So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed?

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson sets out to confront one of the most pressing issues and perils of social media: public or online shaming. It is also an invitation to take part and examine how we have become the objects and perpetrators of online prejudice and discrimination. Ronson believes that social media…

Defying what the Society tells You

Sometimes a book finds you, or you find the book, but then it cuts deep into your senses, and the issue of who finds who blurs. What remains is that feeling of kinship with the story, of sharing high hopes with the storyteller. Of hundreds of choices in Scribd, I stumbled upon a rather unassuming,…

What Belongs to You is not just a queer-male novel, a genre often misunderstood

This is a debut novel but I can’t remember from recent time I was totally gripped simply by a novel’s voice. Mr. Garth Greenwell created a feverish portrait of the most wrenching conflicts of human desire, lust, intimacy, shame, trust and loneliness.Told in a first person narrative with the narrator unnamed, What Belongs to You…

Why I thought of Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus, W. E. B Du Bois, David Foster Wallace while reading The Alchemist

More than 65 million copies sold and translated into several languages, The Alchemist is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and famous books in the world and Paulo Coelho, well, an extraordinary writer. Re-reading this book after 10 years, I felt mixed emotions. I remembered praising it before, taking pride that I read it. While…

Travel with my Father

I wanted to see travels through my father’s perspective, and perhaps to discover something new. Seated in the window, I found him staring the vast Malay Peninsula that lay spread beneath us, his eyes taking in the small dotted islands that seemed swimming against the blue ocean and then buildings, roads and houses visible as…

Battlefield

  Few days after the mandatory home quarantine was imposed, I found out that a friend died, not of the “virus” but of a previous illness she was long suffering. I forwarded the sad news to our common friend and he bluntly expressed his disappointment that she died at this time of uncertainty. As if…

Trip to Lake Sebu: Celebrating life with Nature, Culture and Wonderful people (Part 1)

Lake Sebu is a picturesque town of lake resorts, T'boli tribe, tilapia, souvenirs, falls and the highest zip line in Southeast Asia. But Lake Sebu is more than that. The inhabitants are remarkably hospitable and friendly. More important, the place is impressively safe and conducive for tourists and travellers. Situated about 1,000 meters above sea level, Lake…

Throwback Moments

As of this writing, it's thursday and it's appropriate to post some throwback moments 🙂 This is perhaps the most comprehensive throwback I ever posted. Before I even realised the immense importance of creating this blog for purposes of  flaunting my unbecoming selfies and scribbling about the places I will be travelling soon as if…