Exhalation

Acquired Ted Chiang’s second collection of short stories, Exhalation, and its first story echoes the same ruminations on non linear time, purpose, relativity, premontion as Stories of Your Life (which the movie Arrival was based on). So I went back and reread that, seeing as how I enjoyed it so much. And now that it’s my third [...]

On Pregnancy “Glow”

On Pregnancy “Glow”

In person and on social media comments, I get multiple remarks that I am “glowing.” Or, people assumed I am carrying a girl — mostly because there is a Filipino belief that women carrying girls tend to look better than those carrying boys :-/ I feel flattered and happy when I get these remarks ‘cos [...]

My 2019 Reading List

My 2019 Reading List

Books I finished and started in 2019.

Japan, December 2019 (and an attempt at a 2020 opener)

Japan, December 2019 (and an attempt at a 2020 opener)

I skipped the year-end essay this year. Certainly there were a lot of things to write about, but I was just in a very different place, mentally and physically. 🙂

We’re expecting

We’re expecting

Big life update!

Lorong Burma, Penang

Lorong Burma, Penang

In Penang's Lorong Burma, a Thai and Burmese temple face each other, each holding court with their own history and splendor. Dhammikarama (Burmese) has a giant standing Buddha, Wat Chaiyamangalaram (Thai) has one of the longest reclining Buddhas in the world. I didn't grow up going to temples, thus the massive figures, ornate details, and [...]

Isla De Gigantes, May 2019

Isla De Gigantes, May 2019

Getting to Gigantes takes a little effort, but it is so worth it

Batu Caves, Selangor, May 2019

Batu Caves, Selangor, May 2019

Thrilled to be back in Batu Caves after seven years!

Exploring Singapore’s Chinatown, April 2019

Exploring Singapore’s Chinatown, April 2019

The day after watching Ed Sheeran, we decided to explore SG's Chinatown because we've never been there.

050419

050419

I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate our first anniversary as husband and wife.