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Let the clock tick away

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In March 2013 I graduated from college. I walked up a stage to claim my diploma and get a handshake from the university president, then made my way down while the others in line behind me followed the well-practiced routine. And that was it. School was over. I remember feeling immensely happy and excited at the end of the ceremony, when all the fake rolled diplomas were thrown into the air. I remember wanting to run to the guests’ seats to find my family. But most of all I remember that after all the hype of the event had died down, amid the hugs and congratulations, I had one question in my mind: What now?

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Blank canvas

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It’s baffling how time flies by so quickly. One minute you’re this starry-eyed kid, and the next you realize that your 20s are almost up!

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Letter from Dad: Dare to take risks

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I’m writing to you at this time in the hope that by now you’ve settled down from the hustle and bustle of gift giving and home decorating during the holidays.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

How is life measured?

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Have you done something relevant today?

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Leave a trail: where we’ve gone, what we did

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Not all children are young. One fine day, I found myself playing in the garden with children who are not my age, who are really young, moved by nothing but the gushing of the river of life in their veins.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Our cherished gift

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Cal’s birth was a most awaited event in both my family and that of my son-in-law. She is the first grandchild in the two families, and everyone was looking forward to her birth. After all, it took all of six years after her parents’ wedding for her to come to be.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Choosing to live happy

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Change is the worst process of life.

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When life begins

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So what will you do when a dream that is about to be realized suddenly explodes? What will you do when people close to you start leaving because their expectation of you fell short? What will you do when clouds of insult push you to the corner, adding to your injury?

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Life, and what a gift it is

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Sometime in the latter part of this year, our 95-year-old mother became terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease some eight years earlier. Out of respect for her privacy, I shall not mention the disease, but its common name alone is already a death sentence. At the onset of that diagnosis then, supported by a biopsy result, the medical specialist had advised me to prepare for her eventual death. “Within less than a year,” he had said. Eight years later, the medical prophecy had not happened.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Winners, losers

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The one thing that struck me about the London Olympics was not the magnificent performances led by that of the hugely talented, and even more hugely entertaining, Usain Bolt. It was not that China gave the United States a run for its money in gold medals and threatens to reach, or even surpass, it in [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Blessings in disguise

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As storm “Falcon” rains furiously and relentlessly on many parts of the country, and thousands of people desperately look for ways to get home without having to wade through flooded streets, I am here alone in my room, safe and comfortable, sorting out documents—test papers, lecture handouts and the like—from previous school years. When I come across some sculpted, molded and stamped circular objects that were awarded to me on my high school graduation day, I suddenly got nostalgic.

Posted: November 15th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Brand-new eyes

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I walked into the restaurant and felt like I was in some sort of time warp, looking around with the same eyes but coming from a different, more insightful place. The last time I was here was almost two years ago, but it seemed much longer than that, knowing my life had changed dramatically since [...]

Posted: September 13th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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