Monthly Archives: August 2012

So it’s 2:30 AM


So it's 2:30 AM


Studying Abroad


I, like many others, have dreams of studying abroad. I’m sure it’ll be such an amazing and value-adding experience that it’s something that is worthwhile pursuing.  Check out the essay I wrote for my application:

The National University of Singapore is world-class university that offers competitive and topnotch educational programs. Its rank in the world university rankings provides reason enough for anyone to want to study in NUS. Personally, beyond the glory of studying in such a distinctive university, I would love the opportunity to study in NUS for a plethora of other reasons.


I’ve always attached an emphasis on learning—which to me entails a diversity of sources, and not just textbooks. In my college, we have a way of doing things: using the case method to cement business concepts and to apply them in more or less real-life scenarios. As a student, my reasons include learning from who may possibly be the best teachers in Asia, if not the world; and learning about the teaching methodologies used in NUS to share with my peers back home. During the course of my stay in NUS, I hope to equivalently contribute value to the experience of other students like me who have sought studying there for much the same reasons, with the things I’ve learned from my own exciting and eventful college experience. Also, as a person who wants to learn more of the world and to be better by it, I think Singapore is a great place to be.


Singapore has a relatively very small land area and is a melting pot of races and cultures. With differences, most expect only conflict. But Singapore instead is a progressive nation with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The country in itself is a study of how the right treatment and rules utilized diversity for the better, and how an open economy backed by a strong government and little or no corruption creates wealth successfully for all its participants and members, with spillovers on the outside of the region. Singapore is also among the world’s leading financial centers. I am intrigued by the country’s own Temasek and want to learn of how it strategically chooses investments in Asia and the world. I want to see the role of politics in the country’s national development, the direction of the its policy making; and the connection between the academic institutions and the public sector and how the latter props up even further growth—insights and learning to bring back to my own nation.


In short, my experience will teach me about the value of openness and how to harness it for the good. If I go corporate someday, I understand that then I will be working in a much more global environment. I will have to overcome the barriers of perceived irreconcilable surface differences to still achieve our organization’s objectives. I also see myself in putting up my own business someday and the long-term considerations for its sustainability may no longer be rooted locally, but globally. In growing my business, the consequences not only pertain to me but the people I may employ, so it’s not really all just for my own personal benefit. Also, issues from the further deconstruction of borders between countries spawns new international issues like greater pollution, exploitation of workers and resources, destruction of indigenous and local cultures—will be things that my generation and the next ones will have to handle.


Studying in NUS offers a massive and inimitable learning experience. I live away from home and from any close relatives and this has taught me independence and maturity. I think living abroad, having to adjust with the unique environment and its challenges will make me grow even more as a person. It will let me develop more confidence, borne of having seen more of the world; and let me develop particular skills that will surely come in handy in the future. I also hope to foster relationships with new people and friends from university. Being connected to all these different people will just keep me abreast and open to world developments. I hope too that my experience will be a precursor to further study abroad—as a way to nurture my academic and holistic growth as an individual.


I’m just sure that an opportunity to study in NUS will bear positive differences in my life—and hopefully, indirectly in how mine impacts other peoples’.

I’m (You’re) an artist because…


I spotted an interesting book getaway from Christian Mihai‘s blog. He’s giving away ebooks of his own works but have asked interested participants to first answer a question to get a chance to win.

The question–or rather the statement to complete: “I’m an artist because…”

My answer:

I am an artist because I treat every day as a canvass on which to paint at will. Unintended splatters may color the surface but I can always do damage control, and just brush paint over the bad again to achieve the picture I had in mind. Or I could just let and use them and thereon let spontaneity take its course.

I’m an artist because I believe in living life and fully feeling every moment. But whatever happens, whatever forces may come at play, whatever inspiration may drive me; I’ll remember that it’s my arms that create art on the sheet.


Apply yourself, let your creativity flow.

That came out of nowhere, so artlessly–really as if I were an artist (as I’d like to think). But I guess we all are, in our own right. Something really can be said of spontaneity, methinks.

What about you? What makes you an artist? Delve deep into yourselves, and post your thoughts below. Or you can go visit Christian’s blog to have a chance to win yourself. Nonetheless, it’d be great if you could still link your answers back to this page so we all can hear it. =)

(Photo taken:

Rock on, Mister!


Roll, Kuya!

Just look at that.

Torrential rains have plagued Manila in the past hours. As I type, I hear the loud, relentless beating of the rain outside. When I was in my freshman year of college, I experienced a real storm for the first time–with lots of flooding, destroyed homes, and heart-wrenching stories. I lived in the southern part of the country where rains were spent before they turned into full-fledged calamities. Late last year though, Washi struck and flash floods killed unprepared and unsuspecting thousands as they slept in their homes. 😦

Anwyway, the rain this time has been unstopping and so far, a number of casualties have already happened and been identified. One man even got electrocuted while submerged in water. What you see in the picture above is a stroke of genius—using mattresses to rescue stranded people in flooded areas every time the rains stop for a respite. The Philippines is a third-world country but its economy has been particularly strong for the past year, a pace which is suspected to be sustained in the near future. Despite this, so many remain POOR. The first ones affected by flooding are those with small makeshift homes erected near rivers and bodies of water. And of course, when flash floods occur, these homes are carried away, potentially including the helpless family inside.

So it’s great to be creative and resourceful, to make do with what’s available. If you really want to help, even the lack of equipment should not stop you.

I pray for those affected by the floods. May they stay safe and that the more blessed and fortunate people may give a hand to help, in whatever way.

(Photo taken from Yahoo News)

In Love


The Reading Me

At Fully Booked in High Street. I love love this picture. Reading has long been a love of mine. I could just spend a full day reading, be it a physical book or from my ereader (I know, poor eyes). We visited this Fully Booked branch in Bonifacio Global the other night after dining in Market Market and having a hell of an adventure rushing a friend to St. Luke’s Hospital. It turned out that she had hyperventilated and had lost all feeling in her hands and legs because of the lack of potassium in her bloodstream. So, a banana a day–any fruit, really–can indeed keep the doctor away!

Anyway, this particular branch is just in a word, IMPRESSIVE. It’s the biggest bookstore I’ve ever visited, with 5 floors, each one featuring and holding different items. The book collection is extensive and comprehensive; I could definitely just get lost there for hours–happily! I saw titles I just didn’t think I could and had lost hope to find. Titles like Anya Seton’s Green Darkness (first published in 1972, although they most likely have released a new edition), for example. And The First Time by Joy Fielding (2000 Pocket Star Books). And this store even has a Starbucks, a theater room, an impressive graphic novels section, and a kiddie reading room inside.  AWESOME right? Experiencing this particular branch has converted me into a fan for life. I don’t think I’m going to renew my National Book Store Loyalty Card after all.