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Learn Surfing and Reflect on the Waves of Life

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I have started surfing this year. Every weekend, if my schedule permits, I rush out of town to join a surfing camp in Barangay Dahican, a surfing village in Mati City, in the province of Davao Oriental. To get there, I travel for five hours to catch the waves, smell the (more…)Read More

Who Says I’m Short? I’m Taller Than You Think

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I grew up watching and admiring beauty queens. When I was a kid, whenever I see candidates of Miss Universe walking on a stage, I couldn’t stop myself from saying, “I’ll be a beauty queen too.” But that never happened and would never happen because I’m short. I do agree (more…)Read More

Life Changes When TV Producer Meets Little Girl

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Ten years ago, I was about to quit my dream job. Everybody thought I was a failure. I thought I was a failure. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to write. I always wanted to be on top of everything I did. I always dreamt of (more…)Read More

My Health Story: Yoga in a Hot Box

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Imagine yourself in a heated room of up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, sweltering while doing 26 yoga postures with all your might. Would you stand the heat and the humidity with about maybe 10 or more students taking the same class with you? When my daughter first told me to (more…)Read More

I See You: From One Divine Soul to Another

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Sawa bona. (I see you.)   Sikhona. (I am here.) Also translated as: Until you see me I do not exist. When you see me, you bring me into existence. ~ Traditional Greeting from the Samburu tribe of North Africa We are all interconnected.  The need for validation comes from the (more…)Read More

Feeling Down? Essayist Says Rewrite Your Story

I’ve been thinking a lot about stories. The stories that we tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves. I remember one of the stories I used to tell myself was that I was damaged, unable to be repaired.  Because I believed this story for so many years, I (more…)Read More

Maid in Manila or Maid in America?

Imagine a typical Pinay housewife’s day. She wakes up early to prepare breakfast and gets the kids ready for school before her usual chores: supervise the cleaning, go to the market, and plan the meal for the night. Another day accomplished with a lot of help: a kasambahay, a driver, (more…)Read More

I Found Myself on My Way to Joining a Sorority

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“May good come out of this tragedy.” This is a line from a text message sent to the media by Antonio Cesar Servando, the uncle of one of my young kababayans, who died two months ago because all he wanted was to belong to a fraternity, like I once did. These (more…)Read More

She’s in Love With a Frenchman and France

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Lately, the New York Times is on a roll with articles that are extremely critical of the French culture. There was Roger Cohen’s recent article titled “France Decapitated” that criticized the French economy and another by Mark Bittman called “French Food Goes Down” that details the demise of French cuisine. (more…)Read More

The Making of Writer Marissa Jarmin Hartwig

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As an educator, critic, and publisher, I am always on the lookout for fresh writing talent. I want to encourage writers with something significant to share with the rest of humanity. When I first read a sample of the writing of Marissa Jarmin Hartwig, I immediately realized that here was (more…)Read More

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