Trigger Warning*: Self-harm, suicide, violence Life was scary; it was unknowable. Even Malcolm's money wouldn't immunize him completely. Life would happen to him, and he would have to try to answer it, just like the rest of them. They all - Malcolm with his houses, Willem with his girlfriends, JB with his paints, he with … Continue reading Why We Need Difficult Stories
These past months have been tough. After the "precedented times" pre-2020, we've found ourselves getting hit by crisis after crisis. COVID-19. The lockdowns. Economic losses. Despite the world's heroic push for vaccination, we've still been hit by one variant after another. Delta. Omicron. In the Philippines, we've also faced super typhoons, and let's face it: … Continue reading How to Learn Science: More ‘Big Bang Theory’, Less Memorization
On ne règne sur les âmes que par le calme.One leads by calm.French maxim cited by Clementine Churchill to her husband I recently read The Splendid and The Vile by Erik Larson, a masterful story-telling of the The Blitz - the nearly year-long bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during World War 2. … Continue reading Why You Need to Rest to Work Better
Earlier this year, I wrote about seven books which became close companions amid the lonely days of quarantine in Manila. To close my 2020 literary journey, I'd like to share about three more books which took me on a roller coaster ride of insights, emotions, and internal debates overlaid onto a similarly tumultuous year. I … Continue reading Van Gogh, Dune, and Lessons for the 21st Century
I've been reading voraciously this quarantine, almost as much as I did as a child. Many years ago, on rainy afternoons like today, I'd be slumped over our home's orange sofa, my head tilted towards the window beside it, rain pattering on our rooftop, an open book on my lap. The gentle sunlight from outside … Continue reading Reading Lolita in Quarantine
As the war against COVID-19 wages in hospitals, government offices, and empty streets, a different battle is being played out in the news, on social media, and in our minds and hearts. Early insights show that citizens in the US differed in how they would personally act on COVID-19 based on their political leaning, with … Continue reading Why Aren’t People Convinced By Facts and Reason?
"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." Vera Nazarian It's not easy to read an actual book these days. Picture this: Wake up in the morning. Open book. Receive e-mail notification. Close book. Read e-mail. Respond. Open laptop. The work day starts. Break for … Continue reading A Tribute to Books in These Un-Book-Friendly Times
Ingenium mala saepe movent "Difficulty is what wakes up the genius." - Ovid I've been going to the gym for nearly 2 years now. In the first year, I stuck to relatively easy cardio routines - walking and running on the treadmill, stationary biking, the elliptical. I had a good channel to relieve stress, but … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid of Pain