Radical Love: On Election Anxiety and the Remedy for Despair

(Photo credits: CBCP News ) The last six years have been infuriating under this incompetent and nefarious administration. And the last six months have been exasperating and troubling because it once again highlighted how badly the machinery of a lying, arrogant, indolent, thick-headed son of a dictator has t…

In Awe of the Wilderness: Acadia National Park

"More and more, in a place like this, we feel ourselves part of wild Nature, kin to everything." — John Muir When my UP law friends from New York and DC asked me to come with them to Acadia National Park last week, I could not say no. I said yes willingly and excitedly although their spring break d…

It's still winter out here, by the way

It took me long enough, right? It's -15° C, right after a snowstorm, and my third-going-on-fourth month of winter. You'd think I have more to say about it. The truth is it's hard to encapsulate the feeling of wonder, fascination, and — admittedly — slight exasperation that comes with everyday sub…

Sweet (Silicon) Valley High

For the first half of January, I was fortunate enough to be selected for the course titled “IP Strategies in Tech Industries,"  held in Silicon Valley, California. We had to apply for this course last semester and the professor had to evaluate our credentials, as well as our personal essays, before bein…

Right through the very heart of it: New York City

I flew in from JFK twenty-four hours ago, I'm waiting for my swab test results, wearing my auntie's comfiest FILA sweats, and enjoying the rainy-but-relatively-warmer-compared-to-the-East-Coast weather. Hello SFO, here I am, barely avoiding omicron. Until I've fully righted myself to Pacific Time…

11 Things About Boston

I just submitted my last exam for the first semester forty minutes ago, and I’m leaving for New York in about sixteen hours with my luggage still unpacked. But look at me, having the sudden urge to write about my many trips to Boston. Is it a couple of weeks, months, too late? Sure. But hey, let’s just roll …

When Fall Comes to New England

One of the things that most thrilled me about living in the New England area is experiencing autumn in all its glory. All the oranges, reds, burgundies, ambers. To borrow from Linda Cope: "And that orange, it made me so happy, as ordinary things often do."   I'm not a very outdoorsy kind of gir…

Thirty!

1st anniversary of my 29th birthday! As a random treat to myself (after all the cake and mojitos courtesy of my friends), I rewatched the  Loki  finale. Yep, three months later and I'm still processing it. Did I expect to  feel  as much as with WandaVision? No. Did I cry at the possibility of worlds,…

Franklin Pierce, Finally: Starting my LLM in IP at UNH Law

Signs of life: Yep, I'm finally here! A journey that started in 2018 now finally coming to fruition. I'm officially an LLM in IP student! Hi, UNH Law! It has been a while since I last wrote here, I know. I've always been meaning to but somehow as soon as everything started, time just whirred by s…

To flow and to float: On "Why We Swim" and "Spaceman"

When I lined these books up for my June to-read list, I had no idea how similarly both books would make me feel after the last page. I got so caught up in the narrative of each book that I sped through each of them in three days, and found myself wanting to go outside and soak up all the earth that Earth cou…

Last Seen After Midnight: On "Trese" and "The Mythology Class"

Ahead of the release of Netflix's "Trese" adaptation, I decided to pull these out of my bookshelf and re-read these graphic novels on Philippine mythology. Coming to terms with the myths in our culture is imperative. So many of these stories were passed on to us orally by the older generations,…

Whirlwind: On admissions and affirmations

Because of the ongoing pandemic (and last year's deferral), I decided to take my chances and apply to other universities for my LLM, despite believing that some of them may be quite a reach. While my heart was set on going to UNH Franklin Pierce because of its consistently top-ranked and renowned inte…