Blurbs: Ironic comparisons of Philippine Elections to Job Applications

Image by Becky Phan from Unsplash Philippine National and Local elections are coming soon. In my country, this season is similar to a circus where all candidates come up with their magic tricks to lure voters to elect them in positions of power. The upcoming elections in May 2022 are considered “high stakes” as there …

Speed Reviews 4: Doctor Foster, Eleanor Oliphant, Taylor Swift…I paid homage to women.

Hello there! I inadvertently paid homage to women and the highs on lows of our life journeys with the selection of media I consumed recently. (By the way, this is a pretty long list). Here are the books, movies, and shows that have tickled my fancy from March-May 2021.  Please pardon the different writing formats. …

Do our passports dictate our career success? (Opinion)

Passports have become a powerful tool for opportunities and immersive learningPhoto by Inkredo Designer via Unsplash In PassportIndex.com, Philippine Passports’ Power Rank is currently at #63. This means holders of this passport can be Visa-Free in only 20 countries, need Visa upon Arrival in 33 countries, and require visa applications in 145 countries. Tedious, lengthy, …

Introducing Halfreformed: The Spoken-Word Series

Yes, I made a podcast. You can listen to it via: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Below is the transcript of the pilot episode for you purist blog readers. Thanks in advance for supporting me. I sincerely hope you enjoy listening and join me on this new platform. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hi everyone, Paola here, and this is Halfreformed …

Coronavirus, one year on 


Photo by Roman Grachev via Unsplash.com Here we are, folks. It's our one-year "lockdown anniversary." In Singapore, Circuit Breaker (our version of a lockdown) happened in April 2020, but this time last year, split team working arrangements were being made already. There is nothing positive to celebrate about this anniversary. However, I believe this one-year …