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 …

In defence of suffering

Photo by mwangi gatheca on Unsplash David Goggins is an American former Navy SEAL, an accomplished endurance athlete, motivational speaker, and author. His early life story is something out of the suffering playbook: He came from a lower working-class family, had an abusive parent, experienced racism, had a bunch of learning disabilities and health issues. …