Speed Reviews # 6: Emily in Paris, ..And Just Like that, Cheer, and other random things

For me, 2022 has truly arrived with a vengeance. Work-wise I am filled to the brim, so I’m not able to consume media or do personal projects as much as I wanted to.  I just have to keep reminding myself that these are good problems, and like all other things, these too shall come to …

Were you robbed of life during the pandemic? (audio available)

Photo by Mel Elias via Unsplash *If you are on the go, go listen to the audio version of this post on anchor / spotify here: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ How is everyone's new year so far? I understand that things are not going so well in some parts of the world. It’s as if …

Speed Reviews #5 (Year-ender 2021): Squid Game, The Morning Show, Spiderman: No Way Home

If you were following these reviews, my apologies this latest one took six months to create. Life happened and a considerable chunk of my year was spent languishing. Nonetheless, here I am with my year-ender reviews for 2021 on a selection of TV, movies, and some books from June to Dec 2021.  Note: As usual, …

Career 2021: Revival, Trauma, Resignations and The Reckoning

**If you are on the go, you can listen to this via on my audio blog, Halfreformed: The Spoken Word Series. Links: Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado via Unsplash Revival & Trauma ...And just like that, we are ending 2021 as if nothing happened (well, it’s true nothing much happened). In all …

On *Languishing*

The meme wasn’t lying when it said 2020 and 2021 are twins. First off, let me just say that I am very grateful for all the privileges and blessings that I have now. However, we’ve been languishing in different aspects of life for the past couple of months. It feels like the rest of the …

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 …

In defense of adulthood and growing up

If you are on the go, you can listen to the spoken word format here: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Photo by Andrew Neel via Unsplash A few things highly associated with the Millenial generation include social media, skinny jeans, avocado toast, and the word: adulting. According to the Oxford dictionary, it is an informal word …