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Exploring Manila’s Intramuros

Walking along the streets of Intramuros and seeing several well-preserved houses, churces, and government buildings is an experience in itself. A few areas, however, can only be explored for a fee. But last September, an Intramuros Open House was held as part of National Tourism Week, and entrance fees for Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, and… Continue reading Exploring Manila’s Intramuros

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Job hunting reflections from a mental health survivor

I guess you can call me a bit lucky in the past. Landing a job used to be a breeze. But after a hiatus of more than two years as I recover from a mental health illness, things have changed. I could get my foot in the door, but getting hired/selected was a different story.… Continue reading Job hunting reflections from a mental health survivor

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It’s not personal . . . unless your worth’s attached to it

"Don't take things personally." This oft-repeaten advice was discussed by Don Gabriel Ruiz in his book The Four Agreements. A year after I read that book, I have to remind myself of this advice over and over. Especially since recently, I have encountered the following: Someone flatly refused to help me . . . in front… Continue reading It’s not personal . . . unless your worth’s attached to it

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Lessons from Stargirl: Showing up as ourselves, showing up for our lives

Stargirl was the first book by Jerry Spinelli that I've read. Since I graduated from high school, I never really found the time to sit with a fiction book. Until I got hold of a copy of this book. I just couldn't put it down. Stargirl was a homeschooled teen who eventually attended a public… Continue reading Lessons from Stargirl: Showing up as ourselves, showing up for our lives

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Books and materials that taught me why boundaries are important for self-care

One of the first handouts given to me when I began my regular therapy was on BOUNDARIES. At first I did not understand what it had to do with the mess I found myself in. But as I went back to the "real world" after every session, I realized that my therapist was actually empowering… Continue reading Books and materials that taught me why boundaries are important for self-care

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Personal finance and an inner sense of abundance and worth

When I began reading books on finances, every so often I would encounter the concept of abundance and self-worth, and their link to building wealth. For many, the struggle does not lie in developing new skills, because they are good at what they do. It does not lie in earning more, because they do earn… Continue reading Personal finance and an inner sense of abundance and worth

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Manila’s public vehicles going green

Lately, I have been seeing a few e-jeepneys (or electric jeepneys) plying the Cubao-Marikina route. In Binondo, I have also seen several units of e-tricycles. It was exciting to see Metro Manila gradually, but continuously, shifting toward more sustainable practices. The new e-jeepneys I saw did not have the same colorful exterior as the traditional… Continue reading Manila’s public vehicles going green

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“Your inner purpose is to awaken.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

In a previous post, I had covered insights about finding one's life purpose. In this post, I'd like to add one more perspective that boggled my mind because it was SO SIMPLE (well, at least on paper). Reading Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth felt like going through a spiritual text, a philosophy book, and a psychology… Continue reading “Your inner purpose is to awaken.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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Retirement: How much to save and where; Philippine PERA Law

Months ago, I read about James Altucher's advice on improving 1% each day on key areas of your life. Since I wanted to increase my financial literacy, I decided to do a weekly post on the topic. (I tried doing it daily, but it was just too much to add to my to-do list.) I… Continue reading Retirement: How much to save and where; Philippine PERA Law

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The abundance within each of us

The importance of developing an abundance mindset was nothing new to me. After reading articles and listening to videos and podcasts, I began listing things I am thankful for in my life. As a way of increasing self-love (instead of listening to the constant barrage of criticism within and around me), I began listing things I… Continue reading The abundance within each of us