The first time I came across this cultural concept was in college. During the age of discoveries, saudade gave voice to the longing seafarers had for the lives they left behind — and those of the families who waited for them while assuming they may never return.
When I was a kid, my mom said that all she prayed for was that my sister and I would love and look out for one another — I privately rolled my eyes at how dramatic she was. Now that I’m an adult, I get it. The world can be cold and cruel; when I hit rock bottom, I am always grateful I have my family to count on.
Have you ever wondered whether or not you're on the right career path? I've felt that way ever since I received my diploma in Communication. As a writer, I love how my work involves introspection and a creative process. (Not to mention, it pays my bills, too.) But I never realized how much I've tied my identity to work.
Which kid hasn’t been asked to show off their talents in front of their relatives? We all did at some point in our lives, even Ainna Antiporda. Except her performances didn’t just wow her family. At age one, she recorded the music video of Bie Billy D, a nine-song cassette she co-gibbered with her sister, which turned into her debut as Jimmy Antiporda’s daughter and protégé.
I grew up with mothers. My mother and her mom chose their children over everyone else. Lola sent my mom and her four siblings to college with money from her beauty parlor but never got to pursue her nursing dream. When Papa left for Saudi, Mama still managed to put me and my sister to bed each night without fail.
My phone lights up and Facebook notifies me of a message request from my former classmate. It would be my first conversation with John since senior year and, of course, it had to be a life insurance offer. But what left me shocked, staring blankly at the screen, were the words, “Just wanted to say I’m sorry for being a jerk.”
If there’s anything I learned from being an A+ student and a middle child, it’s hustling harder than others to get what I want. This philosophy has worked my entire life, even landing me a copywriter job in an exciting startup just months after graduating. I was paid well to do what I love, liked everyone I worked with, and was placed under the most nurturing manager one could possibly have.
When Dr. Seuss said “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than dreams,” we are almost certain that he was referring to the feeling after you've had your first sip of coffee in the morning. A love affair with a cup of joe is not uncommon or unwarranted.
The Philippines’ last frontier, Palawan is revered by inspiration-seeking travelers and city-weary locals. Most folks visit to explore its incredible natural beauty, some go to find their happy place, while others even choose to retire in one of its beaches.
Back in the days, traveling was a luxury. A stamp on a passport was seen as a badge reserved for the well-heeled, retirees, and those who can afford to take time off from their 9-to-5 grind.