Plant Snap app, Pinoy Mountaineer, US National Park Service, SkyView Lite for Android and iOS, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable nature trips: bring your essentials and some extras (batteries, clothes, first aid kit, flashlight or headlamp, food, money, pocketknife, water), check the weather before going, follow local rules, get a local guide, start exploring from your home and neighborhood first, stick to the path, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, no one may never really understand floral and faunal whys… and that’s perfectly fine ❤

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Anthro on Foot Lives Through the Pandemic

Wishing that you’re safe and well as you read this post.

The arrival of this pandemic is the reason why I put this blog on private for a while. I didn’t feel it was right to show snippets of my travels while the world was and still is gripping at its feet.

I’m not a front liner, and I didn’t lose my job. In many ways, I am very privileged. And while I’m very thankful, I also feel very uneasy about it, just seeing and hearing about what’s happening outside my door.

Unlike my other posts, I can’t share resources on how to live through this pandemic because coming from this ‘privileged’ vantage point would mean I may sound indifferent and callous.

What I will share instead are job search portals that may help you or a friend you know.

Job search portals: Google Jobs, Jobstreet, LinkedIn, Onlinejobs.ph

And if you need assistance on building or revising your resume (you need not send your details if you’re uncomfortable in doing that. I can also just send a template), or if you’re into research and you’d like me to refer you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. ❤

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Anthro on Foot Enters Parenthood

Hello!

Sharing with you resources that helped me with parenthood planning + inspiration:

Books: Lawrence Shapiro’s How to Raise a Child with a High EQ: Parents’ Guide to Emotional Intelligence, Rachel Carson’s The Sense of Wonder, Rahima Dancy’s You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Sharifa Oppenheimer’s Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children, William Sears’ The Attachment Parenting Book. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*. But, of course, the best courses I took were the ones from my mom 😊

Class: Pinay Doulas Collective’s birthing and child-rearing classes

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable parenthood: acknowledge that something’s got to give (having it all is an illusion) | do what works for you and your family | take care of yourself above all | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to Taiwan

Ni hao/ Ngi ho!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Indigenous Writers of Taiwan: An Anthology of Stories, Essays, and Poems (John Balcom, ed.), Peter Haugen’s World History for Dummies, Thomas Suarez’s Early Mapping of Southeast Asia. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: Charles Kimball’s History of Southeast Asia podcast, ChinesePod

Tourism sites: free walking tours, Nomadic Matt, official tourism website

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro On Foot Explores the Philippines

Hello/ Mabuhay!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Amado Hernandez’s Ibong Mandaragit; Anthony Reid’s A History of Southeast Asia; Arlene Chai’s The Last Time I Saw Mother; Dante Ambrosio’s Balatik; F. Sionil Jose’s Mass, My Brother My Executioner, Po-on, The God Stealer, and Other Stories, Tree; Francisco Baltazar’s Florante at Laura and Ibong Adarna; Funny Komiks; Jessica Hagedorn’s Dream Jungle; Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere; Lonely Travel Philippines; Lope Santos’ Banaag at Sikat; Lualhati Bautista’s Dekada ’70; Maximo Ramos’ Philippine Myths, Legends, and Folktales; Mellie Lopez’s Handbook of Philippine Folklore; Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado; Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic; Peter Bellwood’s The Austronesians; Rafe Bartholomew’s Pacific Rims (recommended to me but I haven’t read it yet); Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution; Teodoro Agoncillo’s A History of the Philippines; Thomas Suarez’s Early Mapping of Southeast Asia; Tim Fisher’s A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Philippines; Trinidad Pardo de Tavera’s The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines; UP College of Medicine’s Guidebook on the Proper Use of Medicinal Plants; Wiley’s A Short History of Southeast Asia (Peter Church, ed.). For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*. However, since Philippine history is not grounded in writing, to me the best stories in the Philippines are those passed orally, through chants, songs, poems, and our parents’ and grandparents’ bedtime stories.

Shows: Charles Kimball’s History of Southeast Asia podcast, Darangen Epic

Tourism sites: free walking tours, official tourism website, Pinoy Mountaineer

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to China

Ni hao!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: David Graeber’s Debt, David Graeber and David Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything, Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain, Henry Kissinger’s On China (I did not finish though for I’m not a fan of the recurring ‘manifest destiny’ tone of this book), Manuel Perez-Garcia’s Global History with Chinese Characteristics, Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, Valerie Hansen’s Silk Road, Xinru Liu’s The Silk Road: A Brief History with Documents, Yuval Harari’s Sapiens. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: ChinesePod, Chris Stewart’s The History of China podcast

Tourism sites: free walking tours, Nomadic Matt, official tourism website, official visa guide

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤